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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 12 July 2005

Notes:
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 12 July 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 12 July 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 12 July of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 12 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 12 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average weekly earnings is of a (a) male and (b) female full-time worker in (i) Tees Valley and (ii) the UK in the last period for which figures are available.
(11903)
2
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list for each parliamentary constituency the ratio of those aged 18 years and over at the last census to the number of registered electors, in order of the size of the ratio.
(10815)
3
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what value of giro cheque payments made to tax credit claimants were not made via the tax credit computer in each month in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) April to June 2005.
(11913)
4
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on sustaining the historic environment, with particular reference to policy on organisations which work to support the built heritage through (a) grant aid, (b) tax concessions and (c) conditional exemption and acceptance in lieu.
(11209)
5
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on (a) the introduction of Historic Properties Maintenance Relief for listed Grade 1 and 2 star buildings open to the public and (b) extension to listed buildings of VAT relief for the costs of repairs.
(11210)
6
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total relative surplus or deficit of Government expenditure and revenue in Scotland, (a) including and (b) excluding the gross domestic product share of the United Kingdom surplus or deficit of the general Government borrowing requirement, for each year since 1978-79, assuming a constant relationship between the Scottish deficit, as published in the Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland 2002-03, and the United Kingdom general Government borrowing requirement, excluding privatisation proceeds and North Sea revenues and including in Scotland's revenue total a 90 per cent. share of North Sea oil revenue and a gross domestic product share of privatisation proceeds.
(11108)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
7
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent to date on the foundation and running of the Community Justice Centre in Liverpool.
(11690)
8
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of complaints made by voters concerning their votes being cast illegitimately by someone other than themselves during the General Election 2005.
(11691)
9
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what has been the sentence in each case heard before the Community Justice Centre in Liverpool where no community sentence was awarded since its establishment.
(11692)
10
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many postal votes were received by returning officers after the polling day of the 2005 general election, broken down by Parliamentary constituency.
(11706)
11
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will list the Commonwealth countries that have reciprocal agreements with the UK over residential qualifications for voting in (a) local elections and (b) national elections.
(11709)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
12
N
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria she will apply in determining whether to approve the sale of BBC Broadcast to Creative Broadcast Services.
(11546)
13
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are being taken to reduce the coincidence of regulation from different Government agencies which impacts on the management and operation of historic houses open to the public.
(11211)
14
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are being taken to co-ordinate efforts across Government departments to support the historic environment and the work of organisations which work to preserve the built heritage, with particular reference to the Historic Houses Association.
(11212)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
15
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to train Armed Forces personnel to carry out construction projects for the Armed Forces.
(11892)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
16
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what arrangements are in place for the exchange of best practice amongst local strategic partnerships.
(11902)
17
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to increase the economic activity rate in the population of the Tees Valley.
(11904)
18
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new business start-ups there were in Tees Valley in the first half of 2005; and what the start-up rate in England was.
(11905)
19
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to improve the productivity of working people in the Tees Valley.
(11906)
20
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his assessment is of the effect on Redcar of its designation as part of the Coastal Arc in Tees Valley.
(11907)
21
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what resources have been invested in Redcar consequent on its designation as part of the Tees Valley Coastal Arc.
(11908)
22
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the core aim is of the designation of part of the Tees Valley as Coastal Arc.
(11909)
23
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many jobs are expected to be generated through the designation of Redcar as part of the Tees Valley Coastal Arc; and in what sectors of employment.
(11914)
24
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the effect of the designation of Redcar as part of the Tees Valley Coastal Arc on planning.
(11915)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
25
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the level of violence in schools; what guidance she has provided on this issue to (a) teachers, (b) governors, (c) parents and (d) local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(11888)
26
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) children and (b) teachers who were victims of bullying in schools in (i) London and (ii) England in 2004-05.
(11889)
27
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are taken (a) to protect staff from violent and dangerous students and (b) to keep students who are judged to be of harm to themselves and others out of the classroom.
(11890)
28
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of school staff who have been victims of physical violence from students in (a) London and (b) England since 1997.
(11891)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
29
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the waste disposal of farm plastics; what support the Government gives for the (a) recycling and (b) re-use of such plastics; and what recent discussions she has had with the Local Government Association concerning schemes to advance such recycling and re-use.
(11214)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
30
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent peace deal for Darfur, with specific reference to the security situation; and how this peace deal relates to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2004.
(11213)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
31
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policy considerations underlay the abolition of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.
(11882)
32
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what policy considerations underlay the decision not to allow patients' forums to elect their own chairs.
(11883)
33
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the functions will be of the proposed centre for excellence in patient and public involvement in health.
(11884)
34
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of MRSA there were in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area in each of the last five years for which statistics are available.
(10304)
35
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list current proposals for ward closures and bed closures at NHS hospitals, including foundation hospitals, known to her Department.
(11695)
36
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of whether any proposals for ward or bed closures in NHS hospitals are the result of patients being treated under NHS contracts at private hospitals.
(11696)
37
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th July, Official Report, column 346W, on diagnostic scans, how her Department will verify whether Alliance Medical Ltd has carried out the number of diagnostic scans which their contract stipulates.
(11832)
38
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th July, Official Report, column 342W, on Alliance Medical Ltd, what the revenue costs are.
(11833)
39
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of Alliance Medical providing diagnostic scanning services in the NHS on the utilization of existing diagnostic scanning capacity within the NHS.
(11885)
40
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) primary care trusts, (b) hospital trusts and (c) strategic health authorities made representations to her Department about the impact of Alliance Medical providing diagnostic scanning services in the NHS on the utilization of existing diagnostic scanning capacity within the NHS.
(11886)
41
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sanctions Alliance Medical will face if it fails to carry out the 630,000 diagnostic scans stipulated in their contract to provide diagnostic scanning services in the NHS.
(11887)
42
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of clostridium difficile 027 have been confirmed at each of the hospitals where this strain has been reported.
(11436)
43
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June, Official Report, columns 1344-5W, on clostridium difficile, how many (a) cases of clostridium difficile and (b) deaths due to clostridium difficile there were in each of the hospitals listed in each year from 2000.
(11625)
44
N
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to involve pharmacists in developing and providing accredited training for care staff in residential and nursing homes.
(10738)
45
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the development of slimming on referral by Greater and Central Derby Primary Care Trust and Slimming World; what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of this project; how many primary care trusts offer such referral schemes; and what steps she intends to take to promote trusts' awareness and adoption of such schemes.
(11896)
46
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice and assistance is made available to encourage general practitioners to take advantage through practice-based commissioning of (a) slimming on referral and (b) other evidence-based schemes.
(11897)
47
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in ensuring that primary care trusts produce strategies to address obesity; what (a) guidance and (b) resources are made available to trusts to assist them in producing such strategies; and whether that assistance includes information about slimming on referral.
(11898)
48
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescription items of (a) benzodiazepine drugs and (b) antidepressants were dispensed in England in 2004.
(11899)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
49
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Passport Office's plans to require interviews for renewals of and applications for passports.
(11181)
50
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assesment the Department has made of the cost-effectiveness of the proposed interview scheme in the Passport Office.
(11182)
51
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons his Department considers interviews to be the most effective way of targeting passport fraud; and what alternative methods for stopping fraud it has assessed.
(11183)
52
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to announce the basis of the calculation for the new police authority funding formula due in 2006-07.
(11208)
53
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the without-profit cost of one bed for one night in a secure training centre; and what cost, including VAT, is charged by contractors.
(11694)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
54
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to implement the Costello proposals on post-primary education; and when he expects legislation to be placed before Parliament to implement those proposals.
(11236)
Questions to the Prime Minister
55
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he made to the G8 in response to the World Food Programme's request for help for hungry and malnourished people.
(11588)
56
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral Answer of 29th June, Official Report, column 1292, on tax credit overpayments, when he plans to write to the honourable Member for Yeovil; and if he will make a statement.
(10818)
Questions to the Solicitor General
57
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, if he will take steps to ensure that letters from the Crown Prosecution Service explaining the discontinuance of a criminal prosecution are written in clear non-technical language.
(11900)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
58
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who will make the final decision on the proposed development of an offshore windfarm at Redcar; what criteria will be used to make the decision; and what procedures will be followed.
(11901)
59
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what account will be taken of objections registered to the proposed offshore windfarm at Redcar in the process of a decision being reached on whether to permit the proposed development.
(11910)
60
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what opportunities the objectors to the proposed windfarm at Redcar will have to make representations to the authority responsible for deciding whether to proceed with the project prior to the decision being taken.
(11911)
61
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the proposal to build an offshore windfarm at Redcar will be subject to a (a) public inquiry and (b) other public hearing.
(11912)
62
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information he has received from BNFL about proposals for AMEC to buy its British Nuclear Group subsidiary.
(10813)
63
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions his Department (a) has had and (b) plans to have with (i) current UK nuclear operators, (ii) overseas nuclear power generators and (iii) investors in respect of conditions which would be necessary for them to consider constructing or financing new nuclear power plants in the UK.
(10814)
64
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 60W, on Royal Mail, whether the Government will be the only shareholder in Royal Mail in the future; and what plans are being considered to provide shares to (a) employees and (b) others.
(11642)
65
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether, under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, retailers will be required to store goods returned to them on site.
(11758)
66
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the letter dated 12th May from the honourable Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent Mr J. McGee of Peterhead.
(10987)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
67
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail passenger journeys were made between Chelmsford and London-Liverpool Street Station in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(10303)
68
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the fee for an MOT vehicle test goes to his Department; what such monies are utilised for; and what assessment he has made of the scope for reducing the amount being charged.
(11291)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
69
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the off-flow from Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) was for (a) the UK, (b) England and Wales and (c) Birkenhead in each year since 1998, broken down by reason; and what percentage of JSA off-flow this represented in each case.
(11693)

 
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