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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 7 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 Thursday 7 July 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 7 July 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 7 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 Thursday 7 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 7 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, if he will list the public bills for which his Department is responsible which were reprinted during each of the last three sessions; what the reason was for reprinting each bill; and what the cost was.
(10880)
2
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the life expectancy rates for each year between (a) 1980 to 1985, (b) 1990 to 1995 and (c) 1999 to 2004 were for (i) males and (ii) females for (A) Scotland, (B) England, (C) Wales, (D) Northern Ireland and (E) the UK.
(10881)
3
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce the tax on unleaded petrol.
(10886)
4
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research he is (a)conducting and (b) planning to conduct into the effects of higher fuel prices on domestic food prices.
(10887)
5
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research he is (a) conducting and (b) planning to conduct into the effects of higher fuel prices on air travel.
(10888)
6
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the public acts for which his Department is responsible which were reprinted during each of the last three years; what the reason was for reprinting each Act; and what the cost was.
(10943)
7
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the rate of overall illegitimate births as a percentage of all births in each of the past 20 years.
(10973)
8
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of 16 to 19 year olds are single mothers in each county in England and Wales.
(11047)
9
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to review taxes on pension funds in the UK.
(10872)
10
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received from British businesses regarding taxes on pension funds since 1997.
(10873)
11
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library correspondence between (a) his Department and (b) the Office of Government Commerce and the European Commission in relation to implementing Article 45 of EU Public Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC.
(10705)
12
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-assessing taxpayers were selected for random audits in the 2004-05 financial year; how many such audits were carried out; what the cost was; and what their yield was in terms of (a) unpaid tax and (b) penalties received by HM Revenue and Customs.
(10921)
13
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the incidence of testicular cancer per 1,000 men has been in (a) England, (b) the County of Bedfordshire and (c) Mid-Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency in each year since 1990.
(10907)
14
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the levels of long-term (a) adult and (b) youth unemployment were in (i) the county of Bedfordshire and (ii) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in each year since 1997.
(11009)
15
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised from personal taxation in the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in the last financial year for which figures are available.
(11010)
16
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many primary school-aged children there are expected to be in (a) Bedfordshire Local Education Authority and (b) the consituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in each of the next five academic years.
(11011)
17
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many pensioners lived in the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in the last year for which figures are available.
(11012)
18
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were in employment in the Mid-Bedfordshire constituency in April of each year since 2000.
(11013)
19
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average earnings of a full-time employee in the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire were in April in each year since 2000.
(11014)
20
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, of how many deaths in (a) the county of Bedfordshire and (b) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire alcohol was the primary cause in each year since 2000.
(11015)
21
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the incidence of breast cancer per 1,000 women has been in (a) England, (b) the County of Bedfordshire and (c) Mid-Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency in each year since 1990.
(11104)
22
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has instructed HM Revenue and Customs to suspend efforts to reclaim overpayment of tax credits until the families involved have been able to make representations to Inland Revenue officials.
(10215)
23
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if HM Revenue and Customs will permit a right of appeal to an independent tribunal to persons from whom the recovery of overpayment of tax credits is sought.
(10216)
24
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes have taken place in the level of imports into the UK of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) cannabis in each year since 1998.
(10852)
25
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average gross weekly wage of full-time workers in (a) Hammersmith and Fulham, (b) Greater London and (c) the United Kingdom was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(10901)
26
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from charitable organisations which zero-rate the VAT on new build projects and have an unfunded future liability for the repayment of the VAT should the use of the new building be changed at a later date.
(10222)
27
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the impact on (a) the harmonised index of consumer prices and (b) the rate of increase of the harmonised index of consumer prices of a sustained $10 rise in the world price of a barrel of crude oil after (i) one year and (ii) two years.
(11030)
28
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average (a) dollar and (b) sterling price for a barrel of crude oil extracted in the United Kingdom was in each of the last 10 years; and how much revenue accrued to the Exchequer from oil production in each year.
(11034)
29
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the direct revenue effect of a sustained $10 rise in the world price of a barrel of crude oil on the revenue accruing to the Exchequer in the (a) first and (b) second financial years following the rise.
(11035)
30
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of his staff have been (a) dismissed and (b) moved to other jobs as a result of their responsibility for the problems surrounding the implementation of tax credits; and if he will make a statement.
(11036)
31
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what ways the income tax treatment of ministers differs from the tax treatment of individuals receiving comparative pay and emoluments in the private sector, with particular reference to (a) residences and (b) cars.
(11038)
32
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value was of the imputed rent for tax purposes on official residences provided to Government ministers in each of the last 10 years.
(11039)
33
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether ministers who have residences provided by the Crown are taxed on the value of those residences on the basis of benefits in kind.
(11040)
34
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the potential mobility of corporations on the yield of corporation taxes to the Exchequer.
(11041)
35
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Customs investigation into large Hiatt handcuffs is expected to be concluded.
(10857)
36
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which of his Department's IT projects are categorised as red light; and if he will make a statement.
(10780)
37
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) costs and (b) effects of returning to a fixed system of tax credit awards; and if he will make a statement.
(10781)
38
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the numbers of buy to let properties which will be eligible to put into self-invested personal pensions from April 2006.
(11153)
39
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the tax foregone as a result of the ability to put buy and let properties into self-invested personal pensions from April 2006.
(11164)
40
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the population of (a) Oswestry Borough and (b) North Shropshire District has been in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(10929)
41
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the age structure of the population of (a) Oswestry Borough and (b) North Shropshire District has been in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(10930)
42
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of trends in the numbers of fee-charging ATMs; and if he will make a statement.
(10824)
43
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of whether the LINK interchange fee is sufficient to cover ATM transactions.
(10825)
44
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the ability of people in rural areas to gain access to cash without incurring charges.
(10826)
45
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to (a) cap charges made by ATM machines at £1.50 and (b) ensure that all non-financial ATM transactions remain free.
(10827)
46
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Treasury plans to assess the effectiveness of LINK rules introduced on 1st July to improve signage on fee-charging ATMs.
(10828)
47
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely level of charges that would be incurred by consumers in a year if charges were to be introduced for withdrawing cash from all ATMs.
(10829)
48
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the ability of elderly people to gain access to cash without incurring charges.
(10830)
49
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions Her Majesty's Treasury has had with LINK regarding consumer representation on its board.
(10831)
50
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to track and publish trends in the growth of fee-charging transactions at ATMs; and if he will make a statement.
(10832)
51
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many young people are not in employment, education or training, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) local authority (i) in total and (ii) as a percentage of each age group, in descending order grouped by region for the last year in which figures are available.
(10384)
52
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide additional tax and financial incentives to (a) promote the development of carbon capture and abatement technologies and (b) support the development and construction of carbon capture and abatement plants.
(10301)
53
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department is providing to parents to explain the effect of claiming tax-free childcare vouchers on (a) child tax credit and (b) superannuation contributions.
(10790)
54
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the effect of take-up of tax-free childcare vouchers by employees will be on occupational pension contributions for (a) men and (b) women.
(10791)
55
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the implications of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs flexible service delivery programme for employment levels within the Department.
(10340)
56
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account is being taken of rurality issues within Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs flexible service delivery programme.
(10341)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
57
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to regulate the advertising of claim management companies.
[R] (10210)
58
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps assessment she has made of the effects of raising the financial limit for the small claims track.
[R] (10211)
59
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she has taken to review the use of insurance in relation to legal claims.
[R] (10377)
60
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what measures she intends to introduce to tackle the compensation culture.
[R] (10378)
61
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what percentage of the voting electorate voted by (a) post and (b) proxy in the last general election, broken down by constituency.
(10718)
62
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will bring forward proposals (a) to simplify and (b) to speed up the enforcement proceedings associated with breaches in anti-social behaviour orders.
(9752)
63
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what research the Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on compulsory voting; and if she will make a statement.
(10754)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
64
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that East Sussex receives 100 per cent. coverage of BBC Freeview; and if she will make a statement on BBC Freeview targets for the county.
(10871)
65
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many households in the Mid-Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency are in receipt of the free television licence for over 75 year olds.
(10905)
66
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimates her Department has made of drop out rates for participation in sport amongst 16 and 17 year olds in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(10868)
67
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received from the Local Government Association on the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.
(11050)
68
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the examiners at the British Board of Film Classification; what the professional background of each is; and if she will make a statement.
(10386)
69
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what conditions she expects to be met before supporting measures to repeal the Osborne Estates Act 1902.
(10105)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
70
N
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will announce the outcome of the Defence Supply Chain Review.
(10293)
71
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the individuals, companies, organisations and Government bodies which attended the Defence Export Services Organisation Symposium held on 9th March.
(10675)
72
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) programme and (b) minutes of the Defence Export Services Organisation Symposium held on 9th March.
(10676)
73
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what commercial services the Defence Export Services Organisation provides to companies in relation to identifying potential agents in export markets.
(10677)
74
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people from Mid-Bedfordshire constituency have been recruited into the armed forces in each year since 1997.
(11093)
75
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to fit the Co-operative Engagement Capability to each Royal Navy ship; and if he will make a statement.
(10783)
76
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on progress on disposal of (a) HMS Grafton, (b) HMS Marlborough and (c) HMS Norfolk; and whether it is intended to sell each of the ships complete with their weapons systems.
(10796)
77
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Armed Forces' food budget was sourced from UK farmers (a) in 1997 and (b) in the last year for which figures are available.
(10719)
78
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many public performances military bands have given in each of the last three years; and which were free.
(11171)
79
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will reconsider the new name for the planned merger of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, King's Own Borders Regiment and King's Regiment.
(11172)
80
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many BAe systems staff work at RAF Manton servicing fast jets.
(11173)
81
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what equipment has been moved from Warton to RAF Manton to help service fast jets.
(11174)
82
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will arrange a Tuesday morning briefing by ministers and senior officials introducing the work of the Department to new honourable Members.
(11045)
83
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on the use of private companies to destroy sensitive departmental documents.
(10294)
84
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the length of service of each Royal Navy frigate (a) withdrawn from service in each year since 1997 and (b) scheduled for withdrawal from service from 2005 onwards.
(10295)
85
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on past arrangements for secure disposal of sensitive documents from Naval Support Command by IMTEC Data Services.
(10296)
86
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential risk to national security posed by the failure to destroy Naval Support Command documents recently discovered abandoned in an Essex garage.
(10297)
87
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department decided to take the risk referred to in paragraph 2.8 of the National Audit Office report on assessing and reporting military readiness to reduce resource allocations to maritime forces for the first two years of the 2004-05 to 2007-08 planning period; and which Ministers took that decision.
(9693)
88
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the decision to reduce resource allocations to maritime forces has not previously been reported to Parliament.
(9694)
89
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels which have been given the reduced support status referred to in paragraph 2.9 of the National Audit Office report on military readiness.
(9695)
90
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels which are not at full operational readiness in consequence of the STOROB process of cannibalisation.
(9696)
91
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the current whereabouts of the three Royal Naval patrol boats seized by Iran in June 2004; what representations he has made to the government of Iran since their seizure; and what his assessment is of the date of their likely return to the UK.
(9765)
92
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the contract with Akers Krutbruk Protection AB for defensive aid suites; and what the purpose is of defensive aid suites.
(10927)
93
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many companies (a) expressed an interest in bidding for and (b) bid for provision of electric armour for the Future Rapid Effects System project; and if he will make a statement.
(10928)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
94
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will take steps to raise professional standards amongst oil fired heating installers by means of the Oil Firing Technical Association Scheme.
(10374)
95
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Oil Firing Technical Association Scheme was last reviewed; and when the next review is scheduled to take place.
(10375)
96
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many housing association tenants in (a) the county of Bedfordshire and (b) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire are eligible for (i) the right-to-buy, (ii) the preserved right-to-buy, (iii) the right-to-acquire and (iv) voluntary purchase grants.
(11016)
97
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many houses his Department has planned should be built in (a) the county of Bedfordshire, (b) South Bedfordshire District, (c) Mid-Bedfordshire District, (d) the Borough of Bedford and (e) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire.
(11017)
98
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions his Office has had with the Environment Agency on flood risk assessments of the Kettering area as part of his Office's Milton Keynes and South Midlands growth proposals.
(10717)
99
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will (a) provide financial support and (b) make land owned by his Department available for social housing in Chorley.
(10785)
100
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people died in house fires in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.
(11139)
101
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many times the fire brigade was called out to house fires in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years.
(11140)
102
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will use English Partnership land for low cost and social housing in Chorley.
(11141)
103
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what independent assessment has been made of plans for a regional emergency fire control centre in the North West.
(11186)
104
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what projects English Partnerships have funded in Chorley since 1997.
(11187)
105
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his policy is on development building on floodplains; and if he will make a statement.
(11048)
106
N
Mr Michael Mates (East Hampshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of planning procedures for mobile phone masts.
(9697)
107
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the registered social landlords which have been the subject of mergers or take-overs since 1998; and how many homes belong to each.
(11156)
108
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the registered social landlords which have broken (a) a rent guarantee made to tenants and (b) Housing Corporation rent guidelines since 1998; and how many homes were affected in each case.
(11157)
109
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the local authorities whose council homes were transferred to a registered social landlord and which have since been the subject of a further change in landlords; what the name of the (a) initial and (b) subsequent registered social landlords was in each case; and how many homes were affected in each case.
(11158)
110
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which local authorities with arms-length management organisations have failed to achieve two-stars in their performance inspection; and how much money allocated to achieve the Decent Homes Standard is being withheld in each case.
(11159)
111
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people were registered on council housing waiting lists in each local authority (a) in 1997 and (b) on the last date for which figures are available.
(11160)
112
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many families were housed in temporary accommodation by each local authority (a) in 1997 and (b) on the last date for which figures are available.
(11161)
113
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the registered social landlords which have been put under supervision by the Housing Corporation; how many homes each is responsible for; and what the duration of the supervision period is in each case.
(11162)
114
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how he proposes to allow tenants of housing associations to buy a share in the property; and whether this right will be extended to tenants of private landlords.
(11165)
115
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new houses have been built in Ellesmere in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(10931)
116
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new housing developments have been approved in North Shropshire in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(10932)
117
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the projected growth of the population in (a) Oswestry Borough and (b) North Shropshire District is for the next 10 years.
(10933)
118
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if his Department will place in the Vote Office copies of the document published in June entitled High Hedges Complaints: Prevention and Cure, ISBN 1-851127-87-9.
(10680)
119
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many key workers in West Sussex he expects to benefit from the (a) Social Home Buy and (b) New Build Home programmes.
(10217)
120
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many first-time buyers in West Sussex he expects to benefit from the First Time Buyers Initiative.
(10218)
121
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people in West Sussex he expects to benefit from the Key Worker Living Scheme.
(10219)
122
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much public sector land the Government has released for housing in West Sussex in the last five years; and how much further such land he plans to release.
(10220)
123
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what definition he uses of the term affordable housing.
(10221)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
124
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were placed for adoption in each year since 1983, broken down by age; how many of these children were placed for adoption while in local authority care; and how many were placed without parental consent.
(10974)
125
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget is in 2005-06 for the Dance and Drama Fees and Maintenance Fund.
(10720)
126
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 Fees and Maintenance Fund in each of the last five years.
(10721)
127
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Dance and Drama Fees and Maintenance Fund awards have been made in the last five years to residents of each of the nations of the UK.
(10722)
128
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the position of educational psychologists will be under the proposed qualifications framework within the new children's workforce.
(10332)
129
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the proposed review of the functions and contribution of educational psychologists on the numbers planning to train as educational psychologists in the 2006-07 academic year.
(10333)
130
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice the Department provides on (a) funding and (b) training routes for prospective applicants for educational psychologists training.
(10334)
131
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects the proposed review of the functions and contribution of educational psychologists to be completed.
(10335)
132
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what sources of funding are available to people seeking to train as educational psychologists; and what training opportunities are open to such people.
(10345)
133
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many maintained grammar school sixth form pupils were entered for (a) general and vocational A-levels, (b) AS levels and (c) key skills at Level 3 in 2004.
(10767)
134
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of (a) secondary school students and (b) secondary modern school students aged 15 years at the start of the school year obtained the equivalent of Level 2 (5 or more grade A*-C GCSEs) in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004.
(10768)
135
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of educational maintenance allowances has been in each year since their introduction.
(10769)
136
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of modern apprenticeships and their successor schemes have been in each year since their introduction.
(10770)
137
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of 11 year-olds failed to reach level 2 at KS2 in reading, writing and mathematics in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(10771)
138
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her Department has held discussions with the London Borough of Greenwich on its participation in the recent Channel Four series on school meals and ongoing school meals initiatives.
(10772)
139
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance her Department gives to local education authorities on the tendering of private finance initiative contracts under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and if she will place this guidance in the Library.
(10773)
140
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the truancy level has been in the Bedfordshire Local Education Authority for each year since 1997.
(11003)
141
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has for improvements to secondary education in Mid-Bedfordshire.
(11088)
142
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school children in Worcestershire (a) receive free school meals and (b) are eligible for free school meals, broken down by district.
(11176)
143
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria were used for distributing funds to adult education colleges in 2004-05.
(10707)
144
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she plans to change the (a) criteria and (b) method for allocating funding for adult education colleges in the next academic year.
(10708)
145
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reasons funding for adult education colleges has been allocated for only one year.
(10709)
146
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria are used for appraising adult education colleges.
(10710)
147
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what factors affected the timing of the announcement of decisions on allocations of funding for adult education colleges.
(10862)
148
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects decisions on allocations of funding for adult education colleges for 2006-07 to be made.
(10863)
149
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will provide guidance to schools on the method of allocation of the extra funding for school meals announced by the Government in March in time for schools to make adequate plans for the school year beginning in September.
(11131)
150
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the extra funding for school meals of £240 million over three years will be directly available to schools to improve the food quality of school meals.
(11132)
151
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school children receive free school milk in (a) England and (b) Lancashire.
(11078)
152
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many litres of milk are provided free each day in (a) English and (b) Lancashire schools.
(11079)
153
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will arrange a Tuesday morning briefing by Ministers and senior officials introducing the work of the Department to new honourable Members.
(11029)
154
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to reply to the letter to her dated 1st June from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to R.M. Cawley
(10686)
155
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with (a) the Association of Colleges, (b) unions representing staff in the further education sector and (c) other concerned bodies about Learning and Skills Council funding allocations for adult education for 2005-06.
(10739)
156
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the sector skills councils about Learning and Skills Council funding allocations for adult education for 2005-06.
(10740)
157
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the Learning and Skills Council funding allocations for adult education for 2005-06 on future enrolments by over-25s in level 3 and level 4 courses.
(10741)
158
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the adult education allocations for each Learning and Skills Council for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2003-04.
(10742)
159
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the level of participation was in adult education in each Learning and Skills Council area in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2003-04.
(10743)
160
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate her Department has made of participation in adult education in each Learning and Skills Council area for 2005-06.
(10744)
161
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of value added measures of school performance in reflecting the work of schools with high levels of pupil mobility.
(10745)
162
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment her Department has made of the costs to schools of high levels of pupil mobility.
(10746)
163
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information her Department collects about pupil mobility at individual school level.
(10747)
164
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the merits of targeting funding to schools or local education authorities with high levels of pupil mobility.
(10748)
165
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what pupil mobility rates were in each education authority in England in the last period for which figures are available.
(10749)
166
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received from (a) teachers' bodies, (b) local education authorities and (c) individual teachers on the effect of high levels of pupil mobility on teachers.
(10750)
167
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of high levels of pupil mobility on other children within affected schools.
(10751)
168
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her estimate is of the number of private sector companies that will be granted degree awarding status as a result of recent legislation introduced by her Department in each of the next five years.
(11095)
169
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received from teacher training institutions in respect of the likely effect of charging the full £3,000 tuition fees on student take-up of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
(11096)
170
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) modern foreign languages undergraduate students there were in each year between 1994 and 2004; and what proportion of these students were from (i) the UK, (ii) the EU and (iii) other overseas nations in each year.
(11097)
171
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made on the link between the UK skills base and productivity growth and if she will make a statement.
(11098)
172
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many UK-domiciled higher education qualifiers at (a) first degree and (b) postgraduate degree level there were in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(11099)
173
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects the report commissioned by her Department to assess the feasibility of disaggregating the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate by ethnicity, disability, social class and region to be published; and if she will make a statement.
(11100)
174
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, under what circumstances students whose domicile is (a) non-UK and (b) unknown are included in the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate; and how many students there were in each category in each year between 1999-2000 and 2003-04.
(11101)
175
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students from (a) China and (b) India took courses in (i) science and (ii) engineering at higher education institutions in England at (A) undergraduate and (B) postgraduate level in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(11103)
176
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 29th June, Official Report, columns 1634-5W, on teacher recruitment, what proportion of the people recruited to teach (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) modern foreign languages were from (i) the UK, (ii) the EU and (iii) other overseas nations in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(11110)
177
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 29th June, Official Report, columns 1634-5W, on teacher recruitment, what proportion of teachers were recruited to teach (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) modern foreign languages on a (i) part-time and (ii) full-time basis in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(11111)
178
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to increase the level of funding for (a) 19 years plus students and (b) students with disabilities in East Hertfordshire.
(10924)
179
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the change in numbers of places for (a) construction, (b) engineering and (c) catering courses offered by Hertford Regional College in 2005-06.
(10925)
180
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the skills shortage in (a) the East of England and (b) Hertford and Stortford constituency.
(10926)
181
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what consultative arrangements are required to be in place when a new 16 to 19 academy is planned.
(10212)
182
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding (a) her Department and (b) the Learning and Skills Council have allocated to the feasibility study into plans for a 16 to 19 academy based on Brunel University's Uxbridge Campus.
(10213)
183
N
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, who has been consulted by (a) her Department and (b) the Learning and Skills Council on plans for a 16 to 19 Academy based on Brunel University's Uxbridge Campus.
(10214)
184
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school closures have been determined by the schools adjudicator in each of the last five years for which full annual figures are available.
(10716)
185
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many state boarding schools there are in England; and where they are located.
(10668)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
186
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the level of protection to the environment against oil leakage and loss of content provided by regulations relating to oil powered transformers.
(10376)
187
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the Rural Pathfinders in England; on what date each was established; and what outcomes they have achieved since inception.
(10385)
188
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the terms of reference of the Rural Pathfinder for the Peak District are; which other agencies are involved in its work; and if she will make a statement.
(10416)
189
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) aluminium and (e) steel waste was collected in London in 2004, broken down by borough; and how much of each material was recycled in 2004, broken down by borough.
(10787)
190
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) aluminium and (e) steel waste collected in London in 2004 was (i) reprocessed within London, (ii) reprocessed in the UK but outside London and (iii) exported for reprocessing; and to which countries such material was exported.
(10788)
191
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of the UK's subscription to the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin in the last year of membership; for what reasons her Department took the decision to withdraw from the organisation; what assessment she has made of the effects on the UK wine trade and wine producers of withdrawal; what opportunities the UK will have to influence policy at a technical level within the international wine trade after withdrawal; and if she will make a statement.
(10683)
192
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the percentage tree cover in England was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available, (b) 10 years ago and (c) 20 years ago.
(11175)
193
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the future of the livestock industry, with specific reference to the cattle disease compensation tables.
(10792)
194
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's latest assessment is of the economic future of tenant farming in England.
(9692)
195
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many recycling points there are in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley.
(10990)
196
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what quantity of chickens have been imported into the UK in each of the last five years; and from which countries they have been imported.
(10991)
197
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which countries do not import British (a) beef, (b) lamb, (c) milk and (d) pork; and what steps she is taking to encourage these countries to import these products.
(11137)
198
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether farmers will receive their single payment scheme payments in February 2006; whether compensation will be paid to those who receive their payments after the due time; and if she will make advance payments to farmers in the event of foreseen delays.
(11138)
199
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the use of the red tractor logo and food products carrying the logo.
(11154)
200
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the level of risk of cereal disease due to high temperatures and low rainfall; and if she will make a statement.
(11155)
201
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will take steps to encourage the (a) reduction, (b) re-use and (c) recycling of plastic carrier bags.
(10853)
202
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the EU Commission proposals for sugar reform; and if she will make a statement.
(11049)
203
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what level of pollution is required to trigger the issue of an official smog warning; when such a warning was last issued; and what assessment she has made of the effect of this pollution on the atmosphere.
(11178)
204
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations are in place on the use of audible bird scarers by farmers.
(10617)
205
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on the use of audible bird scarers by farmers.
(10618)
206
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures the Government is taking to prevent the accumulation of fats, oil and grease in the sewerage system.
(11142)
207
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures the Government is taking to prevent the discharge of fats, oil and grease in to drains by supermarkets and catering establishments.
(11143)
208
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to require supermarkets and catering establishments to install grease retention equipment.
(11144)
209
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the cost to water companies of clearing accumulated fats, oil and grease.
(11145)
210
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions have taken place under the Water Act 2003 Section III (1) for the discharge of fats, oil and grease into the sewerage system.
(11146)
211
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mechanism is used to monitor compliance by EU member states with the (a) 2006, (b) 2009 and (c) 2016 biodegradable municipal waste diversion targets of Article 5 of the Landfill Directive; and what recent information she has received on the extent of compliance in each case.
(10678)
212
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the performance of (a) the Government, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) the waste management industry in raising awareness amongst producers of hazardous waste of the application of hazardous waste acceptance criteria from 16th July.
(10681)
213
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) Germany, (b) France, (c) the Netherlands, (d) Denmark, (e) Italy and (f) Belgium on their definitions of (i) biodegradable waste, (ii) municipal waste, (iii) commercial waste, (iv) hazardous waste, (v) industrial waste, (vi) recycling, (vii) recovery, (viii) composting and (ix) waste minimisation.
(10682)
214
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons are for designating cattle ear tags as either primary or secondary.
[R] (10703)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
215
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Sudan regarding (a) the use of torture in Sudan, (b) summary arrest without trial, (c) the treatment of minorities outside Darfur and (d) the treatment of opposition parties in Sudan.
(10895)
216
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) fairness and (b) effectiveness of the Sudanese judicial system.
(11063)
217
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) treatment of prisoners and (b) safety of political dissidents in Sudan.
(11064)
218
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the prospect for fair and humane treatment of political activists and dissidents in Khartoum.
(11065)
219
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to establish the welfare of the Uzbek and Kyrgyz citizens in Djalabad's refugee camps.
(10902)
220
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the UK Ambassador to Tashkent last met the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov.
(10903)
221
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the results were of the 15th May meeting between the UK Ambassador to Tashkent and the Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister, Nematov on political and economic reform; and what actions have resulted from this meeting.
(10904)
222
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th June, Official Report, column 1583W, on Uzbekistan, what response the Uzbek Government made to the General Affairs and External Relations Council's call on 13th June on the government of Uzbekistan to convene a parliamentary committee to investigate the unrest in that country; and what the policy of the UK Government is on the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement.
(10946)
223
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to Question 6623, what the Government's policy is on the use of Sir Donald Tsang's title.
(10784)
224
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 26th May from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr Mohammad Chaudhary.
(10690)
225
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 19th May from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr Mukhtar Ali.
(10691)
226
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to lease the churchyard of St Helena's chapel in Istanbul to a commercial organisation.
(10759)
227
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to restore St Helena's chapel which is part of the British Consulate in Istanbul.
(10760)
228
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of (a) Pakistan and (b) Bangladesh on the persecution of the Ahmadi Muslim community; and if he will make a statement.
(11163)
229
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has held with the Russian government regarding its military involvement in Chechnya.
(10704)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
230
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons her Department promotes the morning-after pill as a way to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancies.
(10859)
231
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to increase the birth rate in the UK.
(10860)
232
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of whether the partial-birth abortion procedure is practised in the UK.
(10861)
233
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is her policy to require (a) general practitioners and (b) nurses to sign a declaration that they have no conscientious objection to performing or assisting at an abortion; and if she will make a statement.
(10882)
234
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department issues to doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion regarding transfer of patients to other doctors.
(10884)
235
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to increase awareness of the symptoms of hepatitis C amongst (a) general practitioners and (b) other doctors.
(10885)
236
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the procedures for locum doctor registration.
(10892)
237
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when it became a requirement for a physician who intends to rely on section 4 of the Abortion Act 1967 to refer a patient to another physician who does not have a conscientious objection; and if she will make a statement.
(10893)
238
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will introduce legislation to amend section 4 of the Abortion Act 1967 to remove the duty on a physician with a conscientious objection to treatment under the Act from referring a patient to another physician who does not have such a conscientious objection; and if she will make a statement.
(10894)
239
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department issues to women expecting a baby on the definition of disability.
(10919)
240
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of women having an abortion in the latest year for which figures are available were married at the time of the abortion; what the statistical mode figures were for (a) the age of the woman, (b) the gestation of the pregnancy, (c) the number of previous children born to the woman and (d) the number of previous abortions undergone by the woman; and what the most common legal grounds were under which the abortion was performed.
(10937)
241
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Government has consulted on end of life decision-making since 1997.
(10938)
242
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions her Department has had with representatives of (a) patient groups and (b) professional organisations on the implementation of the waiting times targets for prostate cancer patients.
(10223)
243
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards she plans to put in place to ensure that the cancer waiting time targets allow prostate cancer patients time to reflect before deciding on an appropriate course of treatment.
(10224)
244
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken to inform (a) professionals, (b) hospitals trusts and (c) patient support groups of issues relating to the implementaton of waiting time targets for prostate cancer patients.
(10225)
245
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that prostate cancer patients are not directed towards a less effective form of treatment so as to meet waiting time targets.
(10226)
246
N
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department's guidance restricts the use of MMR vaccinations for 15 to 24 year olds; and what provision has been made for those in this age group who have not previously had a full course of MMR vaccine and are either (a) moving to an area of the country where relevant infections have occurred on a significant scale and (b) advised to be vaccinated before enrolling at university or working in residential accommodation.
(9449)
247
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many schools are participating in the National School Fruit scheme; how many deliveries are made per week to these schools; what percentage of fruit supplied to schools under the National School Fruit scheme is sourced from (a) suppliers within 25 miles of the school supplied, (b) UK suppliers and (c) overseas suppliers; and what percentage of fruit supplied to schools under the National School Fruit scheme is sourced according to seasonal variations in local and national availability.
(11105)
248
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had regarding the anticipated overspend of Bedford Hospital NHS Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(11004)
249
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent per capita from central government funds on health in the county of Bedfordshire in each year since 2000.
(11005)
250
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drug rehabilitation places are available for residents within the county of Bedfordshire.
(11006)
251
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of violence were recorded against NHS staff in Bedford Hospital NHS Trust in each year since 1997; and how many people were prosecuted in each year as a result.
(11007)
252
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for digital hearing aids was in (a) the County of Bedfordshire and (b) England in 2004-05.
(11018)
253
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered dentists were practising in the (a) County of Bedfordshire and (b) constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in each year since 1997.
(11019)
254
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time dentists there have been in the (a) County of Bedfordshire and (b) constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in each year since 1997.
(11020)
255
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adults and (b) children in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Primary Care Trust have been recorded as suffering from asthma in each year since 1997.
(11021)
256
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are employed by the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority; and in what roles.
(11026)
257
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist nurses there are in Bedfordshire who deal with (a) coronary heart disease and (b) arrhythmia in young people.
(11091)
258
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent NHS general practitioners have been employed in the Mid-Bedfordshire constituency in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(11092)
259
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds in the past three years have resulted from the use of (a) pharmaceutical drugs, (b) heroin, (c) cocaine, (d) cannabis, (e) alcohol, (f) nicotine, (g) khat and (h) magic mushrooms.
(10849)
260
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the respondents to the consultation on the proposed reclassification of simvastatin as an over-the-counter drug were in favour of the proposal.
(10850)
261
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to review the work of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
(10851)
262
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to Question reference 4622, how much extra funding is allocated to each primary care trust for (a) age related needs, (b) additional needs and (c) unavoidable difference in the cost of providing services.
(11147)
263
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to Question reference 4622, what data sources are used to determine the extra weighting given for unavoidable difference in the cost of providing services.
(11148)
264
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation sub-group on hepatitis B has made recommendations on universal vaccination for hepatitis B.
(10939)
265
Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) NHS trusts and (b) primary care trusts were consulted about the market testing of NHS Logistics; and if she will publish the responses.
(11170)
266
Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will introduce legislation to combat healthcare-associated infection; and if she will make a statement.
(10922)
267
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the (a) non-executive members and (b) chairman of Lancashire Ambulance Trust will be elected; and if she will take steps to ensure that the views of local honourable Members on the process are sought.
(10789)
268
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will arrange a Tuesday morning briefing by ministers and senior officials introducing the work of the Department to new honourable Members.
(11027)
269
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are being put in place to increase the provision of NHS dentistry in Peterborough constituency.
(10715)
270
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will give the basis for the target published in her article in The Guardian newspaper on Saturday 2nd July of 10 per cent. of routine elective surgery being carried out by independent sector treatment centres by 2008.
(10379)
271
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the issues discussed at the last meeting between Derwentside Primary Care Trust and her Department.
(10380)
272
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the National Health Service direct access tariff is.
(10381)
273
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of Great Lumley have had scans carried out by Alliance Medical.
(10382)
274
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment of spare capacity at the University Hospital North Durham was made before Alliance Medical was awarded a contract to provide scanning services.
(10383)
275
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much health authorities have spent on the (a) purchase, (b) leasing and (c) refurbishment of new offices in the past two years for which figures are available, broken down by authority.
(10674)
276
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there were for physiotherapists in England and Wales in 2004.
(10774)
277
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with MRSA in Milton Keynes between 2001 and 2005.
(10776)
278
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the level of social service provision for deafblind people in Milton Keynes.
(10777)
279
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many physiotherapy students graduated in the United Kingdom in 2004.
(10823)
280
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, column 1377W, on orthopaedic prosthesis, if she will take steps to ensure that no NHS Trust standardises orthopaedic prosthesis.
(10839)
281
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental surgeries (a) carrying out only NHS work and (b) carrying out both NHS and private work there are in St Albans; and if she will make a statement.
(10845)
282
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department has taken to retain NHS-contracted dentists.
(10846)
283
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints her Department has received regarding access to dental care since 1997.
(10847)
284
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect of pollution sufficient to trigger a smog warning on the respiratory system.
(11179)
285
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether haemophilia patients with inhibitors and patients with factor vii (7) deficiency are eligible for treatment with recombinant products; and whether (a) primary care trusts and (b) haemophilia centre directors have been informed accordingly.
(10923)
286
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent GPs are practising in each of the major towns of the North Shropshire constituency.
(10934)
287
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the population in the catchment area of the (a) Wem Medical Practice and (b) Ellesmere Medical Practice has been in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(10935)
288
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals in Hertfordshire have vacancies for consultants; and in what departments.
(10697)
289
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the target waiting times are for (a) MRI scans and (b) ultrasound scans at West Herts Hospital Trust.
(10698)
290
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the target waiting times are for orthopaedic surgery at West Herts Hospital Trust.
(10699)
291
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults in the area covered by Dacorum Primary Care Trust suffer from (i) tooth decay and (ii) gum disease; and if she will make a statement.
(10700)
292
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in hospitals covered by West Herts Hospital Trust are available for patients with severe neck or spinal trauma.
(10701)
293
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff employed by West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust were assaulted whilst on duty in the year (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004; and how many prosecutions resulted from these assaults.
(10782)
294
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which infections will be covered by the national code of practice for the prevention of hospital acquired infections.
(10951)
295
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects a national code of practice for the prevention of hospital acquired infections to be implemented.
(10952)
296
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisations have been consulted on the development of a national code of practice for the prevention of hospital acquired infections.
(10953)
297
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish a national code of practice for the prevention of hospital acquired infections.
(10954)
298
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures she is taking to encourage patients with hepatitis C to complete their self-administered courses of treatment to achieve viral clearance.
(10955)
299
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is available from her Department to organisations which provide bereavement counselling.
(10944)
300
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new guidance on maternity services will be published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(10761)
301
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much central funding the Department of Health is providing to promote breastfeeding in 2005-06.
(10762)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
302
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sudanese asylum seekers have had their cases closed and are awaiting deportation.
(10896)
303
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the countries from which asylum claims have been refused on the grounds of the internal flight alternative.
(10897)
304
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of asylum claims were refused on the grounds of the internal flight alternative in the last period for which figures are available.
(10898)
305
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's use of internal flight alternative as a reason for refusal of asylum applications.
(10899)
306
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, with particular reference to the prohibition of refoulement of asylum seekers.
(11032)
307
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guarantees have been received by his Department that returned Darfuri asylum seekers will not be at serious risk of torture or inhumane treatment in Khartoum.
(11061)
308
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the use of Arab translators upon the accuracy of the recording of the testimony of Darfuri asylum seekers.
(11062)
309
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of anti-social behaviour orders since their introduction have been issued to under-16 year olds from (a) two parent households, (b) single parent households and (c) local authority care.
(10766)
310
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been raised in fines from speed cameras in the County of Bedfordshire since 2000.
(11022)
311
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many tickets issued following infringements caught on speed cameras have been challenged and upheld in each year since their introduction in (a) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire and (b) the County of Bedfordshire since 1997.
(11023)
312
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many alcohol-related crimes there have been in (a) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire and (b) the County of Bedfordshire since 1997.
(11024)
313
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in (a) the County of Bedfordshire and (b) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire in each year since 1999.
(11025)
314
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been employed in the Probation Service in (a) Bedfordshire County and (b) Mid-Bedfordshire in each year since 1997.
(11089)
315
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) facilities and (b) premises are provided by his Department in Mid-Bedfordshire for the provision of (i) drug treatment and testing and (ii) rehabilitation of offenders; and if he will make a statement.
(11090)
316
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the proposed identity card scheme requires each citizen to be issued with an unique secret pin number.
(10711)
317
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many kilobytes of memory capacity the chip within the proposed identity card will contain.
(10712)
318
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the minutes of the meetings between his officials and Atos Origin.
(10713)
319
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the minutes of meetings between his officials and Schlumberger Sema Ltd.
(11149)
320
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times his departmental officials have met Schlumberger Sema Ltd.
(11150)
321
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which company was awarded the contract to manufacture the chips used in biometric passports.
(11151)
322
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the encrypted data held on identity cards will be protected by a personal identification number.
(11152)
323
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the street price of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) cannabis in each of the past 10 years.
(10848)
324
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have taken place in the level of illegal drug use in each prison in England and Wales in each of the past 10 years.
(10864)
325
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have taken place in the prevalence of the consumption of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) cannabis in each year since 1998.
(10908)
326
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets for reduction in the use of illegal drugs were published by the Government in 1998.
(10995)
327
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons exchange of secure e-mails is not possible between the Prison Service, Probation Service, the National Offender Management Service and the remainder of the Criminal Justice System; and when he expects this facility to be available.
(10205)
328
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the bidders for the STEPS 2 replacement programme for the Offender Management National Infrastructure; and when the Department expects to announce the award of the contract.
(10206)
329
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the Vicious and Sex Offenders Register to be completed; what the budget for the project was; and what the cost so far has been.
(10207)
330
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the business case for the National Offender Management Information System was completed; when a decision is expected on its approval; who will take the decision; and what the timing for implementation of the project is.
(10208)
331
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the decision was made to abandon the STEPS 2 programme; and what the cost of STEPS 2 to the Department is.
(10209)
332
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average age of police (a) constables, (b) sergeants, (c) inspectors, (d) chief inspectors, (d) superintendants and (e) chief superintendants was in the last year for which figures are available.
(11068)
333
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the age profile of Lancashire police.
(11069)
334
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) trucks, (d) motor cycles, (e) push bicycles and (f) horses are operated by Lancashire police.
(11070)
335
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are held in each prison in Lancashire; and how many prison officers are employed in each prison.
(11071)
336
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the error rates of the identifiers proposed in the Government's identity card scheme.
(11044)
337
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on assets recovered by H Division of South Wales Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
(10669)
338
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support is given to women prisoners who enter prison with a drug addiction.
(10670)
339
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support is given to women prisoners who have previously been victims of domestic violence.
(10671)
340
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners infected with hepatitis C in England and Wales.
(10672)
341
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on sexually-transmitted disease (a) prevention and (b) screening in prisons in England and Wales.
(10673)
342
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to monitor the recruitment and retention of transsexual police officers.
(10793)
343
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 19th January from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Juliet Kufvor.
(10687)
344
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 22nd March from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr N Hussain.
(10689)
345
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 10th May from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Zeinab Abdulrahman Al-hashmi.
(10693)
346
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in the Milton Keynes area; and how many have been breached.
(10775)
347
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) drug treatment testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation requirements in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Hertfordshire were effected by non-governmental bodies in the last year for which figures are available.
(10865)
348
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department allocated for the implementation of (a) drug treatment testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation requirements in the last year for which figures are available.
(10866)
349
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the implementation of (a) drug treatment testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation requirements is administered by his Department; what the cost of the administration of (i) drug treatment testing orders and (ii) drug rehabilitation requirements by his Department was in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(10867)
350
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-charitable organisations the Hertfordshire Probation Area administers for the provision of (a) drug treatment testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation requirements.
(11133)
351
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals were made to the Hertfordshire Probation Area regarding (a) drug treatment testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation requirements in the last period for which figures are available.
(11134)
352
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the administration costs of the Hertfordshire Probation Area were in the last period for which figures are available.
(11135)
353
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was allocated per capita for offenders referred to a non-governmental voluntary body for the provision of (a) drug treatment testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation requirements; what estimate he has made of the cost per capita for such offenders in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(11136)
354
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what inquiries are made in the country of origin about the cases put by asylum seekers against their deportation.
(11166)
355
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether adjudicators in asylum cases are expected to have knowledge or experience of the country from which the asylum seeker they are considering comes from and may be deported to; and how the Government provides them with up-to-date information.
(11167)
356
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence he relies on to formulate a view that a country can take back asylum seekers without persecution; and how often such a view is updated.
(11169)
357
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of privacy-enhancing technologies in the context of the UK identity cards system.
(10988)
358
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what alternative technical architectures his Department has considered for the identity cards scheme.
(10989)
359
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he expects that the Government's proposals on identity cards will help individuals to verify that they are not dealing with bogus officials.
(10996)
360
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice his Department has received from (a) the Government Chief Information Officer and (b) the e-Government Unit on the identity cards scheme, with particular reference to the (i) costs and (ii) feasibility of the project.
(10997)
361
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice his Department has received from chief information officers of other Government departments and agencies on the identity cards scheme, with particular reference (a) to (i) NHS Connecting for Health, (ii) the Department for Work and Pensions, (iii) HM Revenue and Customs, (iv) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (v) the UK Passports Agency and (b) to the (A) costs and (B) feasibility of the project.
(10998)
362
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish his Department's technical evaluation of the London School of Economics work on identity cards.
(10999)
363
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the rates of pay are for (a) duty directors, (b) duty operation managers, (c) training supervisors, (d) training assistants, (e) control room staff, (f) nurses and (g) other staff at secure training centres.
(11000)
364
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff at each secure training centre have been dismissed for misconduct in each of the last three years; and what reasons were given in each case.
(11001)
365
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of staff being referred to the Protection of Children Act (POCA) list have been recorded at each secure training centre since it came into operation; and how many referrals to the POCA list have resulted in names being included on the list.
(11002)
366
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the Question of 7th June, from the honourable Member for Eddisbury, on the number of designated education hours lost in the Prison Service due to staff shortages.
(11102)
367
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police cells have been taken out of action in Lancashire since 1997.
(10798)
368
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many custody suites are operated by Lancashire police; how many cells there are in each; and where each suite is located.
(10799)
369
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Partners against Crime partnership between the Post Office and Dyfed-Powys Police Constabulary.
(10343)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
370
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will list the publications produced by the Vote Office Print Unit since its inception.
(10877)
371
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what his estimate is of the savings to the House by the use of the Vote Office Print Unit since its inception to produce publications previously printed by other sources.
(10878)
372
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff are employed by the Vote Office Print Unit; and at what grade.
(10879)
373
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the average printing costs of the Vote Bundle per printed page were during the 2004-05 financial years.
(10920)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
374
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the activities of the United Nations Population Fund on rates of (a) abortion and (b) sterilisation in China.
(10889)
375
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list bills sponsored by his Department in each Session since 1997.
(10890)
376
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the UK representative on the Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund has connections to non-governmental organisations concerned with abortion related issues.
(10891)
377
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid the Government has given to (a) Tanzania and (b) Gambia in each year since 1997.
(11008)
378
N
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps (a) the EU and (b) the UK are taking to support the action plan of the Brazilian government to prevent and control deforestation in the Legal Amazon.
(10129)
379
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 1st June from the Right honourable Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr Michael Addie.
(10688)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
380
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the disposal of asbestos within Northern Ireland; what sites have been approved by the Government; and when each was approved.
(11112)
381
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many television licence inspectors there were in Northern Ireland in each year since 1999; and where they were located.
(11113)
382
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Royal Mail on the recent removal of local Post Office services within Northern Ireland to private premises.
(11114)
383
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many press officers each department employed in each year since 1999; and what the cost was in each year.
(11115)
384
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Government's house building target is for the South Antrim constituency in the public sector over the next five years.
(11116)
385
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) passes and (b) failures of driving tests there were in each of the test centres within Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(11117)
386
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money was spent within the delivery element of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of the Department's total expenditure was accounted for by Common Agricultural Policy payments to individual farmers.
(11118)
387
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days Department of Agriculture and Rural Development staff took off as sick leave on average in the last year for which figures are available.
(11119)
388
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people within the Department for Agricultural and Rural Development are employed to administer Common Agricultural Policy payments; and how many of these people are employed in (a) Dundonald House, (b) Orchard House and (c) each of the local county agricultural offices.
(11120)
389
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what salary is paid to the (a) Permanent Secretary and (b) each of the deputy secretaries within the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development; and what level of expenses each received in 2004-05.
(11121)
390
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are employed within the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development; and what the total wages bill was in 2004-05.
(11122)
391
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the future of auction marts within Northern Ireland.
(11123)
392
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent by each council in Northern Ireland on clearing abandoned vehicles in each year since 1997.
(11124)
393
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what levels of inward investment have been made in each Northern Ireland constituency in the last five years.
(11125)
394
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cattle herds in Northern Ireland were placed under movement restrictions as a result of bovine TB during (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 in each of the six counties.
(11126)
395
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what precautionary measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus to Northern Ireland.
(11127)
396
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what waste management options have been placed before councils by the Government.
(11128)
397
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to discourage the dropping of litter on streets; what penalties apply to this offence; and how many prosecutions there were in each council area in the last period for which figures are available.
(11129)
398
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what state benefits have been received by each of the Sinn Fein (a) members of the Legislative Assembly, (b) Members of Parliament and (c) Members of the European Parliament in the last 10 years.
(11130)
399
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average amount spent by a household in Northern Ireland on electricity was in the last two years.
(11177)
400
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of patients referred by their general practitioner with suspected breast cancer was assessed by a specialist within two weeks at each trust within the Province in the last period for which figures are available.
(10956)
401
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of patients in each health trust was treated for breast cancer within six weeks in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(10957)
402
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many telephone lines there are for the main switchboard at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
(10958)
403
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many receptionists there are on the main switchboard at the Royal Victoria Hospital (a) on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm, (b) on weekdays outside these hours, (c) between 9 am and 5 pm at weekends and (d) outside these hours at weekends.
(10959)
404
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many telephone calls were received each week on average by each of the hospitals in the Province in the last period for which figures are available.
(10960)
405
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many whole-time equivalent receptionists are employed at the main switchboard of each of the hospitals in the Province.
(10961)
406
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many residential care places are available in the Province for individuals with early onset dementia.
(10962)
407
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what changes are planned to the (a) provision and (b) distribution of influenza vaccines in the Province.
(10963)
408
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what extra facilities will be provided to assist general practitioner surgeries in the Province with the storage of increased numbers of influenza vaccines.
(10964)
409
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the costs resulting from sickness absence among health service employees in the Province in 2004-05.
(10965)
410
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many procedures each health board in the Province has bought from (a) within and (b) outside the Province in each of the last five years; what the resultant costs were; and which trusts benefited from these resources.
(10966)
411
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, under what circumstances an equality impact assessment would not be conducted when (a) new policies and practices are introduced and (b) existing ones are revised.
(10967)
412
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vacancies for physiotherapists there are at each health trust in the Province.
(10968)
413
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many physiotherapists are employed by each health trust in the Province; and how many were employed five years ago.
(10969)
414
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to improve the safety of patients and staff on mental health wards in the Province.
(10970)
415
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) members of staff, (b) patients and (c) visitors have suffered (i) verbal and (ii) physical assaults at each mental health trust in the Province in each of the last 10 years.
(10971)
416
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) laptops have been issued to (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) officials in Northern Ireland Government departments in each of the last eight years; what costs were incurred; and how many have been (A) lost and (B) stolen during that period.
(10972)
417
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his response of 13th June, Official Report, column 92W, on the Northern Ireland Transfers Tourist Board, if he will break down the totals by district council area.
(11072)
418
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the (a) accuracy and (b) effectiveness of cervical cancer screening in the Province.
(11073)
419
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans there are to introduce human papilloma virus testing in the Province for screening against cervical cancer.
(11074)
420
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what advice he has received from the Department's regional sub-group regarding introducing liquid-based cytology screening in the Province for cervical cancer.
(11075)
421
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, where in the Province pilot schemes have been operating of liquid-based cytology screening.
(11076)
422
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which boards have commenced pilot schemes of liquid-based cytology screening.
(11077)
423
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) average and (b) longest current waiting time for an initial urology outpatient assessment is at each trust in the Province which offers this specialty.
(11080)
424
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) average and (b) longest current waiting time is for an IVU investigation within each trust in the Province.
(11081)
425
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) average and (b) longest current waiting time is for inpatient surgery in the urology specialty within each trust in the Province which offers this service.
(11082)
426
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations have been made to the Department from (a) medical staff and (b) others regarding provision for sufferers of Marfan syndrome in the Province.
(11083)
427
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Eastern Health and Social Services Board has sought a business case for implementing new IT systems.
(11084)
428
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on services for cystic fibrosis sufferers in the Province.
(11085)
Questions to the Prime Minister
429
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the Deputy Lord Lieutenants; on what date each was appointed; and whether each is recorded as supporting a political party.
(10992)
430
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Prime Minister, which Ministers of the Crown have (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more residences consequent on his or her office.
(11037)
431
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the items of correspondence between the Prime Minister's Unit and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs during March 2001 relating to the ban in 2001 on the feeding of swill.
(10706)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
432
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when his Department expects to make further changes to the system for the elections to the Scottish Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(10752)
433
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect that the additional member system of voting for elections to the Scottish Parliament has had on Scottish people's perception of the political system; what conclusions he has reached on the extent to which the additional member system has (a) encouraged and (b) discouraged political engagement; and if he will make a statement.
(10753)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
434
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Range 3 officials in his Department progressed to Range 4 in each of the last four years for which figures are available, broken down by Directive; and what the requirements are for a Range 3 official in his Department to progress to Range 4.
(10874)
435
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to reduce the UK's dependency on imported oil.
(10875)
436
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the entry requirements for a (a) Range 3 and (b) Range 4 official in his Department.
(10883)
437
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will provide further broadband availability assistance to East Sussex County Council in order for it to meet its broadband targets.
(10869)
438
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding assistance has been given to East Sussex County Council to assist it to meet its broadband availability targets in the county.
(10870)
439
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the £575 million loan to BNFL was agreed; for what purpose it was made; and what conditions were set down for its re-payment.
(10778)
440
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his policy is on the allocation of individual carbon allowances in order to help the UK meet Kyoto targets for carbon dioxide emissions; and if he will make a statement.
(10755)
441
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effects on the UK textile industry of Ministry of Defence textile contracts being awarded in China.
(10786)
442
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many telephone boxes he expects to be available in each of the next five years.
(10795)
443
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will refer the banks' practice of taking three days to clear cash from one account to another to the Office of Fair Trading; and if he will make a statement.
(11033)
444
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made on implementing Ofcom's 2004 recommendations on regulating premium rate telephone lines.
(10840)
445
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to tackle the problems arising from i-dialling.
(10841)
446
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to increase consumer awareness of i-dialling scams.
(10842)
447
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether Hiatt handcuffs have any current export licences for oversize handcuffs to (a) the US and (b) elsewhere.
(10856)
448
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) reports and (b) representations (i) he and (ii) his officials have received concerning the possible involvement of UK-based companies in the transportation of arms and ammunition from the Balkans and Eastern Europe to the Great Lakes region of Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(10835)
449
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will undertake an investigation into the activities in respect of the transport of arms to the Democratic Republic of Congo, by African International Airways, Intavia Ltd and Platinum Air Cargo; and if he will make a statement.
(10836)
450
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions have taken place between his Department and IRISC in relation to eliminating fraud under the Miners' Compensation Scheme since 1990.
(10336)
451
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what training has been provided for officials on avoiding fraud under the Miners' Compensation Scheme in each year since 1999.
(10337)
452
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the top 20 solicitors in terms of (a) fees paid, (b) claims registered and (c) claims outstanding for (i) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (ii) vibration white finger deceased claims under the Miners' Compensation Scheme.
(10344)
453
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the 20 medical companies who have received the most in fees under the miners compensation scheme for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger since 1999, broken down by amount received.
(10462)
454
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will suspend payments of fees to the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and Vendside in respect of coal health claims; and if he will make a statement.
(10794)
455
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will extend support and incentives available to renewable energy producers to include carbon capture and abatement schemes.
(10298)
456
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will increase funds available to support the development of carbon capture and abatement technologies in the UK.
(10299)
457
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will commission research on the transmission charging regime for generators in Scotland to identify barriers to the development and implementation of renewable and carbon capture and abatement technologies in Scotland.
(10300)
458
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government will assess the merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to increase the level of protection for consumers who purchase a defective vehicle.
(10694)
459
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will re-examine the effectiveness of legislation protecting consumers from faulty goods.
(10695)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
460
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received regarding funding for the proposed A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.
(10619)
461
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on proposals to change the timetabling for trains running along the Hastings to London Victoria line.
(10620)
462
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received opposing the proposed Hastings to Bexhill Link Road; and if he will make a statement.
(10621)
463
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received opposing the proposed A21 upgrade; and if he will make a statement.
(10622)
464
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) others about transport provision in the County of Bedfordshire.
(11094)
465
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) passes and (b) failures of motor car driving tests there were in each test centre in Worcestershire in each of the last five years.
(11067)
466
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects normal services to be resumed between High Wycombe and Marylebone Station.
(10349)
467
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects a full report to be made to him on the recent collapse of the tunnel under construction at Gerrards Cross Station; if he will publish the report; and if he will make a statement.
(10350)
468
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether passengers delayed as a consequence of the recent collapse of the tunnel under construction at Gerrards Cross Station will be entitled to compensation; and if he will make a statement.
(10351)
469
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the likely cost of clearing the railway tracks at Gerrards Cross following the recent collapse of the tunnel under construction at that station; and if he will make a statement.
(10352)
470
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date he expects the tunnel under construction at Gerrards Cross Station which recently collapsed to be reconstructed; and if he will make a statement.
(10353)
471
N
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on private sector investment in the Crossrail project.
(10369)
472
N
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Treasury on (a) funding, (b) lender of last resort status and (c) underwriting for Crossrail.
(10370)
473
N
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the likely cost of the Crossrail project; what assessment has been made of the cost-effectiveness of the project; and if he will make a statement.
(10371)
474
N
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on measures to be taken to encourage increased efficiency in Network Rail track management on routes identified to be used by Crossrail.
(10372)
475
N
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the implications of the Crossrail project for London's Olympic bid.
(10373)
476
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made with regard to the introduction of whisper-quiet road surfacing on the A47 Soke Parkway in Peterborough.
(10714)
477
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if the Government will take steps to agree international standards for the administration of aircraft registers for the purposes of control over the transportation of arms.
(10833)
478
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will seek to tighten rules on international aircraft insurance to deter companies from trafficking arms.
(10834)
479
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what planning considerations are preventing the fitting out of the interchange box under St Pancras Station.
(10838)
480
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government will announce its decision on the proposed new M6 Toll Road.
(10679)
481
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on (a) road transport infrastructure needs and (b) rail infrastructure needs in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Essex.
(10947)
482
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of carbon dioxide emissions from traffic on the (a) A13 between the M25 and Southend, (b) A127 between the M25 and Southend and (c) A130 from the A127 to its end on Canvey Island.
(10948)
483
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents occurred in each of the last five years on Canvey Island; and what proportion of those resulted in personal injury.
(10949)
484
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents occurred in each of the last five years on the A130 between the A127 and its end on Canvey Island; and what proportion of these resulted in personal injury.
(10950)
485
N
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Crossrail route passes through the proposed London Olympic site at Pudding Mill Lane.
(10291)
486
N
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a successful London Olympic bid would delay the completion of the Crossrail project.
(10292)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
487
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on digital television coverage in Wales.
(10667)
488
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what support will be given to pensioners and people on low incomes in Wales with the costs involved to upgrade to digital television.
(10684)
489
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what support the Government is offering to support the manufacturing industry in Wales, with particular reference to possible job losses at (a) Sony and (b) Christie Tyler.
(10758)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
490
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money has been spent on publicising the Access to Work scheme in 2004-05; and what the budget for promoting the scheme in 2005-06 is.
(10685)
491
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase staffing and resources to administer the new centralised system of telephone applications for crisis loans.
(10765)
492
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people have been registered for disability allowance in the Mid-Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency in each year since 1997.
(10906)
493
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time between an initial personal capability assessment for claimants of incapacity benefits and a follow-up assessment has been in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) sex, (b) age and (c) medical condition.
(10227)
494
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Pathways programme since its introduction in (a) helping people on incapacity benefit to obtain employment and (b) providing help to disabled people to manage their condition.
(10756)
495
Mr Jimmy Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is an established mechanism by which the view of disabled people on the proposed incapacity benefit reforms are taken in to account; whether a report has been commissioned to consider the views of the disabled people in reform of the incapacity benefit system; and if he will make a statement.
(10757)
496
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will arrange a Tuesday morning briefing by Ministers and senior officials introducing the work of the Department to new honourable Members.
(11028)
497
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of retirement pension awards made in each of the last five years that were subsequently found to be incorrect and rectified.
(10763)
498
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimates he has made of the administrative cost of delivering (a) pension credit, (b) retirement pension and (c) child benefit for a period of one year, calculated on the same basis as that used by the Department to inform paragraph 13 of the Committee of Public Accounts Twelfth Report of Session 2002-03, Tackling Pension Poverty: Encouraging Take-up of Entitlements.
(10764)
499
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which of his Department's IT projects are categorised as red light; and if he will make a statement.
(10779)
500
Mr Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many state retirement pensioners there are in Wolverhampton South East; and what percentage this is of the total electorate in the constituency.
(10993)
501
Mr Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Wolverhampton South East constituency are in receipt of incapacity benefit.
(10994)
502
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) jobseeker's allowance, (c) income support and (d) income support for lone parents in (i) Dundee West and (ii) Dundee East (A) in the most recent year for which figures are available and (B) one year previously.
(10339)
503
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will expedite the transfer of the case of Mr Ronald Ceasar (ref: PCU/145410/KH/MC) to the new system of Child Support Agency payments.
(10837)
504
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what account his Department is taking of the concerns of landlords in the private rented housing sector regarding direct payment of housing benefit to tenants.
(10696)
505
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the proposed closure of the social security office in Aberystwyth upon delivery of his Department's services; and if he will make a statement.
(10338)
506
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what timetable has been set for the proposed closure of the social security office in Aberystwyth.
(10342)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
507
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the percentage of imported illegal drugs that have been intercepted by Customs and Excise in each of the past 10 years.
[Transferred] (10900)
508
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the 50 parliamentary constituencies with the (a) highest and (b) lowest number of electors; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (10702)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
509
N
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle were slaughtered in the last recorded month as a result of bovine TB.
[Question Unstarred] (10116)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
510
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the security situation in Khartoum for Darfuri citizens.
[Transferred] (11031)
511
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risks to the safety of black African Darfuris in Khartoum.
[Transferred] (11066)
512
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports (a) NATO and (b) the Government has received regarding whether Israel possesses weapons of mass destruction.
[Transferred] (11051)
513
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on negotiations concerning the Fissile Missile Cut-off Treaty.
[Transferred] (11052)
514
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will support a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East.
[Transferred] (11086)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
515
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times her Department has consulted (a) formally and (b) informally on end of life decision making since 1997.
[Transferred] (10876)
516
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women aged (a) 14 to 16 years, (b) 17 to 21 years, (c) 22 to 24 years, (d) 25 to 30 years, (e) 31 to 35 years and (f) 36 to 40 years have died from pregnancy-related diseases in each year since 1976.
[Transferred] (11046)
517
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the age structure of the population in the catchment area of the (a) Wem Medical Practice and (b) Ellesmere Medical Practice has been in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (10936)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
518
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers in London have received penalties for use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving; and how many drivers have been disqualified.
[Transferred] (11042)
519
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases in London a driver has been disqualified as a result of using a mobile phone whilst driving.
[Transferred] (11043)
520
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government and its consular officials take (a) to help and (b) to keep track of returned asylum seekers in their home country.
[Transferred] (11168)
521
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions were made for the offence of being drunk and disorderly in Lancashire in each year between 1985 and 2005.
[Transferred] (10797)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
522
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether local housing allowance (a) applies and (b) is planned to apply to regulated tenancies.
[Transferred] (10945)

 
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