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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 11 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Friday 11 November 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 11 November 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 11 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 Friday 11 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 11 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of changing the system of taxation of vehicles at point of sale to promote the use of fuel-efficient vehicles.
(28239)
2
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) complaints and (b) appeals have been made about working tax credits in North East Bedfordshire in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(28345)
3
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths have been caused in West Lancashire by illegal drugs since 1997.
(28093)
4
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that no Inland Revenue and Customs office customer service offices in Cumbria are closed as part of the current review.
(28265)
5
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28167)
6
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of providing tax relief to small businesses investing in measures to protect themselves against crime.
(28205)
7
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many manual payments of tax credits are being made; and if he will make a statement.
(28211)
8
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff at the Tax Credits Office have received bonus payments in each month from January 2003 to October 2005; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what has been the largest single payment; and if he will make a statement.
(28212)
9
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much it cost (a) him and (b) officials from his Department to fly to and from Israel on 8th November.
(28252)
10
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the flight arrangements were for his visit to Israel on 8th November.
(28253)
11
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Government officials accompanied him on his visit to Israel on 8th November.
(28254)
12
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the extent to which Northern Ireland claimants of tax credits are experiencing difficulties in accessing the tax credits helpline; what action is being taken to improve access to the helpline; and if he will make a statement.
(28406)
13
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure cases of disputed overpayment of tax credits are resolved quickly; and what are the average processing times for cases referred to the disputed overpayments team.
(28418)
14
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the average time taken to process annual tax credits declarations; what measures have been put in place to speed up current processing times; and whether a new annual tax credits declaration may be submitted before a dispute about an overpayment for previous years has been settled.
(28419)
15
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on the regulation of house insurance.
(28247)
16
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential debt liability arising from the International Finance Facility for Immunisation when it is drawn down.
(28352)
17
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the instances since 1990 when an Accounting Officer has passed a Note of Dissent to the Comptroller and Auditor General in respect of a Ministerial decision.
(28099)
18
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the tax revenue was from shellfishing in Morecambe Bay in each year since 2000-01.
(27396)
19
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, =how much his Department has spent since 1975 on land purchase and infrastructure to enable the development of Milton Keynes; and what payments have been returned to his Department through (a) the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, (b) the Commission for New Towns and (c) English Partnerships in that period.
(28193)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
20
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department from May 1997 up to and including April 2005, broken down by Act.
(27589)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
21
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will introduce individual voter registration.
(28304)
22
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many calls were made from call centres in her Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment she has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28178)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
23
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects Ofcom to reply to the letter from the honourable Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole dated 26th May, passed to Ofcom by her Department.
(27721)
24
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what dates since July 2003 her Department's Licensing Advisory Group has met; at which of these meetings the establishment of a central database of personal licence holders was discussed; and if she will make a statement.
(28393)
25
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many calls were made from call centres in her Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment she has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28175)
26
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received concerning the condition of the Commonwealth Institute building; and if she will make a statement.
(28339)
27
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much public funding has been spent on the maintenance of the Commonwealth Institute building in each of the last five years; and if she will make further funding available for this purpose.
(28340)
28
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is her latest estimate of the date by which households across Pendle constituency will be able to receive digital terrestrial broadcasts.
(28282)
29
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the evidence from the Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 1st November, which voting members of the British Olympic Association were contacted by (a) Sport England and (b) the English Institute of Sport in connection with the recent election of the new Chairman of the British Olympic Association.
(27642)
30
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Corporation of London on the heritage implications of plans to demolish the old Smithfield Market site.
(28095)
31
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the likely impact on income for original Lottery games as a result of the new Olympic Lottery game.
(27351)
32
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what Lottery funding is available for grass root sports clubs; and what assessment she has made of the effect on grass root sports clubs of the Olympic funding arrangements.
(27352)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
33
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received about (a) the size of the British armed forces and (b) their ability to meet the threats of terrorism in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) the rest of the world.
(27500)
34
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the contents of the typed manuscripts of evidence produced by the Board of Inquiry into the sinking of HMS Sheffield.
(28338)
35
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which individuals were called to give evidence to the Board of Inquiry into the sinking of HMS Sheffield.
(28341)
36
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who were the (a) members and (b) stenographer of the Board of Inquiry into the sinking of HMS Sheffield.
(28342)
37
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions were given to the former Commander-in-Chief, Lord Fieldhouse of Gosport, by (a) the First Sea Lord, (b) the Admiralty Board and (c) the Cabinet Office with regard to convening court martial proceedings relating to the loss of HMS Sheffield.
(28343)
38
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests he has received to disclose information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what has been the average time taken to make a decision on the disclosures requested.
(28351)
39
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the major UK suppliers to the A400M programme.
(28354)
40
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to dispose of HMS Intrepid; and if he will make a statement.
(28355)
41
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests have been made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information relating to HMS Sheffield; when the requests were made; and on what date a decision was made on each request.
(28356)
42
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28176)
43
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many responses his Department received to the Meteorological Office consultation about proposals to change its civil centre forecast production network; and how many responses were received from each UK political party.
(28344)
44
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the consultees who were given the opportunity to respond to the proposed new option four of the Meteorological Office's proposals to change its civil centre forecast production network.
(28350)
45
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the cause of the fire that disrupted services at the Exeter headquarters of the Meteorological Office on 26th October; what damage was caused by the fire; what was the cost of damage to the property; and what estimate he has made of the commercial loss resulting from the fire.
(28439)
46
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for how long services were off-line as a result of the fire at the Exeter headquarters of the Meteorological Office on 26th October; and whether during this period Meteorological Office services at Exeter were supplemented by other UK regional offices.
(28441)
47
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Government's projected liabilities for nuclear decommissioning are classified as off-balance-sheet.
(28359)
48
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces have been discharged as unfit in each year since 1990 from each service.
(28280)
49
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen and women injured on active service since 2000 have stayed on in the armed forces in a non-combatant role; and if he will make a statement.
(28283)
50
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 1067W, how many foreign nationals are serving in the armed forces, broken down by country of origin.
(28362)
51
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of armed service personnel in 2002-03 were (a) Irish citizens and (b) foreign nationals.
(28396)
52
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the remit is of the Terrorist Investigation Unit (TIU); what contact there is between the TIU and 6 Royal Military Police Historic Investigation Team; and how many members of the TIU there are.
(27354)
53
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of deaths in the recent period of the troubles in Northern Ireland that have been caused by armed forces personnel; and whether he intends to re-open investigations into these cases.
(27355)
54
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gulf War veterans in Northern Ireland are in receipt of (a) financial and (b) medical support provided by his Department.
(28161)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
55
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of current building stock in England meets the thermal insulation standards established by Part J of the Building Regulations; what steps are being taken to increase this proportion; and when he estimates the building stock will meet fully the new building standards.
(23087)
56
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what were the (a) average, (b) longest and (c) shortest times taken by the Government Office South West (i) to determine whether a planning application referred to it by a local authority required full consideration and (ii) to announce its final decision where a full inquiry was required in each of the last six years.
(28438)
57
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28177)
58
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what additional funding he has allocated to transport infrastructure to support the proposed housing developments in (a) Kent and (b) Gravesham.
(28381)
59
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether any of the Government's HomeBuy schemes will be piloted in Milton Keynes.
(28312)
60
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to answer the letter from the honourable Member for East Worthing and Shoreham of 21st September regarding payments to Adur Council for extension of free bus travel for pensioners.
(28231)
61
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether a local authority may advertise planning applications on its website rather than in local newspapers; and if he will make a statement.
(28262)
62
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his Department have had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the future of (i) the Red House cold store on West Poultry Avenue and (ii) the Fish Market and the Smithfield General Market buildings on Farringdon Road, Snow Hill and West Poultry Avenue.
(27858)
63
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations his Department has received about the proposed redevelopment of the old Smithfield Market.
(27999)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
64
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) recent representations she has received and (b) meetings she has had about allowing a salary sacrifice childcare voucher scheme for teachers; when she expects salary sacrifice to be permitted; and if she will make a statement.
(28425)
65
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers who participate in after-class tutoring (i) at their school of employment and (ii) elsewhere in West Lancashire.
(28103)
66
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November, Official Report, column 132W, on trust schools, how many schools have (a) applied for, (b) received and (c) been refused permission to borrow against their assets in each year since 1997; and what the current total amount is of such borrowing, broken down by category of maintained school.
(27359)
67
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what procedures are in place to ensure only genuine (a) language schools and (b) education providers are admitted into the UK Register of Learning Providers.
(28162)
68
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on her Department's procurement policy.
(28179)
69
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) direct and (b) indirect funding her Department has made to the Annual Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training.
(28180)
70
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of initial teacher training of teachers of citizenship; and if she will make a statement.
(28181)
71
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the post-16 citizenship pilot 2004-05.
(28182)
72
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the subjects that are compulsory in secondary schools for each year group.
(28184)
73
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November, Official Report, column 118W, on gifted and talented youth, how many and what proportion of members of the National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youth attended (a) maintained and (b) non-maintained secondary schools in 2004-05, broken down by local education authority.
(28185)
74
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November, Official Report, column 118W, on gifted and talented youth, how many members of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth there are in the Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency, broken down by school.
(28186)
75
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the new skills academies in (a) manufacturing, (b) construction, (c) food and drink and (d) financial services.
(28192)
76
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to publish draft regulations for the implementation for the proposed new School Admissions Code of Practice.
(28234)
77
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to publish the results of the consultation on the draft School Admissions Code of Practice.
(28235)
78
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research has been conducted by her Department into possible links between the marking of school work and child self-esteem.
(28298)
79
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to promote best practice in the teaching of foreign languages.
(28299)
80
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research has been conducted by her Department into best practice in foreign language teaching.
(28300)
81
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of specialist humanities colleges have chosen classics as a subsidiary specialist subject.
(28301)
82
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the performance of the Basic Skills Agency; what funding it has received since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(28302)
83
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools have been awarded a quality mark by the Basic Skills Agency.
(28303)
84
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice is offered by her Department to schools on best practice in the marking of pupils' work.
(28305)
85
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent (a) discussions and (b) correspondence she has had with universities with on ensuring that the increased funding for teaching provided by the Government is not allocated elsewhere; and if she will make a statement.
(28285)
86
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many calls were made from call centres in her Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment she has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28169)
87
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what further progress has been made on the functional skills aspect of GCSEs.
(28378)
88
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with schools about the introduction of the new science GCSE in September 2006.
(28379)
89
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to reach its target of reducing by at least 40 per cent. the number of adults in the workforce who lack basic skills.
(28380)
90
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated (i) on how many (A) mothers and (B) fathers do not comply with contact orders after separation and (ii) what the reasons are for non-compliance.
(28424)
91
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have gone missing in each of the last five years.
(28226)
92
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were adopted from overseas in each of the last 10 years, broken down by country.
(28227)
93
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what changes she proposes for disclosure of details of sexual activity by minors when coming into contact with health professionals in response to the Bichard Report.
(28232)
94
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have started primary schools in West Sussex in each of the last 10 years; and what her projections are for the next five years.
(28233)
95
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she plans to publish the findings of the pilot study in Sheffield for the Working Together to Safeguard Children protocols on sexual health.
(28248)
96
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will publish the responses to the Working Together to Safeguard Children consultation exercise.
(28249)
97
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which children's organisations the Minister for Children has met since May.
(28250)
98
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Minister for Children's departmental engagements have been since 1st September.
(28251)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
99
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the progress being made towards the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, with particular reference to (a) the date this is likely to occur and (b) the emissions ceiling to be applied.
(27910)
100
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the reason for the delay to the commencement, due on 1st November, of payments to applicants to the Higher Level Stewardship scheme; and if she will arrange for such applicants to be paid the entry level scheme payment by means of an interim arrangement.
(27911)
101
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what change there has been in (a) road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions and (b) single occupancy car commuting from her Department against a baseline year of (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05.
(28091)
102
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that private finance initiative projects for which her Department is responsible create the minimum of environmental damage.
(28092)
103
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of (a) the sustainability and environmental impacts of private finance initiative (PFI) projects and (b) the effectiveness of the PFI process to deliver environmentally sustainable projects.
(28116)
104
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role her Department (a) has and (b) plans to take to make the private finance initiative process more accountable and transparent in terms of environmental sustainability.
(28117)
105
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average waiting time is for a Warm Front applicant for a central heating system from assessment to installation.
(28391)
106
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors are taken into account when determining an application for a replacement heating system through the Warm Front grant; and to what extent elderly people are prioritised if their central heating system fails.
(28392)
107
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's recent preparations for a possible outbreak of avian influenza in the UK.
(28264)
108
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will agree to the National Farmers Union proposal to increase the budget of the hill farm allowance to £50 million; and if she will make a statement.
(28281)
109
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the European Commission, (b) France and (c) other EU member states regarding actions necessary to reduce cetacean by-catch.
(27402)
110
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of (a) cetacean strandings and (b) cetacean by-catch (i) inside and (ii) outside the 12 mile zone following the 12 mile fair trawl prohibition.
(28004)
111
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps (a) her Department and (b) the EC and other EU member states are taking to monitor the level of cetacean by-catch and standings, with particular reference to that associated with the winter bass fishery.
(28016)
112
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when Directive 2002/49/EC on assessment and management of environmental noises will be transposed into UK law.
(27586)
113
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many calls were made from call centres in her Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment she has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28170)
114
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions have been brought in each of the last three years for illegal imports of endangered species, broken down by species.
(28153)
115
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the incidence of avian influenza in other countries.
(28154)
116
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of farmland bird species which are (a) in decline and (b) recovering in England and Wales.
(28155)
117
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage local authorities to recruit more environmental health officers.
(28236)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
118
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the British Presidency of the EU would support a proposal that the Council of Ministers should meet in public.
(27527)
119
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the timetable for Poland's adoption of the euro.
(27528)
120
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his assessment of the degree of compliance by China with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and if he will make a statement.
(28401)
121
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information (a) he and (b) his officials have received of detention centres operated by the United States Administration situated in (i) European Union states and (ii) other European states.
(28403)
122
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funds from the Development Fund for Iraq are not accounted for.
(28404)
123
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of how many private military contractors have been killed in Iraq since March 2003.
(28405)
124
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 31st October, Official Report, columns 753-4W, on non-proliferation, what his policy is on whether future projects providing indirect support to the consolidation, secure custody and elimination of special nuclear materials should continue to be financed using Community instruments in the Financial Perspective 2007-2013.
(28455)
125
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 31st October, Official Report, columns 753-4W, on non-proliferation, whether it is his Department's policy to ensure that the financial instruments being defined for the Financial Perspective 2007-2013 are able to satisfy the increase in funding needed to meet the European Commission's 2002 pledge to contribute one billion euros over 10 years to the global partnership.
(28456)
126
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 31st October, Official Report, columns 753-4W, on non-proliferation, whether he expects the Nuclear Safety Instrument in the Financial Perspective 2007-2013 to enable all existing projects funded by the European Commission that are supportive of nuclear non-proliferation activities to continue at their current levels.
(28457)
127
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 31st October, Official Report, columns 753-4W, on non-proliferation, whether he expects the Stability Instrument in the Financial Perspective 2007-2013 to enable the financing of programmes that (a) provide support to chemical weapon destruction facilities and (b) relate to bio-safety.
(28458)
128
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the new government in Burundi regarding the killing of British citizen Charlotte Wilson in December 2000; and if he will press the Burundian Government to take action to bring the perpetrators to justice.
(27634)
129
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the recent government elections in Burundi were free and fair; and if he will make a statement.
(28147)
130
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures are being taken to help people residing in the United Kingdom reclaim properties in Ethiopia that were confiscated between 1977 and 1991 under the Derg regime of Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam; and if he will make a statement.
(28318)
131
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28171)
132
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department from May 1997 up to and including April 2005, broken down by Act.
(27588)
133
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much it cost (a) him and (b) officials from his Department to fly to and from Russia for his recent visit.
(28243)
134
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the flight arrangements were for his recent visit to Russia.
(28244)
135
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Government officials accompanied him on his recent visit to Russia.
(28245)
136
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) transparency and (b) legitimacy of the recent elections in Azerbaijan.
(28410)
137
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) transparency and (b) legitimacy of the recent elections in Zanzibar.
(28412)
138
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria need to meet to join the EU; what is his assessment of whether (i) Romania and (ii) Bulgaria are on track to meet these criteria; and if he will make a statement.
(28413)
139
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on recent political unrest in the Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces of Thailand.
(28417)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
140
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the exemption under Part One, Clause 3, sub-section (2)(b) of the proposed Health Bill will apply to bingo club premises holding a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 allowing the consumption of alcohol on the premises, providing that food is not supplied.
(28148)
141
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the operation of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002.
(28195)
142
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) charged and (ii) convicted in England and Wales of offences under Sections (A) 2 and (B) 3 of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002 in each year since 2003.
(28196)
143
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) males and (b) females relied on a defence under Section 5 of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002 in the last year for which figures are available.
(28197)
144
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the operation of sections (a) 113 and (b) 114 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.
(28198)
145
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the operation of Section 11 and Schedule 3 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.
(28199)
146
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice her Department issues to members of the public wishing to report alleged abuses of the terms of the Abortion Act 1967; and if she will make a statement.
(28200)
147
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many allegations of abuse of the terms of the Abortion Act 1967 were made to her Department by (a) members of the public and (b) doctors in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available; and how many were dismissed for lack of evidence.
(28201)
148
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department has spent on cost over-runs on information technology projects in the NHS since 1997.
(27501)
149
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will ensure that revisions to the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme are discussed by the Prostate Cancer Advisory Group.
(28001)
150
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will publish her Department's evaluation of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme.
(28002)
151
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the proportion of general practitioners who are aware of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme.
(28003)
152
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in West Lancashire constituency were registered with (a) a general practitioner and (b) an NHS dentist in each year since 1997.
(28094)
153
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of five year olds in West Lancashire have no decayed, filled or missing teeth.
(28142)
154
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to the letter from Mark Heyes dated 23rd October 2002 about matters relating to his employment at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, which was referred to her Department by the Prime Minister's Office; and what measures she is taking to ensure that her Department's policy on whistleblowing is adhered to.
(28144)
155
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority on management consultants in each of the last five years.
(28430)
156
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projects in the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority (a) have required and (b) will require the assistance of external management consultants in 2005-06.
(28431)
157
N
Mary Creagh (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many student nurses are waiting to receive a 2005-06 NHS student bursary; and what the average waiting time for receipt of bursaries is.
(27398)
158
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to Question 24618, tabled on 31st October; what the reason is for the delay in replying; and if she will make a statement.
(27856)
159
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if her Department will take steps to prevent private dentistry practices from actively persuading dentists to leave the NHS.
(28277)
160
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many junior doctors her Department expects to be displaced from training posts by the transition to Modernising Medical Careers.
(28237)
161
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she has issued to overseas doctors being recruited to the NHS about the effect on the number of training posts of planned changes under Modernising Medical Careers.
(28238)
162
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make it her policy to assess the budget for the provision of NHS dentistry in (a) Portsmouth and (b) other primary care trust areas on the basis of need.
(28284)
163
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are used to assess the need for dental services in primary care trust areas.
(28353)
164
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls were made from call centres in her Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment she has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28172)
165
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by her Department from May 1997 up to and including April 2005, broken down by Act.
(27592)
166
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long a patient had to wait on average for a (a) heart by-pass, (b) breast cancer, (c) hip replacement, (d) cataract and (e) kidney transplant operation in each year since 1997 in Sunderland Royal Hospital.
(28306)
167
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total cost to a GP registrar was of obtaining a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and (b) maximum length of time from application to award of a CCT was as at (i) 1st September and (ii) 1st October; what assessment she has made of the impact of this change on the recruitment of general practitioners; and if she will make a statement.
(27529)
168
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the new General Medical Services contract on the provision of childhood vaccination services.
(27550)
169
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what were the (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2003-04 financial positions reported for each English NHS trust; and if she will make a statement.
(28386)
170
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on funding chiropractic treatment under the NHS.
(28363)
171
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the total number of points available for assessing practice remuneration order the General Medical Services contract is assigned to (a) severe mental illness, (b) coronary heart disease, (c) diabetes and (d) cancer.
(28228)
172
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the priority given to severe mental illness in the practice remuneration system of the General Medical Services contract.
(28229)
173
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many whole-time equivalent mental health nurses have been recruited in each of the last five years.
(28230)
174
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the financial impact of a smoking ban in public places on bingo clubs.
(28287)
175
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis the regulatory impact assessment accompanying the Health Bill has calculated that a ban on smoking in public places will have no disproportionate impact on (a) smokers with mental illness, (b) black and ethnic minority smokers and (c) single mothers in deprived areas.
(28288)
176
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what numbers of vaccinations for children triggered top rate vaccine payments to general practitioners in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(28289)
177
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the forthcoming review of specialised services commissioning will fit into the wider reorganisation of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(28361)
178
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the smoking prevalence for (a) adults and (b) minors in England has been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by sex.
(28446)
179
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital re-admissions within 28 days have taken place in each of the last 10 years; and how many were of patients aged over 65 years.
(28447)
180
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children with mental illness have been treated in adult wards in each of the last five years.
(28448)
181
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many intensive care units there were in NHS hospitals in England (a) in 2001 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(28279)
182
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the quality of mental health services in Plymouth; and if she will make a statement.
(27400)
183
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects her Department to reach a decision on the Vanguard proposals for additional healthcare provision in Plymouth.
(27401)
184
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to improve the accuracy of mammography screening.
(28427)
185
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to introduce a system which would allow for all mammography x-rays to be checked twice for signs of malignancy.
(28428)
186
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to increase the availability of mammography screening for younger women.
(28429)
187
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects her Department's spending as a share of national income to equal or exceed the European average; and if she will place in the Library the calculations that form the basis of her Answer.
(27344)
188
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list each of the requests that she has received for contested health service reconfigurations to be referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel since the IRP was created; and whether the request (a) was accepted, (b) was registered and (c) is awaiting decision in each case.
(27399)
189
N
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government plans to publish the responses received during the consultation on the smokefree elements of the Health Bill.
(27342)
190
N
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice the Government received from the Better Regulation Task Force on restriction of smoking in workplaces.
(27343)
191
N
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government plans to publish an analysis of the responses to the consultation on the smokefree elements of the Health Bill.
(27345)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
192
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, Bedfordshire on 8th November had been detained for (a) up to one week, (b) between one and three weeks, (c) between three and eight weeks and (d) longer than eight weeks.
(28346)
193
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre on 8th November were children; and if he will make a statement.
(28347)
194
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, Bedfordshire, on 8th November had been living in the UK before being detained at Yarl's Wood (a) for less than one month, (b) for more than one month but less than three months, (c) for more than three months but less than six months, (d) for more than six months but less than one year, (e) for more than one year but less than two years, (f) for more than two years but less than three years and (g) for more than three years; and if he will make a statement.
(28348)
195
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31st October, Official Report, column 772W, what measures are being taken to decrease the length of time spent processing an application for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2001.
(28426)
196
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been allocated to fund anti-social behaviour orders in West Lancashire in 2005.
(28141)
197
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the codes of practice associated with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996; and what the reference numbers of the codes are in each case.
(28437)
198
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, column 1254W, on equality and diversity, what positive action development is expected to be provided for staff by his Department's Development Plus programme for under-represented groups.
(28291)
199
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, column 1254W, on equality and diversity, how many members of staff (a) are estimated to have to have taken part in Diversity Week events in each of the past three years and (b) in (i) his Department, (ii) the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and (iii) the Prison Service attended compulsory diversity awareness training in 2005.
(28292)
200
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, column 1254W on equality and diversity, how much was spent on (a) compulsory diversity training in 2005, (b) launching the Development Plus programme, (c) testing for inappropriate behaviour during the 2005 senior management exercises, (d) Diversity Week in each of the last three years and (e) networks supporting (i) black and ethnic minority, (ii) disabled, (iii) lesbian, gay and bisexual and (iv) transgendered and transsexual members of staff in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(28293)
201
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, column 1254W, on equality and diversity, how much was allocated to race equality grants in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(28294)
202
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, column 1254W, on equality and diversity, how many (a) black and ethnic minority, (b) disabled, (c) lesbian, gay, bisexual and (d) transgendered and transsexual staff have been employed by (i) his Department, (ii) the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, (iii) HM Prison Service and (iv) the UK Passport Service in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available.
(28295)
203
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, column 1254W, on equality and diversity, what (a) funding and (b) other support was made available for the support of staff on the Cabinet Office Pathways scheme for ethnic minorities in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(28296)
204
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, column 1254W, on equality and diversity, how much his Department spent on positive action training for (a) women, (b) black and minority ethnic staff and (c) disabled staff in 2001; how many members of staff attended this training; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (i) positive action training in 2001 and (ii) diversity awareness training in 2000-01.
(28297)
205
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November, Official Report, column 1254W, on equality and diversity, what definition of inappropriate behaviour was used; what testing was undertaken; and what conclusions were drawn in relation to the Home Office 2005 senior management promotion exercises.
(28315)
206
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been found guilty on the basis of evidence from the DNA database since its inception.
(28065)
207
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28173)
208
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department from May 1997 up to and including April 2005, broken down by Act.
(27591)
209
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made in establishing a nationwide child rescue alert scheme to promote early notification of missing children.
(28206)
210
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the prevalence of cannabis use by (a) adults and (b) minors in England in each of the last 10 years.
(28445)
211
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what circumstances led to the closure of the public enquiry office in Belfast with effect from 15th November 2001; and if the Government will re-establish a public enquiry office in Belfast.
(28364)
212
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of young offenders who took part in the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme re-offended within two years in each police authority area.
(28286)
213
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 5th July from the Right honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on behalf of Babo Yoro Ho ref Y1000875/B572069.
(28442)
214
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 25th May, and acknowledged on 8th June, ref B10929/5, on behalf of Thabiso Tshuma T1052684.
(28443)
215
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will reply to the letters dated 18th July, acknowledgement ref B16662/5, and 21st September, not yet acknowledged, from the Right honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on behalf of Wajid Hussein H1105609.
(28444)
216
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department requested United Kingdom police forces to contact honourable Members on the subject of the Terrorism Bill.
(28096)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
217
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the potential danger to workers involved in the flower industry in Kenya due to exposure to chemicals; and if he will make a statement.
(28097)
218
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that the December World Trade Organisation talks will produce an outcome which is beneficial to (a) the development of less developed countries, (b) poverty eradication in those countries and (c) capacity to meet the millennium development goals.
(27664)
219
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment his Department has made of the risk of famine in each country in Africa for which the UN has issued a warning during 2005.
(27786)
220
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many tents have been sent from the UK as part of the UK's contribution to the South Asian earthquake emergency relief response from (a) UK Government departments, (b) NGOs and others through the Disasters Emergency Committee and (c) NGOs and charities which did not use the DEC as the conduit for delivery of aid.
(27854)
221
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and (b) others on the destruction of the habitat of the orang-utan due to the increased demand for palm oil in the UK.
(28000)
222
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department from May 1997 up to and including April 2005, broken down by Act.
(27590)
223
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 17th October, Official Report, column 724W, on access to treatment, when his Department expects UNAIDS to establish its Taskforce; when it expects UNAIDS to set its intermediate targets; and if he will make a statement.
(27857)
224
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll and Bute):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's policy is on encouraging countries to privatise public services in return for other changes to world trade rules which would benefit the countries concerned.
(27668)
225
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of corruption in Chad; what steps his Department is taking to encourage Chad to reduce corruption; and if he will make a statement.
(28409)
226
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the humanitarian assistance provided to Guatemala after Hurricane Stan.
(28411)
227
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more countries to pledge money to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation.
(28414)
228
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of post-tsunami British aid to the Sri Lankan Government has been spent; and if he will make a statement.
(28415)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
229
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Equality Commission has offered advice to local councils in Northern Ireland that (a) have undertaken and (b) are undertaking Article 55 reviews of their workforce.
(28459)
230
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland uses in ascertaining whether employers have a workforce whose religious make-up may require the use of the phrase `we particularly welcome applications from...' in recruitment advertising.
(28460)
231
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28174)
232
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many attacks were recorded on the stretch of road from Newtownards Road, Bridge End area to Westbourne Church (a) on vehicles and (b) on pedestrians in each of the past 12 months; and what the perceived (i) religious and (ii) political affiliations were of (A) the victims and (B) the attackers.
(28188)
233
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many attacks have been recorded on the stretch of road from Mount Pottinger Corner to Central Station in Belfast (a) on vehicles and (b) on pedestrians in each of the past 12 months; and what the perceived (i) religious and (ii) political affiliations were of (A) the victims and (B) the attackers.
(28189)
234
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money he has allocated towards tackling anti-social behaviour in North Down in each of the past three years.
(28190)
235
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress he has made in developing proposals for a Marine Bill for Northern Ireland; and what resources have been set aside to implement the legislation.
(28191)
236
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) meetings and (b) other communications have taken place between the Ministers with responsibility for each of the Northern Ireland Departments and their counterparts in (i) the Scottish Executive and (ii) the National Assembly of Wales in order to identify areas of co-operation and mutual benefit in each of the past 12 months.
(28202)
237
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of admissions to each hospital accident and emergency department in Northern Ireland has been linked to alcohol in each of the last five years.
(28203)
238
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many food poisoning outbreaks have occurred in each health trust area in each of the past five years; and how many of these have been identified as having originated in (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) elsewhere outside Northern Ireland.
(28204)
239
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance his Department has given to general practitioners in Northern Ireland in drawing up contingency plans to deal with a potential influenza pandemic; and what further assistance he plans to give.
(28207)
240
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which Department of the Northern Ireland Administration is responsible for accountability and oversight arrangements in relation to the Northern Ireland Local Government Auditior.
(28210)
241
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the extent of the level of interaction is between Safe Food and the Foods Standards Agency; and what assessment he has made of the merits of reviewing the relationship between the two bodies to promote effectiveness and cost efficiency.
(28463)
242
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his letter of 31st October, what definition he uses of an unreasonable length of time he uses in respect of waiting times for (a) an outpatient appointment and (b) inpatient or daycase treatment in Northern Ireland.
(28464)
243
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the costs were of checking the welfare during transport of live cattle being exported to the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
(28316)
244
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of policing animal welfare demonstrations during the export of live cattle from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
(28317)
245
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what programmes have been developed by Government departments in Northern Ireland to reduce injuries and deaths by raising public awareness of home accident prevention, with particular reference to the elderly.
(28369)
246
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action Government departments in Northern Ireland have taken to reduce the rate of (a) serious injuries and (b) death from accidents among (i) children and (ii) the elderly.
(28370)
247
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children aged under 16 years have (a) died and (b) suffered serious injury in farm accidents in Northern Ireland in each of the past 10 years, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(28371)
248
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals aged 65 years and over have (a) died and (b) suffered serious injury in farm accidents in Northern Ireland in each of the past 10 years, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(28372)
249
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money his Department made available to (a) local councils, (b) Health and Social Services trusts, (c) the Housing Executive Northern Ireland and (d) the Fire Service of Northern Ireland for home accident prevention in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05.
(28382)
250
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will assess the merits of developing guidance for the teaching of home accident prevention to school-aged children in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(28398)
251
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when work is expected to commence on-site for the new police training centre for Northern Ireland; and when building work is likely to be completed.
(28407)
252
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance is being given by the Government to small- and medium-sized enterprises (a) to ensure that they are aware of their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Northern Ireland Order 1978 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 2002 and (b) to help them carry out appropriate health and safety risk assessments in the workplace.
(28408)
253
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the recent changes in funding for structural roads maintenance; what was the initial external budget for structural maintenance in each district council area in the financial year (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005-06; and what action is being taken to ensure that the allocation of funding for this purpose is sufficient to enable the targets set in the Regional Transportation Strategy to be met.
(28440)
254
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what instructions he has given to the Police Service of Northern Ireland to re-open the investigation into the shooting incident at Loughall Police Station on 8th May 1987 when eight terrorists of the Provisional IRA's East Tyrone Brigade were killed by the SAS.
(27356)
255
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements he proposes to make for (a) the prosecution and (b) the punishment of armed forces personnel in relation to incidents in Northern Ireland during the recent period of the troubles.
(27357)
256
N
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements he proposes to make for (a) the prosecution and (b) the punishment of on-the-run terrorists in relation to incidents in Northern Ireland during the recent period of the troubles.
(27358)
257
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) primary schools and (b) area high schools within the South Eastern Education and Library Board area are being considered for closure; and if he will make a statement.
(28157)
258
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the religious breakdown of staff employed in the Province within (a) the BBC, including Radio Ulster, (b) Citizens Advice Bureaux and (c) Ulster Television; and if he will make a statement.
(28158)
259
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what restrictions there are on how early in the year pharmacies in Northern Ireland can order influenza vaccinations.
(28163)
260
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people aged 65 years or over in Northern Ireland reported that they had suffered abuse in the last 12 months.
(28164)
Questions to the Prime Minister
261
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to publish the paper he referred to in evidence to the Liaison Committee on 8th February setting out the way forward for the Iraqiisation of security (HC 318-i); and if he will make a statement.
(28399)
262
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Prime Minister, in what areas of the cost of his (a) accommodation, (b) security and (c) transport (i) he and (ii) his family makes a contribution to the expenses incurred by the Government.
(28102)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
263
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish First Minister about the use of dawn raids in asylum cases.
(25313)
Questions to the Solicitor General
264
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions for domestic violence in the jurisdiction of London courts have (a) come to court and (b) resulted in conviction in each of the last five years.
(28395)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
265
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what resource allocation the Electoral Commission has made for research into (a) under-registration and (b) postal vote fraud in each of the last five years.
(28159)
266
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Commission has undertaken on recent changes in the law that allow local authority electoral registration officers to consult local government databases.
(28160)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
267
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his written statement on 2nd November, Official Report, column 47WS, on low-carbon buildings, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the arrangements for grant support he has announced on (a) private sector investment in the UK micro-renewables industry, and (b) the ability of micro-renewables to contribute to future Government energy efficiency and renewable energy targets.
(27460)
268
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of (a) the quality and (b) the number of (i) solar hot water, (ii) biomass, (iii) wind, (iv) ground source heat pump and (v) hydro projects supported by the Clearskies grant programme since 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(27461)
269
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) charged and (ii) convicted in England and Wales of offences under sections (A) 1 and (B) 2 of the Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980 in each year since 1984.
(28268)
270
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980.
(28269)
271
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the operation of the British Technology Group Act 1991.
(28270)
272
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) charged and (ii) convicted in England and Wales of offences under section 4 of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947 in each year since 1984.
(28271)
273
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947.
(28272)
274
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Hairdressers Registration Act 1964.
(28273)
275
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Export and Investment Guarantees Act 1991.
(28274)
276
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he plans to introduce (a) voluntary redundancy and (b) early retirement schemes within his Department during the next two years; and if he will make a statement.
(28275)
277
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the progress of his Department's Two Roof Strategy.
(28276)
278
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Government funding social enterprises in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield district and (c) Normanton constituency (i) have received in the 2005-06 financial year and (ii) received in 2004-05.
(28246)
279
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new jobs have been created through social enterprise in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield district and (c) Normanton constituency since 1997.
(28259)
280
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many initiatives in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield District and (c) Normanton constituency have been awarded funding from the Phoenix Development Fund; and if he will extend funding to encourage the growth of more social enterprises in disadvantaged communities.
(28260)
281
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to encourage the growth of social enterprises in the most deprived areas of Wakefield district, with particular reference to Normanton constituency.
(28261)
282
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom about the Amateur Radio Licensing Consultation; and if he will make a statement.
(27722)
283
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what studies he has commissioned into the impact of (a) contractualisation and (b) privatisation on the British nuclear industry; and if he will make a statement.
(28027)
284
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list sites that have passed into the control of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
(28028)
285
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in what circumstances debt collection agencies are entitled to inform debtors that their credit rating may be altered.
(27585)
286
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the risks to the public of the presence of asbestos in textured coatings.
(28357)
287
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in what circumstances those making silent telephone calls will not be subject to action from Ofcom following Ofcom's publication of a new policy on silent calls.
(28146)
288
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28165)
289
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the quantity of fireworks used in October and November (a) by private individuals and (b) in public displays in each of the last 10 years.
(27346)
290
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of firework-related injuries in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age of victim and (b) type of injury.
(27347)
291
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the safety levels of bonfire night activities in 2005.
(27348)
292
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of public firework displays held in England in October and November in each of the last 10 years.
(27349)
293
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of fireworks regulations in relation to bonfire night activities in 2005.
(27350)
294
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment he has made of the manufacturing industry in Northamptonshire.
(28090)
295
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much public funding has been allocated to tackle issues related to the collapse of MG Rover to date, broken down by main cost area; and what estimate he has made of the cost of administration of MG Rover by PricewaterhouseCoopers to date.
(28311)
296
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will assess the likely impact of obesity on productivity in (a) the next 12 months and (b) the next 10 years.
(28242)
297
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of obesity on productivity in the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(28257)
298
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the draft Employment Equality (Age) Regulations on the pay of under-21 year olds.
(28454)
299
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date building is expected to commence of the windfarm off Scarweather Sands.
(28100)
300
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the licence for the operation of a windfarm off Scarweather Sands in Swansea Bay is due to be signed.
(28101)
301
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the total amount of unfunded pension liabilities from Royal Mail Group PLC.
(28358)
302
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government continues to regard Iran as a potential supplier of gas to the United Kingdom.
(28397)
303
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the ending of the Multi-Fibre Agreement on (a) Taiwan, (b) Mauritius and (c) Costa Rica; and if he will make a statement.
(28416)
304
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department is taking within the European Union to ensure developing countries are not required to open their markets through international trade agreements.
(27397)
305
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the implications for access to veterinary services of the loss to vets of prescription-related income.
(27353)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
306
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on improvements to A roads in the UK since 1997; and if he will list the transport budgets for each region for 2005-06.
(27686)
307
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to consult people in East Sussex affected by the proposed A21 upgrade.
(27687)
308
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ports in the UK exclusively serve ships of less than 500 tonnes gross.
(28187)
309
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been allocated for regional transport funding by each regional government office in each year since 1997-98; and how much is planned to be spent in each of the next three years, broken down by region.
(28240)
310
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail penalty fares were (a) issued, (b) appealed and (c) successfully appealed in the last year for which figures are available.
(28263)
311
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the additional cost per passenger of (a) passenger insurance and (b) the £1 levy per flight proposed by the Civil Aviation Authority to meet the cost of insurance against airline bankruptcy for those airlines not covered by the Association of British Travel Agents.
(28290)
312
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what records are maintained of US civil registered planes landing at UK (a) public airports and (b) military airfields.
(28400)
313
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the use of stone mastic asphalt materials for road resurfacing; and if he will make a statement.
(28029)
314
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was given in subsidy by his Department to each light rail scheme currently in operation in each year since they commenced operation.
(27504)
315
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the usage figures have been for each light rail scheme currently in operation in each year since they commenced operation.
(27505)
316
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimates his Department has made of the cost of road wear by foreign lorries operating in England; and if he will make a statement.
(27524)
317
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of light rail systems in (a) Manchester and (b) Birmingham in terms of (i) economic and (ii) environmental objectives.
(28307)
318
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) disabled people and (b) young people used buses in England in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(28309)
319
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many buses in operation offer easy access facilities; and what is his target for easy access facilities on buses.
(28310)
320
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what are the passenger use figures for each of the 43 bus schemes that will receive funding under the scheme announced by his Department on 1st November, for each year since 1997.
(28313)
321
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the 43 bus schemes that will receive funding under the scheme announced by his Department on 1st November.
(28314)
322
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to meet the Mayor of London to discuss the renegotiation of the public private partnership deal for London Underground.
(28394)
323
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Directive 2001/43/EC on quiet tyres will be transposed into UK law.
(27587)
324
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on rail services in Kent with particular reference to issues raised with the Rail Minister at a meeting with honourable Members representing constituencies in Kent on 9th June.
(28194)
325
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28166)
326
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what was the revenue from fines resulting from speed camera convictions in Wiltshire in the latest year for which figures are available; and what sums were passed to (a) the Treasury and (b) the Wiltshire Speed Camera Partnership.
(28432)
327
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the need to increase vehicle capacity of Junctions 6 and 7 of the M3.
(27503)
328
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many dismantled railway lines have been reopened since 2000; and at what cost in each case.
(28278)
329
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Taxicard schemes operate in England; and how much central funding was allocated to such schemes for 2005-06.
(28143)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
330
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many inspectors the Department has employed for the investigation of benefit fraud in each of the last 10 years.
(27638)
331
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many investigations into benefit fraud have been undertaken in each of the last 10 years.
(27639)
332
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions have been brought for benefit fraud in each of the last 10 years; and how many were successful.
(27640)
333
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Howell Opinion in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland.
(27641)
334
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he is promoting in conjunction with other Government departments to ensure that suitably qualified health and safety advisers in the public service are encouraged to achieve the status of chartered health and safety practitioners; and how many of them have this status.
(28183)
335
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the failed call rate has been for Jobcentre Plus areas operating integrated benefit system pilots.
(28387)
336
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of benefit claims in integrated benefit system pilots areas have taken longer than the 12-day target to process.
(28388)
337
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a benefit claim has been in the integrated benefit system pilot areas.
(28389)
338
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is the average duration of telephone benefit applications in integrated benefit system pilot areas.
(28390)
339
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many formal complaints his Department has received from West Lancashire about the Child Support Agency.
(27667)
340
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much child maintenance outstanding from 1993-94 to 2004-05 from non-resident parents with cases with the Child Support Agency resulted from (a) full maintenance assessments and maintenance calculations where the outstanding amount is deemed to be possibly uncollectable or collectable, (b) full maintenance assessments and maintenance calculations where the outstanding amount is deemed probably uncollectable, (c) interim maintenance assessments where the outstanding amount is deemed to be possibly uncollectable or collectable and (d) interim maintenance assessments where the outstanding amount is deemed to be probably uncollectable; and what proportion of each category of debt has been recovered.
(27502)
341
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down by expenditure and capital the 2003-04 Departmental Expenditure Limit baseline against which the financial savings of £960 million from annual efficiencies outlined in the Spending Review 2004 are calculated.
(27633)
342
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide a financial reconciliation between the Department of Work and Pensions 2004-05 Capital Budget of £435 million in the 2004 Spending Review (Table 19.1) and the 2004-05 estimated outturn Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit of £299 million in the Department of Work and Pensions Departmental Report 2005.
(27635)
343
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide a financial reconciliation between the Department of Work and Pensions 2004-05 Resource Budget of £7849 million in the 2004 Spending Review (Table 19.1) and the 2004-05 estimated outturn Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit of £8391million in the Department of Work and Pensions Departmental Report 2005.
(27636)
344
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down the leasehold improvements expenditure for 2003-04 and the estimated outturn for 2004-05 noted in Table 4 of the Department of Work and Pensions Departmental Report 2005 (Cm 6539) (a) by activity, (b) leasehold property and (c) expenditure type.
(27637)
345
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004-05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres.
(28168)
346
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the Health and Safety Executive guidelines on public firework displays in relation to incidents during bonfire night celebrations in 2005.
(28089)
347
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Gravesham constituency are receiving maintenance via the Child Support Agency under the (a) old and (b) new scheme.
(28373)
348
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Gravesham constituency were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since May 1997.
(28374)
349
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Gravesham constituency were entitled to an income-related benefit in each year since 1997.
(28375)
350
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Gravesham constituency are (a) entitled to and (b) in receipt of pension credit.
(28376)
351
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of women pensioners in Gravesham constituency are (a) in receipt of a full basic state pension, (b) in receipt of a basic state pension of (i) 75 per cent. to 99 per cent, (ii) 50 per cent. to 74 per cent., (iii) 25 per cent. to 49 per cent. and (iv) one per cent. to 24 per cent. of the value of a full basic state pension and (c) not entitled to any basic state pension.
(28377)
352
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of benefit claims are being handled manually because of flaws in the CMS IT system; and if he will make a statement.
(28360)
353
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of assessed Child Support Agency cases had maintenance collected via deduction of earnings orders in each quarter since 1994; and if he will make a statement.
(28383)
354
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the policy is of the Child Support Agency in relation to the conditions which must be satisfied before a deduction of earnings order is initiated; and if he will make a statement.
(28384)
355
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the change in the annual maintenance payments of the Child Support Agency which would result from full compliance of all assessed cases; and if he will make a statement.
(28385)
356
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the impact of obesity on the disability pensions budget in the next 10 years.
(28241)
357
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the total expenditure on disability pensions was accounted for by people suffering from obesity in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how much was spent on disability pensions for people suffering from obesity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(28255)
358
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Department has made a submission to the General Medical Service contract review.
(28256)
359
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the discretionary housing payment scheme since it was introduced.
(28433)
360
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many discretionary housing payment awards were made in each government office region in each year since 2001-02; and what the average award was in each region in each year.
(28434)
361
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding each local authority made available in support of discretionary housing payments in 2004-05.
(28435)
362
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding was made available by his Department for discretionary housing payments in each government office region in each year since 2001-02; how much was made available by his Department in each local authority in 2004-05; and how much was returned unused in each case.
(28436)
363
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of people receive incapacity benefit in Scotland.
(28451)
364
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Scotland do not receive a social security benefit.
(28452)
365
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Scotland are in receipt of a state pension.
(28453)
366
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher & Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints have been received against the Pensions Ombudsman in each of the last three years.
(28349)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
367
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of people in Scotland receive unemployment benefit.
[Transferred] (28450)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
368
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the cost to public funds of supporting (a) equality and (b) diversity units within central Government was in the last period for which figures are available; if he will deposit a list of these groups in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (28098)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
369
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th November, on the Savile Inquiry, what the previous highest amount of public expenditure incurred in holding a public inquiry in the United Kingdom was; and what the total amount incurred for legal fees on that occasion was.
[Transferred] (28461)
370
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of why the costs of probate in Northern Ireland are higher than those elsewhere in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (28462)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
371
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Iraqis detained by UK forces have been (a) handed over to the custody of (i) Iraqi and (ii) US forces and (b) subject to prosecution in the Iraqi courts.
[Transferred] (28402)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
372
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much money was disbursed to Afghan farmers as compensation for the destruction of poppies in 2003; and how much remains to be paid.
[Transferred] (28208)
373
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the UK Government's attempts to tackle poppy production in the Nangarhar area of Afghanistan.
[Transferred] (28209)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
374
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what drugs are most commonly involved in convictions for driving whilst under the influence of drugs.
[Transferred] (28308)
375
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions for perjury there have been in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (28449)

 
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