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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 24 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 Thursday 24 February 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 24 February 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 24 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 Thursday 24 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 24 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether years spent in the Civil Service Pension Scheme up to 2013 will continue to attract pension rights based on the final salary of the employee on their retirement at age 65 years following the proposed changes to the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(218185)
2
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect that the changes to the Civil Service Pension Scheme retirement age will have on serving prison officers who may become unable to carry out their prison work beyond the age of 60 years due to physical incapacity; and if he will make a statement.
(218186)
3
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people who transferred pension rights from the armed forces to the Prison Service who will work for a number of years at the end of their careers without building up any further pension rights; and if he will make a statement.
(218188)
4
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many serving (a) prison officers and (b) other civil servants will be affected by the changes to the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
(218189)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
5
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what agreements with the private sector he has reached since his announcement on 24th November 2004 on the advance purchases of malaria vaccines; and what deadline he has set for these agreements to be reached.
(218144)
6
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 1186W, on savings plans, what methodology was used to calculate (a) that the estimated curent cost of tax-exempt savings plans with an annual premium limit of £300 is around £70 million per year and (b) that increasing the limit to £600 per annum would cost an extra £30 million; and if he will make a statement.
(218047)
7
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel & South Downs):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of the Savings Gateway in each of the first five years after its launch.
(218254)
8
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average age of women employed within the (a) manufacturing and (b) service sector was in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 1997.
(218249)
9
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average age of people employed within the (a) manufacturing industry and (b) service sector was in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 1997.
(218250)
10
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many women have been employed within the (a) manufacturing industry and (b) service sector in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 1997.
(218251)
11
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on trends in economic growth in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK since 1997.
(218253)
12
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 17th February; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(218157)
13
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the UK's GDP was spent on health in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) public and (b) private expenditure; and what estimate he has made of the current EU average health expenditure as a proportion of GDP.
(218125)
14
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Customs Co-operation Sub-committee (i) EEC-Korea, (ii) EEC-United States of America and (iii) EEC-Israel met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218436)
15
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Customs Co-operation Committee - EEC-Andorra met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218460)
16
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his definition of a windfall receipt is.
(217942)
17
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Ministry of Defence's SR 2004 settlement letter.
(217943)
18
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff are employed by his Department to investigate tax credit fraud (a) in total and (b) per 100,000 recipients of tax credits; and what his latest estimate is of the total level of tax credit fraud.
(218002)
19
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Inland Revenue will compel investment in an investment of the Revenue's choice in the event that an Islamic parent cannot find an investment vehicle for the child trust fund that complies with Islamic beliefs.
(218226)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
20
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 9th February to Question reference 215189, if he will break down the figures provided in tables 1A, 1B and 2 by gender.
(216945)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
21
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee for Cooperation in the Field of Tourism met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(218309)
22
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions Ministers have had with the Football Association on the scheduling of local derby football matches.
(218003)
23
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding her Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.
(218334)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
24
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the complete RAF Board of Inquiry into the crash of RAF Harrier aircraft GR7 ZG475 on 1st June 1995.
(218160)
25
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the complete RAF Board of Inquiry into the crash of RAF Tornado F3 ZH558 on 8th July 1994.
(218161)
26
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place copies in the Library of all (a) reports, (b) memoranda, (c) audits and (d) other evaluations that were produced (i) by Boscombe Down and (ii) on behalf of Boscombe Down during flight trials of the Chinook Mark 2 helicopter, including those covering the engine-control software before 3rd June 1994.
(218162)
27
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of all (a) reports, (b) documents and (c) memoranda produced by, or on behalf of, Boscombe Down in 1988, concerning software in the Chinook HC2 helicopter.
(218191)
28
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was per project of the transfer from the Department for International Development for the Global Conflict Prevention Pool for Sub-Saharan Africa programme costs.
(218318)
29
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the change in RFR2 Resource relates (a) solely and (b) mainly to peace-keeping in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq.
(218319)
30
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent since 2001 on UK military operations (a) solely and (b) mainly relating to (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq.
(218320)
31
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which naval bases have a policy of mandatory secondary monitoring; which do not; and if he will make a statement.
(218441)
32
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons were for implementing mandatory secondary monitoring at (a) HM Rosyth and (b) HM Base Devonport.
(218442)
33
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on levels of safety of introducing mandatory secondary monitoring at HM Base Clyde Faslane.
(218443)
34
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to introduce mandatory secondary monitoring for radiation at HM naval base Clyde Faslane; what modifications of existing facilities would be required to allow such monitoring; and if he will make a statement.
(218444)
35
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to commission the building of a joint casualty treatment ship.
(218445)
36
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the purpose is of the Maritime Coherence Study; who has been commissioned to write it; when he expects it to be published; and if he will make a statement.
(218446)
37
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of retrofitting the Mark 8 Mod 1 gun to HMS Gloucester; and when he expects the vessel to be decommissioned.
(218447)
38
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) Batch 3 Type-42 and (b) Batch 2 Type-42 destroyers are to be retrofitted with the Mark 8 Mod 1 gun; and what the timetable is for the fitting.
(218448)
39
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have taken place with private contractors on replacing work currently undertaken by departmental staff.
(217599)
40
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he is taking to ensure that the proposed Orion Laser programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston does not contravene Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
(218217)
41
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedural time limits apply for the issue of a decision by the Army Board in respect of a complaint under Army redress procedures relating to (a) sexual harassment, (b) racial harassment, (c) parental leave directive, (d) pay and (e) religion.
(218233)
42
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints considered under Army redress procedures have been made by (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers, (c) private soldiers and (d) untrained private soldiers since 1997.
(218237)
43
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) detainees, (b) security internees and (c) enemy prisoners of war in Iraq transferred by British forces to the United States military have been subject to any form of sensory deprivation.
(218259)
44
N
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 21st February, reference 214418, if he will make it his policy not to recover any costs, marginal or otherwise, from the Department for International Development in relation to the relief effort following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
(217947)
45
N
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 21st February, reference 214418, what chargeable costs have arisen to date that are recoverable from the Department for International Development in relation to the relief effort following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
(217948)
46
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 2001-02, (b) 2000-01, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 1998-99 and (e) 1997-98 the (i) Warship Support Agency, (ii) Veterans Agency and (iii) UK Hydrographic Office spent in Scotland in (A) monetary terms and (B) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(218260)
47
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 2001-02, (b) 2000-01, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 1998-99 and (e) 1997-98 the (i) Queen Victoria School, (ii) Pay and Personnel Agency and (iii) Naval Recruiting and Training Agency spent in Scotland in (A) monetary terms and (B) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland in these years; and if he will make a statement.
(218315)
48
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of UK to UK removals was in the financial year ended (a) 4th April 1994 and (b) 4th April 2004; and how many moves took place in each case.
(218006)
49
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the UK was of military action in Kosovo.
(217431)
50
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate of acquisition costs for a replacement for the Trident nuclear submarine he has made.
(218336)
51
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether nuclear material related to the Trident nuclear system is transported through Glasgow; and through which Scottish (a) constituencies and (b) local authorities nuclear material related to the Trident nuclear system has passed in each of the last five years.
(218337)
52
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last risk assessment was made on the transportation of nuclear material for the Trident nuclear system; and whether the Scottish Executive has been involved in the risk assessment process.
(218338)
53
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accidents have taken place since 1990 involving (a) nuclear warheads and (b) other nuclear material related to the Trident nuclear missile system.
(218339)
54
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last reviewed command and control procedures for the Trident missile system.
(218340)
55
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether commanders of UK Trident submarines are empowered to launch a nuclear missile in circumstances other than with the express authority of the Prime Minister.
(218341)
56
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last undertook a risk assessment of command and control procedures for the Trident nuclear missile system.
(218342)
57
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will allow independent monitors to test for radioactive contamination at the Trident nuclear base on the Clyde.
(218343)
58
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the structure is of the Army Legal Services (ALS); how many people are employed by the ALS; and what its duties are.
(218049)
59
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Canberra PR 9 to be withdrawn from service; what will replace the capability; and when.
(218129)
60
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the integration of Bowman into the (a) Royal Armoured Corps and (b) Infantry; and when he expects the system to be fully operational.
(218130)
61
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Falcon II tactical radio sets have been used in Iraq since November 2004.
(218131)
62
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Bowman was first used by British Forces in Iraq; and who provided the training for its use.
(218132)
63
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many different types of helicopters are in service with UK Armed Forces; and what the length of in-service life of each is.
(218133)
64
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether additional civil servants were employed to deal with resource budgeting in the Department.
(218134)
65
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the fitting of the Bowman radio system into Warrior armoured fighting vehicles.
(218135)
66
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Joint Strike Fighter programme.
(218136)
67
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations the Department has received from the United States on purchasing the Lockheed F-22.
(218137)
68
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Future Rapid Effects System to be operational.
(218138)
69
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters are in service; and how many he expects will be in service in 2012.
(218139)
70
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to which military museums the Department makes grants; and how much the grant for each was in the last year for which figures are available.
(218141)
71
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's current estimate is of the cost of the Joint Strike Fighter programme.
(218167)
72
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of possible acquisition costs for a replacement for the Trident nuclear warhead.
(218349)
73
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has discussed a replacement for Trident with the Prime Minister.
(218350)
74
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will inform Parliament of future expenditure incurred in relation to research and development for a replacement for the Trident nuclear missile system.
(218351)
75
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current level of radioactive contamination in the (a) water, (b) air and (c) land around the Trident nuclear base on the Clyde is.
(218352)
76
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what safe limits have been set for levels of radioactive contamination in and around UK nuclear facilities.
(218353)
77
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether testing for radioactive contamination takes place at sites up to (a) one mile, (b) five miles and (c) 20 miles from the Trident nuclear base on the Clyde.
(218354)
78
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to close airfields; what assessment he has made of the impact of reductions in the number of airfields on Air Training Corps gliding activities; and if he will make a statement.
(218236)
79
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimates have been made of the possible acquisition costs of a replacement for the Trident nuclear warhead delivery system.
(218345)
80
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of potential risks of malfunction in the (a) nuclear warhead and (b) delivery system of the Trident nuclear missile.
(218346)
81
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of potential casualties in the west of Scotland arising from a catastrophic malfunction of a trident nuclear warhead on a submarine based in the Clyde.
(218347)
82
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of potential risks arising from (a) an accident and (b) human error in relation to the transportation of nuclear warheads within the naval base on the Clyde.
(218348)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
83
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's estimate is of the total cost to public funds of delivery of the proposed eight new English regional fire control rooms.
(218256)
84
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many appeals are awaiting resolution at the Planning Inspectorate.
(218005)
85
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding his Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.
(218335)
86
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Minister of State for Housing and Planning expects to respond to the letter from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire of 11th January.
(217684)
87
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) changes and (b) additions have been made since 1993 to the Building Regulations; when each (i) change and (ii) addition came into effect; and what the estimated change to (A) the annual cost of new house construction and (B) the overall annual cost of construction resulting from each change or addition was.
(218321)
88
Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) additions and (b) changes to building regulations are under development; when each is planned to take place; and what the estimated change to the annual cost of new house construction resulting from each would be.
(218358)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
89
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary schools in the Greater London area she estimates will need to be replaced within the next five years; and if she will make a statement.
(218199)
90
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in the Greater London area have only outside toilet facilities on their premises; and if she will make a statement.
(218200)
91
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether all buildings in her Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(218201)
92
N
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how her Department will tailor the curriculum to stretch academically able pupils.
(217440)
93
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of the Education and Youth Council held on 21st February; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if she will make a statement.
(218159)
94
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on delivering special needs education in North Yorkshire.
(218053)
95
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Socrates Committee and Erasmus and Comenius subcommittees and (ii) Tempus Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(218312)
96
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support the Government is giving to school playground schemes.
(218004)
97
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what requirement there is on public sector organisations to offer childcare vouchers to their staff; and if she will make a statement.
(218190)
98
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding her Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.
(218328)
99
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice the Learning and Skills Council gave Plater College, Oxford, following the report on the College of 20th October 2004 by the Adult Learning Inspectorate.
(217944)
100
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether (a) her Department and (b) the Learning and Skills Council have a claim on any part of the assets of Plater College, Oxford, should its closure go ahead.
(217945)
101
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the future of Plater College, Oxford.
(217946)
102
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children played truant in the last year for which figures are available.
(217633)
103
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) other school staff from Commonwealth countries are working in the UK under the Commonwealth Working Holiday Scheme on two year visas; and if she will make a statement on the effect on recruitment in the education system of changing the scheme to one year visas.
(218043)
104
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what security measures are implemented in pupil referral units; and what the costs of those measures were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) costs of security personnel, (b) costs of security features including alarm systems, metal detectors, fencing and CCTV cameras and (c) other costs.
(218044)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
105
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the licensing of zoos.
(218279)
106
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date Newcastle upon Tyne City Council applied for a grant for a gas from waste burning plant; what (a) volume and (b) type of materials are proposed to be gasified and burnt; what sum of money has been requested; and if she will place the application in the Library.
(218033)
107
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to take action against those gangmasters who contravene provisions of the Gangmaster Licensing Act 2004.
(218459)
108
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will publish a Government strategy for the (a) control and (b) eradication of bovine TB from the British herd.
(218326)
109
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with officials in (a) the Department of Health and (b) the Food Standards Agency regarding the addition of Sudan 1 to food for human consumption.
(218455)
110
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) Government and (b) EU aid was paid to the UK fishing industry in each of the last eight years for which figures are available.
(218108)
111
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the management costs of the UK fishing industry was borne (a) by her Department and (b) by the industry in the last year for which figures are available.
(218116)
112
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent by (a) her Department and (b) departmental sponsored bodies on research into aquaculture and fish farming at sea in the last year for which figures are available.
(218127)
113
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much EU aid was paid to the fishing industries of (a) Spain, (b) France and (c) Denmark in each of the last eight years for which figures are available.
(218128)
114
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in which other EU member states the fishing industries are subject to full cost recovery for their management costs; how many have partial cost recovery; and how many do not charge their industries management costs.
(218140)
115
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the UK breeding population of cormorants of her Department's change of policy on cormorant control.
(217969)
116
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of fish refuges in reducing predation by cormorants; and how much her Department has spent on research into the effectiveness of fish refuges in the last two years.
(217970)
117
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences to control cormorants have been issued in each English county since 16th September 2004; and how many birds are permitted to be killed under each licence.
(217971)
118
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Scientific review group for the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade, (ii) Committee on the Community action programme in the field of civil protection and (iii) Committee on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances (Seveso II) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government experts were present; and if she will make a statement.
(218261)
119
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee (i) for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress and implementation of the Directives on waste, (ii) on the Directive on packaging and packaging waste and (iii) for the adaptation to technical and scientific progress of the Directive on the protection of the environment, and in particular of the soil, when sewage sludge is used in agriculture met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(218313)
120
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funds she has made available for badger culling in (a) the UK and (b) Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(218461)
121
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the measures in place to control the importation of foodstuffs.
(218462)
122
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the budget is in 2004-05 for the inspection and monitoring of food imports; and if she will make a statement.
(218463)
123
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what inspection facilities are in place at (a) ports and (b) airports to control the importation of foodstuffs; and if she will make a statement.
(218464)
124
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that imports of poultry from countries with known outbreaks of avian flu are safe; what inspections are made of foodstuffs imported from such countries; and if she will make a statement.
(218465)
125
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether farmers will face penalties for failing to meet cross-compliance requirements; whether allowances will be made to farmers due to late information being supplied to them; and if she will make a statement.
(218466)
126
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what inspection regime she has put in place for cross-compliance; and if she will make a statement.
(218467)
127
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from what date cross-compliance will take effect; when the first payments will be made under the Single Farm Payment Scheme; if she will make interim payments; what other relief will be available to farmers who receive delayed payments; and if she will make a statement.
(218468)
128
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects of the two metre-wide strip on wheat farmers with regard to contamination from ergot and other weeds; and if she will make a statement.
(218469)
129
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total estimated income for the farming industry was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(218470)
130
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what threshold has been set for the number of farmers who need to sign up to the Fallen Stock Scheme in order to make it viable; and if she will make a statement.
(218471)
131
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards she has put in place to ensure that contamination does not take place between farms when animals are transferred through the Fallen Stock Scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(218472)
132
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has conducted of the risks of bio-contamination occurring due to the Fallen Stock Scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(218473)
133
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding her Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.
(218329)
134
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the levels of greenhouse gases emitted by the UK were in each of the last 10 years; and what levels were emitted during that period by other EU countries.
(218290)
135
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that implementation of the EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Directive takes into account the national climate change target of achieving a 20 per cent. cut in emissions of carbon dioxide between 1990 and 2010.
(218291)
136
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many footpaths have been temporarily closed for over five years; for what reasons in each case; and when she expects each to be re-opened.
(217441)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
137
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when (a) he and (b) a delegation from his Department last visited Russia.
(217757)
138
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to meet the Russian Foreign Minister.
(217758)
139
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have plans to visit Russia.
(217759)
140
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) members of his Department plan to visit the Russian Economic Forum taking place in London from 10th to 12th April.
(217760)
141
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what educational, scholarship or hardship funds are made available by his Department to Zimbabwean students wishing to study in the United Kingdom; and what Government assistance is available to Zimbabwean students who, for political or human rights reasons, do not wish to return to Zimbabwe.
(217761)
142
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter of 20th October 2004, from the honourable Member for West Chelmsford, transferred from the Home Office on 1st November 2004, Ref M15507/4, concerning Mr Christian Magnussen.
(217808)
143
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons he is closing the British Embassy in Madagascar.
(217678)
144
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what grounds the Government has refused to publish the letters of Dr Rod Barton of the Iraq Survey Group concerning weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
(218175)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government has given to Kroll in its work to recover monies obtained through corruption in Kenya.
(218458)
146
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the transparency of the process towards multi-party democracy in Uganda.
(218264)
147
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received relating to the commissioning by President Museveni of members of the paramilitary Kalangala Action Plan Youth Brigade for the purpose of intimidating the opposition in Uganda.
(218265)
148
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK was represented at the recent launch of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change in Uganda.
(218266)
149
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Ugandan authorities regarding plans by President Museveni to amend the constitution in order to grant himself an indefinite term in office.
(218267)
150
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Ugandan authorities regarding the statement by the Defence Minister Amama Mbabazi in Pyongyang that North Korea deserves to defend itself by any means, including nuclear weapons.
(218268)
151
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of support by President Museveni for Robert Mugabe's land policies.
(218269)
152
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Forum for Democratic Change to operate freely in Uganda.
(218270)
153
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide capacity-building assistance to the Forum for Democratic Change in Uganda.
(218271)
154
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the chances for future stability in Uganda, with particular reference to the recent statement on the issue by British High Commissioner Mr Adam Wood.
(218272)
155
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the visit to North Korea by the Ugandan Defence Minister Mr Amama Mbabazi and (b) the extent of Ugandan support for North Korea's nuclear programme.
(218286)
156
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the visit to Uganda by the Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and (b) the extent of Uganda's support for the Iranian nuclear programme.
(218287)
157
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held on 21st February; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement.
(218156)
158
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities on the extension of the Nationality and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order) prohibiting residents or citizens of Israel who are married to residents of the Occupied Territories from living in Israel with their spouses.
(218216)
159
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many persons under 18 years he estimates are held under death penalty sentence in Iran; what information he has received in relation to each person's (a) personal details and (b) crime; what representations the Government has made, and on what date, in respect of each individual case; and if he will make a statement.
(215695)
160
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department has received on the number of sentences of (a) execution and (b) amputation in Iran in each of the last five years; how many were carried out on persons under 18 years of age; and if he will make a statement.
(215696)
161
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how he plans to co-ordinate his Department's efforts to promote the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union with the EU Parliament's task force.
(218227)
162
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Joint Committee (i) EEC-Bangladesh, (ii) EC-Kingdom of Cambodia and (iii) EEC-China met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218273)
163
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of Article 1-5 of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe on (a) future internal enlargement of the EU whereby part of an existing member state becomes a separate member state of the EU, (b) transfer of territory from one member state to another and (c) the scope of possible arrangements between the UK and Spain on the future of Gibraltar.
(218323)
164
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Joint Committee EEC-Mongolia, (ii) EC-Moldova Co-operation Committee and (iii) Joint Committee (EC-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218433)
165
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of relations between the Iranian regime and the (a) Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, (b) United Iraqi Alliance and (c) Iraqi National Congress.
(218177)
166
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between the UK and Kazakhstan regarding the proposed autumn 2005 closure of Almaty airport to international arrivals into Kazakhstan and the diversion of all international flights to Astana; and what assessment has been made of the effect of this change on UK-Kazakhstan (a) bilateral relations and (b) trade.
(218178)
167
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK has taken to promote democratic governance in Swaziland.
(218179)
168
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote (a) democratic pluralist governance and (b) civil society in Cambodia.
(218181)
169
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is providing to the exiled Somali Government to enable it to return to Mogadishu.
(218182)
170
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between the Government and international partners regarding the prospects for (a) stabilisation and (b) the establishment of an effective government in Somalia.
(218184)
171
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made by his Department of the prospects for free and fair elections in Kyrgyzstan on 27th February; and if he will make a statement.
(218282)
172
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Ugandan Forum for Democratic Change to operate freely.
(218283)
173
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Ugandan Government regarding the plans by President Museveni to amend the constitution in order to secure an indefinite term in office.
(218284)
174
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the visit to Uganda by the Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and (b) the level of support by President Museveni for the Iranian nuclear programme.
(218285)
175
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to dissuade African countries from supporting President Mugabe's land reform policies in Zimbabwe.
(218288)
176
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Ugandan authorities regarding the visit by the Ugandan Defence Minister Amama Mbabazi to Pyongyang and his statement that North Korea deserves to defend itself by any means, including nuclear weapons.
(218289)
177
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what effects on UK interests in South America he expects there to be as a result of the closure of the British Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay.
(217754)
178
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British diplomatic posts were (a) gained and (b) lost during calendar year 2004 to the personnel establishments of UK Missions in (a) Council of Europe member states including international bodies of which the UK is a member located in Europe, (b) Africa and (c) Latin America including Belize and the Dominican Republic.
(217755)
179
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether closures of British missions other than those already publicly announced are planned for financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07.
(217756)
180
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total personnel costs were for the last full financial year for which records are available of running the diplomatic posts in (a) the European Union, (b) Paraguay, (c) Belgium, (d) El Salvador, (e) Nicaragua, (f) Hondouras, (g) Germany, (h) France, (i) Luxemburg, (j) Vanuatu, (k) Tonga, (l) East Timor, (m) Kiribati, (n) The Bahamas, (o) Lesotho, (p) Swaziland and (q) Madagascar.
(217807)
181
N
Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects on British interests of the closure of the British embassies in (a) El Salvador, (b) Honduras and (c) Nicaragua.
(217809)
182
N
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will provide a substantive answer to the Question from the honourable Member for North Tayside tabled on 6th December 2004, ref 203691.
(217967)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
183
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of NHS reference costs the costs for (a) all treatments, (b) elective and day care and (c) critical care services were for the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in the latest financial year for which figures are available.
(217679)
184
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many private sector healthcare providers have signed up to the NHS Code of Practice for the international recruitment of healthcare professionals; and how many private sector healthcare providers there are.
(218454)
185
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner practices closed in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust in each year since 1996.
(218163)
186
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust have had to be allocated to a GP list in each year since 1996.
(218164)
187
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people in England who are not registered with a GP; and what his most recent estimate is of the average length of time a person waits to be registered with a GP.
(218165)
188
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the quality of the consultation undertaken by the local primary care trust concerning the closure of the Finchley Road Surgery in Camden.
(218166)
189
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on the Food Standards Agency Eat Well campaign; and how much of this money was spent on each aspect of expenditure on the campaign.
(218171)
190
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the proportion of GDP spent on public healthcare in (a) 1996 and (b) 2005.
(218172)
191
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available.
(218173)
192
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of women aged (a) 50 to 64 and (b) 65 to 70 years have been screened for breast cancer on the NHS in (i) England, (ii) each strategic health authority and (iii) each primary care trust in each year since 1997.
(218174)
193
N
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the NHS Counter Fraud Compliance Unit was proposed for closure in the Arm's Length Body review; what recent transitional arrangements have been proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(218034)
194
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients living in the London Borough of Wandsworth have had operations or other medical treatments funded by the NHS in European countries in each of the last three years.
(218202)
195
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the letter of 6th January from the Minister of State to the honourable Member for Linlithgow, on variola virus research, what the outcome was of the meeting of Government Departments to which he refers.
(217680)
196
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals have been (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted for obtaining free treatment on the NHS to which they are not entitled in each year between 1997 and 2004, broken down by the reason for non-entitlement to treatment.
(217436)
197
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of civil action have been brought forward by the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service and its predecessors against those suspected of getting free treatment from the NHS to which they are not entitled since 1997; and how many of those cases have resulted in successful prosecution.
(217438)
198
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount health tourism cost the NHS in England in each year between 1997 and 2004.
(217439)
199
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects on communities served by Cossham Hospital arising from the transfer of services from Cossham hospital to community health facilities in Kingswood town centre.
(217681)
200
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional services will be available to the community hitherto served by Cossham Hospital as a result of the transfer of services from Cossham hospital to community health facilities in Kingswood.
(217682)
201
N
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the objectives were of the transfer of services from Cossham Hospital to community health facilities in Kingswood town centre.
(217683)
202
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency has made to ensure that concerns about food which may contain Sudan 1 have been adequately disseminated to (i) local authority trading standards departments, (ii) environmental health departments, (iii) food retailers and (iv) caterers.
(218327)
203
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of whether all food products containing Sudan 1 have been identified.
(218457)
204
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS bodies pay people employed by Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust.
(217941)
205
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people and what percentage of people employed by Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust are paid by other NHS bodies.
(217949)
206
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) hospitals and (b) other NHS bodies have equipment supplied to them by the Central Sterile Supplies Department at Wycombe Hospital.
(217950)
207
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the impact upon multiple sclerosis therapy centres of the Health and Safety Commission's recent decision to raise the cost of annual inspections.
(218246)
208
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st February, Official Report, column 164W, on mental health, how many NHS trusts (a) supplement the income of and (b) provide goods in kind for people in hospital for more than a year.
(218292)
209
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) white papers, (b) green papers and (c) key strategy documents have been published by his Department since 1997, broken down by (i) title and (ii) date of publication.
(218109)
210
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been been admitted to hospital after attending (a) a major accident and emergency department, (b) a minor injuries unit and (c) a walk-in-centre in each of the last three years; and what percentage of all attendances at accident and emergency departments this represented in each case.
(218110)
211
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding he made available to support (a) all neonatal care services and (b) neonatal intensive care services in each year since 1999-2000; and what funding will be made available in 2005-06.
(218111)
212
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many managed clinical networks providing neonatal care there are in England; what the ratio is of nurses to infants in (a) neonatal special care units, (b) neonatal high dependency care units and (c) neonatal intensive care units for each clinical network; and if he will make a statement.
(218113)
213
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of bills of each NHS acute trust in England were paid within 30 days in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the value was in each case.
(218114)
214
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the provision of health services for those with learning disabilities; and when he expects the targets for service improvements for adults with learning disabilities set out in the white paper, Valuing People, to be achieved.
(218115)
215
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he plans to publish on (a) clostridium difficile, (b) vancomycin-resistant enterococci and (c) post-surgical infection in orthapaedics; and when he expects to begin publishing this information.
(218118)
216
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the national audit of deaths caused by hospital acquired infections announced by the Chief Medical Officer in December 2003 is operational; and if he will make a statement.
(218119)
217
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from (a) healthcare professionals and (b) other interested parties on the optimal levels of bed occupancy.
(218120)
218
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of (a) medical and dental staff and (b) administration and estates staff was (i) in cash terms and (ii) as a proportion of total NHS expenditure in each year since 1991.
(218121)
219
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is good communication between healthcare professionals and their patients, with particular reference to the information patients receive on (a) tests, (b) medication and (c) advice on the matters they should be aware of following discharge from an outpatient or accident and emergency department.
(218122)
220
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on hospital and community services in the NHS in each year since 1991.
(218123)
221
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of adults aged 16 and over who have smoked in each year since 1975, broken down by gender.
(218124)
222
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many episodes of care relating to (a) health visiting, (b) community nursing, (c) district nursing, (d) community psychiatric nursing, (e) community learning disability nursing, (f) specialist care nursing, (g) chiropody services, (h) clinical psychology, (i) occupational therapy, (j) physiotherapy, (k) speech and language therapy and (l) community dental services there were in each year since 1990-91.
(218126)
223
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th January, Official Report, column 564W, on waiting times, when he intends to begin (a) monitoring and (b) publishing waiting times from general practitioner referral to start of treatment.
(218344)
224
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the report of the Health Protection Agency on infection rates for respiratory syncytial virus; and if he will take steps to ensure that a higher priority is given to preventative treatment for the virus in premature babies.
(218435)
225
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice is given to general practitioners who are unwilling or discouraged from re-issuing prescriptions for distalgesic and Co-proxamol.
(218451)
226
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department gives with regard to the prescription of distalgesic and Co-proxamol.
(218452)
227
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee (i) for the implementation of the Community action programme for the prevention of AIDS and certain other communicable diseases and (ii) on the action programme on rare diseases in the framework of the action plan for public health met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218365)
228
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will consult on the recommendations of the National Burn Care Review.
(218169)
229
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the recommendations of the National Burn Care Review.
(218170)
230
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information the Government is providing to owners of smaller corner shops to help them identify the products that should be withdrawn from the shelves as a result of the Sudan I dye recall.
(218355)
231
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons were for the delay between the notification to the Food Standards Agency of a potential problem with the Sudan I dye and the agency making a public announcement.
(218356)
232
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of the Sudan I dye recall is estimated to be.
(218357)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
233
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many accidents involving police vehicles there have been in each year since 1997 in (a) Essex and (b) Southend.
(218275)
234
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce random drug tests for police officers.
(218276)
235
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the pay and conditions of police officers.
(218277)
236
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many car thefts have taken place in each of the last three years within the Greater London area.
(218203)
237
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers were employed in the London Borough of Wandsworth in each of the last three years.
(218205)
238
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what average weekly pay was available to prisoners serving a prison sentence was in England and Wales in 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(218206)
239
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the proposed objectives of the Serious Organised Crime Agency have changed since the decision to establish it.
(218359)
240
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from (a) HM Customs and Excise and (b) the Inland Revenue in relation to the proposed establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(218360)
241
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what costs have been incurred in the establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency to date; and what estimate he has made of the total costs.
(218361)
242
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates he has made of the total running costs of the Serious Organised Crime Agency over (a) the first year and (b) the first 10 years of operation.
(218362)
243
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to assess the effectiveness of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(218363)
244
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with the review of immigration and public health.
(217435)
245
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce compulsory testing of immigrants for (a) HIV and (b) tuberculosis.
(217437)
246
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of the programme of mothballing prison places.
(218146)
247
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the recruitment moratorium by Her Majesty's Prison Service.
(218147)
248
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the decision was made by Her Majesty's Prison Service to introduce a recruitment moratorium.
(218148)
249
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long the recruitment moratorium by Her Majesty's Prison Service will continue.
(218149)
250
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison places have been mothballed at each (a) public and (b) privately operated prison establishment.
(218150)
251
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Prison Service's procedure is for ensuring that out-of-date information documents, including those relating to visiting information and benefits, are withdrawn from (a) circulation and (b) central stocks.
(218176)
252
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the 2003 Prisoner Resettlement Survey.
(218196)
253
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison staff have taken sick leave for (a) two to four consecutive weeks, (b) one to two consecutive months, (c) two to four consecutive months and (d) more than four consecutive months in each year since 1997.
(218247)
254
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is his policy that exemption from registration should be granted for members of the Royal Family if compulsory registration were to be introduced.
(218248)
255
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the National Offender Management Service will be taking to ensure that the prisons and probations workforce will be diverse, competent and professional, as described in the NOMS Vision Statement.
(218197)
256
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget change for the National Probation Service will be for 2005-06, broken down by area.
(218437)
257
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the budget for the National Probation Service for 2005-06 will provide for the additional employment of front line staff.
(218438)
258
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed in each probation area on 31st December 2004, broken down by grade; and how many vacancies there were on that date, broken down by grade.
(218439)
259
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many probation staff he expects will be employed in each probation area in England and Wales by 30th March 2006, broken down by grade.
(218440)
260
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether US-based firms have been approached by (a) the Government and (b) its executive agency with regard to the contracting-out of (i) prison and (ii) probation services.
(218258)
261
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department takes to prevent fraud against private enterprises by people impersonating individuals known to be dead.
(218453)
262
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee on the (i) system for comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of the Dublin Convention (Eurodac) and (ii) jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and in matters of paternal responsibility for children of both spouses and on the jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (Brussels I and II) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218262)
263
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.
(218330)
264
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on steps his Department is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour in Sussex.
(218168)
265
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to respond to the letter from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire of 20th December 2004, reference M130/5.
(217685)
266
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) traffic enforcement officers, (b) traffic wardens and (c) council parking attendants were operating in each police authority area in each year since 2002-03.
(218213)
267
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for drink-driving resulted in custodial sentences in 2003 (a) in total and (b) broken down by police authority.
(218214)
268
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend Prison Service Order 1170 in the light of the decision in Regina (on behalf of the Howard League for Penal Reform) v Secretary of State for the Home Department.
(218215)
269
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children under 18 years old with learning difficulties have been given anti-social behaviour orders.
(218219)
270
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons cookery classes in Bullwood Hall prison have been discontinued.
(218220)
271
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women have been transferred from Holloway Prison to Cookham Wood Prison in the last six months; and what the reasons were for the transfers.
(218221)
272
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to improve conditions at Cookham Wood Prison.
(218222)
273
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent police officers there are per 1,000 residents of (a) England, (b) Avon and Somerset police area and (c) South Gloucestershire; and how many there were in (i) 1979 and (ii) 1997.
(218009)
274
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what ways his proposal for biometric data on UK identity documents (a) exceeds and (b) fails to meet the standard required by the United States for non-visa entry into that country; and if he will make a statement.
(218296)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
275
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received from the Malawi government on the timescale for commencement of funds for the six-year health programme.
(218045)
276
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on the development of malaria vaccines in each year since 2001.
(218145)
277
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much each low income country has spent on (a) health, (b) education and (c) debt repayment in each year since 2001.
(218158)
278
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been paid by his Department to the Ministry of Defence in each year since 2001, broken down by project.
(218151)
279
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence concerning charges for services relating to the relief operation following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
(218152)
280
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost to his Department is of hiring (a) a UK military helicopter and (b) an equivalent private helicopter for a period of (i) one day, (ii) one week and (iii) one month to provide relief support in the Indian Ocean region.
(218153)
281
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost to his Department is of hiring (a) a UK military plane and (b) an equivalent commercial plane to deliver an equivalent consignment of aid from London to (i) Indonesia, (ii) Sri Lanka and (iii) Thailand; and if he will make a statement.
(218154)
282
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the UK has given to democracy-building measures in Kosovo, including training of local and national legislators; what the budget was for that support; and what proportion of that budget was allocated to support for women.
(217432)
283
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the UK has given to democracy-building in Iraq; what the cost of that support has been; and what proportion of the budget was allocated to support for women.
(217433)
284
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development aid has been provided by the UK to Swaziland in each year since 1997; and what assessment his Department has made of its effectiveness.
(218180)
285
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development aid has been provided by the UK to Cambodia in each year since 1997; and whether the aid programme has been tied to (a) democratic and (b) economic reforms.
(218183)
286
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the principal lessons learned by his Department on reconstruction and development during the reconstruction period in Bosnia-Herzegovina were.
(218048)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
287
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many businesses that employ 60 people or fewer there are in each Northern Ireland constituency; how many people are employed by such small businesses in total; and how many new small businesses have been created in each year since 2000.
(218310)
288
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent change there has been in the provision of financial support through the education and library boards to students undertaking postgraduate diplomas at universities in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(218311)
289
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the projected outcome is of the new Common Funding Formula in each school sector in Northern Ireland.
(218316)
290
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what procedures he has put in place to measure the educational outcomes of the allocations made under the new Common Funding Formula system.
(218317)
291
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions have taken place between Northern Ireland government departments and agencies and Mr Phil Flynn since 1998.
(218007)
292
N
David Burnside (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions have taken place between Northern Ireland government departments and agencies and Harcourt Developments since 1998.
(218008)
293
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact that the reclassification of cannabis has had in Northern Ireland.
(218225)
294
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will publish the consultation document on tackling the problems caused by high hedges in Northern Ireland.
(218231)
295
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had about the extension to Northern Ireland of Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 governing nuisance hedges.
(218232)
296
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he expects the implications of the Identity Cards Bill for the common travel area will be tabled for consideration at a future meeting of the British-Irish Governmental Conference; and if he will make a statement.
(218228)
297
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he expects that the implications of the Identity Cards Bill for the common travel area will be tabled for consideration at a future meeting of the British-Irish Council Conference; and if he will make a statement.
(218229)
298
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he expects the implications of the Identity Cards Bill for the common travel area and the land border to be tabled for consideration at a future meeting of the North/South Ministerial Council; and if he will make a statement.
(218230)
Questions to the Prime Minister
299
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the statement made by the Attorney General on 17th March 2003 setting out his views on the legality of the use of armed force against Iraq was a summary of the advice received by the Government.
(218322)
300
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the decision by the Metropolitan Police to interview honourable Members and their staff as part of an ongoing Official Secrets Act investigation into the disclosure of Iraq-related material was (a) authorised by and (b) communicated to (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in his Government.
(218035)
Questions to the Solicitor General
301
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Solicitor General, what the total expenditure of the Crown Prosecution Service on external consultants was in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004 broken down by directorate; and what the cost of employing external consultants is expected to be in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08 broken down by directorate.
(218198)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
302
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the estimated cost is of the posting of leaflets produced by the Electoral Commission to promote overseas voter registration to embassies and consulates abroad.
(218223)
303
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much has been spent by the Commission since 1st February 2004 on measures designed to increase participation by young people at elections.
(218449)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
304
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the Export Credits Guarantee Department was informed of the decisions by Alvis to use Mrs Siti Rakhmana as an agent in connection with the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles to Indonesia, supported by the Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(217434)
305
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 1786W, on arms sales (Indonesia), on what date the Export Credits Guarantee Department was made aware that Alvis had employed an agent in relation to the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles to Indonesia.
(217610)
306
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 1786W, on arms sales (Indonesia), what the name was of the agent that the Export Credits Guarantee Department were aware Alvis had employed in relation to the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles to Indonesia.
(217611)
307
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations she has had from (a) the Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee and (b) the Health and Safety Advisory Committee in relation to safety in the dismantling of nuclear power stations.
(217763)
308
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many site inspections at nuclear installations did not proceed as a result of the recent work-to-rule by inspectors.
(217764)
309
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the full complement of site inspectors is; and how many are employed in monitoring the safety performance of the nuclear industry.
(217765)
310
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the (a) next steps and (b) timetable for the Government's review of company law; and what proposals she is considering to change the liability of individual directors of UK companies, when a company causes social or environmental damge overseas.
(218218)
311
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the management costs of the UK fishing industry was borne by her Department in the last year for which figures are available.
(218117)
312
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee (i) on Fees, Implementation Rules and the Procedure of the Boards of Appeal of the Office of Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trademarks and Designs), (ii) for the Implementation of the Multiannual Community Programme to Stimulate the Establishment of the Information Society in Europe and (iii) on Electronic Signatures met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(218432)
313
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Advisory Committee for the Technical Adaption of the Community Procedure to Improve the Transparency of Gas and Electricity Prices Charged to Industrial End-users and (ii) Committee for the Implementation of the Series of Guidelines for Trans-European Energy Networksmet; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement.
(218434)
314
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding her Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.
(218331)
315
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to respond to the letter from the honourable Member for West Worcestershire of 12th January.
(217686)
316
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many breaches of World Bank guidelines by the monitoring consultants for the Baku Tblisi Ceyhan pipeline during implementation have been identified and reported to her Department.
(218274)
317
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many incidents of land being used outside the 28-metre Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline corridor have been reported to her.
(218280)
318
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the use of unexpropriated land outside the 28-metre corridor in relation to the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline project constitutes a breach of loan agreements.
(218281)
319
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether breaches of the World Bank's involuntary resettlement policy (OD 4.30) constitute breaches of the project agreements for the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline.
(218293)
320
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what audits of record-keeping have been carried out by her Department on (a) quality control and (b) health and safety on the Turkey section of the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline.
(218294)
321
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what requirements she places on project sponsors to provide her with relevant reports on the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline project.
(218295)
322
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many retail petrol stations there were in the UK in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by region.
(218208)
323
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will estimate the proportion of the adult population in (a) the UK, (b) the South West and (c) South Gloucestershire who had domestic access to e-mail (i) in the latest year for which estimates are available and (ii) five years earlier.
(218010)
324
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the (a) environmental impact and (b) financial cost of small scale hydrogen fuel cell projects where the hydrogen fuel is created from (i) mains electricity, (ii) wind turbines and (iii) solar power.
(218050)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
325
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many traffic accidents took place in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each year since 1997.
(218278)
326
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the fines which have been issued under section (a) 40 and (b) 41 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and what plans he has to alter the enforcement procedure for vehicles that contravene public service vehicle accessibility regulations.
(218234)
327
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of public service vehicles are required to comply with public service vehicle accessibility regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(218235)
328
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee for the (i) application of uniform principles on costing for railway undertakings and (ii) harmonisation and comparability of the accounting and annual accounts of railway undertakings met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218263)
329
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee (i) on the system of charging for the use of transport infrastructure, (ii) on the development of trans-European transport networks and (iii) for granting Community financial aid in the field of trans-European energy networks met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218364)
330
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.
(218332)
331
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) income was derived from and (b) expenditure has been incurred by each local authority on parking, broken down by (i) charges and (ii) penalties where available, in financial year 2003-04.
(218207)
332
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average (a) number and (b) distance of trips as calculated by the National Travel Survey was by (i) car driver, (ii) car passenger, (iii) bus, (iv) walking and (v) other modes of transport broken down by (A) commuting, (B) business, (C) education, (D) escort education, (E) shopping and (F) other reasons, broken down by (1) sex and (2) those (v) under 17-years, (w) 17 to 29 years, (x) 30 to 49 years, (y) 50 to 59 years and (z) over 60-years in the latest three-year period for which survey results are available.
(218209)
333
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of percentage change for road traffic volumes by (a) 2010, (b) 2015 and (c) 2020.
(218210)
334
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the percentage of road length, broken down by highway category type, which should be considered for structural maintenance work in each local authority area in 2004.
(218211)
335
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) passengers in excess of capacity and (b) total number of passengers figure was (i) for each London commuting service train operator and (ii) in total, broken down into (A) am peak and (B) pm peak figures measured in the annual survey in 2004; and what the number was of peak passengers into London for (1) am peak periods, (2) pm peak periods and (3) in total for each London commuting service train operator.
(218212)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
336
Tom Cox (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people living in the Greater London area have participated in the New Deal for Disabled People.
(218204)
337
David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases in Midlothian have been submitted to the Child Support Agency since its inception; and how many cases in Midlothian are before the Agency now.
(218255)
338
David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects that the change to the terms of prescription of prescribed disease A11 will be put in place.
(218257)
339
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Committee for the implementation of the action programme to tackle discrimination and (ii) Restricted Committee of the Safety and Health Commission for the Mining and other Extractive Industries met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218314)
340
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Committee of the European Social Fund and (ii) Technical Adaption Committee on the Introduction of Measures to Encourage Improvements in the Safety and Health of Workers at Work met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218456)
341
Phil Sawford (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what funding his Department has earmarked for growth areas to ensure that they have the resources required to meet the demands of a growing population.
(218333)
342
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to North West Leicestershire constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on North West Leicestershire constituency.
(218046)
343
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the treatment of lump sum payments for those who have deferred drawing their retirement pension under the terms of the Pensions Act 2005 in (a) measurement of capital when assessing entitlement to means-tested benefits and (b) liability for income tax in the year in which the lump sum is drawn.
(217968)
344
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much council tax benefit was paid in Scotland in 2003-04 (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) local authority area and (ii) parliamentary constituency.
(217972)
345
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households are in receipt of council tax benefit in (a) the UK, (b) England and (c) Scotland in each local authority area, broken down by income decile.
(217973)
346
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average amount of council tax benefit was paid to each recipient in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) each local authority area in 2003-04.
(217974)
347
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of council tax benefit are in receipt of another state benefit in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK, broken down by benefit.
(217975)
348
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of (a) the impact on council tax benefit payments in Scotland and (b) the financial effects on his Department of the Scottish Parliament replacing council tax with a local income tax.
(217976)
349
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of each state benefit in total in the (a) Kirriemuir West, (b) Kirriemuir East, (c) Brechin West, (d) Brechin North Esk, (e) Westfield and Dean, (f) Forfar West, (g) Forfar Central, (h) Forfar East, (i) Brechin South Esk, (j) Montrose Ferrydean, (k) Montrose Central, (l) Montrose West, (m) Montrose Hillside, (n) Forfar South, (o) Letham and Friockheim, (p) Arbirlot and Hospitalfield, (q) Keptie, (r) Arbroath North, (s) Brothock, (t) Hayshead and Lunan, (u) Harbour and (v) Cliffburn wards of Angus Council.
(218155)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
350
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the mortality rate was for babies born prematurely with a birth weight of (a) less than 1500g and (b) less than 2500g in each year since 1975.
[Transferred] (218112)
351
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to make available to the financial sector details on deaths known to civil registration authorities.
[Transferred] (218450)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
352
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many visitor visa appeals were successful in 2004.
[Transferred] (218324)
353
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many of the successful visitor visa appeals in 2004 were (a) oral and (b) written.
[Transferred] (218325)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
354
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the results of the Earth Observation Summit in Brussels on 16th February.
[Transferred] (217762)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
355
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with prison governors about the ability of prison officers to carry out front-line duties beyond the age of 60 years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (218187)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
356
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) arrests and (b) cautions there have been in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland for the (i) possession and (ii) sale of cannabis since its reclassification.
[Transferred] (218224)
Questions to the Solicitor General
357
N
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will make a statement on dealing with breaches of anti-social behaviour orders in Wirral.
[Question Unstarred] (217651)

 
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