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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 8 November 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 8 November 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 8 November 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 8 November of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 8 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 8 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the legal status of additional wife/wives/husband(s) is in relation to applications for tax credits.
(26587)
2
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set out the criteria for additional wife/wives/husband(s) in relation to applications for tax credits.
(26588)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative studies the Government has undertaken of the performance of the public and private sectors in the management of large technology projects; and if he will publish the findings.
(26589)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the spare capacity in the Inland Revenue's computer systems.
(26596)
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26598)
6
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26599)
7
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs introduced new telephone call management and monitoring equipment to the tax credit MP hotline.
(26260)
8
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, columns 1057-8W, on tax credits, what proportion of the families contacted returned their renewal forms before 30th September.
(26261)
9
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many scheduled tax credit payments were not made automatically on the first scheduled payment date after a claim was decided for each year since 2003-04; and what the average delay was in each case.
(26263)
10
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the deadline for principal photography and acquisition to be completed for films claiming tax relief under section 48 of the Finance (No 2) Act 1997.
(26691)
11
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements have been made for the transition period to the new tax credit system for films claiming under section 42 of the Finance (No 2) Act 1997.
(26692)
12
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much stamp duty from the purchase of residential property was collected from (a) Kettering constituency, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(25948)
13
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of self-employed (a) women and (b) men in the UK; and how many are aged 16 to 45 years.
(25949)
14
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce an independent monitoring system for the Golden Rule.
(25952)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
15
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the representation in the senior Civil Service of (a) women, (b) people with disabilities and (c) ethnic minorities in 2004-05.
(26679)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
16
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if she will list them.
(26608)
17
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in her Department.
(26609)
18
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will take steps to introduce an accreditation system for medical experts who give evidence in trials.
(26632)
19
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many serving judges were originally (a) barristers and (b) solicitors.
(26629)
20
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of disabled people serving as judges.
(26630)
21
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many mentors will be (a) identified and (b) trained by her Department in the next two years.
(26631)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
22
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people in her Department (a) were relocated in 2004-05 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 2005-06 following the Lyons Review; where they have been relocated; and if she will make a statement.
(25078)
23
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent employee reductions have been made as a result of the Gershon review; what (a) cost savings relating to IT projects and (b) total value of efficiency savings (i) were achieved in 2004-05 and (ii) are expected to be achieved in 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.
(25079)
24
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in her Department.
(26591)
25
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if she will list them.
(26592)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
26
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Chinook HC2 was issued with full Military Aircraft Release.
(26614)
27
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Chinook Mark 2/2a fleet to reach its out of service date.
(26627)
28
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26602)
29
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26603)
30
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Royal Navy vessels which (a) are fitted and (b) are scheduled to be fitted with Tomahawk cruise missiles.
(26027)
31
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the Ty Gwyn centre for treating ex-service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; and what other facilities offering similar services are available.
(26028)
32
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his intention to post the (a) 1st and (b) 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment for tours of duty in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(26253)
33
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has commissioned on hearing loss among armed services veterans; and if he will make a statement.
(26622)
34
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to ensure the provision of (a) fully armoured vehicles and (b) body armour to all UK troops in combat.
(26628)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
35
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26600)
36
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26601)
37
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his current estimate is of (a) the capital costs of the construction of a regional network of fire control centres, (b) the capital costs of the closure and relocation of England's 46 control rooms and (c) the revenue costs of running a network of regional fire control centres over their projected 15-year lifecycle.
(26195)
38
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his current estimate is of the cost savings which will be achieved through staff reductions arising from the relocation of existing control rooms to regional fire control centres.
(26196)
39
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department has made of the potential environmental impact of its plans for new housing developments in the South East; and if he will make a statement.
(26393)
40
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 14th July, on the siting of telecommunications equipment on Birmingham City Council land.
(26641)
41
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many cases have been referred to the Standards Board for England in the last 12 months for which information is available; and of these how many were (a) found to be cases where the code of conduct had not been breached, (b) found to be cases where it was inappropriate for further action to be taken and (c) referred for investigation by an ethical standards officer.
(25752)
42
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in how many cases referred by the Standards Board for England for investigation in the last 12 months for which figures are available it was found that (a) there was no evidence of failure to comply with the code, (b) no further action was required, (c) the matter should be referred to the monitoring officer of the local authority and (d) the matter should be referred to the adjudication panel.
(25753)
43
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average cost of a case referred to the Standards Board for England was where the finding was (a) no breach, (b) no further action appropriate and (c) referred for investigation in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(25754)
44
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he will take in response to the publication of the Belfast Protocol by the British Toilet Association on 11th October; and if he will make a statement.
(26623)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
45
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November to Question 23237, what notification arrangements are in place between local authorities when the parents of a home-educated child move from a local education authority which is aware that a child is being home-educated.
(26391)
46
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November to Question 23237, what consideration she has given to the introduction of a legal requirement for parents or carers to notify their local authority of a decision to home educate.
(26392)
47
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if she will list them.
(26593)
48
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in her Department.
(26618)
49
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research she has commissioned on the effect of current school admissions policies on house prices in the vicinity of popular schools.
(25595)
50
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schoolchildren received free school meals in (a) Kettering constituency, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(25951)
51
Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she plans to make of the implications of Youth Matters for black and minority ethnic young people and organisations.
(26643)
52
Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to ensure accountability of voluntary and community sector (VCS) run youth work projects under the new youth service inspection arrangements, with particular reference to (a) the registration of VCS units with the local authority, (b) training and qualification of personnel and (c) inspection.
(26681)
53
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parents have taken part in the Family Resolutions pilot project to date; and how many have accepted mediation services as part of the project.
(26638)
54
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the costs of running the Family Resolutions project in the next five years.
(26639)
55
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues about the advice to be issued to schools in the event of a civil contingency caused by the outbreak of an avian influenza pandemic.
(25393)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
56
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to resolve delays in the mapping of farms under the single farm payment scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(26254)
57
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage the use of crops for energy in micro-generation power supplies; and if she will make a statement.
(26255)
58
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received about online applications to the entry level stewardship scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(26256)
59
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will authorise the manual processing of all higher level stewardship applications which have been submitted within existing departmental guidelines.
(26257)
60
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether payments under the single farm payment scheme in England and Wales will start by January 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(26258)
61
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if she will list them.
(26617)
62
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in her Department.
(26619)
63
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are taken to monitor the impact of pesticides on those living in localities where spraying occurs.
(25511)
64
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that the Government's response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution report on the impact of pesticide use on human beings is coordinated with the Department of Health.
(26073)
65
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken by her Department to ensure that bird farmers are adequately protected against risks of avian influenza; and what information is being disseminated by her Department to farmers regarding the current situation.
(24958)
66
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what means of identification is available to segregate the two parts where consignments of beef from Brazil are a mixture of animals slaughtered before and after 30th September.
(26074)
67
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are taken by (a) her Department and (b) the European Commission to ensure that there is no cross-border transit of cattle or carcases between those provinces of Brazil from which imports are banned and those from which imports are still permitted.
(26075)
68
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what arrangements are in place to test imports of beef from Brazil for the Foot and Mouth virus.
(26076)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
69
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made (a) to the European Commission and (b) to other EU member states on the inclusion of a six million Euro provision in next year's EU budget for promoting the European Constitution.
(26242)
70
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26595)
71
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26597)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
72
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist obesity clinics are operated by the National Health Service in England, broken down by region; what the (a) address and (b) contact details of each are; whether contact information will be included within the forthcoming Weight Loss Guide; and what steps she intends to take to encourage the development of further clinics.
(26683)
73
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the findings of her Department's audit of alcohol treatment and models of care for alcohol misuse.
(26694)
74
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24th October, Official Report, column 165W, on BCG vaccinations, what guidance she has issued to primary care trusts to make information available to parents of children who will no longer receive routine BCG vaccinations on what action they should take should they (a) move from a low risk area to a high risk area and (b) undertake an activity which increases the risk of being exposed to TB.
(25480)
75
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if she will list them.
(26590)
76
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in her Department.
(26616)
77
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she expects there will be further ward closures at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust sites in the next 12 months.
(26585)
78
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has for new capital investment in the (a) Royal Liverpool University Hospital and (b) Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital at Alderhey.
(26250)
79
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, columns 1146-7W, on Lichfield Hospital, whether a maternity unit will be provided at the new hospital under construction in Lichfield.
(26684)
80
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have left the NHS to work in private practice in each year since 1997.
(26575)
81
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances persons under the age of 65 years are given influenza vaccinations; whether they are available to anyone under the age of 65 years who requests them; what obligations general practitioners' surgeries are under to administer such vaccinations; and what information and guidance has been disseminated by her Department to surgeries in this respect.
(24956)
82
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to visit Hemel Hempstead constituency in this Session of Parliament.
(26251)
83
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with professional bodies about the impact of withdrawing drug treatments for people with Alzheimer's disease from NHS prescription.
(26394)
84
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the benefits of (a) Donepezil, (b) Galantamine, (c) Memantine and (d) Rivastigamine for people with Alzheimer's disease.
(26395)
85
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that people with Alzheimer's disease have access to (a) clinically effective and (b) cost effective drug treatment on the NHS.
(26396)
86
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13th July, Official Report, column 1139W, on dentistry, how many NHS dentists were in place in each of the primary care trusts covering (a) the Isle of Wight, (b) Milton Keynes, (c) South West Devon, (d) Torbay, (e) Plymouth, Devonport, (f) Teignbridge, (g) Romsey, (h) West Hampshire, (i) Broxbourne and (j) Hitchin and Harpenden constituency at the most recent date for which information is available; and what proportion of the resident (i) under 18 and (ii) over 18 years population was known to be registered with an NHS dentist at the most recent date for which information is available in each case.
(25710)
87
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional resources she will be making available to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in respect of the new Single Technology Appraisal process.
(26397)
88
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial provision is available for nurses returning to the profession after a break.
(26576)
89
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps will be taken to ensure that those infected in an influenza pandemic (a) are identified at the earliest possible opportunity and (b) receive anti-viral treatment as quickly as possible.
(26578)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
90
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the crime reduction funding streams available in each of the last five years.
(26624)
91
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the quality assurance systems for management of the asylum process referred to on page 107 of the 2005 departmental report.
(26644)
92
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the levels of re-offending by young offenders were in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04 and (d) 2004-05.
(26645)
93
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in the implementation of the Victims' Code of Practice.
(26646)
94
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the priorities of his Department are for the UK Presidency of the G8.
(26647)
95
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the priorities of his Department are for the UK Presidency of the EU.
(26648)
96
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his target is for the recovery of criminal assets in 2005.
(26649)
97
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the executive directors of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(26650)
98
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on public bodies' compliance with the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.
(26651)
99
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) funding, (b) staffing and (c) work of the National Policing Improvement Agency.
(26652)
100
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which of the sentencing provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have (a) been implemented and (b) not been implemented.
(26653)
101
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the change in the (a) number and (b) percentage of prisoners leaving custody and entering employment, education or training in each of the last five years.
(26654)
102
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the new contracts for electronic monitoring under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
(26655)
103
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the findings of the Arrestee Survey referred to on page 102 of the 2005 Departmental Report.
(26656)
104
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the results of the pilots in five areas of the Drug Intervention Programme.
(26657)
105
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases in the five pilot areas of the Drugs Intervention Programme (a) handling stolen goods (b) attenuated acquisitive crime and (c) begging was the trigger for a drugs test in 2004-05.
(26658)
106
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the areas to which the Drugs Intervention Programme is to be extended in 2005-06.
(26659)
107
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of drug users successfully completed drug treatment in 2004-05.
(26660)
108
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in working with alcohol retailers and producers to agree and implement minimum standards for socially responsible promotion and retailing of alcohol products.
(26661)
109
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of new substantive asylum applications received between 1st January and 30th June had initial decisions reached and served within two months.
(26662)
110
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of new substantive asylum applications received in 2004-05 received a final decision, including appeal, within six months.
(26663)
111
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to increase the (a) number and (b) percentage of black and ethnic minority employees in the Police Service.
(26664)
112
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the launch of the new national framework for youth action and engagement.
(26665)
113
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the establishment of the agency to drive forward the implementation of Change Up.
(26666)
114
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the revised charges for foreign nationals using non-asylum immigration services from April.
(26667)
115
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the colleges visited by his Department's student task force were judged to be (a) genuine colleges and (b) not genuine colleges.
(26668)
116
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of asylum applications are being considered through fast-track detained processes.
(26669)
117
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in filling front-line vacancies in youth offending teams.
(26670)
118
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the work of the Youth Justice Board to improve its custodial capacity modelling capability referred to on page 153 of the 2005 Departmental Report.
(26671)
119
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the study undertaken by the Youth Justice Board with the courts to explore the factors that influence sentences.
(26672)
120
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the national juvenile resettlement action plan developed by the Youth Justice Board.
(26673)
121
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what target he has set for improvement in the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme completion rate.
(26674)
122
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the redistribution of London work of the Forensic Science Service to the provincial laboratories on the efficiency of the organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(26676)
123
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress towards the Forensic Science Service becoming a public private partnership.
(26677)
124
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress with the transformation of the Forensic Science Service from a trading fund to a wholly owned Government company.
(26678)
125
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of a new IT-based management system by the Forensic Science Service; and if he will make a statement.
(26680)
126
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the 50 action areas in which the Together campaign has been pursued.
(26693)
127
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken in 2005 to support the spread of dedicated neighbourhood policing teams.
(26695)
128
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the National Framework of Guaranteed Police Service Standards is not to be published until November 2006.
(26696)
129
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress towards his Department's target of increasing year on year the satisfaction of victims and witnesses while respecting the rights of defendants.
(26697)
130
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the cross-departmental plan to tackle drug abuse among young people, with particular reference to the 30 high-focus areas referred to on page 103 of the 2005 Departmental Report.
(26698)
131
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what new methods of police engagement his Department is supporting to lead to the deeper and stronger connection with the public referred to on page 93 of the 2005 Departmental Report.
(26699)
132
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to achieve the full connectivity between the probation and prison IT systems, referred to on page 100 of the 2005 Departmental Report.
(26700)
133
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the effect of the work - structuring project undertaken by the Forensic Science Service in response to the 7th Report of the Public Accounts Committee of 1999.
(26701)
134
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26610)
135
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26611)
136
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons were for the reduction in funding for the Criminal Cases Review Commission between 2003 and 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(26633)
137
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will establish a Royal Commission to examine the processes used in sex abuse investigations.
(26687)
138
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prisoners convicted since 1990 have continued to protest their innocence, broken down by category of prisoner.
(26688)
139
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the use of penal custody for child offenders.
(26689)
140
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the similar fact rules since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(26690)
141
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the rights of (a) metropolitan police officers and (b) Serious Fraud Squad officers to give advance notice of operations to be carried out by their forces to (a) elected local representatives and (b) members of police authorities, their advisors or employees.
(26117)
142
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what restrictions there are on the use of relevant information obtained by (a) elected local representatives and (b) police authority members, their advisors or employees in advance of operations carried out by the police.
(26118)
143
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed identity card scheme on (a) money laundering and (b) organised crime; and if he will make a statement.
(26625)
144
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the role of biometric identifiers is in the solutions being considered for remote authentication for the proposed identity card scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(26626)
145
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many burglaries have been recorded in (a) B division and (b) the Worksop sub-division of Nottinghamshire police in each month since June 2001.
(26574)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
146
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people in his Department (a) were relocated in 2004-05 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 2005-06 following the Lyons Review; where they have been relocated; and if he will make a statement.
(25077)
147
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26607)
148
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26621)
149
N
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department paid to external consultants in each year since 1997.
(25478)
Questions to the Leader of the House
150
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Leader of the House, what total amount of public money has been spent on additional cost allowance claims by Sinn Fein Members of the House of Commons since they became eligible to make such claims.
(25479)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
151
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26604)
152
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26605)
153
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of households that have at least one energy efficient lightbulb from an energy efficiency advice centre in Northern Ireland.
(25711)
154
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on the draft Northern Area Plan in Northern Ireland; and how many individuals have been affected because their planning application has been either deferred or refused as a result.
(25712)
155
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will break down by main category of expenditure the total and final cost to public funds of the Saville Inquiry into events in Londonderry in January 1972.
(25713)
156
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of passenger train journeys made on (a) the lesser used lines and (b) the core network in Northern Ireland since 1st January were undertaken by train sets acquired in the past two years.
(26579)
157
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage change there has been in numbers of passengers on the Northern Ireland rail network in the past three years.
(26580)
158
N
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Department of Finance and Personnel expects to designate a company as the preferred bidder for the Northern Ireland Civil Service electronic Human Resources Contract.
(24925)
159
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what changes he plans to make to the funding arrangements for the Northern Ireland women sector.
(26685)
160
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the status of Fujitsu Services Ltd is in relation to the bidding process for the Northern Ireland Civil Service electronic human resources contract; and what criteria were used in determining the (a) timing and (b) content of the statement issued on 19th October regarding the contract.
(26686)
161
N
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the costs incurred in commissioning and producing Sir Michael Buckley's report regarding the University of Ulster.
(23079)
162
N
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he intends to publish Sir Michael Buckley's report regarding the University of Ulster.
(23080)
163
N
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many homes or other assets belonging to individuals apprehended for the illegal disposal of waste from the Irish Republic in Northern Ireland have been seized in each of the last five years; and what the value of those assets is.
(23081)
164
N
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether any paramilitary organisations have been linked to the illegal dumping of waste from the Irish Republic in Northern Ireland.
(23082)
165
N
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimates have been made of the tonnage of illegally dumped waste originating from the Irish Republic and deposited in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(23083)
Questions to the Prime Minister
166
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to visit Hemel Hempstead Hospital in this session of Parliament.
(26252)
Questions to the Solicitor General
167
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Solicitor General, if he will review the policy on prosecutions of police officers following deaths following action taken by police officers in the execution of their duty.
(25983)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
168
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) biomass, (b) tidal, (c) wind, (d) solar and (e) hydro-electric power in producing electricity; and what proportion of UK electricity production he expects each to contribute by 2010.
(26119)
169
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in his Department (a) were relocated in 2004-05 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 2005-06 following the Lyons Review; where they have been relocated; and if he will make a statement.
(25076)
170
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many full-time equivalent employee reductions have been made as a result of the Gershon review; what (a) cost savings relating to IT projects and (b) total value of efficiency savings (i) were achieved in 2004-05 and (ii) are expected to be achieved in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(25080)
171
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26612)
172
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26613)
173
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the UK's position within the global interactive entertainment market place; and what steps he is taking to prevent the relocation overseas of UK-based interactive entertainment corporations.
(24960)
174
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what statutory help is available to the self-employed in connection with (a) maternity (i) pay and (ii) leave and (b) paternity leave.
(25950)
175
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on recent mistakes made by Powergen in billing customers; and what discussions he plans to have with the company to consider the implications of the billing problems.
(26026)
176
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research he has commissioned on the viability of photovoltaic solar cells as a significant national renewable energy source.
(26636)
177
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to power its buildings from renewable energy sources.
(26637)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
178
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the guidelines are for the (a) choice and (b) construction of each type of motorway crash barrier.
(26120)
179
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26594)
180
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26606)
181
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidelines he has issued to users of waterways on the definition of the term commercial.
(25385)
182
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last discussed the future of Merseytram Line 1 with (a) Liverpool City Council and (b) Merseytravel; and what issues were discussed.
(26246)
183
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Merseytram Line 1 on regeneration in Merseyside.
(26247)
184
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the environmental effects of light rail systems.
(26248)
185
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he has given to (a) Merseyside local authorities and (b) Merseytravel on the commitments they are required to make to enable the Merseytram project to proceed; and when this advice was given.
(26249)
186
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the congestion on the A5120 in the vicinity of Junction 12 of the M1 motorway.
(25425)
187
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what systems are in place to ensure that there is consistency and national co-ordination of policy across regional offices of the Highways Agency; and whether he plans to make changes to the systems.
(25426)
188
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve traffic flows on the A5120 at Junction 12 of the M1 motorway.
(25427)
189
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the cost to South Gloucestershire Council of implementing the national half-fare concessionary travel scheme; and what additional resources he will be allocating to South Gloucestershire Council in respect of the proposed extension of the concessionary travel scheme.
(26577)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
190
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) up-rating all frozen overseas pensions from 1st January 2006 and (b) backdating them to the point at which they were first frozen.
(26243)
191
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the net cost of establishing reciprocal pension arrangements with all countries which have no such agreement with the UK.
(26244)
192
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of UK state pensions which have been frozen due to their residence in countries without reciprocal pension arrangements with the UK.
(26245)
193
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in his Department.
(26615)
194
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if he will list them.
(26620)
195
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women (i) over and (ii) under the age of 50 years were claiming incapacity benefit in each (A) region and (B) country of the UK in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by the number of years for which claimants had been on the benefit.
(25309)
196
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women (i) over and (ii) under 50 years were claiming incapacity benefit in each (A) (1) region and (2) country of the UK and (B) social services authority area in the last period for which figures are available.
(25310)
197
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the expenditure on incapacity benefit was in each (a) region and (b) country of the UK in the last period for which figures are available.
(25311)
198
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of men who lost their wives and who claimed for widows' and bereavement benefits prior to 1st April 2001 but whose claims were rejected are now eligible to claim retrospectively for (a) widow's bereavement allowance and (b) bereavement payment; and if he will make a statement on eligibility to backdated widows' and bereavement benefits in cases where the wife of a man died before 1st April 2001.
(26259)
199
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the 17,000 claimants with recorded job entries in Pathways to Work pilots (a) returned to incapacity benefits and (b) claimed jobseeker's allowance within (i) one month, (ii) two months, (iii) six months and (iv) 12 months in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement on the assessment that has been carried out of those claimants of incapacity benefit with recorded job entries in the pilot areas who subsequently returned to benefits.
(26262)
200
N
Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington & Chelsea):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of the Pension Commission has been to date.
(25054)
201
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Child Support Agency about delays in passing on payments already collected due to computer failure; what steps the Agency is taking to put this matter right; and if he will make a statement.
(26116)
202
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Minister of State will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 22nd September concerning job vacancies.
(26642)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
203
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make changes to forms (a) V064, (b) V06003 and (c) V07012 in order to reduce duplication of required information; and what assessment he has made of the efficiency of these forms in their current format.
[Transferred] (24957)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
204
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on roll out of the pilot of the new means of service delivery for juvenile learning and skills.
[Transferred] (26675)
205
Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will establish a cross-government working group (a) to review, in partnership with the National Youth Agency and others, existing local youth work projects which promote community cohesion and (b) to consider the merits of developing an action plan on responsibilities.
[Transferred] (26682)
206
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Government has spent on the Family Resolutions Pilot scheme; how many couples have entered the scheme; how many couples have completed full courses on the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the future of the scheme.
[Transferred] (26640)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
207
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of ways of increasing mobile phone coverage in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (26586)

 
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