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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 5 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 Tuesday 5 July 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 5 July 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 5 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 Tuesday 5 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 5 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the definition is of general interest as used by his Department in the draft regulations to implement Article 45 of the EU Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC; and if he will make a statement on the overriding requirements through which a contracting authority can disregard the duty not to select an economic operator that has been convicted of corruption or bribery as described in that Directive.
(10081)
2
N
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter of 9th February from the honourable Member for Central Ayrshire, regarding the proposal for an African twin-town with Ayrshire.
(9956)
3
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs expects to receive the legal advice it has requested on its Code of Practice on the recovery of overpayment of tax credits.
(9948)
4
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many £5 (a) coins and (b) notes are in circulation.
(8715)
5
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the advice given by (a) the Inland Revenue to the Government and (b) EDS to the Inland Revenue about system problems relating to the introduction of the new tax credits between June 2002 and May 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(10015)
6
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparison he has made of error rates for payments of the (a) Working Families Tax Credit and (b) the child and working tax credits; how the error rates compare with those forecast by the Department in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, and (iii) 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(10016)
7
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what decisions his Department made in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003 about notifying tax credit claimants of their compensation entitlements following incorrect payments of the credits due to official error and IT problems; and if he will make a statement.
(10017)
8
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations were made by EDS to the Inland Revenue in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003 in relation to the timetable for testing the tax credit system; and if he will make a statement.
(10018)
9
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the timing of the Identity Cards Scheme Gateway 1 review was decided; and whether the timing has been revised in the last 12 months.
(10069)
10
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average pension is of each grade of retired European Communities official; and if he will make a statement.
(10083)
11
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the status is of (a) investigations and (b) court cases resulting from ineligible expenditure referred to in paragraph (i) 65 on page 345, (ii) 43 on page 335, (iii) 31 on page 332, (iv) 9.45 and (v) 7.39 of the European Court of Auditors annual report for 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(10085)
12
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what level of standard rate of income tax he estimates would be required, assuming no other changes to behaviour, to recoup the revenue lost from (a) abolition of the lower rate of income tax and (b) (a) plus raising the threshold to (i) £10,000 and (ii) £15,000.
(9815)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
13
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, columns 1331-2W, on legal aid/salaries, what the reasons were for the termination of the 104 active contracts which were terminated before the expiry of their term; and which regions they covered.
(10009)
14
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 1329W, on criminal cases, when she expects to announce the Government's vision for the future of legal aid.
(10010)
15
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the cost efficiency of the public defender scheme.
(8269)
16
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average cost of a (a) public defender and (b) private legal aid lawyer was in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by region.
(8270)
17
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress of the public defender pilots.
(8271)
18
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many defendants are being represented by public defenders in each area where pilots are taking place; and what plans she has to extend the scheme to other areas of the country.
(8272)
19
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many law firms practised legal aid work in 1999 for (a) criminal law, (b) general civil law, (c) immigration law, (d) family law, (e) housing law and (f) mental health law, broken down by region.
(9620)
20
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many law firms, have contracted for criminal legal aid work in each year since the Access to Justice Act 1999 came into force, broken down by region
(9621)
21
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many law firms bid for civil legal aid contracts in each of the bid rounds that have taken place since the Access to Justice Act 1999 came into force, broken down by region.
(9622)
22
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many civil legal aid contracts awarded in each of the contract rounds since the enactment of the Access to Justice Act 1999 were terminated before the expiry of their term, broken down by region; and what the reasons for the termination were in each case.
[R] (9816)
23
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many civil legal aid contracts awarded before July 2003 were terminated before the expiry of their term, broken down by region; and what the reasons for the termination in each case were.
[R] (9817)
24
N
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the arrangements for postal voting.
(9189)
25
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Department will accept applications for all-postal voting pilots from local authorities in (a) forthcoming by-elections and (b) the 2005 local elections.
(9810)
26
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Department will issue guidance to local authorities on 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.
(9811)
27
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans the Government has to amend the electoral system for the (a) London Assembly and (b) Scottish Parliament to prevent party list candidates also running for constituency seats.
(9812)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
28
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what means her Department uses to assess the effectiveness of Ofcom in upholding its duties to citizens and consumers; and if she will make a statement.
(10043)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
29
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Strategic Review of the Meteorological Office Production Network.
(9256)
30
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timeframe is for withdrawing UK troops from Iraq.
(8712)
31
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding has been allocated for the recruitment of soldiers to the Scottish Infantry Regiments in 2005; what strategies have been employed to boost recruitment levels; and if he will make a statement.
(10055)
32
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many new soldiers have been recruited in Scotland since January; what targets were set; and if he will make a statement.
(10056)
33
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the levels of recruitment to the Scottish Infantry Regiments in 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(10057)
34
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers have left the Scottish Infantry Regiments since January; and if he will make a statement.
(10058)
35
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether personnel who have been discharged under Queen's Regulations 9.413 and 9.414 are eligible for the Veteran's Badge.
(9625)
36
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) private soldiers of each Army regiment and corps have left under Premature Voluntary Release terms in each of the last three years.
(9626)
37
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the critical manning groups which have been identified in each of the three services; and what the shortfall against requirement was in each case.
(9627)
38
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 23rd June, Official Report, column 44WS, on call-out of reservists for Iraq, how many of the 600 reservists to be called up to serve in Iraq have been previously mobilised for service in (a) Iraq and (b) other overseas postings since May 2002.
(9628)
39
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost has been of the Future Offensive Air System; and what the main components of this expenditure were.
(9629)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
40
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Dance and Drama Awards scholarships, funded by the Learning and Skills Council, have been made in the last five years to residents of each of the nations of the UK.
(10092)
41
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account is taken of nation and region of residence in the granting of Dance and Drama Awards scholarships as funded by the Learning and Skills Council.
(10093)
42
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget for the Dance and Drama Awards scholarships funded by the Learning and Skills Council is in 2005-06.
(10094)
43
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average size has been of awards made to residents of each of the nations of the UK from the Dance and Drama Awards scholarships funded by the Learning and Skills Council over the last five years.
(10095)
44
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what level of consultation will be undertaken by the National Literacy Strategy review panel; and with which organisations and groups.
(10019)
45
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the terms of reference are for the review of the National Literacy Strategy.
(10020)
46
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria are being used to select the members of the National Literacy Strategy review panel.
(10021)
47
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what meetings (a) she and (b) officials from her Department have held with companies providing or seeking to provide fingerprint-scanning systems in schools.
(10070)
48
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of work related learning at Key Stage 4 takes place (a) in the classroom and (b) in work placements.
(10038)
49
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made in integrating enterprise elements into GCSE courses on (a) mathematics, (b) science, (c) English, (d) information technology and (e) design and technology.
(10039)
50
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made towards the target to increase the ratio of research and development across the economy to 2.5 per cent. of national gross domestic product by 2014; and if she will make a statement.
(10040)
51
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the (a) funding and (b) availability of the proposed business schools courses for 12 to 18 year olds.
(10041)
52
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 14 to 16 year olds undertook work experience in (a) the public sector, (b) a small or medium sized enterprise, (c) a large enterprise and (d) a trade union in each year between 2000 and 2004.
(10042)
53
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many higher education institutions in England have informed the Office for Fair Access of the possibility that on clearing they may (a) make adjustments to their fees below the levels set out in their access agreements and (b) offer bursaries or other financial support in excess of that set out in their access agreements; and if she will make a statement.
(10044)
54
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what resources she has set aside for the Access to Learning Fund for each year between 2005 and 2008.
(10045)
55
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans there are for the Office for Fair Access to audit a sample of access agreements provided by higher education institutions; and how many institutions will be included in the sample.
(10046)
56
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what disciplinary options are available to the Office for Fair Access in respect of upheld complaints from the public that levels of support committed to in access agreements are not being delivered.
(10047)
57
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the funding will be for Aim Higher in 2006-07.
(10048)
58
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) average and (b) maximum amount of support available for (i) full-time and (ii) part-time students in academic years (A) was in 2003-04 and (B) is in 2004-05.
(10049)
59
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students were assessed to make (a) no contribution towards their fees, (b) a partial contribution towards their fees and (c) a full contribution towards their fees in each academic year between 1999-2000 and 2004-05.
(10050)
60
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) overall and (b) per school funding allocation for enterprise education for each year between 2005 and 2008 is.
(10051)
61
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the projected (a) number and (b) proportion of secondary schools offering enterprise education (i) in 2004-05 and (ii) over the next three years is.
(10052)
62
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 23rd June, Official Report, column 1169W, on further and higher education, what the estimated cost of grants for full-time students with dependants domiciled in England and Wales at UK institutions was for each academic year between 1999-2000 and 2003-04.
(10053)
63
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the proportion of graduates in jobs for which a degree was not an advertised requirement one year after completion of their studies for each year between 1994 and 2004.
(10068)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
64
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, following the release by NIREX on 10th June of the list drawn up by its consultants of 537 sites across the country deemed potentially geologically suitable to locate a nuclear waste disposal repository, if she will make it her policy to postpone for three months the deadline of 27th June set by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management prior to the release of the list, for responses to its current second stage public consultation on radioactive waste management options.
(9450)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
65
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the social and political situation in Afghanistan.
(9313)
66
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the outstanding areas of concern relating to Bulgaria's accession to the European Union.
(9764)
67
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures the Government is taking to ensure the full implementation of the (a) Nuclear Non- proliferation Treaty and (b) Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions.
(10104)
68
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on (a) direct UK and (b) European Commission involvement in the ratification process of the EU Constitution by individual member states by means of (i) official visits and (ii) funding for information projects; and if he will make a statement.
(10084)
69
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the requirement under Article III-305 of the EU Constitution for the United Kingdom to present a common EU position at NATO meetings where such a position has been reached; and by what mechanism the EU Foreign Minister would be permitted to address the meeting on his request.
(10096)
70
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the requirement under Article III-305 of the EU Constitution for the United Kingdom to present a common EU position at Commonwealth meetings where such a position has been reached; and by what mechanism the EU Foreign Minister would be permitted to address the meeting on his request.
(10098)
71
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those EU countries that have indicated a willingness to continue ratifying the EU constitution; and whether ratification would be made by (a) parliament and (b) after a plebiscite in each case.
(10099)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
72
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of recruiting agencies used by the NHS were signed up to the Department's Code of Practice on ethical recruitment in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(9823)
73
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure that the NHS abides by its Code of Practice on ethical recruitment.
(9824)
74
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure that the NHS does not recruit from the private sector healthcare workers who have migrated to the UK from countries which would be excluded under her Department's Code of Practice on ethical recruitment had they been recruited directly into the NHS.
(9825)
75
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure that the NHS does not contract out services to private sector organisations which have not signed up to the Department's Code of Practice on ethical recruitment.
(9826)
76
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th June to Question 7012, what the latest available information in her Department is on NHS Trust deficits in (a) 2004-05 and (b) the current financial year.
(10011)
77
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Bradford Acute Trust was in deficit before it became a Foundation Trust.
(10012)
78
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting time to see a physiotherapist was in each NHS trust area in each of the last 10 years.
(10097)
79
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what monitoring her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake of the prescription of (i) olanzapine, (ii) risperidone and (iii) other anti-psychotics for people with dementia.
(10075)
80
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines have been provided to NHS dentists regarding the cost of dentures.
(10076)
81
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the cost to the Department of the Social Care Institute for Excellence in each year since its inception; and what assessment she has made of its effectiveness.
(10077)
82
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) incidents of hospital acquired infection (HAI) and (b) deaths due to HAI there have been in the National Health Service in each year since 1996.
(8713)
83
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by how much the scanning services provided by Alliance Medical have reduced the average waiting time for scans in the County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority area.
(9759)
84
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for a scan in County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority area was in the last period for which figures are available.
(9760)
85
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of Sacriston have had scans carried out by Alliance Medical.
(9761)
86
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what issues were discussed at the last meeting between Chester-le-Street and Durham Primary Care Trust and her Department.
(9762)
87
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what issues were raised by County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority during their meeting with her Department in early June.
(9763)
88
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost was of the purchase and refurbishment of Park Hill, Egginton, Derbyshire by the local health authority.
(8714)
89
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the national reporting system for physical assaults on NHS staff was established; and on what date she first expects data collected under the scheme to be published.
(10022)
90
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to improve the education and training opportunities for nurses who are independently prescribing drugs.
(10023)
91
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost of each response to an emergency call by (a) an emergency care practitioner and (b) a fully-equipped ambulance has been in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(10024)
92
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many fully-equipped ambulances have been operated by NHS Ambulance Trusts in England in each year since 1997; and if she will estimate the size of the fleet in 2010.
(10025)
93
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many infection control teams have dedicated budgets.
(10026)
94
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what systems are in place to monitor compliance with Health Technical Memoranda (HTM), with particular reference to HTM 2022 on medical gas pipeline systems; and whether she expects these monitoring systems to change with the abolition of NHS Estates, as envisaged in the Department's review of arm's length bodies.
(10027)
95
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners there were in each strategic health authority area per (a) 100,000 weighted population and (b) 100,000 unweighted population in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(10028)
96
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she has collated on how many general practitioners plan to retire in each year until 2010.
(10029)
97
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets for reduction will be attached to the hospital acquired infections, other than methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, which are monitored under the mandatory surveillance schemes for NHS trusts.
(10030)
98
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many members sit on NHS research ethics committees; and whether she plans to introduce payment for their services.
(10031)
99
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will publish a national infection control manual.
(10032)
100
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of available beds required in total in the NHS in England to achieve a national average bed occupancy rate of 82 per cent.
(10033)
101
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls to NHS Direct have resulted in an emergency response in each year since 1999; and what proportion of the total number of calls this represents in each year.
(10034)
102
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will estimate the cost to the NHS of inappropriate 999 calls in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(10035)
103
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date (a) ministers and (b) officials first received the completed review of ambulance services undertaken by Mr Peter Bradley.
(10036)
104
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons NHS Estates was not dissolved on 1st April, as envisaged in the Department's Implementation Framework for Reconfiguring the DH Arm's Length Bodies; and what further slippage is expected in implementing the results of the review.
(10037)
105
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the NHS research ethics committees which are operational; and in what areas they operate.
(10054)
106
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received about the development of photodynamic therapy for the treatment of cancer in the NHS; when and from whom each was received; and if she will make a statement.
(9951)
107
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the NHS as a treatment for cancer; what plans she has to fund further research into the use of PDT; and if she will make a statement.
(9952)
108
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS in England in a year of treating (a) prostate, (b) mouth and (c) facial skin cancer.
(9953)
109
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new diagnoses of (a) syphilis, (b) gonorrhoea, (c) chlamydia, (d) herpes and (e) genital warts were recorded by the Health and Protection Agency in 2004 for (i) England and (ii) England and Wales.
(10080)
110
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers of 14th June, Official Report, columns 141-156, on dentistry, how many NHS dentists were in place in each of the primary care trusts covering (a) the Isle of Wight, (b) Milton Keynes, (c) South West Devon, (d) Torbay, (e) Plymouth Devonport, (f) Teignbridge, (g) Romsey, (h) North West Hampshire, (i) Broxbourne and (j) Hitchin and Harpenden constituency (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the most recent date for which information is available; and what proportion of the resident (A) under 18 and (B) over 18 years population was known to be registered with an NHS dentist (1) in 1997 and (2) at the most recent date for which information is available in each case.
(9955)
111
N
Sir George Young (North West Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the (a) NHS trusts and (b) primary care trusts to whom she has recently written about their financial performance.
(9690)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
112
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June, Official Report, column 766W, on the National Firearms Register, when he expects the National Firearms Licensing Management System to be successfully signed off and available for forces to take up.
(8812)
113
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the Chelmsford Local Authority area in the last two years for which figures are available.
(9415)
114
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the differences are between a British citizen and a British subject; and if he will make a statement.
(8965)
115
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what travel regulations apply to British subjects married to British citizens.
(8966)
116
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of British nationals have the right of abode in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(8967)
117
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the target is for criminal prosecutions in the year 2005-06.
(9623)
118
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal cases were prosecuted in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.
(9624)
119
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department will make available to migrants under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme who wish to apply for more permanent visa status.
(9451)
120
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department will take to encourage those taking part in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme to remain in Scotland following the expiration of the initial two-year visa.
(9452)
121
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will extend the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme to include students at universities overseas taking courses conducted in partnership with Scottish universities.
(9453)
122
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated total cost of HM Passport Service's Authentication by Interview scheme is; and what assessment he has made of the annual changes arising from its implementation (a) in cost terms and (b) in terms of the number of fraudulent applications prevented.
(10071)
123
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether, following the implementation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation biometric standards, immigration staff at ports and airports will be able to access other countries' biometric passport databases in order to verify the validity of documents presented by passengers.
(10072)
124
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visits were made to employers by Immigation Service officers in 2004-05.
(10073)
125
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the unit cost of a passport in each of the next 10 years if the Identity Cards Bill is not passed by Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(10074)
126
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 28th June, Official Report, column 1458W, on identity fraud/theft, what definition (a) he and (b) the Association for Payment Clearing Services uses of identity theft.
(10090)
127
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of how many illegal immigrants live in the UK; and what research he has commissioned into the routes of illegal migration into the UK.
(10102)
128
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Government has made of how many immigrants are in the UK having overstayed their visas.
(10103)
129
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who has responsibility for the issuing of licences for civilian target shooting ranges.
(10086)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
130
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what evidence the Health and Safety Executive provided to the Administration Committee of the risk of communicating (a) HIV and (b) hepatitis through the use of communal hairbrushes and combs.
(9814)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
131
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact on the health systems of developing countries of healthcare professionals migrating to the United Kingdom.
(9822)
132
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries in Africa are assessed as having good governance.
(9630)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
133
N
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the members of the Parades Commission have been in each year since its formation; how much remuneration each received in each year; how much was claimed by each member for expenses in each year; and how much was spent on travel for members in each year.
(9745)
134
N
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings of the Parades Commission there have been in each year since its formation; how many meetings each member of the Commission attended in each year; and whether that attendance was for (a) the whole and (b) part of the meeting.
(9746)
135
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether Phoenix Natural Gas (PNG) Limited and its parent company East Surrey Holdings have confirmed to the Government in advance of their proposed takeover by Terra Firma that PNG will continue to comply with the regulatory agreement it reached with the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation in August 2004.
(9454)
Questions to the Prime Minister
136
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Beaconsfield of (a) 14th June and (b) 15th June.
(9827)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
137
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment he has made of whether the ultimate end destination of arms exported from the UK meets the provisions of the Export Control Act 2002.
(9950)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
138
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average noise level above the Twickenham area for London Heathrow take-offs and landings (a) excluding and (b) including Concorde has been in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(10082)
139
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many nights there were disruptions or delays sufficient to cause an increase in flights above the scheduled number taking off between 23.30 and 06.00 from London Heathrow in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(10087)
140
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what caused the disruption that led to an increase in flights leaving London Heathrow between 23.30 and 06.00 on the night of (a) Wednesday 29th June and (b) Sunday 19th June; and if he will make a statement.
(10088)
141
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he intends to lay regulations under section 6 (Civil Enforcement of Traffic Contraventions) of the Traffic Management Act 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(10014)
142
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the computerisation of the MOT vehicle test on (a) his Department, (b) MOT testing stations and (c) vehicle owners.
(8716)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
143
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to amend the electoral system for the Welsh Assembly to party list candidates also running for constituency seats.
(9813)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
144
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate has been made of the effect on projected expenditure for the basic state pay as you go pension if all those currently contracted out from the state scheme were to return for the next (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30, (d) 40 and (e) 50 years.
(9947)
145
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the projected numbers of people on incapacity benefit are for (a) 2010-11, (b) 2020-21, (c) 2030-31, (d) 2040-41 and (e) 2050-51, broken down by rate of benefit.
(9949)
146
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living abroad are receiving incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement.
(9691)
147
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list medical examination centres in the UK.
(10078)
148
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what level and type of medical qualification is required for a professional employed to conduct benefit claimants' medical examiniations at a medical examination centre.
(10079)
149
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency received a state pension in 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(10059)
150
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much employers spent in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland on statutory maternity pay in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003, (iii) 2004 and (iv) 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(10060)
151
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in Scotland received maternity payments in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(10062)
152
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency are in receipt of the pension credit; how much they receive on average; and if he will make a statement.
(10063)
153
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency are in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(10064)
154
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the financial effects on the first family when the non-resident parent has a child born to his new partner under child maintenance arrangements; what effects this has on child maintenance payments; and if he will make a statement.
(10065)
155
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding has been allocated to the child maintenance scheme for 2005 in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(10066)
156
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families received child maintenance payments in the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(10067)
157
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he plans to take with the senior management of the Child Support Agency over the handling of the case of Simone Hampshire, a constituent of the honourable Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey.
(9818)
158
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to reform the Child Support Agency; and if he will make a statement
(9819)
159
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons a reply has not been sent from the Child Support Agency to Simone Hampshire, a constituent of the honourable Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, due on 8th June.
(9820)
160
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what compensation he plans to offer to Simone Hampshire, a constituent of the honourable Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, for losing her Child Support Agency case notes.
(9821)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
161
N
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the incidence of (a) brain tumours, (b) other cancers, (c) Parkinson's disease and (d) other diseases of the nervous system per 1,000 of the population was in (i) England and (ii) the ST3 postcode area in the last period for which figures are avaialble.
[Transferred] (9954)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
162
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are appealing against refusals.
[Transferred] (10101)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
163
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to help prevent discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (10061)

 
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