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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 4 February 2005

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Friday 4 February 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 4 February 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 4 February 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 Friday 4 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 4 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister in respect of the budget settlement for each responsible authority and the ability of each to fulfil its legal duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
(214232)
2
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Council of the Isles of Scilly of the ability to fulfil its (a) legal duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and (b) other emergency service responsibilities.
(214233)
3
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with the council of the Isles of Scilly in respect of its ability to fulfil its legal duties to meet the requirements of (a) the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and (b) other civil emergency responsibilities.
(214257)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
4
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will discuss with the Association of British Credit Unions proposals to allow credit unions to set up hardship funds which will allow access to borrowing for those who have no previous history of saving.
(214621)
5
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the definition of unearned income in the context of the Single Farm Payment Scheme.
(214649)
6
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce the level at which further education colleges pay VAT to the level applied to the school sector.
(214486)
7
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December 2004, Official Report, column 987W, on Inland Revenue informers, when the Inland Revenue first categorised members of the public assisting them as informers or covert human intelligence sources; and what criteria the Inland Revenue uses to determine whether a member of the public assisting it is (a) a covert human intelligence source and (b) an informer.
(214724)
8
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason his Department sanctioned the severance payment to John Harwood as Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council.
(214227)
9
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of the relevant working population claim the disability and severe disability elements within the working tax credit, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) parliamentary constituency.
(214637)
10
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been paid to the Exchequer from court fines in England in each year since 1995.
(214409)
11
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children in North Durham will benefit from new child trust fund.
(214682)
12
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have benefited from child tax credit in North Durham since its inception.
(214684)
13
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214702)
14
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Customs Cooperation Subcommittee-EEC-Czech Republic met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214742)
15
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Customs Cooperation Subcommittee-EEC-Romania met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214743)
16
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Customs Cooperation Subcommittee-EEC-Russia met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214744)
17
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed in (a) the manufacture and retail of cigarettes, cigars and connected businesses, (b) public houses and restaurants and (c) the alcoholic drinks industry in the United Kingdom.
(214058)
18
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total tax take from cigarettes and cigars and connected products has been in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(214059)
19
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each region have appealed against a decision on a child tax credit application since introduction of the credit.
(214446)
20
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans are being developed by Customs and Excise to levy a tax on internet gambling.
(214447)
21
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce legislation to bring home reversions under the regulation of the Financial Services Authority.
(214483)
22
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on Hemsworth constituency.
(214497)
23
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the (a) total costs and (b) total benefits to date of the modernisation of stamp duty; and whether those costs and benefits are in line with the estimates made in the regulatory impact assessment published in March 2004.
(214725)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
24
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans the Secretary of State has to remove the £100,000 equity disregard for home owners in the assessment of eligibility for legal aid.
(212050)
25
N
Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what changes have been made to sittings of the law courts in Newcastle as a consequence of security arrangements for the Labour Party spring Conference.
(213888)
26
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214703)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
27
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):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 Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214700)
28
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to ensure that there is adequate information for the public in advance of digital switchover on purchasing television receivers which will be operable after digital switchover.
[R] (214493)
29
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to announce the areas of the United Kingdom in which digital switchover will first take place.
[R] (214544)
30
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria will be used in determining the order in which digital switchover will be introduced in the regions.
[R] (214545)
31
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her plans to implement a regional roll out of digital switchover.
[R] (214546)
32
Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to ensure that people living in multiple dwelling units have access to digital television after switchover.
[R] (214547)
33
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many students who live in shared accommodation paid the television licence fee in the 2003-04 financial year.
(213992)
34
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many undergraduate students in the UK paid the television licence fee in the 2003-04 financial year and how much revenue was raised thereby.
(213993)
35
N
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many students have been fined for non-possession of a television licence since 2000.
(213523)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
36
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what housing standards are applied in the management of current and former Ministry of Defence housing provided for members of the armed forces.
(214538)
37
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to apply the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Decent Homes Standard to housing provided for members of the armed forces.
(214539)
38
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the implications applying the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Decent Homes Standard to the homes of members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(214549)
39
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many homes are provided in the UK for members of the armed forces, broken down by location at which such homes are provided; and when the last time was that properties in each location were (a) surveyed and (b) inspected.
(214550)
40
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on housing for members of the armed forces in (a) the UK and (b) abroad, broken down by (i) revenue and (ii) capital for each year since 1992 (A) in nominal terms and (B) at 2003-04 prices; and what the projected spending is for the next three years.
(214554)
41
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make a decision on the procurement of the Falcon secure communications system.
(214607)
42
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make a decision on the rationalisation programme as part of the Future Defence Supply Chain Initiative; when he expects to make an announcement on that decision; and if he will make a statement.
(214611)
43
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to rationalise DLO Donnington as part of the Future Defence Supply Chain Initiative.
(214612)
44
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) honourable Members and (b) former officers made representations to the Army Board making a decision on the new name for the Lancashire Regiment.
(214541)
45
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on how the new name of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, King's Own Borderers Regiment and King's Regiment was arrived at.
(214542)
46
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his Department's visit to China in connection with the Cut and Sew contract.
(214548)
47
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received from British troops in Iraq on the effectiveness of (a) SA80A2 rifles, (b) Minimi Light Machineguns and (c) Grenade Launchers; what length of training troops received in the use of each weapon prior to deployment; and if he will make a statement.
(214690)
48
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what obstacles have been encountered in training and equipping British soldiers in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(214723)
49
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the financing for the Defence Information Infrastructure will divert funds from other military programmes.
(214806)
50
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many orders were placed for Royal Navy ships in each year between 1980 and 2004.
(214057)
51
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget the UK Hydrographic Office spent in Scotland in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget in financial year (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(214748)
52
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people currently work for the Defence Transport and Movements Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and what the figures were in 2003-04.
(214749)
53
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people work for the Medical Supplies Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and what the figures were in 2003-04.
(214750)
54
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget the Defence Analytical Services Agency spent in Scotland in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(214751)
55
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has made to the US Administration concerning (a) the number of and (b) assistance provided to Iraqi civilians travelling on boats sunk in the Euphrates river during military action by coalition forces in Fallujah.
(214509)
56
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received from his United States counterpart in respect of Pentagon plans to build earth-penetrating nuclear weapons designed to destroy hardened underground targets.
(214640)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
57
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council homes have been sold under the Right-to-Buy scheme in Sheffield in each year since 1980.
(214489)
58
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will update the affordability index used to determine the areas included within the scope of the Housing (Right-to-Buy) (Limits on Discounts) (Amendments) Order 2003 (Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 498).
(214490)
59
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish (a) draft and (b) final regulations relating to the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004.
(213522)
60
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money Sefton received in 2004-05 for repair and refurbishment of council homes; and how much is proposed for 2005-06.
(214592)
61
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many non-decent council homes there are in Crosby; and how many there were in 1997.
(214593)
62
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many families with children were housed in bed and breakfast accommodation for more than six weeks in Sefton in each year since 1997.
(214594)
63
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the effect in Crosby of the changes to council tenants' rights since 1997.
(214595)
64
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was received by Sefton in 2003-04 to help fund housing related services for vulnerable people through the Supporting People programme.
(214596)
65
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people owned their own homes in Crosby in each year since 1997.
(214685)
66
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the level of Sefton's housing debt was for each year since 1997.
(214686)
67
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many rough sleepers there were in Crosby in each year since 1997.
(214687)
68
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homeless families have been housed in bed and breakfast accommodation in Sefton in each year since 1997.
(214688)
69
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timetable is for consultation upon the South West Regional Assembly's housing proposals for Gloucestershire; and whether this will parallel the consultation for the Regional Spatial Strategy.
(214647)
70
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the third review of the Gloucestershire Structural Plan, Stroud District Council's Local Plan and the Regional Spatial Strategy as they affect Gloucestershire.
(214648)
71
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when local authorities will be able to implement powers within the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2004 relating to high hedges.
(214618)
72
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the future of the Lancashire Fire Brigade.
(214804)
73
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who is consulted on proposals for changing practices at fire stations in Lancashire.
(214816)
74
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding Durham County Council received in (a) 2001 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(214460)
75
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding was received by Chester-le-Street District Council in (a) 2001 and (b) the last year for which funding was available.
(214461)
76
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions have taken place between the Meden Valley partnership and (a) Nottinghamshire Mental Health Trust and (b) Mansfield Primary Care Trust about stress-related health problems due to delays in regenerating housing in the Meden Valley.
(214487)
77
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what provision English Partnerships and the East Midlands Development Agency are making for residents who refuse to move and who are not offered refurbished accommodation or low-cost home ownership on completion of the Meden Valley partnership project.
(214488)
78
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he expects the guarantee given by his Department, the East Midlands Development Agency and English Partnerships that residents will be able to remain in the Royal Estate and Warsop Vale under the Meden Valley partnership housing regeneration programme to be maintained.
(214540)
79
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214694)
80
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many empty residential dwellings there have been in each Greater London borough in each year since 1997.
(214558)
81
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homeless families there were in each Greater London borough in each of the last seven years.
(214559)
82
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much previously developed land has been (a) vacant and (b) derelict in each Greater London borough, in each year since 1997.
(214560)
83
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of council tax has been collected in each Greater London borough in each year since 1997; and what the total cost of administering council tax collection was in each year.
(214565)
84
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the total amount of unpaid council tax in each borough in Greater London in each year since 1997.
(214566)
85
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has for the future of the fire service control room in Eastbourne.
(214453)
86
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the implications for tackling domestic fires if regional control centres are established; and if he will make a statement.
(214505)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
87
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on the charging of top-up fees to students who leave school in 2005 and take a gap year, but change the course that they will be taking during that gap year.
(214551)
88
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to distribute Government guidance on the use of mobile phones in schools.
(214623)
89
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the drop-out rate for nursing courses has been in each year since 1997, broken down by teaching institution.
(214411)
90
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding streams are available to (a) maintained special schools, (b) non-maintained special schools operated by the not-for-profit sector and (c) non-maintained special schools operated by the commercial sector.
(214412)
91
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what length of contract was originally agreed with John Harwood as Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council; whether he resigned early from the post; and what the terms of his departure from the organisation were.
(214070)
92
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many apprenticeships have been made available in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West since 1997.
(214799)
93
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been spent by her Department on funding apprenticeships in Lancashire since 1997.
(214800)
94
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on apprenticeships in Lancashire.
(214801)
95
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on Building Schools for the Future in Lancashire; and if she will list the new projects (a) planned, (b) under way and (c) completed in Lancashire under the programme.
(214802)
96
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children aged (a) five, (b) six and (c) seven years were taught in class sizes of over 30 in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley in each of the last seven years.
(214803)
97
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in North Durham have received support under the Sure Start programme since its inception.
(214673)
98
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been spent on the Sure Start programme in North Durham since its inception.
(214674)
99
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):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 Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214699)
100
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of school leavers in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough have gone on to higher education in each year since 1997.
(214555)
101
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants there were in each local education authority in Greater London in each of the last seven years.
(214556)
102
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Greater London have been taught in classes of more than (a) 25 and (b) 30 in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.
(214557)
103
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have used home-to-school transport in Greater London in each of the last five years, broken down by local education authority.
(214561)
104
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of adults in London she estimates were illiterate in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by local education authority.
(214570)
105
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of 11 year-old pupils in London reached Level 4 in (a) mathematics and (b) English in each of the last seven years, broken down by local education authority.
(214571)
106
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the staying-on rate at 16 years was for Greater London, broken down by local education authority, in each year since 1997.
(214641)
107
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school budgets in Greater London, were in deficit in each of the last seven years, broken down by local education authority.
(214642)
108
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many undergraduate students were pursuing courses in higher education institutions on the last date for which information is available; and of those how many qualified (a) as home students by virtue of being settled in the UK for reasons other than education, (b) as nationals or children of nationals of member states of the EU, ordinarily resident in that country, (c) as EU originating migrant workers or family members thereof, (d) as an exchange student, (e) as a refugee or the spouse or child thereof, (f) as a person with exceptional leave to remain in the UK or the spouse or child thereof and (g) as a citizen of Hong Kong; how many were overseas students; and what proportion each represented of total undergraduates.
(214808)
109
N
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many undergraduate degree courses involving training in atomic energy related skills are available in England.
(213526)
110
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what initiatives the Government is proposing to urge schools to collaborate on tackling disruption by pupils.
(214603)
111
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what role parents of disruptive children are expected to play in individual plans for behaviour support.
(214604)
112
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what new plans there are to cater for pupils who are excluded from schools.
(214605)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
113
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what systems were put in place by her Department to ensure that all relevant evidence was submitted to the Anderson Inquiry into the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2001.
(214255)
114
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions took place between her Department and Northumberland County Council to ensure that all material relating to the index case of foot and mouth disease at Burnside Farm, Heddon on the Wall was submitted to the Anderson Inquiry.
(214256)
115
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department was first informed that Northumberland Trading Standards had (a) mounted an investigation into and (b) filed charges against the haulier who delivered unprocessed waste food to Burnside Farm, Heddon on the Wall.
(214406)
116
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the breeding population of cormorants (a) in England and (b) on inland waters in England.
(214689)
117
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many existing agri-environment scheme holders who provided access for walkers under the scheme are now ineligible to receive payment as a consequence of their land being mapped for access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000; and what the (a) area of land affected and the (b) effect on income of the agreement holders is.
(214499)
118
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in respect of how many hectares of land mapped in areas one to four of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 mapping procedure fall within the definition of section 15 of that Act.
(214500)
119
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares of land mapped in areas one to four of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 mapping procedure are excepted land under Schedule 1 of that Act, as land the use of which is regulated by byelaws under section 14 of the Military Lands Act 1982 or section 2 of the Military Lands Act 1900.
(214501)
120
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares of land mapped in areas one to four of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 has had a restriction or closure applied for under section 28 of that Act on defence or national security grounds; and how many hectares have as a result had a restriction or closure granted under the provisions of the Act.
(214502)
121
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the original estimate for the cost of the consultation, mapping and appeals and other associated costs for the implementation of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 was; and what the actual cost has been to date.
(214503)
122
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funds have so far been allocated to the Access Management Grant Scheme; how much to date has been spent; and how much will be available for the grant scheme proposed to run until 2006-07.
(214504)
123
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on North Durham constituency of her Department's policies since June 2001.
(214470)
124
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the spread of tuberculosis by infected cattle in the re-stocking period immediately after foot and mouth disease was eradicated in the UK during 2001 was influenced by the absence of pre-movement tuberculosis restrictions in cattle herds.
(214704)
125
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications of (a) the length of the period in cattle affected by bovine tuberculosis before overt lung lesions develop and (b) annual or six-monthly tuberculosis testing and removal of infected animals for the threat of cattle-to-cattle transmission from infected animals.
(214705)
126
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her most recent estimate of the badger population in England and Wales is; and what estimates have been made of the population during the last 30 years.
(214707)
127
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will undertake research to determine what measures would be needed to alter public perception of the culling of TB-infected badgers in order to facilitate a comprehensive culling programme of TB-infected badgers.
(214708)
128
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):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 Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214693)
129
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on waste management met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(214794)
130
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on the control and reduction of pollution caused by the discharge of hydrocarbons and other dangerous substances at sea met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(214795)
131
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent reports she has assessed on reductions in avian biodiversity.
(214421)
132
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions when her officials have been processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 it has been necessary to extend the statutory 20 working day limit for response due to the need to assess whether the public interest in disclosing the information requested outweighed the public interest in witholding the information requested.
(214644)
133
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average period of late receipt was for applications refused on the grounds of lateness under the British Cattle Movement Service Cattle Passport Scheme in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will introduce a grace period to take account of delays in the postal service as a cause of lateness.
(214601)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
134
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report on the justice system in Zimbabwe published by the Bar Council of England and Wales.
(214481)
135
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to achieve their target of eradicating drug misuse by the year 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(214494)
136
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the decision to suspend the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation summit scheduled to take place in Dhaka on 6th February; what information he has received on the reasons for the suspension; and if he will make a statement.
(214727)
137
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what types of assistance have been given to the Global Conflict Prevention Pool since its inception in 2001 for the specific purpose of tackling the causes of the conflict in Nepal; if his Department will continue assistance to foster a democratic Nepalese state following the actions of King Gyanendra since 1st February; and if he will make a statement.
(214728)
138
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the reign of King Gyanendra of Nepal since his coronation in 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(214729)
139
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the investigation announced by King Gyanendra of Nepal on 4th June 2001 into the massacre at the royal palace on 1st June 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(214730)
140
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army's reaction to the Sudanese army's actions on 8th December 2004 in the Thabit area near El Fasher; and if he will make a statement.
(214731)
141
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the political situation in Nepal and its development since January 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(214732)
142
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have made to (i) members of the royal family of Nepal and (ii) representatives of the Government of Nepal regarding King Gyanendra's declaration of a state of emergency on 1st February; and if he will make a statement.
(214733)
143
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Joint Committee (EEC-Andorra) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214735)
144
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Armenia Co-operation Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214736)
145
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Kazakhstan Co-operation Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214737)
146
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what verification his Department has (a) sought and (b) received concerning the reports of the offensive use of helicopter gunships by the Sudanese Government mentioned in paragraph 5 of the recent Report of the UN Secretary-General on Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(214791)
147
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) size and (b) nature of the Sudanese army deployment in December 2004 in El Fasher and Nyala; and if he will make a statement.
(214792)
148
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of claims of Sudanese air force activity around Thabit near El Fasher on 8th December 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(214793)
149
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what investigations have taken place into allegations of misappropriation of oil during the period of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
(214146)
150
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the next stage of the Volker Inquiry into the oil for food scandal in Iraq to report.
(214147)
151
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his statement of 31st January, Official Report, columns 573-591, on Iraq, what the nationality was of the insurgents detained in Iraq for offences in connection with the elections.
(214148)
152
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the British Embassy in (a) Damascus and (b) Tehran has made of (i) the reaction of the regimes in (A) Syria and (B) Iran to the recent elections in Iraq and (ii) the implication for relations between each country and Iraq in the future.
(214149)
153
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the Government was first informed of the allegations that the Coalition Provisional Authority had mismanaged funds during the occupation of Iraq.
(214062)
154
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what auditing assistance and financial administrative support the Government has (a) offered and (b) provided to the Coalition Provisional Authority during the occupation of Iraq.
(214063)
155
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK (a) personnel, (b) contractors and (c) companies are involved in the allegations of mismanagement of Iraqi reconstruction funds by the Coalition Provisional Authority.
(214064)
156
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the US Special Inspector-General for Iraqi Reconstruction's report into mismanagement of funding for Iraqi reconstruction during the occupation of Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(214065)
157
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will work with the US Administration and the Iraqi Governing Authority to (a) investigate, (b) locate and (c) retrieve mismanaged Coalition Provisional Authority funding distributed during the occupation of Iraq found to be the result of fraudulent transactions.
(214066)
158
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) Iran's current nuclear capability and (b) the future progress of its nuclear programme.
(214450)
159
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations he has had with European countries regarding the human rights situation in Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(214452)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
160
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average wait between admission and surgery was for people admitted to hospital for fractured neck of femur in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04.
(214404)
161
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people over the age of 60 years were admitted to hospital in England with fractured neck of femur in each year from 1997-98 to 2003-04.
(214405)
162
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received treatment for drug abuse in Easington constituency over the last three years.
(214454)
163
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to general practitioners since August 2004 on prescription of Seroxat; and to which parts of the United Kingdom the guidance applies.
(214588)
164
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on provision of drug treatment in Somerset.
(214472)
165
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a residential drug rehabilitation place in Somerset.
(214473)
166
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were treated by the Somerset drugs service in each of the last eight years.
(214474)
167
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) Taunton and (b) Somerset used accident and emergency services in each of the last five years.
(214475)
168
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were blue lighted in the Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust hospital in each of the last five years.
(214476)
169
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a mental health appointment in Somerset.
(214477)
170
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people consulted an NHS mental health doctor in Somerset in each of the last five years.
(214478)
171
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant episodes have been completed in Somerset in each year since 1997.
(214479)
172
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) maximum and (b) average waiting times for inpatient treatment in Somerset have been in each year since 1997.
(214480)
173
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money each primary care trust in the Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority area has received for helping general practitioner surgeries to (a) expand, (b) build new surgeries and (c) renovate outdated buildings in each of the last four years; and what the budgets are for the coming financial year.
(214609)
174
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was granted to the Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority for (a) capital improvements and (b) capital new build in each of the last eight years; and what the budget is for the coming financial year.
(214610)
175
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the name and address of each of the general practitioner surgeries in (a) Mendip Primary Care Trust (PCT), (b) South Somerset PCT, (c) Somerset Coast PCT and (d) Taunton Deane PCT; and how many full-time equivalent (i) doctors and (ii) nursing staff there are in each.
(214615)
176
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average proportion of patients to general practitioner is in each primary care trust in (a) Somerset, (b) Devon, (c) Dorset and (d) North Somerset.
(214616)
177
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners there are in each primary care trust in (a) Somerset, (b) Devon, (c) Dorset and (d) North Somerset.
(214617)
178
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the availability, in advance of the outcome of the appraisal by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, of Ebixa on the NHS for advanced Alzheimer's disease.
(214529)
179
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to (a) primary care trusts and (b) other funding organisations regarding the availability, in advance of the outcome of the appraisal by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, of Ebixa on the NHS for advanced Alzheimer's disease; and if he will make a statement.
(214530)
180
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received regarding the availability of Ebixa for advanced Alzheimer's disease; and if he will make a statement.
(214531)
181
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines, to be published.
(214532)
182
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the data on which the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines is based was first received by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(214533)
183
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the data on which the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines is based; and if he will make a statement.
(214534)
184
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has held with (a) charities, (b) patient groups, (c) other organisations and (d) representatives of the power industry regarding the potential implications of the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines.
(214535)
185
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the data on which the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines is based.
(214536)
186
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the organisations with whom his Department has held meetings regarding the implications of the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines.
(214537)
187
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he takes to ensure the widespread distribution of guidance his Department publishes on the use of mobile telephones.
(214606)
188
Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to update the leaflet, Mobile Phones and Health, in the light of the latest study from Sir William Stewart.
(214624)
189
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which strains of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) acute trusts are required to report; and if he will make a statement.
(214408)
190
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses there were in North Durham (a) in 2001 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(214457)
191
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of capital of expenditure on health care was in North Durham in (a) 2001 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(214458)
192
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the change has been in waiting lists in North Durham since 1997.
(214672)
193
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information as directly related as possible to the constituency, the effect on the constituency of North Durham of his Department's policies since June 2001.
(214675)
194
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the list of accredited suppliers to the National Retinopathy Screening Programme will be updated via a tender process during 2004.
(214407)
195
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policy guidelines have been issued to NHS trusts since 1997 on the wearing by nurses of hospital uniform whilst travelling to and from their place of work (a) privately and (b) by public transport.
(214734)
196
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the amantadine vaccine as a (a) treatment and (b) prophylactic for avian influenza.
(214755)
197
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doses of (a) amantadine and (b) other flu vaccines or antivirals his Department has stockpiled in preparation for an influenza pandemic.
(214756)
198
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of doses of (a) flu vaccine and (b) antivirals which need to be stockpiled in preparation for an influenza pandemic.
(214757)
199
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has received from the Health Protection Agency on what vaccines or antivirals, and how many, to stockpile in preparation for an influenza pandemic.
(214758)
200
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what vaccines, and at what minimum number of doses, his Department has assessed as sufficient to prevent an (a) influenza and (b) avian flu (i) pandemic and (ii) epidemic.
(214759)
201
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's definition is of a pandemic; and what assessment he has made of the likelihood of an (a) influenza pandemic and (b) avian influenza pandemic occurring in the next five years.
(214760)
202
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of people in at risk groups for influenza, as defined by the National Institute for Clinical Excellent.
(214761)
203
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the length of time, from February, it will take his Department to obtain the stockpiles of flu vaccines or antivirals necessary to cope with an (a) influenza and (b) avian flu (i) pandemic and (ii) epidemic.
(214762)
204
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policy guidelines have been issued to NHS trusts since 1997 on the laundering of nurses' uniforms privately by individuals at home; and if he will make a statement.
(214763)
205
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what tests are conducted on health professionals trained in England for (a) HIV, (b) tuberculosis and (c) hepatitis B.
(214764)
206
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been carried out since 1997 to establish the (a) mechanical efficiency and (b) hygienic effectiveness, of the washing of nurses' uniforms at home; and if he will make a statement.
(214765)
207
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring is conducted by NHS trusts to ensure nurses' uniforms laundered at home are free from bacterial contamination; and if he will make a statement.
(214766)
208
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policy guidelines are in place for NHS trusts on the laundering of (a) bed linen for hospital beds and (b) curtains around hospital beds; and if he will make a statement.
(214767)
209
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214720)
210
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on pollution-related diseases in the framework of the action plan for public health met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214772)
211
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on health promotion information, education and training met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214773)
212
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of treating people with smoking-related diseases; and if he will make a statement.
(214060)
213
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the procedures adopted by the NHS in determining whether a patient is suffering from a smoking-related disease.
(214061)
214
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the trusts operating in Devon in (a) mental health care, (b) general health care, (c) elderly care and (d) special care; which of them were operating in 1997; how many staff are employed by each trust; how many were employed in 1997; and what the costs of running the Health Service in Devon (i) are in 2004-05 and (ii) were in 1997.
(214072)
215
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Postgraduate Medical and Training Board was established; what its annual budget is in 2004-05; how many staff it employs; and how many registrations of consultants have been approved since its inception.
(214073)
216
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether officials from his Department have met representatives of the Allen Carr Easyway to Stop Smoking organisation.
(214669)
217
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on smoking cessation techniques.
(214706)
218
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the percentage change in the number of NHS dentists in North West London has been in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(214562)
219
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of dentists in (a) North West London Strategic Health Authority, (b) Brent and (c) Brent East has stopped taking NHS patients in each year since 1997.
(214563)
220
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time to become a patient of an NHS dentist in North West London has been in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(214564)
221
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of patients in hospitals in each NHS Trust in Greater London who are infected with MRSA.
(214796)
222
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on Hemsworth constituency.
(214498)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
223
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were granted in 2004 to health workers from overseas; and from which countries they have come.
(214608)
224
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of supporting asylum seekers awaiting a decision on whether they have a right to remain in the UK was in the latest year for which figures are available; and how many asylum seekers who have been refused permission to remain in the UK have not been removed from the country (a) because they are awaiting removal and (b) because they cannot be traced.
(213491)
225
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to (a) publish the responses and (b) respond to the consultation on the Burial and Cemeteries Working Group; and if he will make a statement.
(214484)
226
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deportation orders against British prison inmates who were also Irish nationals there have been since 2000.
(214695)
227
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to determine deportation applications for British prison inmates who are Irish nationals; and whether this differs from the criteria used for other EU nationals.
(214696)
228
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child curfew schemes under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 have been established in each year since their introduction.
(214067)
229
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were doubling up in cells designed for single occupancy at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(214068)
230
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were issued in 2004.
(214069)
231
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime contribution, in terms of development of knowledge and policies, to the reduction of cultivation and consumption of narcotic drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(214485)
232
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police there were in North Durham in (a) 2001 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available
(214459)
233
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for drug-related crime have been secured in Durham since 2001.
(214463)
234
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in North Durham since their introduction.
(214464)
235
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of crime was in North Durham in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available.
(214465)
236
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for drug-related crime have been secured in North Durham since 2001.
(214468)
237
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers there are in North Durham.
(214676)
238
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the review of the police grant formula will be completed.
(214448)
239
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to expand in real terms the Royal Policing Fund.
(214466)
240
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his statement of 20th December 2004, Official Report, column 1950, on the Identity Cards Bill, how he intends that the bill, if enacted, should apply to (a) Irish citizens commuting into the United Kingdom for employment or recreation and (b) Irish citizens who are resident within the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(214410)
241
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214718)
242
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to achieve a reduction in the costs of processing a visa extension for an international student.
(214567)
243
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of grants of visa extensions for international students granted an incorrect period of extended leave in the last period for which figures are available.
(214568)
244
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee on the introduction of a uniform format for visas met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214776)
245
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee for the implementation of the Community action programme on preventive measures to fight violence against children, young persons and women (Daphne) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214777)
246
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions when considering requests to his Department for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 it has been necessary to extend the statutory reply period beyond 20 working days because of consideration of whether the request might result in a breach of national security.
(214643)
247
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken by the Security Industry Authority to process licensing applications is.
(214645)
248
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many door supervisors have applied to the Security Industry Authority for a licence in the Thames Valley Police area; how many have been approved; and how many rejected.
(214646)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
249
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 20th January, Official Report, column 247, on bottled water, what proportion of glass from bottles containing drinking water which is on sale in parliamentary canteens or provided by House of Commons Departments for honourable Members' use was (a) recycled and (b) sent for disposal in landfill sites in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(214172)
250
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January, Official Report, column 247, on bottled water, what the estimated cost has been to Departments of the House in providing bottles of water in each year since 1997.
(214173)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
251
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the policy followed by his Department for the award of contracts of a value less than £100,000.
(214230)
252
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which Minister from his Department will be attending the Commission on Sustainable Development in New York in April.
(214552)
253
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 gained through the participants of the Intermediate Technology Development Group project run by the Engineers Without Borders UK in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(214752)
254
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) financial assistance, (b) logistical assistance and (c) assistance in kind has been provided to Engineers Without Borders UK by his Department for the programme in Bario with the Organisation for Sustainable Engineering in South East Asian Nations since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(214753)
255
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 Organisation for Sustainable Engineering in the South East Asian Nations project undertaken by Engineers Without Borders UK in Bario; and if he will make a statement.
(214754)
256
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will set out the steps taken by his Department to alleviate the debt of each of the poorest countries in each year since 1997.
(214491)
257
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on the alleviation of HIV/AIDS in each year since 1997.
(214492)
258
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of levels of mental illness in Iraq (a) before and (b) since March 2003; and what assistance his Department is providing for mental health services in Iraq.
(214420)
259
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the numbers of livestock owned by Fallujah residents that were killed in recent military action in Fallujah; and what steps his Department is taking to assist residents of Fallujah who have lost their livelihood as a result of military action.
(214510)
260
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what accreditation is required from aid agencies before they are provided with Government funding.
(214451)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
261
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidelines the Department of Employment and Learning has issued to universities on dealing with cases of whistle blowing.
(214726)
262
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pre-school age children there were in Northern Ireland on the latest date for which figures are available.
(214768)
263
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average cost of pre-school childcare in Northern Ireland was in the last period for which figures are available; and what assistance is available to working families who require nursery support.
(214769)
264
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether childcare providers in Northern Ireland are required to be registered; and what estimate he has made of the number of childcare providers.
(214770)
265
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what publicly-funded childcare provision is available for pre-school aged children in Northern Ireland.
(214771)
266
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria are applied in awarding school transport contracts other than the lowest cost tendered.
(214805)
267
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland regarding the implications of the recent Trinity College Dublin decision to place a cap on the maximum number of students taking certain courses who come through the Northern Ireland and UK A-Level entry system.
(214807)
268
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) physical and (b) verbal attacks were recorded on (i) doctors, (ii) nurses, (iii) auxilliary staff and (iv) administrative staff (A) in hospitals and (B) throughout the NHS in the Province in each year since 2000.
(214175)
269
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what changes have taken place in the use by Special Branch of paid informers within Republican and so-called Loyalist terrorist organisations since the implementation of the Patten Report.
(214225)
270
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of police officers that would be required in the Province if there were to be (a) a full-scale return to terrorism by Republican and so-called Loyalist terrorist organisations, (b) general observance of a ceasefire by Republican and so-called Loyalist terrorists but widespread criminality and (c) a total cessation of terrorist and criminal activities by all terrorist organisations.
(214226)
271
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Protestant applicants who qualified to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been rejected since its establishment because of the 50:50 sectarian recruitment procedures.
(214228)
272
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many electors in each constituency will have their names restored to the electoral register in Northern Ireland before the local government elections on 5th May.
(214506)
273
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to change arrangements for employment of traffic wardens in Northern Ireland.
(214507)
274
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of discrimination on the grounds of religious or political belief in Northern Ireland are awaiting resolution through the appeals tribunal system.
(214508)
Questions to the Prime Minister
275
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, whether it is his policy that no (a) telephone tapping, (b) other interception of communications and (c) electronic surveillance shall be authorised in respect of honourable Members.
(214144)
276
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 1975, where the interception of communications instigated by honourable Members has been allowed, the interception has not yet been reported to the House.
(214145)
277
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Prime Minister, how often he meets Her Majesty the Queen; and when the last such meeting took place.
(214449)
Questions to the Solicitor General
278
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Solicitor General, when she expects to have completed her consideration of the representations she has received about the desirability of allowing prosecutors direct access to witnesses in order to assess their credibility.
(214591)
279
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214701)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
280
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions against British (i) individuals and (ii) organisations for breach of arms embargo to Sudan have taken place in each year since 1997.
(214553)
281
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the Export Credits Guarantee Department issued guarantees to Alvis in connection with the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles to Indonesia.
(214150)
282
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the Export Credits Guarantee Department was informed of the decision by Alvis to use (a) PT Truba, (b) PTSK and (c) Global Select as agents in connection with the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles to Indonesia.
(214151)
283
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the results of the Equal Opportunities Commission's formal investigation into pregnancy discrimination were.
(214590)
284
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions her Department (a) has held and (b) plans with the Department of Health regarding the potential health implications of the Draper Report on childhood cancer and electromagnetic field exposures from powerlines.
(214543)
285
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on North Durham constituency of her Department's policies since June 2001.
(214467)
286
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):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 Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214697)
287
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in the Burnley constituency have benefited from the national minimum wage since its introduction.
(214698)
288
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Malta Joint Research Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(214738)
289
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Cyprus Joint Research Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(214739)
290
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Coordinating Committee on Fusion Energy EC-USA met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(214740)
291
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee for the implementation of the general framework for Community activities in favour of consumers met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(214741)
292
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee for implementation of multiannual framework programme for actions in the rational end efficient use of energy resources met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(214781)
293
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on labelling of household appliances met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(214782)
294
N
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many tribunal cases have been brought under the (a) Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and (b) the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 since they came into force.
(213524)
295
N
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance has been given to small charities and religious organisations to ensure that they are able to comply with the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.
(213525)
296
Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress is being made with including coal preparation plant-workers in the health claims compensation scheme.
(214589)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
297
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to make a decision concerning the application by the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority to build a new Tyne crossing; and if he will make a statement.
(214229)
298
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Oral Answers to the honourable Members for Leigh and Wigan of 1st February, Official Report, columns 699-700, for what schemes transport infrastructure funding will be available in the Bolton South East constituency.
(214692)
299
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on North Durham constituency of his Department's policies since June 2001.
(214471)
300
N
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) the Stonehenge visitor centre and (b) the A303(T) Stonehenge tunnel project and Winterbourne Stoke bypass of his decision to delegate the funding decisions to south-west regional bodies.
(214174)
301
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures his Department has taken to ensure that the Solent Secondary Surveillance Radar is repaired; when he expects it to be functioning again; and if he will make a statement.
(214482)
302
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214719)
303
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Slovak Republic Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214778)
304
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the EC-Czech Republic Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214779)
305
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Joint Committee on the carriage of goods and passengers by inland waterway (EC-Czech Republic-Republic of Poland-Slovak Republic) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(214780)
306
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists, (c) drivers and (d) car occupants have been (i) injured and (ii) killed in each Greater London borough in each of the last six years for which figures are available.
(214572)
307
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will urge his EU counterparts to agree to a tax on aviation emissions.
(214670)
308
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on Hemsworth constituency.
(214496)
309
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the remit is of the study commissioned by the Strategic Rail Authority into the respecification of the Northern Trains franchise; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) full remit and (b) final report when completed.
(214469)
Questions to the Minister for Women
310
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Minister for Women, how many women have benefited from the increase in statutory maternity leave in North Durham since 2001.
(214677)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
311
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what timetable he has set to extend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to cover general qualifications.
(214620)
312
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been assisted into work in Easington constituency under the New Deal since 1997.
(214455)
313
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobs he estimates will be lost on Merseyside as a result of the Gershon Review.
(214597)
314
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which of the recommendations from Sir Michael Lyons' report relating to his Department have been implemented.
(214598)
315
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money his Department plans to invest in the costs of moving jobs in his Department from London and the South East into other regions.
(214599)
316
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the effect on Merseyside of planned relocation of jobs in his Department from London and the South East; and how many such jobs will be relocated to Merseyside as a result of Sir Michael Lyons' report.
(214600)
317
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether benefit recipients may receive their benefits directly into a credit union account; and what agreement has been made with the Association of British Credit Unions concerning the necessary arrangements.
(214602)
318
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to enable recipients of pensions to use credit unions as the mechanism for direct payments of pensions; and what arrangements he has entered into with the Association of British Credit Unions on the arrangements for doing so.
(214622)
319
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statistics his Department has collected on (a) take-up of and (b) eligibility to pension credit since 31st October 2004; and if he will (i) collect and (ii) publish statistics on pension credit eligibility at constituency level.
(214691)
320
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job brokers there have been within the New Deal for Disabled People scheme in each year since it started.
(214625)
321
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost range of bids made to the Access to Work scheme was in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the average award was.
(214626)
322
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason incapacity benefit claimants have to register within one month of moving into a job for the 52 week linking rule to apply.
(214627)
323
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the 52 week linking rule; and what qualitative research his Department has commissioned to evaluate it.
(214628)
324
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) turnover rate and (b) average caseload has been for disability employment advisers in each of the last 10 years.
(214629)
325
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability employment advisers there have been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.
(214630)
326
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Jobcentre Plus clients have received grants from the Adviser Discretion Fund, broken down by benefit received.
(214631)
327
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants within the Pathways to Work pilots have completed five compulsory work focussed interviews.
(214632)
328
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on the New Deal for Disabled People in (a) cash and (b) real terms since its creation; what the cost has been (i) per client and (ii) per eligible claimant since its creation; and how much of the extra funding announced in the Pre-Budget Report 2004 has been (A) allocated and (B) spent.
(214633)
329
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on the Pathways to Work Programme since it was created; what his estimated expenditure on these pilots is for the next three years; and what the cost has been (a) per client and (b) per incapacity benefit claimant in the relevant area.
(214634)
330
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many specially trained personal advisers there were in the (a) original and (b) new Pathways to Work pilot areas; and what the average caseloads are of each.
(214635)
331
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by which months of the financial year the Access to Work budget has been spent in each of the last five years; and how often the Access to Work budget has been (a) overspent and (b) underspent in each of the last five years.
(214636)
332
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the take-up of the (a) Access to Work Scheme, (b) Job Introduction Scheme and (c) New Deal for Disabled People was in each region in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many requests for early entry into (i) other New Deal programmes and (ii) Workstep were received.
(214638)
333
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received incapacity benefit in each (a) local authority and (b) parliamentary constituency in the last period for which figures are available; and what proportion of the working population these totals amounted to in each case.
(214639)
334
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money the average pensioner in North Durham received in (a) 2001 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(214462)
335
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners have received pension credit in North Durham since its inception.
(214679)
336
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners have received the winter fuel allowance in North Durham since its inception.
(214680)
337
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have benefited from the New Deal in North Durham since its inception.
(214683)
338
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Bassetlaw of 13th October 2004 about the Child Support Agency and his constituent, Catherine Pears.
(214071)
339
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Burnley constituency, the effects on Burnley of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214715)
340
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the policy of the Benefits Agency is on visiting people who wish to make a claim but cannot attend an office; and if he will make a statement.
(214797)
341
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assistance is available from the Benefits Agency to people who wish to make claims but cannot understand the forms they are to complete; and if he will make a statement.
(214798)
342
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have started each of the New Deal for Employment programmes in (a) Stockton and (b) Stockton South; and how many have entered work as a result.
(214721)
343
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each electoral ward in Stockton South constituency claimed winter fuel allowance in 2003-04; and how many have claimed the allowance in 2004-05.
(214722)
344
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of pension credit in each Greater London borough are receiving (a) less than 10 pence, (b) 10 pence to 19 pence, (c) 20 pence to 29 pence, (d) 30 pence to 39 pence, (e) 40 pence to 49 pence, (f) 50 pence to 59 pence, (g) 60 pence to 69 pence, (h) 70 pence to 79 pence, (i) 80 pence to 89 pence and (j) 90 pence to 99 pence per week.
(214790)
345
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Hemsworth constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on Hemsworth constituency.
(214495)
346
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many credits only recipients of incapacity benefit are (a) in receipt of income support, (b) in receipt of other benefits and (c) in receipt of no social security benefits.
(214231)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
347
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received (a) working family tax credits and (b) child tax credits in Easington constituency; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (214456)
348
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have benefited from the minimum wage in North Durham since its inception.
[Transferred] (214678)
349
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee on statistics relating to the trading of goods with non-member countries met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (214745)
350
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee on statistics relating to the trading of goods between Member States met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (214746)
351
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee on the European Communities statistics programme met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (214747)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
352
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many judicial appointments there were in Northern Ireland in 2003-04 from the pool of solicitors engaged in private practice and counsel engaged in private practice who are occasionally or mainly employed by the Crown Prosecution Service.
[Transferred] (214613)
353
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list recently appointed magistrates broken down by those appointed on a (a) full-time and (b) part-time basis; and what their religion is in each case.
[Transferred] (214614)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
354
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners have received a free television licence in North Durham.
[Transferred] (214681)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
355
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding her Department has made available for (a) marriage and relationship support agencies and (b) parenting and family agencies in each year since 1997; how many (i) marriage and relationship support agencies and (ii) parenting and family agencies have received such funding in each year since 1997, broken down by agency; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (214783)
356
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding is available in 2004-05 to couples for relationship counselling (a) within marriage, (b) outside marriage and (c) where there are children in the relationship; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (214784)
357
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the change has been in the number of childcare places in North Durham since 2001.
[Transferred] (214671)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
358
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on the training of dental practitioners met, when and where these meetings took place, what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (214774)
359
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on the training of chemists met, when and where these meetings took place, what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (214775)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
360
Mr David Rendel (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased student visa charges on international applications to UK universities with particular reference to science and technology and engineering courses and departments within UK universities.
[Transferred] (214569)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
361
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the take-up to date has been of the digital tick logo indicating digitally compatible products and services amongst manufacturers and retailers; what the cost of the scheme has been so far; and if she will make a statement on the take-up of digital products and services.
[Transferred] (214619)

 
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