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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 7 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 Monday 7 February 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 7 February 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 7 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 Monday 7 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 7 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214900)
2
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214955)
3
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215031)
4
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215045)
5
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215080)
6
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much has been spent on overtime pay to drivers from the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each year since 1997.
(215113)
7
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has had from Hartlepool in respect of the Lyons Review.
(215128)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
8
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average (a) unsecured debt per person, (b) secured debt per person and (c) annual income per person has been in each year since 1997.
(214789)
9
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been charged to the Reserve in the last year for which figures are available in respect of UK operations in Iraq.
(215155)
10
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths were attributed to cold weather and lack of heating in homes in the Greater London area in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(215162)
11
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the population was in each of the last eight years in (a) South Gloucestershire, (b) City of Bristol, (c) North Somerset, (d) Bath and North East Somerset, (e) Taunton Deane, (f) Mendip, (g) West Somerset, (h) South Somerset and (i) Sedgemoor.
(214650)
12
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps have been taken by ECOFIN ministers to facilitate business recognition in the UK of the euro.
(215201)
13
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the latest estimate is of the UK share of the European Communities' pension liabilities; and how much the UK has contributed.
(215277)
14
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 594W, on EU fraud, if he will make a statement on his Department's assessment of the total level of fraud within the European Communities' budget.
(215300)
15
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 594W, on the EU budget, if he will make a statement on what additional liabilities arise to the Commission upon failure to discharge the EU budget.
(215301)
16
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 31st Janaury, Official Report, column 597W, if he will make a statement on appropriate vires concerning Government spending on information on the EU.
(215314)
17
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the population between the ages of 18 and 25 years were in either employment or education in (a) the County of Essex in each year from 1991 to 1997 and (b) the County of Essex and the boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in each year from 1998 to 2004.
(215115)
18
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Warrington North are claiming tax credits; and what the average award for each credit is.
(214963)
19
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all and (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215225)
20
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many taxpayers received taxable incomes in excess of £50,000 in the last year for which figures are available.
(215358)
21
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the availability of burial space for those dying of HIV/AIDS in Africa; what discussions he has had on this with heads of state of African countries; and what practical measures he has proposed.
[R] (214948)
22
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the distribution of eligible childcare costs is, in £20 bands, amongst in-work families benefiting from the childcare element of the working tax credit who (a) have a child aged under five years, (b) do not have a child aged under five years but have a child aged under 10 years and (c) do not have a child aged under 10 years.
(214785)
23
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the financial effects of changing the subsidy rate in the childcare element of the working tax credit (a) to (i) 50 per cent., (ii) 25 per cent. and (iii) 0 per cent. in 2005-06 and (b) to (A) 50 per cent., (B) 25 per cent. and (C) 0 per cent. in (1) 2006-07, (2) 2007-08 and (3) 2008-09 (X) gross and (Y) net of offsetting changes on other means-tested benefits and taxes.
(214786)
24
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214896)
25
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214957)
26
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mobile telephones have been reported lost or stolen from the Department in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(214996)
27
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent on (a) tea and (b) biscuits in the Department in each year since 1997.
(215007)
28
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215029)
29
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215040)
30
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215078)
31
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(214962)
32
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list projects during the last five years for which Treasury approval has been granted for European Investment Bank Loans in response to applications from (a) the National Assembly for Wales, (b) the Scottish Executive, (c) the Northern Ireland Executive, (d) local authorities in England, (e) local authorities in Wales, (f) NHS trusts in England and (g) NHS trusts in Wales.
(215475)
33
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 monetary, financial and balance-of-payments statistics met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215425)
34
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 European Advisory Committee on statistical information in the economic and social spheres met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215426)
35
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 Co-operation Subcommittee - EEC- Latvia met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215439)
36
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 Co-operation Subcommittee - EEC- Lithuania met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215440)
37
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 Co-operation Subcommittee - EEC- Poland met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215441)
38
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the Make Poverty History in 2005 campaign; and what actions he has taken as a result.
(215263)
39
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met Mr Nelson Mandela; and what matters were discussed.
(215264)
40
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs have been created in Stockton South constituency since (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.
(215303)
41
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each ward of Stockton South claim (a) pension credit and (b) working tax credit.
(215307)
42
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each ward of Stockton South are (a) employed and (b) unemployed; and what the figures were in 1997.
(215308)
43
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many women were (a) dismissed and (b) made redundant in each year between 1997 and 2004.
(215474)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
44
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on his role in the development of Government policy on illegal traveller encampments.
(214829)
45
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on his role in the development of housing policy.
(214830)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
46
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what market research, opinion polling and focus group research the Government undertook in relation to the formulation of the question providing for a referendum on the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe as set out in the European Union Bill; what its cost was; and if he will make a statement.
(214653)
47
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether under the Equality Bill it will be the responsibility of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights to promote equality of opportunity regardless of religion and sexual orientation.
(215294)
48
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what proportion of judgements made by district judges in the Principal Registry (a) went to appeal and (b) were successful or partially successful on appeal in the last year for which figures are available.
(214931)
49
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214898)
50
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214960)
51
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(215026)
52
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215043)
53
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215092)
54
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(215008)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
55
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the Big Lottery Fund.
(214828)
56
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Department of Education and Skills regarding the quality of physical education teaching in schools.
(214834)
57
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on community amateur sports clubs.
(214835)
58
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money from the New Opportunities Fund has been spent on (a) school and (b) community sport since 2000.
(214836)
59
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on her recent discussions with the Iraqi Minister of Culture on (a) Babylon and (b) Itatra.
(211697)
60
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to amend the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 by statutory instrument to enable betting shops to open in the evenings between September and March.
(215471)
61
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214899)
62
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214961)
63
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215025)
64
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215091)
65
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the items of art purchased by the Government Art Collection since 1997; and what the cost of each item was.
(215111)
66
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 1st December, Official Report, column 166W on correspondence, when she will provide a substantive reply.
(215033)
67
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in Hartlepool are in receipt of free television licences.
(215127)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
68
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the countries providing troops to the coalition forces in Iraq; and how many troops each country provides.
(215163)
69
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Department's Defence Logistic Organisation employees are located in the West Midlands region.
(215173)
70
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms his Department uses to promote the importance of physical fitness to new recruits in training.
(215174)
71
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the defence estates the Department has overseas.
(215175)
72
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will write to the honourable Member for Perth with information on (a) fines and (b) pay levels for soldiers of 1st Battalion Black Watch, as indicated in his Answer of 18th November 2004, Official Report, column 1809W.
(214811)
73
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will reinstate the free postal packet service to the Iraq theatre of operations.
(214845)
74
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he intends that final payment on the Royal School of Military Engineering private finance initiative project should be made; and if he will make a statement.
(215150)
75
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his policy towards COM (2004) 608, the Communities Green Paper on Defence Procurement.
(215200)
76
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, columns 539-40W, on Eurocorps, if he will place a copy of the register listing the reports submitted in the Library.
(215337)
77
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 11th January, Official Report, column 376W, on ministerial visits, if he will list the dates of each return flight.
(215338)
78
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply of 18th November 2004, Official Report, column 1830W, on Iraq, when he will write to the honourable Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak.
(215336)
79
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether depleted uranium waste has been deposited on the seabed of the Solway Firth as a result of use in Ministry of Defence training
(215144)
80
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the number of Christmas parcels sent to British servicemen in Iraq which have not been delivered.
(215384)
81
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many mobile telephones have been reported lost or stolen from the Department in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(214884)
82
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214888)
83
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214941)
84
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215021)
85
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215047)
86
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215087)
87
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(214976)
88
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons arrested in Iraq by UK forces have been transferred to the custody of the United States.
(215477)
89
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment were issued with the aide memoire on the law of armed conflict; and on what dates.
(215478)
90
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons arrested by British service personnel in Iraq have been in custody for over a year without charges having been brought against them.
(215479)
91
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked for the British Forces Post Office on (a) 1st January and (b) 1st January 2004; how many were employed in Scotland in each case; and what the personnel costs of the agency (i) are in 2004-05 and (ii) will be in 2005-06.
(215429)
92
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 the Warship Support Agency spent in Scotland (i) in monetary terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total personnel budget; and if he will make a statement.
(215430)
93
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people work for the Defence Communications Services Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and what the figures were in 2003-04.
(215431)
94
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people work for the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and what the figures were in 2003-04.
(215432)
95
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Naval Manning Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215433)
96
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Ministry of Defence Police spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215434)
97
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Meteorological Office spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215435)
98
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Medical Supplies Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215436)
99
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Duke of York's Royal Military School spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215437)
100
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Disposal Services Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215438)
101
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Vetting Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215448)
102
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Transport and Movements Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215449)
103
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215450)
104
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Secondary Care Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215451)
105
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215452)
106
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Armed Forces Personnel Adminstration Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215453)
107
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Army Base and Repair Organisation spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215454)
108
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Army Personnel Centre spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215455)
109
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Procurement Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215456)
110
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Medical Services Department spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215457)
111
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Medical Education and Training Agency spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215458)
112
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for each financial year since 1997-98 the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre spent in Scotland (a) in monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(215459)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
113
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the effects of the Human Rights Act 1998 on planning enforcement.
(214833)
114
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much of the additional floorspace required to accommodate the new jobs that the Government plans to realise in the Thames Gateway between 2003 and 2016 has received planning permission.
(214524)
115
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many of the planned new dwellings in the Thames Gateway for construction between 2003 and 2016 have received planning permission.
(214525)
116
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many illegal encampments of travellers there are on private land within the Greater London area.
(215167)
117
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the evidential basis was for the statements made at the meeting with Ministers on 13th January (a) that local geographical knowledge of staff in a fire control room was less important than access to computerised gazetteers and (b) that the different business needs of the three services in a Tri-Service Centre are a key implementation barrier.
(215058)
118
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the establishment and implementation of local authority call centres.
(215256)
119
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost of establishing and running local authority call centres has been in each year for which figures are available.
(215257)
120
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures his Department uses to assess the (a) cost effectiveness and (b) efficiency of local authority call centres in terms of local service delivery.
(215258)
121
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many directives his Department has issued to local authorities regarding local authority call centres in each year since 1997.
(215259)
122
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total Government investment into local authority call centres has been; and if he will make a statement.
(215266)
123
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the funding arrangements for local authority call centres; and what estimate he has made of the impact of this funding on (a) local government budgets and (b) council tax.
(215267)
124
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of local authority call centres on the improvement of local service delivery; and if he will make a statement.
(215268)
125
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of local authority call centres on local service delivery costs; and if he will make a statement.
(215269)
126
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes he has made that have not yet come into force to the regulations covering household electrical supplies and systems and those who maintain them; and when such changes will come into force.
(215347)
127
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what sand reserves are recorded in the Lancashire Structural Plan; where deposits are located; and what planning guidelines apply to (a) sand quarries and (b) sand extraction.
(214973)
128
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many employees in England and Wales retired under the 85 year rule of the Local Government Pension Scheme in each year between 1997 and 2003.
(214912)
129
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many employees in England and Wales qualify for pension benefits under the 85 year rule of the Local Government Pension Scheme.
(214914)
130
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much in contributions was paid into the Local Government Pension Scheme by employees in England and Wales in each year between 1997 and 2003.
(214916)
131
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215222)
132
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new houses have been built in each local authority area in Sussex in each of the last five years; and what percentage that represents of the newbuild targets set by his Department.
(214711)
133
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214895)
134
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214956)
135
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(215030)
136
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215044)
137
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215079)
138
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council homes have been sold under the Right-to-Buy in Pendle in each year since 1990.
(214838)
139
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the transition phase, following the introduction of the new formula grant system in 2003-04 will end; and if he will make a statement.
(214839)
140
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to minimise the possibilities for electoral fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(215002)
141
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to give details of the future distribution of Neighbourhood Renewal Fund monies.
(215004)
142
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the practicalities of introducing a local income tax whose rates could be varied by county, district and parish councils; and if he will make a statement.
(215006)
143
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(215011)
144
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he has received the report from the Boundary Commission for Wales on the proposed new parliamentary boundaries in Wales; when he will lay the Order implementing the changes; and if he will deposit a copy of the report in the Library.
(214413)
145
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the affordable housing schemes funded in Milton Keynes in each of the last three years indicating (a) the numbers of units in each location and (b) how many units in each scheme are for key workers.
(215271)
146
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress has been made towards promoting renewables within the context of planning policy; and if he will make a statement.
(214926)
147
N
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what dates he has planned for implementing the recommendations of the Boundary Commission in Wales.
(214526)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
148
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of (a) the Redbridge Children's Fund partnership and (b) the Waltham Forest Children's Fund partnership submitting a budget and preventative plan to the regional team demonstrating how funding for 2005 to 2008 would be spent; whether the funding for this period has now been agreed; what main activities will be undertaken; what the likely funding will be; and if she will make a statement.
(215169)
149
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much Student Loan Company expenditure there has been on (a) grants, (b) income contingent loans, (c) tuition fees, (d) hardship and access to learning, (e) fee waiver and (f) opportunity bursaries in each year since 1999-2000 at (i) Northumbria and (ii) Newcastle universities.
(215013)
150
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many fires there were in schools in England in each of the last three years; and how many she estimates were caused by arson.
(215170)
151
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school-leavers in the Easington constituency went on to (a) higher education, (b) further education and (c) full-time employment in each year since 2001.
(214927)
152
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list, by Learning and Skills Council area, the number of apprenticeships that have been granted in each of the past three years.
(215109)
153
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21st December 2004 to the honourable Member for Huddersfield, Official Report, column 1701W, on international students, if she will list the organisations and individuals from which representations have been received.
(215460)
154
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the (a) role, (b) budget and (c) staffing level of the National Europass Centre.
(215209)
155
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money her Department has granted to schools in Lancashire for construction of school toilets in each of the last five years.
(215380)
156
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on construction and maintenance of school (a) playing fields and (b) sports halls in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley since 1997; and how much has been spent in each school in Chorley.
(215381)
157
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been spent on (a) science blocks and (b) class rooms in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley since 1997; and how much has been spent in each school in Chorley.
(215382)
158
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to increase central funding to schools in Lancashire.
(215467)
159
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on secondary education in Chorley constituency.
(215468)
160
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) learning support assistants and pupils there are in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (A) Lancashire and (B) Chorley.
(215469)
161
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding from the New Deal for Schools has passed to schools in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and if she will list the schools which received funding.
(215470)
162
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils entered higher education from schools and colleges in (a) the County of Essex in each year from 1991 to 1997 and (b) the County of Essex and the boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in each year from 1998 to 2004.
(215116)
163
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the capital cost of new school building and extension, repair and renovation of school buildings was in (a) the County of Essex in each year from 1991 to 1997 and (b) the County of Essex and the boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea in each year from 1998 to 2004.
(215117)
164
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much revenue funding was spent per pupil in Warrington in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(214969)
165
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total amount spent on capital projects in Warrington schools has been in each year since 1997.
(214970)
166
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants are employed in schools in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North.
(214971)
167
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many apprenticeships funded by the Learning and Skills Council were begun in each region during the six months ending 31st December 2004.
(214523)
168
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the creation of the Offenders' Learning and Skills Service will affect offender learning provision in Wales.
(214990)
169
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the projected budget for the Offenders' Learning and Skills Service is for the next three years; and what ring-fencing of these budgets will take place.
(214991)
170
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which European countries her Department consulted on how they provided internet access to prisoners during the planning of the strategy produced by Graham Connelon.
(214992)
171
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of the work conducted by Graham Connelon on providing internet access to prisoners; and if she will place a copy of the strategy in the Library.
(214993)
172
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received on employer's liability insurance cover for prison education staff at HMP Brixton; and what measures are taken to ensure that Reed Education adheres to employment law.
(214995)
173
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214885)
174
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214938)
175
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(215024)
176
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215039)
177
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215090)
178
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the performance of secondary schools in Ilford North based on key stage 2 to GCSE results since 1997.
(214951)
179
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of her Department's policies since 2nd May 1997 on the constituents of Ilford North.
(215204)
180
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of her Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(214975)
181
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on training in nursing met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215412)
182
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on the training of midwives met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215413)
183
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to encourage provision of youth clubs and other recreational places for young people.
(214841)
184
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the impact of the Sure Start programme in the Dartford constituency.
(214980)
185
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many families have received support from Sure Start in the constituency of Stockton South.
(215304)
186
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many free nursery and pre-reception class places have been created for three, four and five year olds in the constituency of Stockton South since 1997.
(215305)
187
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what changes there have been in (a) GCSE and (b) A level results achieved by students in the constituency of Stockton South since 1997.
(215306)
188
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the amount of funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary education has changed in the constituency of Stockton South since 1997.
(215309)
189
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many entrants to higher education were from educational establishments in the Stockton South constituency in each of the last seven years.
(215310)
190
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the number of (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants has changed in Stockton South since 1997.
(215311)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
191
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the 10 most landed fish species under North Sea Total Allowable Catches fished within the UK 200 mile median limit.
(215199)
192
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the (a) budget and (b) role of the European Fisheries Fund.
(215206)
193
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the activity of the Community Plant Variety Office in the UK in the last 12 months; and if she will list its publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215232)
194
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of estimated biomass of the 10 most landed fish species under North Sea Total Allowable Catches were landed by vessels from each EU member state in the last period for which figures are available; and what proportion of each catch was made up of recognised market valuable species.
(215234)
195
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the effects of EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No. 148/04/COL of 30th June 2004, 2004/C 319/08, OJ C319 of 23rd December 2004, on the ability of EU states to adjust green taxes under single market competition provisions.
(215238)
196
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on planned legislation at European Communities level on animal protection; what target groups will be approached by Eurobarometer surveys established in preparation of such legislation under Commission decision 2004/920/EC of 27th December 2004; what the total cost of pre-legislation surveys in this competence will be; and what the role is of Eurobarometer surveys in the legislative process.
(215240)
197
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the activity of the European Environment Agency in the UK in the last 12 months; and if she will list the publications and newsletters published by the Agency over that period.
(215273)
198
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the activity of the European Food Safety Authority in the UK in the last 12 months; and if she will list the publications and newsletters published by the Authority over that period.
(215275)
199
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures relating to (a) UK vessels and (b) accession state vessels European Union institutions are bringing forward to address increases in fishing capacity in EU waters since 1st May 2004.
(215330)
200
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 171W, on fisheries, what the weights were of the discards estimates.
(215340)
201
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter dated 24th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. G Bibby.
(215123)
202
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215212)
203
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214889)
204
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214942)
205
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(215020)
206
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215048)
207
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215086)
208
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average intervention price for (a) skimmed milk powder, (b) butterfat powder, (c) wheat and (d) beef was in pounds sterling for each year since 1992; and what the proposed price levels are for (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008.
(214580)
209
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) UK-produced and (b) EU-produced (i) skimmed milk powder, (ii) butterfat powder, (iii) wheat and (iv) beef was (A) bought into intervention and (B) sold out of intervention (1) within the EU and (2) outside the EU for each year since 1992.
(214581)
210
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent from EU funds in (a) intervention purchases and (b) export restitution for each agricultural product for each year since 1992.
(214582)
211
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):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 Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of her Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(215009)
212
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; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215407)
213
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has evaluated on the effectiveness of use of the Estech Europe waste disposal method by local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(214913)
214
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to encourage increased clarity in the labelling relating to recycling on plastic packaging and containers; and if she will ensure that local authorities have consistent policies relating to the range of plastic materials that they will collect for recycling.
(214915)
215
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the link between trees in urban areas and air quality.
(214937)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
216
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the individuals detained in Iraq by coalition forces because of alleged connection with weapons of mass destruction programmes; how long each has been detained; when they are expected to be released; and if he will make a statement.
(215145)
217
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what latest estimate of civilian casualties he has received from the Iraqi Ministry of Health.
(213492)
218
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by (a) the UK and (b) the EU to help with preparations for the application of the EU acquis to Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (215095)
219
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Republic of Cyprus over the UK's steps to help Turkish Cypriots prepare for the application of the EU acquis in the North of Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (215096)
220
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which EU member state diplomats attended the Turkish National Day celebrations hosted in Northern Cyprus by the Turkish Ambassador to the TRNC; what representations the Republic of Cyprus made on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (215097)
221
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what commitments he has given to decoupling the proposed EU aid and direct trade regulations for Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (215098)
222
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what opposition within the EU there is to the proposed regulation (a) for aid to and (b) on direct trade with Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (215178)
223
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what part officials from UK Government departments have had in the (a) management and (b) monitoring of reconstruction funds in Iraq.
(215147)
224
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department was first informed of the mismanagement of reconstruction funds in Iraq.
(215148)
225
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with (a) the US Administration, (b) the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority and (c) others on the management of reconstruction funds in Iraq (i) prior to the establishment of those funds and (ii) since the report of the US Government Auditors; and if he will make a statement.
(215154)
226
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those organisations in receipt of European Communities funds that have brought actions against the European Commission relating to interpretation of Treaty Articles at the European Court of Justice since 1997.
(215208)
227
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal advice he has taken on the consequences for the UK referendum on the EU Constitution of a decision by Gibraltar not to hold a referendum.
(215210)
228
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Maritime Safety Agency in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list its publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215228)
229
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list its publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215229)
230
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Training Foundation in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list their publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215237)
231
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) budget, (b) aims and (c) target group of the Communities MEDIA Training programme; and if he will list projects funded to date involving United Kingdom partners.
(215241)
232
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 38W, on whistleblowers, what monitoring of whistleblowing cases in the European Communities his Department undertakes.
(215290)
233
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 27W, on severance grants, what monitoring of the internal management of communities institutions his Department undertakes.
(215331)
234
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January, Official Report, column 147W, on Burma, for what reasons he will not provide the information requested.
(215335)
235
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the annex setting out policy areas in the new treaty which have moved to qualified majority voting or co-decision, to which he refers in his statement of 26th January, Official Report, column 17WS, includes all the areas listed in his Answer of 5th July 2004 to the honourable Member for New Forest East, Official Report, column 592W.
(215353)
236
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will urge the UN to define the atrocities committed in Darfur as genocide.
(215261)
237
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will urge his colleagues in the EU to define the atrocities committed in Darfur as genocide.
(215262)
238
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what additional resources are being furnished to the African Union by the (a) UK, (b) EU and (c) UN to assist its attempts to resolve the crisis in Darfur.
(215270)
239
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter dated 30th December 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr M. Abbas.
(215100)
240
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter dated 15th November from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Samiul Alam.
(215125)
241
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215218)
242
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214886)
243
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214939)
244
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215023)
245
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215038)
246
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215089)
247
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 940W, on torture-obtained information, on how many occasions in the last three years concerns have been expressed to him regarding the means by which the intelligence it received had been obtained.
(215146)
248
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK-based private contractors enjoy immunity from prosecution under local Iraqi law.
(215476)
249
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what basis the World Trade Organisation's Dispute Settlement Body rests its authority; and if he will make a statement.
(215402)
250
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) role, (b) composition and (c) work of the World Trade Organisation's Appellate Body; and if he will make a statement.
(215403)
251
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings (a) he, (b) officials in his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have (i) proposed, (ii) scheduled and (iii) had since 7th January with members and representatives of the governments of (A) Argentina, (B) Benin, (C) Brazil, (D) China, (E) Denmark, (F) France, (G) Greece, (H) Japan, (I) Philippines, (J) Romania, (K) Russian Federation, (L) United Republic of Tanzania, (M) United States and (N) Algeria, (1) regarding the situation in Darfur, (2) regarding the Report of the Secretary-General on the Sudan pursuant to paragraphs 6,13, and 16 of Security Council resolution 1556 (2004), paragraph 15 of resolution 1564 (2004) and paragraph 17 of resolution 1574 (2004) and (3) regarding the use of the International Criminal Court to prosecute war crimes committed in (X) Darfur and (Y) Sudan in general; when each of these meetings took place; what specific proposals were (V) proposed and (W) accepted; and if he will make a statement.
(215405)
252
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) strategy and (b) actions of the US Administration to promote the establishment of a temporary UN-African Union court in Arusha, Tanzania to handle war crimes prosecutions with regard to Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(215414)
253
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what obligations there are under international agreements to act in confirmed cases of genocide; and if he will make a statement.
(215415)
254
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the proceedings brought to the International Criminal Court since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(215416)
255
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how often since 1997 (a) he, (b) officials in his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have (i) brought and (ii) sought to bring the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo for discussions in the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.
(215417)
256
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) function, (b) foundation and (c) make-up of the World Trade Organisation's Dispute Settlement Body; and if he will make a statement.
(215418)
257
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 EEC- Slovenia Co-operation Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215442)
258
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- Turkey) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215443)
259
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 (EC- Albania) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215444)
260
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will send a substantive reply to the letter dated 8th December 2004, ref. GV100/90815/H Post Ref 74117 from the honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood.
(215153)
261
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to retain the British High Commission in Swaziland.
(215140)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
262
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the differences are between the 2003 Keeping in Touch scheme for dentists and the Returning to Dentistry campaign launched in 2004.
[R] (214514)
263
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for how long the Returning to Dentistry campaign ran; how many calls it received; and what the total budget was, broken down by (a) advertising and (b) operating costs.
[R] (214515)
264
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with primary care trusts prior to launching the Returning to Dentistry campaign; and what feedback has been received from the trusts as a result of the campaign.
[R] (214516)
265
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will conduct an assessment of the level of consultation undertaken by the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust with its service users on the use of its day treatment centres.
(214902)
266
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust's (a) review and re-alignment of services and (b) its impact on service users.
(214903)
267
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust has received the additional £5 million allocated after the external review of services in 1999.
(214904)
268
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) the crisis resolution service being introduced by the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust and (b) whether there are sufficient funds for its development without detriment to existing services.
(214905)
269
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust's financial position; and if he will make a statement.
(214906)
270
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the recommendations of the paediatric and congenital services report.
(214907)
271
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to implement the recommendations of the paediatric and congenital services report.
(214908)
272
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the new crisis resolution service adopted by the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust on over-capacity on acute wards.
(214910)
273
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust of purchasing acute beds from outside trust boundaries was in the most recent year for which figures are available; and why it has been necessary to purchase them.
(214911)
274
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the bed occupancy rate in the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust in acute (a) under-65s and (b) over-65s wards is.
(215099)
275
Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact on services at the Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust of its financial deficit.
(215214)
276
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average fee paid by each social services department in England for care for the elderly in a (a) privately-owned and (b) local authority-owned residential home was in the latest year for which figures are available.
(214074)
277
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 18th January, Official Report, column 679, on alcohol misuse, what advice his Department gave to the (a) Home Office and (b) Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the policy to extend licencing to allow 24-hour drinking; and if he will make a statement.
(214152)
278
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on ambulance services within the Greater London area in each of the last three years.
(215143)
279
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting time is in the Greater London area for a person suffering from drug addiction to receive treatment; and if he will make a statement.
(215164)
280
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have died in each of the last five years whose death was partly or wholly attributable to passive smoking.
(215168)
281
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS walk-in centres there are in England.
(215171)
282
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that numbers of health professionals in London's schools are sufficient; and if he will make a statement.
(215317)
283
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on school nurses in each constituency in London in each year since 1997.
(215319)
284
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children per school nurse there have been in each London constituency in each year since 1997.
(215320)
285
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many schools in each constituency in London have had a full-time school nurse in each year since 1997.
(215321)
286
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health professionals are employed in London's schools.
(215322)
287
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend section 1(3a) of the Abortion Act 1967 to allow women to have abortions at home.
(215176)
288
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people attended an accident and emergency department in England in each quarter since March 2000.
(215134)
289
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost of (a) a general practitioner consultation and (b) an attendance at an accident and emergency department was in the last period for which figures are available.
(215135)
290
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average percentage of patients seen in under four hours from arrival at an accident and emergency department to admission, transfer or discharge has been in each quarter since March 2000.
(215136)
291
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of (a) the new general practitioner contract and (b) the four-hour waiting time target for accident and emergency attendances on the demand for accident and emergency services.
(215137)
292
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated in Accident and Emergency departments in hospitals in Worcestershire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(215001)
293
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the incidence of alcohol-related problems in the under 60s.
(214933)
294
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of recent changes in the National Patient Safety Agency budget on patient safety.
(214953)
295
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mixed sex Nightingale wards are still in operation.
(214954)
296
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list the publications and newsletters published by the Agency over that period.
(215274)
297
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were resident in residential care homes in each year from 1991 to 2004.
(215114)
298
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will conduct trials of the use of low-dose naltrexone in the treatment of multiple sclerosis; and if he will make a statement on its availability on the NHS.
(215112)
299
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to publicise the expiry of old EIII reciprocal health certificates and the introduction of new ones; and if he will make a statement.
(215177)
300
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215213)
301
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been sectioned under the Mental Health Acts in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) men, (b) women and (c) children.
(214787)
302
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average (a) weight and (b) waist size of (i) men and (ii) women was in each of the last 10 years.
(214788)
303
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 549W, on diamorphine, how many general practitioners are licensed to prescribe diamorphine for the treatment of drug addiction; and how many were licensed to do so in 1997.
(214925)
304
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of female prisoners who are users of prescription medication (a) on entering prison and (b) on release.
(214984)
305
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214891)
306
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214944)
307
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215018)
308
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215050)
309
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215084)
310
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners were practising in the London Borough of Redbridge at 31st December (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.
(214950)
311
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of his Department's policies since 2nd May 1997 on the constituents of Ilford North.
(215205)
312
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(215010)
313
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 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215445)
314
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 the prevention of drug dependence 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.
(215446)
315
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Health Care Commission will report on the death of Faye Emily Brandon, of Loddiswell, who died at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth on 14th April 2004 (case ref: C200409 0409).
(214075)
316
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts (PCTs) operate a policy restricting the number of blood glucose strips available to people with diabetes; and how many blood test strips have been supplied to patients in England on average per PCT in each of the past five years.
(214518)
317
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will appoint a men's health tsar.
(215014)
318
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of changes to his Department's policies on the Gravesham constituency since 1997.
(215352)
319
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of the changes to his Department's policies on the Dartford constituency since 1997.
(215393)
320
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the number of (a) nurses and (b) doctors employed in in Stockton South has changed since 1997.
(215312)
321
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior citizens in Stockton South have received (a) free eye tests and (b) assistance for glasses and contact lenses since 1997.
(215313)
322
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the use of psychotherapy in smoking cessation programmes.
(215012)
323
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant urologists are working in the NHS in the areas served by the (a) Birmingham and Black Country and (b) West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority; and how many are over the age of 55 years in each case.
(214917)
324
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preparations he has put in place to ensure that UK citizens are protected against the risk of contracting bird flu; and if he will make a statement.
(214511)
325
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the delay to his plans to privatise routine orthopaedic surgery at Ashford (Middlesex) Hospital.
(215139)
326
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual increase in fees for residential care for residents in properties (a) owned or run by Kent County Council and (b) in Kent run by Southern Cross Healthcare was between 2003-04 and 2004-05.
(214809)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
327
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the value of the British Crime Survey.
(214825)
328
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of public confidence in the British Crime Survey.
(214826)
329
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the recorded crime figures published in July 2004.
(214827)
330
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to increase the removal of failed asylum seekers in the last 12 months.
(214831)
331
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he next expects to meet representatives of police forces to discuss the implementation of stop forms.
(214832)
332
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average total cost, including all staff, legal, court and other process costs, of securing (a) an anti-social behaviour order, (b) an injunction and (c) an eviction was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(213527)
333
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many armed police officers are employed by the Metropolitan Police Force.
(215142)
334
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what quantity of illegal drugs was seized in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and what the estimated street value was of these drugs.
(215160)
335
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons in England and Wales were considered to be overcrowded, as at 1st February.
(215161)
336
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people to whom asylum registration cards have been issued are resident in Coventry South.
(213493)
337
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to institute anti-terrorism measures in inner-city schools, with particular reference to (a) the replacement of glass in windows with laminated glass, (b) the installation of anti-bomb litter bins and (c) increased patrol security.
(215348)
338
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-bomb litter bins have been installed in major metropolitan areas.
(215349)
339
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information the Government has published for (a) the general public and (b) small businesses on terrorist alertness and prevention.
(215350)
340
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to require buildings in metropolitan areas to use laminated glass to reduce the risk of mass civilian injury in the case of domestic terrorist attack.
(215351)
341
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Gurkha soldiers living in the UK are not entitled to UK citizenship because their service ended prior to 1st July 1997; and what percentage of the total number of Gurkha soldiers living in the UK they represent.
(215357)
342
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representions he has received from the First Minister of the Scottish Executive about the compatibility of the proposals for detaining suspects under house arrest with the Scotland Act 1998.
(215481)
343
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent (a) officers and (b) civilian personnel were controlled by the central resource of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of each are based at Portishead.
(214422)
344
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian personnel were assigned to each basic command unit of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary in each year since 1997.
(214651)
345
N
Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the full-time equivalent head count for Avon and Somerset Constabulary was in each of the last eight years.
(214652)
346
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what position he will take on harm reduction at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna on 7th March.
(215034)
347
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue was raised from VAT on the sale of magic mushrooms in each of the last five years.
(215035)
348
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) actions and (b) adjustments have been made by the Prison Service Headquarters to reduce the Prison Service overspend in the current financial year; and what (i) efficiencies and (ii) savings have resulted.
(214840)
349
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) budget, (b) role and (c) staffing levels of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Co-operation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union; when this body was agreed in Council; whether this body was notified to Parliament; under what legal treaty base it will operate; where it will be based; and whether its staff will enjoy diplomatic immunity.
(215207)
350
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the activity of Eurojust in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list its publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215215)
351
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list its publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215230)
352
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list its publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215231)
353
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on UK participation in the European Refugee Fund.
(215235)
354
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the application of Article 8(c) of the European Refugee Fund in the United Kingdom; and what rules have been drawn up to assure balanced representation of views in such projects.
(215236)
355
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Initiative 2004/C 317/06, OJ C317 of 22nd December 2004, the designation of Europol as the Central Office for combating euro counterfeiting; what additional responsibilities Europol officers will have; what additional rights ensue with regard to (a) activities in the United Kingdom, (b) required liaison by UK officers, (c) obligations by UK courts and (d) the charging of criminals and the location of their hearings; and for what reasons the UK has agreed to sponsor this initiative.
(215239)
356
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the number of recorded crimes in (a) the North West and (b) Lancashire in 2004; and what percentage were cleared up.
(215324)
357
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with chief constables concerning high visibility policing.
(215325)
358
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on tackling anti-social behaviour in Lancashire.
(215326)
359
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in each district in Lancashire since they were introduced, broken down by (a) age group and (b) sex.
(215327)
360
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what grant schemes are available for CCTV in (a) villages in Lancashire and (b) railway stations at (i) Coppall, (ii) Acklington, (iii) Astley Village, (iv) Clayton and (v) Euxton.
(215328)
361
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by (a) police and (b) non-police personnel in each Lancashire district in each year since 2000.
(215462)
362
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) process and (b) timetable for replacing the Chief Constable of Lancashire.
(215463)
363
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been available for duty in (a) Lancashire, (b) each police division in Lancashire and (c) each Lancashire constituency in each year for which records are available.
(215464)
364
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the future role and strength of special constables in Lancashire.
(215465)
365
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on Neighbourhood Watch in Lancashire.
(215466)
366
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers are working in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North.
(214972)
367
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 30th December 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr Dwight Swanson.
(215101)
368
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 4th January from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Miss Calnette Dele-Charley.
(215102)
369
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 9th December 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mrs Guy-Blackburn.
(215103)
370
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 14th December 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr S. Mohamed.
(215104)
371
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 17th October 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Pauline Clear.
(215105)
372
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 17th November 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mrs Thembelani Chintoka.
(215106)
373
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 19th October 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Nabila Jahangir.
(215107)
374
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 6th December 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mrs Sama Manzoor Ahmed.
(215108)
375
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 14th December 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms. A Khushi.
(215122)
376
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215217)
377
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the beneficiaries of the Futurebuilders scheme to date.
(214709)
378
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been awarded from the Futurebuilders Fund; and how much is budgeted for distribution in the next five years.
(214710)
379
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what mechanisms the Royal Parks Constabulary staff pay and conditions will be protected if they transfer to the Metropolitan Police Service as proposed in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill.
(215292)
380
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training arrangements are proposed for designated officers to act as staff custody officers in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill.
(215293)
381
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Child Curfew Orders have been made under the scheme introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
(214932)
382
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25th January, Official report, column 276W, on identity cards and passports, what the reasons are for the fall in the projected numbers of passport applications between 2005 and 2009.
(214909)
383
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the study conducted by Consult Hyperion Ltd commissioned by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate into the creation of a Biometrics Governance Framework.
(214934)
384
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library copies of the work conducted by Consult Hyperion Ltd on (a) the biometric technology roadmap for person identification within UK policing and (b) the Facial Images National Database.
(214935)
385
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 472W, on the Identity Cards Programme, what issues were under discussion at the meetings held with (a) the Football Association and (b) Idenex; and what conclusions were reached.
(214952)
386
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what baseline figures will be used to measure his Department's targets to increase the proportion of (a) heroin seized from 10 per cent. in 2003 to 16 per cent. in 2006 and (b) cocaine seized from 21 per cent. to 26 per cent. in 2006, as set out on page 85 of the Home Office Strategic Plan 2004 to 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(214982)
387
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's targets are for (a) the proportion of asylum cases to be decided within (i) two and (ii) six months, (b) the proportion of asylum decisions to be audited as fully effective or better and (c) the proportion of failed asylum seekers who are removed from the country.
(214983)
388
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether special measures have been put in place to assist asylum seekers and refugees (a) to find family members directly affected by the tsunami and (b) to go home to help with reconstruction.
(214985)
389
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision has been made to provide asylum seekers, including end of process asylum seekers, from those countries affected by the tsunami (a) with temporary, humanitarian or discretionary protection in the UK and (b) permission to work until they can reasonably go home.
(214986)
390
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which (a) countries and (b) regions affected by the tsunami removal of failed asylum seekers has been suspended; for how long suspensions will last in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(214987)
391
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to his Department was in each of the last three years for (a) prisoners' private letters, (b) prisoners' legal letters, (c) foreign national prisoners' telephone calls and (d) telephone calls made by prisoners on arrival in prison.
(214988)
392
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to allow colleges and universities to have access to the Criminal Records Bureau for the vetting of potential students.
(214989)
393
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) biometric passports and (b) identity cards will contain (i) radio frequency identification chips and (ii) contactless integrated circuits.
(214994)
394
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether prisons are subject to Crown immunity for trading standards; and if he will make a statement.
(214998)
395
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prisoners who declared themselves as Muslims in each of the last five years were (a) British nationals and (b) foreign nationals.
(214999)
396
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners declared themselves to be of a particular religion when they entered prison in each of the last five years, broken down by religion.
(215000)
397
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how frequently the Secretary of State or responsible ministers have personally reviewed the certification of individuals detained under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001; and on what date the case of `C' was last considered by the Secretary of State.
(215036)
398
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214887)
399
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214940)
400
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215022)
401
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215046)
402
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215088)
403
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total amount of revenue from speed cameras was in the area policed by the Lancashire Constabulary in the last year for which figures are available.
(215255)
404
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(214981)
405
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects Paul Stephenson to take up his position as Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police; and what the timetable is for the appointment of his successor as Chief Constable of Lancashire.
(215003)
406
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing in a system of counting in and out visitors to the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(215005)
407
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 European Refugee Fund met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215410)
408
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 programme training, exchanges and co-operation in the field of asylum, immigration and crossing of external borders (Odysseus) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215411)
409
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date he, or officials in his Department, started to review the case of prisoner `C', then being held in Woodhill Prison; what new information led him to decide to release prisoner `C'; and on what dates reviews of the cases of other prisoners being detained under anti-terrorist legislation in Belmarsh Prison, began.
(215037)
410
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which department of the Prison Service advises prisons on producing information booklets for prisoners; whether the distribution of information booklets in prisons is monitored; and what guidelines have been issued concerning what information should be provided for prisoners (a) on reception and induction into prison and (b) prior to release.
(215295)
411
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the contractual obligations for privately managed prisons are in relation to the provision of information to prisoners.
(215296)
412
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether privately managed prisons have access to the Prison Service intranet.
(215297)
413
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Spelthorne dated 29th September 2004 about Mr Ayoub Soobhanu (Ref: Ruhomaun R299459).
(214936)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
414
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the technology transfers effected by his Department in each of the last three years.
(215315)
415
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries he expects will cease to receive development assistance from the UK in each of the next five years.
(215316)
416
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February, Official Report, column 911W, on Iraq, whether his Department has undertaken research to assess whether cash payments to the poor and unemployed rise at a similar level as prices for food, in circumstances where cash payments have replaced food rationing; what assessment he has made of whether this will happen in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(215172)
417
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what indicators will be used to monitor the spending of the £150 million allocated to meeting the needs of HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children; and when such monitoring will take place.
(215339)
418
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that his Department's field offices are able to track the spending of the £150 million allocated to meeting the needs of HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children.
(215341)
419
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps will be taken by the Government to ensure that his Department's field offices in countries with large numbers of HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children help to increase the capacity of Government services in those countries to provide support and protection for such children.
(215342)
420
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department's field offices covering countries with large numbers of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS will be producing (a) detailed action plans and (b) revised country assistance plans setting out how they will be spending the £123 million committed for services to this group.
(215343)
421
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the £123 million committed by the UK Government for responding to the needs of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS in Africa will be allocated between his Department's field offices in different countries.
(215344)
422
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will take steps to ensure that the EU's HIV/AIDS strategy in developing countries (a) gives priority to HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children, (b) adopts the Unicef-led framework for protection of these children and (c) allocates adequate resources to it.
(215345)
423
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that civil society organisations in developing countries are able to access resources for meeting the needs of orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
(215346)
424
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215216)
425
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions his Department has had with UK-based refugee communities from those countries affected by the tsunami concerning the reconstruction efforts; and if he will make a statement.
(214997)
426
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214890)
427
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214943)
428
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215019)
429
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215049)
430
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215085)
431
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) economic and (b) social opportunities afforded to developing countries by electronic barter and bi-lateral exchange mechanisms; and if he will make a statement.
(215404)
432
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Committee on implementation of humanitarian aid operations met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215427)
433
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Joint Committee (EEC-Côte d'Ivoire) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215428)
434
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he last met Mr Nelson Mandela; and what matters were discussed.
(215329)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
435
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the outcome was of the investigation undertaken by the Southern Education and Library Board against an officer accused of receiving bribes regarding school contract tenders; and if he will make a statement.
(214818)
436
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland have benefited from the New Deal for people with disabilities.
(214576)
437
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) actual and (b) maximum total enrolment figures are for all primary schools within the Lisburn City Council area.
(214577)
438
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost of the Stephens Inquiry into allegations of collusion has been since it was first established.
(214578)
439
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Government plans to deliver the consultation on new post-primary admissions criteria to every household in Northern Ireland.
(215156)
440
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in what circumstances Control Orders as announced by the Home Secretary on 26th January could be used against suspected terrorists in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(215157)
441
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list by constituency the numbers of eligible voters who failed to re-register in the 2004 annual canvass.
(215158)
442
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the reasons why eligible voters failed to re-register in the 2004 annual canvass; and if he will make a statement.
(215159)
443
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received from (a) political parties, (b) the Electoral Commission and (c) the Northern Ireland Electoral Office about the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill.
(215254)
444
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215223)
445
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many mobile telephones have been reported lost or stolen from the Department in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.
(214883)
446
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214894)
447
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214947)
448
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215015)
449
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215053)
450
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215081)
451
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average response time from a call to the emergency number to attendance by a Police Service of Northern Ireland officer at an incident in Newtownards was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(214918)
452
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers work within the Ards district of Northern Ireland, broken down by principal duty conducted by each officer.
(214919)
453
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers were stationed at Ards in each of the last six years.
(214920)
454
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police stations were in operation in Ards in each of the last six years.
(214921)
455
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers stationed in Ards were on out-of-station duties on an average shift in the last period for which figures are available.
(214922)
456
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of diabetes sufferers in the Province received retinal screening in the last year for which figures are available.
(214923)
457
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to ensure equal access to diabetes services in all areas of the Province.
(214924)
458
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many consultant vacancies there are in each health trust in the Province, broken down by specialty; and what the duration is of each vacancy.
(215359)
459
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in the Province provide cognitive behavioural therapy within the NHS for those suffering with depression and anxiety.
(215360)
460
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time (i) for an initial assessment regarding and (ii) from assessment to commencing cognitive behavioural therapy was in each health board area for the latest period for which figures are available.
(215361)
461
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what actions are taken to inform health service employers of potential employees who have been forced to leave other posts within the health sector and the reasons surrounding their departure.
(215362)
462
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, under what circumstances police checks are conducted on applicants for (a) permanent and (b) agency healthcare staff posts.
(215363)
463
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in the Province were receiving (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) severe disablement allowance in the last period for which figures are available.
(215364)
464
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many NHS whole-time equivalent dentists there are in the Province.
(215366)
465
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to increase the number of dentists in the Province.
(215367)
466
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what incentives he has considered to encourage dentists in the Province to work within the NHS.
(215368)
467
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money each health trust in the Province spent on cleaning in the last year.
(215369)
468
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the cost of treating eating disorders sufferers from Northern Ireland outside the Province in each of the last five years.
(215370)
469
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many specialist trauma counsellors are working in the Province.
(215371)
470
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when specialist eating disorders teams will be operational within each board area in the Province.
(215372)
471
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement regarding losses from fraud affecting the health service in the Province.
(215373)
472
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what reports of counterfeit medications being discovered in the Province within the legitimate wholesale medicines supply chain he has received in the last three years.
(215374)
473
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dentists in the Province left the NHS for the private sector in each of the last 10 years.
(215375)
474
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on support offered to heart failure sufferers in the Province.
(215376)
475
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what incentives have been provided to discourage nurses from leaving (a) the profession and (b) the Province to work elsewhere.
(215377)
476
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) doctor and (b) nurse to patient ratio is at each hospital in the Province; and what it was (i) 10 and (ii) 20 years ago.
(215378)
477
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals in the Province died while (a) on waiting lists for (i) inpatient admission and (ii) initial outpatient assessment and (b) awaiting medical investigations in each of the last five years.
(215379)
478
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many whole-time equivalent nursing vacancies there were on the latest date for which figures are available at each trust in the Province.
(215461)
479
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will introduce legislation to protect persons serving within the National Health Service from physical and verbal abuse.
(214819)
Questions to the Prime Minister
480
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 583W, on the European Constitution, if he will list the stakeholders and their affiliation; if he will list the meetings held; on what documents the discussions have been based; and if he will place copies in the Library.
(215291)
481
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, column 583W, on the European Constitution, if he will list the officials authorised to participate in such discussions; and whether Civil Service codes of conduct apply to such discussions.
(215298)
482
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the reports compiled for him by Lord Birt in each of the last four years; and in what policy areas he has been advised by him.
(215365)
483
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Prime Minister, what grade of security clearance is accorded to Lord Birt; what secretarial and research support he is given; and where his desk is located.
(215401)
484
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, when he last met Mr Nelson Mandela; and what matters were discussed.
(215265)
485
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will arrange for (a) a link to the publication scheme for his Office and (b) an e-mail address for applications for infomation under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to be placed on his Office's website.
(215354)
486
N
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has made an official visit to (a) an injured soldier and (b) bereaved families of soldiers.
(214575)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
487
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215221)
488
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate how many electors there are in each of the new parliamentary constituencies in Scotland.
(215383)
489
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214901)
490
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214959)
491
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since it was established.
(215027)
492
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215042)
493
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215093)
494
N
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times a Minister in his Department has made an official visit to (a) an injured soldier and (b) bereaved families of soldiers; and who the Minister was in each case.
(214579)
Questions to the Solicitor General
495
Ross Cranston (Dudley North):To ask the Solicitor General, how many people have been charged with offences relating to the enciting of racial hatred; how many files on such cases have been put to the Attorney-General; in how many of those cases prosecutions were approved; in which years; how many of those prosecutions were successful; and what the nature was of the issues in successful cases.
(215121)
496
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Solicitor General, what her policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215220)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
497
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 15th December 2004, Official Report, column 1140W, on regional government, if he will place in the Library copies of research, focus group and opinion poll material held by the Electoral Commission relating to the referendum on an elected regional assembly in the North East.
(213169)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
498
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) printed public information and (b) other public information is made available by her Department.
(215323)
499
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices have closed in the Greater London area in each of the last five years.
(215166)
500
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February, Official Report, column 800W, on rural post offices, how many of the 1,500 additional post offices brought under the protected rural category as a result of the adoption and implementation of the under-definition are located in Scotland.
(215318)
501
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average level of compensation paid to opencast miners at Longannet was; and what the average level of compensation paid to opencast miners in England following closures was.
(215356)
502
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date she expects the Office of Fair Trading to make a final adjudication on the complaint made by the Association of Convenience Stores with respect to the contract between sub-postmasters and Post Office Limited; and if she will make a statement.
(215032)
503
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) capital and (b) running costs of providing supplementary heating was in her Department's buildings in London in each of the last three years.
(215149)
504
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the activity of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market in the UK in the past 12 months; and if she will list their publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215233)
505
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on her policy on State Aid case C 39/2004 (ex N613/2003), 2004/C 315/05 of OJ C315 volume 47 of 21st December 2004, on public financing of nuclear decontamination; what representations she has received from the nuclear industry; what representations she has made on the issue to the European Commission; and what impact the case will have on the establishment of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
(215242)
506
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the nature of information (a) exchanged, (b) stored and (c) passed on to non-EU countries in connection with Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 as identified in OJ L364 volume 47 of 9th December 2004; what right of access individuals will have to data on themselves; which agencies are expected to seek access to such data; and what the purpose is of this legislation.
(215244)
507
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new business start-ups there have been in Warrington in each year since 1997.
(214964)
508
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what her policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215219)
509
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether she plans to refer the pricing of printer cartridges to the Office of Fair Trading; and if she will make a statement.
(215355)
510
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to reduce the qualifying age for the higher rate of the national minimum wage from 22 years to 21 years; and if she will make a statement.
(215392)
511
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214893)
512
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214946)
513
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent on postage by the Department in each year since 1997.
(215016)
514
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215052)
515
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215082)
516
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of her Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(214979)
517
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-Russia Joint Committee on scientific and technological co-operation met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215421)
518
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-Argentina RTD Co-operation Steering Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215422)
519
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-China RTD Co-operation Steering Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215423)
520
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-India RTD Co-operation Steering Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215424)
521
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 promotion of renewable energy resources (Altener) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215447)
522
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 safety of nuclear installations in the countries participating in the Tacis programme met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(215484)
523
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the current levels of employment in the UK aerospace industry.
(214088)
524
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the volume and value of liquefied natural gas imported to the UK was in 2004.
(214519)
525
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to review the gas storage capabilities of the UK at the point when the UK becomes a net importer of gas.
(214520)
526
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the monthly (a) volume and (b) value of gas (i) exported from and (ii) imported to the UK was in 2004.
(214521)
527
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to prevent discrimination against (a) pregnant women and (b) new mothers.
(215472)
528
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to give pregnant working women greater knowledge of their (a) maternity rights and (b) employer's responsibilities.
(215473)
529
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much investment the Regional Development Agency for the North East of England has spent in Hartlepool in each year since it was formed.
(215126)
530
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the (a) financial and (b) other assistance, excluding Regional Development Agency grants her Department has given to businesses in Hartlepool since 1997.
(215272)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
531
N
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many local transport authorities in the Thames Gateway outside Greater London have reported on the six core accessibility indicators as part of their local transport plan.
(214654)
532
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Aviation Safety Agency in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list its publications and newsletters published over that period.
(215202)
533
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 31st January, Official Report, columns 586-7W, on EC legislation, if he will make a statement on the removal of exemptions on drivers' hours; what representations he has received on the subject; what assessment he has made of the consequential financial impact on UK firms; and if he will list the exemptions concerned.
(215299)
534
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the proposed Hatfield Peverel to Witham link road.
(215119)
535
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215227)
536
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214897)
537
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214958)
538
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(215028)
539
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215041)
540
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215094)
541
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(214977)
542
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-Poland Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215419)
543
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-Romania Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(215420)
544
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 1038W, on rural transport, if he will set out with statistical information that relates as closely as possible to (a) Warrington South constituency, (b) Warrington and (c) Cheshire, what initiatives his Department has introduced since 2001 to support transport provision in rural areas.
(215138)
545
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many speeding offences have been identified by temporary speed cameras between junctions 12 and 15 of the M25 since the current roadworks began; how many (a) fixed penalty notices, (b) prosecutions and (c) fines have resulted from those offences; what the value is of the fines imposed; and what percentage of those sums has been paid.
(215141)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
546
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215226)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
547
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proposed changes to the linking rules for existing receivers of incapacity benefit formed the basis of his Department's Five Year Strategy.
(215054)
548
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the size range of the proposed (a) rehabilitation support allowance and (b) disability and sickness allowance are expected to be.
(215055)
549
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who received incapacity benefit had a net benefit receipt of (a) zero and (b) less than £20 a week after assessment with other means-tested benefits in the last period for which figures are available.
(215056)
550
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received (a) disability living allowance and (b) attendance allowance in (i) the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and (ii) the constituency of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central in each year since 1996.
(215057)
551
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in the Greater London area have gained work through the New Deal for Lone Parents.
(215165)
552
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners receive pension credit in the Easington constituency.
(214929)
553
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received the winter fuel allowance in the Easington constituency in 2004.
(214930)
554
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will investigate the number of winter fuel payments that have not been received by pensioners in Hendon; and if he will make a statement.
(214522)
555
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many directives his Department has issued to local authorities regarding the processing of housing benefit in each year since 1997.
(215129)
556
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact that implementation of the Verification Framework has had on the processing of housing benefit by local authorities.
(215130)
557
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department measures the impact that the Verification Framework has had on the performance of housing benefit delivery.
(215131)
558
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the processing of housing benefit by local authorities is measured in terms of (a) efficiency, (b) accuracy and (c) fraud.
(215132)
559
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much housing benefit expenditure was overpaid by local authorities due to fraud and error in each year for which figures are available.
(215133)
560
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for housing benefit was in each year since 1975.
(215243)
561
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to assess the speed, efficiency and accuracy of the provision of benefits at Jobcentre Plus.
(215245)
562
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for incapacity benefit was in each year since 1975.
(215246)
563
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for council tax benefit was in each year for which figures are available.
(215247)
564
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for attendance allowance was in each year since 1975.
(215248)
565
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for disability living allowance was in each year since 1975.
(215249)
566
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for income support was in each year since 1975.
(215250)
567
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for income-based jobseeker's allowance was in each year since 1975.
(215251)
568
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for contribution-based jobseeker's allowance was in each year since 1975.
(215252)
569
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for pension credit was in each year for which figures are availble.
(215253)
570
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department measures the impact of the directives it issues on the processing of housing benefit by local authorities.
(215260)
571
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who have obtained jobs through the New Deal were still in employment 12 months later in each year for which figures are available.
(214846)
572
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost is of a job obtained through the New Deal since it commenced.
(214847)
573
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total expenditure on the New Deal has been since its commencement.
(214848)
574
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list the publications and newsletters published by the Centre over that period.
(215276)
575
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken is for the completion of a personal capability assessment for (a) incapacity benefit claimants and (b) income support claimants in each year since 1997.
(215110)
576
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are eligible to receive the pension credit severe disability premium; and how many people receive it.
(215151)
577
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are eligible to receive the pension credit carers premium; and how many people receive it.
(215152)
578
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average income of state pensioner households in England and Wales was in each year from 1991 to 2004.
(215120)
579
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Warrington North are receiving pension credit; and what the average award is.
(214965)
580
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money the average pensioner received in Warrington North in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(214966)
581
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of the winter fuel allowance in Warrington North; and how much has been spent on this allowance in the constituency.
(214967)
582
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners are in receipt of free television licences in Warrington North.
(214968)
583
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the change in benefit payments that will occur as a result of the replacement of incapacity benefit for some claimants (a) with the proposed rehabilitation support allowance and (b) with the proposed disability and sickness allowance.
(214817)
584
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letter dated 20th December 2004 from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms. Julie Walker, transferred from the Treasury.
(215124)
585
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is in respect of the publication (a) on the departmental website and (b) by placing copies in the Library of (i) all or (ii) a selection of the information disclosed in response to Freedom of Information requests since January.
(215224)
586
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed incapacity benefit in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(215385)
587
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed job seekers' allowance in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(215386)
588
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed attendance allowance in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(215387)
589
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed income support in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(215388)
590
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed disability living allowance in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(215389)
591
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed housing benefit in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(215390)
592
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow Shettleston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed pension credit in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(215391)
593
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of staff mobile phone bills was in each year since 1997.
(214892)
594
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on official Ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997.
(214945)
595
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on postage by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(215017)
596
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on (a) entertainment lunches involving civil servants and guests and (b) working lunches, in each year since 1997.
(215051)
597
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of producing a staff identity pass was in the Department on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many staff identity passes have been reported lost or stolen in each year since 1997.
(215083)
598
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in (a) youth unemployment and (b) long-term unemployment in Ilford North on 31st December (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004.
(214949)
599
Linda Perham (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to the constituency, the effects of his Department's policies since 2nd May 1997 on the constituents of Ilford North.
(215211)
600
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mothers in Pendle have received the Sure Start maternity grant.
(214837)
601
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Pendle constituency, the effects on Pendle of his Department's policies and activities since 2nd May 1997.
(214978)
602
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps pensioners need to take to continue to receive their pension payments over the counter at post offices; and if he will make a statement.
(214810)
603
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance has been issued to post offices on procedures to be followed in relation to payment of pensions over post office counters to people who have not set up post office accounts or supplied bank details to the Benefits Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(214842)
604
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners have had payment books withdrawn by post office staff on instructions from the Benefits Agency relating to new pension payment arrangements.
(214843)
605
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department gives to the Benefits Agency on steps to be followed in relation to payment of income support when the Agency has made an error in calculation; and if he will make a statement.
(214844)
606
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each electoral ward in Dartford constituency claimed the winter fuel allowance in 2003-04; and how many claimed the allowance in 2004-05.
(214974)
607
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each ward of Stockton South claimed winter fuel allowance in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.
(215302)
608
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the growth in the number of credits only incapacity benefit recipients; and if he will commission research into this area.
(214512)
609
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost in each of the next six financial years, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional income tax revenues, of paying a full basic state pension to everyone over state pension age, regardless of contribution record.
(214513)
610
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the overall level of expenditure was on (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance in each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06, at current prices.
(214517)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
611
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many properties there were in each council tax band in each of the Witham wards of Braintree District Council in 2004-05.
[Transferred] (215118)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
612
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which companies hold the largest defence contract with his Department.
[Question Unstarred] (214084)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
613
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places there were in the Easington constituency in each of the last three years; and what the occupancy rates were in each year.
[Transferred] (214928)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
614
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the effect of Article III-305 of the European Constitution, concerning a common UK/EU position with Cyprus and Malta on Commonwealth meetings.
[Transferred] (215197)
615
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the application of Article III-296, subsection 2 and related articles, on the ceding by the United Kingdom of its chair at Commonwealth meetings in areas where the European Union Minister for Foreign Affairs expresses a mandate.
[Transferred] (215198)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
616
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 Advisory Committee on the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (215406)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
617
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 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; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (215408)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
618
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the activity of the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will list its publications and newsletters published over that period.
[Transferred] (215203)

 
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