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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 4 July 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 4 July 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 4 July 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 4 July 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 4 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 4 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths linked with hypothermia there were in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales, (e) Essex and (f) the Southend area of those aged (i) 60 to 64 years, (ii) 65 to 79 years, (iii) over 80 years and (iv) all ages in each of the last five years.
(9910)
2
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the excess winter mortality rates were in terms of (a) numbers and (b) percentages in (i) the United Kingdom, (ii) England, (iii) Scotland, (iv) Wales, (v) Greater London and (vi) the Southend area for (A) those aged (1) 60 to 64 years, (2) 65 to 79 years and (3) over 80 years and (B) all ages in each of the last five years.
(9911)
3
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many babies were born in (a) England and Wales and (b) the Southend area, broken down by maternal age in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many were under (i) 2,500g and (ii) 3,000g in each case.
(9944)
4
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, in the last three years broken down by media type.
(9502)
5
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the calculation of overpayments of tax credit takes into account (a) pension contributions and (b) charitable contributions; and whether this information is routinely requested by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs before sending out calculations of overpayment.
(9870)
6
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether information on (a) pension contributions and (b) charitable contributions is routinely requested in the calculation of tax credits; and what percentage of tax credit claimants provided such information in the last period for which information is available.
(9871)
7
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the progress made in recovery of overpaid tax credits.
(9739)
8
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market on UK employment, broken down by sector.
(9561)
9
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9157)
10
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping Revenue and Customs premises with identity card readers.
(9756)
11
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the impact on (a) costs and (b) service to the public, of the closure of Ryscar House, Blackpool.
(9170)
12
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to reverse the decision to close Ryscar House, Blackpool.
(9171)
13
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the number of staff at Ryscar House who will opt for redundancy rather than moving to another part of the country as a result of the planned closure; what assessment he has made of the likely effects on benefit claimants; and if he will make a statement.
(9172)
14
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make available to trade unions the business case for the closure of Ryscar House, Blackpool.
(9173)
15
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the legal basis was for the disclosure of personal information, by the Registrar General, from closed decennial censuses for England and Wales, during the period 1972 to 2001, in return for a search fee.
(9508)
16
N
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small businesses have been required to complete PRODCOM returns in each of the last five years.
(9586)
17
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he met representatives of the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation during his visit to China in February; and if he will make a statement.
(9358)
18
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of long-term interest rates paid by the Government on its debt with a maturity of 10 years or more.
(9892)
19
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effects on debt servicing costs if the Government refinanced its debt of 10-year maturity or longer at the same 10-year interest rates paid by (a) Greece, (b) Italy and (c) Spain.
(9895)
20
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average interest rate yield on 10 year government bonds in the UK was in each year for each of the last 10 years.
(9990)
21
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the projected figures for increasing public investment in scientific research set out in the 2004 Spending Review are contingent on increases in investment by the private sector; and if he will make a statement.
(9838)
22
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will seek international agreement to a tax on aviation fuel, with the revenue hypothecated to the alleviation of global poverty.
(9638)
23
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the annual cost of exempting VAT on condoms; and if he will make a statement.
(9252)
24
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to contact recipients of tax credits who have had overpayments recovered prior to June to notify them of the rights of appeal under Code of Practice 26; and if he will make a statement.
(9247)
25
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of excess payments of tax credit in the 2003-04 year which had been recovered by the end of the financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(9248)
26
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Customs and Revenue staff were employed in dealing with tax credit (a) over-payments, (b) appeals and (c) complaints in each quarter from Q1 2002 to Q2 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(9294)
27
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff have been employed in the Inland Revenue Contact Centre Network in each quarter from Q2 2001 to Q2 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(9295)
28
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the accuracy levels for processing tax credit claims were in each year since 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
(9296)
29
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the computer problems which have been experienced by the Inland Revenue Tax Credits department over the last two years.
(9330)
30
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests for reconsideration of recovery of overpaid tax credits were received in total by (a) December 2004, (b) March 2005, (c) April 2005, (d) May 2005 and (e) June 2005; how many of these have been resolved; and if he will make a statement.
(9839)
31
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters from members of the public were received by the tax credits department from April 2003 to April 2005; what the average response time was in each quarter; and if he will make a statement.
(9840)
32
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff work on the Inland Revenue tax credits complaints helpline; what the average number of calls (a) received and (b) answered was on each day in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(9841)
33
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what date he intends to introduce a statutory test for recovery of overpaid tax credits; whether the test will include an independent right of appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(9842)
34
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) number and (b) value was of overpayments of (i) working families tax credit and (ii) family credit for each year from 1995-96 to 2002-03; and if he will make a statement.
(9865)
35
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) total value of excess tax credit payments and overpayments where there was no disregard of income rises of up to £2,500 in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(9866)
36
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) tax credit cases and (b) amendments to tax credit cases were calculated clerically in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05.
(9868)
37
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls to the tax credits helpline were made between April 2003 and April 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(9896)
38
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make representations to (a) the Association of British Insurers and (b) the wider insurance industry to ensure that (i) all domestic and commercial properties remain eligible for insurance policies and (ii) the excess on insurance is not put at a level that is out of the reach of householders and businesses.
(9909)
39
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had concerning extending eligibility for childcare vouchers to the self-employed; and what estimates he has made of the costs of doing so.
(9858)
40
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what projections he has made of the take-up of the (a) electronic elements and (b) paper elements of the salary-sacrifice childcare voucher scheme.
(9859)
41
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the cost to business of introducing childcare vouchers, with particular reference to small and medium sized companies.
(9860)
42
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Treasury of introducing childcare vouchers over the next three years; and from what budget this cost is to be met.
(9861)
43
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the merits of allowing self-employed people to present a certificate from an Ofsted-registered child carer at the end of each tax year in order to claim a rebate on their tax return, in lieu of their ability to claim salary-sacrifice childcare vouchers.
(9862)
44
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which company administers the electronic vouchers element of the salary-sacrifice childcare vouchers scheme; and which computer systems are used for that administration.
(9863)
45
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will exempt all individuals on minimum wage from income tax and National Insurance contributions.
(9402)
46
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will exempt state pensions from income tax and national insurance contributions.
(9403)
47
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which models used by other countries to estimate the tax gap his Department has studied.
(9404)
48
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce legislation to ban accountancy, law and other firms from charging contingency fees for selling tax avoidance schemes.
(9405)
49
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take action against Tesco for selling CDs and DVDs on the internet in relation to VAT avoidance.
(9406)
50
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will investigate the role of KPMG, PwC, Ernst and Young and Deloitte in devising and selling tax avoidance schemes.
(9407)
51
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce legislation to prevent accountancy firms selling aggressive tax avoidance schemes from securing contracts awarded by his Department.
(9408)
52
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a general anti-avoidance rule to curb tax avoidance.
(9409)
53
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make KPMG partners personally liable for the loss of VAT in the light of the decision by the London Tribunal Centre in the case of RAL (Channel Islands) Limited, RAL Limited, RAL Services Limited; RAL Machines Limited - And - The Commissioners of Customs and Excise.
(9673)
54
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been waiting for an appeal relating to their tax credit payments in each month since 2002.
(9728)
55
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints about tax credits have been made to HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three financial years.
(9729)
56
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed to work for the tax credit helpline, broken down by where staff are based in the UK.
(9730)
57
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed in HM Revenue and Customs to handle (a) tax credits overpayments and (b) tax credits underpayments.
(9731)
58
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid out to tax credit claimants in compensation for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs errors in each of the last three years.
(9843)
59
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed within Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to handle complaints relating to tax credits.
(9844)
60
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of a phone call to the tax credit helpline was in the last period for which figures are available; what percentage of calls to the tax credit helpline were answered within (a) one minute, (b) two minutes, (c) five minutes and (d) at all; and what the average waiting time was for calls to be answered by a tax credit helpline operator.
(9845)
61
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls were made to the tax credit helpline in each of the last 24 months.
(9846)
62
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total number of appeals on tax credit awards settled by agreement has been for each month since 2002.
(9847)
63
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of time taken to process appeals for tax credits has been (a) when the case has been settled by agreement, (b) when the case has proceeded to a tribunal, (c) in all other cases and (d) in all cases in total for each of the last two years.
(9848)
64
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what length of time the longest tax credit appeal case has taken.
(9849)
65
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he predicts the golden rule measure of net borrowing will be over the (a) current and (b) next economic cycle.
(9850)
66
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he calculates the start and end points of the economic cycle; when, for the purposes of calculating the golden rule, the current economic cycle (a) started and (b) is expected to finish; and when his Department estimates that the next economic cycle will start.
(9857)
67
N
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been notified of overpayments of tax credits since 5th May.
(8879)
68
N
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people received overpayments of tax credits before 5th May.
(8883)
69
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of young people are not in employment, education or training in Denbighshire, broken down by ward and listed in descending order.
(8268)
70
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has updated his forecast for the price of a barrel of oil as set out in his Budget report.
(8952)
71
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) actual and (b) forecast oil revenues are for the 2005-06 financial year to date.
(8953)
72
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many fatalities attributed to drug use in Lincolnshire there have been in each year since 1997.
(9246)
73
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government has so far committed to private finance initiative schemes; and what the future financial projections for PFI initiatives are for each of the next five years.
(9613)
74
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) external advisers, (b) academics and (c) consultants (i) his Department and (ii) the Valuation Office Agency have consulted on council tax revaluation.
(9548)
75
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Valuation Office Agency uses Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal for valuations of residential properties when they are sold.
(9549)
76
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of note TC602 have been printed; what the instructions are for circulation thereof; and how many tax credit recipients have received a copy with each (a) payment and (b) assessment.
(8708)
77
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average fine imposed on small businesses in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales and (iii) England for failure to return PRODCOM forms was in each of the last five years.
(9583)
78
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in fines was levied on businesses in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) England in each of the last five years for failure to complete and return PRODCOM forms.
(9584)
79
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost to a small business of management time in completing and returning PRODCOM forms.
(9585)
80
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) companies and (b) individuals have been fined for failure to return and complete PRODCOM returns in each of the last five years in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales and (iii) England.
(9587)
81
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies have been prosecuted for failure to return PRODCOM returns in each of the last five years.
(9588)
82
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the guidance provided by HM Treasury to departments on what they should disclose in their spring 2005 departmental reports.
(9211)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
83
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the work of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat.
(9575)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
84
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the Department's policy is on all postal vote elections; and if she will make a statement.
(9679)
85
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on her correspondence with the Information Commissioner concerning (a) the numbers of manual filing systems held by private sector bodies which are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998, (b) whether simple CCTV systems recording individual activities constitute the processing of personal data and (c) whether a record of a name of a public servant, recorded by a public authority amounts to personal data; and if she will place the correspondence in the Library.
(9432)
86
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the review which the Legal Service Commission has announced on legal aid services provided to asylum seekers.
(9757)
87
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans her Department has to evaluate the new funding arrangements for legal aid services on asylum and immigration issues which came into effect in April 2004.
(9758)
88
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost was of legal aid for asylum and immigration cases in each year since 1997.
(9593)
89
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties she hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if she will make a statement.
(9161)
90
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how barristers will be remunerated for preparatory work on criminal cases eligible for legal aid which do not proceed to trial.
[R] (8707)
91
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was spent on administering the criminal legal aid system in each of the last 10 years.
[R] (9773)
92
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether it is her intention that decisions on means-testing for criminal legal aid can be made on the day of the relevant court appearance, under the provisions of the Criminal Defence Service Bill.
[R] (9774)
93
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she plans to introduce a test for compliance with means-testing for criminal legal aid similar to that used for civil legal aid.
[R] (9775)
94
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she plans to give solicitors responsibility for (a) processing claims for legal aid and (b) obtaining documentary evidence under the means-testing provisions in the Criminal Defence Service Bill.
[R] (9776)
95
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many orders to contribute to defence costs were made at the end of cases in (a) the Crown Court and (b) magistrates' courts in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage this represented of all cases heard in each year.
[R] (9777)
96
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she plans to extend the contracting system for legal aid to the Crown Court.
[R] (9778)
97
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what percentage of costs on average were claimed in applications for costs by the Criminal Defence Service in each of the last 10 years.
[R] (9831)
98
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much legal aid was paid to (a) solicitors, (b) junior counsel and (c) senior counsel in each year in Northern Ireland since 2000.
(9486)
99
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost of equipping premises for which her Department is compatible with identity card readers.
(9890)
100
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what provisional assessment was made of the likely implications for (a) staffing and (b) expenditure of applications to the National Archives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for copies of personal details from households listed in the 1911 decennial Census for England and Wales.
(9514)
101
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Public Records Act 1958 extended 100-year closure of the 1911 decennial census for England and Wales still applies.
(9550)
102
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what research she has (a) conducted and (b) evaulated into the effect of individual registration on the electoral roll.
(9766)
103
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average turnout in (a) local, (b) general, (c) Welsh Assembly, (d) Northern Ireland Assembly, (e) Scottish Parliament, (f) London Assembly and (g) European Parliament elections was in each relevant year since 1975.
(9767)
104
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the systems of proportional representation as used in England on election turnout.
(9768)
105
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was paid in legal aid fees for (a) civil work and (b) criminal work in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(9573)
106
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will issue guidance to the courts regarding acceptable dress for barristers appearing in court in order to discourage barristers from wearing wigs and gowns.
(9371)
107
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will estimate the socio-economic breakdown of those citizens who have failed to register to vote; and if she will conduct research into this issue.
(8948)
108
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will estimate the number of hours spent by officials in her Department in dealing with (a) postal ballot fraud and (b) voter under-registration in the last 12 months.
(8949)
109
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many representations she has received on (a) postal ballot fraud and (b) voter under-registration in the last 12 months.
(8950)
110
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether voter under-registration will be taken into account by the Boundary Commission when reviewing boundaries in England.
(8951)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
111
N
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to announce her decision concerning the statutory listing of the Commonwealth Institute Building in Kensington.
(9099)
112
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, broken down by media type in the last three years.
(9497)
113
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with trade associations representing companies involved in the retail of alcohol who are or will be affected by the new licensing regime.
(9141)
114
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that those individuals and businesses that have been brought into the licensing regime are aware of the 24th November deadline for applications for all licences.
(9142)
115
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that those individuals and businesses that have been brought into the licensing regime are aware of their new responsibilities and duties.
(9143)
116
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that those individuals and businesses who need to convert their licences in order to retain existing rights are aware of the 6th August deadline.
(9146)
117
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties she hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if she will make a statement.
(9159)
118
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the introduction of identity cards for her Department.
(9882)
119
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people in Hampshire have been prosecuted for not having a television licence in each of the last five years.
(9788)
120
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on digital television coverage in Swansea East.
(9779)
121
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance will be given to (a) pensioners and (b) people on low incomes to switch to digital television.
(9780)
122
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects the switchover from analogue to digital television to take place in the Border Television region; and if she will make a statement.
(9617)
123
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received from sports clubs about the impact on them of the Licensing Act 2003.
(9455)
124
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what complaints she has received from licence applicants under the Licensing Act 2003 concerning the requirements for statutory plans of premises.
(9456)
125
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from the (a) Local Government Authority and (b) individual licensing authorities about the timetable for licensing applications before (i) 6th August and (ii) the second appointed day in November.
(9457)
126
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the number of applications for licences under the Licensing Act 2003 received by licensing authorities by 30th June; what percentage of the projected total those represent; what proportion have applied for a variation; and what proportion have applied for an entertainments licence.
(9553)
127
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she intends to lay the statutory instrument for the nomination of the second appointed day under the Licensing Act 2003 before Parliament.
(9554)
128
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from Action with Communities in Rural England on the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on village halls and village social life.
(9755)
129
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Metropolitan borough councils have running tracks with associated changing facilities.
(9305)
130
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Minister for Sport will make an official visit to Halifax.
(9320)
131
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what financial estimate has been made of the total economic benefit to the UK of hosting the 2012 Olympics.
(9147)
132
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the progress of plans for the new (a) aquatic centre, (b) velopark and (c) hockey pitches identified in the London 2012 bid; who will finance these facilities; and when they are expected to be completed.
(9148)
133
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the budget was for the promotion of the London 2012 bid; and how much of that budget has been spent.
(9149)
134
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department have had with the Treasury concerning the tax take on the proposed Olympic Lottery Game.
(9150)
135
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been provided from National Lottery funds to support the development of (a) netball, (b) tennis, (c) football, (d) rugby union, (e) rugby league, (f) cricket and (g) motor sport in England in each of the last five years.
(9228)
136
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for Local Digital Service Programme Licences there have been in the past five years; and how many were (a) granted and (b) refused.
(9978)
137
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to change the number of (a) Local Digital Service Programme Licences, (b) National Digital Service Programme Licences and (c) National Radio Licences.
(9980)
138
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for National Digital Service Programme Licences there were in the past five years; and how many were (a) granted and (b) refused.
(9981)
139
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications there were for local radio station licences in (a) 2004 and (b) to date in 2005.
(9982)
140
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether a television licence will be required for television-on-mobile devices.
(9991)
141
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many prosecutions for failure to pay the TV licence fee there have been in each year since 2000.
(9993)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
142
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) estimated cost and (b) outturn cost of building and furnishing the Meteorological Office's Headquarters in Exeter was.
(9233)
143
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Meteorological Office has (a) sought and (b) received in (i) loans and (ii) one-off financial support from his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(9234)
144
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much revenue was generated from customers in the public and private sectors by (a) the weather centres in (i) Aberdeen, (ii) Belfast, (iii) Birmingham, (iv) Cardiff, (v) London and (vi) Manchester and (b) the Meteorological Office headquarters in Exeter in each year since 2000.
(9235)
145
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) military and (b) civilian weather observation stations and weather centres there are in the UK, broken down by location; which stations have closed since 2001, broken down by date of closure; and which stations have been identified for closure.
(9236)
146
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future role of (a) the Meteorological Office headquarters in Exeter and (b) the weather stations in (i) Aberdeen, (ii) Belfast, (iii) Birmingham, (iv) Cardiff, (v) London and (vi) Manchester.
(9237)
147
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money has been provided by the Government to fund the Meteorological Office's National Programme in each year since 2000.
(9238)
148
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the duration is of Alan Garwood's appointment as Head of the Defence Export Services Organisation; and what his annual salary was in each year between 2001-02 and 2005-06.
(9321)
149
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel applied to take up appointments with defence industry companies in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004, broken down by rank; and how many of the applications were accepted in each case.
(9322)
150
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) Defence Industry Days and (b) overseas exhibitions at which the Defence Export Services Organisation (i) has organised and (ii) is organising a presence during 2005; and what the cost is in each case.
(9334)
151
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what statutory authority an Army Reviewing Authority can overrule a decision or sentence made by a (a) civil and (b) criminal court.
(9354)
152
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a senior army officer in charge of an Army Reviewing Authority is required to attend for the full duration of the hearing.
(9355)
153
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role UK forces had in Operation Spear in Iraq; whether the operation was fully co-ordinated with (a) Iraqi security forces and (b) the Iraqi administration; what armaments were used in the operation; whether civilians lived in the area covered by the operation; what warning was given to civilians; what the Government's policy is on legal liability in joint military operations in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(9786)
154
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9152)
155
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping premises for which his Department has responsibility with identity card readers.
(9889)
156
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28th June, Official Report, column 1400W, on the surface fleet, if he will identify each of the 25 destroyers and frigates to which reference is made in Cm 6269 (page 18); and if he will make a statement.
(9614)
157
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon aircraft are in use with the Royal Air Force.
(9576)
158
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Typhoon aircraft have been used in theatre operations.
(9577)
159
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many aircraft are in flight with the Royal Air Force, broken down by type.
(9578)
160
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantity of ordnance stored by (a) his Department and (b) its suppliers is; and at what sites it is stored.
(9579)
161
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the Territorial Army in Chorley.
(9580)
162
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the manpower levels of the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Air Force are; and if he will make a statement.
(9297)
163
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.
(9570)
164
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cumulative costs have been of the Trident nuclear deterrent in each year since it became operational.
(9737)
165
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Royal Navy spending was allocated to the Trident nuclear deterrent in 2004-05.
(9800)
166
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the running cost of the Trident nuclear deterrent was in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(9801)
167
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will meet Mr Robert McNamara to discuss the contribution the UK may make to nuclear disarmament and nuclear war proliferation; and if he will make a statement.
(9804)
168
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what considerations he took into account in deciding to stop targeting the Trident nuclear deterrent.
(9805)
169
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, columns 1204-05W, on Iraq, whether the British deputy senior judge advocate in Iraq told his British superiors about the Red Cross report he summarised.
(9090)
170
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, columns 1204-5W, on Iraq, whether the British deputy senior judge advocate in Iraq had a role in the formulation of a response to the Red Cross report on Abu Ghraib which he summarised for senior coalition personnel.
(9095)
171
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) honourable Members and (b) Members of the European Parliament were invited to Her Majesty the Queen's Trafalgar review.
(9091)
172
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many unelected guests were invited to Her Majesty the Queen's Trafalgar review; and at what cost to the public purse.
(9092)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
173
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many attacks have taken place on fire crews in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each of the last five years.
(9970)
174
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many fire crews have trained for Essex Fire Brigade in each of the last five years; and how many are on the waiting list for training.
(9971)
175
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average response time was to an emergency call to the Fire Brigade in each Essex borough in each of the last eight years for which figures are available.
(9972)
176
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to announce the location of the Regional Control Centre for the fire service in the South East of England.
(9281)
177
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many public telephone boxes have been removed in each London borough in each of the last five years; and what the most recent figures are for the total numbers of public telephone boxes in each borough.
(9442)
178
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions the Mayor of London exercised his power to direct a refusal of a planning application in each of the last five years for each London borough; and how many were subsequently subject to an appeal where permission was (a) granted and (b) not granted.
(9443)
179
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, broken down by media type in the last three years.
(9496)
180
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the floor targets for Neighbourhood Renewal Support Fund are; what the performance of Newcastle upon Tyne against those targets was; and what the average performance against those targets in (a) the North East and (b) England was.
(9872)
181
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library (a) the assessment of each (i) output and (ii) super output area of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne against the factors in the matrix of deprivation and (b) the rating of each post-2004 electoral ward in the city of Newcastle against (A) each factor and (B) the combined indicator in the index of deprivation.
(9873)
182
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who gave the approval for Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder to commission an area planning consultation from the Beyond Green consultancy on the area around the former Newcastle Brewery; what the cost was of the commission; whether Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder knew that the same consultancy was also conducting planning consultations for a major developer in the area; and what protocols regarding the avoidance of conflicts of interest applied.
(9877)
183
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who the members of the (a) Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder Board and (b) North East Regional Housing Board are; if he will place in the Library a copy of the declaration of interest by each member; and whether each organisation is required to have board meetings open to the public.
(9878)
184
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to local authorities in England.
(9368)
185
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9151)
186
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to receive the London Housing Board's recommendations on funding allocations for 2006 to 2008.
(9399)
187
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place a copy of the London Housing Board's recommendations on funding allocations for 2006 to 2008 in the Library.
(9400)
188
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to reach a decision on the London Housing Board's recommendations on funding allocations for 2006 to 2008.
(9401)
189
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping local authority premises with identity card readers.
(9884)
190
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money has been allocated to each Hampshire local authority from the Safer Stronger Communities Fund.
(9796)
191
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious false alarm fire emergency calls have been received in Hampshire in each year since 1997.
(9797)
192
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the allocation for Birmingham local authority is from the Safer Stronger Communities fund for 2005-06; and what the population of Birmingham local authority area is.
(9175)
193
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the allocation for Walsall local authority is from the Safer Stronger Communities fund for 2005-06; and what the population of Walsall local authority area is.
(9176)
194
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the allocation for Wolverhampton local authority is from the Safer Stronger Communities fund for 2005-06; and what the population of Wolverhampton local authority area is.
(9177)
195
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assumed national council tax figure was used by central government in each year since the introduction of the council tax.
(9209)
196
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on social housing needs in Chorley.
(9581)
197
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homes in the (a) public sector and (b) private sector have standard assessment procedure ratings that fall into the (i) 0-20, (ii) 20-40, (iii) 40-60 and (iv) above 60 bands.
(9832)
198
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many house (a) demolitions and (b) completions there were in (i) the public sector and (ii) the private sector in the last 10 years.
(9835)
199
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will provide funds under the Bellwin Formula for the funding of repairs and clear-up following the recent floods in North Yorkshire; if he will ensure that payments are made swiftly; and if he will relax the deadline for applications.
(9459)
200
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will reconsider the restrictions on Bellwin Formula payments excluding claims for personal items.
(9460)
201
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will reconsider the proposed capping of Hambleton District Council's tax.
(9461)
202
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make available emergency funds to repair the damage to roads following the recent floods under the Bellwin formula in North Yorkshire County Council area.
(9466)
203
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will propose a moratorium on planning applications for construction of buildings on (a) functional flood plains and (b) areas that have recently experienced flooding problems.
(9467)
204
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will allocate emergency funds under the Bellwin formula to be made available for the clear-up of the countryside and carriageways of people's possessions and debris in North Yorkshire following the recent floods.
(9468)
205
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average length of time taken to complete an investigation by the Standards Board for England has been since it was set up.
(9135)
206
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many cases the Standards Board for England has investigated since its establishment relating to (a) county councils, (b) district councils, (c) metropolitan borough councils, (d) unitary authorities, (e) parish councils and (f) town councils.
(9136)
207
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the private sector makes a contribution to the (a) costs and (b) salaries of his Community Housing Task Force.
(9552)
208
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many consultants and tenants' advisers consulted by councils on housing options have recommended against transfer; and to which councils.
(9637)
209
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department keeps a list of consultants for councils considering their housing options; and what criteria determine which consultants are on the list.
(9639)
210
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department keeps a list of tenants' advisers for housing transfers.
(9640)
211
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people have left the Housing Task Force since its inception; and how many of them have gone into the private sector.
(9654)
212
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department has paid in gap funding and to how many registered social landlords taking over council housing.
(9655)
213
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate the number and value of council housing properties transfered to (a) registered social landlords and (b) arm's length management organisations since 1999.
(9656)
214
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether (a) councils, (b) registered social landlords and (c) private sector investors are charged for the services of his Department's Housing Task Force.
(9657)
215
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in what circumstances the Housing Task Force advises councils to announce tenant ballots ahead of schedule.
(9658)
216
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he gives planning authorities concerning car parking requirements for (a) dental surgeries and (b) general practitioners surgeries in residential areas; and if he will make a statement.
(9384)
217
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing urban development corporations in the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder areas in England; and if he will make a statement.
(9387)
218
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 1313W, on the Millennium Dome, what discussion he has had with English Partnerships on making the car park for which it is responsible available for use now.
(9802)
219
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with English Partnerships on securing a better return on resources under its ownership.
(9803)
220
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June, Official Report, column 822W, on vehicle fires, what the figures are for 2004.
(9527)
221
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what expenditure in total has been incurred so far on the council tax revaluation in England by (a) his Department, (b) the Valuation Office Agency and (c) other Government departments and agencies.
(9529)
222
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in the proposed e-Government Regional Partnership Group.
(9532)
223
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) external advisers, (b) academics and (c) consultants that his Department have consulted over council tax revaluation.
(9533)
224
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households are liable for council tax in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland.
(9534)
225
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many Best Value performance indicators each tier of local council were required to compile, (a) in each year since the introduction of Best Value and (b) in 2005-06.
(9535)
226
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the targets that his Department sets for local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(9536)
227
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what indicative targets the Government sets for each of the 2005-06 Best Value performance indicators for local authorities.
(9537)
228
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Best Value regime applies to (a) fire authorities and (b) police authorities.
(9538)
229
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the residents' satisfaction rating was in each council, in each year in which that indicator has been part of the Best Value regime.
(9539)
230
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the implementation of the Gershon Review by local authorities.
(9540)
231
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what savings the Government expects local authorities to make under the Gershon Review, broken down by main budget heading.
(9541)
232
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to publish his revision of Planning Policy Guidance 3.
(9542)
233
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which national planning policy documents the Government is seeking to revise or update; and what timetable has been set.
(9543)
234
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for how many years the Government expects it will provide transitional relief following the council tax revaluation in England.
(9544)
235
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what planning constraints apply to the (a) size and (b) location of advertisements adjacent to motorways.
(9222)
236
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what definition his Department uses of a (a) fixed and (b) mobile site for posters and advertisements.
(9223)
237
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on the siting of advertisements on land adjacent to motorways.
(9225)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
238
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to promote (a) knowledge of and (b) interest in parliamentary government through schools.
(9931)
239
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers who specialise in drug awareness and prevention are employed in schools in Southend West constituency.
(9932)
240
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school violence episodes have occurred in Southend West constituency schools in each year since 1997.
(9933)
241
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is on dealing with violence taking place in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.
(9934)
242
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many arson attacks there were on schools in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) each London borough in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(9935)
243
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many couples have been referred to the Family Resolutions Pilot Project since its inception; and how many have not been referred for reasons relating to domestic violence.
(8802)
244
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of those in receipt of an education maintenance allowance of (a) £30, (b) £20 and (c) £10 are studying in (i) a further education college, (ii) a sixth form college, (iii) a school sixth form, (iv) an independent school and (v) another institution.
(8963)
245
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising type in the last three years, broken down by media type.
(9499)
246
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will establish a system for registration of private fostering; and if she will make a statement.
(9363)
247
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of students in further education who are unable to claim education maintenance allowance due to (a) their age and (b) other reasons.
(9607)
248
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to her Department.
(9555)
249
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effect of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market on public sector provision of (a) primary, (b) secondary, (c) further and (d) higher education.
(9557)
250
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties she hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if she will make a statement.
(9163)
251
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the responsibility of universities for student unions in respect of the implementation of race relations and diversity policies and legislation.
(9138)
252
N
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account the Learning and Skills Council takes of cost pressures arising from higher than average local wage levels in allocating funding for post-sixteen provision; and if she will make a statement.
(9174)
253
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary schools have access to an artificial cricket pitch; and what proportion of schools this represents.
(9240)
254
N
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account is taken of high local wage and salary levels by the Learning and Skills Council in allocating funds to institutions providing further education.
(9517)
255
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account is taken of local wage and salary levels in allocating funding to universities and colleges; and if she will make a statement.
(9518)
256
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools entered pupils only for the lower tier GCSE mathematics examination in the last year for which figures are available.
(9258)
257
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of pupils studying mathematics at GCSE were entered for the higher tier examination in the last year for which figures are available.
(9259)
258
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools entered no pupils for the higher tier GCSE mathematics examination in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04.
(9260)
259
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils sat GCSE examinations in (a) mathematics and (b) additional mathematics in each year since 1995.
(9263)
260
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils have sat A-level examinations in (a) mathematics and (b) further mathematics in each year since 1995.
(9264)
261
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) undergraduate and (b) graduate students in English universities studying mathematics degrees were foreign nationals in the last year for which figures are available.
(9265)
262
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of mathematics teachers teaching in secondary schools have degrees in mathematics.
(9381)
263
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will ask the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to review the requirement for coursework in GCSE mathematics specifications.
(9382)
264
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the qualifications approved for teaching in maintained schools under section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.
(9383)
265
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 29th June, Official Report, columns 1623-4W, on foster care, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the change in the amount spent on external foster care.
(10008)
266
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the Anti-Bullying Alliance is accountable to the Department for its use of its Government grant.
(10004)
267
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many competitions have been held by local education authorities to find alternative providers for new schools; and what the outcome was of each.
(10005)
268
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance has been issued to local education authorities on holding competitions for new and replacement schools.
(10006)
269
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in what circumstances a local education authority may pay fees on behalf of a pupil attending an independent school.
(10007)
270
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what requirement there is for schools to make their anti-bullying policy available to (a) parents and (b) prospective parents.
(9994)
271
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance she has issued to schools on appropriate sanctions to deal with bullying.
(9995)
272
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 979W, on A-levels, if she will place a copy of her letter in the Library.
(9996)
273
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 990W, on bullying, if she will place in the Library a copy of the work commissioned by the Youth Crime Programme Board on the onset of offending and the impact of her Department's policies.
(9997)
274
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 993W, on bullying, if she will place in the Library a copy of the effective practice digest that accompanies the anti-bullying Charter for Action.
(9998)
275
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school leavers are expected to take up apprenticeships in 2005-06 in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.
(9610)
276
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school building projects will take place in 2005-06 in Chorley; and how much money has been allocated.
(9611)
277
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the proportion of black and ethnic minority students in (a) the London Borough of Southwark, (b) Greater London and (c) England is in (i) sixth form colleges and (ii) further education colleges.
(8809)
278
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what real-terms percentage increase she expects in research investment by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in each of the next three years.
(9836)
279
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the joint academic and research programmes involving the UK and Israel which have received UK Government funding since 2000.
(9834)
280
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what powers she has in relation to the admission arrangements of academies, with particular reference to Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough.
(9674)
281
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many constituencies (a) she and (b) her Ministers have visited since the General Election; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) duration was of each visit.
(9298)
282
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many requests have been received from honourable Members for ministerial visits to their constituency since the General Election.
(9299)
283
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many meetings she has had with honourable Members since the General Election; and what the purpose of each meeting was.
(9300)
284
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had on implementing the Government's strategy for improving school meals; and how many of these discussions involved (a) trade unions and (b) staff who work in the school meals service.
(9301)
285
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to make the fitting of sprinkler systems in educational buildings mandatory.
(9641)
286
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school leavers are expected to take up apprenticeships in Milton Keynes in 2005-06.
(9902)
287
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what legal action has been taken against the liquidators of training and enterprise councils by her Department; and what assessment she has made of the impact on the former TECs pension funds of legal action.
(9329)
288
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the unemployment rate amongst first degree graduates was one year after graduation in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(9566)
289
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the shortfall in science-qualified graduates against the requirements of industry in each of the last five years, broken down by discipline in which there has been such a shortfall.
(9249)
290
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will require schools to comply with the nutrient-based standards for school meals published by the Caroline Walker Trust on 23rd June.
(9631)
291
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of monetary incentives to encourage pupils to pursue post-16 education has been in each year since the incentives were introduced.
(9985)
292
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of secondary school pupils left formal education at the statutory permitted age of 16 in each of the last five years.
(9986)
293
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been raised from student tuition fees in each year since their introduction.
(9987)
294
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of the early retirement scheme for teachers in secondary schools on grounds of ill-health was in the last eight years in each local education authority.
(9988)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
295
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Government has made in meeting the targets of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.
(9178)
296
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how each EU country voted at the Environment Council in respect of the Commission proposal to rescind national bans on GM crops; and for what reasons the UK voted as it did.
(9477)
297
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the use in animals of antibiotic substances also used in human medicine, with particular reference to (a) amoxcilin, (b) tetracycline and (c) clindamycin.
(9479)
298
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, broken down by media type in the last three years.
(9500)
299
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the percentage of dogs in England which have not been micro-chipped; if she will initiate a campaign to increase micro-chipping of dogs; and if she will make a statement.
(9350)
300
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) product specification, (b) production and (c) content disclosures were required as a result of the granting of protected geographical indicator status to Newcastle Brown Ale in 1998; and in what form such disclosures were made.
(9875)
301
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations were carried out on the proposed removal of protected geographical indicator status from Newcastle Brown Ale; in what form comments were sought; and how many replies were received.
(9876)
302
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on environmental regulation of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market.
(9333)
303
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department takes to promote English wines.
(9145)
304
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties she hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if she will make a statement.
(9155)
305
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the introduction of identity cards for her Department.
(9881)
306
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) value and (b) weight of fruit grown in the UK was in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by type of fruit.
(9599)
307
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which agriculture shows (a) she and (b) each Minister in her Department (i) visited and (ii) plans to visit in 2005.
(9600)
308
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects of non-agricultural market access negotiations within the World Trade Organisation on the ability of the Government to provide environmentally beneficial fiscal incentives.
(9168)
309
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received concerning the allocation of England Rural Development Programme Vocational Training Scheme funds between regional and national schemes.
(9169)
310
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the full text of contributions made by UK representatives in the EU Council of Ministers discussion on 24th June on genetically modified crops and food.
(9181)
311
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to speed up the proposed en-maining of the Cod Beck and bring it under the Main Rivers category.
(9470)
312
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will expedite the flood alleviation scheme for (a) Thirsk and (b) other suggested flood defence projects in the area; and if she will relax the point scoring system on the project.
(9471)
313
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons were for the delays in flood warning to be made public in connection with the recent floods in North Yorkshire.
(9472)
314
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will relax the three day notice period on movements given in North Yorkshire following the flooding.
(9473)
315
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make provision for the collection of animal carcasses to be free of cost to farmers following the flooding in North Yorkshire.
(9474)
316
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make representations to Yorkshire Water to ensure that regular maintenance is carried out on all pipes, drains and waterways.
(9475)
317
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide funds to assist the clear-up of the countryside and carriageways following the floods in North Yorkshire.
(9476)
318
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what legislation the proposed buyers' licences for fish merchants were introduced; and if she will make a statement.
(8877)
319
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle herds are under restriction orders.
(9660)
320
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been paid for cattle slaughtered because of bovine tuberculosis since 2000; and to how many farmers.
(9661)
321
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the extent of (a) exploitation and (b) criminal activity by labour providers operating in second stage processing.
(9571)
322
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial resources her Department plans to invest in enforcing the criminal offences of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 (a) in the present financial year and (b) in the next three financial years; how many officers in her Department will have responsiblities for enforcing the criminal offences of the Act; how many of these enforcement officers will be existing staff; how many will be additional recruits; and what proportion of their time she estimates will be spent on enforcing the Act.
(9572)
323
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abandoned vehicles were reported in each year for which figures are available in (a) England, (b) each government office region and (c) each local authority area.
(9545)
324
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the number of households in Essex which have water meters.
(9257)
325
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice her Department gives to local authorities on measures to combat fly-tipping.
(9208)
326
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to reverse declines in the numbers of each most endangered species in England.
(9210)
327
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to protect and enhance (a) the habitats and (b) the number of the dormouse population in England; and what estimate she has made of the dormouse population in England in each of the last five years.
(9212)
328
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the removal of abandoned vehicles.
(9214)
329
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in producing digital maps of farmland; and if she will make a statement on the effect of the time taken in preparation of the maps on the ability of landowners to participate in her Department's schemes.
(9360)
330
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what subsidy was applied to food production in (a) the UK and (b) the EU in each year between 1999 and 2004, broken down by commodity.
(9386)
331
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions were made in relation to waste from car audio systems under (a) Regulation 97 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations and (b) other legislation in the last year for which figures are available.
(9772)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
332
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sudan about British business interests in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(9035)
333
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many bottles of (a) blue chip list wines, (b) fine wines, (c) reception or drinking wines and (d) spirits and liqueurs were held in the Government wine cellar, managed by his Department in each of the last five years; what the estimated value was in each year; what the total estimated value of the Government wine cellar was in each year; how much was spent on (i) blue chip list wines, (ii) fine wines, (iii) reception or drinking wines and (iv) spirits and liqueurs in each year; what the total expenditure on the Government wine cellar was in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(9495)
334
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the capacity of consular services to assist stranded UK travellers in the event of a major scheduled airline failure in (a) peak season, (b) mid-season and (c) low-season.
(9361)
335
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for the British Consulate-General in (a) Hamburg and (b) Munich; and if he will make a statement.
(9879)
336
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will intercede in the cases of the Saharawi activists held in Moroccan jails.
(9769)
337
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to facilitate a British Council presence in Moldova.
(9434)
338
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the basis is of the statement by the Minister for Europe in his letter to the Financial Times on 22nd June regarding the cost to the UK of the EU budget proposed by the Luxembourg presidency at the European Council.
(9907)
339
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the projected (a) gross and (b) net UK contributions to the EU budget for each year are in the period 2006 to 2013 with (i) the UK abatement calculated on the existing formula and (ii) the UK abatement calculated according to the method proposed by the Luxembourg presidency during the European Council summit.
(9908)
340
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, below what minimum share of the popular vote sustaining a Government a country would be assessed as no longer a functioning democracy for the purposes of the Copenhagen criteria applied to membership of the European Union.
(9893)
341
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of the United Nations are full or partial democracies; and how many there were (a) 10 years ago and (b) 20 years ago.
(9894)
342
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consideration his Department has given to providing support to the Hand in Hand Centre for Jewish and Arab Education in Israel.
(9851)
343
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the contribution of joint Jewish-Arab educational projects to peace-making between Israeli and Palestinians.
(9852)
344
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the postponement of Palestinian elections.
(9853)
345
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the threat posed by Hezbollah to the relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
(9854)
346
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest assessment is of the compliance with Security Council Resolution 1559 of (a) Hezbollah and (b) Syria.
(9855)
347
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of the threat posed by Hamas to the prospects for Abu Mazen fulfilling commitments on security, economic and political reform made at the London Meeting in March.
(9856)
348
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Turkey's proposed accession to the European Union.
(9594)
349
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to Question ref 5917, what assessment he has made of the reasons that damages were awarded to the former Director General of the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, other than for loss of earnings.
(9642)
350
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 28th June, Official Report, column 1480W, on the Middle East, whether any of the UK's EU partners have raised the possibility of enforcing the human rights conditions of the EU-Israel Association Agreement with the UK.
(9667)
351
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 28th June, Official Report, column 1480W, on the Middle East, when the EU-Israel Association Committee is next due to meet.
(9668)
352
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 28th June, Official Report, column 1480W, on the Middle East, if he will give an outline of Ariel Sharon's response to the UK's concerns on (a) the impact on human rights of barrier construction, (b) restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of Palestinian people and (c) settlement expansion; and what assessment he has made of the response.
(9669)
353
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of damage caused to projects funded by the European Union in Gaza and the West Bank as a result of actions by (a) the Israeli security services and (b) other groups active in the area.
(9783)
354
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will meet representatives of overseas community organisations to discuss concerns about the social and environmental consequences of Shell's operations in (a) Nigeria, (b) South Africa, (c) the Philippines, (d) Brazil and (e) Russia.
(9182)
355
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information the Government has received on the (a) circumstances of the arrest and (b) detention location of trade union and human rights activist Ebdal Karimi on 21st June in Isfahan, Iran; what representations he has made to the Iranian government on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(9096)
356
N
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 1282W, on Sir David Manning, whether Sir David Manning declined or cancelled any other invitation, or engagement, to be able to introduce Mrs Blair and attend her lecture in Washington on 6th June; whether he accompanied Mrs Blair travelling to and from the lecture; whether the Ambassador's official car was used for these journeys; and whether any staff of the British Embassy in Washington were involved in organising Mrs Blair's lecture or issuing invitations to it.
(8728)
357
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent policy of British consulates in (a) India and (b) Jamaica in respect of visa applicants who were young, single, and of marriageable age.
(9830)
358
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Sunderland South of 13th May on behalf of a constituent, Cheryl Dennison.
(9939)
359
N
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are under the UK presidency to develop the Dutch system of deregulation in the EU.
(8880)
360
N
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals for deregulation in the EU he expects the UK to table under its presidency.
(8881)
361
N
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many directives he expects to be agreed during the UK's presidency of the EU.
(8882)
362
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the (a) transparency and (b) legitimacy of the recent election in Guinea-Bissau.
(9251)
363
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports of ballot rigging in the Iranian election; and if he will make a statement.
(9267)
364
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the UK expects to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
(9243)
365
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to improve the regulatory environment in the EU during the UK Presidency.
(9975)
366
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Inter Institutional Agreement on (a) business and (b) job creation.
(9976)
367
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to propose changes to the EU Services Directive during the UK Presidency.
(9977)
368
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to facilitate the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for violation of international humanitarian law.
(9984)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
369
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to increase public awareness of organ donor programmes.
(10000)
370
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incidence of hepatitis B in England was in the last period for which figures are available; and what measures are being taken to control its spread.
(10001)
371
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients, other than those who have received transplants, are being treated for chronic hepatitis B in England.
(10002)
372
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will commission a national strategy for hepatitis B.
(10003)
373
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trained medical (a) doctors and (b) nurses specialising in cardiac care there are in Southend hospitals.
(9921)
374
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cardiac-related emergency cases have been treated in hospitals in Southend in each year since 1997.
(9922)
375
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medical doctors there have been in mental health facilities in the Southend West constituency in each year since 1997.
(9923)
376
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds have been allocated to hospitals in Southend in each year since 1997.
(9924)
377
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much medicine the Government imported in the last three years for which figures are available.
(9925)
378
Mr David Amess (Southend West):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 (i) England and (ii) Southend in the last period for which figures are available.
(9926)
379
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors specialising in abortion procedures there are in the Southend West constituency.
(9927)
380
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money has been allocated for the improvement and renovation of nursing homes in the Southend West constituency in 2005-06.
(9928)
381
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to improve NHS dentistry in the Southend area.
(9929)
382
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the health expenditure per head of population in Southend West constituency has been in each year since 1997.
(9930)
383
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions she has had with the leaders of the medical profession about interpretation by them of section 4 of the Abortion Act 1967; and if she will make a statement.
(9964)
384
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to paragraphs 3.11 to 3.16 of the Twelfth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2003-04, relating to conscientious objection; and if she will make a statement.
(9965)
385
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners there have been in the Southend Primary Care Trust area in each year since 1997.
(9966)
386
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the Southend Primary Care Trust area have waited more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months, (d) 12 months, (e) 15 months, (f) 18 months and (g) 24 months for (i) heart operations, (ii) cancer treatment and (iii) hip replacements in each year since 2000-01; and if she will make a statement.
(9967)
387
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists undertaking NHS work there are in (a) Essex and (b) Southend Primary Care Trust; and if she will list the practices which are taking new patients.
(9968)
388
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were performed in Southend Primary Care Trust, broken down by (a) grounds, (b) the age of the woman and (c) the number of previous abortions in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(9969)
389
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a liver transplant.
(9999)
390
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long applicants for Personal Dental Service contracts have waited on average for approval from her Department's bids panel in each month since July 2004.
[R] (9647)
391
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Christchurch of 20th June, Official Report, column 790W, on dentistry, if she will list the names of those higher education institutions which have expressed interest in having a new dental school; whether in each case this includes satellite school status; and what the timetable is for the stages involved in announcing the siting of a new dental school.
[R] (9648)
392
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what studies have been commissioned by her Department to evaluate the Personal Dental Service (PDS) contract; and what information her Department receives from (a) primary care trusts and (b) individual dentists concerning PDS contracts in operation.
[R] (9649)
393
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Dental Practice Board calculates the notional patient lists for personal dental services applicants.
[R] (9659)
394
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency does not break down the `No established link to device' category causes of medical device-related adverse incidents.
(9430)
395
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will respond to the reports of the Health Select Committee from the previous Parliament to which she has not yet responded.
(9439)
396
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will undertake a review of social work along the lines of the review commissioned by the Scottish Executive.
(9440)
397
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how pilot areas will be chosen to test the proposals for individual budgets for social care.
(9441)
398
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate (a) her Department and (b) the General Social Care Council has made of the number of (i) domicilary care workers, (ii) outreach workers, (iii) residential child workers, (iv) social care managers and (v) staff responsible for recruitment and supervision of social care staff who would be covered by future requirements for registration with the General Social Care Council.
(9445)
399
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what level of overcapacity in health services she expects to fund consequent on the patients' choice agenda; and if she will make a statement.
(9349)
400
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has fully funded the NHS for the costs its has incurred from its commitment properly to contribute to its staff pensions; and if she will make a statement.
(9351)
401
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has fully funded the NHS for the costs its has incurred from implementing the consultants' contract; and if she will make a statement.
(9352)
402
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has fully funded the NHS for the costs its has incurred from implementing Agenda for Change; and if she will make a statement.
(9353)
403
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to which health trusts she has recently written in relation to (a) performance and (b) financial position; and if she will make a statement.
(9785)
404
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to the NHS.
(9558)
405
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market on UK regulation of privately-owned care homes where they are owned by an entity based in another EU member state.
(9559)
406
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market on the National Health Service.
(9560)
407
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties she hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if she will make a statement.
(9158)
408
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons she is proposing to change the status of NHS Direct.
(9093)
409
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients have been treated in hospitals overseas in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(9239)
410
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms she is developing with the National Assembly for Wales Government to assess and share good practice in the implementation of the Carers Equal Opportunities Act 2004 in England and Wales.
(9418)
411
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the policy and practice guidance on the implementation of the Carers' Equal Opportunities Act 2004 will be issued.
(9420)
412
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms will be put in place to assess the impact of the Carers' Equal Opportunities Act 2004.
(9421)
413
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the (a) individuals other than Government officials and (b) organisations with which she has held meetings since 7th May; and on what date each meeting took place.
(9217)
414
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of Category A patients were pronounced dead on arrival at hospital in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by ambulance trust.
(9789)
415
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which ambulance trusts have trained their staff in the use of clot-busting drugs.
(9790)
416
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the recent vacancy for the post of Chief Executive at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority was not publicly advertised.
(9791)
417
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what legislation would be required to enable mergers of existing primary care trusts; and if she will make a statement.
(9792)
418
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with malaria in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority area in each of the last five years, broken down by hospital trust.
(9793)
419
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the percentage of dental practices that are registering (a) children and (b) all adults in the (i) Eastleigh and Test Valley South, (ii) Southampton and (iii) Mid Hants primary care trust areas.
(9794)
420
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the average income of NHS dentists in Hampshire in each year since 1997.
(9795)
421
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will break down the membership of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's Citizens' Council by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity; and if she will make a statement.
(9798)
422
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed discharge patients there were in hospital in the latest month for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area; and how many patients in each hospital had their discharge delayed while awaiting community care packages in that period.
(9897)
423
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the hospitals which (a) have introduced liquid-based cytology and (b) are scheduled to introduce liquid-based cytology over the next year.
(9898)
424
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to ensure people with mental health problems (a) aged 50 to 64, (b) aged 65 to 74, (c) aged 75 years or over are offered alternatives to drug treatment.
(9899)
425
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to promote good mental health amongst people aged (a) over 50 and (b) over 65 years.
(9900)
426
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the use of electroconvulsive therapy is proportionately more common in the treatment of people with mental health problems aged over 65 than in the treatment of people with mental health problems of all ages.
(9973)
427
Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the fitness for purpose of the IT system at NHS Logistics; and what assessment she has made of the requirement for a new IT system to expand the market served by NHS Logistics.
(9491)
428
Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether potential bidders to run the NHS supplies service have been advised that they require a new IT system.
(9492)
429
Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the report by KPMG on IT systems used by NHS Logistics and the IT systems capacity required to service the NHS supply chain.
(9493)
430
Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of whether additional warehouse capacity that may be required for the expansion of the NHS supplies service provided by NHS Logistics or its successor should be (a) rented and (b) purchased.
(9494)
431
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances are on call in Lancashire (a) on weekdays, (b) at weekends, (c) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the week, (d) between 10 p.m. and 6.a.m. on (i) Friday, (ii) Saturday and (iii) Sunday nights; and how many are stationed in Chorley constituency.
(9618)
432
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the availability of NHS dental care in Chorley.
(9619)
433
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the pay rates are for staff working for Alliance Medical; and what the rates are for equivalent staff working in the NHS.
(8723)
434
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of staff working for Alliance Medical are former NHS employees.
(8724)
435
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of Chester-le-Street have had scans provided by Alliance Medical.
(8725)
436
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many MRI scans have been carried out at the University Hospital, North Durham since 200l.
(8726)
437
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of staff working for Alliance Medical are not UK citizens.
(8727)
438
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of Stanley have had scans carried out by Alliance Medical.
(9394)
439
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions have taken place between Chester-le-Street and Durham Primary Care Trust and her Department regarding Alliance Medical.
(9395)
440
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual running cost is of the NHS scanner at the University Hospital North Durham was in 2004-05.
(9396)
441
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints have been made about the operation of the NHS scanner at the University Hospital North Durham.
(9397)
442
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints have been made about scanning services provided by the University Hospital North Durham.
(9398)
443
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of (a) the cost and (b) merits of checking the biometric identities of individuals accessing health services; and what her preferred method is.
(9943)
444
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the mortality rates in patients in hospitals admitted (a) at the weekend and (b) at other times of the week.
(9276)
445
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with (a) the Commission for Social Care Inspection and (b) other stakeholders on recommendation 7 in the Health Committee's report on Elder Abuse, published on 20th April 2004, in relation to the reporting of adverse incidents in situations where vulnerable adults are in receipt of domiciliary care services; what steps she is taking to ensure that medication systems within care homes and domiciliary care reflect good practice; and if she will make a statement on steps she is taking to tackle elder abuse.
(9278)
446
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many graduates in dentistry qualified in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.
(9286)
447
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to raise awareness amongst (a) health professionals and (b) the public of the symptoms of digestive conditions and diseases.
(9288)
448
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) completed consultant episodes and (b) deaths relating to digestive conditions and diseases there have been in each year since 1997, broken down by gender.
(9289)
449
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been provided for research into digestive diseases and conditions from (a) the Medical Research Council and (b) the Department's research and development programme.
(9291)
450
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to conduct a review of the cost-effectiveness of prescription charging.
(9292)
451
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value is of the contract tendered to run the public engagement exercise related to the forthcoming White Paper, Health outside Hospitals, announced by the Department on 23rd June; and whether Opinion Leader Research is being considered for this contract.
(9302)
452
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sterilisers for decontaminating surgical instruments were (a) over 16 years, (b) 11 to 15 years and (c) 10 or less years old in NHS hospitals in England, in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by health authority; and what proportion of the total number of sterilisers this represents in each case.
(9306)
453
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what remuneration General Dental Services (GDS) dentists will receive for following the recent guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on patient recall; and what remuneration dentists receive under the existing GDS contract in relation to the recall of patients at six-monthly intervals.
(9309)
454
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients' forums there were (a) in total and (b) in each strategic health authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available; and how many members community health councils had in each (i) in total and (ii) by strategic health authroity area in the last year of their existence.
(9312)
455
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) medical and (b) non-medical clinical staff who were suspended from work pending a fitness-to-practise investigation and subsequently return to work if they are cleared.
(9362)
456
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to increase the number of specialist nurses involved in the care of inflammatory bowel diseases.
(9509)
457
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been provided for research into (a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohn's disease from the Department's research and development programme.
(9510)
458
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to improve services for patients suffering from (a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohn's disease.
(9512)
459
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure of her Department's research and development programme has been in each year since it was established; and what proportion of the total NHS budget this equated to in each year.
(9513)
460
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rate of hospital admission for serious accidental injury has been per 100,000 population in each year since 1995.
(9515)
461
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of colloidal silver as a treatment for (a) MRSA and (b) other hospital acquired infections; and what research she has commissioned into its use.
(9516)
462
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Food Supplements Directive was not discussed at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting on 2nd and 3rd June.
(9646)
463
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, columns 1344-5W, on clostridium difficile, on what date the Anaerobe Reference Laboratory in Cardiff started to test samples for clostridium difficile 027 in respect of each hospital.
(8878)
464
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the terms of reference of her proposed inquiry into clostridium difficile will cover the role of (a) her Department and (b) the Health Protection Agency in responding to the trend in the incidence of clostridium difficile and the discovery of strain 027 in English hospitals.
(8957)
465
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken by the Anaerobic Reference Laboratory in Cardiff to analyse and type samples of clostridium difficile was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(8958)
466
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many samples of clostridium difficile the Anaerobic Reference Laboratory in Cardiff is able to type in an average week.
(8959)
467
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will frame the terms of reference of her proposed inquiry into clostridium difficile to cover each hospital where strain 027 has been confirmed.
(8960)
468
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 1363W, on Hospital Acquired Infections, during which month this summer she plans to publish the results from the mandatory surveillance of clostridium difficile.
(9372)
469
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the implications of initiatives to achieve greater throughput of patients on wards and in units for the spread of MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections.
(9180)
470
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the business case for inviting companies to submit bids to provide the NHS supplies service.
(9464)
471
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis bidders to provide the NHS supplies service were accepted for the shortlist who may now be invited to negotiate.
(9465)
472
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the categories of products used by NHS bodies which are not currently provided by NHS Logistics; and if she will estimate (a) the value and (b) the volume of each such category of products for the last year for which figures are available.
(9903)
473
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation has been undertaken with stakeholders on the future provision of each category of products used by NHS bodies but not supplied by NHS Logistics.
(9904)
474
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what specifications for IT equipment have been laid down for potential bidders to run the NHS supply service.
(9963)
475
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what methods were used (a) to monitor and (b) to record performance against the target set out in her Department's National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV that by the end of 2004 all genito-urinary medicine clinic attendees should be offered an HIV test on their first screening for sexually transmitted infections.
(9885)
476
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each year since 1997.
(9912)
477
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of the informal meeting of EU Health Ministers in Watford in October was.
(9650)
478
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospital trusts are in debt, listed in descending order of indebtedness; and what the size of each debt was in each case.
(9651)
479
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the next wave of tenders for provision of community equipment services will be advertised.
(9438)
480
N
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures her Department is taking to ensure there is an adequate number of posts available for newly-qualified physiotherapists.
(8811)
481
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has been charged for the lease of equipment loaned on a short-term basis to patients for use in their own homes in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(8709)
482
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the last significant restructuring of the management of NHS Logistics was.
(9632)
483
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what growth occurred in the supply of goods by NHS Logistics, including the share of the NHS consumables market each year since 1997, broken down by (a) volume and (b) value.
(9633)
484
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS Logistics management has been asked by her Department to prepare a businesss plan relating to future expansion.
(9634)
485
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS Logistics management has prepared a businesss plan relating to future expansion.
(9635)
486
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the market growth target for NHS Logistics is.
(9636)
487
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS Logistics has been invited to submit a bid to continue to supply consumables to the NHS and to expand the market; and whether NHS Logistics submitted such a bid.
(9672)
488
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the ratio of male to female first year medical students has been in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(9245)
489
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions her Department has had with (a) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and (b) potential manufacturers, on the possible general use of Aimspro for multiple sclerosis sufferers.
(9282)
490
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) parliamentary questions have been tabled and (b) letters she has received from honourable Members on the use of Aimspro for the treatment of multiple sclerosis in this Parliament.
(9283)
491
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many multiple sclerosis sufferers (a) have undertaken and (b) are undertaking Aimspro treatment.
(9284)
492
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects a decision to be made on the suitability of Aimspro for the treatment of MS.
(9285)
493
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of Aimspro for multiple sclerosis sufferers; and if she will make a statement.
(9287)
494
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of skin cancer linked to exposure to the sun have been reported in each of the last five years.
(9213)
495
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department provides regarding the prevention of skin cancer caused by over-exposure to the sun.
(9215)
496
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by her Department on (a) advertisements and (b) materials to educate individuals on the effects of over-exposure to the sun.
(9227)
497
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the cost to the economy of sickness absence as a result of pain in 2004-05; if she will take steps to ensure a national standard for the availability of pain management and treatment under the NHS; if she will list pain clinics; and how many patient treatment episodes for pain there were in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(9310)
498
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been taken to improve palliative care in cases of terminal illness.
(9605)
499
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from (a) doctors and (b) nurses in support of (i) assisted suicide and (ii) voluntary euthanasia.
(9606)
500
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) medical students and (b) student nurses receive diversity training; and what research the Government has commissioned on the effects of diversity training for (i) medical students and (ii) student nurses.
(9615)
501
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has commissioned on reasons for levels of sickness absence amongst nursing staff.
(9616)
502
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates the Department's Recovery and Support Unit visited East Sussex Hospitals Trust; whether it has reported to Ministers; and what actions she plans to take as a result of their intervention.
(9782)
503
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints have been referred to the Healthcare Commission in each month since July 2004; and in respect of how many complaints the Healthcare Commission has (a) commenced and (b) concluded its inquiries.
(9373)
504
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists there are in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority (i) in total and (ii) who are recorded on NHS.UK as accepting new NHS patients.
(9374)
505
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts do not comply with (a) clinical and (b) distance standards for providing full access to NHS dentistry.
(9375)
506
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital building schemes are planned to start construction in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008.
(9376)
507
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government achieved its target of delivering (a) 500 primary care centres and (b) 3,000 modernised general practitioner premises by December 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(9377)
508
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government has achieved its target of delivering 80 NHS treatment centres by 2005; and what the (a) construction costs, (b) scheduled date for start of construction, (c) expected completion date and (d) status at 31st December 2004 were of each currently identified scheme.
(9378)
509
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is provided by primary care trusts to her Department for the (a) Primary Care Access Survey and (b) Service and Financial Framework, as referred to on page 18 of the Department of Health Departmental Report 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(9379)
510
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Aylesbury of 27th June, Official Report, columns 1344-45W, on clostridium difficile, in which primary care trust in Bristol the case of clostridium difficile occurred.
(9380)
511
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department has given (a) the West Suffolk Hospitals Trust and (b) the Suffolk West Primary Care Trust about how to deal with its financial deficit.
(9336)
512
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations her Department has received from (a) patients, (b) patients' relatives, (c) medical staff and (d) other health authority staff regarding the proposal to close the Walnuttree hospital in Sudbury.
(9337)
513
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the (a) Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge Strategic Health Authority, (b) Suffolk West Primary Care Trust and (c) West Suffolk Hospitals Trust first reported financial problems in West Suffolk to her Department.
(9338)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
514
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June, Official Report, column 151W, on correspondence, when he will provide a substantive reply to the letter of 28th February from the honourable Member for West Chelmsford.
(9098)
515
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June, Official Report, column 766W, on missing children, what assessment his Department has made of the viability of collecting this information.
(9431)
516
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on the Department's press office; and how many press officers have been employed in each year since 2002.
(9444)
517
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the latest estimate is of costs of (a) processing applications and enrolment, (b) producing cards, (c) database design, (d) producing identification numbers, (e) application checks, (f) updating the register and (g) operating costs for the identity card scheme in the starting and operating phases under the different scenarios of a voluntary and compulsory card, indicating expected margins of error.
(9253)
518
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate (a) the revenue from the expected fees from cardholders, (b) the revenue from fees charged for data access, (c) financial support from the Home Office budget and (d) additional support from the Treasury for the identity card scheme, indicating margins of error and distinguishing set up and operating stages of the project.
(9254)
519
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) revised global figure and (b) estimated margin of error is for the cost of the identity card scheme under the different scenarios of a voluntary and compulsory card distinguishing between (i) start-up and (ii) continuing costs.
(9255)
520
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June, Official Report, column 167W, on passports, if he will waive the fee for nationality payable by those born in the Republic of Ireland and now residing in Northern Ireland before they may obtain a British passport.
(9293)
521
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal orders have been made under the provisions of section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 since the Act came into force; and if he will list the areas designated.
(9427)
522
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individual support orders have been made for 10 to 17 year-olds under the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 since the Act came into force.
(9428)
523
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) crack house closure orders, (b) housing injunctions for anti-social behaviour and (c) demoted tenancies have been issued under the provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 since the Act came into force.
(9429)
524
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has given on the standard of evidence that would be required to initiate a prosecution for an offence of using another person to hide or carry a gun or a knife; and if he will make a statement.
(9348)
525
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that children who are taken out of schools do not become victims of crime; and if he will make a statement.
(9365)
526
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been breached in (a) Pembrokeshire and (b) the Dyfed Powys police force area during each year since their introduction.
(9732)
527
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market on the regulation of private security providers in England and Wales who are based in other EU member states.
(9369)
528
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many days were lost through sick leave (a) per employee and (b) per officer in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(9590)
529
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employers have been fined for employing illegal immigrants in each year since 1997.
(9591)
530
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the number of illegal immigrants living in the UK.
(9592)
531
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fraudulent passports were detected in each year since 1997.
(9799)
532
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9160)
533
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police patrol vehicles, (b) police vans, (c) unmarked police vehicles and (d) other police vehicles are available in Greater London; and if he will make a statement.
(8116)
534
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents involving police service vehicles there were in Greater London in each year since 1995, broken down by London Borough; and if he will make a statement.
(8117)
535
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping police premises in each police area in England and Wales; and police officers with identity card readers.
(9753)
536
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping (a) the Prison Service and (b) other Home Office premises to which the public have access with identity card readers.
(9754)
537
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 3rd June from the honourable Lady for North Down in relation to Mr James Milsom Boland.
(9132)
538
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June, Official Report, columns 990-3W, if he will place in the Library a copy of the work published in November 2004 by the Public Policy Research Bureau for the Youth Justice Board.
(9992)
539
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will stop the deportation to Zimbabwe of Timbha Mqubeli, Home Office reference No T1053486.
(9869)
540
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how his Department defines an appropriate period in respect of the amount of time an applicant must have lived in Scotland for the purposes of the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland eligibility criteria.
(8264)
541
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, why the eligibility criteria for the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme do not include post-graduate diplomas.
(8265)
542
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets his Department has set for the (a) number of applications, (b) number of successful applications and (c) uptake of successful applications in respect of the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme.
(8266)
543
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the first set of figures on applications to the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme; and what data will be made available.
(8804)
544
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often his Department will provide information on (a) the numbers of applicants to the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme and (b) the status of the applications.
(8805)
545
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure that Fresh Talent scheme visa holders remain in Scotland for the two-year period specified in the scheme.
(8806)
546
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial penalties have been imposed on the contractors for (a) Hassockfield, (b) Medway, (c) Rainsbrook and (d) Oakhill secure training centres in each financial year that each centre has been operating; and what the reasons were for each such penalty.
(8954)
547
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what fees are paid by the Youth Justice Board for a bed in (a) a local authority secure children's home, (b) secure training centre and (c) a Young Offenders Institute.
(8955)
548
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average sentences given to individuals convicted of offences involving abuse, ill treatment or neglect of a vulnerable adult in their responsibility was in each of the last five years.
(9411)
549
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average sentences given to individuals convicted of offences involving abuse, ill treatment or neglect of a child in their responsibility was in each of the last five years was.
(9412)
550
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on UK immigration policy on Kurdish asylum seekers and refugees from Turkey.
(9595)
551
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers there are in South Wales Police H Division; and if he will make a statement.
(9596)
552
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes there have been in police numbers in South Wales Police H Division since 1997.
(9597)
553
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28th June to the honourable Member for Nottingham South, Official Report, column 1242W, on identity cards, whether the radio frequency identification technologies undergoing feasibility studies for biometric passports and identity cards include (a) read only tags, (b) read write tags and (c) both.
(9551)
554
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of methods of fooling biometric readers using (a) thin laminate stuck to fingers for fingerprints and (b) contact lenses for iris recognition.
(9918)
555
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely need to replace identity cards before their expiry date; by what means he intends to arrange for replacements to be issued; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost (a) to the Government and (b) to the individual concerned.
(9919)
556
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he plans to ensure that measures in the Identity Cards Bill are compatible with disability rights legislation.
(9936)
557
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost is of issuing (a) existing passports and (b) passports with a facial biometric (i) based on a suitable quality photograph provided by the applicant and (ii) based on a photograph taken by the Passport Office, (A) excluding and (B) including the cost of operating and maintaining the record system and overhead costs.
(9937)
558
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which countries his Department has had discussions regarding the extra-territorial aspects of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2004.
(8507)
559
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of children released from young offender institutions were provided with accommodation in the last year for which figures are available.
(9653)
560
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask Mr Ken Sutton to inform him when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Sunderland South of 13th May regarding Mr Mahdi Hosseini, reference M1077781.
(9940)
561
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects that the police Facial Images National Database will be operational.
(9938)
562
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the business case for the Facial Images National Database.
(9942)
563
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of existing facial images in police force databases which will be transferred into the Facial Images National Database.
(9945)
564
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of the identity cards scheme has been to date.
(9946)
565
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many air weapon offences have been committed in England and Wales by (a) 14, (b) 15, (c) 16, (d) 17 year olds and (e) those over 18 years since the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 came into force.
(9422)
566
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to introduce a statutory definition of lethality in relation to the definition of a firearm as a lethal-barrelled weapon.
(9423)
567
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make one joule of muzzle energy the statutory limit to which firearms legislation applies.
(9424)
568
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government's response to the Firearms Consultation 2004 will be published.
(9425)
569
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been carried out on the effects of the provisions relating to air weapons in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003; and on what basis the decision was taken to raise the age limit for air weapons.
(9426)
570
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which destinations in Iraq asylum seekers deported from the UK are sent.
(9137)
571
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are taken to ensure that asylum seekers from the Kurdish area of Iraq deported from the UK are given safe passage to their home area; and if he will make a statement.
(9139)
572
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers from the Kurdish area of Iraq have been deported in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available, broken down by destination in Iraq to which they were sent.
(9140)
573
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the full range of special measures provided for in the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 to be available to use.
(9675)
574
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the cost to local authorities of introducing identity cards.
(9547)
575
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications were received from Eritrean nationals in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2004-05; and how many Eritrean nationals were deported in each year.
(9781)
576
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice and support his Department has given to police forces that have underperformed in recovering the proceeds of crime.
(9261)
577
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of reasons for difference in performance of police forces in recovering the proceeds of crime.
(9277)
578
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the Essex Police Authority Area; and how many have been breached.
(9488)
579
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have received a custodial sentence for breach of an anti-social behaviour orders in Essex.
(9489)
580
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been taken to court for breach of an anti-social behaviour order in Essex; and how many have been found guilty.
(9490)
581
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what range of penalties is available for conviction of individuals who fail to register their vehicles in their name.
(9207)
582
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions relating to the non-payment of road tax there have been in each police authority in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(9229)
583
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals in England and Wales have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in relation to failing to register their vehicles in their name in each of the last five years.
(9241)
584
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions have resulted from proceedings against the individuals believed to have abandoned vehicles in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority area in England and Wales.
(9242)
585
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many volunteers have been (a) recruited and (b) identified by the Experience Corps since its inception; and of those how many (a) have been actively volunteering as a result of being identified and (b) were already actively volunteering.
(8710)
586
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to public funds of the Experience Corps has been to date; what targets were set for it in return for Government funding; and how it has performed against those targets.
(8711)
587
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls have been received by the National Domestic Violence Helpline since its introduction; and what the cost of its operation has been.
(9989)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
588
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost has been of undertaking the risk assessment of communal hairbrushes and combs in honourable Members' washrooms.
(9413)
589
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many cases of (a) communicable diseases and (b) infestations have been reported relating to the use of combs and hairbrushes in the honourable Members' washrooms in each of the last 10 years.
(9414)
590
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what representations the Commission has received from the trade union side of the Whitley Committee regarding contract Commons cleaners' pay; and if he will make a statement.
(8964)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
591
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of (a) progress with relief and reconstruction work following the impact of the tsunami on Phi Phi, Thailand and (b) the levels of assistance being given to support residents of Phi Phi who lost their homes and wish to return.
(9589)
592
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will rank EU member states by size of aid to (a) sub-Saharan Africa and (b) the 15 poorest sub-Saharan countries, expressed in terms of per head of population of donor country.
(9771)
593
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9162)
594
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Tibet.
(9920)
595
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the joint Israeli-Palestinian development projects that have received UK Government funding in the past five years.
(9833)
596
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is Government policy to support an extension to the Hib disease vaccination programme in Gambia beyond 2007.
(9901)
597
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan government on tsunami recovery work in Sri Lanka.
(9574)
598
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of possible cases of misuse of tsunami relief funds in Malaysia; and if he will make a statement.
(9244)
599
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken to assist the recovery of the tourism industry in South East Asia following the tsunami.
(9250)
600
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on UK involvement in the creation of the new Infrastructure Consortium for Africa.
(9262)
601
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the European Commission's proposals for changes to the EU sugar pricing and subsidy regime on African Caribbean Pacific countries; and if he will make a statement.
(9266)
602
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Nepal Safer Motherhood Project; and if he will make a statement.
(9268)
603
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding has been awarded to BBC journalists through the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Department for International Development travel bursary fund in each year since 2000.
(9269)
604
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of British emergency aid in the aftermath of the Iranian earthquake in Bam.
(9270)
605
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on micro-finance projects supported by his Department in developing countries.
(9271)
606
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to encourage horticulture in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.
(9272)
607
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the US Administration regarding the impact of cotton subsidies on African Caribbean Pacific countries.
(9273)
608
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many UK companies are involved in joint micro finance projects with his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(9274)
609
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the (a) progress and (b) impact of his Department's aid to countries affected by the Tsunami.
(9983)
Questions to the Leader of the House
610
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will list the occasions when the House has sat later than 2.00 a.m. in each session since 1976.
(9681)
611
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will list the occasions when a Standing Committee has sat later than 2.30 a.m. in each session since 1976.
(9682)
612
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he is taking to promote knowledge of, and interest in, both Houses of Parliament through schools.
(9683)
613
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will list the occasions, in each of the last three sessions, when Explanatory Notes to Government Bills have not been made available (a) on the same day that a Bill is published and (b) within three sitting days.
(9684)
614
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9153)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
615
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timetable is for filling the post of Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland; what the remuneration will be for the post; and what steps are being taken to ensure that the Commission commands support across the community in Northern Ireland.
(9433)
616
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civilian workers in security jobs at Police Service of Northern Ireland stations have been given training with weapons.
(9480)
617
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many consultants specialising in mental health are employed by the (a) Royal Group, (b) Mater Hospital and (c) United Hospitals Trust at Whiteabbey and Antrim.
(9481)
618
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average length of time was for a person referred to a mental health consultant to be seen by that consultant in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
(9482)
619
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many community paediatric clinics employ staff qualified in child and adolescent mental health in (a) North Belfast and (b) West Belfast.
(9483)
620
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many consultants specialising in child and adolescent mental health are employed by the North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust.
(9484)
621
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many nurses from abroad are employed at (a) the Mater Hospital and (b) the Royal Group of Hospitals.
(9485)
622
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received following the Government's proposals on charity law in Northern Ireland.
(9520)
623
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland were in receipt of housing benefit in each year since 2001.
(9521)
624
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the average time taken by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to process housing benefit applications in Northern Ireland was in 2004-05.
(9522)
625
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many recipients of housing benefit there were in each district council area in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
(9523)
626
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the change in Housing Executive rents was in each year since 1997.
(9524)
627
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what level of fraud in housing benefit payments has been discovered in each year since 2001.
(9525)
628
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland.
(9526)
629
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce free bus travel for people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.
(9364)
630
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping Police Service of Northern Ireland premises with identity card readers.
(9886)
631
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with their Irish Government counterparts concerning the introduction of identity cards and the national data register in the United Kingdom and their effect upon the common travel area.
(9887)
632
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on restorative justice schemes in Northern Ireland.
(9133)
633
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date the office of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland received the legal opinion about Parade Application Form 11/1.
(9134)
Questions to the Prime Minister
634
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to disclose to honourable Members a summary of proceedings of the Ministerial Committee on Anti-social Behaviour of the Cabinet.
(9218)
635
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to invite ideas from honourable Members for consideration by the Ministerial Committee on anti-social behaviour of the Cabinet; and if he will make a statement.
(9219)
636
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving 10 Downing Street since 1st May 1997; how much (i) has been spent on wallpaper since 1st May 1997 and (ii) was spent on wallpaper between 1992 to 1997; and what plans there are for further such spending.
(9743)
637
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 6th June, Official Report, column 271W, on Ministerial duties, whether he spent more or less than 48 hours performing his official duties in the week commencing 9th May.
(9741)
638
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his speech to the Labour Party Spring Conference, what mistakes he has (a) made and (b) admitted to since May 1997.
(8803)
639
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he received from the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on the recent negotiations on the EU's budget.
(9183)
640
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 22nd June, Official Report, column 795, when the honourable Member for Vale of York will be able to meet the relevant Minister; and if he will make emergency funds available to pay for the clear-up of the countryside and repair to damaged roads and bridges.
(9469)
641
N
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for 6th June.
(8729)
642
N
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Prime Minister, which members of the staff of the British Embassy in Washington accompanied him during his official engagements on 6th June.
(8730)
643
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the occasions on which each prerogative power has been exercised by the holder of his office in the last 30 years.
(8956)
644
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Prime Minister, what arrangements he is making for the implementation of the Warwick agreement with trade unions; and how much of the agreement has been implemented.
(9652)
645
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the oral Answer to the honourable Member for Sunderland South on 29th June, Official Report, column 1292, if he will undertake to have a vote in Parliament on any proposal to replace the Trident nuclear deterent.
(9806)
646
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the oral Answer to the honourable Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr on 29th June, column 1288, on what basis he concluded that the statement by Sir Richard Dearlove to which the question referred was contained in a memorandum covered by the Butler Review.
(9366)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
647
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will ask his Ministerial colleagues to make a financial contribution to the Scottish Executive to meet the costs likely to be incurred by public authorities in Edinburgh as a result of the events organised to coincide with the G8 Summit at Gleneagles.
(9784)
Questions to the Solicitor General
648
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to the Answer of 16th June, Official Report, column 600W, on the Serious Fraud Office, when he will place the guidance which governs implementation of the revised version of the Memorandum of Understanding in the Library.
(9770)
649
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Solicitor General, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9164)
650
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Solicitor General, what procedures (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) local authorities with independent prosecuting authority for criminal offences use to forward details of convictions, cautions and intelligence on possible criminals to (i) the Criminal Records Bureau and (ii) the Police National Computer; what amendments to these procedures are proposed in relation to the National Intelligence Database; and if he will make a statement.
(9736)
651
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions for alcohol-related crime have been brought in Thames Valley in each year since 1997.
(9979)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
652
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission will issue guidance to local authorities with regards to applying for (a) all-postal voting pilots and (b) other forms of election pilot in (i) forthcoming by-elections and (ii) the 2005 local elections.
(9807)
653
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will make a statement on the Government's plan to amend the electoral system for the Welsh Assembly to stop Party List candidates also running for constituency seats.
(9808)
654
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission has conducted into the effect of individual registration on the electoral roll.
(9809)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
655
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 897W, on the Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme, whether UK Trade and Investment has set a fixed number of overseas exhibitions that any one given company will be eligible to attend under the Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme plans for 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(8807)
656
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June, Official Report, column 897W, on the Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme, whether UK Trade and Investment plans to include mounting UK pavilions which will be eligible to all exporters in its Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad scheme in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(8808)
657
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's strategy is for helping UK exporters to penetrate new markets in (a) India and (b) China.
(8810)
658
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the potential for energy generation from tidal power.
(9478)
659
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, broken down by media type in the last three years.
(9503)
660
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether officials from his Department (a) advised and (b) assisted the Union of Democratic Mineworkers to set up Vendside.
(9084)
661
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what monitoring his Department undertook of the activities of Vendside.
(9085)
662
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when his Department became aware of the business relationship between Vendside and Walker and Co Claims Services Limited.
(9086)
663
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when his Department became aware of the need to investigate the activity of Vendside and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers relating to coal health claims; and what action the Department took.
(9087)
664
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department plans to take to safeguard the claims of former miners and their widows whose claims were lodged with Vendside; and if he will make a statement.
(9088)
665
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of regulations which might be considered a barrier to trade under the terms of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market.
(9332)
666
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the draft EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market on the (a) rights of workers under employment law, (b) health and safety regulations and (c) consumer protection law in England and Wales.
(9556)
667
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to promote English wine during the EU presidency; and if he will make a statement.
(9144)
668
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9165)
669
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much compensation has been paid so far to claimants from Newcastle-under-Lyme for coal mining industrial injuries.
(9744)
670
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been paid by his Department in fees to each firm of solicitors dealing with coal mining industrial injury compensation under the British Coal Claims Handling Agreement; how many (a) claims have been made and (b) cases have been settled by each firm; and how much has been paid out in compensation through each firm.
(9905)
671
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the solicitors who have been deducting fees from claimants' compensation in respect of coal mining injuries notwithstanding that they are already remunerated by his Department under the British Coal Claims Handling Agreement.
(9906)
672
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment he has made of the implications of the introduction of identity cards for his Department.
(9883)
673
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reports have been published by the Measurement Advisory Committee in each year since 2001.
(9339)
674
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) remuneration and (b) expenses are received by members of the Measurement Advisory Committee.
(9340)
675
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the terms of reference of the Measurement Advisory Committee are; and if he will make a statement.
(9341)
676
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total (a) running costs and (b) expenditure of the Measurement Advisory Committee have been in each year since 2001.
(9342)
677
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the current work programme of the Measurement Advisory Committee is.
(9343)
678
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the criteria for membership of the Measurement Advisory Committee is; and how its members are selected.
(9344)
679
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent surveys have been carried out by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies into car servicing and repair; and what the findings were of those surveys.
(9345)
680
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions the Office of Fair Trading has had with the Retail Motor Industry Federation concerning standards of servicing and repair for the car industry.
(9346)
681
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of garages servicing cars in England and Wales; what assessment he has made of the quality of servicing and repair work done by such garages; and if he will make a statement.
(9347)
682
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his Department's discussions with (a) MG Rover management executives and (b) representatives of the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation in the month of (i) January, (ii) February, (iii) March, (iv) April and (v) May.
(9357)
683
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent estimate he has made of the number of cars serviced in a year in England; how many cars were examined in the recent survey into car servicing and repair conducted by the Trading Standards Institute for his Department; and what proportion of the total this represents.
(9530)
684
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Birmingham Yardley of 6th June, Official Report, column 308W, on MG Rover, if he will list the strict criteria under which the bridging loan facility was to be provided.
(9643)
685
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the Government first received a request for a bridging loan to aid the completion of a commercial deal to help secure the future of MG Rover.
(9677)
686
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the Measurement Advisory Committee; and if he will make a statement.
(9678)
687
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are being taken to (a) promote and (b) encourage the use of renewable energy in Lancashire.
(9519)
688
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what real-terms percentage increase he expects in the Science Budget in each of the next three years.
(9837)
689
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the England-Belgium gas interconnector enhancement project will be completed; and whether the project is on schedule.
(8961)
690
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the (a) Humbly Grove gas storage facility and (b) upgrade of the Hole House Farm storage facility will be complete.
(8962)
691
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for his Department to conduct a review of the Government's energy strategy.
(9097)
692
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) local post offices, (b) local bank branches and (c) independent retail shops have closed in the last 10 years in (i) Birmingham, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England.
(9507)
693
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to whom the Official Receiver in his role as an Officer of the Court is accountable.
(9565)
694
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding has been provided for research into (a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohn's disease by the Medical Research Council.
(9511)
695
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reports have been received since January 2004 from Coal Liabilities Unit staff responsible for updating the storybooks that detail where improvements have been made to claims handlings; and if he will publish these storybooks.
(9645)
696
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will seek to strengthen the European Commission's negotiating mandate on Economic Partnership Agreements as part of the UK presidency of the EU to ensure that countries are not subject to forced liberalisation of trade.
(9179)
697
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will publish new guidelines for TUPE arrangements covering the movement of public sector workers into the private sector.
(9435)
698
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what role Ministers had in the decision to allow the Union of Democratic Mineworkers to process compensation claims directly under the coal health schemes.
(9089)
699
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will suspend his Department's handling agreement with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers pending the conclusion of the Fraud Squad inquiry into the affairs of the Union.
(9094)
700
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to encourage industry to invest in research, technology and development.
(9389)
701
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the aims and objectives of the Government's energy policy are.
(9390)
702
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to improve technology transfer between the US and the UK.
(9391)
703
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what aspects of defence industrial capability he is seeking to develop.
(9392)
704
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to encourage the supply of science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills for young people for business and industry.
(9410)
705
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for the Isle of Wight (a) concerning outstanding correspondence, dated 10th December 2004 and (b) concerning Royal Mail, dated September 2004.
(9100)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
706
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to raise awareness amongst cyclists of the need to stop at red traffic lights.
(9688)
707
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much he has allocated to the (a) improvement and (b) maintenance of the (i) A127 and (ii) A13 in the Southend area in each of the next three financial years.
(9689)
708
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) daily volume of traffic on the A127 between the M25 and Southend and (b) capacity of the A127 was in (i) 1997, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and (iv) the last period for which figures are available; and what the projected traffic volume is for (A) 2006, (B) 2008 and (C) 2010.
(9913)
709
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) daily volume of traffic on the A13 between the M25 and Southend and (b) capacity of the A13 was in (i) 1997, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and (iv) the last period for which figures are available; and what the projected traffic volume is for (A) 2006, (B) 2008 and (C) 2010.
(9914)
710
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many speed cameras are situated on (a) the A127 between the M25 and Southend and (b) the A13 between the M25 and Southend; and what plans there are to install new speed cameras in the next two years.
(9915)
711
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) minor and (b) serious road accidents occurred on the A127 between the M25 and Southend in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(9916)
712
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he expects existing rail services at stations on the (a) Hastings to Charing Cross and (b) Bexhill to London lines to be maintained at their current level.
(9308)
713
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the issuing of draft orders on the proposed upgrade of the A21.
(9311)
714
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which roads in Surrey have had (a) crash barriers removed and (b) solid barriers replaced by wire barriers in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(9644)
715
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising in the last three years, broken down by media type.
(9498)
716
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)'s estimate of the number of UK leisure passengers who flew without financial protection in 2004; and if he will bring forward legislation to ensure that affected UK passengers can be repatriated by the CAA in the event of a major airline failure.
(9359)
717
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what studies the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency has carried out in the past 12 months regarding the future of Driver Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland Coleraine.
(9446)
718
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) applications and (b) renewals were processed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea in each of the last five years.
(9733)
719
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average time taken to process (a) applications and (b) renewals at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea was in the last year for which figures are available.
(9734)
720
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints were received regarding problems in the processing of applications and renewals at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea in each of the last five years.
(9735)
721
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether the Incident Management System computer database operated by the Maritime Coastguard Agency is working effectively; what steps he is taking to ensure the system operates well; and if he will make a statement.
(8649)
722
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of staffing levels at the Maritime Coastguard Agency; what steps he is taking to improve skill levels in the organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(8650)
723
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many private contractors have traffic cones which they can use to block road lanes; how many cones are in the possession of (a) private contractors, (b) emergency services and (c) others; and what system his Department operates for the distribution and return of cones.
(9385)
724
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what factors were used to calculate the distribution of Government support for the half-fare concession for the over-60s; and if he will place in the Library the assessment of each relevant authority against those factors.
(9874)
725
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage people to buy cars that are fuel-efficient.
(9220)
726
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of cars owned in (a) Kingston and Surbiton, (b) South West London, (c) London and (d) England; and what percentage of these cars he estimates are four-wheel drive.
(9221)
727
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list companies based in other EU member states that are providing (a) bus services, (b) train services, (c) maintenance services to Network Rail, (d) London Underground services and (e) London Underground maintenance services.
(9367)
728
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9154)
729
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adherence of foreign drivers in the UK to EU regulations on maximum driving times.
(9740)
730
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure public transport vehicles are equipped with forced air ventilation systems.
(9307)
731
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29th June, to Question ref 7113, if he will estimate the amount of public sector finance spent on construction of light rail schemes in (a) Manchester, (b) Liverpool, (c) Leeds and (d) Portsmouth.
(9505)
732
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping premises for which his Department has responsibility with identity card readers, with particular reference to (a) airports, (b) seaports and (c) the British Transport Police.
(9888)
733
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money will be allocated to each local authority to cover the cost of the concessionary travel fare scheme for pensioners.
(9787)
734
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to issue his revised guidance on the setting of speed limits in villages.
(9356)
735
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars are registered for use on English roads.
(9528)
736
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to announce the final decision on the reopening of the Kettering-Corby railway line to regular passenger traffic; and what the timetable is for the assessment of the project before then.
(9335)
737
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the planned upgrading of the East Coast mainline, with particular reference to improved station facilities at Peterborough.
(9598)
738
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on traffic levels of the (a) expansion of out-of-town shopping centres and (b) reduction of local post offices, local bank branches and independent retail shops over the last 10 years.
(9506)
739
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on levels of expenditure on (a) maintenance and (b) repair of public highways by highways authorities between 2003-04 and 2005-06.
(9166)
740
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of regulations on the costs of insurance for classic aircraft.
(9167)
741
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department will fund the fitting-out of the interchange box under St Pancras Station; and if he will make a statement.
(9663)
742
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the cost of fitting-out the interchange box under St Pancras Station; and if he will make a statement on the current industry estimates.
(9664)
743
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who owns the interchange box under St Pancras Station; and if he will make a statement.
(9665)
744
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much public money has been invested so far in the (a) construction and (b) planning of the interchange box under St Pancras Station; and if he will make a statement.
(9666)
745
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list those UK airports that will be able to handle the A380 aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(9676)
746
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train operators have access agreements on the East Coast Main Line.
(9303)
747
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to increase capacity on the East Coast Main Line.
(9304)
748
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the review of train services across the Northern train franchise region will be completed.
(9738)
749
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many refunds have been given to purchasers of the Complete Official Learner Driver packs; how many more he expects to issue; and what the total cost has been.
(9416)
750
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Complete Official Learner Driver packs have been withdrawn from sale; and at what cost.
(9417)
751
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the Government's house building targets for the South East on (a) traffic flows and (b) consequent noise levels on the M23 between junctions 9 and 10 and on the A23 beyond junction 10.
(9393)
752
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles were reported to the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency via V28 forms in each year since 1996-97.
(9546)
753
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what improvements to Pitsea Station on the c2c line are planned; and what the timescale is.
(9275)
754
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the Association of Train Operating Companies on congestion charging for rail travel.
(9279)
755
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Association of Train Operaing Companies on overcrowding (a) in the South East and (b) on the c2c line.
(9280)
756
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28th June, Official Report, column 1418W, on railways, if he will take steps to change the limits prescribed to control overcrowding to increase passenger capacity for those travelling for over 40 minutes on the c2c line.
(9290)
757
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents have been caused by loads breaking free of cargo trucks in each month since January 2003; how many of these resulted in one or more fatalities; and if he will make a statement.
(9487)
758
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on increasing the number of parking bays in London for motorcycles.
(9880)
759
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles on the roads which are not registered to their owners.
(9216)
760
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has evaluated on the effects of traffic calming measures on (a) reducing speed and (b) preventing accidents.
(9224)
761
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with motoring and road safety organisations on the impact of advertisements situated next to motorways.
(9226)
762
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has carried out into alternatives to road tax.
(9230)
763
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of non-payment of road tax.
(9231)
764
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles using the roads which have not paid road tax.
(9232)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
765
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 9th June, Official Report, column 615W, on Ministerial duties, whether he spent a total of more or less than 24 hours performing ministerial functions as the Secretary of State for Wales in the week commencing 9th May.
(9742)
766
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales Government concerning the implementation of the Carers' Equal Opportunities Act 2004 in Wales; and how good practice will be shared between England and Wales.
(9419)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
767
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of child support are in receipt of manual payments as a result of computer failure at the Child Support Agency; and in how many cases there is a consequent shortfall in the amount of child support they receive.
(9370)
768
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will answer Written Parliamentary Questions reference (a) 3169, (b) 3160, (c) 3158, (d) 3157, (e) 3156 and (f) 3153.
(9582)
769
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer given on 20th June, Official report, column 707W, on Benefits/Pensions (Payments Methods), in what format information is available on the number of complaints that have been received regarding the introduction of direct payment for the payment of pensions and benefits.
(9608)
770
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer given on 20th June, Official Report, column 707W, on Benefits/Pensions (Payments Methods), if he will place Post Office Limited's `Operation Focus' publication in the Library.
(9609)
771
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer given on 25th May, Official Report, column 117W, on Benefits Payment, if he will list those publications which provide benefit and pension recipients with information on direct payment; and which of these publications (a) advise customers who do not think they can use an account to contact his Department and (b) provide information on the exceptions service.
(9612)
772
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising in the last three years, broken down by media type.
(9501)
773
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement.
(9156)
774
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of equipping his Department's premises with identity card readers.
(9891)
775
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of (a) the cost and (b) the merits of checking the biometric identities of individuals receiving benefits and services through his Department.
(9941)
776
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether applications have been made to the (a) Pensions Protection Fund and (b) Financial Assistance Scheme in respect of any former Training and Enterprise Council pension schemes.
(9323)
777
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Child Support Agency's internal audit; and who carries out the agency's internal audit functions.
(9324)
778
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what systems have been established to monitor the quality of Child Support Agency staff responses to telephone calls.
(9325)
779
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information the Child Support Agency's Sapphire database contains; and what Sapphire payments are.
(9326)
780
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the purpose of the Child Support Agency's War Room.
(9327)
781
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) serious complaints and (b) complaints about Child Support Agency (CSA) payments have been received by CSA staff in each of the last five years; and how serious complaints are (i) identified and (ii) defined.
(9328)
782
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress there has been in agreeing a clear definition of system availability for the new child support system with EDS.
(9331)
783
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incapacity benefits claimants there are in each local authority area; and what proportion of the working age population they represent.
(9864)
784
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the new tax credits system developed by Affinity for his Department; how it interfaces with the main tax credit system; and what the estimated (a) cost and (b) timescale is.
(9867)
785
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 1247W, on disability living allowance, what assessment he has made of the reasons the percentage of rejected claims has increased since 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(9531)
786
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the discussions he has had with trade unions on public sector workers' pensions; and if he will make a statement.
(9388)
787
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of lone parents are in paid employment in each constituency in the UK, listed in descending order of percentage.
(8267)
788
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been undertaken of Operation Gangmaster since the introduction of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(9601)
789
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the responsibility for Operation Gangmaster will be transferred to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority established under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004.
(9602)
790
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many investigations there have been into second stage processing carried out by Operation Gangmaster since its establishment.
(9603)
791
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many labour providers in second stage processing have been (a) investigated, (b) arrested and charged and (c) convicted for offences under Operation Gangmaster since its establishment.
(9604)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
792
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to allow electric powered wheelchair dealers to sell insurance policies.
[Transferred] (9436)
793
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many reported deaths in hospital there were from clostridium difficile O27 in each of the past five years.
[Transferred] (9458)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
794
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will raise the current threshold of £5,000, set under the Administration of Estates (Small Payments) Act 1965, for the repayment of investments to personal representatives of the deceased without a grant of probate.
[Transferred] (9680)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
795
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make extra provision available for 16 to19 year olds claiming the education maintenance allowance who live in London to reflect the higher cost of living.
[Transferred] (9504)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
796
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's position is on the development and capability of the Common Foreign and Security Policy; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (9974)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
797
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his definition of remote provision of services is in relation to the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market.
[Transferred] (9562)
798
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his definition of (a) Services of General Economic Interest and (b) Services of General interest is with reference to the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market.
[Transferred] (9563)
799
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the process will be by which national governments justify regulation in the public interest under the terms of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market.
[Transferred] (9564)
800
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market differentiates between services in the public and private sectors.
[Transferred] (9567)
801
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 15th June, Official Report, column 437W, on EU Directives, what his definition of temporary is in relation to the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market.
[Transferred] (9568)
802
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which service sectors would be excluded from the scope of the EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market under the provisions of paragraphs 15 and 16 of the Directive.
[Transferred] (9569)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
803
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase the number of electric powered wheelchair and scooter users who take out insurance cover.
[Transferred] (9437)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
804
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of housing benefit paid to council tenants was in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (9662)

 
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