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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 17 November 2005

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 17 November 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 17 November 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 17 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 Thursday 17 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 17 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the tax credit IT system differentiates between a credit allocated to a recipient and a payment made to the same recipient.
(30403)
2
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria are used to determine the level of weekly instalments for the repayment of overpaid tax credits.
(30428)
3
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the largest single overpayment of working tax credit in Redcar and Cleveland was in the last 12 months.
(30429)
4
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many working tax credit overpayments have resulted in weekly repayments in excess of £50 in Redcar and Cleveland in the last 12 months.
(30430)
5
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to combat fraud by insurance companies paying the insurance premium tax.
(29815)
6
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform the insurance premium tax.
(29820)
7
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of money circulating in the UK financial system which is derived from the illicit acquisition of foreign states' public assets.
(29691)
8
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what procedures his Department has in place for (a) identifying and (b) tracking money in the United Kingdom derived from the illicit acquisition of foreign states' public assets.
(29692)
9
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax arrangements were made by the Treasury regarding the proceeds of the Tsunami appeal in the UK.
(29981)
10
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much corporation tax was raised from businesses in Wales in each year since 1997.
(29746)
11
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many cases where action was taken to prevent automatic recovery where a claimant disputed an overpayment of tax credits automatic recovery ceased within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five and (f) six weeks of the overpayment being disputed in the last year for which figures are available.
(29317)
12
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether honourable Members other than the Chancellor returned to London from overseas for parliamentary votes on 9th November at his Department's expense.
(29509)
13
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what baseline shares he will use to measure a reduction in the illicit market share for spirits for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 2.
(29858)
14
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how he intends to treat targets which have been partly met for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 9.
(29859)
15
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the data required to measure 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 8 are published.
(29860)
16
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what specific targets have been set for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 8.
(29861)
17
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he uses (a) income before housing costs and (b) income after housing costs when calculating the number of children in relative low income households for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 PSA Target 7.
(30058)
18
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what effect the change in the Treasury's assessment of the start and finish of the current economic cycle has had on measuring achievement against 2004 PSA Target (a) 1 and (b) 4.
(30059)
19
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent consideration has been given to proposals to use capital gains tax relief to encourage landlords to offer alternative accommodation to their retiring farm tenants.
(29732)
20
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in HM Revenue and Customs have been redeployed to tax credit work in each month since January; what the total staffing of the Tax Credit Department was in each quarter since Q1 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(28997)
21
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of telephone calls to HM Revenue and Customs contact centres were (a) answered on the first call, (b) answered on the same day and (c) unanswered or had their calls aborted in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(29703)
22
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how HM Revenue and Customs distinguishes in its telephone target performance between calls answered at the first attempt and calls answered on the same day.
(29704)
23
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many disputed tax credit cases were decided in each month since June 2004; what proportion of disputes have been decided in the disputant's favour; how many tax credit disputes received since April 2003 have yet to be decided; and how many disputes have been raised since June.
(29706)
24
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many awards of tax credits have been wrongly made to people subject to immigration control in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 to date; and what the estimated value is of these overpayments.
(29707)
25
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs is proposing to change the facilities which they offer to taxpayers who call at their enquiry offices.
(29827)
26
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if HM Revenue and Customs will take steps to ensure that any taxpayer who is disabled is always able to meet staff face-to-face when attending an enquiry office.
(29828)
27
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many tax credit awards in 2003-04 income rose by (a) up to £1,000, (b) £1,000 to £1,999, (c) £2,000 to £2,499, (d) £2,500 to £2,999, (e) £3,000 to £3,499, (f) £3,500 to £3,999, (g) £4,000 to £4,999, (h) £5,000 to £5,999, (i) £6,000 to £9,999, (j) £10,000 to £14,999, (k) £15,000 to £19,999, (l) £20,000 to £24,999, (m) £25,000 to £29,999 and (n) over £30,000.
(29982)
28
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many tax credit awards in 2003-04 where there had been an increase in income it would have been disregarded had the disregard been set at (a) £3,000, (b) £3,500 and (c) £5,000.
(29983)
29
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department had the tax credit disregard been set at (a) £3,000, (b) £3,500 and (c) £5,000 in 2003-04.
(29984)
30
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for how many families their tax credit award would have fallen in 2003-04 had there not been the £2,500 disregard.
(29985)
31
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when a Minister in his Department (a) last met and (b) next expects to meet representatives from the voluntary sector to discuss tax credits.
(30005)
32
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families have been contacted as part of the Inland Revenue's tax credit outreach programme; how many awards have been adjusted in-year as a result of contact; and when the next wave of contacts will begin.
(30006)
33
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many tax credit cases from 2003-04 an overpayment was identified where there was no ongoing award.
(30007)
34
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that action to recover a tax credit debt when a couple split up and there is no ongoing award does not fall only on the member of the couple with continuing care of the child.
(30008)
35
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many manual payments were issued in each month since April 2003; and what their value was in each month.
(30009)
36
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many child tax credit awards ended in 2003-04 because (a) a couple split up and the joint award ended and (b) a household went from being a lone parent to a couple household.
(30010)
37
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average yearly wage was in each region of the United Kingdom in 2004.
(30226)
38
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the letter of 14th November from the National Statistician to the honourable Member for Torbay, what the figures are for the unitary authorities of (a) Torbay and (b) Plymouth.
(29586)
39
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision the Treasury has made in its allocation of funding for the Department for Trade and Industry for the capital grant required to meet the Government White Paper commitment to a 10 year solar voltaics programme in line with that of Germany and Japan.
(29978)
40
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the benefits to the UK economy of a 10 year solar voltaics programme in line with that of Germany and Japan.
(29979)
41
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will recommence interrupted payments in respect of tax credit case no JA 24 43 02 C (2005/09 012378); and if he will cease sending letters demanding repayment of sums allegedly overpaid.
(29315)
42
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what cost impact assessment has been undertaken of the (a) EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, (b) EU legislation agreed under the Financial Services Action Plan and (c) EU Capital Adequacy Directive implementing the Basel 2 Accord; and if he will place copies of such assessments in the Library.
(29765)
43
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Department has conducted cost impact assessments in relation to the Prospectus Directive.
(30230)
44
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has conducted cost impact assessments in relation to the EU Market Abuse Directive.
(30274)
45
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8th November, Official Report, column 330W, on pensions, what the estimated proportion was of the benefit payments from unfunded public sector pension schemes in (a) 2013 and (b) at subsequent five yearly intervals relating to members who will join the scheme after April 2006.
(30236)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
46
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what data sources he will use for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 3.
(29862)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
47
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will introduce individual voter registration.
(30164)
48
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will list her Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies (a) which the Government is required to consult prior to legislative proposals and (b) whose advice the Government is required to publish.
(29759)
49
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department (a) have a statutory base, (b) publish their advice to Government, (c) publish an annual report and (d) lay an annual report before Parliament; and whether this is under a statutory requirement in each case.
(29760)
50
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department (a) hold public meetings, (b) conduct public consultation exercises, (c) conduct consultation exercises with outside commercial interests, (d) publish a register of members' interest, (e) publish agendas for meetings and (f) publish the minutes of meetings; and whether this is under a statutory requirement in each case.
(29761)
51
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, in how many rape trials at a Crown Court (a) a female and (b) a male judge sat in each of the last five years; and how many cases resulted in (i) conviction and (ii) acquittal in each case.
(29756)
52
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Lord Chancellor has continued to require the Teesside coroner to provide monthly reports since the end of June.
(30401)
53
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the panel for interviewing and recommending appointments to the role of Queen's Counsel will be subject to the proposed duty on public authorities to promote gender equality.
(30424)
54
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many rape trials were listed as floating cases in the first half of 2005 in (a) the Central Criminal Court and (b) Teesside Crown Court.
(30425)
55
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans she has for the mentoring of junior salaried judges to encourage them to progress to higher judicial office.
(30426)
56
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what monitoring is being carried out on the (a) take-up and (b) impact of special measures under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
(30427)
57
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average time was between arrest and sentence for convicted young offenders in Merseyside in 2004-05; and if she will make a statement.
(29688)
58
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24th October, Official Report, column 6W, on 1911 census, what the (a) statutory and (b) other basis is for the 100-year census closure policy.
(30155)
59
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average waiting time for small claims from allocation to hearing was at the Gravesend County Court in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.
(30300)
60
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many drugs possession cases were heard at the Gravesend and Dartford County Court in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.
(30306)
61
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will seek to amend the relevant legislation to allow (a) local councillors, (b) other publicly-elected office holders, (c) people who have made donations to a registered political party within the last 10 years and (d) (i) officers, (ii) employees, (iii) members, and (iv) people who have been members within the last 10 years of a registered political party, to serve as electoral commissioners.
(29834)
62
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the policy is of the Legal Services Commission on the granting of legal aid to those seeking to challenge closure of local authority care homes on human rights grounds; and if she will make a statement.
(29721)
63
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidance her Department has given local authorities on handling compensation claims.
(29713)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
64
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the value has been to date of National Lottery grant applications made by organisations in Southend-on-Sea; how many Lottery grant applications have been made by organisations in Southend-on-Sea; and how many Lottery grant applications in Southend-on-Sea have been approved.
(30070)
65
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been paid out in grants from Lottery funds to organisations in Southend-on-Sea (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the Essex total.
(30071)
66
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the top 10 tourist attractions in Essex in terms of numbers visiting or attending in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(30072)
67
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has made to the Secretary of State for Transport on ensuring that train services to the South West are ready to meet the transport requirements of the 2012 Olympics.
(30349)
68
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she uses (a) averages over several years and (b) a straight comparison between two specific years for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 4.
(30290)
69
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what baseline percentages she is using for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 3.
(30291)
70
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many council-funded youth shelters have opened in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997.
(29914)
71
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she plans to fund the expansion of youth shelters in England.
(29915)
72
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which of the (a) Crown jewels and (b) other items of royal regalia on display at the Tower of London are in public ownership.
(29818)
73
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times she has visited (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in her official capacity in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(29921)
74
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 Assocation to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 1st November, which voting members of the British Olympic Association were contacted by UK Sport; who the UK Sport representative was; and what the outcome was.
(29505)
75
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the funding of the Gambling Commission's new headquarters in Birmingham.
(30299)
76
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of loaned items were accounted for by the borrowing of (a) books, (b) videos, (c) DVDs and (d) CDs from libraries in (i) Brent and (ii) each borough in London in each year since 1997.
(30112)
77
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what total stock of (a) DVDs, (b) videos and (c) CDs was owned by libraries in (i) Brent and (ii) each borough in London in each year since 1997.
(30169)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
78
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) United States and (b) European Union counterparts on the deployment of additional British troops to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(29887)
79
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the violent contacts between Coalition forces and insurgents in Iraq in the last 12 months were initiated by (a) British forces, (b) non-British Coalition forces and (c) insurgents; and if he will make a statement.
(29888)
80
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November, to the honourable Member for Chorley, Official Report, column 101W, on Members' visits, if he will list the sites where requests to visit were refused.
(29868)
81
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel are working for private (a) military and (b) security companies contracted to his Department in (i) Iraq and (ii) Multi-National Division South East in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(28815)
82
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what legal immunities apply to individuals employed by private (a) military and (b) security companies contracted to his Department in Iraq.
(28816)
83
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether personnel employed by private (a) military and (b) security companies contracted to his Department in Iraq are required to record incidents involving the injury or death of Iraqis.
(28817)
84
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the status of British troops in Iraq following the approval of the Iraqi constitution.
(29687)
85
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes in the rules of engagement are being made as the UK takes on leadership of the Allied Rapid Reaction Force.
(29680)
86
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for how long the UK plans to continue to embed troops within the Afghan national army.
(29681)
87
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of the Trident missile system in 2004-05.
(30330)
88
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the Royal Green Jackets Regiment.
(30336)
89
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Royal Marine Patrol boats held by Iran.
(30343)
90
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the Harrier aircraft fleet.
(30344)
91
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the UK's military commitment is to Diego Garcia; what other overseas forces are stationed there; and if he will make a statement.
(30346)
92
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to provide vaccines for the armed forces in the event of an epidemic of avian influenza.
(30354)
93
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces are serving abroad, broken down by location.
(30407)
94
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the specific timescales are for measurement of each aspect of performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 6.
(29934)
95
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish a Public Service Agreement delivery plan for 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 2.
(29939)
96
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what powers the Government has authorised the employment of members of the armed forces for fire fighting duties in the East Midlands area; and if he will make a statement.
(29581)
97
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times he has visited (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in his official capacity in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(29923)
98
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) soldiers and (b) officers in the British Army have resumed their military careers after being found not guilty by a court martial in each of the last 10 years.
(29775)
99
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of the continued presence of members or former members of the Mujahideen e Khalq at (a) Camp Habib near Basrah and (b) (i) Camp Homayun and (ii) Camp Mujarmi near Amarah in Iraq.
(29619)
100
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports he has received of Mujahideen e Khalq offices or safe-houses being operated in Basra.
(29620)
101
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure has been incurred in relation to overseas recruitment for the armed services in each of the last five years.
(29622)
102
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11th November, Official Report, columns 854-6W, on Iraq, what the response has been from the Iraqi authorities to UK representations regarding alleged human rights abuses at the Jameat Prison.
(29631)
103
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of non-commissioned officers who have left the special forces to join private security companies in each of the last 10 years.
(29754)
104
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces were (a) charged and (b) found guilty at courts martial for each category of serious crimes of violence up to that of murder in cases where all proceedings are complete in each of the past 10 years; and how many of those found guilty were (i) sent to prison, (ii) dismissed, (iii) dismissed in disgrace and (iv) retained in the forces following a period of imprisonment in each year.
(30227)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
105
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies (a) which the Government is required to consult prior to legislative proposals and (b) whose advice the Government is required to publish.
(29748)
106
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) have a statutory base, (b) publish their advice to Government, (c) publish an annual report and (d) lay an annual report before Parliament; and whether this is under a statutory requirement in each case.
(29749)
107
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) hold public meetings, (b) conduct public consultation exercises, (c) conduct consultation exercises with outside commercial interests, (d) publish a register of members' interests, (e) publish agendas for meetings and (f) publish the minutes of meetings; and whether this is under a statutory requirement in each case.
(29750)
108
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of public funding for the 2012 Olympic Games on the availability of English Partnerships funding for projects in the Tees Valley over the next five years.
(29762)
109
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Olympic precept will be excluded from his calculations for the purposes of capping local authorities' budgets.
(29833)
110
N
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the scheme for reduced business rates for village shops.
(29244)
111
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost to public funds was of the South West Regional Assembly in 2004-05.
(30351)
112
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on large scale housing developments in Bournemouth.
(30352)
113
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the future of Bournemouth's greenbelt.
(30353)
114
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the attainability of 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 7.
(29890)
115
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what method he will use to measure performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 8, with particular reference to deprived areas.
(29937)
116
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what method and which individual indicators he will use to measure overall performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement targets 5 and 6.
(29938)
117
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what method he will use to consolidate the data needed to assess 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 1.
(29950)
118
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, why an 11 year average starting in 1999 is used to measure performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 3.
(29952)
119
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the full specifications of 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 4.
(29953)
120
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time firefighters serviced (i) Northamptonshire and (ii) Kettering constituency in each year since 1997.
(29311)
121
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many affordable homes he expects will be built in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) Kettering constituency in each year to (i) 2011, (ii) 2021 and (iii) 2031 as part of the growth area agenda.
(29312)
122
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many affordable homes were provided by housing associations in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) Kettering constituency in each year since 1997.
(29313)
123
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many housing associations were in receipt of Government funding (a) in England, (b) in Northamptonshire and (c) in Kettering contituency in each year since 1997.
(29314)
124
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 18th July, Official Report, column 1433W, on Empty Homes, how many of the empty homes in (a) Kettering, (b) East Midlands and (c) England were under local authority ownership.
(29316)
125
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Licensing Act 2003 in determining the 2006-07 revenue support grant for local authorities in England.
(30174)
126
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the implications for local services in the event of an average increase of 1.5 per cent., not including education, to the 2006-07 revenue support grant to local authorities in England; and whether he would expect cuts to frontline services to ensue in such an event.
(30175)
127
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of social services departments in local authorities in England he expects will overspend their budgets in the financial year 2005-06; and whether the revenue support grant for 2006-07 will take such overspends into account.
(30176)
128
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether projected deficits in local authority social services departments in 2005-06 will be taken into account in the forthcoming revenue support grant for local authorities with responsibility for social services departments.
(30177)
129
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, at what level he expects to cap local authorities' council tax rises in the 2006-07 financial year.
(30178)
130
N
Barbara Keeley (Worsley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of business rate reductions for village shops.
(29229)
131
Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November, Official Report, column 180W, on the fire service (West Midlands), what the average response time was in England in each year.
(29686)
132
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 14th November, Official Report, columns 1037-8W, on housing, if he will break down the figures provided by housing type.
(29990)
133
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning applications for mobile telephone masts in the Guildford constituency have been (a) granted, (b) granted on appeal and (c) refused in each year since 1997.
(30188)
134
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what planning guidance his Department issues to borough councils about mobile phone networks sharing mobile phone mast sites.
(30189)
135
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he last met officials from the Department of Health to discuss the potential impact of phone masts on public health.
(30190)
136
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research he has commissioned into the (a) background, (b) sex, (c) socio-economic status and (d) ethnic origin of people who respond to planning applications.
(30360)
137
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the Neighbourhood Renewal Capacity Building Fund funding stream from the Government Office for London was made available to the London Borough of Croydon in 2004-05.
(29955)
138
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what impact he expects changes in the local government formula grant to have on public services delivered by (a) Dacorum Borough Council and (b) Hertfordshire County Council.
(29582)
139
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of affordable housing have been built in Hemel Hempstead constituency in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(29583)
140
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what responses relating to the local government finance consultation he has received from (a) Dacorum Borough Council and (b) Hertfordshire County Council; and when the responses were received.
(29584)
141
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the recent firemen's strike in the East Midlands area.
(29901)
142
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council properties were sold under the right-to-buy scheme by Dacorum Borough Council in each year since 1997.
(30117)
143
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consultation he plans to hold with honourable Members on the future of English Partnerships.
(30119)
144
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice and guidance the Department has given to local authority IT (a) departments and (b) suppliers in relation to the council tax revaluation in (i) England and (ii) Wales.
(29708)
145
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Government expects to publish a consultation paper on reform of London governance; and whether the Government expects to make an announcement on possible reforms before the 2006 London borough elections.
(29720)
146
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the Government has made of the average price of a property facing demolition in the Pathfinder areas.
(29723)
147
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the net debt or reserves/surplus was for each local authority in England, including police and fire authorities, in (a) 1997-98 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(29724)
148
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether (a) the Government and (b) the Valuation Office Agency conducted analysis of the likely effects of council tax revaluation in England prior to the announcement of its postponement.
(29725)
149
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Government plans to re-commence work on council tax revaluation in England.
(29727)
150
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department has given to local authorities on tree maintenance near highways.
(29728)
151
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by each Government Office of the Regions in each year since 1996-97; and what the estimated figures are for 2005-06.
(30434)
152
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, why the Government has not collated information on Best Value performance indicators (a) 127a, (b) 127b and (c) 127c in 2005-06.
(30439)
153
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) outturn and (b) targets set for each local authority were for Best Value Performance Indicators (i) 126, (ii) 127a-d, (iii) 128, (iv) 174, (v) 175 and (vi) 176 in 2004-05.
(30442)
154
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) function and (b) powers of the Audit Commission's Housing Inspectorate are; and what its budget was in the last year for which figures are available.
(30443)
155
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment the Government has made of the number of inspection regimes by which local authorities are regulated.
(30444)
156
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the suspension of negotiations between the Improvement and Development Agency and Ordnance Survey on the production of a National Spatial Address Infrastructure.
(30113)
157
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total expenditure to date has been and (b) projected future expenditure is on the production of a National Spatial Address Infrastructure.
(30114)
158
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what information will be included in Home Information Packs to protect home-buyers from purchasing property on contaminated land.
(30153)
159
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, in what percentage of house transactions (a) flood reports and (b) contaminated land reports were used in the latest year for which figures are available.
(30154)
160
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish the results of the survey on trees in towns and cities in England.
(30308)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
161
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the operation of (a) the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act 1953 and (b) the Marshall Scholarships Act 1959.
(29842)
162
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department spent on Marshall scholarships in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(29843)
163
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the criteria are for a scholarship under the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act 1953; and if she will make a statement.
(29844)
164
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) males and (b) females were refused scholarships under the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act 1953 in 2004-05; and what the reason for the refusal was in each case.
(29845)
165
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the operation of section 6 of the Polish Resettlement Act 1947.
(29846)
166
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the operation of section 8 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.
(29847)
167
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the operation of section 43 of the Education (No. 2) Act 1986.
(29848)
168
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the operation of sections (a) 510 and (b) 511 of the Education Act 1996 in (i) Essex and (ii) Southend.
(29849)
169
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the operation of sections (a) 403, (b) 404, (c) 405, (d) 406 and (e) 407 of the Education Act 1996.
(29850)
170
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps schools will be required to take to become self-governing trusts.
(29729)
171
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have (a) begun and (b) sucessfully completed apprenticeships related to engineering in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(30116)
172
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reasons she has decided to use Labour Force Survey data for the purpose of assessing need for youth services.
(29992)
173
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will reverse her decision to use Labour Force Survey data in place of Connexions Service data for the purpose of assessing need for youth services.
(29993)
174
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy to include compulsory modules on (a) identifying children with special educational needs and (b) developing appropriate teaching methods for them within initial teacher training courses.
(29701)
175
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to ensure that special educational needs co-ordinators have appropriate training for the role they undertake.
(29702)
176
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to ensure that children with autism receive the educational support they need.
(29698)
177
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she plans to extend the number of hours devoted to sex education in schools.
(30237)
178
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are being taken to increase the number of modern foreign languages available to pupils in state secondary schools.
(30367)
179
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the public examination results were in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005 of the three non-selective state secondary schools nearest to each of the academies opened in (i) September 2002, (ii) September 2003 and (ii) September 2004; and what the equivalent results were in the academies themselves.
(25364)
180
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's target is for the number of specialist schools in (a) Surrey and (b) England.
(30184)
181
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in (a) Surrey and (b) England have (i) applied for and (ii) been granted specialist status for each of the 10 specialisms.
(30185)
182
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many specialist schools in Surrey participate in the Leading Edge Partnership scheme.
(30186)
183
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils are in special needs schools in Surrey; how many pupils with special educational needs are in mainstream schools in Surrey; and how many special needs schools have (a) opened and (b) closed in Surrey since 1997.
(30187)
184
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Rights Act 2001 funding stream from the Government Office for London was made available to the London Borough of Croydon in 2004-05.
(29892)
185
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times she has visited (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in her official capacity in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(29909)
186
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is her policy to allow schools to select children for admission by interviewing their parents; and if she will make a statement.
(29777)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
187
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the polymerase chain reaction test for M.bovis DNA in (a) identifying infected material around badger setts and (b) combating bovine tuberculosis; and if she will make a statement.
(29866)
188
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department has made on ensuring that Brazil's animal traceability systems are improved following recent incidents of Foot and Mouth disease in that country; and if her Department will introduce a full ban on Brazilian beef imports.
(30082)
189
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce more user friendly reporting of progress against 2004 Public Service Agreement target 8.
(29951)
190
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what timescales have been set by the Department for achievement of 2004 PSA Target 1.
(30055)
191
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data sources she intends to use to measure progress towards internationally-agreed commitments to tackle climate change, as required for the measurement of 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 1.
(30056)
192
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how she will define the term rural area as required for the purpose of measuring achievement of the 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 4.
(30057)
193
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the data required to measure the sharing of risk management with industry for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 1 are available to her.
(30292)
194
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what timescale she has set for achievement of 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 6.
(30294)
195
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of household waste to be recycled or composted she would accept as further improvement by 2008 for the purposes of measuring achievement against 2004 public service agreement target 6.
(30433)
196
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether hunts which purchase birds of prey are obliged to register the (a) purchase, (b) sale, (c) death and (d) loss of such birds; and if she will make a statement.
(29841)
197
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on proposals to increase the budget of the Hill Farming Allowance Scheme to preserve the public benefit from upland farming.
(29731)
198
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of (a) the future of suckler cow production in upland farms and (b) consequential environmental change as a result of the impact of the Single Farm Payment on this sector.
(29733)
199
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the application of state aid rules in relation to the expenditure of the Agricultural Levy Boards.
(29735)
200
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers have yet to submit maps in relation to applications for single payments.
(29911)
201
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is part of the European Union Acquis that countries are required to have an environmental protection agency or similar organisation separate or at arm's length from Government; and if she will make a statement.
(29616)
202
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department has issued to departmental offices on (a) producing a Transport Plan for staff and contractors and (b) reducing the environmental impact of car parking and car use by staff and contractors.
(30368)
203
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department, and its local departmental offices, have received on parking on local roads by her Department's staff and IBM contractors at her Department's offices in Epsom Road, Merrow, Guildford.
(30369)
204
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps officials located in departmental offices in Epsom Road, Merrow, Guildford are taking to minimise the environmental and adverse impact of car parking by staff and contractors in Down Road and other nearby roads.
(30370)
205
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times she has visited (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in her official capacity in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(29920)
206
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government is continuing to aim to meet the target to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent. by 2010.
(30268)
207
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent. by 2050.
(30269)
208
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made under the UK's presidency in relation to the sustainable development agenda.
(30270)
209
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Department has carried out of the impact on costs of the (a) EU End of Life Vehicles Directive and (b) EU Waste Electrical Equipment Directive; and if she will place copies of the assessments in the Library.
(29770)
210
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to bring in a bill dealing with veterinary misconduct.
(30397)
211
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many suitably engineered commercial licensed landfill sites are capable of processing a consignment of bird carcasses; where they are situated; and if she will make a statement.
(29324)
212
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many suitably engineered commercial licensed landfill sites are under construction.
(29325)
213
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the risk of transmission of avian influenza by birds scavenging infected carcasses buried in suitably engineered commercial licensed landfills.
(29326)
214
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether there is sufficient capacity in suitably engineered commercial licensed landfills to dispose of the projected number of bird carcasses infected with avian influenza in the event of incineration capacity being fully utilised.
(29386)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
215
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese government regarding alleged abuse of those who protest against the one child policy in China; and if he will make a statement.
(29907)
216
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of China about the cases of (a) Mao Hengfeng and (b) Chen Guangcheng; and if he will make a statement.
(29908)
217
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the EU expects to make a decision on the approach it will take to participating in the EU-ASEAN meetings in July 2006, chaired by Burma.
(30402)
218
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of regulation of private (a) military and (b) security companies; and if he will make a statement.
(28818)
219
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will publish a Public Service Agreement delivery plan for 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 3.
(29943)
220
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which data sources he will use to measure progress against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 2.
(29944)
221
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which data sources he will use to measure progress against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 4.
(29945)
222
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which data sources he will use to measure progress against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 7.
(29946)
223
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 9 applies to each year within the target period.
(29947)
224
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which data sources he will use to measure progress against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 8.
(29948)
225
Eric Joyce (Falkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the arrest in Uganda of Dr Kizza Besigye.
(30379)
226
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the new United Kingdom Ambassador to the Holy See is a UK citizen.
(29585)
227
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1st November, Official Report, column 954W, on Holy See, what assessment was made of the readership in Scotland of the (a) Scotsman, (b) Herald, (c) Guardian, (d) Daily Telegraph, (e) Times and (f) the Independent when deciding not to advertise the post of UK Ambassador to the Holy See in either (a) or (b); and with what comparative readership figures the Department was supplied.
(29614)
228
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many applications were received for the post of UK Ambassador for the Holy See; and how many of these were from applicants with return addresses in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) overseas.
(29615)
229
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many serving United Kingdom ambassadors have (a) received and (b) not received honours.
(29722)
230
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the British Ambassador to Nepal has been recalled to London.
(29621)
231
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the arrest of opposition leaders in Uganda.
(29807)
232
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on future elections in Cote d'Ivoire.
(30297)
233
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the number of British UN peacekeepers on duty on the Ethiopia/Eritrea border.
(30298)
234
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) support and (b) financial assistance has been given to families of British victims of the Sharm el-Sheikh terrorist bombing; and if he will make a statement.
(30380)
235
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many families of British victims of the bombing in Sharm el-Sheikh were assisted by his Department to visit Egypt.
(30381)
236
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the EU will be able to give further funding to the Global Fund under external action.
(30263)
237
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Development Instrument will provide funding for education.
(30264)
238
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what impact EU external action has had on funding for the Caribbean countries; and what progress has been made on the proposed EU sugar reforms.
(30265)
239
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the EU stability instrument upon the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
(30266)
240
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response the EU has made to the recent earthquake in Pakistan.
(30267)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
241
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the submissions to the Lane Committee on Abortion are in the public domain; and if she will make a statement.
(30409)
242
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the files held by her Department relating to the (a) Abortion (Amendment) Bill of the 1974-75 Session and (b) Abortion (Amendment) Bill of the 1976-77 Session are in the public domain; and if she will make a statement.
(30410)
243
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to issue a reply to the Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [Lords]; and if she will make a statement.
(30411)
244
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list public consultations undertaken by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in each of the last 10 years; and what conclusions were reached in each case.
(30412)
245
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the cures for diseases which have been developed as a result of human embryo research in each of the last 12 years; and if she will make a statement.
(30413)
246
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the (a) financial, (b) operational and (c) accountability consequences of the abolition of strategic health authorities.
(29869)
247
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of running strategic health authorities was in 2004-05, broken down by authority.
(29870)
248
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many decision letters have been issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to prospective candidates for the Overseas Nursing Programme in each of the last two years, broken down by (a) positive and (b) negative decisions.
(29318)
249
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of bursary applications to the NHS Students Grant Unit in 2005 have failed to meet the processing target of 20 working days.
(29320)
250
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of enquiries to the NHS Students Grant Unit in 2005 by (a) telephone, (b) writing and (c) e-mail have failed to receive a response within 20 working days.
(29321)
251
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures the NHS Students Grant Unit has in place to monitor the response rates to (a) telephone, (b) writing and (c) e-mail enquiries.
(29322)
252
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for telephone enquiries to the NHS Students Grants Unit.
(29323)
253
N
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department is funding into the treatment and cure of cerebral autosolmal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leucoencephalopathy; what NHS treatments are available for this condition; and if she will make a statement.
(29508)
254
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding per capita was given to (a) Chelmsford primary care trust, (b) Essex primary care trusts, (c) Eastern Region primary care trusts, (d) Greater London primary care trusts and (e) primary care trusts in England in the last two financial years for which figures are available.
(28819)
255
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the future provision of accident and emergency services at Chase Farm Hospital.
(30051)
256
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis she exercises her discretion to release information covered by commercial confidentiality for reasons of public accountability; and if she will list the occasions on which she has exercised this discretion in each of the last five years.
(29747)
257
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the reduction in smoking prevalence rates that would be achieved by implementing option four in the regulatory impact assessment for the Health Improvement and Protection Bill.
(29751)
258
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has evaluated on the displacement effect of workplace smoking bans on smoking at home; and if she will make a statement.
(29752)
259
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role is of her Department's Recovery and Support Unit; and what information it collects.
(29825)
260
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library the most recent month's forecast of financial position for each NHS organisation submitted to the Department by each strategic health authority.
(29826)
261
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cumulative break-even position as reported in the final accounts of (a) strategic health authorities, (b) primary care trusts, (c) NHS trusts and (d) other care trusts was in each of the last five years, broken down by Government Office region.
(29928)
262
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of those eligible for the winter influenza vaccine have been vaccinated in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(29808)
263
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on advertising the winter influenza vaccine in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(29809)
264
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has been informed that any primary care trust has a shortage of influenza vaccines.
(29810)
265
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average patient waiting time was for a winter influenza vaccine in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(29811)
266
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of salaries for general practitioners was in the last five years for which figures are available.
(29689)
267
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure that her Department meets the requirements of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.
(30390)
268
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facility is in place in her Department to examine incidents of bullying in addition to the internal procedures of individual NHS hospital trusts.
(30391)
269
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the costs of running Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Trust have been in each of the last five financial years.
(30331)
270
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are on the waiting list of the Morecombe Bay Primary Care Trust (PCT) for allocation to a NHS dentist; and how many patients of Morecombe Bay PCT are being treated in other PCT areas.
(29319)
271
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how she has defined a personalised care plan for the purposes of measuring the achievement of 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 4.
(29806)
272
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether 2004 Public Service Agreement target 6 refers to problem drug users who have been through treatment programmes in a specific year.
(29891)
273
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether all primary care trusts in England are providing at least one cycle of IVF to eligible couples with infertility; and if she will make a statement.
(29837)
274
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the extent to which primary care trusts are limiting the provision of NHS-funded infertility treatment to couples with no existing children; and if she will make a statement.
(29838)
275
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of whether primary care trusts are applying more restrictive female age criteria to couples seeking NHS-funded infertility treatment than the 23 to 39 years range set by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and if she will make a statement.
(29839)
276
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action she is taking to ensure that the social eligibility criteria applied by primary care trusts to couples seeking infertility treatment is the same throughout the country.
(29840)
277
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence expects to publish the new appraisal consultation document for the use of erythropoietin in the treatment of cancer treatment-induced anaemia.
(30303)
278
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has decided to review its appraisal consultation document for the use of erythropoietin in the treatment of cancer treatment-induced anaemia.
(30304)
279
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence she has received to support the decision that Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is a valid syndrome.
(30110)
280
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list countries from which people applying for a visa to stay in the UK for longer than six months have to provide a certificate proving that they are free from infectious tuberculosis; and what estimate she has made of the incidence of infectious tuberculosis in those countries.
(29506)
281
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the rise in the number of cases of tuberculosis in England.
(29507)
282
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) medical errors and (b) reportable incidents involving (i) drugs and (ii) equipment in NHS hospitals there have been in Kent since 1997.
(29821)
283
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been prosecuted under the Health Act 1999 for wrongful claims of free prescriptions in Gravesham in each year since 2000.
(29822)
284
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pre-payment certificates for prescriptions have been issued in Gravesham in each of the last 12 months.
(29823)
285
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated price per procedure paid was to wave 1 independent sector treatment centres in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05; and what the NHS tariff was for each procedure offered by such centres in each year.
(29780)
286
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the average number of hours each week a (a) nurse and (b) doctor spent on administrative tasks in (i) 1997, (ii) 2000 and (iii) the most recent period for which figures are available.
(29831)
287
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner referrals have been made using the choose and book system in each month since July 2004; and how many of those referrals were (a) telephone-only bookings and (b) online bookings.
(29832)
288
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st March, Official Report, column 622W, on Medical Staff Salaries, what the average salary of a (a) consultant, (b) junior doctor and (c) nurse was in 2004.
(29855)
289
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Written Statement of 10th November, Official Report, column 24WS, on Independent Nurse Pharmacist Prescribing, whether independent nurse prescribers allowed to prescribe controlled drugs will continue to be allowed to do so when the relevant regulations are amended; and if she will list the controlled drugs nurses are currently able to prescribe independently.
(29856)
290
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd November, Official Report, column 1160W, on waiting lists/times, whether the statement on page 57 of the NHS Improvement Plan that there would be 100 per cent. e-booking by December ever had the status of a Government target.
(29871)
291
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of people were registered with an NHS dentist in (a) Yeovil constituency, (b) Somerset, (c) South Somerset and (d) England in each year since 1995.
(28223)
292
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken to process NHS nurses' bursary applications was in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 to date; and if she will make a statement.
(29705)
293
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many senior house officer jobs have been available in each of the last eight years; and if she will make a statement.
(30311)
294
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Modernising Medical Careers training structure on (a) junior and (b) middle-ranking doctors.
(30312)
295
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many positions for junior and middle-ranking doctors were available (a) immediately before and (b) immediately after Modernising Medical Careers was introduced.
(30313)
296
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from regional ambulance services regarding the impact of the Ambulance Service reconfiguration.
(30316)
297
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact upon the Tees, Yorkshire and Humberside Ambulance Service of the recent reconfiguration.
(30317)
298
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she intends to make publicly available to assist the relevant authorities in responding to the consultation on Ambulance Service reconfiguration.
(30318)
299
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the process and methodology used for the Ambulance Service reconfiguration in the Yorkshire region consultation will be the same in each of the four strategic health authorities concerned.
(30319)
300
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the four ambulance services affected by the reconfiguration in the Yorkshire region will have an opportunity to respond to the strategic health authority response to the consultation before its submission.
(30320)
301
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, is she will establish a central record of mortality in respect of care homes residents, with particular reference to those residents who are moved consequent on closure of a care home; and if she will make a statement.
(29711)
302
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will bring forward legislation to ensure that a national standard of care is available to all disabled people based on nationally agreed criteria for assessing individual needs and risks; and if she will make a statement.
(29715)
303
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will bring forward legislation to provide security of tenure in (a) local authority and (b) other publicly funded care homes; and if she will make a statement.
(29719)
304
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether an assessment of the impact of post traumatic stress and time off work for parents whose premature babies have contracted bronchiolitis or chronic lung disease has been made; and if she will make a statement.
(30156)
305
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the financial impact of caring for a premature child who has contracted respiratory syncytial virus has been assessed; and if she will make a statement.
(30157)
306
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government has set a timescale for bringing the guidelines for preventative treatment against respiratory syncytial virus up to EU recommended standards.
(30158)
307
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the revised advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on preventative treatment for respiratory syncytial virus will be disseminated to trusts; and whether additional funds will be available to trusts to allow the implementation of such guidance.
(30159)
308
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will assess the merits of introducing a preventative treatment programme for premature babies based on the revised recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
(30162)
309
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of babies who will be affected by the revised recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on preventative treatment for respiratory syncytial virus.
(30163)
310
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average daily calorie intake was of children under 16 years in the last year for which figures are available.
(30275)
311
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average daily calorie intake was for children (a) five years ago, (b) 10 years ago, (c) 20 years ago and (d) 30 years ago.
(30276)
312
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average bed occupancy rate was at NHS units in Dacorum in each year since 1997.
(29902)
313
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times she has visited (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in her official capacity in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(29925)
314
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by the (a) Cheshire and (b) Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Health Authority on management consultants in each of the last five years.
(30109)
315
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on progress towards reducing cancelled operations and appointments at NHS units in the Hemel Hempstead constituency in the last 12 months.
(30118)
316
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projects in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Strategic Health Authority (a) have required and (b) will require the assistance of external management consultants in 2005-06.
(30120)
317
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters she has received from members of the public in Hemel Hempstead constituency about the closure of the (a) acute accident and emergency unit, (b) wards, (c) stroke unit and (d) cardiac unit at Hemel Hempstead Hospital; and if she will make a statement.
(30180)
318
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters she has received from members of the public in Hemel Hempstead constituency inviting her to visit the Hemel Hempstead Hospital; and if she will make a statement.
(30181)
319
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what ways the private medical sector participates in the training of NHS (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other medical staff; and if she will make a statement.
(29773)
320
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that acute general hospitals retain the full range of medical and surgical specialisms; and if she will make a statement.
(29778)
321
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) residential and (b) inpatient specialist drug treatment rehabilitation places are available in (i) Uxbridge constituency and (ii) each London borough.
(29758)
322
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for an appointment to see a general practitioner was in (a) the parliamentary constituency of Uxbridge and (b) Greater London in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
(29766)
323
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average response time to an emergency call to the Ambulance Service was in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) each London borough in the last year for which figures are available.
(29767)
324
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices in Uxbridge constituency have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.
(29768)
325
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community pharmacies in Uxbridge constituency have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.
(29769)
326
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in (a) the Uxbridge constituency and (b) England received (i) laser eye surgery, (ii) cataract removal, (iii) bladder keyhole surgery, (iv) coronary artery bypass graft, (v) knee replacement, (vi) hip replacement, (vii) ingrown toenail operations and (viii) varicose vein treatment in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average cost was of each type of operation to the National Health Service.
(29771)
327
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of primary care trust deficits on funding for children's hospices; and if she will make a statement.
(30387)
328
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding children's hospices received in each of the last five years.
(30388)
329
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is for the future support of the respite and terminal care of children with life-limiting illnesses.
(30392)
330
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make it her policy to enforce passporting of funding by primary care trusts to children's hospices.
(30393)
331
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the impact that the Quality and Outcomes Framework has had on the treatment of conditions which are not covered by Quality and Outcomes Framework clinical indicators, with particular reference to osteoporosis.
(29387)
332
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the outcome of the review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework will allow GPs to have their performance measured against specific local indicators.
(29388)
333
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the outcome of the review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework of the General Medical Services contract will be announced; and if she will make a statement.
(29390)
334
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration has been given to including indicators for osteoporosis within the new Quality and Outcomes Framework.
(29391)
335
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to extend the opening hours of NHS primary care trusts.
(30104)
336
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations the Government has received on making general practitioner surgeries become more accessible.
(30105)
337
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what incentives will be provided for doctors to have longer surgery opening hours.
(30106)
338
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to make longer opening hours a requirement in general practitioner contracts.
(30107)
339
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to encourage nurse-led practices, mainly staffed by senior nurses with a general practitioner acting in an overseeing capacity; and what steps she will take to secure a good quality of care in such circumstances.
(30108)
340
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Department has conducted cost impact assessments in relation to the proposed EU directive on nutrition and health claims.
(30228)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
341
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were placed in each local authority area in Essex in each year since 1997.
(29743)
342
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the members of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board; what the qualifications are of each member; and how long each has served as a member of the Board.
(29744)
343
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been (a) killed whilst driving stolen cars and (b) killed by drivers of stolen cars in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(29745)
344
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of (A) Cleveland Police, (B) Northumbria Police and (C) Durham Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in the relevant police force area about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30054)
345
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been detained indefinitely under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001.
(29867)
346
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Northamptonshire Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Northamptonshire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29980)
347
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he had with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on extending the maximum pre-charge detention period for suspect terrorists to 90 days; if he will list each date the discussions took place; and who proposed that ACPO contact their members about possible correspondence with honourable Members.
(30323)
348
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Kent Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Kent about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29977)
349
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many families have (a) returned and (b) taken steps to return to their country of origin as a result of the pilot implementation of section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004; and how many families subject to this pilot have (i) failed to attend stage three interviews, (ii) lost all contact with the relevant authorities and (iii) had National Asylum Support Service support withdrawn.
(29462)
350
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures his Department has in place for (a) identifying and (b) tracking politically exposed persons who bring wealth derived from the illicit acquisition of foreign states' public assets into the United Kingdom.
(29693)
351
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspicious activity reports relating to foreign politically exposed persons received by the National Criminal Intelligence Service referred to persons from (a) Africa, (b) the Middle East, (c) Russia, (d) Europe, (e) Asia, (f) North America and (g) Central and South America in the last five years for which figures are available.
(29694)
352
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations by law enforcement agencies resulting from suspicious activity reports in relation to (a) corrupt activity overseas and (b) foreign politically exposed persons have been (i) initiated, (ii) completed and (iii) abandoned in the last 12 months.
(29695)
353
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspicious activity reports have been received by the National Criminal Intelligence Service relating to (a) corrupt activity overseas and (b) foreign politically exposed persons in the last 12 months.
(29696)
354
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Essex Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Essex about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that took.
(29910)
355
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October, on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Gloucestershire Constabulary contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Gloucestershire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30315)
356
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Dyfed Powys Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Dyfed Powys about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30302)
357
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October, on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of North Yorkshire Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in North Yorkshire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30314)
358
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of West Yorkshire police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in West Yorkshire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30321)
359
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) (i) letters and (ii) emails were sent and (b) phone calls were made by each honourable Member and their staff to (A) the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and (B) the Minister for Immigration in the period 6th May to 31st October, ranked in descending order of total number of representations made; how many received a substantive reply in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(30271)
360
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which the (i) Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of South Wales Police/Heddlu De Cymru contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in South Wales about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30322)
361
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October, on which the (i) Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Gwent Police/Heddlu Gwent contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Gwent about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30329)
362
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Dorset Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Dorset about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29772)
363
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Staffordshire Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Staffordshire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form the contact took.
(29880)
364
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of City of London Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in the City of London about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29975)
365
Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to question (a) 16397 tabled on 7th October and (b) 11971 transferred to his Department on 11th July from the Right honourable Member for Bromley and Chislehurst; and if he will (a) make a statement and (b) give an apology.
(29679)
366
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate (a) how the passport of Mrs Valerie Beale of Winchester (Royal Mail ref 1-1601472618) was lost in the post, (b) why it was sent to the South Kensington sorting office and (c) why it was delivered to the Natural History Museum.
(29736)
367
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards he has put in place to prevent the theft of UK passports in the post.
(29737)
368
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports were recorded as lost by Royal Mail in the last 12 months, broken down by sorting office.
(29738)
369
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment Royal Mail has made of the security of UK passports in the postal system; and if he will make a statement.
(29739)
370
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports were lost in the post in the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many of them were sent in with new passport applications; and how many of them were en route to a foreign embassy as part of a visa application.
(29740)
371
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the possible link between UK passports lost in the post and (a) identity theft, (b) human trafficking and (c) international terrorism; and if he will make a statement.
(29741)
372
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the loss of UK passports by the Royal Mail.
(29742)
373
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Wiltshire Constabulary contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Wiltshire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30257)
374
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescales are for each aspect of performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 4.
(29935)
375
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish details of the drug harm index required for the measurement of performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 4.
(29936)
376
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish an assessment of progress against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 7.
(29940)
377
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the first Voluntary and Community Activity Index data to be published, as required by 2004 Public Service Agreement number 6.
(29941)
378
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of asylum cases that go to appeal on performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 5.
(29942)
379
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at what stages the scientific validity of an animal experimentation project is assessed before it can be licensed by his Department; by whom; and by what methods.
(30414)
380
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent advice he has received from (a) the Animal Procedures Committee and (b) other sources of independent advice on the scientific validity of animal experiments.
(30415)
381
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were admitted to Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months; how many were allowed to remain in the country; and if he will make a statement.
(30249)
382
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers have enlisted in Gravesham since 1st January 2000; and how many of these remain in service.
(29899)
383
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on (a) levels and (b) detection rates of (i) violent crime, (ii) sexual crime, (iii) car crime, (iv) robbery and (v) burglary in Gravesham constituency.
(30301)
384
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications of the Licensing Act 2003 in determining the 2006-07 revenue support grant for police authorities in England.
(30179)
385
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the request from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office on 22nd July that section 17 of the Police Reform Act 2002 should be amended.
(30332)
386
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police forces which recommended that judicial oversight be sought during pre-trial detention every seven days, referred to by the Prime Minister on 7th November.
(30333)
387
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip - Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the requests for an extension of the maximum pre-charge detention period for suspected terrorists by the Security Services, referred to by the Prime Minister on 5th August and by the Minister of State for Crime, Security and Communities on 12th October.
(30335)
388
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Lancashire Constabulary contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Lancashire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29974)
389
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of North Wales Police/Heddlu Gogledd Cymru contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in North Wales about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29972)
390
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are being taken to tackle institutional racism in prisons.
(29912)
391
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many girls under the age of 18 years there are in adult prisons in England and Wales.
(29913)
392
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are being taken to reduce the availability of illegal drugs in prisons.
(29918)
393
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will increase the amount spent on drug rehabilitation schemes in prisons.
(29919)
394
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the membership of the Commission for Integration is expected to be decided; and when the Commission is expected to hold its first meeting.
(29926)
395
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many girls under the age of 18 years in prison in England and Wales are reported (a) to suffer from mental problems and (b) to self-harm.
(30327)
396
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specific training is given to staff working with girls under 18 years in prisons.
(30366)
397
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons have a policy on (a) HIV/AIDS and (b) hepatitis C; and what percentage of the total number of prisons this represents.
(29829)
398
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the incidence of hepatitis C amongst (a) male and (b) female prisoners.
(29830)
399
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on the bringing to justice of suspected war criminals where evidence exists.
(30416)
400
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of West Midlands Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in the West Midlands about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29973)
401
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors he took into account when limiting police forces in the West Midlands to two options for merger; and for what reasons West Mercia Constabulary may not pursue other options.
(30417)
402
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to delay decisions on the merging of police forces to enable more extensive local consultation on the implications of such changes to take place.
(30418)
403
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the possible impact of merging police forces on the accountability of chief constables to local communities.
(30419)
404
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who will decide the location of the headquarters of merged police forces.
(30420)
405
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the costs associated with merging police forces.
(30421)
406
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will establish a Royal Commission to review proposed police force mergers.
(30422)
407
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers he has to merge police authorities.
(30423)
408
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average daily cost of keeping a person in prison in England and Wales was during the latest period for which figures are available.
(30272)
409
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of South Yorkshire Constabulary contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in South Yorkshire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30334)
410
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Thames Valley Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Thames Valley about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29976)
411
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the determination of 14th September by the Asylumn and Immigration Tribunal in respect of Abdel Karim Taqhouti, appeal number OA/00652/2005, was not sent to the UK Embassy in Tunis until 31st October; and if he will make a statement.
(29617)
412
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October, on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Cumbria Constabulary contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Cumbria about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(29776)
413
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspects have been (a) arrested for and (b) charged with smacking children under the Children Act 2004 since it came into force.
(30235)
414
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Surrey Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Surrey about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30183)
415
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Avon and Somerset Constabulary contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Avon and Somerset about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30296)
416
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the police forces in England which have designated wildlife crime units; and if he will make a statement.
(30080)
417
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which the (i) Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of the Metropolitan Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in London about the Terrorism Bill; and what form the contact took.
(29879)
418
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Leicestershire Constabulary contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Leicestershire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30277)
419
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prisoners released on the Home Detention Curfew Scheme in each year between 1999-2000 and 2004-05 had re-offended as at 31st August 2005; and how many offences such prisoners committed in each year.
(30404)
420
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Bedfordshire Police contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Bedfordshire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30258)
421
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 18th July, acknowledgement reference B16627/5, Home Office reference S1296860.
(29699)
422
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 22nd August, acknowledgement reference B19909/5, Home Office reference S1193198.
(29700)
423
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many alcohol management courses are accredited for prisons in England and Wales.
(30383)
424
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons are running (a) alcohol management and (b) Lifer Victim Awareness courses.
(30385)
425
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, by what criteria life prisoners are assessed by the Parole Board for release.
(30386)
426
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the requirements for parole for life prisoners; and if he will make a statement.
(30389)
427
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are waiting to attend (a) Lifer Victim Awareness courses and (b) Alcohol Management courses.
(30394)
428
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Lifer Victim Awareness courses are accredited for prisons in the UK.
(30395)
429
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how courses are chosen for life prisoners in order that they can demonstrate they have progressed before they are considered for parole.
(30396)
430
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before 26th October and (b) after 26th October, on which the (i) Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of Hampshire Constabulary contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Hampshire about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
(30305)
431
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters from the honourable Member for Eastbourne of 28th September 2004, 9th May 2005, 28th June 2005 and 15th August 2005 regarding his constituents Mr and Mrs Tanner of Percival Crescent, Eastbourne.
(29763)
432
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum-seekers deported from the UK in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003, (e) 2004 and (f) 2005 were due to sit examinations for (i) GCSEs or (ii) A-levels in the year they were deported; and if he will make a statement.
(29998)
433
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers deported from the UK in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003, (e) 2004 and (f) 2005, were (i) of school age and (ii) enrolled in a school or college; and if he will make a statement.
(30063)
434
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on the deportation of failed asylum seekers from the UK who are (a) enrolled in a school or college and (b) due to sit examinations for (i) GCSEs or (ii) A-levels in the year they were deported; and if he will make a statement.
(30073)
435
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of replies to letters from honourable Members to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate were sent within 20 days of receipt of the letter in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(30076)
436
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time was in the last 12 months for a reply to be sent to an honourable Member by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate from date of receipt of the letter; and if he will make a statement.
(30077)
437
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to Question number 18971, tabled on 12th October and due for answer on 14th October.
(30078)
438
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how his Department (a) monitors, (b) records and (c) budgets for spending on transferring failed asylum seekers between detention centres in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(30079)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
439
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how value for money indicators will be used to measure performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement number 6.
(29929)
440
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria he will use to measure the effectiveness of multilateral institutions as required by 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 3.
(29930)
441
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to verify the quality of data used to measure performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target 2.
(29931)
442
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the baseline is against which a reduction in the proportion of 15 to 24 year old pregnant women with HIV as required by 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 1 is measured.
(29932)
443
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what method he will use to measure progress in providing enhanced partnership at the country and regional level, especially through the G8, to increase the effectiveness of aid and ensure that international policies support African development as required by 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 1.
(29933)
444
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he will publish a Public Service Agreement delivery plan for 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 5.
(29949)
445
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of Government funding in respect of (a) the tsunami, (b) the Pakistan earthquake, (c) the situation in Niger and (d) the situation in Southern Africa has been directed to (i) the International Movement of the Red Cross, (ii) Red Crescent, (iii) International Red Cross/Crescent Federation, (iv) all non-government organisations and (v) United Nation agencies.
(29690)
446
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value of grants-in-aid made to Zimbabwe were in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(30160)
447
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid from the UK has been committed to (a) the Republic of Zimbabwe and (b) non-governmental organisations operating in Zimbabwe in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(30161)
448
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to encourage greater accountability and transparency in the World Health Organisation's roll back malaria programme.
(29697)
449
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many written parliamentary questions to his Department were unanswered as at 14th November; and if he will make a statement.
(29812)
450
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on recent attacks on non-governmental organisation workers in Uganda.
(29813)
451
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact of rapid population growth on lakes in African countries; what projects to address this impact his Department has (a) set up and (b) funded in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(28998)
452
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the World Food Programme's (WFP) work with regards to the (a) Asian tsunami disaster and (b) the earthquake in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(28999)
453
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the change in the incidence of HIV/AIDS cases in Eastern Europe; what projects to address this issue his Department has (a) set up and (b) funded in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(29000)
454
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the number of Colombians (a) internally displaced and (b) seeking refuge in neighbouring countries in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(29001)
455
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of Nepal's conflict on children; what projects to address this issue his Department has (a) set up and (b) funded in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(29002)
Questions to the Leader of the House
456
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment he has made of the new working hours of the House.
(29757)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
457
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time was in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 for people in Northern Ireland who required an MRI scan.
(29881)
458
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dentists were operating under the NHS in Northern Ireland in (a) 1994 and (b) 2004.
(29882)
459
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the period of consultation will be on his plans for the reform of public administration in Northern Ireland.
(29883)
460
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many attacks on ambulance staff responding to 999 calls in Northern Ireland, occurred in the first 10 months of (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(29884)
461
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many councils in Northern Ireland he has met since his appointment.
(29885)
462
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the ban on smoking in public places in Northern Ireland in the first five years of operation.
(29886)
463
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what data source he will use for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 3.
(29863)
464
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what data source he will use for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 2.
(29864)
465
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the data required to measure 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 1 are from consistent data sources.
(29865)
466
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which data source he will use for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target 1.
(30279)
467
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of allowing the use of video-conferencing at employment tribunal hearings in Northern Ireland.
(30246)
468
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, by what means his Department scrutinises expenditure by the Local Government Audit Office.
(30247)
469
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the running costs of the Local Government Audit Office in Northern Ireland have been in each of the last three years; and how many staff are employed in the office, broken down by grade.
(30248)
470
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many planning applications were lodged within each planning service district in Northern Ireland in each of the past six years; and what the relevant administration costs were in each of the districts in each year.
(30250)
471
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress is being made towards meeting the targets for the provision of renewable energy in Northern Ireland.
(30251)
472
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the letter of 17th October ref: (COR403/2005) to the honourable Lady for North Down, on Kingsland School, when he will write to the honourable Lady with the update indicated in his letter.
(30295)
473
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the terms of the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill; and how many he expects to be (a) republicans, (b) loyalists, (c) police personnel, (d) army personnel and (e) other security service personnel.
(30309)
474
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the Ministerial visits that have taken place to the Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Ards Hospital in each of the past five years.
(30310)
475
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will reply to the letter of 26th September from the honourable Lady for North Down on mattress provision for myalgic encephalomyelitis in Northern Ireland.
(30325)
476
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received from the Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre about the work of community restorative justice organisations in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(29544)
477
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community restorative justice projects in Northern Ireland in dealing with cases of (a) alleged rape and (b) alleged domestic violence.
(29545)
478
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the applications for public funding that have been submitted by community restorative justice organisations in Northern Ireland giving in each case (a) the name of the organisation, (b) the date of application, (c) the sum of money applied for and (d) the expected timescale for a decision; and if he will make a statement.
(29546)
479
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to reduce the burden of regulation on business in Northern Ireland.
(30121)
480
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how the Government plans to cut carbon emissions from 1990 levels in Northern Ireland to meet Kyoto agreement targets.
(30122)
481
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what change there has been in the number of unfit dwellings in the Province in each of the past five years.
(30123)
482
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many private dwellings in Northern Ireland have been allocated heating and insulation grants in each of the last five years.
(30124)
483
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dwellings have been built by housing associations in each constituency in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000.
(30125)
484
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been claiming disability living allowance in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.
(30126)
485
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Department expects the new library to be built in Antrim town.
(30127)
486
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland have been economically inactive in each year since 2000.
(30128)
487
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Protestants and (b) Roman Catholics were employed in the Northern Ireland Office in each of the past five years.
(30129)
488
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) Protestants and (b) Roman Catholics were employed in each council in Northern Ireland in each of the past four years.
(30130)
489
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of young offenders re-offended in Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.
(30131)
490
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of persons released from Northern Ireland prisons have entered employment after being released in each year since 2001.
(30132)
491
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what further steps the Government proposes to prevent anti-social behaviour in Northern Ireland.
(30133)
492
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) civilian staff and (b) police officers are employed in each Police Service of Northern Ireland station within the South Antrim constituency.
(30134)
493
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many babies have been born in each constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.
(30135)
494
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of each district policing partnership in Northern Ireland was in each of the last three years.
(30136)
495
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what expenses have been claimed by elected representatives on each of the local district policing partnerships in each of the last three years.
(30137)
496
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what expenses have been claimed by independent members of each of the local district policing partnerships in each of the last three years.
(30138)
497
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid to consultants and agencies organising conferences for district policing partnerships in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.
(30139)
498
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to reduce benefit fraud in Northern Ireland.
(30140)
499
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many planning permission applications have been granted for mobile phone masts in South Antrim in each of the last three years.
(30141)
500
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has recently held a meeting with the Organisation of the Unemployed Northern Ireland to discuss the funding of voluntary and community organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(30142)
501
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the differential between the retail and farmgate price of milk in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(30145)
502
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to improve conditions for disabled voters at polling stations in Northern Ireland.
(30146)
503
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pigs were reared on Northern Ireland farms in each of the last five years.
(30147)
504
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has received a copy of the Call for Action document published in 2004 by the Cancer Campaigning Group; and whether he has received an invitation to attend the Group's reception on 30th November.
(30148)
505
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Government will issue interim guidance to primary care trusts in Northern Ireland concerning Velcade pending assessment by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(30149)
506
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Government expects to refer bortezomib to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(30150)
507
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of fire officers attending fires within the Northern Ireland community.
(30151)
508
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to provide a safe working environment for (a) hospital nurses and doctors and (b) ambulance staff in Northern Ireland.
(30152)
509
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many employees have been dismissed by each of the Northern Ireland departments in each of the past five years.
(30191)
510
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking in Northern Ireland to tackle climate change.
(30192)
511
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what financial assistance has been given to citizens' advice bureaux in Northern Ireland by Government departments in each year since 2001.
(30195)
512
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what financial aid has been granted by each council in Northern Ireland to citizens' advice bureaux in each year since 2001.
(30196)
513
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Housing Executive grants have been made in each constituency in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(30197)
514
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many planning applications have been approved in each district council area in Northern Ireland during the last 12 months.
(30198)
515
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what changes in the level of unemployment there have been in South Antrim constituency in each year since 2001.
(30200)
516
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of the requirement for school building repairs in the North Eastern Education and Library Board area.
(30201)
517
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average yearly wage in Northern Ireland was in 2004.
(30202)
518
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects the new build programme for schools in Northern Ireland for the 2005-06 financial year to be announced.
(30203)
519
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children are eligible for free school meals in each board area within Northern Ireland.
(30204)
520
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received from schools seeking support to deal with bullying.
(30205)
521
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils aged 16 to 18 years are being educated in further education colleges in Northern Ireland.
(30206)
522
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of bullying were reported in the (a) controlled, (b) maintained, (c) voluntary and (d) integrated sectors of education in each year since 2002.
(30207)
523
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of bullying were reported in (a) the secondary school sector and (b) the grammar school sector in each year since 2002.
(30208)
524
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the revenue support grant was in each council within Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(30209)
525
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average house price in (a) Antrim Town, (b) Dunadry, (c) Templepatrick, (d) Mallusk and (e) Ballyclare was on (a) the latest date for which figures are available and (b) 1st October 2000.
(30210)
526
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many families in Northern Ireland were waiting for Housing Executive dwellings in each of the last five years; and what the trend in numbers on the housing list has been over the last 10 years.
(30211)
527
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many blood donations have been rejected in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(30212)
528
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many compensation awards have been made to workers suffering from an asbestos-related health condition in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(30213)
529
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to require adults to pay higher tuition fees for college courses in Northern Ireland.
(30214)
530
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the percentage of inmates in prisons in Northern Ireland who will be granted leave for Christmas.
(30215)
531
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average percentage occupancy of beds at the (a) Antrim Area Hospital, (b) Whiteabbey Hospital, (c) Mid-Ulster Hospital and (d) Craigavon Area Hospital was over the last 12 months.
(30216)
532
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average age of registered farmers in Northern Ireland was (a) in 2000 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(30217)
533
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pathologists were employed in Northern Ireland (a) in 2000 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(30218)
534
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Government plans to restrict the advertising of crisps and cola drinks in Northern Ireland.
(30219)
535
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of A-level examiners in Northern Ireland are drawn from the university sector.
(30220)
536
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of public sector properties in each constituency in Northern Ireland.
(30221)
537
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of empty industrial properties in each constituency in Northern Ireland.
(30222)
538
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many divisional planning decisions were overturned by the Management Board after being referred to them by district or borough councils in each of the last five years.
(30224)
539
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many applications for planning permission have been granted for wind turbines in South Antrim constituency in each of the last three years.
(30225)
540
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average daily cost of keeping a person in prison in Northern Ireland was during the latest period for which figures are available.
(30273)
541
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he last visited a grammar school in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(29549)
542
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with parents about the grammar school system of education in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(29550)
543
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to introduce legislation to change the admissions policy of schools in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(29551)
544
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects that a decision will be taken on whether Brooklands Primary School will be in a position to replace the school patrol-crossing man; and if he will make a statement.
(30282)
545
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been both charged and sentenced in each of the last three years for attacks on hospital staff in (a) accident and emergency departments and (b) other areas of hospital sites in cases where all proceedings are complete.
(30283)
546
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list serious personal attacks in the last three years on members of hospital staff at accident and emergency hospitals which led to a prison term for the assailant and where all proceedings are complete; what the nature of the attack was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(30284)
547
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total costs have been in the last three years of repairs and replacement of equipment at each accident and emergency hospital in Northern Ireland due to attacks by members of the public.
(30285)
548
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many working hours have been lost at each accident and emergency hospital in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years due to staff being injured or suffering stress following attacks by members of the public.
(30286)
549
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the level of spending on security personnel has been at each accident and emergency department at hospitals in the Province in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(30307)
550
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will place in the Library the internal guidance (a) manual and (b) methodology to be used for the forthcoming domestic rates revaluation in Northern Ireland.
(29714)
551
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what use is being made of computer-assisted mass appraisal in the Northern Ireland domestic rates revaluation.
(29717)
552
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he plans to introduce legislation to allow for the domestic rates revaluation in Northern Ireland; and whether this will require primary legislation.
(29718)
553
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons were the subject of paramilitary-style punishment attacks in each year of the current troubles; how many persons have been convicted in respect of such attacks; how many of those attacks remain unsolved; and how many of those attacks involved (a) firearms, (b) bladed instruments, (c) other weapons and (d) assault without weapons.
(29547)
554
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list those persons who have been murdered in Northern Ireland during the current troubles, stating in each case whether anyone has been (a) charged and (b) convicted of the murder in cases in which all proceedings are complete.
(29548)
555
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons convicted of murder in the Province during the current troubles in cases where all proceedings are complete (a) have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment of (i) less than five years, (ii) five to 10 years, (iii) 10 to 20 years and (iv) more than 20 years, (b) have been released otherwise than under the Belfast agreement having served terms of imprisonment of (A) less than five years, (B) five to 10 years, (C) 10 to 20 years and (D) more than 20 years and (c) have been released under the Belfast agreement having served terms of imprisonment of (1) less than five years, (2) five to 10 years, (3) 10 to 20 years and (4) more than 20 years.
(29623)
556
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he intends to answer question 24767 tabled by the honourable Member for Lancaster and Wyre on 2nd November.
(29683)
Questions to the Prime Minister
557
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with members of the Commission for Africa since it reported.
(30234)
558
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Prime Minister, what procedures he followed under paragraph 5.25 of the Ministerial Code in respect of gifts of watches and other jewellery to him and his family by the Prime Minister of Italy.
(29927)
559
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Prime Minister, which of the (a) crowns and (b) tiaras worn by George V and Queen Mary at the Delhi Durbar in 1911 are in public ownership; and if he will make a statement.
(29819)
560
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Prime Minister, how many times he has visited (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in his official capacity in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(29922)
561
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, what account he takes of the record of donation to political parties of persons he is minded to recommend for elevation to the peerage; and if he will make a statement.
(29461)
562
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will visit Cyprus during his term of office.
(30384)
563
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list each person employed by the Number 10 Social Office since May 1997.
(30252)
564
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Number 10 Social Office has a logo.
(30253)
565
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, whether members of the Number 10 Social Office have accompanied the spouse of the Prime Minister on (a) official and (b) unofficial engagements (i) in the UK and (ii) overseas.
(30254)
566
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the remit of the operation of the Number 10 Social Office is limited solely to arranging events which take place in Downing Street.
(30255)
567
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Prime Minister, whether work is undertaken by members of the Social Office which is not directly related to the Prime Minister's official duties.
(30256)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
568
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what dates in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 payments have been made by the UK Government (i) into the Scottish consolidated fund and (ii) to the Scottish Executive; how much was paid on each occasion; and what the (A) basis and (B) authorisation was for each payment.
(29605)
569
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much and what percentage of the Scottish block of the Scottish Consolidated Fund has been transferred to the Scottish Executive in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(29618)
Questions to the Solicitor General
570
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Solicitor General, if the Serious Fraud Office will investigate the allegations concerning British companies contained in the Volcker Report into the UN Oil-for-Food operation in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(29685)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
571
N
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contribution he expects offshore wind power to make to Government policy for tackling climate change.
(29249)
572
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment he has made of the effects of energy costs on competitiveness in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(29755)
573
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much coal has been imported from China in the last five years.
(29730)
574
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total amount of financial subsidies and grants received by BT has been since 1997 for the purpose of extending broadband availability in the UK.
(29872)
575
N
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the merits of encouraging the use of microgeneration in homes and businesses.
(29236)
576
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of consolidating the data from different departments on different timescales which are needed to assess 2004 PSA Target 9.
(30060)
577
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what timescales his Department has set for achieving 2004 Public Service Agreement Target (a) 4 and (b) 6.
(30061)
578
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of making international comparisons of consumer empowerment and support for the purposes of measuring achievement against Public Service Agreement Target 3.
(30062)
579
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the data required to measure 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 2 are published.
(30324)
580
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he last met Ofcom to discuss the change in the number of pirate radio stations.
(30053)
581
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what sectoral investment opportunities he has identified for United Kingdom businesses in (a) Argentina and (b) Uruguay; and if he will make a statement.
(29774)
582
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he (a) last discussed and (b) next plans to discuss energy prices for industry with Ofgem.
(29389)
583
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of errors and (b) the number of properties not identified in the Postcode Address File (i) in 2005 and (ii) in the 2001 Census.
(30115)
584
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment the Government has made of the impact on costs of the (a) removal of the UK opt-out from various aspects of the EU Working Time Directive, (b) Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Regulation and (c) proposed EU Directive on agency and temporary workers; and if he will place of copy of the assessments in the Library.
(29764)
585
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Department has conducted cost impact assessments in relation to the proposed EU Consumer Credit Directive.
(30229)
586
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what specific aims and objectives the Government will press the EU to take up at the World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong.
(30103)
587
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the next quinquennial review of the Patent Office will take place.
(30052)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
588
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the operation of section 40A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
(29852)
589
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997.
(29854)
590
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what date has been set for the release of the forthcoming review of ports policy.
(30431)
591
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Ministers expect (a) to complete their considerations on individual applications for major port developments and (b) announce their decisions.
(30432)
592
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average cost of a bus ticket to Brighton from Bexhill-on-Sea will be in 2006 following changes to Government subsidies.
(29327)
593
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Government funding the rail infrastructure in East Sussex has received in each year since 1997; and what the projected funding is for the next 10 years.
(29816)
594
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what extra security measures have been taken along the (a) Hastings to London Victoria, (b) Hastings to Charing Cross and (c) Brighton to London Victoria train lines since the 7th July terrorist attacks in London.
(29817)
595
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average fatality rate was of pedestrians involved in a motor vehicle accident where the vehicle was moving at (a) 30 mph and (b) 40 mph for each year between 1994 and 2004.
(29893)
596
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on road safety in each year between 1994 and 2004; and what percentage of the budget of his Department was in each year.
(29894)
597
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what percentage of persistently high risk roads, as defined by the European Road Assessment Programme, speed cameras were installed in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(29895)
598
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether clearly marked speed cameras are reducing (a) road accidents and (b) fatalities.
(29896)
599
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the criterion is for the percentage of drivers exceeding the speed limit, excluding congestion periods, before (a) a fixed speed camera is installed and (b) a mobile speed camera is used.
(29903)
600
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on road safety of speed cameras between 1994 and 2004; and what (a) long-term trends and (b) seasonal variations have been recorded.
(29904)
601
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fixed speed cameras the Government intends to install in England in each of the next five years.
(29905)
602
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of the road network in England had its speed limits enforced by active speed cameras in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(30371)
603
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated total cost of road accidents in England was in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(30372)
604
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) fixed speed cameras and (b) mobile speed cameras; and what criteria he uses to assess effectiveness.
(30373)
605
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Safety Camera Partnerships there were in England in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(30375)
606
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he issues on the minimum number of persons that must be killed or seriously injured at a given site before (a) a fixed speed camera and (b) a mobile speed camera can be installed.
(30376)
607
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library the results which do not relate to terrorist attacks of bi-national exercises to test emergency procedures held on (a) 15th April 2004 at Folkestone Fire Station (UK COMEX), (b) 30th June 2004 on the French side of service tunnel (VALEX) and (c) 19th September 2004 (UK led annual exercise BINAT 15).
(30445)
608
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in how many (a) road accidents and (b) fatal road accidents (i) speed and (ii) drink driving was (A) the leading contributory factor and (B) a contributory factor in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(30446)
609
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the criteria are for the placement of a fixed speed camera.
(30447)
610
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what percentage of fixed speed cameras were located on roads with (i) a 30 mph speed limit and (ii) a 40 mph speed limit in each year between 1994 and 2004.
(30449)
611
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce more user-friendly reporting of progress against 2004 Public Service Agreement target 6.
(29802)
612
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 4 will be fully specified.
(29803)
613
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data sets will be used to measure progress against the need to tackle the significantly higher incidence of road accidents, deaths and injuries in disadvantaged communities as required in 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 5.
(29804)
614
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when 2004 Public Service Agreement target number 1 will be fully specified.
(29805)
615
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the performance data for 2004 Public Service Agreement number 2 will be published after the Strategic Rail Authority is wound up.
(29954)
616
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the consultation on rail closure procedures will start; and if he will make a statement.
(26462)
617
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the procedure for changing speed limits on A roads was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement.
(28327)
618
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from (a) road safety groups and (b) police authorities about the reduction of speed limits in villages and outside schools; and what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the reduction in speed limits (a) in villages, (ii) outside schools and (iii) in residential areas from 30 mph to 20 mph on the incidence of accidents.
(30182)
619
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times he has visited (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in his official capacity in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(29924)
620
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to reintroduce legislation to transfer responsibility for train services coming into Greater London to Transport for London.
(29712)
621
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost is of a top dressing of grit on newly-laid stone mastic asphalt.
(30398)
622
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent estimate is of the average cost to public funds of (a) a non-fatal and (b) a fatal road traffic accident.
(30399)
623
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on whether stone mastic asphalt reacts with (i) diesel, (ii) oil (iii) hydraulic fluid and (iv) pre-wetted salt.
(30400)
624
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he is taking to ensure that the production of ethanol to meet obligations under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (a) is environmentally friendly, (b) is sustainable and (c) does not lead to significant carbon dioxide output; and if he will make a statement.
(30363)
625
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the quantity of feedstock used in the production of ethanol to meet obligations under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation which is (a) imported into the United Kingdom and (b) grown in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(30364)
626
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the change in UK carbon dioxide emissions as a result of the introduction of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation.
(30365)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
627
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if the Government will take steps under the provisions of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages to facilitate and support the creation of a daily newspaper in the Welsh language.
(29504)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
628
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was owed to the Department in overpaid benefits in each quarter of the past three years; how much was received in each quarter; and if he will make a statement on progress in recovery of the outstanding balance.
(30081)
629
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of days were lost through sickness absence in Jobcentre Plus in each of the last two years, broken down by (a) region and (b) country.
(29214)
630
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the rate of (a) early retirement and (b) resignation on grounds of stress and ill health has been in Jobcentre Plus in each of the last two years, broken down by (i) region and (ii) country.
(29215)
631
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the rate of staff turnover was in 2004-05 in Jobcentre Plus, broken down by (a) region and (b) country.
(29216)
632
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training needs have been identified for staff in Jobcentre Plus in relation to the proposed changes to disability benefits; and what discussions on training have taken place with staff.
(29217)
633
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incidents of violence against staff working in Jobcentre Plus have been reported in each of the last two years, broken down by (a) region and (b) country; and what the ratio of incidents to whole time equivalent employees was in each year, in each case.
(29218)
634
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of British pensioners living in Commonwealth countries who have paid pension contributions and who do not receive pension increments.
(29814)
635
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received from British pensioners living in Commonwealth countries on payment of pension increments.
(29824)
636
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the standard rate of housing benefit earnings disregard in promoting work incentives.
(29991)
637
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14th July, Official Report, column 1271W, on housing benefit, what factors explain the variation in the proportion of tenants whose local housing allowance is being paid direct to the landlord in each of the nine Pathfinder authorities.
(29994)
638
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to publish details of his plans to pilot the local housing allowance in the social rented sector; and if he will make a statement.
(29995)
639
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to simplify the housing benefit non-dependent deduction regime.
(29996)
640
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to improve the (a) transparency and (b) consistency of the method used to determine the local reference rent restriction on housing benefit for tenants in the private rented sector.
(29997)
641
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of ending the direct payment of housing benefit to registered social landlords on their financial viability.
(30011)
642
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria were used to determine performance-related bonus payments for senior civil servants in his Department in each of the last four years.
(30013)
643
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the total pensions liability for senior civil servants at the Child Support Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(30014)
644
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library the latest list of change requests made to EDS by the Child Support Agency.
(30015)
645
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the the effect of change requests made by Ministers in relation to the CS2 computer system on the operations of the Child Support Agency.
(30016)
646
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of staff time in managing the EDS contract at the Child Support Agency has been in each year for which figures are available.
(30017)
647
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans he has prepared in relation to computer systems used by the Child Support Agency.
(30018)
648
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what bonuses were paid to staff managing the EDS contract at the Child Support Agency in each of the last four years; and what bonuses related to performance were paid to these staff in each of the last four years.
(30019)
649
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the failures of the new Child Support Agency computer system on the Government's ability to meet its poverty reduction targets; and if he will make a statement.
(30020)
650
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the key performance metrics are for measuring the success of the EDS contract with the Child Support Agency.
(30021)
651
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reasons are for the extension of the contract with EDS until 2010.
(30022)
652
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what date he will decide whether to cease using the new computer system provided by EDS to assess Child Support Agency cases; and if he will make a statement.
(30023)
653
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days training have been provided to staff at the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years; how many are planned to be provided in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(30024)
654
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) absence rates due to sickness and (b) turnover rates for Child Support Agency staff were for each month of the last calendar year.
(30025)
655
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the proportion of sickness absence days taken at the Child Support Agency in the last five years that were due to stress and other mental health problems.
(30026)
656
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of (a) harassment, (b) bullying and (c) discrimination have been reported to the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years.
(30027)
657
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training staff who work for the Child Support Agency receive in understanding the law in relation to child support; and if he will make a statement.
(30028)
658
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff working for the Child Support Agency in each year since 2001 have been working for the Agency for (a) more than five years, (b) more than two years, (c) more than a year and (d) less than a year.
(30029)
659
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost of compensation payments made to clients of the Child Support Agency for administrative errors was in each of the last five years.
(30030)
660
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process compensation payments made to Child Support Agency clients for administrative errors was in 2004-05.
(30031)
661
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the internal target for full maintenance calculations under the new scheme was for 2004-05.
(30032)
662
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the average time taken to resolve complaints to the Child Support Agency for (a) old scheme cases and (b) new scheme cases.
(30033)
663
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints the Child Support Agency has received from members of the public in relation to the computer systems used by the Agency since their introduction.
(30034)
664
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the total cost to date of the set-up and running costs of the Enforcement Directorate.
(30035)
665
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average administration cost per case on (a) the new scheme and (b) the old scheme was in each of the last four years.
(30036)
666
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of delays in the transfer of old cases to the new system by the Child Support Agency on progress towards the Government's poverty targets.
(30037)
667
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the backlog of new claims held by the Child Support Agency.
(30038)
668
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the average time it takes the Child Support Agency to bring cases from first application to assessment.
(30039)
669
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many stuck cases were held by the Child Support Agency during the last calendar year, broken down by month.
(30040)
670
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of eligible parents received their first payment from the Child Support Agency within the time limit of six weeks during the last calendar year, broken down by month.
(30041)
671
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average number of Child Support Agency staff who deal with each case brought to the Agency by parents with care.
(30042)
672
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of parents who are waiting for their Child Support Agency cases to be transferred from the old to the new scheme will pay (a) increased and (b) decreased payments under the new scheme.
(30043)
673
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the work involved in transferring old Child Support Agency cases to the new scheme.
(30044)
674
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to change the rules which detect anomalies, inaccuracies and incomplete data in the Child Support Agency's new scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(30045)
675
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of the Child Support Agency cases waiting to be transferred from the old to the new scheme contain anomalies, inaccuracies or incomplete data.
(30046)
676
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many anomalies, inaccuracies and pieces of incomplete data are contained in the Child Support Agency records of the cases waiting to be transferred from the old to the new scheme.
(30047)
677
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long he expects the work needed to bring records of Child Support Agency cases up to a standard acceptable for transfer to the new scheme to take; and if he will make a statement.
(30048)
678
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the anomalies, inaccuracies and incomplete data contained in the Child Support Agency records of the cases waiting to be transferred from the old to the new scheme require human intervention; and if he will make a statement.
(30049)
679
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the lessons learned from those areas piloting the local housing allowance for the private rented sector.
(30050)
680
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, why a baseline year in the future has been used for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement target 10.
(30278)
681
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data source he will use for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 6.
(30287)
682
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he expects to be able to draw the data required to measure 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 5 from consistent data sources.
(30288)
683
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he uses (a) income before housing costs and (b) income after housing costs when measuring the number of children in relative low income households for the purposes of measuring performance against 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 1.
(30289)
684
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the data required to measure 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 7 are published.
(30293)
685
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Gravesham (a) received the state pension and (b) (i) applied for and (ii) received the pension credit in each of the last five years; and what the average pension credit payment was in each year.
(29898)
686
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he proposes to review the rates of jobseeker's allowance.
(29857)
687
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints were registered with the Child Support Agency in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997.
(29916)
688
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount of arrears was written off by the Child Support Agency in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997.
(29917)
689
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been non-compliant with their Child Support Agency assessment in each quarter since Q1 1996; and if he will make a statement.
(28422)
690
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what budget his Department has allocated to (a) press and (b) communications in 2005-06; and how much has been spent in each case.
(29986)
691
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the expenditure on national insurance rebates for those contracted out of the State Second Pension for (a) the next five years, (b) 2020, (c) 2030, (d) 2040 and (e) 2050.
(29987)
692
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date a hard copy of the Child Support Agency (CSA) Standards Committee report was published; and on what date the report was placed on the CSA's website.
(29988)
693
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of Jobcentre Plus CMS2 enabled contact centres have been unable to process cases on CMS2 in each of the last 24 months; what the average time taken to start payments (a) from CMS2 contact centres and (b) nationally was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(29989)
694
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time between receipt of an application to the Child Support Agency and the granting of a warrant from a magistrate was in each of the last five years.
(29999)
695
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of time staff at the Child Support Agency spent assessing levels of maintenance compared to enforcement and compliance activity in (a) 1988 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available.
(30000)
696
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests to HM Revenue and Customs for information regarding the income of non-resident parents were made by the Child Support Agency in each month over the last three years; and what the average time taken to respond was.
(30001)
697
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests for information Child Support Agency staff may make to the DVLA each month; how many requests were made in each month since 2001; and what the average time taken to respond was.
(30002)
698
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the use of deduction of earnings orders by the Child Support Agency on employers.
(30003)
699
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of cases on the Child Support Agency old scheme have been reassessed in the last three years.
(30004)
700
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many penalties the Child Support Agency has issued for (a) failure to provide information and (b) providing false information in each of the last eight years.
(30064)
701
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the compliance rate for the self-employed in cases with the Child Support Agency.
(30065)
702
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many changes of circumstance have been reported by non-resident parents on the (a) old and (b) new Child Support Agency scheme in each month of the last three years.
(30066)
703
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what definition he uses of (a) full compliance and (b) partial compliance in Child Support Agency statistics; and whether the definition has changed in the last five years.
(30067)
704
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-resident parents were paying the flat rate of £5 child support per week in the latest period for which figures are available; and in how many cases these payments are being deducted from social security payments by the Child Support Agency.
(30068)
705
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down the Child Support Agency's compliance figures by the income band of the non-resident parent.
(30069)
706
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department collects on the number of (a) quad bikes used for work and (b) accidents involving quad bikes used for work; and what steps his Department has taken to educate the public on quad bike safety.
(30326)
707
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the pilots that have been conducted in the Canvey Job Centre in the last five years.
(30382)
708
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the refund due under Child Support Agency reference number 0677911890 will be paid.
(29503)
709
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends to answer questions (a) 19191 and (b) 19192 tabled by the honourable Member for Lancaster and Wyre on 18th October.
(29684)
710
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether enough information was gathered on the Universal Vehicle Group Pension Scheme during the 2004 data collection exercise to determine whether or not its members were eligible for the Financial Assistance Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(30074)
711
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether current information held by his Department on the Universal Vehicle Group Pension Scheme is sufficient for its members to qualify for the Financial Assistance Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(30075)
712
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultation with customers was undertaken prior to implementation of Jobcentre Plus's Customer Management System.
(30355)
713
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost has been of staff re-training associated with the implementation of Jobcentre Plus's Customer Management System to date.
(30356)
714
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost has been of consultancy fees associated with the implementation of Jobcentre Plus's Customer Management System to date.
(30357)
715
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost is of an (a) in-bound and (b) out-bound call to contact centres using Jobcentre Plus's Customer Management System; and what the cost of each was prior to the implementation of that system.
(30358)
716
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultations have been undertaken to assess the preferred method of contact for customers of Jobcentre Plus.
(30359)
717
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultations have been undertaken to assess (a) the impact of Jobcentre Plus's Response to Displayed Vacancies system on (i) employment figures and (ii) local communities and (b) the effectiveness of the system.
(30361)
718
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what analysis has been undertaken to assess the cost of implementing Jobcentre Plus's Response to Displayed Vacancies system.
(30362)
719
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost has been of the Information Technology element of Jobcentre Plus's Customer Management System to date; and what the predicted final cost is.
(30451)
720
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the overall cost has been of implementing Jobcentre Plus's Customer Management System to date.
(30452)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
721
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many television licences have been issued in each constituency in Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.
[Transferred] (30193)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
722
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers based in Northern Ireland were serving in Iraq on the latest date for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (30199)
723
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of the British Army recruitment campaigns in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (30223)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
724
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice and guidance the Valuation Office Agency has given to local authority IT (a) departments and (b) suppliers in relation to the council tax revaluation in (i) England and (ii) Wales.
[Transferred] (29709)
725
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Valuation Office Agency is continuing to collect (a) dwelling house codes and (b) value significance codes data, following the postponement of the council tax revaluation.
[Transferred] (29710)
726
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for how many residential properties in England the Valuation Office Agency has (a) dwelling house codes and (b) value significance codes data.
[Transferred] (29716)
727
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost is of the contract and associated liabilities between the Valuation Office Agency and Cole Layer Trumble.
[Transferred] (30280)
728
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which London boroughs benefited from the Local Authorities Business Growth Incentives Scheme in 2004-05; if he will take steps to ensure that all London boroughs have the opportunity to take part in the scheme in future years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (30143)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
729
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 to 19 year old parents have returned to higher education in (a) the Wakefield district and (b) the Normanton constituency since 1997.
[Transferred] (30435)
730
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding the Government has spent on schemes to lower the rate of teenage pregnancy in (a) Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency in each year since 1997; and what expenditure is planned for future financial years.
[Transferred] (30436)
731
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much will be invested by the Government in response to the Third Report of the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy in (a) England and (b) the Wakefield district.
[Transferred] (30437)
732
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teenage pregnancies occurred in each of the Sure Start Plus scheme pilot areas in (a) 1997 and (b) 2005.
[Transferred] (30438)
733
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many under-18 pregnancies occurred in (a) Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency (i) in each of the two years before the launch of the Sure Start Plus scheme and (ii) each subsequent year.
[Transferred] (30440)
734
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teenagers under the age of 18 years have been involved with the Sure Start Plus scheme since 2001; and how many of these live in (a) Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency.
[Transferred] (30441)
735
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have been placed on the child protection registers by child protection committees as a result of an allegation of Munchhausen syndrome by proxy in each year since 2002; and how many of those children were taken into care.
[Transferred] (30111)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
736
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to review guidelines on the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.
[Transferred] (30144)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
737
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) charged with and (ii) convicted of offences under section 40A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (29851)
738
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) charged with and (ii) convicted of offences under section 16C of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (29853)
739
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26th October on which (i) the Chief Constable and (ii) other senior police officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland contacted honourable Members representing constituencies in Northern Ireland about the Terrorism Bill; and what form that contact took.
[Transferred] (30347)
740
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many covert speed cameras there were in England in 2004; and how many covert speed cameras he expects to be installed in England in the next five years.
[Transferred] (29897)
741
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what percentage of cases the (a) maximum fine and (b) minimum fine was imposed for speeding detected by cameras in each year between 1994 and 2004.
[Transferred] (29906)
742
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the recorded number of traffic speeding violations on roads with (a) a 30 mph speed limit and (b) a 40 mph speed limit has been in each year between 1994 and 2004.
[Transferred] (30374)
743
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average fine for camera-detected speeding was in each year between 1994 and 2004.
[Transferred] (30448)
744
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was collected by the Government in speeding fines in each year between 1994 and 2004.
[Transferred] (30450)
745
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons evidence obtained in another EU country and used to convict a person in a British court cannot be re-examined on appeal.
[Transferred] (30012)
746
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the revenue was from fines resulting from speed camera convictions in Hertfordshire in the latest year for which figures are available; and what sums were passed to (a) the Consolidated Fund and (b) the Hertfordshire Speed Camera Partnership.
[Transferred] (29900)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
747
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what timetable he has set to deliver the recommendations of the Commission for Africa.
[Transferred] (30231)
748
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of progress in meeting the recommendations of the Commission for Africa.
[Transferred] (30232)
749
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to implement the recommendations of the Commission for Africa.
[Transferred] (30233)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
750
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many people are employed by the Electoral Commission.
[Transferred] (29835)
751
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the total annual expenditure for the Electoral Commission was in each year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (29836)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
752
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether (a) computer-assisted mass appraisal and (b) the automated valuation model was used in the council tax revaluation in Wales.
[Transferred] (29726)
753
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 14th July, Official Report, column 1167W, on Council Tax (Wales), what criteria the Valuation Office Agency used in deciding whether to make use of private sector firms during the council tax revaluation in Wales.
[Transferred] (29734)
754
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of domestic dwellings that received (a) an external inspection and (b) an internal inspection as part of the council tax revaluation in Wales.
[Transferred] (30281)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
755
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has evaluated on the health and safety effects of environmental tobacco smoke on workers; what assessment he has made of the applicability of the guilty knowledge test under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (29753)
756
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities concerning war pensions when assessing eligibility for housing benefit.
[Transferred] (29682)

 
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