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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 18 July 2005

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 18 July 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 18 July 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 18 July of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 18 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 18 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13150)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
2
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to promote action to tackle climate change within (a) the World Bank, (b) the International Monetary Fund and (c) the Bank of International Settlement.
(13041)
3
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) male and (b) female suicides there have been in each year since 1975.
(13413)
4
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he has taken to encourage individuals to file their self assessment tax returns on time; and how much has been spent on such measures in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(12647)
5
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the public bodies that responded to the Citizen Information project in relation to the wider use of the identity card database; if he will (a) publish the responses and (b) place a copy of each response in the Library; and if he will make a statement on the progress of the Citizen Information project.
(13285)
6
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the population of (a) Stroud District and (b) Gloucestershire was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(13616)
7
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the incidence of testicular cancer per 1,000 population was in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Stroud District in each of the last five years.
(13617)
8
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many former employees of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service benefited from a waiver of interest on tax liabilities for the year 1997-98 that were reported after the 31st January deadline as a result of the Hong Kong government's decision to give a 10 per cent. rebate on tax charged for that year.
(13230)
9
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total loss to the Exchequer was resulting from waiver of interest charges on tax liabilities of former employees of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service for the year 1997-98 that were reported after the 31st January deadline as a result of the Hong Kong government's decision to give a 10 per cent. rebate on tax charged for that year.
(13231)
10
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many former employees of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service were charged interest on tax liabilities for the year 2001-02 that were reported after the 31st January deadline as a result of the Hong Kong government's decision to give a 50 per cent. rebate on tax charged for that year.
(13232)
11
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much interest was charged on tax liabilities of former employees of Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service for the year 2001-02 that were reported after the 31st January deadline as a result of the Hong Kong government's decision to give a 50 per cent. rebate on tax charged for that year.
(13233)
12
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs are engaged in the handling, processing and analysis of information returned on form IHT205.
(13255)
13
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs are engaged in the handling, processing and analysis of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) returns; and what proportion of that staff time is attributable to returns in respect of transactions below the SDLT threshold.
(13256)
14
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of corporation tax forgone since the introduction of tonnage tax; and how much tonnage tax has been raised during that period.
(13462)
15
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications were received by the Registrar General during the period 1997 to 2004 in response to the concession announced on 21st April 1993 whereby personal information could be extracted from the 1911 decennial census if it would enable the applicant to establish a legal entitlement such as an inheritance.
(13577)
16
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers living in (a) West Dunbartonshire Council and (b) West Lothian Council local authority areas pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate.
(13222)
17
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers living in (a) Clackmannanshire Council, (b) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (c) Dumfries and Galloway Council, (d) Dundee City Council and (e) East Ayrshire Council local authority areas pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate.
(13259)
18
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers living in (a) Aberdeen City Council, (b) Aberdeenshire, (c) Angus Council, (d) Argyll and Bute Council and (e) City of Edinburgh local authority areas pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate.
(13260)
19
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers living in (a) Scottish Borders Council, (b) Shetland Islands Council, (c) South Ayrshire Council, (d) South Lanarkshire Council and (e) Stirling Council local authority areas pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate.
(13283)
20
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers living in (a) North Ayrshire Council, (b) North Lanarkshire Council, (c) Orkney Islands Council, (d) Perth and Kinross Council and (e) Renfrewshire Council local authority areas pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate.
(13284)
21
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers living in (a) Glasgow City Council, (b) Highland Council, (c) Inverclyde Council, (d) Midlothian Council and (e) Moray Council local authority areas pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate.
(13286)
22
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers living in (a) East Dunbartonshire Council, (b) East Lothian Council, (c) East Renfrewshire Council, (d) Falkirk Council and (e) Fife Council local authority areas pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate.
(13290)
23
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what investigations Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs have undertaken of breaches of strategic export controls in relation to the export of oversized handcuffs from the UK to (a) the United States of America and (b) Hong Kong.
(13557)
24
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications there have been for the new child trust fund nationally since its introduction; and how many children are eligible to receive it.
(13566)
25
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications there have been for the new child trust fund (a) nationally and (b) in Houghton and Washington East constituency since its introduction; and how many children (i) in the UK and (ii) in that constituency are eligible to receive it.
(13567)
26
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many child trust fund vouchers had been issued to parents and carers as at 30th June; how many child trust fund accounts had been opened as at 30th June; and if he will make a statement.
(12086)
27
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of working families with children are receiving tax credits; and if he will make a statement.
(12407)
28
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Mid-Worcestershire of 16th May requesting a meeting with the appropriate Minister to discuss the closure of the Revenue and Customs office in Droitwich Spa.
(12834)
29
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to which poor countries the Government's current debt relief programmes apply.
(13575)
30
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to ensure (a) that paragraph 31 of the 2005 G8 communiqué will be put fully into effect and (b) that international financial institutions no longer impose conditions which run counter to the policy there expressed.
(13585)
31
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what outstanding bilateral debts the UK has from low-income countries; and from when each dates.
(13586)
32
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria he used in deciding to make property owners eligible for the self-invested personal pensions scheme.
(12853)
33
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13065)
34
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13622)
35
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each ward of Newport East claim (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit.
(13262)
36
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each ward of Newport East claim pension credit.
(13313)
37
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been arrested for trafficking class A drugs at (a) airports and (b) ports in each of the last five years.
(13212)
38
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the largest number of adults residing in a single household in receipt of tax credits was in 2004-05.
(13466)
39
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the largest annual income for a household in receipt of tax credits was in 2004-05.
(13469)
40
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether, when in-year recovery of excess tax credits is justified, the Revenue will take steps to pay additional tax credits automatically to families in receipt of income support and income-based jobseeker's allowance.
(13470)
41
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the smallest single tax credit payment was in 2004-05.
(13471)
42
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that all HM Revenue and Customs staff who have contact with tax credit customers are alert to the circumstances when additional tax credits might be appropriate so that they can invite an immediate claim.
(13472)
43
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households containing higher rate income taxpayers were in receipt of tax credits in 2004-05.
(13473)
44
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether, when it has been decided that an excess payment in-year is recoverable in accordance with Code of Practice 26, recovery will be at the same rates as those for overpayments in the previous year.
(13474)
45
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) customers are alerted on the payments page of an award notice to the fact that the recovery of an overpayment of tax credits can be challenged if the overpayment was due to official error and in circumstances where a customer reasonably thought they were being paid the correct amount and (b) customers' attention will be drawn on the same page to Code of Practice 26 and the fact that, if they want to dispute an overpayment, they need to complete form TC846.
(13475)
46
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that HM Revenue and Customs do not seek to recover either an excess payment made in the current year, or an overpayment from the previous year, until it has come to a decision, based on all the relevant facts, as to whether or not the excess payment should be recovered in accordance with Code of Practice 26.
(13476)
47
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that tax credits staff who are in direct contact with customers are made aware of situations where interim payments of tax credits may be appropriate.
(13477)
48
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) print details of the availability of additional tax credits prominently on the payments page of an award notice and (b) give greater prominence to the issue of financial hardship and how HM Revenue and Customs can help in the guidance notes which accompany an award notice.
(13478)
49
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July to Question reference 11365, if he will list the Private Finance Initiative schemes undertaken since 1997 which have been classed as on the public sector balance sheet.
(12825)
50
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Child Trust Fund cheques have been invested; and if he will make a statement.
(13642)
51
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many estates the UK inheritance tax was paid in each year since 1996.
(13112)
52
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the inheritance tax threshold in each year since 1996.
(13113)
53
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many transactions in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, (d) the UK and (e) each government office region stamp duty was paid in each year since 1997.
(13114)
54
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change to business tax receipts in 2005-06 arising from the business rates revaluation in England.
(13115)
55
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd May, Official Report, column 33W, on Business Rates, for what reasons the estimated revenue of £15.3 billion in 2004-05 and £16.5 billion in 2005-06 differs from the net yield estimates given in Official Report, 15th March, column 172W.
(13157)
56
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th July, Official Report, column 432W, on council tax, if he will place in the Library a copy of the written advice or reports submitted to the Valuation Office Agency by (a) Cole Layer Trumble, (b) the International Association of Assessing Officers, (c) the International Property Tax Institute, (d) the Institute of Revenue Rating and Valuation, (e) the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveys and (f) KPMG.
(13160)
57
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average wage is in Beverley and Holderness.
(13292)
58
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money was received by charities via Gift Aid in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004.
(13263)
59
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on EU Directive 2001/17/EC.
(13046)
60
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his plans for the red diesel rebate will affect the position of charter angling boats; and if he will make a statement.
(13409)
61
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of appeals against penalties imposed for late submission of tax returns were upheld by the General Commissioners in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.
(13294)
62
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the GDP per head is in (a) England, (b) the North East region, (c) the Tees Valley sub region and (d) Hartlepool.
(13435)
63
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of people in (a) England and Wales, (b) North East region, (c) Tees Valley sub region and (d) Hartlepool pay income tax at the (i) starting rate of 10 per cent., (ii) basic rate of 22 per cent. and (iii) higher rate of 40 per cent.
(13442)
64
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many estates in Hartlepool have had a value in excess of the nil-band threshold of inheritance tax in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(13445)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
65
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church Commissioners have to sell off their remaining housing portfolio in London.
(13396)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
66
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will introduce legislation to modify the Data Protection Act 1998 so that (a) the enforcement powers of the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 are equivalent to those of most other European Data Protection Commissioners, (b) the definition of personal data is broadened so that it reflects that of the Directive 95/46/EC and the intent of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, (c) the provisions in the Data Protection Act 1998 which pertain to the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area reflect those provisions in most data protection laws enacted by other member states of the European Union, (d) there is a guarantee of the right of access to personal data in the UK, (e) moderately structured manual records about employees are reclassified as accessible records so that such records qualify for the protection afforded by the Act and (f) CCTV systems which record the actions of identifiable individuals are subject to data protection; and if she will make a statement.
(13163)
67
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what account was taken of the provisions of the Race Relations Act 1976 in conducting the Regulatory Impact Assessment for Price Competitive Tendering.
(12703)
68
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average running costs per day are of (a) the Community Justice Centre in Liverpool and (b) an average magistrates court.
(12704)
69
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she is taking to evaluate the cost-benefit of the Community Justice Centre in Liverpool.
(12705)
70
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will take steps to protect small black minority and ethnic law firms as part of the proposed price competitive tendering for criminal legal aid contracts.
[R] (12984)
71
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 applications to see sections of the 1911 decennial census for England and Wales have been (a) received and (b) rejected by the National Archives since 1st January.
(13576)
72
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the time taken by Pickfords to publish the marked registers from the 2005 general election.
(12452)
73
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, by what date Pickfords is expected to fulfil all orders received to date with regards to marked registers from the 2005 general election.
(12453)
74
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will publish the service-level agreement between the Government and Pickfords in relation to the provision of marked registers.
(12454)
75
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will publish marked registers from the 2005 general election electronically.
(12455)
76
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what research the Government has conducted on remote electronic voting.
(12456)
77
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what her Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13098)
78
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within her Department.
(13633)
79
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which magistrates' courts have closed since May 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency; and what the date of each closure was.
(13209)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
80
N
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to promulgate the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme in Oxfordshire.
(12404)
81
N
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme places have been awarded to 12 to 18 year olds living in Oxfordshire.
(12405)
82
N
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many community coaches she intends to fund in Oxfordshire.
(12406)
83
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish costings and funding arrangements between her Department, the Treasury and the London Mayor for the Olympic Games; and in what form she expects them to be published.
(12367)
84
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the number of (a) licensed premises and (b) licensed premises serving food in each local authority area.
(13562)
85
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the highest individual payment awarded from the Lottery in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK has been in each year since 1997; and which project or organisations was awarded the payment in each case.
(12923)
86
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will request the resignation of Lord Hollick as chair of the South Bank Centre.
(13397)
87
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Prime Minister concerning the future of the London Eye; and what assessment she has made of the effect of the success of the 2012 Olympic bid on the situation with the South Bank Centre.
(13398)
88
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects the lease dispute between the South Bank Centre and the London Eye to be resolved.
(13399)
89
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress with the negotiations between the South Bank Centre and the London Eye.
(13400)
90
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what dates she has had discussions with Lord Hollick, chair of the South Bank Centre, about the London Eye; what the substance of those conversations was; and whether she plans further (a) meetings and (b) discussions with Lord Hollick on that subject.
(13401)
91
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she last met Ofcom to discuss radio broadcasting.
(13024)
92
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on (a) the regulation and licensing of commercial radio and (b) the prospects for growth in the sector.
(13025)
93
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many radio licences are expected to be granted in 2005; and whether a licence is expected to be granted for Chorley.
(13430)
94
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the relationship between her Department and Ofcom.
(13431)
95
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether Ofcom briefs her Department on (a) new and (b) existing commercial radio stations.
(13568)
96
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many current commercial radio licences there are.
(13610)
97
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will site an (a) Olympic event and (b) Olympic-related cultural event in (i) the constituency of Houghton and Washington East, (ii) the area covered by Sunderland City Council and (iii) the North East of England in 2012.
(13239)
98
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department is giving to sporting schemes and youth development through sport in (a) Teesside and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(12955)
99
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will establish principles of sustainability for the Olympic Games 2012; and if she will take steps to ensure maximum use is made of (a) recycled materials, (b) waste minimisation, (c) solar energy, (d) sustainable building and (e) transport design in the Olympic village and sports venues for 2012.
(13325)
100
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it a requirement that all buildings constructed for the Olympic Games in 2012 should be self-sufficient in energy use.
(13362)
101
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will highlight the City of St Albans in promotional literature for visitors to the 2012 Olympic Games.
(13405)
102
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for (a) the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005, (b) the passage of secondary legislation under the Act and (c) the publication of guidance for local authorities.
(12837)
103
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the needs test that magistrates considered for new licensed premises was abolished; and if she will make a statement.
(12838)
104
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to increase the number of regional casino licences from the present cap of one; and if she will make a statement
(12840)
105
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what process Ofcom follows for considering bids for community radio licences.
(12841)
106
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what applications Ofcom has received for community radio licences in the Guildford area; what the process is for the consideration of those applications; and if she will make a statement.
(12842)
107
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13059)
108
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within her Department.
(13630)
109
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer to Question ref 5530, when she expects to announce the measures agreed at the meeting on 5th April about parental supervision of children in swimming pools.
(12713)
110
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on the applications of the Licensing Act 2003 to wine tasting clubs; and if she will make a statement.
(12957)
111
N
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will direct Sport England to recover £2 million of lottery funding given to Buckmore Park Scout Centre now that it is in the ownership of the Rochester Bridge Trust.
(12653)
112
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance the Government has issued to councils, relating to the Licensing Act 2003, on councillors considering licensing applications that originate from their own ward; and if she will make a statement.
(13066)
113
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Government has had with the Standards Board for England in relation to the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.
(13067)
114
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's definition is of the principle of additionality in relation to the use of Lottery good cause funding.
(13250)
115
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on plans to establish the Big Lottery Fund.
(13251)
116
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contingency plans her Department has for overspend on the Olympic Games.
(13252)
117
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's projections are for the balances held by the Big Lottery Fund.
(13253)
118
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she has taken to ensure that charitable funding is not disrupted following the closure of the Community Lottery Fund and related programmes.
(13254)
119
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the number of premises in Cardiff Central licensed under (a) the Licensing Act 1964 and (b) the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 which fall into each of the rateable value bands for licence fees under the Licensing Act (Fees) Regulations; how many in each category will be required to pay the fee multiplier; and if she will make a statement.
(13229)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
120
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart regarding the co-ordination of withdrawal of US and UK troops from Iraq.
(13271)
121
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list for each of those countries in which UK armed forces are deployed how much military explosive was unaccounted for in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005.
(13272)
122
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons are for the increase in the estimated procurement cost of the Future Rapid Effects System.
(13273)
123
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's current estimate is of the whole life cost of the Future Rapid Effects System programme.
(13274)
124
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the unit production cost, broken down by (a) indirect resource departmental expenditure limit, (b) direct resource departmental expenditure limit and (c) capital departmental expenditure limit, is for the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle.
(13275)
125
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost, broken down by (a) indirect resource departmental expenditure limit, (b) direct resource departmental expenditure limit and (c) capital departmental expenditure limit is for the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle contract.
(13276)
126
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is in respect of arms sales to Israel.
(13023)
127
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people left the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force due to mental health problems in each of the last 10 years.
(13426)
128
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Sollis Project.
(12857)
129
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial support he has provided to the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League in relation to the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
(12933)
130
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of the Defence Assistance Fund was for each of the last four years; how much of that funding in each year was used to promote military exports; and what the allocated funding is for 2005-06.
(13455)
131
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which recommendations made in the Fire Study 2000 have been implemented to date.
(13456)
132
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of the Export Support team was last year; and what the forecast cost is for each of the next two years.
(13457)
133
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of the Defence Assistance Fund was for the last year for which figures are available; how much of the funding was used to promote military exports; and what the allocated funding is for 2005-06.
(13458)
134
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the key dates in the Armoured Vehicle Training Services project from prequalification questionnaire to the decision to abandon the project.
(13463)
135
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is in respect of Integrated Project Team leaders visiting bidders and potential suppliers outside the UK; and what records are kept of such visits.
(13464)
136
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are taken to minimise the (a) time taken and (b) costs incurred by bidders on defence procurement contracts; and under what circumstances (i) all and (ii) part of the bid costs would be met by his Department.
(13465)
137
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received on the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme as it applies to servicemen and women who have experienced hearing loss.
(13526)
138
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are taken to protect the hearing of British servicemen and women in the Armed Forces during active service.
(13527)
139
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to monitor the prevalence of noise-related hearing loss amongst servicemen and women serving in Iraq.
(13578)
140
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's court case regarding outsourcing in Gibraltar; and what steps the Department is taking following judgment in the case.
(12992)
141
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK war graves there are in (a) Singapore, (b) Malaysia, (c) Hong Kong, (d) Burma, (e) India, (f) Pakistan and (g) Thailand; what the cost was of the upkeep (i) in each country and (ii) per grave in each of the last five years; and when each site was last inspected.
(13002)
142
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people work for the War Graves Commission in (a) Europe, (b) Asia and (c) the Middle East.
(13003)
143
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength is of the Territorial Army in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and how many of these volunteers have served overseas.
(13008)
144
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength of the (a) sea cadets, (b) air cadets and (c) army cadets in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley is.
(13009)
145
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) state schools and (b) independent schools have (i) army, (ii) sea and (iii) air cadets.
(13010)
146
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many army cadets units are cap badged (a) Queen's Lancashire Regiment, (b) King's Own Borderers and (c) King's Regiment; and how many went on to join each regiment full-time in each of the last three years.
(13011)
147
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what buildings are used by the Territorial Army in Lancashire.
(13148)
148
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength is of each regiment in the Army; and what percentage this is of the full establishment in each case.
(13149)
149
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department uses the Royal Ordnance store in Chorley for holding ordnance.
(13663)
150
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether reversionary departmental freeholds are held by the Defence Test and Evaluation Group (DTEG); to whom DTEG reports; and if he will make a statement.
(13319)
151
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by his Department on school fees in each of the last three years; who is entitled to claim the cost of fees; what the maximum amount payable per claimant is; and if he will make a statement.
(11547)
152
N
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Fijian nationals are serving in Her Majesty's forces.
(13140)
153
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13058)
154
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13627)
155
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy ships have been (a) decommissioned and (b) mothballed in each of the last 10 years.
(13047)
156
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total establishment is of (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force; and how many Muslims are serving in each.
(12975)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
157
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many of the convergence work tasks for the Fire Control project have been completed; and if he will make a statement.
(13551)
158
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the regional fire control rooms to be operational; and if he will make a statement.
(13552)
159
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to conclude the procurement process for Firelink.
(13653)
160
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many telecommunication base stations are situated in Enfield, Southgate.
(13648)
161
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) telecommunication base stations and (b) mobile phone masts have been installed in Enfield, Southgate under permitted development rights since PPG8 became effective.
(13649)
162
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many appeals to the Planning Inspectorate have been made by mobile phone operators since 2002; and how many have been successful.
(13650)
163
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether Government guidance requires consideration of the cumulative impact of a number of masts in close proximity on the (a) environment and (b) health of local residents.
(13651)
164
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether Government guidance requires consideration of the health implications arising from an intensity of beam of electromagnetic field when a number of masts are located in close proximity.
(13652)
165
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the work of the Sustainable Procurement Task Force is to be guided by the recommendations of the Gershon Review.
(13528)
166
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out the remit and membership of the Sustainable Procurement Task Force.
(13529)
167
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will review planning guidance which states that only 0.9 car parking spaces per dwelling must be provided.
(12851)
168
N
Mary Creagh (Wakefield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will reply to question reference 3101 from the honourable Member for Wakefield.
(13156)
169
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent cuts in the number of fire engines at Euston and Bethnal Green and the closure of Manchester Square fire station on the ability of the Fire Service to respond to the events of 7th July; and if he will make a statement.
(12868)
170
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will reverse the recent reductions in fire cover in central London following the events of 7th July; and if he will make a statement.
(12869)
171
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he has issued to the Fire Service on the safety implications of the use of decorative hops in public houses, in relation to fire inspections required under the Licensing Act 2003.
(13320)
172
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was spent by his Department and any public body or agency for which he is responsible on security contracts with Group 4 Securicor in the past year; and if he will list (a) the nature and location of services provided and (b) the start and end dates of any current such contracts.
[R] (13468)
173
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment was made of the transitional funding arrangements accompanying the abolition of local authority social housing grant in assessing the inclusion of Daventry District Council in the Council Tax Limitation (England) (Maximum Amounts) Order 2005.
(12403)
174
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers are available to him in relation to directing English Partnerships to use land they hold for social housing.
(12864)
175
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what role his Department plays in releasing former New Town land holdings for the development of social housing.
(12965)
176
N
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the conclusions were of the Disabled Facilities Grant review.
(12202)
177
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timetable is for the handover of responsibilities of the Government Office for London to the Mayor.
(12855)
178
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, with which bodies in Milton Keynes he has discussed his Department's plans for sustainable communities.
(13138)
179
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much land English Partnerships owns in the constituency of North East Milton Keynes.
(13237)
180
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homes have been built in the North East Milton Keynes constituency in each of the last five years.
(13238)
181
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost has been of the Thurrock Development Corporation; and if he will make a statement.
(12498)
182
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the chief executive of the Thurrock Development Corporation was appointed; when he took up his appointment; and if he will make a statement.
(12499)
183
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on what date the Thurrock Development Corporation opened an office in Thurrock; and what the reasons are for the delay in opening this office.
(12500)
184
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he proposes to lay an Order transferring planning functions to the Thurrock Development Corporation; to what parliamentary procedure it will be subject; and if he will make a statement.
(12501)
185
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the progress made since its inception by the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation; what key decisions it has taken; and what the timetable is for its future work programme.
(12507)
186
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the political make-up of each local authority is; and how many of the representatives of each party are female for each authority.
(12096)
187
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) secondary legislation and (b) procedural advice the Government has published in relation to local authorities holding Mayoral referendums; and if he will deposit a copy of those documents in the Library.
(12846)
188
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to end the use of the private finance initiative as a method of achieving the Decent Homes Standard; and if he will make a statement.
(12858)
189
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to pay the consultancy fees for councils that have not yet submitted stock options.
(12860)
190
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many stock transfers of council housing to registered social landlords his task force has overseen since 1999.
(12861)
191
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much per household per week was transferred out of the housing revenue account of each Yorkshire and Humberside local authority in cross-subsidisation in the last year for which figures are available.
(12932)
192
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13155)
193
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which registered social landlords (RSLs) who have taken over council housing stock have subsequently been (a) taken over by and (b) merged with other RSLs; and how many homes have been affected in each case.
(13390)
194
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which local authorities in England since May have decided their stock options appraisal in favour of (a) stock transfer, (b) arm's length management organisation, (c) private finance initiative and (d) stock retention by the council; how many homes each authority has; which authorities have yet to advise his Office of their intentions; and how many homes they own in each case.
(13411)
195
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 12th July, Official Report, columns 962-3W, on the Decent Homes Standard, what performance rating was achieved by (a) Waltham Forest, (b) Stockton and (c) Stockport; and what the funding implications are in each case.
(13414)
196
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13621)
197
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the response to the consultation on satellite dishes and other antennas.
(13479)
198
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the organisations and individuals who have requested that Application COL/05/0964 to construct a visual arts building at Colchester be called in to be determined by a public inquiry.
(12997)
199
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much spending has been allocated to improving heating and insulation standards in social housing in each year since 2000, by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords; and if he will express this spending as a percentage of all social landlord expenditure on remedial work to the housing stock.
(13547)
200
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which fire authorities have currently set performance targets relating to the reduction of deaths and injuries in non-accidental, non-domestic emergencies.
(13549)
201
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Government plans to extend insurance cover for fire fighters; and if he will make a statement.
(13068)
202
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what commitment the Government gave to extend insurance cover for the fire fighters in the 2003 pay agreement.
(13069)
203
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to legislate for neighbourhood improvement districts.
(13070)
204
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes have been made to insurance cover for firefighters since May 1997.
(13099)
205
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what insurance cover is provided for firefighters; whether this includes terrorism cover; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the standard insurance policy for firefighters.
(13100)
206
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether dormant companies may make applications for planning permission.
(13105)
207
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what expenditure the Government has undertaken relating to unitary local government since the north east regional referendum.
(13106)
208
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much revenue has been raised in each Business Improvement District (BID) from the additional levy on business rates in each year since the operation of each BID; and what the estimated figures are for 2005-06 for each BID.
(13108)
209
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the referendum results were for the two questions asked in the North East Regional Assembly referendum in each local authority area in the North East.
(13109)
210
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what were the (a) average (i) B and (ii) D council tax in England and (b) average council tax per dwelling in England were, (A) before capping and (B) after the introduction of in-year capping, in (1) 2004-05 and (2) 2005-06.
(13110)
211
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment the Government has made of the building life of the residential accommodation provided in the £60,000 home competition; and what conditions the Government has specified in this respect.
(13111)
212
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost will be to local authorities of revoking the changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme outlined in the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004.
(13116)
213
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to publish a regulatory impact assessment in relation to revoking the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004.
(13117)
214
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment the Government has made of the fire risk from modular building techniques; and if he will make a statement.
(13118)
215
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) budget of and (b) number of full-time equivalent staff employed by the Audit Commission was in each year since its creation; and what the estimated figure is for 2005-06.
(13119)
216
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Standards Board for England will publish a revised code of conduct for councillors.
(13120)
217
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households comprised (a) social tenants, (b) private rented tenants, (c) owner occupiers owned outright and (d) owner occupiers, with a mortgage in England in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(13198)
218
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what average domestic rate poundage was levied in England in each year from 1979 until the abolition of domestic rates.
(13225)
219
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if the Government will ensure that the full results of the research on the environmental implications of increasing housing supply are made available at the same time as it publishes its proposals to revise national planning policy guidance on housing for consultation.
(13645)
220
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the implications of releasing extra land for housing in line with Kate Barker's recommendations five and nine for (a) urban regeneration and (b) the Government's target for 60 per cent. of housing development to go on previously developed sites.
(13646)
221
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Government plans to publish the results of the research it commissioned on the implications of a significant increase in housebuilidng for the environment and other sustainable development considerations.
(13647)
222
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to extend insurance cover for firefighters; and if he will make a statement.
(13179)
223
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what commitment the Government gave to extend insurance cover for firefighters in the 2003 pay agreements.
(13180)
224
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes have been made to insurance cover for firefighters since May 1997.
(13181)
225
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what insurance cover is provided for firefighters; whether this includes terrorism cover; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the standard insurance policy for firefighters.
(13182)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
226
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when her Department (a) planned to let and (b) let the contract for the review of the functions and contribution of educational psychologists.
(13531)
227
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representation her Department has received about the adequacy of the resources allocated to implement the requirements for protected teacher preparation time.
(13532)
228
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment has been made of the adequacy of the resources allocated to implement the requirements for protected teacher preparation time.
(13533)
229
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have been (a) checked, (b) approved and (c) declined by the Sure Start approval scheme since 4th January.
(13227)
230
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what basis the decision to require childcarers to renew their approval annually under the Sure Start approval scheme was made.
(13228)
231
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places were available in (a) wholly selective and (b) partially selective secondary schools in England in each year since 1997; and how many applications for these places there were in each year.
(11551)
232
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to promote the recruitment of teachers from ethnic minorities.
(12201)
233
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have left school at 16 years in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) the North West and (c) England with no qualifications in each of the last five years.
(13303)
234
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate her Department has made of the number of children in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley schools who have been victims of bullying in each of the last five years.
(13304)
235
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate her Department has made of the number of school staff who have been victims of physical abuse from students in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire schools in each of the last five years.
(13305)
236
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers have been employed in Ribble Valley schools in each of the last five years.
(13306)
237
N
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July, Official Report, columns 836-9W, on education, what methodology was used to calculate the area cost uplift for each area.
(12699)
238
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of marks for the Key Stage 2 (a) longer and (b) shorter writing task are awarded for spelling.
(13264)
239
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the minimum score necessary in the Key Stage 2 spelling test is to be awarded Level 4 overall.
(13265)
240
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils scored each mark for the most recent Key Stage 2 spelling test.
(13266)
241
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of schools were rated good or better by Ofsted at teaching mathematics at key stages (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3 and (d) 4.
(13267)
242
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary schools offered musical instrument tuition in 2003-04.
(13268)
243
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary schools offered language learning opportunities in 2003-04; and in which languages.
(13269)
244
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July, Official Report, column 841W, on mathematics, how many pupils sat for advanced extension awards in mathematics in each year since their introduction.
(13287)
245
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July, Official Report, column 841W, on mathematics, how many pupils sat GCSE AS level examinations in mathematics in each year since 1995.
(13288)
246
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 175W, on approved qualifications, how many pupils were entered for each Level 3 qualification classified within the subject sector category Mathematics and Statistics in 2003-04.
(13289)
247
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received about the effect of school workforce reform on funding arrangements for schools in Kent; and if she will make a statement.
(12925)
248
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to encourage all schools to show all existing and all new pupils the clip from Jamie Oliver's programme Jamie's School Dinners, where a group of pupils were given a demonstration of how processed chicken nuggets are made.
(13553)
249
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many under-fives she estimates will be included in the Sure Start programme in (a) the North East, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
(12978)
250
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many empty places there are in Sure Start nurseries in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
(12979)
251
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many under-fives entitled to free places on the Sure Start scheme are on waiting lists (a) in England, (b) in the North East, (c) in the Tees Valley and (d) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
(12981)
252
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will take steps to provide support in meeting the cost of Sure Start places for parents whose children are not entitled to free places but who are on low incomes.
(12982)
253
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many overseas students from EU member states are enrolled with the Open University in Milton Keynes; and if she will make a statement.
(12913)
254
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assistance her Department is giving to schools in Milton Keynes to promote good behaviour in the classroom.
(12914)
255
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) full-time teachers, (b) full-time equivalent teachers and (c) full-time equivalent teaching assistants there were in Milton Keynes in (i) 1985 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available.
(12918)
256
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate has been made of the requirement for school building maintenance for (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) other schools in North East Milton Keynes constituency in the last five years, expressed at current prices.
(12919)
257
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children of school age in Milton Keynes are not attending either a state school or an independent school.
(13235)
258
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children who live in Milton Keynes attend a school in another local authority; and how many children in each school in Milton Keynes live in another local authority.
(13236)
259
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discusssions she has had with social services in (a) Angola and (b) Nigeria regarding African faith healers and child abuse.
(12829)
260
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many complaints against childminders investigated by Ofsted have subsequently turned out be be vexatious in each of the last five years.
(12830)
261
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many investigations against childminders have been undertaken by Ofsted in each of the last five years; and how many resulted in action.
(12831)
262
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Dedicated Schools Grant for Worcestershire will continue to include the extra £3.5 million put in by Worcestershire County Council above the Schools Formula Spending Share for 2005-06.
(12833)
263
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Scottish students have enrolled at English and Welsh universities in each of the past three years.
(13452)
264
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13154)
265
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within the Department was.
(13574)
266
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many learning and skills councils have rationalised the number of training providers for the training of dental nurses; how many no longer include practising dentists as training providers; and if she will make a statement.
(13184)
267
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of young people in England (a) currently attend and (b) are applying for a place at university; and if she will make a statement.
(13432)
268
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the objectives and targets of the Aimhigher initiative are; and what assessment she has made of its effectiveness.
(13433)
269
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many permanent and fixed exclusions were made from pupil referral units in each local education authority for (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04.
(13363)
270
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is on funding for children with special needs in cases where children placed in higher bands for funding purposes attend moderate learning difficulty schools.
(12971)
271
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the percentage of children classed as deprived using the index of multiple deprivation who do not attend school.
(13640)
272
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money her Department granted to Swindon Local Education Authority in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2004-05.
(13297)
273
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will make a decision on schools to be awarded the current round of Targeted Capital Funding.
(13434)
274
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been allocated to Kent County Council for the financial years (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 for Sure Start schemes.
(13102)
275
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total budget allocated by Kent County Council is to Sure Start schemes in Kent in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(13103)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
276
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what targets she has set for reducing car mileage within her Department since 1997; and what the mileage levels were in each year from 1997.
(12642)
277
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the acidity levels of the world's oceans, with particular reference to the capacity to sustain ecosystems.
(12999)
278
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to support the transformation of the United Nations Environment Programme into a world environment organisation with enhanced powers.
(13031)
279
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of badgers that have been confirmed to have died due to infection with bovine tuberculosis in England and Wales, between 1975 and 2004 broken down by county; and if she will make a statement.
(13032)
280
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of badgers killed due to (a) road vehicles, (b) illegal action, (c) Government-organised badger culling programmes and (d) other causes in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(13033)
281
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of bovine tuberculosis on badger population numbers in England and Wales in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(13034)
282
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the mortality rate of badgers in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(13035)
283
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in the deer population over the last five years.
(13036)
284
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures to avoid the unintended presence of genetically modified organisms in other products her Department has taken, with reference to Article 26A of EU Directive 2001/18.
(13037)
285
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress she has made in establishing a liability regime in respect of GM crops.
(13038)
286
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what margin of buffer zone, in miles, she estimates is necessary to guarantee zero cross-contamination of non-GM crops by GM crops.
(13039)
287
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what weight her Department gives to (a) environmental and (b) human health considerations in determining its policy on the co-existence of GM and non-GM crops.
(13040)
288
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what identified hazards the proposed Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations address that are not addressed by the Safe Sludge Matrix; when the Regulatory Impact Assessment on the regulations will be published; and what her assessment is of the cost of implementing the regulations.
(13393)
289
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will investigate the transparency of the recent Ofwat inquiry into Severn Trent.
(12862)
290
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Ofwat on its investigations into Severn Trent.
(12863)
291
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has made to the Royal Commission on the use of pesticides and chemicals.
(13612)
292
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contractors have been paid (a) more than £5 million, (b) £1 to £499,999, (c) £500,000 to £999,999, (d) £250,000 to £499,999, (e) £100,000 to £249,999, (f) £50,000 to £99,999,(g) £25,000 to £49,999, (h) £10,000 to £24,999, (i) £5,000 to £9,999 and (j) less than £4,999 for foot and mouth clean-up work.
(13613)
293
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many veterinary surgeons are employed in each office of the State Veterinary Service, broken down by (a) gender and (b) full or part-time employment.
(13614)
294
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dolphin and porpoise strandings there were in the South West in each of the last five years.
(12995)
295
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the latest population estimates for dolphins and porpoises in South West waters are.
(13132)
296
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the results of the 2005 trial of separator grids in the bass pair trawl industry; and if she will make a statement.
(13133)
297
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the obligations and requirements in relation to water abstraction licensing of water mills that derive power directly from the main stream are different from those water mills with a mill race.
(13395)
298
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from Commonwealth countries about the effects of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy on the developing world.
(12363)
299
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms in England were under official movement or marketing restrictions at the height of the foot and mouth disease epidemic in 2001; and how many are under official movement or marketing restrictions because of bovine TB.
(12365)
300
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of Brazilian beef imports on the British beef industry.
(12366)
301
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the seven outlets which drain into rivers in Lancashire, broken down by river.
(13482)
302
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of bovine tuberculosis have been recorded in (a) the North West and (b) Chorley in the last three years.
(13483)
303
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the National Farmers Union, (b) supermarkets and (c) processers on the price of milk paid to farmers.
(13484)
304
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the average number of times a milk bottle is reused.
(13485)
305
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her estimate is of the proportion of milk (a) delivered by milkmen and (b) bought in shops in 2004-05.
(13611)
306
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual UK emissions of carbon dioxide were, including emissions from aircraft taking off from UK airports in each of the past five years.
(13001)
307
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance she has provided to Government departments regarding the drawing up of their sustainable development action plans.
(13022)
308
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many gallons of extra water will be needed to supply the 7,000 extra new homes planned in St Albans; and if she will make a statement on the current level of the water table in the area supplying St Albans.
(13403)
309
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) air quality and (b) noise quality management areas there are in (i) St Albans and (ii) Hertfordshire; and how many there were in 1997.
(13406)
310
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of poor air quality on the structure of historic buildings in St Albans; and what steps are being taken to reduce air pollution in St Albans city centre.
(13407)
311
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13064)
312
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within her Department.
(13625)
313
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the sea fish commonly found in UK waters whose numbers have declined since 1995; and if she will make a statement.
(13061)
314
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what restrictions to reduce the risk of disease apply to the importation of birds; and if she will make a statement.
(13121)
315
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what vaccines have been developed to inoculate against salmonella from imported eggs; and if she will make a statement.
(13123)
316
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to strengthen the supermarkets' code of practice; and if she will make a statement.
(13124)
317
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Over Thirty Months Scheme will end; and if she will make a statement.
(13175)
318
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what timescale she envisages for the badger culling trial in the South West; and if she will make a statement.
(13176)
319
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have signed up to the Fallen Stock Scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(13177)
320
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to ensure that the disposal of farm waste takes place as close to the farm of origin as possible; and if she will make a statement.
(13178)
321
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers did not receive their Entry Level Scheme packs on time; and if she will make a statement.
(13185)
322
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether compensation is payable to farmers who have suffered consequential loss through their herds being infected by tuberculosis; and if she will make a statement.
(13186)
323
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the level of compensation paid to farmers for herds which are infected by tuberculosis.
(13187)
324
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the guidelines are for the use of the Red Tractor logo; and if she will make a statement.
(13188)
325
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce a Produced in the UK logo scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(13189)
326
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with farm ministers from other EU countries on ensuring that EU borders are secure with regard to the importation into the EU of food products; and if she will make a statement.
(13199)
327
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for the environment of the release of hormone disrupting substances; and whether these are linked to the incidence of breast cancer.
(13449)
328
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of properties to be assisted under the revised Warm Front scheme are expected to be improved to an energy efficiency rating of SAP 65 or higher.
(13546)
329
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment was made of the potential demand that would be placed on the fallen stock scheme during lambing in North West Wales prior to the scheme's implementation.
(12370)
330
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations were undertaken with farming interests in Wales prior to the implementation of the fallen stock scheme.
(12371)
331
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration was given to granting a derogation for North West Wales from the fallen livestock scheme prior to its implementation.
(12372)
332
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she had with her counterpart in the National Assembly for Wales Government about the fallen stock scheme prior to its implementation.
(12373)
333
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on steps to minimise increases in red diesel costs for the fishing and marine industries.
(13438)
334
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce bureaucracy for the fishing industry.
(13439)
335
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps sheis taking to promote larger mesh nets for fishing boats to permit smaller fish to escape the nets.
(13440)
336
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps sheis taking to promote diversification in the fishing industry, with particular reference to tourism and leisure.
(13441)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
337
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will press for Israeli compliance with, and ratification of, the (a) Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and (b) Chemical Weapons Convention.
(13004)
338
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is his policy to support the creation of a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the Middle East.
(13021)
339
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July, Official Report, column 664W, on the Government wine cellar, what proportion of the cellar stock is English wine; and what the policy is in respect of the procurement of English wines.
(13191)
340
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports of the mistreatment and torture of detainees by Iraqi security forces; and if he will make a statement.
(10013)
341
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what initiatives the UK Government will be taking during the course of its Presidency of the European Union (a) to promote negotiations between China and representatives of the Dalai Lama over the future of Tibet, and (b) to address concerns about human rights abuses in Tibet and China.
(13164)
342
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many complaints have been made to the relevant Tribunal or Commissioner in relation to the actions of the Intelligence Service since the enactment of the Intelligence Service Acts and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and how many complainants had their complaint upheld in each year.
(13171)
343
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Sudanese authorities on the provisions of the new interim conditions that provide immunity against prosecution for the highest levels of the government.
(12996)
344
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July, Official Report, column 663W, on Bulgaria (EU accession), what elements Bulgaria needs to implement in relation to justice.
(12446)
345
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the programme to build capacity in the justice sector in Afghanistan; and what impact this is having on United Kingdom efforts to counter narcotics and related crop growing.
(13131)
346
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the use of British aid in Sri Lanka following the tsunami.
(12934)
347
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd June, Official Report, column 1083W, on visas, what meetings his Department has held with the (a) Department of Health and (b) Home Office about the issuing of visas to overseas doctors.
(12977)
348
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the extension of the Nationality and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order) prohibiting residents or citizens of Israel who are married to residents of the Occupied Territories from living in Israel with their spouses was rescinded or amended at the review on 31st May of the citizenship and entrance to Israel law; and if he will make a statement.
(13554)
349
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Civil Service grade the Deputy Legal Adviser in his Department is.
(13555)
350
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether end-user checks have taken place of the export of oversized handcuffs from the UK to (a) the United States of America and (b) Hong Kong.
(13556)
351
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Israeli government on the (a) apprehension, (b) imprisonment and (c) current restrictions on Mordechai Vanunu; and if he will make a statement.
(13656)
352
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of whether Israel possesses a deployable nuclear arsenal; and what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli government on (a) acceding to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear weapon state and (b) concluding a fullscope safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
(13657)
353
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in reducing external support for militants in Nigeria.
(12915)
354
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the South African Government regarding the situation in Zimbabwe in the past three months.
(13461)
355
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by his Department on school fees in each of the last three years; who is entitled to claim the cost of fees; what the maximum amount payable per claimant is; and if he will make a statement.
(11548)
356
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13063)
357
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13623)
358
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest assessment is of the measures the Palestinian Authority is taking to prevent terror attacks being launched against Israel.
(13416)
359
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of compliance by Hamas with the cease-fire commitment it agreed with the Palestinian Authority in Cairo in March.
(13417)
360
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest assessment is of the progress made by the Palestinian Authority in implementing the recommendations of the European Commission's Observation Mission on democratic elections.
(13418)
361
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) projects operating in (i) Israel and (ii) the Palestinian Territories being (A) funded and (B) partially sponsored by his Department.
(13419)
362
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr of 15th June on ministerial circulation of legal advisers' briefings.
(12827)
363
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the High Commission in Islamabad will accept first time traveller applications from under 25 year olds.
(13446)
364
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to tackle the trafficking of young women from Eastern Europe since the enlargement of the EU in 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(13460)
365
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Israel for the release from house arrest of Mordechai Vanunu.
(12936)
366
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) embassy and (b) consulate arrangements are in place to represent UK interests in Equatorial Guinea.
(12972)
367
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal advice he has received concerning the UK Government assuming responsibility for the payment to UK citizens of Zimbabwean government pensions.
(13388)
368
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve the governance of the United Nations.
(13444)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
369
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the findings of the Count Me In survey will be used to reduce ethnic inequality in mental health services; and how progress will be measured.
(13261)
370
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the implications of Delivering Race Equality for the training of (a) psychiatrists and (b) other mental health professionals.
(13270)
371
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on whether pregnant women who are obese during the first trimestor of pregnancy have an increased likelihood of having a baby with cleft lip or palate; and if she will make a statement.
(13636)
372
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library copies of the responses to the consultation document on the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service; and if she will make a statement.
(13637)
373
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action the Government (a) is taking and (b) plans to take in each of the next five years to increase awareness of the health benefits of fruit and vegetables in preventing cancer.
(13638)
374
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will estimate based on statistics for maternal deaths, admissions to hospitals following septic abortion, prosecutions for procuring illegal abortion and the number of illegal abortion cases known to the police in each year since 1975.
(13639)
375
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the progress being made on the new General Medical Services Contract in relation to tackling obesity.
(13654)
376
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health trainers have been appointed; what training they receive; what the estimated annual cost of a health trainer is; what management structure will be developed to oversee health trainers; and if she will make a statement.
(13655)
377
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what controls are in place on the (a) labelling and (b) sale of imported food derived from cloned animals.
(12646)
378
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent reports she has evaluated on special care for sick babies; and if she will make a statement.
(13043)
379
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neonatal intensive care units have one-to-one nursing.
(13044)
380
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neonatal intensive care units have been closed to new admissions in the last six months.
(13045)
381
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many premature babies were transferred away from their local hospital in order to find an intensive care cot in the last 12 months.
(13048)
382
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional measures are planned to ensure that adequate resources are in place to implement the proposed two-week wait for urgent and routine breast referrals.
(12447)
383
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional measures are planned to support patients with information and counselling within the proposed two-week wait for urgent and routine breast referrals.
(12448)
384
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to implement the recommendation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence that women aged 40 to 49 years with a family history of breast cancer should be entitled to annual screening.
(12449)
385
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures she has put in place to improve the rate of accuracy of general practitioner breast cancer referrals.
(12450)
386
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the EU Clinical Trials Directive on (a) the (i) administrative burden involved in undertaking and (ii) cost of clinical trials and (b) the ability of hospitals and patients to be involved in clinical trials.
(12451)
387
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contribution she expects patient and public involvement forums to make to developing health policy; and if she will make a statement.
(12906)
388
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role she expects patient forums to play in developing a patient-led NHS.
(12907)
389
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she plans to take to promote partnership working between NHS trusts, patient representatives and the voluntary sector to develop a patient-led NHS.
(12908)
390
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements will be put in place to ensure effective patient involvement in service planning within Essex Ambulance Trust when the existing patient forum is abolished.
(12909)
391
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements will be put in place after the abolition of the Essex Ambulance Service Patient and Public Involvement Forum to assist patients' representatives (a) to share information and (b) effectively to monitor ambulance services.
(12910)
392
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on counselling services in each year since 1975.
(13415)
393
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are training to be psychiatrists.
(13425)
394
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant psychiatrists there are per head of the population; and how many there were in 1997.
(13427)
395
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) average annual cost and (b) average cost per patient to the NHS for cognitive behavioural therapy has been over the last five years.
(13428)
396
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) fluoxetine, (b) sertraline, (c) Escitalopram oxalate, (d) Citaopram, Fluvoxamine, (e) Maleate and (f) Paroxetine costs per patient; and what the budget for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors is in 2005-06.
(13429)
397
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th July, reference 7222, on health care acquired infections, if she will set out for (a) England, (b) each region, (c) each strategic health authority and (d) each NHS trust the occurrences of (i) glycopeptie resistent enterococci, (ii) orthopaedic surgical site infections and (iii) serious untoward incidents for each quarter since mandatory reporting commenced.
(11550)
398
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7th July, Official Report, column 587W, on social care, what the (a) remit and (b) timescale is for establishment of the joint delivery team working on individual budgets.
(13192)
399
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of NHS trusts received a service from NHS Professionals in each year since it was set up; what the (a) budgeted and (b) actual expenditure was in each case; and what the (i) number and (ii) duration of placements were.
(13234)
400
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many agencies recruiting nurses are registered with the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
(13293)
401
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July to the honourable Member for Southend West, Official Report, column 728W, on hospitals (alcohol-related cases), what equivalent information is available for (a) Greater London, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each NHS trust in London.
(13481)
402
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of time taken is to process an application for registration with the General Social Care Council.
(13536)
403
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the number of people with care needs who would wish to take-up (a) a direct payment and (b) individual budgets.
(13537)
404
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the applicability of the Human Rights Act to care settings provided by non-statutory agencies.
(13538)
405
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in developing appropriate data sets for the assessment of care needs and the measurement of care outcomes.
(13539)
406
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to act on the recommendations of the recent Office of Fair Trading report into the care home sector.
(13540)
407
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will set out the remit, main findings and recommendations of the National Alcohol Needs Assessment for England.
(13541)
408
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the number of individuals in England suffering from myasthenia gravis; what guidance her Department has issued to NHS trusts in respect of support for those diagnosed with the disease; and if she will make a statement.
(11215)
409
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals for bed and ward closures by NHS hospitals she has been informed of (a) formally and (b) informally.
(12707)
410
N
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans are in place to stockpile medical consumables for use in the event of a civil or terrorist emergency; and if she will make a statement.
(12641)
411
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received about the provision of kidney dialysis in South London.
(12835)
412
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS (i) six to 12 months, (ii) 13 to 18 months and (iii) 19 to 24 months prior to being employed by independent sector treatment centres with contracts with the NHS.
(13218)
413
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses employed by private diagnostic and independent sector treatment centres with contracts with the NHS have been found to have worked in the NHS during the preceding six month period.
(13219)
414
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effects of the development and use of independent treatment centres on waiting lists.
(13220)
415
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on her intention to produce a national approach to continuing care as set out in her Department's press notice of 9th December 2004.
(13392)
416
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the Draper report on childhood cancer in relation to high voltage power lines; what steps she proposes to take in response to the report; what plans she has to commission further research into the subject; what discussions on the implications of the report she (a) has had and (b) plans to have with (i) ministerial colleagues, with particular reference to the Secretaries of State for Education and Skills and Trade and Industry and the Deputy Prime Minister, (ii) relevant charities, (iii) patient groups, (iv) clinicians, (v) Ofgem, (vi) the National Grid and (vii) the electricity supply industry; and if she will make a statement.
(13000)
417
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has adopted the World Health Organisation 1992 recommendation that all countries adopt a universal vaccination for hepatitis B.
(13321)
418
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has for changing the hepatitis B vaccination regime.
(13322)
419
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if her Department will issue warnings about the possible risks of contracting hepatitis B associated with international travel.
(13323)
420
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to how many individuals and organisations the report Securing Better Mental Health for Older Adults has been sent; and what resources have been allocated to publicising it.
(12926)
421
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding will be provided for increasing the proportion of older people being supported to live in their own home by one per cent. annually in 2007 and 2008; and what form that support will take.
(12927)
422
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what methodology was used to calculate figures quoted in the report Securing Better Mental Health for Older Adults stating that (a) 40 per cent. of GP attendees, (b) 50 per cent. of general hospital patients and (c) 60 per cent. of care home residents are older adults with mental health problems.
(12930)
423
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated to support the work of the programme board for older adult mental health services (a) to promote social inclusion and (b) to support the Government's vision for social care as set out in the Securing Better Mental Health for Older Adults report.
(12931)
424
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances letters signed by honourable or Right honourable Members and sent to her on behalf of constituents are answered by e-mails sent by customer call centre officials; and if she will make a statement.
(12368)
425
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response she has made to the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin on its recommendations on visas for overseas doctors; and if she will make a statement.
(12935)
426
N
Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the cost to the processed food industry of the Food Standards Agency's decision to recall products containing Sudan 1 and Para Red.
(12866)
427
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of cases of (a) gonorrhoea, (b) chlamydia and (c) syphilis which were diagnosed in primary care or elsewhere in 2004-05 but were not reported by genito-urinary medicine clinics or not included in their statistics; and if she will make a statement.
(12924)
428
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS facilities in England which test for chlamydia (a) exclusively use the nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), (b) use NAAT alongside other methods and (c) do not use NAAT; and what percentage of all chlamydia tests in 2004 used NAAT.
(12953)
429
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) pharmaceuticals and (b) medical devices were included in the appraisal programme of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2005.
(12988)
430
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will meet the Pan Birmingham Cancer Network to discuss their policy on the use of cancer treatments which have not been approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(12989)
431
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will review the process by which (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts make decisions on funding for treatments not approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(12990)
432
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will commission research into how effective HSC 1990/176 has been in providing clear guidance to NHS bodies on the use of treatments not approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and if she will make a statement.
(12991)
433
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to increase the rate at which topics are selected for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence work programmes.
(12993)
434
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures her Department has in place to monitor the compliance of (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts with the requirements of HSC 1999/176 in relation to the funding of treatments not approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(12994)
435
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when (a) she and (b) officials from her Department last met representatives of Lancashire Ambulance Trust.
(12939)
436
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether ambulance trusts send 999 response times to her Department.
(12940)
437
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is on answering parliamentary questions on Lancashire Ambulance Trust.
(12941)
438
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how often she meets chairs and chief executives of ambulance trusts; and whether response times are discussed at such meetings.
(12942)
439
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual salary for chairs of ambulance trusts is.
(13015)
440
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) highest and (b) lowest salary for a chief executive of an ambulance trust is; and what other expenses and benefits are typically received.
(13016)
441
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the Lancashire Ambulance Trust board members; and in which town or village each lives.
(13017)
442
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what service level agreements are in place between Lancashire Ambulance Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospital.
(13018)
443
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances taxis may be used to move patients between accident and emergency departments in Lancashire.
(13145)
444
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes there have been since November 2003 in the information that is collected centrally by her Department on performance by ambulance trusts against response time targets; and if she will make it her policy to pass on parliamentary questions from honourable Members concerning the operation of ambulance trusts directly to those trusts in cases where her Department does not hold the information centrally.
(13146)
445
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the powers available to her in relation to the operation of ambulance trusts.
(13147)
446
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if shewill make a statement on patient involvement in the Lancashire Ambulance Trust.
(13582)
447
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have used the kidney dialysis unit in Chorley since it opened.
(13583)
448
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if shewill make a statement on the provision of mental health services in Lancashire for (a) young people and (b) adults.
(13584)
449
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she collects on the performance of Lancashire Ambulance Trust.
(13609)
450
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Ministers of her Department next expect to meet representatives of herbal product manufacturers to discuss the costs associated with the implementation of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive.
(13026)
451
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the basis was for the statement in the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's consultation document MLX 325 on the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive that small and medium-sized enterprises typically manufacture simpler products requiring less sophisticated quality control.
(13027)
452
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the total number of herbal products that may require registering under the provisions of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive; how many of those products she estimates will be based on (a) a single active herbal ingredient, (b) a mixture of two herbal ingredients and (c) a more complex mixture of several herbal ingredients; what estimate she has made of the likely registration fees for each of those categories of products in England; and if she will make a statement.
(13028)
453
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact on business of the way that the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive is being interpreted and implemented.
(13029)
454
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the consistency between the proposed implementation of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive and World Health Organisation policies for the promotion of traditional and complementary medicine as a way of improving public health.
(13030)
455
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a compromise agreement was signed by Mersey Regional Ambulance Service and their Chief Executive prior to her departure from the organisation.
(12998)
456
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7th July, Official Report, columns 586-4W on scanning services, what the evidential basis was for the calculation of the average waiting time for diagnostic scans in Barnsley referred to in the Guardian newspaper on 2nd July.
(12502)
457
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timescale she has set for extending the pilots for junior doctors training in independent sector treatment centres to all parts of the country.
(12503)
458
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the locations of the pilots for junior doctors training in independent sector treatment centres.
(12504)
459
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to collect information on the number of MRI scans carried out in the County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority area.
(12505)
460
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms her Department will use to determine whether Alliance Medical has increased clinical capacity in the number of MRI scans carried out.
(12506)
461
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 201W, on Alliance Medical, on what basis her Department concluded that Alliance Medical would improve patient care.
(13158)
462
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th July, Official Report, column 985W, who is carrying out work on data collection.
(13159)
463
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th July, Official Report, column 985W, how it is possible to tell that Alliance Medical were able to provide scans at a lower cost than the direct access tariff.
(13161)
464
N
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is held centrally about waiting lists for diagnostic scanning services.
(13194)
465
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the same level of training is required for doctors working in independent sector treatment centres as in NHS units.
(13565)
466
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make it her policy to introduce mandatory neonatal testing for cystic fibrosis in all English hospitals.
(13661)
467
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expenditure by her Department was on (a) hospital services, (b) doctors' surgeries and (c) dental services in each year since 1997 in Houghton and Washington East constituency.
(13129)
468
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant posts were vacant in the NHS in England on 31st March in each of the past five years; and what assessment she has made of (a) trends in levels of and (b) reasons for consultant vacancies.
(12946)
469
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department gives to NHS trusts on the use of locum staff to fill temporarily vacant consultant posts; and what limits there are on the duration of such arrangements.
(12947)
470
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to re-organise primary care trust funding in Milton Keynes.
(12912)
471
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds in Milton Keynes General Hospital are available for patients with severe neck trauma; and whether beds are reserved for local patients.
(12920)
472
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) consultants and (d) auxiliary staff have been victims of violence in the Milton Keynes NHS Trust over the last 10 years.
(12921)
473
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make Velcade available on prescription for the treatment of myeloma.
(13139)
474
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from educational institutions outside the UK wishing to offer courses for UK students to study medicine; and if she will make a statement.
(13257)
475
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the merits of supporting UK medical students to train in universities outside the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(13300)
476
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of children (a) under the age of five years and (b) under the age of 10 years have experienced (i) tooth decay and (ii) one or more fillings in each year since 1985-86; and if she will make a statement.
(12087)
477
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of research into the effectiveness of buteyko breathing techniques in the treatment of asthma.
(12980)
478
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to complete its assessment of Velcade.
(13450)
479
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under the age of 30 years in the area corresponding most closely to St Albans (a) are subject to alcohol treatment orders, (b) being treated for alcohol-related illnesses and (c) have been convicted of alcohol-related offences in the last 12 months; and what the equivalent figures have been in each year since 1997.
(13412)
480
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13130)
481
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within her Department.
(13629)
482
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that the increase in the number of training places for physiotherapists is matched by funding for physiotherapy posts in the NHS.
(13310)
483
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of (a) the extent of counterfeiting of medicines in England and (b) the impact of parallel trading on the counterfeiting of medicines.
(13326)
484
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the implications of delays in adjudicating on acceptability of parallel-traded products by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for the extent of the distribution of counterfeit and improperly packaged drugs in England.
(13327)
485
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to speed up the assessment of parallel-traded products referred by manufacturers to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
(13328)
486
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has for a new dental school in the North West; and if she will make a statement.
(13062)
487
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a limit is placed on the number of pills that can be dispensed with a repeat prescription.
(12949)
488
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the incidence of food poisoning from liquid eggs; and if she will make a statement.
(13122)
489
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population was registered with an NHS dentist in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(13174)
490
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with supermarkets about the effective labelling of food to help consumers understand where the items are produced; and if she will make a statement.
(13190)
491
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation was undertaken with (a) healthcare professionals, (b) commercial organisations and (c) patient organisations on the provision of health trainers prior to developing job descriptions for such trainers.
(13542)
492
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on progress with obesity initiatives in the Implementation Programme of the White Paper on Public Health with particular reference to (a) the Weight Loss Guide, (b) Obesity Care Pathway and the Obesity Tool Kit, (c) the Directory of Training Resources, (d) National Partnership for Obesity, (e) Obesity Programme Board, (f) the development of a job description and management structure for health trainers and (g) the work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in assessing weight loss options.
(13543)
493
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total number of points available for assessing practice remuneration under the general practitioners contract is; how many points relate directly to the assessment, treatment or prevention of overweightness or obesity; and for what specific purposes these are awarded.
(13544)
494
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the need for action to tackle obesity at primary care level.
(13545)
495
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what specific training will be given to trainers to enable them to develop the necessary skills for dealing with complex health issues and their underlying psychological factors; and if she will make a statement.
(13581)
496
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will increase the number of points available under the general practitioners contract for actions directly related to tackling overweightness and obesity by reference to success in reducing obesity rather than measuring the scale of the problem; and if she will make a statement.
(13587)
497
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect of legislation and regulation on small and medium-sized manufacturers of herbal medicines; what assessment she has made of whether any manufacturers will cease to trade as a result of regulatory burdens; whether she has discussed sector regulation with (a) the Health Food Manufacturers Association and (b) the Herbal Forum; and if she will make a statement.
(13104)
498
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the implications for consumer safety of the potential for growth in internet and mail order sales of herbal products.
(13125)
499
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will base the product release specification of compound herbal products under the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive upon thin layer chromatography linked to standard patterns; and if she will meet with industry representatives to discuss this matter.
(13126)
500
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of whether the guidelines on quality and stability for herbal medicinal products are appropriate for multi-component traditional herbal products.
(13127)
501
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect on (a) new product innovation and development and (b) business profitability and employment potential of the (i) registration fees, (ii) testing costs and (iii) quality procedures proposed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in connection with implementation of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive.
(13128)
502
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses on average staffed an intensive care bed for (a) adults, (b) children and (c) new born or premature babies in the last period for which figures are available.
(13658)
503
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many special care baby units were open for the whole of each year since 2000.
(13659)
504
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the (a) number of nurses required and (b) cost of providing two nurses per special care baby intensive care cot.
(13660)
505
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the average income, after operating expenses, of dentists working only for the NHS in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.
(13298)
506
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the average income, after operating expenses, of general practitioners working only for the NHS in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003 and (e) 2004.
(13299)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
507
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many uniformed prison officers were employed at each prison in (a) 1992 and (b) 2005.
(13377)
508
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prison governors and (b) prison officers have been investigated for accessing pornography on the internet in each month since January; and if he will make a statement.
(13378)
509
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) governors, (b) prison officers and (c) inmates have been found with drugs at each prison establishment in each month since January; and if he will make a statement.
(13379)
510
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many instances at each prison members of the Independent Monitoring Board have disagreed with the outcome of a review of continued segregation in a prison segregation unit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(13391)
511
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of racism in the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(13394)
512
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers left the police due to mental health problems in each of the last 10 years.
(13424)
513
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers were disqualified from driving for a period of over two years in each of the last five years; how many subsequently applied to the sentencing court for part of the disqualification period to be lifted on grounds of hardship; and how many were successful.
(11549)
514
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will identify those items in the database of registerable facts associated with the identity card which are not considered to be personal data as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(13166)
515
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will modify Ministerial statements, public documents and answers to Parliamentary Questions which refer to the privacy protection afforded by the Data Protection Act 1998 in the context of the identity card to alert the reader to the fact that the European Commission has formally expressed an opinion that the Data Protection Act 1998 is a defective implementation of Directive 95/46/EC; and if he will make a statement.
(13167)
516
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of times in a year (a) police, (b) security services and (c) tax officials will be provided with information from the national register associated with the identity card; and if he will make a statement.
(13168)
517
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce an amendment to modify the Identity Card Bill so that personal information from the national register associated with the identity card cannot be used by any public authority for the purpose of the efficient and effective delivery of public services without the consent of the identity card holder; and if he will make a statement.
(13169)
518
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints have been made to the relevant Tribunal or Commissioner in relation to the actions of the Security Service since the enactment of the Security Services Acts and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and how many complainants had their complaint upheld in each year.
(13170)
519
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made by the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Historical Abuse Appeal Panel on abuse cases; and if he will make a statement.
(13643)
520
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Senior Investigating Officers Handbook on Abuse Investigations' review group has made; and if he will make a statement.
(13644)
521
N
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to appoint the Chief Executive of the National Police Improvement Agency.
(12828)
522
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many government-funded victim support schemes are operating, broken down by (a) location and (b) type of scheme.
(12700)
523
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been (a) dispersed, (b) arrested and (c) removed to their home address under the relevant powers contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 in each month of 2004, broken down by (i) borough, (ii) age, (iii) ethnicity, (iv) offence and (v) outcome.
(13101)
524
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports and documents handed in have been lost after being deposited at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(13559)
525
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice his Department is giving to police authorities on dealing with race crime.
(13560)
526
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what medical history is taken from individuals issued with an anti-social behaviour orders.
(13561)
527
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been issued with (a) derogatory and (b) non-derogatory control orders under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005; and how many of these had restrictions or prohibitions made in respect of their (i) place of residence and (ii) movements in and around the United Kingdom.
(12701)
528
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 where he is seeking a derogatory control order; and for how many of these control orders have been issued.
(12702)
529
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been detained under Immigration Act 1971 powers in each of the last five years; at what stage of the asylum process they were detained; and for how long.
(12967)
530
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to put the criteria for the detention of asylum seekers on a statutory basis.
(12968)
531
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy that a decision to detain an asylum seeker is automatically and regularly reviewed as to its (a) legality, (b) necessity and (c) appropriateness by a court or other independent body.
(12969)
532
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will adopt the recommendation of the Home Affairs Select Committee of April 2003 to collect data on the numbers of people who abscond once they have reached the end of the asylum process.
(12970)
533
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will produce an easy-read guide to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for people with learning disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
(12928)
534
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted under section (a) 30 and (b) 38 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; and how many prosecutions were successful in each case.
(12929)
535
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to advertise and promote recent changes to the Payroll Giving Grants programme.
(12364)
536
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date the police inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly was closed.
(12847)
537
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12th July, Official Report, column 911W, on passports, what the reasons are for the increase in the average unit cost of producing passports from 2005-06 to 2006-07.
(13480)
538
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Department has made with the second phase of its project, begun in November 2004, to explore the benefits, feasibility and legal impediments of sharing public sector deceased person information with other public agencies and organisations involved in fraud prevention; and whether he intends to bring forward legislation on these matters in the current parliamentary session.
(13662)
539
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many physical attacks have been made on (a) firefighters, (b) police officers and (c) ambulance staff in Houghton and Washington East constituency in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(13183)
540
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many physical attacks have been made on shop workers in the constituency of Houghton and Washington East in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(13240)
541
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made towards light touch inspection of high performing police services.
(13580)
542
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Department has to prohibit the sale of amyl nitrates in nightclubs.
(12954)
543
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Chief Constable and (b) police authority in Milton Keynes regarding structural re-organisation.
(12911)
544
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) agencies and (b) partnerships responsible for the reduction of crime in North East Milton Keynes constituency.
(12916)
545
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will issue guidance to police forces that a representative from social services should be present when possible when a mentally disabled person is arrested.
(13142)
546
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicles were recovered from road traffic accidents by commercial garages and scrap merchants in the North Wales Police Area in the last three years for which figures are available.
(13223)
547
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the garages and scrap merchants contracted to recover vehicles from road traffic accidents in the North Wales Police Area in the last 12 months.
(13224)
548
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent changes his Department has made in procedures for checking whether sex offenders are entering the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(13248)
549
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reciprocal arrangements exist between the UK and (a) Northern and (b) Southern Cyprus on the exchange of information regarding the travel of those who have committed sex offences; and if he will make a statement.
(13249)
550
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the proposed criteria are by which an area can be designated an alcohol disorder zone.
(12839)
551
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child curfew orders have been issued in (a) Guildford, (b) Waverley and (c) Surrey in each year since their creation.
(12843)
552
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the datasets that his Department holds that include figures for the (a) Guildford, (b) Waverley crime and disorder reduction partnership areas and (c) West Surrey Basic Command Unit area.
(12844)
553
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the crime detection rates for (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robberies, (d) burglaries, (e) theft of a vehicle and (f) theft from a vehicle were for (i) Guildford and (ii) Waverley crime and disorder reduction partnership areas in 2004-05.
(12845)
554
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June, Official Report, column 751W, on crime and disorder statistics, what the crime detection rates were for (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robberies, (d) burglaries, (e) theft of a vehicle and (f) theft from a vehicle in the West Surrey Basic Command Unit in each year since June 1997.
(12870)
555
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) parliamentary constituencies, (b) local authorities and (c) local government wards fall within the West Surrey Basic Command Unit.
(12877)
556
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suicides there have been in prisons in England and Wales in each month since January 2000, broken down by prison.
(12854)
557
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13135)
558
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the consultants employed by his Department in each of the last three years.
(13569)
559
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13631)
560
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers are available to the police to combat the anti-social use of micro-bikes.
(13309)
561
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers have been introduced in Newport East; and what assessment he has made of the impact they have had on levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Newport East.
(13311)
562
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in Newport East in 1997; and how many there were in the last period for which figures are available.
(13312)
563
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the umbrellas purchased by the Passport Agency in the summer of 1999 for use by customers have been retained by the Agency.
(13210)
564
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has conducted into the role that Advanced Passenger Information can provide in strengthening border security.
(13211)
565
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what incentives will be put in place to encourage people to apply for an identity card in advance of their passport coming up for renewal.
(13213)
566
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what methodology was used to arrive at the estimates contained in the document Identity Cards Scheme Benefits Overview on the financial benefits to (a) citizens, (b) the public sector and (c) the private sector; which (i) public, (ii) private and (iii) voluntary sector organisations were consulted as part of the research; how much the research cost to conduct; and what the duration of the research was from commissioning to completion.
(13214)
567
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 115W, on asylum seekers, how many asylum seekers have applied for the right to work following the introduction of the EU Directive; and what steps he has taken to publicise this change in the law.
(13215)
568
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 127W, on the Drugs Act 2005, if he will break the figures down by the relevant sections of the Act.
(13216)
569
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the basis is for the statement on page 8 of the document Identity Cards Scheme Benefits Overview that the ability for the police to check scene of crime marks against the National Identity Register will result in savings of £40 million per annum; and if he will make a statement.
(13217)
570
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent changes have been made to the protocols governing the police response to burglar alarms in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) England and Wales; what national guidelines exist in this area; and what recent discussions he has had with the insurance industry on this matter.
(13221)
571
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on how the sport of airsoft will be affected by the provisions of the Violent Crime Reduction Bill.
(12956)
572
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extradition requests have been made under the terms of the Extradition Act 2003.
(13447)
573
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extradition requests have been received under the terms of the Extradition Act 2003.
(13448)
574
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to strengthen child protection on the internet.
(13641)
575
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total establishment is of (a) police officers and (b) community police officers; and how many Muslims are serving in each category.
(12976)
576
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the UK police are assisting investigations into the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea; and if he will make a statement.
(12974)
577
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many attacks have been made on shop workers in Hartlepool in the last three years.
(13443)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
578
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what percentage of (a) external and (b) internal lights within the House estate are (i) movement-activated and (ii) activated by a particular degree of darkness.
(12643)
579
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much energy on average was used to power the air-conditioning in Portcullis House in the last period for which figures are available.
(12644)
580
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will take steps to amend the light settings in the toilets, bathrooms and public areas in Portcullis House so that they are activated by motion rather than remaining permanently on.
(12645)
581
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what records are kept of (a) use of security passes, (b) telephone calls made and (c) emails sent and received by (i) honourable Members, (ii) their staff and (iii) staff of the House; who has access to such records; for how long; and under what conditions such access is maintained in each case.
(12648)
582
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what area of office accommodation is occupied by (a) honourable Members, (b) their staff and (c) each department of the House for each building of the Parliamentary estate.
(12649)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
583
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which African Union countries have had their country reviewed under the Africa Peer Review Mechanism of the New Partnership for African Development; and what assessment he has made of the findings of the reviews.
(13071)
584
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when the respective G8 countries were first contacted on providing logistical support for the African Union mission in Darfur.
(13072)
585
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support to date has been provided by the G8 countries to the African Union mission in Darfur.
(13073)
586
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the G8 countries have established a timeline for further deployment of African Union troops in Darfur.
(13074)
587
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) transport, (b) logistics and (c) financial management support the G8 countries have pledged to the African Union mission in Darfur.
(13075)
588
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the G8 countries have reached agreement on the prosecution of war criminals from Darfur by the International Criminal Court.
(13076)
589
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which of the G8 countries are willing to sign the proposed International Arms Trade Treaty.
(13077)
590
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many health workers were recruited from Africa by the respective G8 countries in each of the past 10 years for which records are available.
(13078)
591
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements the G8 countries reached during the Gleneagles Summit on promoting the sale of fair trade goods.
(13080)
592
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the funds pledged during the Gleneagles Summit will be used to promote gender equality in Africa.
(13082)
593
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goal to reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13083)
594
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goal to reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13084)
595
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goal (a) to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education and (b) that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling are reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13085)
596
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goal target to reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five years is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13086)
597
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13087)
598
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13088)
599
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to halt and begin to reverse the increase in the incidence of malaria and other major diseases is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13089)
600
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13090)
601
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers is reached by 2020; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13091)
602
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory and includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction nationally and internationally is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13092)
603
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to address the least developed countries special needs is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13093)
604
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing states is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13094)
605
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to deal comprehensively with developing countries' debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13095)
606
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to develop decent and productive work for youth in cooperation with the developing countries is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13096)
607
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals target to provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries in co-operation with pharmaceutical companies is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13097)
608
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what agreements were reached at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles to ensure that the millennium development goal target to make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications technologies, in co-operation with the private sector, is reached in 2015; and what assessment the UK had made of the likelihood of meeting that target before the G8 Summit.
(13165)
609
N
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he plans to take (a) to raise the profile of disability in the Millennium Development Goals review and (b) to ensure that disabled people are specifically included in the implementation of millennium development goals.
(12938)
610
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes his Department operates in South Africa to assist those who are HIV positive.
(13141)
611
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's funding for water and sanitation projects; and what proportions of this funding are provided for (a) private sector, (b) public sector and (c) community sector initiatives.
(13385)
612
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which water and sanitation projects funded by his Department in the financial years (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 were (i) mostly private sector, (ii) mostly public sector and (iii) mostly community sector initiatives.
(13386)
613
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the water and sanitation projects funded by his Department during financial years (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05; what the project aims and activities were; when each project was (i) awarded, (ii) started and (iii) completed; what the total cost of each project was; what his Department's contribution to the total costs was; and what the contributions to the total costs were from project contractors.
(13387)
614
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13151)
615
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13635)
616
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent measures have been introduced to facilitate the reform of Palestinian security forces.
(13420)
617
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made in coordinating stronger ties between the Palestinian Authority and Israel in order to address Palestinian poverty.
(13421)
618
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what cooperation his Department has received from members of the Arab League in alleviating poverty in the Palestinian Territories.
(13422)
619
Dan Norris (Wansdyke):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his assessment is of Israeli proposals to provide transport links between the West Bank and Gaza.
(13423)
Questions to the Leader of the House
620
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Leader of the House, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Office.
(13628)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
621
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what procedures are in place to monitor the quality of advice provided by energy suppliers to their domestic customers; what formal qualifications are required of persons providing such advice; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of such advice.
(13408)
622
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will introduce to Northern Ireland the Message in a Bottle Scheme used in Scotland.
(13277)
623
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the report of the departmental study group on the impact on churches and others opposed to gambling of reliance of the voluntary and community sector on Lottery-based funding.
(13278)
624
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans his Department has to review arrangements for school governance in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(13279)
625
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will assess the adequacy of English as an Additional Language Support in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland.
(13280)
626
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidelines his Department issues to education and library boards regarding the provision of English as an additional language support.
(13281)
627
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which Government agency will be responsible for making payment of the one-off tax free lump sum of £200 to pensioner households in Northern Ireland; what action pensioners will be required to take to receive such payments; and when they will receive it.
(13282)
628
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13144)
629
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13632)
Questions to the Prime Minister
630
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he plans to take to ensure that (a) honourable Members and (b) representatives of civil society are able to participate in the continuing dialogue on climate change referred to in his statement at the G8.
(12836)
631
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will ask the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments if he will investigate whether the words used by the Chair of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regarding Seroxat published in the New Statesman on 20th June were consistent with the standards laid down for holders of a public appointment.
(13226)
632
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had during the Gleneagles Summit regarding the Millennium Development Goal to promote gender equality in Africa.
(13081)
633
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the business representatives with whom he has had meetings (a) at Number 10, (b) within Parliament, (c) at Chequers and (d) elsewhere since 1st January; which organisation they represented in each case; and what the main topic for discussion at each meeting was.
(13291)
634
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total expenditure saved was in each of the last three years in his Department as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies.
(13571)
635
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the five management consultancies which received the highest value of contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last three years and the total value of the contracts awarded to each.
(13573)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
636
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the evidence of sectarianism in Scotland during the last marching season; and if he will make a statement.
(13451)
637
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13136)
638
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the consultants employed by his Department in each of the last three years.
(13570)
Questions to the Solicitor General
639
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Solicitor General, what the (a) formal job titles and (b) grades were of the officials involved in drafting the parliamentary answer to Baroness Ramsey (HL2172); and from which Department each came.
(13558)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
640
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of electricity generated to meet demand was contributed by each mode of generation in the last period for which figures are available.
(13380)
641
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list (a) the sites, (b) the level of subsidy and (c) the electricity generation output of each application that has been supported under the Clear Skies scheme.
(13381)
642
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on house prices of (a) established wind farms and (b) proposed wind farm developments.
(13382)
643
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the (a) environmental and (b) economic (i) cost and (ii) benefit of wind farms.
(13383)
644
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the relative efficiency of each mode of electricity generation.
(13384)
645
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the sites of (a) established wind farms and (b) proposed wind farms; and what the generating capacity is of each.
(13486)
646
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether a same sex couple will each be permitted to nominate one property as their principle residence for the purposes of avoiding capital gains tax under the proposed terms of the Civil Partnerships Act 2004.
(13315)
647
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the recent Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations at Doha.
(13563)
648
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many small arms were exported by G8 countries to (a) Sudan, (b) Uganda, (c) Democratic Republic of Congo, (d) Zimbabwe, (e) Ivory Coast, (f) Liberia, (g) Ethiopia, (h) Eritrea and (i) Somalia in the last 10 years for which records are available.
(13079)
649
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what account he took of the report of ASE management consultants on the privatisation of the Export Control Organisation in determining whether to privatise it.
(12937)
650
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the future of nuclear power stations; what proportion of electricity carried across the National Grid is generated by nuclear power; and if he will make a statement on the future of nuclear power in the UK.
(13005)
651
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people work (a) directly and (b) indirectly in the nuclear industry in (i) the UK, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) Cumbria.
(13006)
652
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) trucks and (d) bus and coaches were built in the UK in each of the last three years; and how many people are employed in the automotive industry.
(13007)
653
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding was given via the North West Development Agency (NWDA) to the Royal Lancashire Show in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; what future allocations have been agreed for the Royal Lancashire Show by the NWDA; how the money has been spent; and what audit checks are carried out on the money paid.
(13012)
654
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the benefits arising from the funding allocated to the Royal Lancashire Show by the North West Development Agency.
(13013)
655
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what response he will make to the conclusions on prepayment meter users in the Public Accounts Committee's recent report on Ofgem's Social Action Plan.
(13318)
656
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from and when he next plans to meet UK and foreign business representatives regarding the Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations at the World Trade Organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(13564)
657
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total public sector financial support was for the Industry and Parliament Trust in each year from 2001-02 to 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(12088)
658
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to promote the uptake of liquid petroleum gas (a) in petrol stations and (b) amongst consumers.
(13453)
659
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many petrol stations in England sell liquid petroleum gas.
(13454)
660
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for vibration white finger have been submitted in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) the United Kingdom registered as being under the UDM/Vendside scheme for miners compensation by (i) Moss Solicitors, (ii) Brm solicitors, (iii) Beresfords solicitors, (iv) AMS Law solicitors, (v) Wake Smith Solicitors and (vi) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers.
(12650)
661
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been submitted in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) the United Kingdom registered as being under the UDM/Vendside scheme for miners compensation by (i) Moss Solicitors, (ii) Brm solicitors, (iii) Beresfords solicitors, (iv) AMS Law solicitors, (v) Wake Smith Solicitors and (vi) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers.
(12651)
662
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many deceased claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger have been submitted in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) the United Kingdom registered as being under the UDM/Vendside scheme for miners compensation by (i) Moss Solicitors, (ii) Brm solicitors, (iii) Beresfords solicitors, (iv) AMS Law solicitors, (v) Wake Smith Solicitors and (vi) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers.
(12652)
663
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many deceased claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from (a) Beresfords solicitors and (b) all solicitors have been rejected or withdrawn.
(12903)
664
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the Union of Democratic Mineworkers has been paid in fees for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) claims and (b) deceased COPD claims.
(12904)
665
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) deceased chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) claims and (b) total COPD claims have been registered by the Union of Democratic Mineworkers.
(12905)
666
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger have been submitted in (i) Bassetlaw and (ii) the United Kingdom for miners' compensation by (A) Moss Solicitors, (A) Brm Solicitors, (C) Beresfords Solicitors, (D) AMS Law Solicitors, (E) Wake Smith Solicitors and (F) Union of Democratic Mineworkers.
(12985)
667
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger have been submitted in (i) Bassetlaw and (ii) the United Kingdom registered as being under the Union of Democratic Mineworkers/Vendside scheme for miners' compensation by solicitors.
(12986)
668
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13153)
669
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies in his Department was.
(13572)
670
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July to Question reference 9089, which Ministers agreed that the Department would negotiate the strategy with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and Vendside; on what dates; what reports Ministers received on the progress of negotiations; and on what dates Ministers agreed to the terms of the final outcome of the negotiations.
(12826)
671
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the European Directive on Investment on the Department's role in relation to the (a) Miners' Pension Scheme and (b) British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(12871)
672
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the current value of the Investment Reserve Fund in the (a) Miners' Pension Scheme and (b) British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme is.
(12872)
673
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to lay the Annual Report on Energy Supplies before Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(12966)
674
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much public funding has gone into scientific research into (a) renewable energy systems and (b) nuclear energy in each of the last five years.
(13389)
675
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to publish the findings of the Peer Review on the methodology for calculating fuel poverty figures for England.
(13548)
676
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Luneside Link, as referred to in the context of the Northern Route (Heysham/M6 link) in the North West Development Agency Regeneration and Economic Development Assessment Final Report of January 2005, is.
(12654)
677
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Northavon dated 10th December 2004 regarding Carnaby Kitchens.
(12706)
678
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government plans to limit investment in research and development solely to systems analysis relating to hydrogen infrastructure and novel non-nuclear hydrogen production technology.
(13410)
679
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of future European enterprise and other economic development funding for the North East region of the UK.
(13436)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
680
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce legislation to control the playing of loud music from a moving vehicle; and if he will make a statement.
(13618)
681
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the concrete section of the A419/417 Swindon to Gloucester Road will be resurfaced.
(12852)
682
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made towards renegotiating the Irish Light Dues subsidy; and how much has been allocated to this subsidy for 2005-06.
(13459)
683
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects a Lorry Road User Charge to commence operation in the UK.
(12867)
684
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the terms of reference are for work to be carried out by consultants on port traffic forecasts and trans-shipment economic implications.
(13241)
685
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he expects there to be a shortfall in the UK's container handling capacity in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(13242)
686
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the possible effects on the UK economy of a requirement for beneficiaries of the tonnage tax to employ only UK officers and crew.
(13243)
687
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the work programme of Sir Rod Eddington is; and what (a) reports and (b) findings he has made.
(13244)
688
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many civil servants are supporting Sir Rod Eddington for the duration of his employment; and where they are located.
(13245)
689
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work has been undertaken to promote the increase in skill base of the workforce in the (a) rail, (b) aviation, (c) maritime and (d) bus and coach sectors.
(13246)
690
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the costs of consultant fees incurred in connection with the transfer of the Strategic Rail Authority to DfT Rail.
(13247)
691
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of Crossrail on the (a) reliability and (b) speed of train services to Exeter and Plymouth.
(12983)
692
Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will announce his decision on Halton Borough Council's submission on a new crossing over the River Mersey; and if he will make a statement.
(12865)
693
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the construction of Crossrail on mainline services between the South West and London Paddington (a) during construction and (b) once construction is complete.
(13579)
694
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th July, Official Report, column 612W, on traffic statistics, what options the Highways Agency is considering for resolving the bottleneck on the A14 around Kettering; and what the timetable is for feasibility studies.
(13620)
695
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road fatalities arising from the loss of road wheels from commercial vehicles occurred in each of the last three years; and how many wheel detachment incidents there were in that period.
(12943)
696
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission research to establish (a) the level of risk to road users of wheel detachment from commercial vehicles, (b) the efficacy of existing products that aim to prevent such wheel detachment and (c) possible solutions to wheel detachment.
(12944)
697
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the risks to road users of wheel detachment from commercial vehicles and (ii) precautions to prevent such incidents.
(12945)
698
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much central funding Milton Keynes Unitary Authority has received for its roads budget in each year since 1997.
(12917)
699
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many extra (a) bus routes, (b) train services, (c) community bus services and (d) other forms of public transport provision have been provided in (i) St Albans and (ii) Hertfordshire since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(13402)
700
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of delayed traffic light phasing on (a) traffic management, (b) pedestrian safety, (c) noise pollution and (d) air quality; and if he will make a statement.
(13404)
701
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13134)
702
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13626)
703
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the purpose is of the appointment of a closures manager under the Railways Act 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(13019)
704
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the job description of the closures manager under the Railways Act 2005 is; and if he will make a statement.
(13020)
705
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents involving horses occurred in each year since 2000.
(13060)
706
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to apply the Renewables Transport Fuel Obligation; and if he will make a statement.
(13162)
707
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the yellow school bus pilots on traffic congestion.
(13361)
708
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th July, Official Report, column 613W, on Vehicle Registration, what changes there have been to the requirement or option to submit V28 forms to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency since 1996.
(13193)
709
N
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a decision on the funding of the South Hampshire Rapid Transit Scheme-Phase I will be announced before Parliament adjourns for the summer recess.
(13042)
710
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how long the hydrogen fuel cell buses pilot scheme has been running; what the cost is; when the pilot is due to end; and what estimate has been made of the cost of (a) purchasing, (b) running and (c) maintaining (i) a hydrogen fuel cell bus and (ii) an ordinary bus.
(12856)
711
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will amend his Department's Local Transport Note 1/97, Keeping Buses Moving to take account of schemes which allow motorcycles to use bus lanes.
(12922)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
712
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, opportunities to place contracts with companies based in (a) Blaenau Gwent and (b) Wales to make sustainably sourced building materials for the Olympic village in East London.
(13324)
713
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13137)
714
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13634)
715
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many items of correspondence have been dealt with by (a) the Secretary of State for Wales and (b) his Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in each year since 1999.
(13172)
716
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) senior and (b) junior full-time staff are seconded (i) from the National Assembly for Wales Government to the Welsh Office and (ii) from the Welsh Office to the National Assembly for Wales Government.
(13173)
717
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many special schools have closed in each constituency in Wales in each year since 1997.
(13295)
718
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many special schools there are in Wales (a) in total and (b) in each constituency.
(13296)
719
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) legislative debates and (b) committees on Bills pertaining to England and Wales (i) he and (ii) his Parliamentary Under-Secretary have spoken in since his Office was established.
(13301)
720
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what research costs were incurred (a) in the preparation of and (b) before presentation to Parliament of the (i) Better Governance for Wales White Paper, (ii) the Transport (Wales) Bill, (iii) the Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill and (iv) the draft Tourism Accommodation (Wales) Bill.
(13302)
721
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what criteria he will use to measure the consensus required to trigger a referendum on primary legislative powers for the National Assembly for Wales.
(13308)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
722
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what guidance her Department has recently issued to organisations in the public sector on combating institutionalised sexism.
(13317)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
723
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in each year since 2001-02; and on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii) outside his Department in each year.
(13107)
724
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out the baseline against which progress towards the 80 per cent. employment target will be measured; when he expects the target to be achieved; and if he will make a statement.
(13534)
725
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners there were in the Stroud constituency in the last year for which figures are available; and how many were in receipt of pension credit.
(13615)
726
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many long-term claimants of incapacity benefit in Birkenhead have been offered support to return to work through (a) the New Deal for Disabled People, (b) work preparation, (c) workstep, (d) the permitted work rules, (e) benefit run-ons and (f) other Jobcentre Plus provision.
(12640)
727
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated annual probability was of an (a) employed and (b) unemployed (i) man and (ii) woman remaining on incapacity benefit in each 12 month period since 1978-79.
(13014)
728
N
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of reducing the lower earnings limit to bring more low-paid workers into the National Insurance system.
(12301)
729
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the time periods after which publications are removed from his Department's website.
(12948)
730
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what circumstances claims for (a) income support and (b) other benefits are considered to be active even though payment has been stopped.
(12369)
731
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the organisations contracted by his Department to assess claims for incapacity benefit, broken down by region.
(12951)
732
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the organisations responsible for the assessment of the performance of the organisations contracted by his Department to assess claims for incapacity benefit.
(12952)
733
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of people in Houghton and Washington East constituency were unemployed in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of changes in the amount paid in benefits due to the change in employment over the time period.
(13314)
734
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households there were in North East Milton Keynes with at least one person aged 75 years or over receiving the winter fuel payment in 2004-05.
(13143)
735
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many payments of the winter fuel allowance were made to pensioners living overseas in each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06; in which countries the qualifying pensioners lived; and if he will make a statement.
(12408)
736
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library the minutes of the Child Support Agency's Audit Committee for the last four years.
(13550)
737
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether housing benefit paid to council tenants is funded from (a) social security funds, (b) local authority funds and (c) central government funds.
(12859)
738
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.
(13152)
739
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department.
(13624)
740
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to increase the amount of money that people with disabilities are allowed to earn before their benefits are affected; and if he will make a statement.
(12950)
741
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average response time is to queries submitted to the Pension Service Retirement Pension Forecasting Team; and if he will make a statement.
(13307)
742
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mechanisms are in place to co-ordinate Welfare to Work policies with the Northern Way agenda of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
(13437)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
743
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if HM Revenue and Customs will send all customers who have received an overpayment, a letter setting out (a) the total amount they owe, (b) the reasons why the overpayment or excess payment in-year occurred and the date or dates it happened and (c) the applicable repayment arrangements enclosing a copy of Code of Practice 26 and drawing particular attention to the circumstances when recovery can be waived and the availability of additional tax credits in cases of hardship.
[Transferred] (13467)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
744
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has commissioned to evaluate the contribution of suburban and urban back garden land to biodiversity; and what its main finding and recommendations were.
[Transferred] (13530)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
745
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will introduce legislation to control the operations of British mercenaries abroad; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (12973)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
746
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cyclists were (a) charged and (b) convicted of passing a traffic light at red in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (13619)
747
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been detained at Oakington Immigration Reception Centre for longer than 10 days in each of the last six weeks.
[Transferred] (13258)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
748
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set out the remit and timetable of the Discrimination Law Review.
[Transferred] (13535)

 
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