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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 28 February 2005

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 28 February 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 28 February 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 28 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 28 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 28 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he had a role in the (a) framing, (b) drafting and (c) drawing up of the Answer given by the Attorney General on 17th March 2003 on Iraq.
(218596)
2
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether citizens advice bureaux will be eligible for assistance from the new Financial Inclusion Fund towards their money advice services.
(218988)
3
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes he has made to the scope and definitions of the repair of school buildings in the Public Sector Accounts since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(218915)
4
Mr Damian Green (Ashford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the changes made to the definitions of capital spending in the Public Sector Accounts since May 1997.
(218916)
5
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ask the Director of Child Benefit and Tax Credit Operations to reply to a letter from the honourable Member for Totnes dated 4th February about Mr and Mrs R. Bridle of Brixham, regarding alleged overpayment of tax credits; and for what reason Mr Bridle was advised that this matter would be dealt with in six to eight weeks.
(218306)
6
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission research on the earning levels of owners of private leisure craft who have benefited from rebated diesel under the Energy Products Directive.
(218954)
7
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax has been collected from air ambulance charities in VAT in respect of pilot costs since January 1989.
(219052)
8
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions Customs and Excise has had with the British Air Ambulance charities with respect to zero rating fuel supplies since January 2004.
(219054)
Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
9
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the number of crimes for which an offender is brought to justice to 1.2 million by 2005-06 will be met.
(219137)
10
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the number of crimes for which an offender is brought to justice to 1.25 million by 2007-08 will be met.
(219138)
11
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve the delivery of justice in all criminal justice system areas, with a greater increase in the worst performing areas.
(219139)
12
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the proportion of ineffective trials.
(219140)
13
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve the level of public confidence in the criminal justice system.
(219141)
14
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase the level of confidence in the criminal justice system within ethnic communities.
(219142)
15
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase the satisfaction of victims and witnesses with the criminal justice system.
(219143)
16
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the proportion of disputes that are resolved by the courts.
(219144)
17
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce unnecessary delay and cost in the legal system.
(219145)
18
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase year on year the level of satisfaction of users by taking speedy, high quality decisions in the legal system and ensuring that outcomes are enforced effectively.
(219146)
19
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to focus the asylum system on those genuinely fleeing persecution by taking speedy, high quality decisions and reducing significantly unfounded asylum claims.
(219147)
20
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to ensure the fast turnaround of manifestly unfounded asylum cases.
(219148)
21
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that 75 per cent. of substantive asylum applications are decided within two months by 2004 was met.
(219149)
22
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to enforce the immigration laws more effectively by removing a greater proportion of failed asylum seekers.
(219150)
23
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase year on year the number of people who receive suitable assistance in priority areas of law involving fundamental rights or social exclusion.
(219151)
24
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to modernise the constitution and ensure proper access to information by citizens.
(219152)
25
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to deliver justice in partnership with the independent judiciary.
(219153)
26
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase value for money from the criminal justice system by three per cent. per year was met in 2004.
(219154)
27
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase efficency in the criminal justice system by at least two per cent. a year, including the delivery of legal aid, was met in 2004.
(219155)
28
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce public fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.
(219156)
29
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce unfounded asylum claims.
(219157)
30
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to tackle abuse of the immigration laws and promote controlled legal migration.
(219158)
31
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the proportion of care cases being completed in the courts within 40 weeks by 10 per cent. by 2009-10 will be met.
(219159)
32
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to achieve earlier and more proportionate resolution of legal problems and disputes.
(219160)
33
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase advice and assistance to help people resolve their legal disputes earlier and more effectively.
(219161)
34
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase the opportunities for people involved in court cases to settle their disputes out of court.
(219162)
35
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce delays in resolving those disputes that need to be decided by the courts.
(219163)
36
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to enable the development of democratic institutions of government that command public confidence.
(219164)
37
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to create a modern, efficient and effective department that has the capacity and capability to deliver excellent public services.
(219165)
38
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Lord Chancellor was involved in (a) framing, (b) drafting and (c) drawing up the parliamentary answer given by the Attorney-General on 17th March 2003 on Iraq.
(218548)
39
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, how the restrictions on Government publication of information under section 125 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 will be enforced.
(219047)
40
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, for what reasons the Electoral Commission may not designate a permitted participant in the referendum on the EU Constitution as referred to in paragraph 59 of the Explanatory Notes to the European Union Bill.
(219274)
41
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on what grounds it would be possible to seek a judicial review of the result of the referendum on the EU Constitution.
(219275)
42
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress in assisting Jane Green, the constituent of the honourable Member for Stafford, in securing the payment of child support for her daughter from the father in Tobago.
(219312)
43
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the United Kingdom Government plans to ratify the Seventh Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.
(218681)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
44
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding has been allocated to building new sports facilities in the West Midlands region in the last five years.
(217692)
45
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Islington South and Finsbury constituency, the effects on Islington South and Finsbury of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
(218974)
46
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 1724W, on Government Art Collection, how much the Government Art Collection spent in total on purchasing works of art in each of the last 15 years.
(218984)
47
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions (a) she and (b) her Department has had with the Director General of the National Trust.
(218476)
48
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance (a) she and (b) her Department has given to the Director General of the National Trust about its proposed administrative changes.
(218544)
49
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations her Department has received about the proposed changes at the National Trust.
(218545)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
50
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the complete RAF Board of Inquiry into the crash of RAF Tornado F3 ZH558 on 1st September 1994.
(219357)
51
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have taken place between the US and UK about RAF Menwith Hill becoming a component of the American Missile Defense System; and if he will make a statement.
(218904)
52
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to achieve the objectives established by ministers for operations and military tasks in which the United Kingdom's armed forces are involved, including those providing support to our civil communities.
(219166)
53
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve effectiveness of the UK contribution to conflict prevention and management as demonstrated by a reduction in the number of people whose lives are affected by violent conflict and a reduction in potential sources of future conflict.
(219167)
54
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to deliver improved effectiveness of UK and international support for conflict prevention by 2008 will be met.
(219168)
55
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that a minimum of 90 per cent. of high readiness forces are at their required states of readiness with no critical weakness by 2006 will be met.
(219169)
56
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Public Service Agreement target for the Royal Navy and the RAF to achieve manning balance by 2004 was met.
(219170)
57
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for the Army to achieve manning balance by 2005 will be met.
(219171)
58
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to strengthen European security through an enlarged and modernised NATO, an effective EU military crisis management capacity and enhanced European defence capabilities.
(219172)
59
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to develop and deliver to time and cost targets military capability for the future, including battle-winning technology, equipment and systems, matched to the changing strategic environment.
(219173)
60
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to play a leading role in the development of the European Security Agenda.
(219174)
61
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase value for money by making improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of the key processes for delivering military capability.
(219175)
62
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Public Service Agreement target to make year-on-year output efficiency gains of 2.5 per cent. was met in 2003-04.
(219176)
63
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to make year-on-year output efficiency gains of 2.5 per cent. will be met in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(219177)
64
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to make a 20 per cent. output efficiency gain in the Defence Logistics Organisation.
(219178)
65
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the letter reference D/US of S/K 0565/05/L of 8th February to the honourable Member for Linlithgow, when he expects to obtain a date for the Judicial Review into aspects of the death of service volunteers at Porton Down in the 1950s and 1960s.
(218429)
66
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21st February, Official Report, columns 254-5W, on Scottish regiments, who is likely to carry out the study on the future of the Scottish Regimental museums; and when he expects the studies to be completed.
(218594)
67
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what intellectual property held by Qinetiq was obtained from the then German government (a) between the commencement of hostilities to the unconditional surrender of Germany in 1945 and (b) between the unconditional surrender of Germany and the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany.
(219024)
68
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what intellectual property held by Qinetiq was obtained from private companies (a) between the commencement of hostilities to the unconditional surrender of Germany and (b) between the unconditional surrender of Germany in 1945 and the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany.
(219025)
69
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of intellectual property obtained by his Department from (a) private companies and (b) ministries of the former German government between the unconditional surrender of Germany in 1945 and the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany; and if he will make a statement.
(219026)
70
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of intellectual property obtained by his Department from (a) private companies and (b) the then German government between the commencement of hostilities to the unconditional surrender of Germany in 1945; and if he will make a statement.
(219027)
71
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures his Department has in place to encourage the retention of scientists (a) within DSTL and (b) engaged in research in other parts of the Department.
(219028)
72
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to increase DSTL funding for research projects.
(219029)
73
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the ratio of DSTL research spending, excluding spending contracted out to third parties, to DSTL spending on other activities was in the last period for which figures are available.
(219030)
74
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, through what methods DSTL scientists acquire hands-on research expertise in the (a) science and technology projects and (b) equipment procurement areas of the technical projects upon which they are required to advise.
(219031)
75
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average salary of DSTL research scientists is.
(219032)
76
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the Government's science and technology projects and equipment procurement spending in each of the last five years occured without advice from (a) DSTL and (b) other technical sources.
(219033)
77
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what technical sources the Department used for impartial advice on the Government's (a) science and technology projects and (b) equipment procurement spending in addition to DSTL in each of the last five years.
(219034)
78
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) science, (b) technology projects and (c) equipment procurement budgets were for 2001-04; and what the value was of projects that overspent or overran by more than 10 per cent.
(219035)
79
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the approved cost at main gate was for (a) A400M, (b) Astute Class submarine, (c) Bowman and (d) Nimrod, broken down by (i) direct resource DEL, (ii) indirect resource DEL and (iii) capital DEL.
(219038)
80
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list major project report projects that have been subject to re-approval since finanical year 1997-98; and what the date of re-approval was in each case.
(219039)
81
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Defensive Aid Suite on the C 130 Hercules lost in Iraq offered protection against medium-range missiles.
(219040)
82
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for defence of the Tornado aircraft from missile attack of not fitting the Tornado Advanced Self-Protection System.
(219041)
83
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the funding allocation for the Sky Shadow Defensive Aid System for the Tornado aircraft has been changed.
(219042)
84
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether TUPE rules will apply to the transfer of his Department's jobs in Gibraltar to the private sector.
(218933)
85
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether local bids will be invited for contracts for work currently carried out by departmental staff in Gibraltar; and whether a bid from existing departmental employees in Gibraltar would be considered.
(218934)
86
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 21st February, Official Report, column 117W, on the Falklands Anniversary, if his Department will have talks with the Royal British Legion concerning the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War.
(219036)
87
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many defence contracts have been given to companies in Chorley constituency since 1997; and what the value was in each year.
(219037)
88
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have taken place on regimental (a) funds and (b) silverware for each of the three regiments due for merger into the King's, Lancashire and Border Regiment.
(219043)
89
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate has been made of the value of regimental properties and establishments of each of the three regiments to be merged into the King's, Lancashire and Border Regiment; and what estimate he has made of potential savings from the merger.
(219044)
90
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservists were deployed overseas as at 1st February, broken down by country.
(219045)
91
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservists have been sent overseas without an annual classification on personal weapons in the last 12 months.
(219046)
92
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of infantry armoured artillery was deployed at 1st January.
(219048)
93
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the parachute battalions are in receipt of parachute pay.
(219049)
94
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) trained strength and (b) establishment is of each of the parachute regiments.
(219050)
95
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the (a) Black Watch, (b) King's Own Borders and (c) Scots Guards were recruited from Lancashire in the last year for which figures are available.
(219051)
96
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for regimental headquarters which will not be used following the formation of the Kings, Lancashire and Border Regiment.
(219058)
97
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what circumstances an Army Board decision on a regimental name could be changed.
(219059)
98
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many representations he has received supporting the separate future of each of the three regiments due to merger into the Kings, Lancashire and Border Regiment.
(219060)
99
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) members of the Army Board (i) visited and (ii) met with representatives of each of the three regiments to discuss the merger into the Kings, Lancashire and Border Regiment.
(219061)
100
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) armoured regiments and (b) artillery regiments that have been deployed in Iraq in an infantry role since the end of hostilities; what the reasons for deployment in this role was in each case; and what assessment he has made of the potential risks of using armoured regiments in an infantry role.
(219062)
101
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the training time is for artillery and armoured units to (a) re-role in an infantry role and (b) revert to their original roles.
(219063)
102
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much block leave is allocated to units (a) prior to an operational tour of Iraq and (b) on return from Iraq.
(219064)
103
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the regimental headquarters for the King's Lancashire and Border Regiment will be located; and when he expects relocation to take place.
(219065)
104
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who will decide on regimental (a) accoutrements and (b) dress for the proposed King's Lancashire and Border Regiment; and when he expects decisions to be made.
(219066)
105
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained (a) soldiers and (b) police his Department estimates are available in Iraq; and if he will give (a) the source and (b) methodology used to calculate the figures.
(218825)
106
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has made for permanent military bases and posts in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(218826)
107
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterparts over their plans to set up 14 permanent military bases in Iraq.
(218827)
108
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what methodology is used to calculate the Chief of the Defence Staff's performance related pay.
(218675)
109
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to move Royal Military Police training from Chichester to HMS Dryad in Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.
(219280)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
110
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to promote better policy integration nationally, regionally and locally.
(219179)
111
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to work with Departments to help them mee their Public Service Agreement floor targets for neighbourhood renewal and social inclusion.
(219180)
112
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to narrow the gap in health, education, crime, worklessness, housing and liveability outcomes between the most deprived areas and the rest of England by 2010.
(219181)
113
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to make sustainable improvements in the economic performance of all English regions by 2008.
(219182)
114
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the persistent gap in growth rates between the English regions over the long-term.
(219183)
115
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to improve the delivery and value for money of local services by introducing comprehensive performance assessments and action plans.
(219184)
116
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to secure progressive improvements in local authorities' scores in performance assessments.
(219185)
117
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Public Service Agreement target to secure overall annual improvements in the cost effectiveness of local services by 2 per cent. or more was met in 2004.
(219186)
118
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to assist local government in achieving 100 per cent. capability in electronic delivery of priority services in ways that customers will use will be met by 2005.
(219187)
119
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to achieve a better balance between housing availability and the demand for housing in all English regions while protecting valuable countryside around our towns, cities and in the greenbelt and the sustainability of existing towns and cities.
(219188)
120
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for all local planning authorities to have completed local development frameworks by 2006 will be met.
(219189)
121
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for all local planning authorities to perform at or above best value targets for development control by 2006 will be met.
(219190)
122
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to bring all social housing into decent condition by 2010 will be met.
(219191)
123
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the proportion of private housing in decent condition occupied by vulnerable groups by 2010 will be met.
(219192)
124
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to deliver better services.
(219193)
125
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to devolve decision making to the most effective level.
(219194)
126
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to promote high-quality, customer-focused services.
(219195)
127
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that stable resources are available to local government.
(219196)
128
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to clarify the roles and functions of local government and its relationship with central government.
(219197)
129
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the number of accidental fire-related deaths in the home by 20 per cent. by 2010 will be met.
(219198)
130
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the number of deliberate fires by 10 per cent. by 2010 will be met.
(219199)
131
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local government in leading and delivering services to all communities by 2008, will be met.
(219200)
132
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that the planning system delivers sustainable development outcomes at national, regional and local levels.
(219201)
133
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to lead the delivery of cleaner, safer and greener public spaces.
(219202)
134
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of his Department's success in meeting the Public Service Agreement target to provide the opportunity by the end of this Parliament for a referendum on regional government in regions where there is a demand for it.
(219233)
135
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consultation his Department has had with the West Midlands Fire Authority on proposed changes to night-time cover in the West Midlands region.
(217691)
136
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money the Government has given to neighbourhood renewal programmes in each year since 1997; and which neighbourhoods have been included in such programmes.
(219362)
137
N
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate the total council tax revenue raised by local authorities from charging on empty properties in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
(218677)
138
N
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of total council tax revenue which will be raised by local authorities for charging on second homes in 2005-06.
(218879)
139
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the North West Housing Board to make a decision on affordable housing in South Lancashire.
(218971)
140
Mr John Taylor (Solihull):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he expects anti-social behaviour legislation relating to high hedges to be implemented before Easter.
(219308)
141
N
Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many members of local government pension schemes were granted ill health retirement in each of the last three years.
(218482)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
142
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target for 85 per cent. of 11 year olds to achieve Level 4 or above and 35 per cent. to achieve Level 5 or above in maths and English by 2004 was met.
(219203)
143
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the number of schools in which fewer than 65 per cent. of 11 year olds achieve Level 4 by 40 per cent. will be met by 2006.
(219204)
144
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for 85 per cent. of 14 year olds to achieve Level 5 or above in English, maths and ICT will be met by 2007.
(219205)
145
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for 80 per cent. of 14 year olds to achieve Level 5 or above in science will be met by 2007.
(219206)
146
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce significantly the number of schools in which fewer than 60 per cent. of 14 year olds achieve Level 5 or above will be met by 2007.
(219207)
147
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for 90 per cent. of pupils to reach Level 4 in maths and English by age 12 will be met by 2007.
(219208)
148
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target for 2004 to reduce school truancies by 10 per cent. compared to 2002 was met.
(219209)
149
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase the percentage of school children who spend a minimum of two hours each week on high quality PE and school sport from 25 per cent. in 2002 to 75 per cent. in 2006.
(219210)
150
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the proportion of those aged 16 who get qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* to C by two percentage points each year on average between 2002 and 2006 will be met.
(219211)
151
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target for 2004 of at least 20 per cent. of pupils in all schools achieving qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* to C, was met; and what recent assessment she has made of whether the target for 2006 of 25 per cent. achieving such qualifications will be met.
(219212)
152
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the proportion of 19-year-olds who achieve qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* to C by three percentage points between 2002 and 2004 was met; and what recent assessment she has made of whether the target for 2006 to increase the proportion by a further three percentage points will be met.
(219213)
153
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that 50 per cent. of children reach a good level of development at the end of the Foundation Stage will be met by 2008.
(219214)
154
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce school absence by eight per cent. compared to 2003 will be met by 2008.
(219215)
155
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve children's communication, social and emotional development.
(219216)
156
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for 60 per cent. of those aged 16 to achieve the equivalent of five GCSEs at grades A*-C by 2008 will be met.
(219217)
157
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training by two percentage points by 2010 will be met.
(219218)
158
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve the basic skills levels of 2.25 million adults by 2010 will be met.
(219219)
159
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target for at least 28 per cent. of young people to start a modern apprenticeship by age 22 by 2004 was met.
(219251)
160
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target of 90 per cent. of young people by age 22 to have participated in a full-time programme fitting them for entry into higher eduction or skilled employment by 2010 will be met.
(219252)
161
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether, in accordance with the Public Service Agreement's targets for minimum performance and value for money have been set for further education colleges; and whether these targets have been met.
(219253)
162
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase participation in higher education towards 50 per cent. of those aged 18 to 30 years by 2010 will be met.
(219254)
163
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target to make significant progress year on year towards fair access into higher education was met in 2004.
(219255)
164
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target to make significant progress year on year to reduce rates of non-completion in higher education was met in 2004.
(219256)
165
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated cost to public funds is of achieving the Public Service Agreement target to make significant progress towards fair access into higher education.
(219257)
166
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated cost to public funds is of achieving the Public Service Agreement target to increase participation in higher education towards 50 per cent. of those aged 18 to 30 years.
(219258)
167
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve the basic skills levels of 750,000 adults as a result of the launch of the Skills for Life initiative was met in 2004.
(219259)
168
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve the basic skills levels of 1.5 million adults will be met by 2007.
(219260)
169
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce by at least 40 per cent. the number of adults in the workforce who lack NVQ 2 or equivalent qualifications by 2010 will be met.
(219261)
170
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for one million adults in the workforce to achieve Level 2 by 2006 will be met.
(219262)
171
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Public Service Agreement target for the level of education, training and employment outcomes of care leavers aged 19 to be at least 75 per cent. of those achieved by all young people in the same area by 2004 was met.
(219263)
172
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to narrow substantially the gap between education attainment and participation of children in care and that of their peers by 2006 will be met.
(219264)
173
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of progress towards the Public Service Agreement target to narrow the gap between the proportions of children in care and their peers who are cautioned or convicted.
(219265)
174
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the under-18 conception rate by 50 per cent. by 2010 will be met.
(219266)
175
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for 85 per cent. of 11 year olds to achieve Level 4 or above in maths and English by 2006 will be met.
(219267)
176
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target for 50 per cent. of pupils in all schools to achieve Level 5 or above in each of English, maths and science by 2008 will be met.
(219268)
177
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the stock of Ofsted-registered childcare by 10 per cent. by 2008 will be met.
(219269)
178
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the take-up of formal childcare by lower income working families by 50 per cent. by 2008 will be met.
(219270)
179
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to introduce a successful light-touch childcare approval scheme by April 2005 will be met.
(219271)
180
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to halt the year-on-year rise in obesity among children aged under 11 years by 2010 will be met.
(219272)
181
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that 80 per cent. of children aged under 16 years who have been in care for 2.5 or more years will have been living in the same placement for at least two years, or are placed for adoption will be met by 2008.
(219273)
182
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list each request for an electoral roll in connection with a grammar school ballot made in the last 12 months; and what the (a) name of the education authority area, (b) date of the request and (c) name of the person or persons making the request were in each case.
(218428)
183
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list (a) the universities and (b) secondary schools which have been visited by (i) the Director General of the Office for Fair Access and (ii) other members of her staff.
(218987)
184
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18th January, Official Report, columns 855-6W, on Freedom of Information, what progress has been made by the Office for Fair Access in preparing a publication scheme under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act have been (a) received and (b) responded to by the Office for Fair Access.
(218990)
185
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much public funding has been made available for computers for schools in Coventry since 1997.
(217689)
186
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many private faith schools there are in the West Midlands region, broken down by constituency.
(217690)
187
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the allocation of capital funding to schools in Crosby and Formby before they receive Building Schools for the Future funding.
(219086)
188
Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on the Croydon Central constituency.
(219297)
189
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many advertising contracts were signed by her Department in the period (a) 1st September 2004 to 1st March 2005 and (b) 1st September 2003 to 1st March 2004, broken down by (i) television, (ii) radio, (iii) press, (iv) direct mail and (v) other advertising; and what the value was in each case.
(218972)
190
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was to her Department of (a) the 2003 PISA survey and (b) the 2003 TIMSS survey.
(219319)
191
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the higher education sector concerning the future take-up of courses in (a) mathematics and (b) scientific disciplines; and if she will make a statement.
(218881)
192
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many higher education institutions offered (a) mathematics (b) physics, (c) biology and (d) chemistry-related degrees in each of the last 10 years.
(218882)
193
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total number of students studying for (a) mathematics (b) physics, (c) biology and (d) chemistry-related degrees was in each of the last 10 years.
(218883)
194
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support the Department plans to provide for Revealweb: the National Database of Accessible Resources after March 2006.
(218477)
195
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the projects to reduce surplus places funded through the Targeted Capital Fund in each of the last three years; what the cost of each project was; and how many places were lost under each project.
(218478)
196
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times she has used the powers under Schedule 7 of the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 to require local education authorities to bring forward plans to reduce the number of surplus places.
(218479)
197
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for each of the last five years, if she will list the cases referred to the school adjudicator in each of the last five years in respect of (a) admissions, (b) school closures, (c) proposals to open new schools and (d) proposals to expand existing schools; and what the outcome of each case was.
(218480)
198
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many competitions have been held by local education authorities for the provision of a new school since the powers were introduced.
(218481)
199
Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students attended (a) Russell Group universities and (b) other universities in each of the last three years, broken down by (i) socio-economic class and (ii) ethnic group.
(218983)
200
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people (a) entered into and (b) completed engineering apprenticeships in the West Midlands region in each year since 1997.
(218985)
201
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which national body is responsible for the standard of school toilets and washrooms for pupils.
(218913)
202
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions her Department has had with the Health and Safety Executive about extending its powers of inspection to cover school toilets for pupils; and if she will make a statement.
(218914)
203
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Department's policy is regarding the position of music education in the school curriculum.
(219016)
204
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many private, independent and faith schools there are in Romford and Havering constituencies.
(219017)
205
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether any changes have been made to (a) the primary school curriculum and (b) the secondary school curriculum in the past year.
(219018)
206
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information she has on the number of apprentices who continue on to university in England.
(219019)
207
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school violence episodes occurred in Romford and Havering schools in each year since 1997.
(219020)
208
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers who specialise in drug awareness and prevention are currently employed in Romford and Havering constituency schools.
(219021)
209
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is on dealing with violence taking place in primary and secondary schools.
(219363)
210
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the means by which publicly-funded schools are accountable for the academic performance of their pupils.
(219372)
211
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on (a) extended schools and (b) the Government's proposal to have at least one such school in each local area by 2006.
(219373)
212
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Government has allocated per child in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Romford and Havering constituencies in 2004-05.
(219374)
213
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average salary for a secondary school teacher is in (a) England and (b) the Romford and Havering constituencies.
(219375)
214
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what EU funding is available to the Specialist Schools Trust; and what assistance her Department is giving to the Trust in applying for such funds.
(218955)
215
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the Specialist Schools grant-in-aid from her Department was spent on developing overseas networks in the last period for which figures are available.
(218956)
216
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of secondary schools in London have applied for specialist status.
(218991)
217
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will break down by project the activities to support all objectives in Annex B of the Resource Budget of the 2004 Annual Report; if she will provide a similar breakdown for the 2003 Annual Report; and if she will estimate the corresponding expenditure for each year until 2007-08.
(218680)
218
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, under which line in the Budget 2004 Annual Report the Local Intervention and Development Fund appears; and what the projected budget for the fund is for each year from 2005-06 to 2009-10.
(218684)
219
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many representations her Department received during January 2004 requesting information and advice on making applications to the Admissions Forum for the admission of boys to the sixth-form of a girls' school; if she will list them; and if she will make a statement.
(218930)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
220
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contribution her Department has made to the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and what use she expects to make of the Assessment once it is published; and if she will make a statement.
(218903)
221
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the work of the taskforce on soil guidance values; and when she expects this group to report formally on the outcomes of their work and meetings.
(218927)
222
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the environment and development ministerial meeting scheduled for 17th and 18th March in Buxton, providing details of (a) the agenda and what aspects of the impact of climate change upon development will be discussed, (b) which environmental non-governmental organisations have been invited and will attend and (c) what the desired outcomes of the meeting are.
(218928)
223
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her statement on 8th February, Official Report, column 1368, on climate change and the environment, which 20 countries will attend the round table discussion for Ministers; what the (a) date and (b) location of the meeting will be; what the agenda is for the meeting; what aspects of the impact of climate change upon development will be discussed; which environmental non-governmental organisations (i) have been invited and (ii) will be attending; and what the desired outcomes of the meeting are.
(218929)
224
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many heating installations have been carried out in each constituency in England under the Warm Front scheme in each of the last three years.
(218686)
225
N
Sue Doughty (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how waste from schools is defined with respect to the Environmental Protection Act 1990; and what duties are incumbent on (a) waste authorities and (b) schools for the collection and disposal of waste from schools.
(218307)
226
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has for replacement of the Farm Waste Grants Scheme.
(219309)
227
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dairy herds had an average size of (a) less than 20, (b) 21to 40, (c) 41 to 60, (d) 61 to 80, (e) 81 to 100, (f) 101 to 120, (g) 120 to 140, (h) 141 to 160, (i) 161 to 180, (j) 181 to 200 and (k) more than 200 in (i) 1995, (ii) 2000 and (iii) the last year for which figures are available.
(219310)
228
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of wild deer in the UK, broken down by breed.
(218931)
229
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the value of the farmed salmon market was in the last year for which figures are available.
(218932)
230
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of shop stock levels of lard in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West of England.
(218937)
231
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from which countries known to be experiencing outbreaks of (a) foot and mouth disease, (b) avian influenza, (c) bovine spongiform encephalopathy and (d) bovine tuberculosis food may be imported; what safeguards are in place to protect UK consumers; and if she will make a statement.
(219023)
232
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the threat posed to public health in the UK by avian flu; and if she will make a statement.
(219284)
233
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards she has put in place to prevent the importation and spread of avian flu; and if she will make a statement.
(219285)
234
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to develop a vaccine to counter avian flu; and if she will make a statement.
(219286)
235
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of avian flu have been reported in the UK in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(219287)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
236
Donald Anderson (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the High Commission in Gaborone has made to the Botswanan authorities concerning the threatened deportation of Professor Ken Good; and if he will make a statement on (a) academic freedom and (b) respect for human rights in Botswana.
(218980)
237
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) name and (b) nationality is of each member of the European Courts of Justice; and if he will list for each member (i) any known political affiliation, (ii) any known religious affiliation or denomination and (iii) any known membership of trade unions, masonic organisations, religious groups or other bodies.
(218427)
238
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to investigate alleged human rights abuse in Uzbekistan.
(219281)
239
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are to develop a transatlantic consultative mechanism to prevent the transfer of sensitive military technology from the EU to China.
(218385)
240
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from his EU counterparts regarding the development of a transatlantic consultative mechanism to prevent the transfer of sensitive military technology from the EU to China.
(218386)
241
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assurances he gave to US Senator Lugar regarding EU restrictions on arms sales to prevent sensitive US technologies being diverted to China.
(218387)
242
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding the development of a transatlantic consultative mechanism to prevent the transfer of sensitive military technology from the EU to China.
(218388)
243
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between Venezuela and the United States of America, with particular reference to the effects of arms purchases by Venezuela from Russia.
(218960)
244
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Bolivian Congress's decision to charge former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and members of his former cabinet with genocide.
(218961)
245
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between the Government and (a) the US Administration, (b) EU member states and (c) the South African Government on the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe.
(218962)
246
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between the Government and the UN regarding election monitoring in Zimbabwe.
(218963)
247
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the registration of voters in the advance of Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections.
(218977)
248
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place between the Government and the Southern African Development Community regarding election monitoring in Zimbabwe.
(218978)
249
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of Zimbabwe's adherence to the South African Development Community protocols for free and fair elections.
(218979)
250
Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK is taking to promote a democratic and pluralistic society in Kyrgyzstan.
(219013)
251
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of the UK High Commissioner to Lesotho.
(217774)
252
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people are employed in the FCO Services: Visits section; and what training they received in advance of taking up their position.
(219276)
253
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how individuals were recruited by the FCO Services: Visits section in the last year for which figures are available.
(219277)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
254
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the current stocks of Oseltamivir are held by the NHS; and what plans he has to increase them.
(218679)
255
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the risk of a pandemic of avian flu; and if he will make a statement.
(218683)
256
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce emergency bed days by five per cent. by 2008, through improved care in primary care and community settings for people with long-term conditions will be met.
(219079)
257
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that no-one waits more than 18 weeks from general practitioner referral to hospital treatment by 2008 will be met.
(219080)
258
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the number of older people being supported to live in their own homes by one per cent. annually in 2007 and 2008 will be met.
(219081)
259
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the number of older people supported intensively to live at home to 34 per cent. of the total being supported by social services at home or residential by 2008 will be met.
(219082)
260
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the maximum wait for an outpatient appointment to three months will be achieved by the end of 2005.
(219220)
261
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the maximum wait for an inpatient appointment to six months will be achieved by the end of 2005.
(219221)
262
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the maximum inpatient and day case waiting time to three months will be achieved by 2008.
(219222)
263
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the maximum waiting in accident and emergency from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge to four hours by the end of 2004 was met.
(219223)
264
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target of reducing the proportion of those waiting for over one hour in accident and emergency was met.
(219224)
265
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target to guarantee access to a primary care professional within 24 hours from 2004 has been met.
(219225)
266
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target to guarantee access to a primary care doctor within 48 hours from 2004 has been met.
(219226)
267
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that every hospital appointment will be booked for the convenience of the patient will be met by the end of 2005.
(219227)
268
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to make it easier for patients and their general practitioners to choose the hospital and consultant which best meets their needs will be met by the end of 2005.
(219228)
269
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target of enhancing accountability to patients and the public.
(219229)
270
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target of securing sustained national improvements in patient experience as measured by independently validated national surveys.
(219230)
271
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to reduce substantially mortality rates from the major killer diseases by 2010.
(219231)
272
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce mortality rates from heart disease by at least 40 per cent. in people under 75 years by 2010 will be met.
(219232)
273
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce mortality rates from cancer by at least 20 per cent. in people under 75 years by 2010 will be met.
(219234)
274
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the mortality rate from suicide and undetermined injury by at least 20 per cent. by 2010 will be met.
(219235)
275
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve the life outcomes of adults and children with mental health problems through year-on-year improvement in access to crisis and Child and Adolescent Mental Health services was met in 2004.
(219236)
276
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the number of older people supported intensively to live at home to 30 per cent. of the total being supported by social services at home or in residential accommodation will be met by March 2006.
(219237)
277
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the under-18 conception rate by 50 per cent. by 2010 will be met.
(219238)
278
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the participation of problem drug users in drug treatment programmes by 55 per cent. by 2004 was met.
(219239)
279
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the participation of problem drug users in drug treatment programmes by 100 per cent. by 2008 will be met.
(219240)
280
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase year on year the proportion of drug users successfully sustaining or completing treatment programmes has been met thus far.
(219241)
281
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce inequalities in health outcomes by 10 per cent., as measured by infant mortality and life expectancy at birth will be met by 2010.
(219242)
282
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve value for money in the NHS and personal social services by at least 2 per cent. per annum was met in 2004.
(219243)
283
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve both cost efficiency and service effectiveness in the NHS and personal social services by 1 per cent. per annum was met in 2004.
(219244)
284
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the inequality in mortality rates from heart disease and stroke between the fifth of areas with the worst health and deprivation indicators and the population as a whole by at least 40 per cent. by 2010 will be met.
(219245)
285
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the inequality in mortality rates from cancer between the fifth of areas with the worst health and deprivation indicators and the population as a whole by at least six per cent. by 2010 will be met.
(219246)
286
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce adult smoking rates to 21 per cent. or less by 2010 will be met.
(219247)
287
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce adult smoking rates amongst routine and manual groups to 26 per cent. or less by 2010 will be met.
(219248)
288
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to halt the year-on-year rise in obesity among children aged under 11 by 2010 will be met.
(219249)
289
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve health outcomes for people with long-term conditions by offering a personalised care plan for vulnerable people most at risk.
(219250)
290
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact the decision to delay full implementation of the NHS dentistry reforms until April 2006 will have on the £250 million additional investment in NHS dentistry previously announced for 2005-06.
[R] (218597)
291
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to co-ordinate the different government groups working on the Personal Dental Service (PDS) contract; what the running costs of (a) the Modernisation Agency and (b) Options for Change field sites to administer the PDS conversion process were in the latest year for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to reduce administration costs in the PDS conversion process.
[R] (218598)
292
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have not applied to the £59 million fund to help with access to dentistry in 2004-05.
[R] (218599)
293
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications made by primary care trusts to the £59 million fund to help with access to dentistry in 2004-05 have been (a) granted and (b) rejected; and in how many cases decisions are pending.
[R] (218600)
294
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Westbury of 1st February, Official Report, column 887W, on NHS Business Services Directory, what assessment he has made of the effects of the delay in implementation of the NHS dental contract on the merger of the Dental Practice Board into the proposed NHS Business Services Authority; and what the aims of establishing the new arm's length body are.
(218880)
295
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the delay in publishing guidance based on the recommendations of the Department's working group on healthcare workers and infectious diseases.
(218192)
296
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures will be counted under the 18 week waiting time target for hospital treatment.
(218193)
297
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of excess unused capacity within the NHS for diagnostic services.
(218194)
298
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether primary care trusts will have the choice of whether to purchase services under the new purchasing contract for diagnostics services.
(218195)
299
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inspections of care homes were carried out in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 under the auspices of the Care Standards Commission; how many were unannounced; and how many led to deregistration of care homes.
(218727)
300
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time between receipt by the Health Service Commission of a complaint from the public and allocation of that complaint to a case officer was in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(218689)
301
Mr John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many physiotherapists are employed at each hospital primary care trust within County Durham and Tees Valley, and Tyne and Wear Strategic Health Authority; and how many vacancies exist.
(219307)
302
Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on the Croydon Central constituency.
(219296)
303
Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the resolution by the European Parliament to restrict DEHP plasticiser in medical devices.
(218986)
304
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action is being taken by his Department to protect against possible mutations of the avian flu virus; and if he will make a statement.
(218063)
305
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued on the use by NHS trusts of treatments within a class of treatments during the period of the appraisal of that class of treatments by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; and what steps are taken to ensure that guidance is followed.
(219014)
306
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the future of strategic health authorities.
(218924)
307
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding Open Mind in Chorley received in the last year for which figures are available.
(218925)
308
Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent estimate is of the incidence of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (a) in England and (b) in Worcestershire.
(218902)
309
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trained medical (a) doctors and (b) nurses specialising in cardiac care there are in Romford and Havering hospitals.
(219364)
310
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cardiac-related emergency cases have been treated in hospitals in Romford and Havering in each year since 1997.
(219365)
311
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trained medical doctors there have been in mental health facilities in Romford and Havering constituencies in each year since 1997.
(219366)
312
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds have been allocated to hospitals in Romford and Havering in each year since 1997.
(219367)
313
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much medicine the Government imported in the last year for which figures are available.
(219368)
314
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) binge drinking and (b) other alcohol-related emergency cases there were in hospitals in (a) England and (b) Romford and Havering in the last period for which figures are available.
(219369)
315
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors specialising in abortion procedure there are in the Romford and Havering constituencies.
(219370)
316
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions have been performed in the Romford and Havering constituencies in each year since 1997.
(219371)
317
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the recall of food products known to contain the Sudan 1 dye.
(219376)
318
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what forms of cancer may be caused by the Sudan 1 dye; what symptoms may be shown by those consuming the dye; and what degree of risk is associated with the dye.
(219377)
319
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been allocated for the improvement and renovation of nursing homes in the Romford and Havering constituencies in 2004-05.
(219378)
320
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average remuneration for a general practitioner was in each of the past 15 years.
(218828)
321
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the arrangements for sick pay provision for general practitioners are.
(218829)
322
Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust paid for agency nurses in each year since 2002.
(219055)
323
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures the Meat Hygiene Service has put in place to ensure that trade union health and safety representatives can inspect all premises on which meat hygiene service staff work.
(219000)
324
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facilities the Meat Hygiene Service makes available to its inspection staff at meat plants to ensure that staff can store foodstuffs and consume meals and other refreshments in a clean, safe and hygienic environment.
(219001)
325
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facilities the Meat Hygiene Service makes available to its inspection staff to (a) wash, (b) shower and (c) ensure personal hygiene and cleanliness, in line with the MHS zoonosis risk guidance, when undertaking their duties at meat plants.
(219002)
326
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what qualifications and training the Food Standards Agency proposes to implement to comply with the requirement under EC Regulation 854/2005 that company meat inspectors in white meat plants undertake the same training and pass the same qualification as Government meat inspectors.
(219003)
327
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures the Food Standards Agency has in place to ensure that meat imported into the UK from EU countries is fit for human consumption.
(219004)
328
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations the Food Standards Agency has received in the last three years concerning imports from or via the EU, with particular reference to the standards of hygiene and inspection in operation in abattoirs.
(219005)
329
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statistics are collected by the Meat Hygiene Service to monitor the number of carcasses presented for inspection with visible faecal contamination which require subsequent removal by trimming.
(219006)
330
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to ensure that the Meat Hygiene Service accurately records the number of carcasses presented for inspection at UK meat plants which are visibly faecally contaminated and subsequently need to be trimmed to remove that contamination.
(219007)
331
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many carcasses, in each year between 1995 and 2004 were (a) rejected in their entirety as unfit for human consumption at inspection by the Meat Hygiene Service and (b) rejected at inspection by the Meat Hygiene Service as requiring trimming to remove faecal contamination before being passed fit for human consumption.
(219008)
332
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meat plants with a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan have been prosecuted for breaching UK Hygiene Regulations in each year between 2000 and 2004.
(219009)
333
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been undertaken by the Meat Hygiene Service of the ergonomic and manual handling risks to its meat inspection staff.
(219010)
334
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Meat Hygiene Service has put in place to remove the ergonomic risks to its inspection staff.
(219011)
335
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of the Wells Report was; and for what reason he does not currently intend to publish the report.
(219067)
336
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long the waiting time is for treatment for prostate cancer at the Leicester General Hospital; and what the equivalent time was in 2004.
(219333)
337
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase expenditure on treatment of prostate cancer.
(219334)
338
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral Answer by the Prime Minister on Wednesday 23rd February, Official Report, column 305, what proportion of the sum of £50 million has to date been allocated to hospices; and if he will list the hospices concerned.
(219278)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
339
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
(219098)
340
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce crime by 15 per cent. and further in high crime areas, by 2007-08 will be met.
(219099)
341
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target for reducing the gap between the highest Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership areas and the best comparable areas.
(219100)
342
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce vehicle crime by 30 per cent. from 1998-99 levels by 2004 was met.
(219101)
343
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce domestic burglary by 25 per cent. from 1998-99 levels by 2005 will be met.
(219102)
344
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce robbery in the 10 Street Crime Initiative areas by 14 per cent. from 1999-2000 levels by 2005 will be met.
(219103)
345
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve the performance of all police forces.
(219104)
346
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce significantly the performance gap between the best and worst performing police forces.
(219105)
347
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase significantly the proportion of time spent by police forces on frontline duties.
(219106)
348
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the number of crimes for which an offender is brought to justice to 1.2 million by 2005-06 will be met.
(219107)
349
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the number of crimes for which an offender is brought to justice to 1.25 million by 2007-08 will be met.
(219108)
350
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve the delivery of justice in all Criminal Justice System areas, with a greater increase in the worst performing areas.
(219109)
351
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the proportion of ineffective trials.
(219110)
352
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to improve the level of public confidence in the criminal justice system.
(219111)
353
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase the level of confidence in the criminal justice system within ethnic communities.
(219112)
354
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to increase the satisfaction of victims and witnesses with the criminal justice system.
(219113)
355
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce re-offending by young offenders by five per cent.
(219114)
356
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce re-offending by adults sentenced to imprisonment by five per cent.
(219115)
357
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce re-offending by adults sentenced to community sentences by five per cent.
(219116)
358
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Public Service Agreement target to maintain the current low rate of prisoner escapes, including category A escapes has been met.
(219117)
359
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the harm caused by drugs.
(219118)
360
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the use of Class A drugs.
(219119)
361
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the frequent use of any illicit drug among all young people under the age of 25 years.
(219120)
362
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the use of illicit drugs by vulnerable young people.
(219121)
363
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce drug-related crime.
(219122)
364
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of offenders are tested for illicit drugs at the time of arrest; and what proportion of those test positive.
(219123)
365
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to focus the asylum system on those genuinely fleeing persecution by taking speedy, high quality decisions and reducing significantly unfounded asylum claims.
(219124)
366
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to ensure the fast turnaround of manifestly unfounded asylum cases.
(219125)
367
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure that 75 per cent. of substantive asylum applications are decided within two months by 2004 was met.
(219126)
368
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of asylum cases, including final appeal, were decided within six months in 2004.
(219127)
369
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to enforce the immigration laws more effectively by removing a greater proportion of failed asylum seekers.
(219128)
370
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of failed asylum seekers were removed in 2004.
(219129)
371
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase voluntary and community sector activity, including increasing community participation, by five per cent. by 2006 will be met.
(219130)
372
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to bring about measurable improvements in race equality and community cohesion.
(219131)
373
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase value for money from the criminal justice system by three per cent. was met in 2004.
(219132)
374
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase value for money from the Home Office by three per cent. was met in 2004.
(219133)
375
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Public Service Agreement target to ensure annual efficiency gains by the police of at least two per cent. was met in 2004.
(219134)
376
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to reduce unfounded asylum claims.
(219135)
377
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made towards the Public Service Agreement target to tackle abuse of the immigration laws and promote controlled legal migration.
(219136)
378
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of police officers of superintendent rank in England and Wales with one or more staff officers attached to them in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(218878)
379
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) all newly built police stations which have not been used and (b) all newly built police cell blocks which have not been used which are not in use due to staff resource constraints; giving the full construction cost of each.
(218895)
380
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) newly built police stations and (b) newly built police cell blocks for which private finance initiative contracts were agreed and which do not meet the Home Office guidelines.
(218896)
381
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions his Department has received representations from police forces about lack of resources available for investigations into overseas bribery.
(219305)
382
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the interim report on community support officers will be published.
(219015)
383
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of complainants in historical sex abuse cases have been offered (a) counselling and (b) other support at an early stage of the investigation in each year since 2001.
(219311)
384
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what disciplinary procedure a police officer who breached the Association of Chief Police Officers' guidance on anonymity until the point of charge for individuals accused of abuse would face.
(219314)
385
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Government will enforce the Association of Chief Police Officers' guidance on anonymity for individuals accused of child abuse by the media.
(219315)
386
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions in the last five years the police have enforced a criminal sanction against an individual who has made a false allegation of abuse.
(219316)
387
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the work of social services departments is affected by their duty under section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act to reduce crime and disorder; and if he will make a statement.
(219317)
388
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take to improve the understanding of youth offending teams of their role.
(219318)
389
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of how voluntary organisations co-ordinate their work with local authorities to combat anti-social behaviour amongst young people.
(219320)
390
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Youth Inclusion Programmes in reducing anti-social behaviour.
(219321)
391
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of acceptable behaviour contracts.
(219322)
392
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of anti-social behaviour orders on the prison population of young offenders.
(219323)
393
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a neighbourhood nursery was attached to the Sure Start local programme opened in June 2004 in Crosby.
(219324)
394
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received regarding inappropriate conditions on anti-social behaviour orders.
(219328)
395
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the dispersal powers under section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 have been used.
(219329)
396
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what redress victims of anti-social behaviour have if they feel the police or local authority are not responding to their concerns.
(219330)
397
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of anti-social behaviour orders which are breached.
(219332)
398
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures (a) are in place and (b) he plans to introduce to ensure early intervention and preventative measuers designed to reduce the number of young people receiving custodial sentences.
(219358)
399
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of young people released from custody who re-offend within two years.
(219359)
400
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to increase the number of youth inclusion projects.
(219360)
401
N
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list his official engagements between 1.40 pm and 8 pm on Wednesday 23rd February.
(218678)
402
Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on the Croydon Central constituency.
(219298)
403
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have been released on the home detention curfew scheme since January 1999; what the categories of offences were for which they had sentenced; how many such prisoners were released in each category; and what the average sentence received was in relation to each category.
(218989)
404
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role he expects the Scottish courts to play in the judicial oversight of the powers to be granted to him under the Prevention of Terrorism Bill.
(218547)
405
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February, Official Report, column 1469W, on communicable diseases (NHS staff), whether tests for communicable diseases are (a) compulsory and (b) required before a visa is issued, in those cases where a visa is necessary.
(218730)
406
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for accreditation under the Securities Industry Act have (a) been received and (b) processed by the Securities Industry Authority; what estimates have been made of the number of accredited door staff which are required by the leisure industry; and what assessment has been made of whether it will be necessary to extend the final implementation date of the scheme.
(219053)
407
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for projects the Department has received under the Change Up Programme; what the total value is of the projects so submitted; how many projects have been approved; how much and what percentage of the budget for the programme has been committed; and how much money has been disbursed.
(219022)
408
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the proposal to abolish the right of appeal against refusal of leave to enter the UK to study will be put into practice.
(218897)
409
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals by international students who had their visa applications rejected were upheld by the Immigration Appellate Authority in each of the last five years.
(218898)
410
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals were made to the Immigration Appellate Authority by international students who had their visa applications rejected in each of the last five years.
(218899)
411
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful appeals by international students who had their visa applications rejected there were in each of the last five years, broken down by by educational institution.
(218900)
412
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals were made by international students who had their visa applications rejected in each of the last five years, broken down by visa issuing post.
(218901)
413
N
Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick & Leamington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average administration cost of granting an extension to an international student visa is.
(218601)
414
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Right honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood will receive a substantive reply to the letter to UK Visas of 26th August 2004 regarding an application made by Mr Abdul Wali, and sponsored by a constituent Mrs Fatema Begum.
(218958)
415
N
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the legal advice he has received regarding derogation from Article 5 of the European Charter of Human Rights for provisions under the Prevention of Terrorism Bill.
(218245)
416
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are taken to communicate with the parents of a child who is convicted of driving a motor vehicle when under age.
(219012)
417
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers the Security Industry Authority has available to ensure that the 20th March 2006 deadline for the licensing of security personnel is met; what powers it has to assist the police in ensuring that the deadline is met; and what plans he has to grant additional powers to the Authority in this respect.
(218729)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
418
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution his Department has made to the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and what use he expects to make of the Assessment once it is published; and if he will make a statement.
(218905)
419
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to eliminate the use of landmines; and what funding was made available to countries affected by landmines in the last year for which figures are available.
(218884)
420
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures his Department is taking to limit the number of deaths and injuries in Afghanistan resulting from unexploded ammunition; and what the proportion of such deaths and injuries have been of children.
(218823)
421
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much in the aid budget for 2004-05 is set aside for dealing with emergency situations; where the money has been pledged; and if he will make a statement.
(218824)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
422
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the investigation into the murder of Robert Laverty on 15th July 1972 in North Belfast.
(218959)
423
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the outcome was of the inquiry undertaken by the Police Ombudsman in relation to the alleged breaches of Determinations of the Parades Commission concerning parades in East Belfast on 1st July 2004.
(218976)
424
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements are in place to ensure that housing associations under the direction of the Housing Executive reinvest their operation profits back into the provision of housing.
(219325)
425
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action is being taken by the Department for Social Development to ensure that (a) the expenditure for the Housing Executive is clearly defined and prioritised in light of the recommendation of the Committee of Public Accounts and (b) that the Housing Executive undertakes economic appraisals.
(219326)
426
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action is being taken by the Housing Executive to tackle homelessness caused by sectarian intimidation.
(219327)
427
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what changes have been initiated within the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety following the publication of the 2003 Northern Ireland Audit Office Report on The Use of Operating Theatres.
(218380)
428
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many general practitioners there are in (a) North, (b) West, (c) East and (d) South Belfast per 10,000 population; and what the spending per capita on general practitioner provision is in the current financial year in each case.
(218381)
429
N
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many requests for general practitioner appointments there were in Northern Ireland in each of the past 15 years; and what the average waiting time for GP appointments was in each year.
(218830)
430
Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in the NHS pension review; and if he will make a statement.
(219056)
Questions to the Prime Minister
431
N
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he had a role in the (a) framing, (b) drafting and (c) drawing up of the Answer given by the Attorney General on 17th March 2003 on Iraq.
(218595)
432
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the summary of the Attorney General's advice on the legality of the war in Iraq published in the Official Report on 17th March 2003 was drafted by (a) Downing Street and (b) Cabinet Office officials.
(218430)
433
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Prime Minister, how many Government-sponsored official histories are in preparation; when each was commissioned; who the authors are; what the estimated date of completion is in each case; and what the estimated cost in each case is.
(218676)
Questions to the Solicitor General
434
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, what discussions the Serious Fraud Office has had with the Home Office with regard to whether the new Serious Organised Crime Agency will play a role in investigating overseas corruption.
(219294)
435
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, whether the Serious Fraud Office has decided to open a domestic investigation into the allegations of overseas bribery on the Nigerian LNG project at Bonny Island.
(219295)
436
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, if she will list the police forces from which the Serious Fraud Office is getting assistance with overseas bribery investigations.
(219300)
437
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, how many full investigations into allegations of overseas bribery the Serious Fraud Office are undertaking.
(219301)
438
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, how many vetting investigations into allegations of overseas bribery the Serious Fraud Office is currently overtaking.
(219302)
439
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, what recent assessment she has made of whether the Serious Fraud Office has sufficient resources to investigate allegations of overseas bribery.
(219303)
440
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, how many investigations into overseas bribery the Serious Fraud Office estimates that it is able to undertake in any one financial year.
(219304)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
441
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will estimate how many jobs have been created as either a direct or indirect consequence of her support for the Photovoltaic Major Demonstration Programme since 2002.
(218682)
442
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the final report on the independent rates review was presented by the Government to the Broadband Stakeholders Group in November 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(218953)
443
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons the Government asked the Broadband Stakeholders Group to review apparent disparities between the Valuation Office Agency's calculation method of business rates for BT in comparison with other telecom companies rating system; and if she will make a statement on the powers of the Broadband Stakeholder Group to require the production of information relevant to the review.
(219306)
444
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to ensure continuity of capital grant support for large scale solar PV installations when stream 2 funding allocations under her Department's 2002 to 2012 solar PV demonstration programme comes to an end in November.
(218981)
445
Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps she is taking to ensure that economic partnership agreement are being negotiated in such a way as to benefit developing countries.
(218982)
446
N
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford & Woodford Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons no filter was fitted to the discharge outlet at Dounreay to prevent the discharge of radioactive particles into the sea prior to 2004.
(218377)
447
N
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford & Woodford Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reports she has received on levels of contamination arising from radioactive emissions in Sandside Bay in Caithness and the surrounding seabed in the period since 1977.
(218378)
448
N
Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford & Woodford Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons the levels of radioactive emissions into Sandside Bay and the surrounding area were not accurately reported by the UK Atomic Energy Authority in the period from 1977.
(218379)
449
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will refer the operators of premium telephone numbers (a) 09065 701933, (b) 09050 090990 and (c) 09063 490192 to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services.
(219289)
450
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will refer the operators of premium telephone numbers (a) 09061 260000, (b) 09058 091165 and (c) 09011 332222 to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services.
(219290)
451
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will refer the operators of premium telephone numbers (a) 09065 706214, (b) 09066 650458 and (c) 09065 706725 to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services.
(219291)
452
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will refer the operators of premium telephone numbers (a) 09064 069447, (b) 09061 222823 and (c) 09066 650440 to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services.
(219292)
453
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will refer the operators of premium telephone number (a) 09064 037022, (b) 09064 038500 and (c) 09064 037811 to the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services.
(219293)
454
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the levels of interest charged on department store chargecards.
(218926)
455
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment her Department has made of the causes of wholesale gas price rises in the past 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(218819)
456
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to limit the impact of the recent gas price rises on customers with low incomes.
(218820)
457
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what mechanisms are used to monitor and track nuclear waste materials; and if she will make a statement.
(218821)
458
N
Mr Michael Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the differentials between pre-payment meters for electricity and other payment methods.
(218822)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
459
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce congestion on the inter-urban trunk road network below 2000 levels will be met by 2010.
(219083)
460
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce congestion in large urban areas in England below 2000 levels will be met by 2010.
(219084)
461
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to secure improvements in rail punctuality will be met by 2010.
(219085)
462
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve the punctuality and reliability of rail services to at least 85 per cent. by 2006 will be met.
(219087)
463
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase rail use in Great Britain by 50 per cent. from 2000 levels will be met by 2010.
(219088)
464
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to secure improvements to the accessibility, punctuality and reliability for local public transport will be met by 2010.
(219089)
465
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to increase the use of local public transport by 12 per cent. from 2000 levels will be met by 2010.
(219090)
466
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents by 40 per cent. compared with the average for 1994 to 1998 will be met by 2010.
(219091)
467
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the number of children killed or seriously injured in road accidents by 50 per cent. compared with the average for 1994 to 1998 will be met by 2010.
(219092)
468
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the significantly higher incidence within disadvantaged communities of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents.
(219093)
469
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target to improve air quality by meeting the National Air Quality strategy objectives for carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, particles, sulphur dioxide, benzene and 1.3 butadiene.
(219094)
470
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce geenhouse gas emissions to 12.5 per cent. below 1990 levels by 2010 will be met.
(219095)
471
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made towards achieving the Public Service Agreement target of moving towards a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by 2010.
(219096)
472
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Public Service Agreement target to achieve annual efficiency savings across the Department of 2.5 per cent. was met in 2004.
(219097)
473
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which highway schemes provisionally approved by his Department in the local Transport Capital Settlements announced in (a) December 2000, (b) December 2001, (c) December 2002 and (d) December 2003 have since been rejected.
(218685)
474
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason trust ports which are classified as public corporations have not produced resource accounts for 2003-04; and whether they will be required to do so for 2004-05.
(218687)
475
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much each trust port classified as a public corporation borrowed for 2003-04; and what the estimated level of borrowing by each such port is for 2004-05.
(218688)
476
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many persons were prosecuted for criminal acts committed on or against railway property in the last year for which figures are available.
(218011)
477
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on congestion of the suspension of bus lanes on Tyburn Road in Birmingham.
(218012)
478
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that hauliers employing non-EU nationals operating in the UK comply with working time restrictions.
(219283)
479
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend the provision of road safety cameras.
(218957)
480
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many representations he has received about the implementation of the Road Transport Working Time Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(218917)
481
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Road Transport Working Time Directive is being incorporated in domestic law.
(218918)
482
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Road Transport Working Time Directive on road safety.
(218919)
483
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Road Transport Working Time Directive on the profitability of (a) road haulage firms and (b) road haulage client businesses.
(218920)
484
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of prospects for the road haulage industry.
(218921)
485
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met representatives of the Road Haulage Association.
(218922)
486
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken (a) to reduce regulation in the road haulage industry and (b) to reduce on-costs on road haulage client businesses; and if he will make a statement.
(218923)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
487
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales on joint initiatives to increase the numbers of medical staff in Wales.
(219379)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
488
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed (a) income support, (b) jobseekers allowance, distinguishing between contribution and income based jobseekers allowance and (c) national insurance credits only in (i) each parliamentary constituency in the north east and (ii) each electoral ward of Newcastle upon Tyne in (A) August 1997 and (B) August 2004.
(219057)
489
Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the Croydon Central constituency, the effects of changes to departmental policy since 1997 on the Croydon Central constituency.
(219288)
490
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total value of pensioner credit paid in Chorley constituency to date is; and what the average sum paid in Chorley is.
(218973)
491
N
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what role the New Deal is playing in North-East Wales in progress towards his targets for full employment.
(218083)
492
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the implications for claims for (a) disablement benefit and (b) reduced earnings allowance from those suffering from vibration white finger of proposals for changes in the prescription of the disease made by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.
(219282)
493
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the take-up rate of the savings credit element of the pension credit; and how much savings credits remains unclaimed.
(218690)
494
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the effect on the number of pensioners in receipt of pension credit in 2009-10 of linking the basic state pension to earnings from 2006-07 onwards.
(218691)
495
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job centres there are in the UK; and how many are to be closed as part of the Jobcentre roll-out programme and centralisation of benefit processing.
(219299)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
496
Annabelle Ewing (Perth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will defer the proposed reforms to the public sector pension scheme pending further consultation.
[Transferred] (219279)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
497
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to introduce legislation to deal with anti-social owner-occupiers.
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Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
498
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 23rd February, Official Report, column 301, how many of those arrested post-11th September 2001 in connection with terrorist activity were (a) released without charge, (b) charged, and with what crimes, (c) convicted and given custodial sentences, (d) convicted and given non-custodial sentences and (e) candidates for deportation.
[Transferred] (219361)
499
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last reviewed penalties for underage driving; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (219068)
500
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many juveniles were convicted of an offence involving driving a motor vehicle in the latest year for which data is available.
[Transferred] (219069)

 
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