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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 27 January 2005

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 27 January 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 27 January 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 27 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 27 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 27 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much; over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211606)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are claiming working tax credit in each constituency in Northern Ireland.
(211523)
3
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many patients have died in psychiatric hostels in the West Midlands in each of the last three years.
(210798)
4
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of public funding required to finance private public partnership schemes (a) in each of the past seven years and (b) which are repayable in each of the next 15 years.
(211713)
5
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much; over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211607)
6
N
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Aldershot of 13th January, Official Report, column 595W, on defence contractors, which (a) military units and (b) defence contractors he personally visited in 2004.
(211453)
7
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of children in Northampton North who have received the Child Trust Fund.
(211704)
8
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies, to each year from 1997-98 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211597)
9
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211663)
10
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211664)
11
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Edinburgh North and Leith constituency, the effects on Edinburgh North and Leith of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211573)
12
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Government has made of the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 at 2003-04 prices.
(211700)
13
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211805)
14
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission a study into the viability of an excess profits levy on the profits made by banks, financiers and contractors on private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts.
(211567)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
15
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211614)
16
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his estimate is of total spending on the Community Legal Service's Partnership Initiative Budget in each year from 2002-03 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211482)
17
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what action he is taking to prevent over-billing by solicitors using the Community Legal Service; and if he will make a statement.
(211483)
18
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his estimate is of the outstanding value of Legal Aid debts; and what action is being taken to recover these debts.
(211484)
19
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what his estimate is of the costs of the new Supreme Court; and if he will make a statement.
(211489)
20
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many people were employed by (a) his Department and (b) the Court Service in each year from 1998-99 to 2003-04; what his estimate is of the number who will be employed by each in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211490)
21
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211655)
22
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211679)
23
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211680)
24
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211344)
25
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211804)
26
N
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the data protection implications of the use made by supermarkets of data collected through loyalty cards.
(211115)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
27
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many contracts in her Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if she will make a statement.
(211610)
28
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of whether the BBC was in breach of its duties under the Communications Act 2003 in screening Jerry Springer - the Opera; whether the programme was in breach of the BBC's agreement with the Government on generally accepted standards; and what account her Department will take of whether breaches occurred in the process of renewal of the BBC's Charter.
(211794)
29
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total spending on administration costs at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts was in each year from 1999-2000 to 2003-04; how much was spent on grants in each year; what estimate she has made of (a) administration costs and (b) grant expenditure in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(211481)
30
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in her Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(211646)
31
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total expenditure by her Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211675)
32
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total expenditure by her Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211676)
33
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):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 Edinburgh North and Leith constituency, the effects on Edinburgh North and Leith of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211575)
34
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211807)
35
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people are employed in the tourism sector.
(211553)
36
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of gross domestic product was accounted for by the tourism industry in the last year for which figures are available; and what the change in percentage of gross domestic product has been in each of the last 10 years.
(211554)
37
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by her Department and the agencies for which she is responsible to promote tourism in (a) the UK as a whole and (b) each of the UK regions in 2003-04.
(211555)
38
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the rate of productivity in the tourism industry was in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(211556)
39
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) overseas tourists and (b) domestic tourists visited London in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.
(211557)
40
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the National Lottery board about their reasons for refusing grants to organisations engaged in (a) public safety and (b) search and rescue; and if she will make a statement.
(211534)
41
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidelines she gives to the National Lottery board about the criteria for making grants; and if she will make a statement.
(211535)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
42
N
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) guidance and (b) objections his Department has sent to Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council about the impact of proposed wind farm sites on the military low flying programme.
(210473)
43
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the (a) Regular Army and (b) Royal Irish Regiment are serving in Northern Ireland.
(211817)
44
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether further investigations are taking place in relation to alleged breaches of the Geneva Convention arising out of Operation Ali Baba; and if he will make a statement.
(210701)
45
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to move the Royal School of Engineering from Chatham; and if he will make a statement.
(211474)
46
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much VAT was transferred by the Department to the Treasury in 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(211475)
47
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211618)
48
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211654)
49
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211677)
50
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211678)
51
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of achieving closure of the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft project agreements by 31st December.
(211463)
52
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has used information obtained by the use of torture by another country since May 1997.
(211634)
53
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) date and (b) nature was of each of the incidents, which are not currently before a court or a court martial but for which investigations have been launched into incidents where the actions of UK service personnel may have led directly to the death or injury of Iraqi civilians; what the status is of each investigation; what the name of the victim was in incidents where the victim is deceased; how many officers were reported or charged in connection with the incident; whether compensation or ex gratia payments were made in connection with the incident; and in relation to which of these incidents there is evidence of the deliberate abuse of Iraqis in British military custody.
(211460)
54
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether classified new equipment was seized from the armed forces by the Iranians on 21st June 2004.
(211581)
55
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are security implications relating to signals equipment, frequencies and codes arising from the seizure by Iran of UK armed forces' equipment.
(211812)
56
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people working for the (a) Army Training and Recruiting Agency, (b) Duke of York's Military School and (c) Queen Victoria School are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of each agency were in each of the last two years for which figures are available.
(211821)
57
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(211822)
58
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 14th December 2004, Official Report, column 1010W, on the Royal Irish Regiment, if he will provide the information available on the average working hours for the junior rank operational soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment.
(211473)
59
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 50W, on Infantry Future Army Structure, whether recruitment will operate at (a) regimental and (b) battalion level for the (i) Mercian Regiment, (ii) Yorkshire Regiment and (iii) Royal Regiment of Scotland.
(211795)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
60
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what amendments have been made to the guidance contained in the Fire Service Circular No3/1995 since its publication.
(211031)
61
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) fire certificates have been (i) issued and (ii) amended and (b) exemptions from requirement to hold a fire certificate have been granted under the terms and conditions of the Fire Precautions Act 1971 by each fire and rescue authority in England and Wales in each year since 1999; and how many applications for the (A) issue and (B) amendment of a fire certificate by each fire and rescue authority were outstanding on 31st December 2004.
(211032)
62
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004 to come into force; and what guidance he has given to fire and rescue authorities regarding the proper discharge of their statutory duties to enforce the Fire Precautions Act 1971 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 in the interim period before the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004 comes into force.
(211033)
63
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211608)
64
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the best value performance indicators (BVPIs) for each local education authority for 2003-04 will be published on the BVPI website.
(211306)
65
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211558)
66
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211559)
67
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211651)
68
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the staff employed in investigations on behalf of the Local Government Ombudsman previously worked in local government.
(211461)
69
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the procedures for appointment of the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) have been altered since the last occasion on which a LGO was appointed.
(211462)
70
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department's Welsh language scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board; and on what date the scheme was implemented.
(211343)
71
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homeless families with children were living in bed and breakfast accommodation on the latest date for which figures are available.
(211564)
72
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211811)
73
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to (a) publish and (b) implement regulations under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to allow authorities to deal with complaints about high hedges.
(211527)
74
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on what basis additional land can be (a) given and (b) sold to registered social landlords after large scale voluntary transfers have been agreed.
(211583)
75
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to bring forward regulations to bring into force sections of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 dealing with high hedges.
(211542)
76
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether casinos will remain within the D2 planning category; and if he will make a statement.
(211464)
77
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many trees have been planted in London since 1975.
(211487)
78
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many trees there were in Greater London in (a) 1975, (b) 1980, (c) 1990, (d) 2000 and (e) the latest year for which figures are available.
(211488)
79
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much Swale Borough Council has paid in disabled facilities grant in each year since 1997.
(211789)
80
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much Swale Borough Council has allocated to disabled facilities as a percentage of its housing allocation since 1997.
(211790)
81
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many disabled people in Sittingbourne and Sheppey applied for a disabled facilities grant in each year since 1997; and how many received an award.
(211791)
82
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been allocated to (a) Kent County Council and (b) Swale Borough Council for the disabled facilities grant in each year since 1997.
(211792)
83
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate has been made of the number of disabled people waiting for disabled facilities grant to be paid in Swale.
(211793)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
84
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been spent on computers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Coventry South in each year since 1997.
(210799)
85
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much schools in Coventry South have received under the New Deal for Schools.
(210800)
86
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on plans to provide assistance with variable fees for veterinary students.
(211641)
87
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much Government funding has been allocated to computers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last seven years.
(211705)
88
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools in Stoke-on-Trent have received money under the New Deal for Schools.
(211715)
89
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding was provided for schools to support teachers' pensions in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 in (i) school sixth forms and (ii) further education colleges.
(211578)
90
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will ensure that the Learning and Skills Council is informed of its overall level of funding in sufficient time for it to be able to inform further education colleges of their budgets for the next financial year; and if she will make a statement.
(211579)
91
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will ensure that letters from the Learning and Skills Council responding to parliamentary questions, which neither contain confidential information nor are excessive in length, are printed in the Official Report; and if she will make a statement.
(211580)
92
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many contracts in her Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if she will make a statement.
(211609)
93
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people claimed education maintenance allowance in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by constituency.
(211307)
94
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether (a) headteachers and (b) other staff will be able to participate in the design of schools being rebuilt as part of Building Schools for the Future.
(211347)
95
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many appeals were made against exclusions in 2004; and how many were upheld, broken down by constituency.
(211454)
96
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parental appeals were made against the allocation of school places in 2004; and how many were upheld, broken down by constituency.
(211455)
97
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support is available to head teachers and other staff participating in the design of schools being rebuilt as part of the Building Schools for the Future scheme.
(211528)
98
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the increase in the number of language teachers that would be needed to implement the recommendations of the Tomlinson Report.
(211237)
99
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the workforce training requirements of the implementation of the recommendation of the Tomlinson Report that languages should be either an elective or compulsory component in other specialisations.
(211238)
100
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with employers' organisations on the requirements for structured work placements arising from the Tomlinson Report's recommendations on vocational learning; and if she will make a statement.
(211239)
101
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total spending on the (a) Union Learning Fund, (b) Adult Learning Inspectorate, (c) Well Being Project, (d) National College of School Leadership, (e) Sector Skills Development Agency and (f) Office of Fair Access was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04; and what the planned expenditure is on each for each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08.
(211480)
102
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Ofsted inspectors were employed in each year between 2001-02 and 2003-04; how many are planned to be employed in each year between 2004-05 and 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(211526)
103
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in her Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(211648)
104
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total expenditure by her Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211673)
105
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total expenditure by her Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211674)
106
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average GCSE point scores were for each category of school in England in 2003-04.
(211638)
107
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children lived in low income households in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(211585)
108
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211808)
109
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many youth clubs were available for young people to use in (a) England, (b) Kirklees and (c) Huddersfield in each of the last 10 years.
(211622)
110
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding was available for youth services in (a) England and (b) Kirklees in each of the last 10 years.
(211699)
111
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children played truant in the latest year for which figures are available.
(211028)
112
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children left school in the latest year for which figures are available without a GCSE qualification.
(211029)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
113
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time members of staff in her Department, excluding agencies and secondees, are working on issues relating to combined heat and power; and if she will estimate the average proportion of their time spent on these issues.
(211752)
114
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department will be promoting the concept of contraction and convergence at the conference on climate change at Hadley Centre for Climate Research and Prediction on 1st to 3rd February.
(211753)
115
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what targets for carbon dioxide emission reductions by 2050 her Department will be promoting at the conference on climate change at Hadley Centre for Climate Research and Prediction on 1st to 3rd February.
(211754)
116
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the key impacts for (a) different regions, (b) different sectors and (c) the world as a whole arising from different predicted levels of climate change.
(211755)
117
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what rate of change for entitlements within the Emissions Trading Scheme her Department is prepared to accept to ensure its climate change targets are met.
(211756)
118
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what scientific evidence the target of a 60 per cent. reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 is based.
(211757)
119
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of the practice of water companies of selling insurance to householders relating to the replacement of water main pipes, with particular reference to leakage.
(211764)
120
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information (a) her Department and (b) the Environment Agency collects on discharges of sewage into rivers; which rivers are monitored; and what data is collected in each case.
(211765)
121
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the groups (a) supportive of shooting, (b) critical of shooting and (c) neutral on shooting interviewed by her Department's consultants working on the review of game laws and licences.
(211766)
122
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the outcome was of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 24th January; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(211477)
123
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the work that her Department has undertaken on extending the powers of local authorities to allow the piloting of variable charging schemes for household waste collection and disposal as recommended by the Strategy Unit in the report Waste Not, Want Not.
(211202)
124
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Minister of State for the Environment and Agri-Environment has visited the Bradford-based manufacturing facility of PM Group plc.
(211203)
125
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what response she has made to the recent Royal Society report on GM crops based on the management of GM herbicide tolerant sugar beet.
(211602)
126
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her plans for a replacement for the Woodland Grant Scheme.
(211603)
127
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have signed up to the National Fallen Stock Company.
(211640)
128
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on tackling fuel poverty in each year since 1997 in (a) England and (b) Stoke-on-Trent.
(211707)
129
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contracts in her Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if she will make a statement.
(211612)
130
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the annual cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in her Department and its agencies, for each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(211595)
131
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total expenditure by her Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211665)
132
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total expenditure by her Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211666)
133
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department takes against site operators not carrying out a risk assessment at a petrol station as required by her Department's code.
(211529)
134
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action her Department takes against site operators declining or omitting to carry out a risk assessment at a petrol station as required by the DSEAR code; and if she will make a statement.
(211530)
135
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211810)
136
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the supermarkets' code of practice on purchasing from farmers.
(211623)
137
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of measures to control TB in badgers in Gloucestershire; what further steps she is planning to take; and if she will make a statement.
(211624)
138
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of farmers have registered with the Fallen Stock Disposal Scheme; and if she will make a statement on its (a) introduction and (b) running.
(211625)
139
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Food Standards Agency about the quality of meat imported from (a) Brazil and (b) Argentina; and if she will make a statement.
(211626)
140
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the percentage of worldwide methane emissions that arise from the (a) processing, (b) transmission, (c) storage and (d) distribution of natural gas in the UK.
(211302)
141
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the annual level of methane emission in the UK arising from the (a) processing, (b) transmission, (c) storage and (d) distribution of natural gas for each of the last five years.
(211304)
142
N
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what international comparisons she has made of the annual level of methane emissions arising from the (a) processing, (b) transmission, (c) storage and (d) distribution of natural gas.
(211305)
143
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of birds which have been killed by wind farms in the UK in each of the last three years; and what estimate she has made of likely future numbers.
(211627)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
144
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Sudanese authorities on the reports of a combined attack by the government of Sudan airforce and the Janjaweed militas upon the village of Hamada, in Southern Darfur, on 16th January.
(211457)
145
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Georgia concerning (a) attacks upon Baptist church buildings, including two attacks upon the church in the village of Kuchatani in October and December 2004, (b) threats to and intimidation of members of minority religious denominations in Georgia, including Baptists, Pentecostals, Lutherans and Catholics, (c) the Government's stance on according legal status to faiths other than the Georgian Orthodox Church and (d) permission for religious groups to build non-Orthodox places of worship.
(211458)
146
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Sudanese authorities regarding the cases of (a) Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam of the Sudan Social Development Organisation and (b) Mr Abu-aminaa of the Sudanese Army.
(211642)
147
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will instruct the UK representation in Sudan to investigate the case of Shamseldiu Idries-Al-amiu recently deceased.
(211643)
148
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government in Pakistan on its treatment of Christians.
(211718)
149
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much; over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211619)
150
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the annual cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies, for each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211596)
151
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211661)
152
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211662)
153
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to Question 205526, tabled by the honourable Member for Thurrock on 13th December 2004; what the reasons for the delay in replying are; and if he will make a statement.
(211201)
154
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the application of the Vienna Convention to the operation of the diplomatic bag service.
(211303)
155
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has used information obtained by the use of torture by another country since May 1997.
(211604)
156
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last contacted his Iranian counterpart about the return of the Royal Marine boats and equipment that were seized on 21st June 2004.
(211536)
157
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many reports his Department has received of crimes against humanity committed by the government of Burma in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211783)
158
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department's travel advice with regard to Burma was last (a) reviewed and (b) changed; and if he will make a statement.
(211784)
159
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the number of UK citizens travelling to Burma in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211785)
160
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the state of religious freedom in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.
(211786)
161
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports of religious persecution in Bangladesh his Department has received from (a) individuals and (b) the Bangladeshi Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council in each year since 1997; what assessment his Department has made of these reports; what discussions (i) he, (ii) members of his Department and (iii) representatives of the UK Government have had with members and representatives of the government of Bangladesh regarding these complaints; and if he will make a statement.
(211787)
162
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what preparations his Department is undertaking for the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis; what Department is taking the lead role in organising and preparing the UK Governmental delegation; and if he will make a statement.
(211788)
163
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the (a) social, (b) economic and (c) humanitarian impact of the Absentee Property Law in Israel, with particular reference to its impact on the peace process; and if he will make a statement.
(211818)
164
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the source is of the information on the Foreign Office website on travel advice for those visiting Sri Lanka; and how the information is updated.
(211565)
165
N
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter of 5th December 2004 from the honourable Member for Rochford and Southend East concerning Mrs Musthasina Begum, wife of Mr D. Miah, reference 77853.
(211200)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
166
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many experienced nurses there were in the neonatal intensive care units in East Kent Hospitals Trust (a) on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) 12 months prior to that date.
(210367)
167
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people contracted the MRSA virus within the East Kent Hospitals Trust area between January and March 2003; how many of these were children; and what the national average was for each during that period.
(210368)
168
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the staff at the Stourcare Call Centre have paediatric training, broken down by (a) staff grade and (b) register grade.
(210369)
169
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average response time was for ambulances in the East Kent Hospitals Trust area summoned to transfer patients to acute sites for (a) paediatric and (b) obstetric patients in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many obstetric patients in the area gave birth en route to an acute site in each quarter of (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.
(210370)
170
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of trained paediatric nursing staff to patients is in hospitals in the East Kent Hospitals Trust (a) during the day and (b) during the night.
(210371)
171
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how many (a) diagnostic radiographers and (b) radiologists are needed to deal with (i) current and (ii) future workloads.
(211342)
172
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets his Department have set for recruitment of (a) radiologists and (b) radiographers; and if he will make a statement.
(211345)
173
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many state registered radiographers there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004; how many he expects there to be in each year until 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(211346)
174
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mixed wards there are in (a) Wirral, (b) Merseyside, (c) North West England and (d) England.
(211552)
175
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the merger of the county ambulance services in Gloucestershire, Avon and Wiltshire on the Tri-Service facility in Gloucestershire.
(211543)
176
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) administrative staff are employed in the (i) Stoke-on-Trent North Primary Care Trust, (ii) Stoke-on-Trent South Primary Care Trust and (iii) North Staffordshire University Hospital Trust.
(211706)
177
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the UK were prescribed the painkiller Vioxx in each year since 1999.
(211470)
178
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the UK suffered (a) heart attacks and (b) fatal heart attacks whilst prescribed the painkiller Vioxx in each year since 1999.
(211471)
179
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the UK have been prescribed painkillers in the category of Cox-2 inhibitors in each of the last five years.
(211472)
180
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will reply to the question tabled by the honourable Member for Ashford on 16th December 2004, reference 206718.
(211748)
181
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much; over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211616)
182
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) practice nurses and (d) school nurses were employed (i) in England and (ii) in Northampton in (1) 1997 and (2) 2004.
(211701)
183
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the new general medical services contract on the operation of community hospitals in the out-of-hours period.
(211541)
184
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the utility of existing health deprivation indicators for assessing the relative health deprivation of rural areas.
(211544)
185
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage undergraduate medical students to choose placements in rural areas.
(211545)
186
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to commission research into the merits of placements in rural areas for undergraduate medical students.
(211546)
187
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of undergraduate medical students chose placements in (a) urban and (b) rural areas, for the most recent period for which figures are available.
(211547)
188
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to (a) recruit and (b) retain the services of health professionals in rural and remote areas.
(211548)
189
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of pay variations in the remuneration of general practitioners working in different community hospitals in England.
(211549)
190
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made in developing a vaccine for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
(211550)
191
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the updated influenza pandemic plan.
(211551)
192
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has stockpiled the antiviral drugs (a) Tamiflu and (b) Relenza.
(211690)
193
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211653)
194
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211687)
195
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211688)
196
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211800)
197
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from the independent regulator for foundation hospitals regarding an increase in borrowing limits by the hospitals.
(211570)
198
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on the basis of what percentage of Doncaster patients treated Doncaster Foundation Hospital's financial plan was based; and on the basis of what percentage of patients presented to Doncaster Foundation Hospital for hospital treatment the primary care trust is funded.
(211582)
199
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance trusts are proposing to merge with another ambulance trust.
(211628)
200
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) instructions and (b) policy guidelines on proposed mergers of ambulance services have been given by his Department to health authorities.
(211629)
201
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the merging of ambulance services.
(211630)
202
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to (a) Avon, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) Wiltshire Ambulance Trusts with regards to a possible merger.
(211631)
203
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public consultation is required before ambulance services are merged; and if he will make a statement.
(211632)
204
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who made the decision to second a temporary chief executive to run Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Ambulance Trusts.
(211633)
205
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government has allocated for the support element of supported living in the next three years.
(211796)
206
Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place for co-ordination of the housing, support/care, and day services elements of supported living; and who is responsible for that co-ordination.
(211797)
207
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rate of MRSA infection in the UK is; and what information he collects on the rate in other countries.
(211030)
208
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to abolish Patient and Public Involvement Forums of primary care trusts.
(211768)
209
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Swale Primary Care Trust has allocated to the crisis resolution teams for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(211769)
210
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds he will allocate to mental health treatment in Swale Primary Care Trust for (a) children and (b) those over 60 years in the next financial year.
(211770)
211
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to change the funding allocation for health care in Sittingbourne and Sheppey.
(211771)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
212
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will provide a substantive Answer to the Question tabled by the honourable Member for Southend West on 13th January for named day answer, reference 209465, on correspondence.
(211452)
213
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been stopped and searched at RAF Menwith Hill under the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since the Act came into force.
(211767)
214
N
Mr Keith Bradley (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who were resident in (a) the City of Manchester, (b) Greater Manchester, (c) the North West of England and (d) England had all financial support from the Government stopped in each of the last 12 months.
(211348)
215
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many householders have been prosecuted for alleged offences arising out of the burglary of their homes in each of the last 10 years; and how many have been convicted.
(211723)
216
N
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances he would permit a return visit by Peter Sutcliffe to Arnside in Cumbria.
(211309)
217
N
Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors he took into consideration before his decision to allow Peter Sutcliffe to visit Arnside in Cumbria on 17th January; and what costs were incurred in (a) preparing for and (b) undertaking that visit by (i) Cumbria Constabulary, (ii) Broadmoor and (iii) other public bodies.
(211310)
218
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been allocated for CCTV cameras in Coventry South since 1997.
(210797)
219
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers have been employed by Staffordshire constabulary in each of the past seven years.
(211708)
220
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people resident in Stoke-on-Trent who are applying for asylum are (a) male, (b) female, (c) married and (d) single; and how many have children.
(211710)
221
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been allocated for CCTV schemes in Stoke-on-Trent in each of the past seven years.
(211716)
222
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners at (a) Elmley Prison and (b) Swaleside Prison have been reclassified from Category C to Category D in each year since 1997.
(210954)
223
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have been transferred to Standford Hill Open Prison from (a) Elmley Prison and (b) Swaleside Prison in each year between 1997 and 2004.
(210955)
224
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the questions, tabled by the honourable Member for Ashford on 2nd December 2004, reference (a) 203020 and (b) 203021.
(211747)
225
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of anti-social behaviour orders served in 2004 had been breached by 31st December 2004.
(211749)
226
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of applications for anti-social behaviour orders have been turned down.
(211750)
227
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of anti-social behaviour orders have been served to people with a diagnosed mental illness.
(211751)
228
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals are still resident in the UK more than six months after all appeals against their removal have been exhausted; and if he will make a statement.
(211598)
229
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken to remove individuals after all appeals to stay in the UK have been exhausted is.
(211599)
230
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been removed from the UK less than three months after all appeals have been exhausted in the last year for which figures are available.
(211600)
231
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will make a final decision in the case of the Sulaiman family (Home Office reference J1080623, J1080623/2, J1080623/3); and if he will make a statement.
(211601)
232
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211620)
233
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total Government spending on asylum and immigration was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04; what the planned expenditure is for each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211479)
234
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04, and what the estimated cost of external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211560)
235
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211561)
236
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211658)
237
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211803)
238
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether the purchaser/provider split for the Probation Service in England and Wales will create a conflict of interest.
(211568)
239
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the role will be of the 10 Regional Offender Managers as employers for offender management of the Probation Service.
(211569)
240
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the review of sentencing for motoring offences commenced; and when he expects the review to conclude.
(211540)
241
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has used information obtained by the use of torture by another country since May 1997.
(211635)
242
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total amount held for each police authority in England in reserves or balances for (a) capital and (b) revenue was in (i) 2001-02, (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the figures were as a percentage of annual expenditure.
(211450)
243
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage increase in precept was for each policy authority in England in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04.
(211451)
244
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions have taken place for under-age drinking in Hartlepool in each year since 1990.
(211531)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
245
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effects of UK aid on infrastructure development in Kenya during 2004.
(211813)
246
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) EDS and Fujitsu jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211613)
247
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211652)
248
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211659)
249
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211660)
250
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average (a) income levels, (b) life expectancy, (c) per capita funding for education and (d) unemployment rate for (i) Israelis, (ii) Palestinians and (iii) Bedouins within Israel were in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211758)
251
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average (a) income levels, (b) life expectancy, (c) per capita funding for education and (d) unemployment rate for (i) Syrians, (ii) Kurds and (iii) Armenians within Syria were in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211759)
252
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average (a) income levels, (b) life expectancy, (c) per capita funding for education and (d) unemployment rate for (i) Persians, (ii) Azeris and (iii) Kurds within Iran were in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211760)
253
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid was received by Israel for (a) humanitarian and (b) military purposes from (i) the Government of the United Kingdom and (ii) other sources from the United Kingdom in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211761)
254
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid was received by the Palestinian Authority for (a) humanitarian and (b) military purposes from (i) the Government of the United Kingdom and (ii) other sources from the United Kingdom in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211762)
255
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) economic, (b) social and (c) humanitarian impact of tourism on the people of Burma since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211763)
256
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) nature and (b) impact of development projects undertaken in Burma since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211772)
257
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) cross-ethnic and (b) cross-faith projects were (i) financed, (ii) planned and (iii) run by his Department in Bangladesh in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211773)
258
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) current level and (b) development since 1997 of religious freedom and tolerance in Bangladesh; what effect the changes have had on the effectiveness of development projects; and if he will make a statement.
(211774)
259
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the projects undertaken by (a) Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) and (b) Engineers Without Borders International since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211775)
260
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) funding, (b) logistical aid and (c) aid in kind his Department has (i) pledged and (ii) contributed to projects (A) planned and (B) run by (1) Engineers Without Frontiers UK and (2) Engineers Without Frontiers International in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(211776)
261
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial assistance, (b) logistical assistance and (c) assistance in kind his Department has given to Engineers Without Borders UK for the Sunseed Desert Technology programme in Almeria, Spain; and if he will make a statement.
(211819)
262
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has undertaken of the (a) economic, (b) social and (c) humanitarian impact of the Sunseed Desert Technology project undertaken by Engineers Without Borders UK in Almeria, Spain; and if he will make a statement.
(211823)
263
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the long-term viability of the Sunseed Desert Technology project undertaken by Engineers Without Borders UK in Almeria, Spain; and if he will make a statement.
(211824)
264
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) marketplace value of and (b) technological and scientific advancement achieved by the Sunseed Desert Technology project run by Engineers Without Borders UK in Almeria, Spain; and if he will make a statement.
(211825)
265
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the value to the (a) rural and (b) environmental workforce of the Sunseed Desert Technology project run by Engineers Without Borders UK in Almeria, Spain; and if he will make a statement.
(211826)
Questions to the Leader of the House
266
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Leader of the House, how much public money has been paid to Sinn Fein honourable Members in (a) salaries, (b) incidental expenses provision, (c) additional costs allowance, (d) staffing allowance, (e) members' travel, (f) members' staff travel, (g) centrally purchased stationery, (h) centrally provided computer equipment and (i) other associated costs since June 2001.
(211524)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
267
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the major road schemes likely to commence construction in Northern Ireland within the next 12 months.
(211518)
268
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the scheme to provide new school buildings at (a) Killowen Primary Coleraine and (b) Millburn Primary Coleraine are likely to commence.
(211519)
269
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming pension credit in each constituency in Northern Ireland.
(211520)
270
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have received a prison sentence in Northern Ireland having been convicted of a drink driving offence in the past 12 months.
(211521)
271
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost of administration of the health and social services trusts in Northern Ireland is in the 2004-05 financial year.
(211522)
272
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers are serving in Northern Ireland.
(211814)
273
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers from Northern Ireland have served in mainland europe during 2004.
(211815)
274
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many plastic baton rounds were used in crowd control circumstances in Northern Ireland during 2004 by (a) the police and (b) the Army.
(211816)
275
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much, and over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211615)
276
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Government will extend financial assistance to the Police Federation for Northern Ireland to support the group legal action by its members regarding post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by RUC officers in the execution of their duties.
(211719)
277
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will introduce legislation for Northern Ireland equivalent to the legislative provisions regarding knives proposed by the Scottish Executive; and what plans the Government has to reduce the use of knives in crimes in Northern Ireland.
(211720)
278
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will bring forward legislation to create an offence of corporate manslaughter in Northern Ireland.
(211722)
279
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his estimate is of the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies, for each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211594)
280
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211667)
281
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211668)
282
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils are enrolled for grammar schools in Northern Ireland; and what the change in enrolment numbers has been since the baseline figures used by the Costello Inquiry.
(211636)
283
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average GCSE point scores, excluding GNVQ Part 1 and GCSE short courses were for each category of school in Northern Ireland in 2003-04.
(211637)
284
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will re-introduce school performance tables in Northern Ireland.
(211639)
Questions to the Prime Minister
285
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Office was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211650)
286
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211685)
287
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211686)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
288
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211647)
289
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211683)
290
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211684)
291
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Edinburgh North and Leith constituency, the effects on Edinburgh North and Leith of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211574)
Questions to the Solicitor General
292
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to her Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 663W, on the Court of Justice, if she will make a statement on UK interest in the case; and in how many instances since 1997 the UK has acted as an intervening state.
(211459)
293
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211806)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
294
N
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) examined into the low frequency noise impact of wind turbines.
(210474)
295
N
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is on the separation distances required for the erection of wind turbine pylons over 100 metres in height.
(210475)
296
N
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) examined on the impact of wind farms on property values.
(210476)
297
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Export Credits Guarantee Department included agent's commission in the overall contract sum to be underwritten on the sale of armoured vehicles by Alvis Plc to Indonesia.
(211096)
298
N
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what statutory obligations exist on inward investors to notify her Department of their intention to withdraw from the UK.
(211111)
299
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses have registered for VAT in Coventry South in each year since 1997.
(211110)
300
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research the Government (a) is undertaking and (b) has commissioned on the conversion of (i) oil and (ii) nuclear energy to a hydrogen-based economy.
(211605)
301
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many contracts in her Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much; over what period of time; and if she will make a statement.
(211611)
302
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made since the creation of Community Interest Companies under the Companies (Audit Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 further to support the establishment of social enterprises; and if she will make a statement.
(211820)
303
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in her Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(211649)
304
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total expenditure by her Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211671)
305
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total expenditure by her Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211672)
306
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in Edinburgh North and Leith constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.
(211571)
307
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Edinburgh North and Leith constituency, the effects on Edinburgh North and Leith of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211577)
308
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in the Kingston upon Hull North constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.
(211799)
309
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211809)
310
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations her Department has received about companies and directors that intentionally make their companies go into administration and start trading again under a similar name.
(211593)
311
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to prevent companies and directors running a company in such a way that it is forced to go into administration.
(211702)
312
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department takes to ensure that consumers are aware that a company they are dealing with has recently gone into administration.
(211703)
313
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations she has received concerning complaints to budget airlines.
(211525)
314
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of Royal Mail's performance against its licence targets for the first quarter of 2004-05; and if she will make a statement.
(211465)
315
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the (a) quality of service and (b) recorded performance of Royal Mail in the CH postcode area.
(211466)
316
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the size of the rural network of post offices; and what steps her Department is taking to support the rural post office network.
(211467)
317
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will take steps to amend the requirement to prevent avoidable closures placed on Post Office Ltd to one that allows greater flexibility and innovation.
(211468)
318
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of Triangle and HI Europe's research findings in 2002 on The Impact of Post Office Closures in the Rural Community.
(211469)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
319
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to meet the Railfreight Interchange Investment Group.
(211485)
320
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on large-scale railfreight interchanges.
(211486)
321
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January, Official Report, column 958W, on railways, what assessment he has made of the priorities for the expansion of rail freight in the next five years (a) in the UK and (b) in the South East; what account will be taken when decisions are made on supporting such expansion of (i) corridors of need for rail freight services, with particular reference to ports and (ii) the need for transportation of particular products, with particular reference to (A) oil and (B) waste; and when he expects to make an announcement regarding his policy on rail freight.
(211478)
322
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much; over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211617)
323
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211669)
324
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211670)
325
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211689)
326
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Edinburgh North and Leith constituency, the effects on Edinburgh North and Leith of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211576)
327
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211801)
328
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities have been selected as transport pathfinders; what the objectives are of such schemes; and what the costs are of implementing them.
(211308)
329
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy not to renew the prohibition on pedestrian traffic on Footpath No. 10, Dartmouth to Castle Cove; and if he will instruct Devon County Council to carry out the necessary works to make the footpath safe.
(211584)
330
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in granting Syrian Air intermediate fifth freedom traffic rights between Manchester and Beirut.
(211537)
331
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in granting Pakistan International Airlines additional traffic rights between Manchester and North America.
(211538)
332
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in granting Afriqiyah Airline landing rights at Manchester Airport.
(211539)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
333
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211645)
334
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211681)
335
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimate of cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211682)
Questions to the Minister for Women
336
N
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Minister for Women, if she will make a statement on relative rates of pay for women and men in Wirral South.
(211127)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
337
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Coventry South have received (a) full and (b) partial grants from the Access to Work programme in each year since its introduction.
(210702)
338
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) England have indicated that they wish to continue to collect their pensions at post offices.
(211711)
339
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each electoral ward in Stoke-on-Trent claimed disability living allowance in each of the past seven years.
(211712)
340
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed winter fuel allowance in each of the past seven years.
(211714)
341
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many self-employed people have been pursued (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully for money owed to the Child Support Agency in each of the past seven years.
(211717)
342
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of its budget the Independent Living Fund made available to (a) people with severe learning impairments and (b) families or carers with caring responsibilities for people with severe learning impairments in each year since 2001.
(211244)
343
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Independent Living Fund is required to explain the reasons for alterations in its funding arrangements to parties affected by such alterations.
(211245)
344
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the budget of the Independent Living Fund was for each year since 2001.
(211246)
345
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many contracts in his Department have been granted to (a) EDS, (b) Fujitsu and (c) jointly in each of the last two years; whether they were open to competition; for what they were granted; for how much; over what period of time; and if he will make a statement.
(211621)
346
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2003-04, and what the estimated cost of employing consultants will be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(211562)
347
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total expenditure by his Department on (a) advertising and (b) advertising and publicity was in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 2003-04; and what the estimated cost of each will be in (A) 2004-05, (B) 2005-06, (C) 2006-07 and (D) 2007-08.
(211563)
348
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(211656)
349
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Edinburgh North and Leith constituency, the effects on Edinburgh North and Leith of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211572)
350
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were living in poverty in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(211566)
351
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Kingston upon Hull North constituency, the effects on Kingston upon Hull North of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(211802)
352
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will amend qualifying arrangements for winter fuel payments so that those whose 60th birthday falls shortly after the qualifying week but before the onset of winter qualify for the payment.
(211644)
353
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13th January, Official Report, columns 624-5W, on pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women aged 54 years and over are contracted out with an appropriate personal pension or stakeholder pension.
(211456)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
354
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will introduce legislation to ban the screening of television advertisements for alcoholic beverages before 9 pm.
[Transferred] (211721)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
355
N
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the development of offshore wind farms.
[Question Unstarred] (211116)
356
Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people she estimates are fuel poor in (a) England and (b) Stoke-on-Trent.
[Transferred] (211709)
357
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on social enterprises since the Community Interest Company title was introduced under the Companies (Audit Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (211798)
358
N
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps are being taken to promote wave power.
[Question Unstarred] (211119)
359
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent estimate she has made of (a) how many children play computer and video games on a regular basis and (b) how many hours a week on average children play computer and video games.
[Transferred] (211476)
Questions to the Minister for Women
360
N
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Minister for Women, what steps she is taking to promote pension equality for women.
[Question Unstarred] (211128)

 
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