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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 25 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 Friday 25 February 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 25 February 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 25 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Friday 25 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 25 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
1
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects to issue guidance on the conduct of civil servants during and in the period leading up to the referendum on the European Constitution; and who will be responsible for enforcing the guidance.
(218853)
2
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what has been the outcome of the review conducted by his office of the scope for improving the co-ordination of interdepartmental responsibilities for waste policy; and what plans he has for its publication.
(218771)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
3
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what definition he uses of near cash.
(218781)
4
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February, Official Report, column 66W on Child Trust Fund Accounts, when he expects a resolution of the issues necessary for credit unions to offer child trust fund cash deposit accounts.
(218719)
5
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy for childcare provided by grandparents to be considered eligible for the working tax credit childcare element.
(218610)
6
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how long it took on average for an adjudication decision on a tax credit to be made in the last year for which figures are available.
(218642)
7
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the Stroud constituency have been required to pay back overpayments of (a) working tax credit, (b) child tax credit and (c) both working and child tax credit.
(218643)
8
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the Stroud constituency have current cases in the adjudication process for tax credit overpayments.
(218644)
9
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many cases where the Inland Revenue has contacted childcare providers whose details have been provided by claimants of the childcare element of child tax credit the child had been removed from the childcare provider.
(217687)
10
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times the Inland Revenue contacted childcare providers whose details have been provided by claimants of the childcare element of child tax credit in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.
(217688)
11
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218672)
12
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what budget was allocated for EU Communications in each of the past five financial years; and what is budgeted for the next financial year.
(218782)
13
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Official Report, column 701W, on the European Constitution, when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office budget for informing the public about the EU and the EU Constitutional Treaty was agreed with the Treasury; and what methodology was used to calculate the budget.
(218783)
14
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list budgets the Treasury has agreed with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for financial year 2004-05 which could be used to fund the provision of public information on the EU Constitution.
(218784)
15
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list partnership projects with the institutions of the EU for which UK Government provided funding in the past two financial years.
(218786)
16
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what traffic light status was awarded to the identity cards scheme by the Office of Government Commerce at the Gateway Review 1 stage.
(217772)
17
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the individuals who have been officially entertained at number 11 Downing Street since 1997.
(218419)
18
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has he made of the total value of over-payments of working tax credits in the last year for which figures are available.
(218549)
19
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian and (b) Irish presidency of the EU the Customs Co-operation Committee - EEC-Cyprus met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218851)
20
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times during the (a) Italian and (b) Irish presidency of the EU the Customs Co-operation Committee - EEC-Malta met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.
(218852)
21
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue foregone in respect of rebated diesel for private leisure craft in each year since the Energy Products Directive came into force.
(218521)
22
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of private leisure craft which have used rebated red diesel in each year since the Energy Products Directive came into force.
(218531)
23
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) working and (b) child tax credit award notices issued to couples in 2003-04 omitted the earnings of one of the partners resulting in an overpayment which the Revenue is now seeking to recover; and if he will make a statement.
(218542)
24
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of (a) working and (b) child tax credit award notices issued in 2003-04 who queried the accuracy of the Revenue's calculations and received no response within the 30-day period are being asked to make repayment; and if he will make a statement.
(218543)
25
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the per capita spending on law and order was in each year since 1997 in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East and (c) Hartlepool.
(218787)
26
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the per capita spending on health in each year since 1997 was in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Hartlepool.
(218801)
27
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the workforce in Hartlepool was employed in (a) the public sector, (b) the manufacturing industry, (c) the service sector and (d) farming and agriculture in (i) 1997 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available.
(218806)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
28
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th January, Official Report, columns 902-3W, on the Constitutional Treaty, what obligations there will be under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 for permitted participants in the referendum on the European Constitution to declare donations from the institutions of the European Union.
(218838)
29
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th January, Official Report, columns 902-3W, on the Constitutional Treaty, what regulations will govern expenditure by UK-based organisations that are funded by the institutions of the European Union but are permitted participants in the referendum on the European Constitution.
(218839)
30
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total education and training budget of the Department is for 2005-06.
(218036)
31
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the training budget for (a) lay magistrates and (b) High Court judges is in 2005.
(218037)
32
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average age of current High Court judges is.
(218038)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
33
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what policies her Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218590)
34
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the total grant-in-aid to the Arts Council in England was provided to theatres in each financial year since 1997.
(218499)
35
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from the Racecourse Holdings Trust regarding its plans to build an all-weather horseracing track at Kempton Park; and if she will make a statement.
(218106)
36
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will review the restrictions on the opening hours of licensed betting offices with a view to increasing opening hours in the summer; and if she will make a statement.
(218107)
37
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the total amount (a) allocated and (b) distributed by each of the Lottery distribution bodies in each year since 1994.
(218569)
38
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list each of the programmes that have been funded by the New Opportunities Fund since 1997, broken down by amounts (a) allocated and (b) distributed.
(218570)
39
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to expand access to sports and fitness services for young people on low incomes.
(218796)
40
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to expand access to sports and fitness services for elderly people on low incomes.
(218797)
41
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to expand access to sports and fitness services for disabled people on low incomes.
(218798)
42
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as closely as possible to Sittingbourne and Sheppey constituency, the effects on Sittingbourne and Sheppey of the Department's policies and actions since 1997.
(218758)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
43
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment other than by Racal he has examined of the findings of Racal regarding the SuperTANS on Chinook ZD576.
(218418)
44
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 legal advice provided to the reviewing officers in relation to the crash of RAF Chinook ZD576.
(218776)
45
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 a RAF Chinook HC1 helicopter ZA672 on 6th May 1988.
(218779)
46
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 a RAF Chinook HC1 helicopter ZA721 on 27th February 1987.
(218780)
47
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Iraqi casualties in the UK sector since the end of the war; and what percentage this represents of the total estimated number of Iraqi casualties since the conflict began.
(218551)
48
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218587)
49
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people Cooneen Watts & Stone employed in (a) December 2003 and (b) December 2004.
(218497)
50
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service quarters are available for the armed forces in Gibraltar; how many are (a) being and (b) planned to be improved; which are planned to be (i) sold and (ii) gifted; and if he will make a statement.
(218619)
51
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for the role of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy in Gibraltar; and what spending plans there are for each service's role in Gibraltar.
(218620)
52
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much land in Gibraltar is held by his Department; and what plans he has for such landholding.
(218621)
53
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) the Governor of Gibraltar and (c) the Government of Gibraltar on the future of the RAF runway at Gibraltar.
(218622)
54
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) the Food Standards Agency, (b) the Health Protection Agency, (c) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (d) the British Retail Consortium and (e) the Institute of Grocery Distribution Emergency Planning Liaison Group have had discussions with DSTL Porton Down in connection with contamination of the food chain by Sudan 1 dye; and if he will make a statement.
(218625)
55
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons were for the decision to drop assault charges against the six Royal Marines instructors based at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone; on what date the decision was taken; and whether further complaints against officers are awaiting consideration.
(218574)
56
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February, Official Report, column 1257W, on torture-obtained information, on how many occasions in the last year his Department has used information obtained by the use of torture in another country.
(218760)
57
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will re-examine the operation of courts martial; and if he will make a statement.
(218425)
58
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether commanding officers are advised in all cases by military lawyers prior to deciding on the most appropriate disciplinary action to take against soldiers facing (a) murder charges and (b) other serious charges.
(218426)
59
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the British Deputy in the Office of the Senior Judge Advocate in Iraq asked Major George O'Kane to investigate allegations of abuse at Abu Ghraib.
(218301)
60
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the British Deputy in the Office of the Senior Judge Advocate in Iraq received a copy of the International Committee of the Red Cross working paper based on a visit to Abu Ghraib in October 2003.
(218302)
61
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his letter to the honourable Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr of 31st January, what the remit was of the British Deputy in the Office of the Judge Advocate in the areas of (a) detainees and (b) operational law.
(218303)
62
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Rules of Engagement in Iraq were changed to reflect the transition from war-fighting to military occupation.
(218604)
63
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims in respect of Gulf War related illness have been (a) rejected and (b) accepted by the Veterans Agency, Blackpool; and how many claims have been allowed the right of appeal.
(218710)
64
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to remove the British nuclear deterrent from the Clyde.
(218369)
65
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will rule out the acquisition of battlefield nuclear weapons for use by British forces.
(218370)
66
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will rule out the use of UK nuclear weapons on a first strike basis.
(218371)
67
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has evaluated on the work carried out using radioactive materials at the Shoeburyness ranges as part of the original nuclear weapons programme; and what reports he has received on releases of radioactive material at the Shoeburyness ranges as part of the original nuclear weapons programme.
(218571)
68
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of (a) contamination which may have occurred as a result of the work carried out for the original nuclear weapons programme at the Shoeburyness ranges and (b) residual radioactive contamination at the site.
(218572)
69
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the likely annual operational costs for a replacement for the Trident nuclear submarine and missile system.
(218491)
70
Pete Wishart (North Tayside):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the death toll that would arise from the use of one of the UK's (a) tactical and (b) strategic nuclear warheads on a population centre of (i) 100,000, (ii) one million and (iii) five million inhabitants.
(218492)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
71
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list those local authorities for whom the revenue budget settlement for 2005-06 has been based on 1991 Census data; and if he will make a statement.
(218373)
72
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the evidential basis was for the assertions made in the letter to chairs of fire authorities in the South-West that one of them had leaked figures for the outline business case for regional control centres to the Fire Brigades Union.
(218804)
73
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he has undertaken an investigation into how the Fire Brigades Union obtained the figures from the outline business case for regional control centres.
(218805)
74
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to increase the supply of affordable housing in London over the next five years.
(218526)
75
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many affordable homes have been built in (a) London, (b) Wandsworth and (c) Battersea through the (i) Housing Corporation and (ii) Government-funded schemes since 2000.
(218527)
76
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council homes have been sold under the Right to Buy in Wandsworth since 1990.
(218530)
77
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to offer training to local councils with regard to the high hedges provisions contained within the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2004.
(218862)
78
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will call in the proposed planning application by Westbury Homes at the former Blue Circle site, Pomphlett, Plymouth for determination by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(218057)
79
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average response time of the fire service to 999 calls was in (a) Hartlepool and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(218508)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
80
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the results of the consultation into proposals for dealing with allegations against teachers and other staff will be published.
(218863)
81
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what activities Sure Start programmes in Sefton are engaging in to increase (a) literacy, (b) speech and (c) language developments; and what results these activities have had.
(218864)
82
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what services Sure Start programmes in Sefton are engaging in to care for new mothers, with particular reference to (a) post-natal depression clinics and (b) breast feeding groups and what results these services have produced.
(218865)
83
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what Sure Start activities are undertaken in Crosby constituency.
(218866)
84
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the effects of the Sure Start programme in Inner Burton in East Staffordshire.
(218383)
85
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what policies her Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218589)
86
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many graduates have entered teaching at primary education level in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(218807)
87
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial support is available to students undertaking qualifications to enter teaching at primary education level.
(218817)
88
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether tuition fees support available to students undertaking the Post-graduate Certificate in Education qualification is available to students undertaking work-based primary education degrees; and if she will make a statement.
(218847)
89
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the specialist schools closed since 1997, broken down by (a) local education authority and (b) constituency.
(217766)
90
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many formal consultation processes the Department has initiated since 1997.
(217767)
91
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated level of debt owed to the Student Loan Company is in 2005; what the level of such debt is expected to be in each of the next five years; and what estimate has been made of the amount of bad debt which the Student Loan Company will write off in each year between 2005 and 2010.
(218648)
92
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will estimate the cost of deferred loan arrangements for EU students after 2006; and what arrangements are planned by (a) her Department and (b) the Student Loan Company to recover such loans.
(218788)
93
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the effects of the Sure Start programme in Fleetwood.
(218775)
94
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she plans to extend the consultation period for her consultation on new school funding arrangements if a Geneal Election intervenes before the closing date of 13th May.
(218539)
95
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) learning assistants there were in Battersea secondary schools on the latest date for which figures are available.
(218522)
96
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to increase the number of teachers in state schools in Battersea.
(218523)
97
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the reasons are for the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education colleges in the Bracknell constituency; and if she will make a statement.
(218659)
98
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what input she has had to the review of the disabled facilities grant.
(218843)
99
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department contributed towards vital housing adaptations for disabled children in each of the past three years.
(218844)
100
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the average cost of the food content of school meals; and if she will make a statement.
(218424)
101
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to ensure that teachers are trained to identify and respond to dyslexia.
(218498)
102
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what precautions for fire safety are required in the design of new school buildings; what plans she has for mandatory fire sprinklers; and if she will make a statement.
(218607)
103
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many overseas students requiring visas to study in the UK are studying in (a) higher education, (b) further education and (c) other education sectors in the academic year 2004-05.
(218422)
104
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the percentage rate of school attendance in (a) Hartlepool and (b) England and Wales was in the last period for which figures are available.
(218502)
105
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of families who have participated in the Sure Start programme in Hartlepool since the programme began.
(218505)
106
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to roll out the Sure Start programme to cover all of Hartlepool.
(218506)
107
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the effects of Sure Start on the educational attainment of children in Hartlepool since the programme began.
(218507)
108
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants have been employed in the Hartlepool constituency in each year since 1997.
(218513)
109
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding per pupil was allocated for (a) primary and (b) secondary school education in Hartlepool in each year since 1997.
(218514)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
110
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the waiting time is for Warm Front heating installations in Christchurch constituency.
(218653)
111
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research she has evaluated on whether wild birds can spread the foot and mouth virus, with particular reference to geese.
(218662)
112
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to announce the outcome of the gamma interferon test to identify cases of bovine TB in cattle.
(218766)
113
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress on tests for a vaccine for bovine TB using the BCG vaccine; and whether she expects the vaccine to be applicable to badgers.
(218767)
114
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will reconsider the decision to end the reactive element in the Bourne/Krebs bovine TB trials.
(218768)
115
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the first results are expected from the Bourne/Krebs triplet trials.
(218769)
116
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims arising from the foot and mouth outbreak lodged with the Department are awaiting payment.
(218770)
117
N
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford & Woodford Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken by staff at the nuclear establishment at Dounreay to ensure that (a) the seabed of Sandside Bay and the surrounding area and (b) nearby beaches are clear of irradiated material.
(218238)
118
N
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford & Woodford Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will establish an inquiry into possible risks to human health from irradiated material found on Sandside Beach, Caithness and the conduct of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in dealing with the material.
(218239)
119
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her latest estimate is of the number of live cattle kept in the UK which were born (a) before and (b) after August 1996 which would be eligible for compensation payments under the over 30 months scheme; and what records her Department has maintained of these cattle.
(218366)
120
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the Date Based Export Scheme to be lifted.
(218367)
121
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress her Department has made in identifying a BSE test capable of supporting British beef producers who plan to export to (a) Europe and (b) third countries.
(218475)
122
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policies her Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218674)
123
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the application of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to access to the countryside, with particular reference to the use of gates and stiles.
(218382)
124
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent developments there have been on the application to the European Commission for exemption from phase one of the Emissions Trading Scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(218612)
125
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the cost of setting up a Border Inspection Post for the entry of horses to the UK by sea.
(218711 )
126
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there is a Border Inspection Post for the entry of horses by sea into the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(218716)
127
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with supermarkets on prices for dairy products paid to farmers; and if she will make a statement.
(218055)
128
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by private pleasure craft in each year since the Energy Products Directive came into force.
(218535)
129
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the annual change in the level of carbon dioxide emissions that would take place if the rebate on diesel for private leisure craft under the Energy Products Directive were to end in 2006.
(218536)
130
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding streams are available for village hall facility improvements; and if she will make a statement.
(218609)
131
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 1653W, on bovine passports, if she will list the reasons for the successful appeals of the 8,196 bovines initially refused applications for passports.
(218859)
132
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by the Government on flood management and defence in each year since 1997; and how much was spent on (a) preventative measures and (b) repairs and restoration for damage caused by flooding incidents in each year.
(218637)
133
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by the Government on coastal protection in each year since 1997.
(218639)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
134
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Government of Egypt concerning the arrest of Dr Ayman Nour MP.
(218417)
135
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Papuans killed in civil conflict in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(218845)
136
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what programmes his Department has in place to encourage the establishment of democratic institutions in Russia.
(218872)
137
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what dates have been agreed for meetings of (a) the European Council and (b) configurations of the Council of the European Union during the UK presidency of the European Union.
(218052)
138
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Bangladesh concerning the safety of British nationals resident in Bangladesh.
(218631)
139
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment the High Commission in Bangladesh has made of the security situation in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(218632)
140
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps (a) the UK and (b) the UN are taking to assist the reform of Sudanese criminal law to bring it into line with international human rights and humanitarian law.
(218668)
141
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps (a) the UK and (b) the UN is taking to ensure that the Sudanese Government adheres to its obligations under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
(218669)
142
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on North Korea.
(218575)
143
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage the re-establishment of the 6-country discussions on North Korea.
(218576)
144
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the trend in the level of suppression of dissidents in North Korea in recent months; and what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese Government on this matter.
(218577)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what redundancy package was negotiated with Mr Craig Murray; and whether confidentiality clauses were included.
(218578)
146
Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Japan's aspiration to become a member of the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement.
(218552)
147
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he had a role in the (a) framing, (b) drafting and (c) drawing up of the Parliamentary Answer given by the Attorney General on 17th March 2003 on Iraq.
(218592)
148
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218582)
149
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which EU budget lines in the EC draft budget for 2005 may be used for information campaigns; how much is allocated under each line; which projects under each line are operating in the United Kingdom; and which projects he intends to support within the United Kingdom as part of the EU Constitution debate.
(218738)
150
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by the EU on PRINCE within the UK in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218740)
151
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by the EU under the PRINCE information programme (a) on Economic and Monetary Union, (b) on the Debate on the Future of Europe and (c) under EC budget line 16 04 04 in the UK in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218741)
152
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much he estimates will be spent in the United Kingdom from EC budget lines (a) 2710, (b) 2719, (c) 2720 and (d) 2830 during the 2005-06 financial year.
(218742)
153
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent under EC budget line (a) 16 02 02 and (b) 16 03 01 in the UK in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218743)
154
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what public relations campaigns the European Commission UK Representation has undertaken under EC budget line 16 03 01 in the last 12 months; and what campaigns are planned in the forthcoming year.
(218744)
155
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what events the European Commission UK Representation has undertaken under EC budget line 16 03 01 in the last 12 months; and what events are planned in the forthcoming year.
(218745)
156
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by the European Commission representation in the UK (a) under EC budget line 16 03 02 and (b) on priority communications under EC budget line 16 03 03 in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218746)
157
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on (a) information and (b) communication tools by the European Commission UK Representation under EC budget line 16 04 02 in the UK in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218747)
158
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent in partnership with the European Commission and its UK Representation in relation to EC budget line 16 04 02 in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218748)
159
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what publications funded under EC budget line 16 04 02 were distributed in the UK during the last 24 months.
(218749)
160
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on information outlets by the European Commission UK Representation under EC budget line 16 05 01 in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218750)
161
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on information outlets in partnership with the European Commission and its UK Representation in relation to EC budget line 16 05 01 in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218751)
162
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on special events by the European Commission under EC budget line 15 06 06 in the UK in each of the last five financial years; and how much is budgeted to be spent in the 2005-06 financial year.
(218752)
163
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, within what Directorate in his Department the Public Diplomacy Unit is based; and what the remit of the Unit is.
(218646)
164
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the remit is of the EU Constitution Team; what the budget for the EU Constitution Team (a) is in 2004-05 and (b) was in 2003-04; and how many staff work in the EU Constitution Team.
(218647)
165
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget for the Public Diplomacy Unit (a) is in 2004-05 and (b) was in 2003-04; and how many staff work in the Public Diplomacy Unit.
(218652)
166
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the planned timetable for appointing the agencies for partnership marketing and e-communications to promote the European Constitution is.
(218813)
167
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February, Official Report, column 1454W, on the European Constitution, whether the external companies appointed to promote the Constitution will be contractually required to ensure that the information they give is objective.
(218814)
168
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, from what budget within his Department the contracts for the external companies promoting the European Constitution are being met.
(218815)
169
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which unit within his Department is responsible for deciding the terms of reference for the external companies promoting the European Constitution.
(218816)
170
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department will take to promote the proposed EU Constitution; when its actions will commence; and how much his Department will spend on promotion of the proposed Constitution.
(218538)
171
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 1712W, on intelligence gathering, on how many occasions in the last year his Department has used information obtained by the use of torture in another country.
(218763)
172
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 22nd February, Official Report, column 13WS, on British Detainees (Iraq), what the (a) name, (b) age and (c) date of arrest is of the British national held at the Shaibah detention centre in Iraq.
(218573)
173
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January, Offical Report, column 703W, on the European Union, what assessment the Government has made of whether the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly, could be construed as national parliaments under the terms of Article 6 of Protocol 2 of the EU Constitutional Treaty.
(218537)
174
N
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK will be sending election observers to Kyrgyzstan for the election on 27th February.
(218305)
175
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the US Administration concerning the assassination of Rafik Hariri.
(218628)
176
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the (a) Israeli, (b) Syrian and (c) Lebanese government regarding the assassination of Rafik Hariri.
(218629)
177
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning (a) the assassination of two members of the Al Asqa brigade and (b) the killing by shooting of children in Kuta Dahil, Bertniya Sabn al-Rjoub and Ratah during the ceasefire declared between Israel and Palestine.
(218720)
178
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning (a) the planned construction of a new settlement, Gvast Wan Bethlehem, (b) the new settlement on Jayyous Village land in Qaigilya and (c) the planned expansion of the Alfei Menashe settlement in Qalqilya.
(218721)
179
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning the expansion of (a) the Betan Unit settlement and (b) the Hat Homa settlement in Bethlehem district.
(218722)
180
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning the evacuation and dismantling by the Israeli Army of Israeli settler outposts in the West Bank.
(218723)
181
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to take action against the Israeli Government following its refusal to abide by the International Court of Justice ruling on the separation barrier.
(218724)
182
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government concerning the withdrawal of forces from Jericho.
(218726)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
183
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisons in (a) Yorkshire and (b) England and Wales have mental health in-reach teams; and if he will make a statement.
(218661)
184
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pieces of guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts (PCTs) in the last year regarding targets that need to be met for signing up dentists to the Personal Dental Services contract; what action he will take against those PCTs who fail to meet the 25 per cent. target; and what discussions his Department has had with PCT chief executives about this target.
[R] (218297)
185
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February, Official Report, column 1469W, on NHS dentists, how many of the extra 1,000 full-time dentists to be recruited into the NHS by October have so far been recruited.
[R] (218298)
186
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what tendering process was completed by Methods Consulting prior to the award of the contract for the recruitment of dentists from Poland; and what expertise thay have in this field.
[R] (218299)
187
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Polish dentists (a) have registered and (b) are waiting to register with the General Dental Council to practise consequent on his Department's contract with Methods Consulting; and how many have commenced practising in England; and what support his Department is providing to these dentists.
[R] (218300)
188
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has conducted into (a) the NHS-private mix and (b) the age of dentists moving over to the Personal Dental Service contract.
[R] (218308)
189
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on waiting times for cataract operations in Wirral South.
(218500)
190
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated to help improve the delivery time for digital hearing aids in Gloucester.
(218670)
191
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency first became aware that Sudan 1 was being used as an additive to food for human consumption in the UK.
(218474)
192
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department has taken (a) to inform the public of the risks involved in consumption of products known to contain Sudan 1 dye and (b) to ensure that products are withdrawn from retail and catering outlets promptly.
(218756)
193
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of food containing Sudan 1 dye which has not been withdrawn from retail and catering outlets.
(218757)
194
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the Government's response to the replies received on the consultation paper Proposal to Exclude Overseas Visitors from Eligibility to Free NHS Primary Medical Services.
(218568)
195
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218585)
196
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the policy of Hammersmith and Fulham Hospital is in relation to providing living wills to patients; and if he will make a statement.
(218754)
197
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospitals provide living wills to patients.
(218755)
198
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Food Standards Agency contacted the Health Protection Agency in connection with contamination of the food chain by Sudan 1 dye; and if he will make a statement.
(218626)
199
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the World Health Organisation and (b) the US Food and Drug Administration on contamination of UK food by Sudan 1 dye; and if he will make a statement.
(218627)
200
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the role of community hospitals in urban constituencies under the NHS five-year strategy.
(218520)
201
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has given to primary care trusts on ensuring that patients with gender dysphoria are able to access assessment and treatment on the same basis as other patients with a mental illness.
(218731)
202
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether transsexualism is classed as a mental disorder for the purposes of sections 1 and 3 of the National Health Service Act 1977.
(218733)
203
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many student midwives who entered training in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04 were over the age of 25 years.
(218736)
204
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many student midwives dropped out of training in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(218739)
205
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the median waiting time is for a patient with a mental health illness to recive an initial outpatient appointment with a consultant, following referral by a general practitioner.
(218759)
206
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many student midwives were in receipt of non-means tested state financial support in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04.
(218778)
207
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what input he has had to the review of the disabled facilities grant.
(218840)
208
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the health benefits of accessible housing for (a) children with disabilities, (b) adults with disabilities and (c) family carers of disabled people.
(218841)
209
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial allocation his Department makes to vital housing adaptations for disabled adults and children; and how much has been allocated in the past three years.
(218842)
210
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which functions of NHS Estates will remain with the Department of Health after 1st April; and which functions will transfer to other bodies.
(218732)
211
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects employees of NHS Estates to be informed of recent decisions on the organisation's future.
(218803)
212
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards achieving a clear and simple contents labelling system for all prepared foods that includes essential nutritional information and an indicator of high, medium or low value in respect of fat sugar and salt content; and if he will make a statement.
(218605)
213
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the position of Mr WA Wood of Solihull on the waiting list for hearing appliances with Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Hospital Hearing Department.
(218374)
214
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent consultants were employed in the NHS on the latest date for which figures are available; how many were employed in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(217773)
215
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had about the public health impacts of heat-related illnesses.
(218811)
216
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has made for combating the health effects of increasing levels of UV radiation due to the decline in cloud cover and ozone depletion.
(218812)
217
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what capital improvements have been made by his Department in the Hartlepool constituency since 1997.
(218501)
218
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average response time for ambulances attending 999 calls was in (a) Hartlepool and (b) England in each year since 1997.
(218510)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
219
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the network of sexual assault referral centres to (a) Leeds and (b) Yorkshire.
(218660)
220
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of racist attitudes within the police service.
(218613)
221
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made towards reaching the target of seven per cent. ethnic minority police officers by 2009; and what measures are (a) in place and (b) planned to reach the target.
(218614)
222
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the police received in funding in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.
(218615)
223
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in the integration of police IT systems.
(218616)
224
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the change in the rate of stop and searches of people of Asian origin since 2001.
(218617)
225
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of individuals under the age of 18 years who were sexually abused in each of the last five years.
(218654)
226
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Criminal Cases Review Commission in identifying issues for possible reform of criminal law, procedure and practice.
(218656)
227
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the results of the liaison between the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Historical Abuse Appeals Panel.
(218657)
228
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what impact the Cannings case has had on the type of evidence the Criminal Cases Review Commission uses to justify a referral of a case to the Court of Appeal.
(218712)
229
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in enabling the Criminal Cases Review Commission (a) to obtain documents and information from abroad and (b) to interview witnesses overseas.
(218713)
230
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the decision to extend the jurisdiction of the Criminal Cases Review Commission's jurisdiction to court-martial convictions; and when will this be implemented.
(218714)
231
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Criminal Cases Review Commission's section 17 powers will be extended to Scotland.
(218715)
232
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of police compliance with guidelines for the interviewing of prisoners in historical sex abuse cases.
(218789)
233
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisoners interviewed by the police in relation to historical sex abuse cases were taken to (a) an external location and (b) a specially equipped suite for their interview in each of the last five years.
(218790)
234
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he plans to introduce to reduce the level of violent crime.
(218791)
235
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on co-operation of EU states against terrorism.
(218792)
236
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will consider introducing proposals to extend section 97 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 and Schedule 3 paragraph 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to allow prosecutors to summon all potential witnesses to a magistrates' court for a deposition.
(218867)
237
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the aim is of the Direct Communication with Victims initiative; and what effect he expects it will have on pre-trial procedures between prosecutors and witnesses.
(218868)
238
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the existing requirements are for taping the statements of interviews of witnesses by the police which could later be submitted for review by the prosecution.
(218869)
239
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will bring forward amendments to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill to ensure that plea bargaining will be exercised in a way that minimises the risk of miscarriages of justice.
(218871)
240
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the impact of the Human Genome Project on (a) the total number of animals, (b) the number of genetically modified mice and (c) the number of genetically modified primates, that will be used in the next few years.
(218611)
241
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reports he has received of actions by hunt supporters against those who support the ban; and what guidance he has issued to police forces on enforcement of the ban.
(218645)
242
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places there were in each detention centre in each year since 1997; and what occupation rates were in each centre.
(218808)
243
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees under the age of 18 years were held in detention centres in each year since 1997.
(218809)
244
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average detention time of each individual under the age of 18 years held in detention centres was in each year since 1997.
(218810)
245
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what legal authority regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Service structure are (a) taking responsibility for parts of the National Probation Service's budget in 2005-06 and (b) allowed to employ staff.
(218793)
246
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for developing the responsibilities of regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Service; and what the timetable is for that development.
(218794)
247
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what administrative support there will be for regional offender managers in each regional area under the National Offender Management Service structure.
(218795)
248
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218581)
249
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place to audit the performance of the Security Industry Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(218717)
250
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licences he has issued in each of the last five years to Wickham Research Laboratories for the purposes of experiments on live animals; what the aims of the experiments were; what species of animals were involved; how many animals were involved; what the level of severity of the experiments was; and if he will make a statement.
(218718)
251
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendation of the Association of Chief Police Officers that all forces introduce a Managed Vehicle Recovery and Storage Scheme to aid the recovery of stolen vehicles.
(218241)
252
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements submitted by or on behalf of persons who had already arrived in the UK under other immigration categories were received between 1st June 2003 and 30th April 2004, broken down by nationality of the applicant; and how many applications were (a) granted, (b) refused, (c) withdrawn and (d) otherwise disposed of.
(218873)
253
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has received reports of applications for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements having been granted in error between 1st June 2003 and 30th April 2004.
(218874)
254
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements were refused between 1st June 2003 and 30th April 2004, broken down by (a) reason for refusal and (b) nationality of the applicant.
(218875)
255
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Home Department took to inform (a) Parliament and (b) the public of the changes to the immigration rules in respect of ECAA switching cases which were applied by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (i) from August 2003 until 10th February 2004 and (ii) from 10th February 2004 until 30th April 2004.
(218876)
256
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for the right of establishment in business under EU association agreements were submitted using standard-form business plans identical or materially similar to those submitted by other such applicants between 1st June 2003 and 30th April 2004; and how many were refused on these grounds (a) in total and (b) broken down by nationality of the applicant.
(218877)
257
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers are working in Wandsworth; and how many there will be in April 2005.
(218517)
258
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal orders have been made in the Metropolitan Police area; and what assessment he has made of their effects on reducing (a) anti-social behaviour and (b) criminal offences in each zone.
(218518)
259
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers have been stopped by police for driving while using a mobile phone in (a) London and (b) England since the ban came into force.
(218529)
260
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) proportion and (b) total number of prisoners' initial test results under the mandatory drug testing programme have subsequently proved inaccurate in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(218818)
261
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the project to make it possible for victims of crime to track the progress of their case online was initiated; what stage the project has reached; whether it is on schedule; and what the latest estimate of the cost of this project is.
(218855)
262
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the project to make case file information on a suspect electronically available to all the main criminal justice organisations was initiated; what stage the project has reached; whether it is on schedule; and what the latest estimate of the cost of this project is.
(218856)
263
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of prisoners have tested positive under the mandatory drug testing programme for (a) an illegal substance, (b) heroin, (c) cocaine, (d) ecstasy, (e) LSD and (f) cannabis in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(218857)
264
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison inmates have been subject to mandatory drug testing in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(218860)
265
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of mandatory drug testing programmes in prisons was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(218861)
266
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February, Official Report, column 1257W, on torture-obtained information, on how many occasions in the last year his Department has used information obtained by the use of torture in another country.
(218761)
267
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the regulated procedures conducted in Scotland in 2003 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were performed in (a) public health laboratories, (b) universities and medical schools, (c) National Health Service hospitals, (d) Government departments, (e) other public bodies, (f) non-profit making organisations and (g) commercial organisations.
(218764)
268
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the regulated procedures conducted in Scotland in 2003 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were carried out for (a) toxicological purposes and (b) non-toxicological purposes.
(218765)
269
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the regulated procedures conducted in Scotland in 2003 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 involved (a) cats, (b) dogs, (c) rabbits, (d) horses and other equids, (e) New World primates and (f) Old World primates; and how many involved (i) genetically modified animals and (ii) animals with a harmful genetic defect.
(218777)
270
John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the project licences granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 that were in force in Scotland at the end of 2003 were in (a) mild, (b) moderate, (c) substantial and (d) unclassified severity bandings.
(218837)
271
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the recent statement by West Midlands Police on the force's ability to detect crime.
(218376)
272
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average response time for police to 999 calls was in (a) Hartlepool and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(218509)
273
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglaries were committed in Hartlepool in each year since 1997.
(218512)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
274
Mr John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's estimate is of the number of homeless refugees in the Puncak Jaya region in West Papua.
(218846)
275
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he has had discussions with the governments of the tsunami-affected countries about the representation of women on their tsunami reconstruction panels and task forces.
(218515)
276
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which civil society organisations in Bangladesh are supported by UK-funded aid programmes.
(218630)
277
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the plan of action arising from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD); and what steps the UK Government is taking to help achieve the goals of the ICPD programme.
(218665)
278
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218584)
279
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance his Department has provided in each of the past five years to voluntary organisations working to prevent HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
(218244)
280
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in the reconstruction of (a) hospitals and (b) civic and judicial buildings in Iraq since the end of the war in 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(218532)
281
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department plans to provide for victims of the recent earthquake in Iran.
(218384)
282
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes the Government is considering planning to assist in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.
(218496)
283
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the amount of Palestinian (a) arable land and (b) water resources which are now on the Israeli side of the separation barrier.
(218725)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
284
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills regarding funding formulas for schools.
(218623)
285
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will extend the personnel exchange and secondment arrangements announced on 21st February between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the police force of the Irish Republic to (a) other parts of the United Kingdom and (b) other member states of the EU.
(218658)
286
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much each school in North Belfast has received under the Interface Schools Initiative in each year since it was introduced.
(218799)
287
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on (a) the Domestic Energy Efficiency Scheme, (b) fuel poverty pilot projects, (c) the Warm Homes Scheme, (d) the Energy Efficiency Levy Programme, (e) winter fuel payments and (f) cold weather payments in each financial year since 1997-98.
(218800)
288
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in how many crimes in Northern Ireland knives were used in each year since 1997; and how many were committed by teenagers in each year.
(218802)
289
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218586)
290
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in Northern Ireland since their introduction; and if he will make a statement.
(218240)
291
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vehicles have been recovered in each police district command unit as part of the Managed Vehicle Recovery and Storage Scheme in each year since its introduction.
(218242)
292
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the amount of training provided for civil servants in Northern Ireland to enable them to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing; and how many civil servants in Northern Ireland are (a) trained and (b) undertaking training in sign language.
(218663)
293
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been made available to enable civil servants in Northern Ireland to learn (a) British Sign Language and (b) International Sign Language to (i) Level 1 and (ii) Level 2 in each of the last five years; and what measures he is taking to encourage civil servants to undertake such training.
(218664)
294
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the (a) members and (b) chairman is of the inter-departmental group established to oversee the delivery of public services to deaf and hard of hearing people in Northern Ireland; what the group's terms of reference are; whether the minutes of its meetings are published; and what reports it has published.
(218666)
295
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken in the last three years to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people have equality of access to Government services.
(218848)
296
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether a communication audit has been conducted to assess the extent to which Government services are accessible to deaf people in Northern Ireland.
(218850)
297
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timetable is for action following the consultation on homelessness; and what steps will be taken once the consultation is completed.
(217768)
298
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what resources have been earmarked for the implementation of the homeless strategy.
(217769)
299
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether all projects already established through the Children's Fund will be sustained following the withdrawal of the Fund.
(217770)
300
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the members are of the sub-committee on housing of the Promoting Social Inclusion Working Group of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
(217771)
301
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Department of (a) Education, (b) Finance and Personnel, (c) Health Social Services and Public Safety and (d) Culture, Arts and Leisure will take to implement the requirements of accreditation contained in the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Order 2003, in relation to (i) non-departmental public bodies, (ii) next step agencies and (iii) grant funding for children's services.
(218372)
302
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will change the rules of the hospital travel costs scheme in Northern Ireland to enable cancer sufferers to reclaim the costs of travel to hospital.
(218762)
Questions to the Prime Minister
303
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the complete text of the Attorney General's opinion on the legality of the invasion of Iraq was seen by the full Cabinet.
(218540)
304
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the merits of altering the format of Prime Minister's Questions.
(218566)
305
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has plans to bring forward proposals to alter the format of Prime Minister's Questions.
(218567)
306
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has received representations from the public about the impression of the House given by the broadcasting of Prime Minister's question time.
(218858)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
307
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218671)
Questions to the Solicitor General
308
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Solicitor General, how many officials were involved in drafting the Parliamentary Answer to Baroness Ramsey (HL2172); and from which Department each came.
(218541)
309
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Solicitor General, how the £600 million set aside for case management information technology in the Crown Prosecution Service referred to in the document Justice For All (2002) has been spent.
(218854)
310
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Solicitor General, if the Attorney-General will re-assess his role in the operation and application of the criminal justice system as it relates to the military.
(218423)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
311
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what criteria the Commission will apply when designating organisations for the EU Constitution referendum.
(218734)
312
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how the Commission intends to regulate organisations that would be permitted participants in the referendum on the EU Constitution that are (a) partially or (b) wholly funded by institutions of the European Union.
(218735)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
313
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations were conducted with mail users in Scotland on the opening of the UK postal services market to full competition by 1st January 2006.
(218593)
314
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what policies her Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218588)
315
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post office closures have been stopped following objections from local users in each of the last five years.
(218649)
316
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices have been closed since the start of the Post Office Reinvention Programme.
(218650)
317
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the licence granted for a power station at Langage, Plymouth, is conditional upon the developer establishing an energy park adjacent thereto.
(218056)
318
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reports she has received regarding compliance by (a) BOTAS and (b) its subcontractors with appropriate standards on the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline.
(218553)
319
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Export Credits Guarantee Department was supplied with a copy of Trevor Osborne's 18th June 2004 report on the field assessment of coating damage to the Georgian pipeline in relation to the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline; and when she first read the report.
(218554)
320
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether BP has informed her of the concerns raised by its operations department with regard to certifying the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline as fit for purpose.
(218555)
321
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she was first informed that the cathodic protection system used on the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline was vulnerable to being rendered inoperative by coating corrosion.
(218556)
322
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessments of alternative anti-corrosion systems were requested by the Export Credit Guarantee Department prior to the selection of SPC 2888 for the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline.
(218557)
323
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Export Credits Guarantee Department first received the results of ShawCor tests on the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline.
(218558)
324
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Export Credits Guarantee Department first received the results of the BP-commissioned Advantica Laboratory tests on SPC 2888 used on the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline.
(218559)
325
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether she has monitored the expropriation of land for the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan project in Turkey using emergency powers under Article 27 of the Turkish Expropriation Law.
(218560)
326
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what monitoring she has undertaken of compliance by BTC with the agreed resettlement action plan for the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline project.
(218561)
327
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she was first informed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department that SPC 2888, proposed to be used on the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline, had not previously been used on a pipeline with polyethylene coating.
(218562)
328
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what provisions are made for those who withdraw their pension using the Post Office Account Card and forget their pin; and if she will make a statement.
(218608)
329
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the PURE hydrogen fuel cell project in Unst; and if she will make a statement.
(218058)
330
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the (a) environmental and (b) financial effects of the use of hydrogen fuel for (i) transport and (ii) other users.
(218059)
331
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial support (a) has been and (b) will be made available to support the development of hydrogen fuel cell technologies in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(218060)
332
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when she expects to publish the report produced by E4tech for her Department on hydrogen fuel technologies.
(218061)
333
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment she has made of the economic value of hydrogen fuel technologies to (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in (i) five, (ii) 10 and (iii) 20 years' time.
(218062)
334
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make representations to the Government of Tuvalu concerning UK citizens facing charges from trojan diallers operating from Tuvalu.
(218420)
335
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many business start-ups were registered in Hartlepool in each year since records for unitary authorities are available.
(218511)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
336
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will publish revised draft regulations for disabled parking permits.
(218421)
337
N
Mrs Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list all major trunk roads west of Bristol.
(218304)
338
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new motorway service areas were opened in each of the last eight years.
(218651)
339
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218673)
340
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he gives to highways authorities regarding the use of Keep Clear zones on (a) highways and (b) other roads.
(218243)
341
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) applications for special authorisation orders were made and (b) special authorisation orders were granted under section 43 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(218493)
342
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation he undertakes before issuing special authorisation orders for public service vehicles under section 43 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(218494)
343
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many public service vehicles are subject to current special authorisation orders granted under section 43 of the Disability Discrimination Act 995; what percentage of all regulated public service vehicles this represents; and if he will make a statement.
(218495)
344
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the responsible authority for inspecting the calibration and accuracy of tyre pressure gauges on garage forecourts is; and if he will make a statement.
(218624)
345
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action is being taken (a) by his Department and (b) by Network Rail to warn young people of the dangers of trespassing on railway property.
(218142)
346
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what studies his Department has conducted on the effect at different times of day and night of noise pollution in Battersea from Heathrow airport.
(218516)
347
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will publish the regulations implementing the Working Time Directive for Transport.
(218618)
348
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will announce the public consultation process for his Department's plans for a register for post-test motorcycle trainers; and if he will make a statement.
(218533)
349
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make provision for Safety Camera Partnerships to fund the Bikesafe scheme when the Motor Cycle Industry Association's grant-aid finishes; and if he will make a statement.
(218534)
350
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines on the Pass Plus course are issued to driving instructors and others involved in driving tuition; and if he will make a statement.
(218563)
351
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent in each of the last 10 years to promote and provide information about Pass Plus courses to (a) newly qualified drivers and (b) those who apply for a provisional driving licence; and if he will make a statement.
(218564)
352
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what statistics his Department collects for (a) motorway accidents and (b) motorway accidents involving newly qualified drivers; and if he will make a statement.
(218565)
353
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what statistics his Department collects for (a) all road traffic accidents and (b) road traffic accidents involving newly qualified drivers; and if he will make a statement.
(218772)
354
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has conducted into the driving performance of newly-qualified drivers; and if he will make a statement.
(218773)
355
Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department collected to inform the decision that compulsory motorway tuition is unnecessary; and if he will make a statement.
(218774)
356
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide a second entrance/exit for Ivybridge on the A38; and if he will make a statement.
(218054)
357
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to announce the final details of the Working Time Directive regulations applicable to road haulage operators.
(218633)
358
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether the 29th March deadline for the introduction of the Working Time Directive regulations applicable to road haulage operators will be met.
(218634)
359
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department and its predecessors since 1997.
(218635)
360
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to announce the awarding of the East Coast Mainline Franchise.
(218636)
361
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set a completion date for the fitting-out of the Thameslink Box at St Pancras station.
(218638)
362
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Department expects to complete the fitting-out of the Thameslink Box at St Pancras station.
(218640)
363
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the the fitting-out of the Thameslink Box at St Pancras station will cost.
(218641)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
364
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218583)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
365
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.
(218591)
366
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many under-35 year olds are on lower benefit rates.
(218849)
367
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with disabilities in Battersea have returned to work in each of the last seven years.
(218519)
368
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mothers have received the Sure Start maternity grant in the Jobcentre Plus district which includes Battersea.
(218525)
369
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each ward of Battersea constituency received the winter fuel allowance in 2003-04.
(218528)
370
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of parents who contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of their children through the Child Support Agency do not have access to their children; and if he will make a statement.
(218667)
371
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 22nd February, on the Financial Assistance Scheme, what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost of the guarantee to workers within three years of retirement.
(218368)
372
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether people who claim Disability Living Allowance before reaching pensionable age can continue to claim it after reaching pensionable age; and if he will make a statement.
(218051)
373
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the financial assistance that will be available to people who have been affected by the wind-up of their pension scheme.
(218375)
374
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision is available to support a claimant whilst a re-evaluation of Child Support Agency payments is taking place.
(218606)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
375
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the EC draft budget for 2005 to be completed.
[Transferred] (218737)
376
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were in employment in Hartlepool in each year since 1992.
[Transferred] (218503)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
377
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of individuals under the age of 18 years who had been sexually abused who received support and counselling in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (218655)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
378
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of processing an international student visa was in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (218550)
379
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of changes in the numbers of student visa applications from China in recent years.
[Transferred] (218579)
380
Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of international visas issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office were student visas in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (218580)
381
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what budget was allocated to his Department's (a) Europe Directorate and (b) Public Diplomacy Unit in (i) each of the last three years and (ii) the current year.
[Transferred] (218785)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
382
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the longer term consequences of the Sudan 1 incident, in relation to his Department's responsibilities for the overseeing of food production and processing.
[Transferred] (218753)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
383
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Somali asylum seekers have claimed asylum (a) at an airport and (b) having travelled first through other countries in the past 24 months.
[Transferred] (218524)
Questions to the Solicitor General
384
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Solicitor General, what powers of investigation are granted to the Crown Prosecution Service to check the credibility and reliability of witnesses, in addition to the initial investigations by the police.
[Transferred] (218870)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
385
Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the take-up has been to date of the digital tick logo indicating digitally compatible products and service amongst manufacturers and retailers; what the cost of the scheme has been so far; and if she will make a statement on the take-up of digital products and services.
[Transferred] (218603)
386
Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans she has to develop new and renewable energy sources in the North East and Tees Valley, with particular reference to the use of hydrogen.
[Transferred] (218504)

 
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