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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 8 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 Tuesday 8 February 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 8 February 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 8 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 Tuesday 8 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 8 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials have worked on the changeover plan for British euro membership since 9th June 2003; how many officials' man-hours were spent on the plan; what cost has been incurred; and if he will make a statement.
(215179)
2
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what problems have been experienced in the administration of the working families tax credit in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and what assessment he has made of whether recipients have suffered hardship.
(214528)
3
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will conduct an investigation into what medical aids and other essential household items should be available to nursing and residential homes free of VAT.
(213995)
4
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many overpayments of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit have been waived by the Inland Revenue over the period 2003 to 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(213929)
5
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the Inland Revenue's percentage accuracy rate for processing and calculating tax credit awards for 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(213962)
6
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the value of tax credit overpayments which have been written off by the Inland Revenue in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (d) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(213963)
7
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters about tax credits have been received from honourable Members by (a) the Inland Revenue and (b) Treasury Ministers in each reporting period from 2002 to 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(213964)
8
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the cost of managing and paying all tax credits in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (d) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(213965)
9
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated loss of revenue would be if the 10 per cent. band of income tax were to be increased by (a) £1,000, (b) £2,000 and (c) £3,000.
(215396)
10
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated loss of revenue would be if the lower threshold for income tax were increased by (a) £1,000, (b) £2,000 and (c) £3,000; and how many existing taxpayers would no longer pay income tax in each case.
(215397)
11
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated yield arising from levying income tax at a rate of 50 per cent. on all taxable incomes in excess of £50,000 per annum would be.
(215398)
12
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children have died by drowning in each of the past five years.
(215278)
13
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has discussed with senior representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland the closure of bank accounts of Muslim organisations by the bank.
(215521)
14
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter of 5th January from the honourable Member for Northavon, regarding the tax credit entitlement of a constituent, Ms Hewitt.
(215395)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
15
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many rape trials were listed as floating cases at (a) the Central Criminal Court, (b) Teesside Crown Court and (c) Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court during 2004.
(215580)
16
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what criteria are used to determine whether to list rape trials at Crown courts as floating trials.
(215581)
17
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what arrangements are made by the Courts Service for the presence at court of complainants in rape trials which are listed as floating trials.
(215582)
18
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many Crown courts have a resident medical nurse.
(215583)
19
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what training judges in sexual violence cases are given in preparation for the trial of rape cases.
(215584)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
20
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken to measure the (a) socio-economic background, (b) area of origin, (c) ethnicity, (d) disability and (e) gender of visitors to (i) museums and galleries sponsored by her Department and (ii) other museums and galleries; and if she will make a statement.
(215563)
21
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost to public funds of free admission to museums and galleries sponsored by her Department was in each year from 1999-2000 to 2003-04; what the estimated cost will be in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.
(215564)
22
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many visitors to national museums and galleries sponsored by her Department were (a) from the United Kingdom and (b) visiting the United Kingdom from overseas in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(215565)
23
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the change in revenue from (a) ticket sales for special exhibitions, (b) catering facilities, (c) merchandise and (d) other sources of museums and galleries sponsored by her Department as a result of offering free admission from the end of 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(215567)
24
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State for Sport on 24th January, Official Report, column 109, undertaking to write to the honourable Member for Bath about the storage of electronic information as proof of entry for ticketless lotteries, when he will write.
(215587)
25
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received on the rules for parental supervision of children in public swimming baths.
(215279)
26
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who has been invited to the meeting promised by the Prime Minister during his visit to Kent to Ms Carolyn Warner of the Right to Swim Pressure Group; and when the meeting is scheduled to take place.
(215280)
27
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many children have drowned in public swimming pools in each of the last five years.
(215281)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
28
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel in each service have opted to move to the new pension arrangements; and what proportion of serving personnel that represents in each case.
(215501)
29
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the (a) timescale for, (b) size of, (c) capability of, (d) contracts for, (e) sub-contracts for and (f) cost of the new aircraft carriers.
(215504)
30
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for servicing of aircraft at BAe Warton.
(215505)
31
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who authorised the visit of Dr Wouter Basson of South Africa to Porton Down in 1985; for what purpose; and if he will make a statement.
(215519)
32
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the loss in February 1991 of the US B-52 bomber in the Indian Ocean en route to Diego Garcia; and whether survivors were subsequently landed at Diego Garcia.
(215520)
33
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which UK Government (a) officials and (b) scientists are recorded as having met Dr Wouter Basson of South Africa between 1975 and the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(215585)
34
N
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he has taken to invite the participation of bereaved relatives in hearings of Boards of Inquiry into the deaths of service personnel who have lost their lives in non-combat situations; what provision he has made to give relatives (a) full disclosure of statements available to the Board, (b) the right to address the Board, (c) the right to cross-examine witnesses and (d) copies of the transcript of proceedings at a reasonable cost; whether he has provided for the costs of legal representation to the families to be met from the public purse; and whether it is his policy that the Board of Inquiry would sit in public.
(214258)
35
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children under 18 years are in British custody in Iraq.
(215394)
36
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British service personnel have made allegations of mistreatment of detainees by US service personnel at Camp Bucca in Um-Qasr.
(215480)
37
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which regiments came into contact with members of the United States 800th Military Police brigade during their deployment in Iraq; and on what dates and at what locations in each case.
(215482)
38
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated human resources bill associated with his Department's facilities in Scotland is for the 2004-05 financial year.
(215059)
39
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces civilian support staff are based in Scotland.
(215060)
40
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel are based in Scotland.
(215061)
41
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated capital value is of his Department's buildings and facilities based in Scotland.
(215062)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
42
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what factors underlay the decision to reduce the Supporting People grant; what assessment he has made of the effects of reduction of grant; and what plans he has to consult on the proposed draft distribution formula for this grant.
(215503)
43
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what conclusions he has reached following the collation of issues raised by the consultation on amendments to Part L of the Building Regulations.
(214153)
44
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received relating to the consultation on amendments to Part L of the Building Regulations on (a) the number of surveyors required to issue annual certificates and (b) the training required to implement these amendments.
(214154)
45
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received urging for a delay in the implementation of revised building energy standards; what main reasons were given for the need for such a delay; and if he will make a statement.
(214155)
46
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether in preparing the fuel cost data for amendments to Part L of the Building Regulations he took account of recent variations in domestic energy prices; and whether he plans to make regular future updates of such data.
(214156)
47
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reasons funding for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire is to be reduced by 40 per cent. from the 2003-04 level; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that quality of care received by people in North Yorkshire in not adversely affected.
(215515)
48
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of the working age population who are (a) economically active and (b) economically inactive are social housing tenants.
(215526)
49
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many social housing tenants there are; and how many are (a) employed, (b) unemployed and (c) economically active, broken down by age and gender.
(215527)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
50
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding her Department has provided for (a) teaching, (b) research and (c) staff development since 1996-97 for (i) Newcastle and (ii) Northumbria universities.
(215063)
51
Jim Knight (South Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the effects of the Sure Start programme in Weymouth and Portland.
(215523)
52
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what baseline assessment the Government uses to evaluate school and student improvement at the end of Key Stage One.
(214850)
53
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidelines she has issued to infant schools on baseline assessment; and if she will make a statement.
(214851)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
54
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what categorisation system the Iraqi Ministry of Health uses to calculate casualty figures in Iraq.
(214076)
55
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the restoration of multi-party democracy in Nepal.
(214655)
56
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) weaponry, (b) military training and (c) other military equipment the UK Government has provided to the Army of Nepal in the last five years.
(214656)
57
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place with (a) EU partners and (b) India regarding (i) Maoist insurgency in Nepal, (ii) the recent breakdown in multi-party democracy and (iii) the possibility of UN mediation between the Nepalese King, politicians and Maoists.
(214657)
58
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to advise (a) UK citizens in Nepal and (b) their families in the UK of the changing political and security situation in that country; and what assistance is being provided.
(214658)
59
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the strength and the military capabilities of Maoist insurgents in Nepal and (b) the threat they pose to the Nepalese monarchy; and what steps the Government has taken to assist Nepal in tackling the insurgents.
(214659)
60
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will submit a declaration to the United Nations Security Council, in pursuance of Paragraph 23 of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 (1991) of 8th April 1991, formally to end sanctions against Iraq.
(215502)
61
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will change his advice on travel to Nepal to indicate that travel there is unsafe.
(215541)
62
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with governments of other countries on the safety of travel by their nationals to Nepal.
(215542)
63
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his current assessment is of the (a) safety and (b) desirability of travel by British citizens to Nepal; and if he will make a statement.
(215543)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
64
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for primary care trusts to fund the capital and revenue costs of new sexual assault referral centres.
(215561)
65
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he has issued to primary care trusts on the funding of sexual assault referral centres in their trust areas.
(215562)
66
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of general practitioners are women in (a) England and (b) the area covered by Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority.
(215569)
67
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is available to doctors who wish to become forensic medical examiners; and what the cost of this training was in the last period for which figures are available.
(215570)
68
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of links between levels of chemicals revealed in the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory and levels of childhood cancer.
(215064)
69
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses have been recruited to work in the NHS from (i) Sub-Saharan Africa and (ii) India.
(215507)
70
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on links between drug abuse and mental health.
(215491)
71
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for (a) doctors, (b) consultants and (c) nurses there are at the Lancashire Teaching Hospital; and for how long each vacancy has been unfilled.
(215496)
72
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) ambulances and (b) paramedic staff the Lancashire Ambulance Trust has; and what the average time taken to respond to a 999 call was in each Lancashire district in the last period for which figures are available.
(215497)
73
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accident and emergency admissions there were in (a) Chorley and (b) Preston for (i) adults and (ii) children in each of the last 16 quarters.
(215498)
74
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people he estimates suffer from Alzheimer's disease in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust; and which PCTs in Lancashire provide treatment with the drug Ebixa.
(215508)
75
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the optimum number of patients in a primary care trust.
(215509)
76
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many orthodontists are employed at (a) Chorley Hosptial and (b) Preston Hospital.
(215510)
77
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people he estimates are suffering from depression in Lancashire.
(215511)
78
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people suffer from diabetes in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust.
(215512)
79
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the foundation hospital application of Lancashire teaching hospitals.
(215513)
80
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on funding for ME treatment in Lancashire.
(215514)
81
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with food manufacturers concerning salt levels in processed food; what recent progress has been made towards further reducing salt content therein; and if he will make a statement.
(214177)
82
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average (a) weight and (b) waist size was of children in each of the last 10 years.
(214820)
83
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what capacity Dr Chai Patel advises his Department.
(214849)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
84
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables will attend the National Special Constables Weekend on 25th to 27th February, broken down by constabulary; and if he will make a statement.
(215524)
85
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated cost for the National Special Constables Weekend from 25th to 27th February is; and if he will make a statement.
(215525)
86
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what family details are recorded on police charge sheets; and what guidance is issued to police officers on how charge sheets should be completed.
(215545)
87
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual assault referral centres are functional in England and Wales; where they are situated; and how many are funded (a) wholly and (b) partly by (i) primary care trusts, (ii) strategic health authorities and (iii) local police forces.
(215571)
88
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual assault referral centres are located in or adjacent to hospitals.
(215572)
89
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of forensic medical examiners are women (a) in England and Wales, (b) in the Cleveland Police area and (c) in the North East of England.
(215573)
90
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the numbers of sexual assault referral centres in England and Wales.
(215574)
91
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which sexual assault referral centres employ forensic nurses.
(215575)
92
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum-seekers are located in the Easington constituency.
(215517)
93
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for drug-related crime there were in the Easington constituency in the last year for which figures are available.
(215518)
94
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reduce the cost of Criminal Records Bureau checks for new staff in nursing and residential homes.
(213994)
95
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's strategy is for preventing attacks on cash in transit vehicles.
(213592)
96
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of regional variations in police response times to cash in transit vehicle attacks; and what strategies he intends to put in place to reduce regional variations.
(213593)
97
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been carried out into how cash stolen in cash in transit attacks is used by organised crime.
(213594)
98
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average sentence was for individuals convicted of cash in transit attacks in each of the last five years.
(213595)
99
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date (a) he and (b) each minister in his Department first saw a copy of the published version of the Review of Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving.
(215180)
100
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date copy for the document on Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving was delivered to the printers; and on what date finished copies of the document were received from the printers.
(215185)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
101
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost is of the contract for the provision of the services of an election artist.
(214527)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
102
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will introduce legislation to bring Northern Ireland arrangements for interagency assessment and management of violent offenders into line with those of England and Wales.
(214821)
103
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will bring the qualifying sentence criteria for disqualification orders under the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 into line with registration requirements for sex offenders under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
(214822)
104
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what account the Department of Finance and Personnel took of safeguarding and child protection in setting its budget and priorities; and what priority will be given to accreditation arrangements contained in the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 by Government departments in Northern Ireland in the development of departmental business plans.
(214823)
105
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will issue regional guidance on the structure and content of trust family and childcare social work file records.
(214824)
Questions to the Prime Minister
106
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for North Norfolk of 5th January entitled, Chequers: Parliamentary Ombudsman's Decision.
(215065)
Questions to the Solicitor General
107
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, how the No Witness No Justice programme interacts with the work of sexual assault referral centres.
(215576)
108
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what plans she has to improve the prosecution attrition rate in rape cases.
(215577)
109
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what research the law officers have (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the reasons for the attrition rate in rape prosecutions.
(215578)
110
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, what plans she has to ask the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate further to investigate the way in which rape is prosecuted in England and Wales.
(215579)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
111
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Government's hydrogen energy strategy will be published.
(215540)
112
Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many working biomass power plants have been built since 1997.
(215516)
113
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much (a) associated gas and (b) non-associated gas has been (i) flared and (ii) vented (A) offshore and (B) onshore in each year for which figures are available; and what percentage of total (1) associated gas and (2) non-associated gas production this represented in each year.
(215586)
114
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will set out the (a) scope and (b) terms of reference of the study on the Effects of the Renewables Obligation on the wood panel industry; when the study was commissioned; and when she expects it to be published.
(214852)
115
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) men and (b) women have so far exercised their right to request more flexible employment arrangements; and how many have been successful, broken down by gender.
(215528)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
116
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding has been made available to improve disabled access to transport services in Coventry South.
(214079)
117
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the opening of Buckshaw Village railway station.
(215532)
118
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what purpose cameras are being placed on traffic message gantries on some sections of the M1 motorway; and what the total cost is thereof.
(214176)
119
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what gross subsidies were paid to each train operating company in each year since 1995-96.
(215181)
120
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which minister in his Department approved for publication the document Review of Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving.
(215182)
121
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date and at what time copies of the published version of the Review of Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving were received in his Department.
(215183)
122
N
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date (a) he and (b) each minister in his Department first saw a copy of the published version of the document, Review of Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving.
(215184)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
123
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had with organisations that represent blind and partially-sighted people on problems they may encounter in accessing payments of benefits and pensions through direct payment methods.
(214077)
124
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what access arrangements are in place at post offices for benefit and pension recipients who are unable, due to age or disability, to access their benefits via (a) banking methods and (b) giro cheques.
(214078)
125
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) start-up costs and (b) annual running costs of the incapacity benefit pilot projects, broken down by cost of (i) personal advisers, (ii) the new return to work credit, (iii) condition management courses, (iv) work programmes and (v) other costs.
(215332)
126
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of the total number of people who have entered the New Deal 25 Plus have found sustained employment since the programme was launched (a) in Great Britain and (b) broken down by constituency.
(215499)
127
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of people who have entered the New Deal for Lone Parents have started jobs since the programme was launched; and how many and what percentage of those who have (a) entered the programme and (b) started jobs were in receipt of income support (i) in the UK and (ii) broken down by constituency.
(215500)
128
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations have been made by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department to the International Labour Organisation about (i) the content and (ii) the publication date of the jointly commissioned report on forced labour in the UK.
(215483)
129
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has so far been spent on the Pathway to Work pilots, broken down by (a) jobcentre plus services, (b) payments to claimants, (c) payments to voluntary sector providers and (d) other categories of payments.
(215529)
130
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a list of the wards referred to in paragraph 30, page 29, of his Department's Five Year Strategy, broken down by constituency.
(215530)
131
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide the figures on which the percentage national off-flow rates illustrated in Figure 13 on Page 46 of his Department's Five Year Strategy were based.
(215531)
132
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the evidential basis was in terms of absolute figures for spending on (a) benefits, (b) tax credits and (c) gross domestic product in each year since 1997 for the statement on page 14 of the Five Year Plan (Cm 6447) that welfare spending has declined from 12.3 per cent. to 11.6 per cent. of gross domestic product since 1997.
(215546)
133
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether, under the plans published in his Department's Five Year Strategy, a claimant suffering from a condition which is serious enough to prevent them from doing any kind of work for a period of time, but which is expected to be temporary, would receive the Rehabilitation Support Allowance or the Disability and Sickness Allowance.
(215547)
134
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which, under the plans published in his Department's Five Year Strategy, existing incapacity benefit claimants would be able to move from incapacity benefit to (a) rehabilitation support allowance and (b) disability and sickness allowance.
(215548)
135
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming the new Rehabilitation Support Allowance each year whose benefits will be reduced on account of a refusal to attend work-focused interviews or undertake the required preparation for work.
(215549)
136
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether people who would be entitled to statutory sick pay under the present system would receive (a) SSP and (b) the new holding benefit under the plans set out in his Department's Five Year Strategy.
(215550)
137
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what exceptions he plans to the requirement for claimants of his proposed disability and sickness allowance to attend work-focussed interviews; and what sanctions he expects will be applied where there is non-compliance.
(215551)
138
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact he expects the proposals in his Department's Five Year Strategy to have on (a) the number of people who start claiming incapacity benefits each year and (b) the proportion of these who are still claiming incapacity benefits 12 months after the commencement of their claims.
(215552)
139
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of existing claimants who would seek to move from incapacity benefit to (a) the rehabilitation support allowance and (b) the disability and sickness allowance under the plans set out in the Department's Five Year Strategy.
(215553)
140
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his timetable is for progress against his objective of reducing the number of people on incapacity benefits by one million.
(215554)
141
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date he expects the number of people on incapacity benefits to have fallen by one million if the plans outlined in his Department's Five Year Strategy are implemented.
(215555)
142
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of the one million fall in the numbers of people on incapacity benefit targeted in his Department's Five Year Plan he expects will be attributable to (a) an increase in the rate at which existing claimants leave incapacity benefits and (b) a reduction in the number of new claimants.
(215556)
143
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the earliest date is by which the Government expects to have achieved an employment rate equivalent to 80 per cent. of the working age population in work.
(215557)
144
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact he expects the proposals in his Department's Five Year Strategy to have on (a) the number of people who start claiming incapacity benefits in each year and (b) the proportion of these who are still claiming incapacity benefits 12 months after the commencement of their claims.
(215558)
145
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to change the conditions for receiving income support on the grounds of incapacity.
(215559)
146
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of private landlords in the pilot areas who (a) will and (b) will not participate in the new flat-rate Local Housing Allowance Scheme.
(215560)
147
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what scope there would be, under the plans published in his Department's Five Year Strategy, for claimants to move from the Rehabilitation Support Allowance to the Disability and Sickness Allowance and vice versa.
(215568)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
148
N
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when he plans to bring forward legislation to reform the composition of the House of Lords.
[Question Unstarred] (214427)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
149
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under which European Court decisions the Common Fisheries Policy has been changed to exclusive competence over the marine biological resources of the seas in the EU Constitution.
[Transferred] (215489)
150
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the exclusive competence over marine resources of the sea provided for in the EU Constitution will necessitate the development of a Common Policy on other marine vertebrates and invertebrates.
[Transferred] (215490)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
151
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information the Government holds on the former South Africa régime's project code-named Project Coast; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (215522)
Questions to the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
152
N
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans he has to re-examine the recent changes made to postal services in the House.
[Question Unstarred] (214445)

 
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