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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 22 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 22 February 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 22 February 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 22 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 22 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 22 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost was of the Delivering on the Promise Dot P technology programme.
(217521)
2
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a statement on the discontinuation of the Dot P technology programme and the decision to switch to a commercially available off-the-shelf system.
(217525)
3
Mr Parmjit Singh Gill (Leicester South):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the most recent equal pay review conducted by his Department included comparisons of (a) ethnic groups, (b) disabled and able-bodied employees and (c) part-time and full-time employees.
(217496)
4
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the status is of the review of co-ordination of interdepartmental responsibility for waste policy and the possible establishment of a strategic waste authority; and what plans there are to publish the review findings.
(217602)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost for 2005-06 of stamp duty relief in designated disadvantaged wards.
(217483)
6
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many reports of computer failure the Inland Revenue has received since the introduction of new tax credits in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.
(216657)
7
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Yeovil of 9th February, Official Report, column 1598W, on taxation, if he will re-state Table 4.2, page 88, of the December 2004 pre-Budget report, Cmnd 6408, to include figures for the marginal deduction rates of over 40 per cent.
(217499)
8
Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to accept registration of charities in Scotland by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as providing proof of eligibility for tax relief for the bodies concerned.
(217498)
9
Mr Parmjit Singh Gill (Leicester South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which countries in Africa have had their debts cancelled in each year since 1997.
(217490)
10
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many properties there were in each council tax band in the Chorley Borough Council area in 2003-04.
(217601)
11
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement, using statistical information relating as directly as possible to Huddersfield constituency, on the effects on Huddersfield of the working and child tax credits; and what the average change in level of income has been for those receiving the credits in Huddersfield since their introduction.
(217460)
12
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for (a) male, (b) female and (c) all workers in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough the (A) weekly median earnings and (B) distribution of earnings for those earning (1) under the point below which 10 per cent. of earners fall and (2) the point above which 10 per cent. of earners exceed.
(217546)
13
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many drug-related deaths there were in people aged under (a) 21, (b) 30 and (c) 40 years in (i) Greater London and (ii) each London borough in the last five years for which figures are available.
(217548)
14
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average weekly earnings for full-time employees were in (a) London, (b) the borough of Brent and (c) the constituency of Brent East in each year since 1990.
(217586)
15
N
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what monitoring his Department is carrying out to ensure that the Tax Credit Office liaises with those individuals who are required to repay overpayments and who await the outcome of their application concerning the reconsideration of recovery of tax credits, to ensure that the repayments are affordable.
(216902)
16
N
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Inland Revenue liaises with individuals who have accrued overpayments of tax credits in order to agree a level of affordable repayment.
(216903)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
17
Mr Brian Wilson (Cunninghame North):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress with the review of beneficial ownership of land.
(217446)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
18
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Tatton of 4th February, Official Report, columns 1162-3W, on staff surveys, if she will place in the Library copies of the staff surveys conducted by her Department since 1997.
(217471)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
19
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 1173W, on the Colombian Army, to which Colombian (a) engineer units and (b) national police units his Department has provided military assistance.
(217547)
20
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Ministers in his Department have visited Gibraltar in the last six months; how long each visit was; what the reason for the visit was; whom each Minister met; how many visits by Trident nuclear submarines there were to (a) Spain and (b) Gibraltar in the last three years; and what the purpose of each visit was.
(217555)
21
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the number of jobs in his Department in Gibraltar; and what plans he has to change the number.
(217597)
22
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the viability of Gibraltar as a UK base.
(217598)
23
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers and (c) private soldiers have been disciplined following the outcome of (i) an Army Board decision, (ii) a divisional level decision and (iii) a unit level decision since 1997.
(217452)
24
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the complaints under Army redress procedures upheld or partially upheld between 1997 and 2003 related to issues of bullying or harassment; and how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers and (c) private soldiers were disciplined as a result.
(217457)
25
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints have been considered by the Army Board from soldiers who are serving, or who have served, at (a) Deepcut Barracks and (b) ITC Catterick since 1997; and how many of those complaints related to issues of bullying or harassment.
(217458)
26
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the conformity of the practice of administrative discharge through manning controls with (a) European Union legislation, (b) the European Convention on Human Rights and (c) the Employment Rights Act 1966.
(217459)
27
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for which types of buildings, and at which locations in the United Kingdom, the US Department of Defense has sought financial appropriation in the fiscal year 2006 budget recently published; and whether permission has been granted for the construction of these structures.
(217485)
28
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many United States nuclear weapons are deployed in the United Kingdom; and what plans there are to change the numbers.
(217488)
29
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the interoperability of United Kingdom nuclear weapons with (a) current United States forces and (b) future United States forces and equipment deployed (i) in the United Kingdom and (ii) at United Kingdom bases elsewhere.
(217489)
30
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements have been made for the disposal of sewage from British military camps in Iraq; what environmental assessment has been conducted in respect of such arrangements; and what liaison has taken place with the local environmental management authorities on these arrangements.
(217605)
31
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals have participated in the Heroes Return programme in Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber; and at what cost.
(216578)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
32
N
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps his Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of (a) ending child poverty by 2020 and (b) halving it by 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(216577)
33
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the expenditure was on Transitional Local Authority Social Housing Grant in each Government Office region in 2003-04; and what the estimated expenditure is for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(217568)
34
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the redundant NHS sites designated for low cost homes under the First Time Buyers Initiative will include provision for social rented housing.
(217569)
35
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many of the 10,000 new social rented homes that are planned to be built in 2007-08 will be delivered through the expanded private finance initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(217570)
36
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 440W, on social housing, whether he expects any of the 14,000 social housing units planned to be funded with Transitional Local Authority Social Housing Grant not to be completed until after 1st April 2006.
(217571)
37
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the Department has made of the capital receipts that will be generated by Right to Buy in (a) indebted and (b) debt free authorities in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.
(217572)
38
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 18th January, Official Report, column 867W, on social housing, how many of the 40,000 low cost home ownership units will be built in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(217573)
39
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 18th January, Official Report, column 867W, on social housing, how many of the 75,000 social rented homes will be built in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(217574)
40
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the criteria for eligibility for the 15,000 homes planned under his First Time Buyer Initiative.
(217575)
41
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of total council tax revenue raised by local authorities from charging on second homes in 2004-05.
(217576)
42
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much Regional Housing Pot funding will be available in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08, broken down by regional housing board.
(217577)
43
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether centrally pooled capital receipts from the sale of council homes under the Right to Buy in debt free authorities will be used as Approved Development Programme funding.
(217578)
44
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many empty dwellings there have been in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.
(217588)
45
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what average length of time (a) council and (b) housing association properties were empty in the last period for which figures are available.
(217595)
46
Jim Knight (South Dorset):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many fires in school buildings were attended by each fire and rescue authority in England and Wales during the period from 1999 to 2004.
(217517)
47
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list organisations registered to provide competent person self certification schemes for the purposes of compliance with Part P of the Building Regulations.
(217542)
48
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he plans to transfer additional powers to the Mayor of London in respect of implementing housing policy for London.
(217613)
49
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) interim and (b) final empty property management orders have been issued in London since the Housing Act 2004 entered into force, broken down by local authority.
(217615)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
50
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total costs of promotion of the Learn Direct scheme have been since the scheme's inception.
(217482)
51
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have completed Learn Direct courses.
(217596)
52
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact of non-completion of courses on the capacity of students to repay tuition fees and student loans.
(217550)
53
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has undertaken on whether student loans are a disincentive to (a) mature students and (b) students from ethnic minority backgrounds to entering further and higher education.
(217551)
54
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department allocated to the Student Loans Company in 2004-05.
(217560)
55
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many student loan borrowers have been declared bankrupt in each year since student loans were introduced in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) England and Wales.
(217561)
56
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many deferral applications the Student Loans Company has received in each year of its operation; and what percentage this represents of all students due to repay in each year.
(217562)
57
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many default notices the Student Loans Company has issued in each year of its operation; and what percentage this represents of all students due to make repayments in each year.
(217563)
58
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effects on her Department's income flow for each financial year from April 2005 if the income threshold at which graduates start to repay their student loans were to be raised to (a) £15,000, (b) £19,000 and (c) £25,000 per annum.
(217564)
59
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will commission research to determine what percentage of student debt is a consequence of the introduction of the student loans system.
(217565)
60
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many student loans debts have been written off in each of the last five years; and what the total cash value of the deleted debt was.
(217566)
61
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has undertaken to assess the impact of Student Loans on students from less affluent backgrounds entering further and higher education.
(217567)
62
Mr Kerry Pollard (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what professional regulation applies to Academy teachers.
(217590)
63
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Huddersfield constituency, on the effects on Huddersfield of the Government's programme for capital investment in schools since 1997.
(217461)
64
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):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 Birmingham South West.
(217584)
65
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools in Greater London, broken down by London borough, ran a budget deficit in the year ended 31st March 2003; and how much this deficit was for each school.
(217541)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
66
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the UK is withdrawing from the International Organisation of Wine and Vine (OIV); and by what mechanisms UK wine growers will be represented on the OIV in future.
(217522)
67
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the benefits to the UK wine market of membership of the International Organisation of Wine and Vine.
(217523)
68
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the UK of belonging to the International Organisation of Wine and Vine was in the last year for which figures are available.
(217524)
69
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on further fiscal measures to encourage the production of bio-fuels.
(217530)
70
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has commissioned on steps to encourage the production of bio-fuels and bio-ethanol to meet the EU Bio-Fuels Directive of May 2003.
(217531)
71
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of BSE in cattle were reported (a) in the UK and (b) in each EU country in the last year for which figures are available.
(217532)
72
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which countries are recorded as having endemic foot and mouth disease.
(217533)
73
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are taken to prevent direct or indirect imports from countries which have endemic foot and mouth disease.
(217534)
74
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her contingency plans are for dealing with a future foot and mouth epidemic.
(217535)
75
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many successful prosecutions of those illegally importing meat into the UK there have been in each of the last eight years.
(217536)
76
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to assist farmers with cashflow difficulties arising from switching from IACS to Single Farm Payments; and if she will make interim payments to them.
(217537)
77
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, within what time scale farmers should expect their fallen stock to be collected under the fallen stock scheme.
(217538)
78
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to ensure that the fallen stock scheme works effectively in all areas.
(217539)
79
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the contiguous cull used in the last foot and mouth outbreak would be implemented in a future outbreak.
(217540)
80
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether vaccines would be used in a future outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
(217614)
81
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horse passports have been issued in London.
(217528)
82
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated revenue raised from (a) horse passports and (b) animal passports is.
(217529)
83
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which landfill sites in England are licensed to accept hazardous waste.
(216901)
84
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding was allocated to programmes dealing with (a) the risk of human-induced climate change, (b) assessment of the impact of climate change on the environment and (c) identification of mitigation and adaptation options for climate change since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(217553)
85
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list government-funded (a) organisations and (b) projects whose sole duty is (i) to analyse and (ii) to combat the effects of climate change in the UK; how much funding was allocated to each in 2004-05; and if she will make a statement.
(217554)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
86
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which consultants were used to evaluate the cost of embassies and assess the value of embassy land proposed to be sold in Thailand; and what costs were incurred.
(217199)
87
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions over the last year UK embassy staff have visited Aceh in Indonesia to assess the risk of UK-sourced equipment being used for internal repression; and during which of those visits staff had unrestricted, unimpeded and unaccompanied access to local citizens.
(217455)
88
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received regarding the export of oil from the Iraqi port of Khor al-Amaya in January and February 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(217502)
89
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department had with the organisation Britain in Europe regarding the question for the referendum on the European Constitution.
(217448)
90
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department received (a) briefing, (b) research and (c) other submissions from the organisation Britain in Europe regarding the question in the referendum on the European Constitution.
(217449)
91
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, from what non-Governmental (a) organisations and (b) individuals his Department received advice, market research or the results of opinion polling regarding the wording of the question in the referendum on the European Constitution.
(217450)
92
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reasoning underlay the decision to describe the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe as the Treaty establishing a Constitution for the European Union in the question that will be used for the referendum on the Constitution.
(217451)
93
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he plans in conjunction with other EU member states for co-operation on essential border controls between the EU and Belarus; and if he will make a statement.
(217453)
94
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral statement of 31st January, Official Report, column 584, what the serious methodological difficulties are in relation to the figures of Iraqi casualties provided by the Iraqi Ministry of Health; whether these figures contain any attribution of the number of Iraqi deaths and injuries that have resulted from the actions of (a) multinational forces, (b) Iraqi security forces and (c) terrorists and insurgents; and whether the figures specify the number of Iraqi non-combatants who have been killed or injured by the actions of these three groups.
(217442)
95
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has received requests from a department or agency of the United States Administration to use United Kingdom (a) airports and (b) airspace to deliver suspected terrorists from one foreign country to another via the United Kingdom.
(217487)
96
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department will reply to the letters on behalf of Mrs Amani Mamadalla (a) to Mr Goldsmith of the Libya Desk dated 1st September and 19th October 2004 and (b) to Baroness Symons dated 19th November 2004.
(217587)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
97
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department will maintain approval for Co-proxamol for those patients who have intolerance to other painkillers.
(217484)
98
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of implementing a policy of free eye tests for all NHS patients.
(217492)
99
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost of providing free annual dental checks for adults.
(217493)
100
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on advertising the benefits of physical activity in each of the last seven years.
(217501)
101
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in England are in debt; by how much in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(217527)
102
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has in place to protect the UK against an influenza pandemic; and what emergency procedures are in place to protect vulnerable groups.
(217618)
103
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what quantity of influenza vaccine the Government has stockpiled.
(217619)
104
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he will take to communicate advice and warnings to the public in the event of an influenza pandemic.
(217620)
105
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England (a) have AIDS and (b) are HIV positive.
(217472)
106
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average life expectancy of someone with AIDS is; and what it was in 1990.
(217473)
107
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual cost of treating an AIDS patient in England was in the last year for which figures are available.
(217474)
108
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of new HIV cases in England in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 were not British citizens.
(217475)
109
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to (a) Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust and (b) Preston Primary Care Trust for treating AIDS patients was in the last year for which figures are available.
(217476)
110
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish annual figures on the numbers of (a) primary care centres completed and (b) general practitioner premises modernised.
(217581)
111
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS estate was compliant with (a) fire safety and (b) health and safety legislation on 1st April 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(217582)
112
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the full results of the last annual condition surveys for (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03 and (d) 2003-04; and if he will publish future surveys within a set timeframe from the financial year end.
(217583)
113
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts spent less than the national average on mental health in 2003-04.
(217579)
114
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on new money for mental health in Lancashire.
(217591)
115
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what capital investment was made in NHS facilities in Chorley in each year since 1998.
(217592)
116
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated to health services in rural areas in South Lancashire in 2004-05.
(217593)
117
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what trials have taken place of low dose Naltrexone (LDN) for the treatment of multiple sclerosis; and if he will make a statement on the availability on the NHS of LDN for sufferers of MS.
(217518)
118
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of implementing new statutory and regulatory duties that were the responsibility of his Department which have come into force since May 2001.
(216900)
119
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on dental registration rates.
(217609)
120
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists' surgeries in (a) Greater London and (b) each London borough were accepting new NHS patients in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(217543)
121
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will exempt asthma medication from prescription charges.
(217447)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
122
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for North East Hampshire of 7th September, 11th November and 9th December 2004 regarding Mr Roger Huxtable, ref M17775/4.
(217497)
123
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how passport application forms are made available to the public; and what the cost is to public funds of each method.
(217480)
124
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government's plans for the storage of biometric data on (a) passports and (b) associated databases exceed the requirements of (i) plans for the harmonisation of biometric storage on European passports recently agreed by the General Affairs Council of the European Union and (ii) plans agreed through the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
(217617)
125
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individual work permits were issued in 2004.
(216688)
126
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were issued in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004, broken down by capacity in which they were issued.
(216898)
127
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many student applications for entry clearance from (a) the Indian sub-continent, (b) Africa, (c) the United States, (d) Canada, (e) Australia and (f) New Zealand there were in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004; how many were (A) granted and (B) refused; how many successful appeals there were against refusal; when he introduced fees for in-country variation of leave for students; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in the number of students coming to the UK between 2002 and 2003.
(217616)
128
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Huddersfield constituency, on the effects on Huddersfield of the Community Support Officer Scheme, with particular reference to (a) the number of officers and (b) their impact.
(217462)
129
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Greater London who took (a) heroin, (b) marijuana, (c) cocaine and (d) ecstasy in each of the last 10 years.
(217552)
130
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9th December 2004, Official Report, column 741W on EU Directive 2004/81, if he will publish the review undertaken.
(217585)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
131
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the funds from the new six-year health programme for Malawi, announced in December 2004, is earmarked for salaries of health workers in Malawi.
(217544)
132
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the extra funds from the new six-year programme of support to the Malawi health service will be released.
(217545)
133
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK Government is taking to ensure that the Department's field offices help to increase the capacity of ministries in developing countries responsible for protecting the rights and meeting the needs of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
(217556)
134
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Department's field offices will be producing detailed action plans in addition to the revised country assistance plans in those countries with large numbers of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
(217557)
135
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, by what date the review of country assistance plans in countries with large numbers of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS will be completed.
(217558)
136
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the issue of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS is made a priority during the review of the European Union's Programme for Action on Poverty Diseases in 2005.
(217559)
137
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development assistance has been provided by the UK Government to Uganda in each year since 1997; and what it has been spent on.
(217470)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
138
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many housing executive staff have been seconded to assist local communities and residents groups in each Northern Ireland constituency since 2001; what the length of secondment was in each case; and what the cost of each secondment was.
(217503)
139
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding the Housing Executive has provided in each year since 2001 to assist local communities and residents groups in each Northern Ireland constituency; and what criteria are used to determine the allocation of funding.
(217504)
140
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland has adopted the colour vision requirements arising from his Department's review of the medical assessment process for police recruits.
(216839)
141
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the Part-Time RUC Reserve were required to transfer to either the Full-Time Reserve or the regular police service as a result of intimidation or other terrorist activity during the Troubles.
(216840)
142
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the Part-Time RUC Reserve were forced to move home as a result of intimidation or other terrorist activity during the Troubles.
(216841)
143
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the Part-Time RUC Reserve resigned as a result of intimidation or other terrorist activity during the Troubles.
(216842)
144
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether offences proscribed in Part II of the draft Criminal Justice (Evidence) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 will include offences committed in respect of children aged 17 years.
(217607)
145
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is his policy that the commissioning of the new waste water treatment works at Killinchy should be delayed if there is evidence of seawater regress into the sewerage infrastructure.
(217466)
146
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he expects the work underway to upgrade the waste water treatment works at Killinchy/Whiterock to be completed and commissioned by September.
(217467)
147
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the Water Service has for replacing the Whiterock Bay sewer; and whether the Water Service plans to provide (a) a storm overflow with a fully operational flap on the outfall, (b) a storm retention tank and (c) pumps upgrade.
(217468)
148
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether recent sewerage spillages occuring in Whiterock Bay have been found to be directly attributable to the unscreened storm overflow located there.
(217469)
149
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether there has been evidence of seawater ingress in the sewerage infrastructures at Whiterock.
(217481)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
150
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to be able to estimate the cost to public funds of the G8 summit at Gleneagles in July.
(217454)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
151
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent information the Electoral Commission has made available to (a) overseas, (b) service and (c) postal voters; and if he will place copies in the Library.
(217549)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
152
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether (a) she and (b) members of her Department plan to visit the Russian Economic Forum in London from 10th to 12th April.
(217603)
153
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 627W on Arms Exports (Indonesia) if she will provide a breakdown of the most recent repayment schedule for the sums owed by Indonesia in connection with the Indonesian purchases of (a) Scorpion and Stormer vehicles and (b) Hawk aircraft.
(217443)
154
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 13th January, Official Report, column 627W on Arms Exports (Indonesia), what the estimated cost to the Government of rescheduling Indonesia's debts is.
(217444)
155
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd February, Official Report, column 1011W on anti-bribery/corruption procedures, if she will make a statement on the conclusions reached following comparison of the revised Export Credits Guarantee Department anti-bribery and corruption procedures and those provided by G7 counterparts.
(217445)
156
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much her Department has spent in each year since 2000 providing printed information for the public.
(217456)
157
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 1788W, on debt recovery, what the repayment schedule for each of the countries listed is; and what the estimated cost to the Government of rescheduling the debts is.
(217612)
158
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many incidences of consumers unwittingly using premium rate services when accessing the internet have been recorded in the past 12 months, and how many resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) compensation.
(217526)
159
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the projected reduction in carbon dioxide levels by 2010 will be if Government renewable energy targets are met.
(217505)
160
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the levels of carbon dioxide reduction achieved by the current stock of wind turbines.
(217506)
161
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research the Government has commissioned on low frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines following the ETSU W/13/0092/REP and ETSU-R-97 reports.
(217507)
162
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the ETSU W/13/00921 REP report on low frequency noise and vibrations was compiled; what size turbines were studied; and if she will make a statement.
(217508)
163
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what account was taken of the recent Renewables Innovation Review in planned expenditure on renewables up to 2010; and if she will make a statement.
(217509)
164
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is expected from the proposed wind turbine programme.
(217510)
165
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the area of onshore land which will be required to meet the Government's wind turbine programme.
(217511)
166
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the value of offshore capital funding following the SR04 spending review.
(217512)
167
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many rounds of funding will be available as part of the Government's offshore wind programme.
(217513)
168
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria are used to determine capital grant funding for the offshore wind programme.
(217514)
169
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what grants are available to individuals who want to provide their own electricity independent from the national grid.
(217515)
170
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on changes in employment rights since 1997.
(217463)
171
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes to paternity and maternity leave have been introduced since 1997.
(217464)
172
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on changes to working conditions for employees since 1997.
(217465)
173
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate she has made of the future costs of ensuring the secure status of (a) nuclear installations to the end of their decommissioning and (b) nuclear materials until they are no longer useable in a malevolent fashion; and what measures have been put in place to ensure such future security.
(217486)
174
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many incidents characterised as failures of security leading to unacceptable or undesirable consequences (a) have occurred at and (b) have been associated with personnel employed at licensed nuclear installations since 1st January 2004.
(217494)
175
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many potential threats as defined by the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003 have occurred at each licensed nuclear installation since 1st January 2004.
(217495)
176
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will ask the European Commission to publish the letters on Euratom safeguards inspections at Sellafield, to which she referred in her Answer of 19th April 2004, Official Report, column 73.
(217604)
177
Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to publish the latest annual nuclear material unaccounted for data for United Kingdom civil nuclear installations; what discussions (a) her Department, (b) BNFL and (c) the UK Atomic Energy Authority has had with (i) the Euratom Safeguards Directorate and (ii) the International Atomic Energy Agency on the verification of the data; and if she will make a statement.
(217606)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
178
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding has been made available to improve disabled access to transport services in the Chorley constituency.
(217589)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
179
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his latest meeting with the Chair and Chief Executive of the Welsh Language Board.
(217516)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
180
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how information on job vacancies is provided to the public other than through Jobcentres; and what the cost is of each such method.
(217477)
181
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how benefit application forms are made available; and what the cost is of each method.
(217478)
182
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed incapacity benefit for mental health reasons (a) in the UK and (b) in the parliamentary constituencies of (i) Lichfield, (ii) Tamworth and (iii) Burton in (A) 1997 and (B) 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(217520)
183
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Lancashire have gained work through the New Deal for Lone Parents.
(217580)
184
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioner households received (a) free TV licences, (b) winter fuel payment, (c) pension credit and (d) council tax benefit in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley in 2003-04.
(217594)
185
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of incapacity benefit claims that subsequently proved to be unsubstantiated in the last year for which figures are available.
(216337)
186
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he plans to take to discourage general practitioners from issuing sick notes that support dubious incapacity benefit claims.
(216338)
187
N
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what ways changes to incapacity benefit will affect long-term claimants.
(216339)
188
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of people leaving incapacity benefit of the means-testing of new claims.
(217608)
189
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals in the Nairn Jobcentre area are (a) in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and (b) required to sign on in person.
(216580)
190
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will consider the Nairn and District Area for a future telephone pilot project for jobseeker's allowance.
(216581)
191
N
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to make a decision on the location of benefit processing centres; and what assessment he has made of the merits of Inverness as a possible site.
(216582)
192
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letter of 29th October 2004 from the honourable Member for Northavon on behalf on a constituent, Mr. Matthews, regarding benefit provision for carers.
(216897)
193
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his written statement of 3rd February, Official Report, column 68WS, on pension credit, if he will place in the Library a copy of the analysis from which the take-up estimates were derived.
(216899)
194
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average weekly amounts of (a) basic state pension, (b) additional pension and (c) income-related additions received by (i) men and (ii) women were in each year since 1997-98.
(217519)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
195
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on minor injuries unit hours of opening.
[Question Unstarred] (216982)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
196
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) professions allied to medicine from Commonwealth countries are working in the UK on two year visas under the Commonwealth Working Holiday Scheme; and what assessment he has made of the effects of changing the scheme to one year visas on recruitment in the National Health Service.
[Transferred] (217500)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
197
Mr Parmjit Singh Gill (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the impact of changes in wholesale gas prices on the ability of the UK to meet its carbon dioxide reduction targets.
[Transferred] (217491)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
198
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how application forms for disabled badges are made available to the public; and what the cost to public funds is of each method.
[Transferred] (217479)

 
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