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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 30 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 Wednesday 30 November 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 30 November 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 30 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 Wednesday 30 November of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 30 November see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of revenue evasion prevented by HM Revenue and Customs was in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05; what value of revenue evasion has been prevented in 2005-06; and how much related to customs duties in each case.
(33646)
2
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of average household expenditure is (a) taxable at the standard rate of VAT, (b) taxable at the reduced rate of VAT, (c) taxable at the zero rate of VAT and (d) exempt from VAT; and what the equivalent figure was in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004.
(33647)
3
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes in the rate of value added tax have been introduced in each year since 1st January 1995; and what the rate of value added tax was in each year.
(33648)
4
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many statutory instruments introduced by his Department had to be (a) withdrawn, (b) amended by a further statutory instrument and (c) reprinted because of defective drafting in each session since 1997; and what steps he (i) is taking and (ii) plans to take to prevent further such instances.
(33649)
5
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what training is given to (a) policy officials and (b) lawyers in his Department responsible for drafting statutory instruments; and if he will make a statement.
(33650)
6
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the bank accounts which have been frozen since 11th September 2001 on the grounds of terrorist associations.
(33651)
7
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many centenarians live in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England and Wales.
(33653)
8
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total estimated workforce was in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(33654)
9
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the tax burden on old age pensioners.
(33713)
10
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the South East's percentage share of (a) UK public expenditure, (b) UK population and (c) UK gross domestic product was in each year between 1995 and 2005.
(33714)
11
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to encourage saving among families on low incomes.
(33715)
12
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will widen the vehicle excise duty bands to encourage use of more efficient vehicles.
(33662)
13
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the Financial Inclusion Task Force to report on lower income groups' access to non-charging cash machines.
(33702)
14
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to re-evaluate the business mileage allowance tax scheme.
(33427)
15
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his policy on duty rates on fuel from pure vegetable oil in relation to duty rates on conventional fuels.
(33791)
16
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the recent auditing of the EU accounts.
(33426)
17
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the Gravesham constituency between the ages of (a) 65 to 67, (b) 67 to 70, (c) 70 to 75, (d) 75 to 80 and (e) 80 or above died in each year since 1997.
(33606)
18
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire were primarily caused by alcohol in each of the last five years.
(33808)
19
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the registered unemployed in Tamworth constituency were (a) 25 years and under, (b) 26 to 35 years, (c) 36 to 45 years, (d) 46 to 55 years and (e) over 55 years of age on the latest dates for which figures are available.
(33809)
20
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he consulted (a) the Musicians' Union, (b) the Association of British Orchestras, (c) individual major orchestras, (d) the Arts Council for (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland and (e) Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on requirements for freelance self-employed musicians and the orchestras and ensembles that engage them to pay Class 1 national insurance contributions.
(33623)
21
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when (a) the Musicians' Union, (b) the Association of British Orchestras, (c) individual major orchestras and (d) the Arts Council for (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland were informed of requirements for freelance self-employed musicians and the orchestras and ensembles that engage them to pay Class 1 national insurance contributions.
(33624)
22
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps were taken between 1988 and 2004 to recover extra revenues from orchestras and ensembles resulting from the 1998 requirements for freelance self-employed musicians and the orchestras and ensembles that engage them to pay Class 1 national insurance contributions.
(33625)
23
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy that money owed to members of the public through the tax credit system may be paid as a lump sum.
(33592)
24
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Child Trust Fund vouchers had been (a) issued and (b) invested as at 20th November; and if he will make a statement.
(31239)
25
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to answer Question reference 23294 tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil.
(33747)
26
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November, Official Report, columns 1571-2W, on departmental assets, if he will estimate the value of each item listed.
(33669)
27
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated value is of the Treasury silver; and what additions have been made to that silver since May 1997.
(33740)
28
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on endowment mortgage complaints that are upheld by the Financial Ombudsman Service and rejected by insurance companies.
(33672)
29
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints about endowment mortgages were made to the Financial Ombudsman Service in each of the last five years; and how many were upheld.
(33673)
30
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints about endowment mortgages were upheld by the Financial Ombudsman Service but were then rejected by the insurance company in each of the last five years.
(33762)
31
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average wage in Beverley and Holderness was for (a) men and (b) women in the last period for which figures are available.
(33457)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
32
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 14th November 2005, Official Report, column 963W, on departmental assets, if he will make a statement on the nature of the five items of art and antique furniture referred to; and what the estimated value is of (a) each item and (b) each of the freehold properties referred to.
(33746)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
33
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Commissioners are taking to ensure that their non-fair rent tenants are not adversely affected by the introduction of market rents by new owners of properties sold by the Commissioners.
(33409)
34
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will list the names and addresses of the estates on which the Commissioners have owned residential housing units over the past five years, excluding those used by the clergy for homes.
(33410)
35
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will break down the residential housing units sold by the Commissioners since 2001 by number of bedrooms per unit.
(33411)
36
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what personal information on Church Commissioners' tenants is passed to the buyers of Church Commissioners' residential properties; and what measures are taken to ensure that the information is correct.
(33450)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
37
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) men and (b) women (i) applied to join, (ii) were appointed to and (iii) left the Southend magistracy in each of the last five years.
(33659)
38
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with Archbishop Peter Smith about the operation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(33786)
39
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she expects the immigration appeal of Basamai Abdul Wahab Salih, reference number VA07966/2005, to be heard.
(33720)
40
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the Government's policy is on lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 years for (a) local, (b) parliamentary and (c) European elections.
(33423)
41
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the Adjudicator to the Land Registry was appointed; how many cases have been referred to him; how many cases have been resolved; and what the average length of time taken to resolve each case has been since the appointment of the Adjudicator.
(33605)
42
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many arrest warrants were issued from Tamworth Magistrates' Court for the arrest of non-attendees resident in Tamworth constituency in the last year for which figures are available.
(33729)
43
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what limits apply to legal costs for personal injury cases; and what plans there are to raise the limits.
(33414)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
44
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of regional casinos on problem gambling.
(33607)
45
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the acquisition of land for Olympic use.
(33609)
46
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness about digital switchover.
(33626)
47
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the opportunities for businesses in Gravesham arising from the 2012 London Olympic Games.
(33637)
48
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 24th November 2005, Official Report, columns 2228-9W, on the Licensing Act, if she will make it her policy to revise the guidance to licensing authorities to require them to send details of applications on the register to relevant (a) councillors and (b) hon. Members.
(33744)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
49
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions he has visited wounded soldiers since May; and in which locations.
(33402)
50
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the service entry planning assumption target date is for the Future Lynx project; and what provisions he has made for (a) naval and (b) army helicopter capability until the Future Lynx enters service.
(33404)
51
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Lynx AH 7 and (b) Lynx AH 9 helicopters are fit for operations; what his plans are for the cannibalisation of army and navy helicopters during the next 12 months; and how many (i) Lynx AH 7 and (ii) Lynx AH 9 helicopters have been cannibalised in the last two years.
(33405)
52
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total spending on battlefield helicopters was in each of the last five years.
(33406)
53
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the rules of engagement under which the Royal Navy ships operate in the Mediterranean to deal with (a) threats of terrorism, (b) drugs and arms running and (c) the smuggling of illegal immigrants; and if he will make a statement.
(33712)
54
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures are in place to protect employees of his Department in Iraq.
(33692)
55
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department employs private military companies.
(33721)
56
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel from the Shropshire Light Infantry are serving in Iraq.
(33419)
57
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to answer Question reference 23306 tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil.
(33639)
58
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the size of future aircraft carriers will prevent them from docking at (a) Portsmouth and (b) Plymouth; and if he will make a statement.
(32169)
59
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for submarines to be built at Barrow-in-Furness after the completion of the first three Astute-class boats.
(32170)
60
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to confirm the total number of Astute-class submarines to be built.
(32171)
61
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of possible economies which may be achieved by ordering future Astute-class submarines more than one at a time.
(32172)
62
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the timetable for building further Astute-class submarines is compatible with that for building future ship submersible ballistic nuclears to replace the Vanguard-class.
(32173)
63
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the theatres of service in which UK service medals other than general service medals have ceased to be awarded, broken down by (a) date and (b) reasons for the decision in each case.
(32611)
64
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the aircraft carriers which will be available to the Fleet in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014, (d) 2015 and (e) 2016 on present plans.
(32612)
65
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which fixed-wing aircraft types will be available for service at sea in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014 on present plans.
(32613)
66
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the additional capabilities originally intended for the second tranche of Astute-class submarines which have been brought forward into the first tranche; and what the reasons were for this change.
(33049)
67
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the Joint Combat Aircraft was initially intended to be capable of operating from Invincible-class aircraft carriers; and why this requirement has now been dropped.
(33050)
68
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for a successor to the Type-23 frigates.
(33051)
69
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the internal planning assumption for the entry into service of the first Future Aircraft Carrier has been classified as commercially sensitive.
(33052)
70
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will decide the final total of (a) Type 45 destroyers and (b) Astute-class submarines to be constructed.
(33053)
71
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total overspend on the two logistical ships under construction at Swan Hunter has been to date.
(33736)
72
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost has been to date of compensation paid by his Department to Iraqi citizens since 2003.
(33817)
73
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November 2005, Official Report, column 1263W, on the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle, how many of the 401 vehicles ordered will replace (a) the Spartan, (b) the Truck Utility Medium (Landrover), (c) the Saxon and (d) the FV432 and FV436.
(33576)
74
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Territorial Army personnel qualified for their 10 years' continuous service medal in each of the past 10 years.
(33578)
75
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Warrior and (b) CVR(T) vehicles have undergone fourth line maintenance in the past 10 years; and to which Army Base Repair Organisation site they were despatched.
(33579)
76
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vehicles have been sent to the Army Base Repair Organisation workshop Donnington for specified repair-only repairs over the past five years, broken down by type.
(33580)
77
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected throughput of (a) Warrior and (b) CVR(T) vehicles is for fourth line maintenance at the Army Base Repair Organisation Bovington site.
(33581)
78
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Army Base Repair Organisation Bovington site contract servicing of individual sections of a vehicle will be carried out off-site by other contractors.
(33582)
79
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Warrior and (b) CVR(T) vehicles are expected to be sent to Afghanistan in 2006.
(33583)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
80
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the funding level for the Supporting People Programme in (a) England, (b) Wellingborough Local Authority and (c) East Northamptonshire Local Authority was in each of the last three years; and what funding is planned for 2005-06 in each case.
(33602)
81
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what receipts were generated from right-to-buy sales in Gravesham in each year since the introduction of the scheme.
(33634)
82
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of business rates revaluation on businesses in Gravesham; and if he will make a statement.
(33635)
83
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new mobile telephone masts have been erected under permitted development rights in each year since 1997 in (a) Gravesham and (b) Kent.
(33636)
84
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) calculations and (b) data sets his Department used for the (a) price and (b) supply elasticity of housing in working out a response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply.
(33693)
85
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effects of the change in the number of the Peabody Trust's social rented homes on (a) homelessness and (b) overcrowding in London.
(33370)
86
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what reports he has received of registered social landlords in London selling off social rented housing to finance Decent Homes Standard works to remaining stock.
(33371)
87
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department provides to (a) regional planning bodies and (b) regional assemblies on (i) the allocation of funds for capital programmes and (ii) co-ordination with local authorities covered by the Sustainable Communities Plan.
(33474)
88
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding streams are available to tackle areas of deprivation in Tamworth.
(33810)
89
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what programmes the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund has funded in Tamworth.
(33811)
90
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will ensure that the Householder Development Consents review will clarify the position on permitted development rights for domestic microgeneration equipment.
(33473)
91
N
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the asset register for his Office for each year since his Office was established.
(32466)
92
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will reply to Question 27463 from the hon. Member for St Albans, tabled on 8th November.
(33447)
93
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will issue guidance to fire services on the need for smoke alarms provided to deaf and hard of hearing people to meet the British Standard (BS 5446-3.2005).
(31920)
94
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd November, Official Report, column 2063W, on council tax revaluation, whether the Valuation Office Agency continues (a) to collect and (b) to collate (i) dwelling house code data and (ii) value significant code data following the postponement of the English council tax revaluation.
(33449)
95
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November 2005, Official Report, columns 191-2W, on planning, if he will place circular 15/92 on his Department's website.
(33480)
96
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the valuation of a domestic property by the Valuation Office Agency for council tax valuation or revaluation purposes would be affected by the presence of (a) television aerials, (b) showers, (c) fixtures, (d) fittings and (e) carpets.
(33484)
97
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many councils offer pensions for their councillors.
(33485)
98
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes his Department and its predecessors have made to the (a) allowances, (b) salaries and (c) pensions for councillors since May 1997.
(33486)
99
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department plans to publish the conclusions of its review of political restrictions of employees in local government.
(33487)
100
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many of the homes being constructed as part of the Design for Manufacture competition (a) are being constructed for £60,000 and (b) are intended to be classed as affordable housing, broken down by location.
(33490)
101
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the final sale price of the £60,000 homes being constructed as part of the Design for Manufacture competition.
(33495)
102
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Lyons Inquiry remit includes (a) reviewing the financial case for two-tier local government and (b) the merits of unitary local authorities.
(33496)
103
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers the Valuation Office Agency has to conduct internal inspections of property for business rates valuation purposes.
(33497)
104
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the Government has made of the effects on revenue of council tax collection rates being less than 100 per cent. in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(33498)
105
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment the Government has made in the last three years of the possible effect of (a) council tax revaluation and (b) further council tax increases on the likelihood of (i) civil disobedience and (ii) civil unrest.
(33499)
106
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of new households likely to be established in each government office region over the next 20 years.
(33500)
107
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the average length of time to process a (a) planning application, (b) major planning application and (c) planning appeal in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(33501)
108
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local councils in England no longer give a 50 per cent. council discount for (a) empty homes and (b) second homes.
(33502)
109
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the decision to broaden the Lyons Inquiry's remit to include local government pay and salaries.
(33503)
110
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many public conveniences were registered for business rates by the Valuation Office Agency in each government office region (a) in the most recent year for which figures are available and (b) in 1997.
(33505)
111
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd November 2005, Official Report, columns 2062-3W, on council tax revaluation, how many of the 1,794,709 dwellings fall into each value significant code.
(33742)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
112
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) charged and (ii) convicted of offences under section 466 of the Education Act 1996 in (A) Essex and (B) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(33530)
113
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) 464, (b) 465 and (c) 466 of the Education Act 1996.
(33531)
114
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) 7, (b) 8 and (c) 9 of the Education Act 1996.
(33532)
115
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Bournemouth Local Education Authority stayed within budget in the 2004-05 financial year.
(33424)
116
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what additional funding has been made available for schools in Bournemouth which are unable to remain within their financial budgets in 2005-06.
(33425)
117
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make an assessment of the impact of funding decisions by Learning and Skills Councils on adult education provision in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(33479)
118
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people in Tamworth have been granted an education maintenance allowance.
(33730)
119
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been allocated to (a) Staffordshire Local Education Authority and (b) local schools in Tamworth constituency to develop and roll out the extended schools programme in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2007-08 and (iv) 2008-09.
(33731)
120
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children living in disadvantaged areas of (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency are participating in Sure Start schemes.
(33732)
121
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of schools in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency that will be delivering extended services in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008; and to how many children and parents such provision will be available.
(33733)
122
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many three and four year olds in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency are receiving (i) 12.5 , (ii) 15 and (iii) 20 hours a week free early-years education.
(33734)
123
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th October 2005, Official Report, column 389W, on education funding, if she will make a statement on the benefits to private sector sponsors of contributing to Academy start up costs; and when she expects those benefits to accrue.
(33753)
124
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial commitment her Department plans to make to combat bullying in schools in the next 12 months.
(33420)
125
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to local authorities in (a) England and (b) Hertfordshire of fulfilling the statutory duties included in Part 1 of the Childcare Bill.
(33515)
126
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what financial provision her Department expects to make to (a) English and (b) Hertfordshire local authorities to enable them to fulfil their statutory duties in Part 1 of the Childcare Bill.
(33516)
127
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what powers her Department has to pursue local authorities who fail to fulfil their duties as set out in the Childcare Bill.
(33517)
128
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans her Department has to enable parents to require a local authority to fulfil its statutory duties under the Childcare Bill.
(33544)
129
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether there are plans to increase alcohol education in schools; and if she will make a statement.
(33482)
130
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the per pupil funding was in 2004-05 in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) England.
(33558)
131
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what response she has made to the representations made by the F40 group of local authorities on school funding.
(33570)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
132
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many confirmed foot and mouth cases (a) occurred in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004 and (b) have occurred in 2005 in each county in England and Wales.
(33552)
133
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many statutory instruments introduced by her Department were (a) withdrawn, (b) amended by a further statutory instrument and (c) reprinted because of defective drafting in each session since 1997; and what steps she (i) is taking and (ii) plans to take to prevent further such instances.
(33553)
134
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what training is given to (a) policy officials and (b) lawyers in her Department responsible for drafting statutory instruments; and if she will make a statement.
(33554)
135
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many convictions for possession of birds listed on Schedule 4 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which have relied on DNA samples as evidence have been successful; and in how many such cases her Department provided to the police registration details maintained under section 7 of the Act.
(33555)
136
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is in respect of the use of sunset clauses in legislation.
(33556)
137
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) Christmas cards and (b) Christmas trees that were recycled in each year since 1990; what support she provides to local authorities with regard to the recycling of Christmas cards; and if she will make a statement.
(33663)
138
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to relax pollution controls on coal-fired power stations in the event of a gas shortage this winter.
(33664)
139
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce a requirement on water companies to submit an application for water scarcity status before seeking permission for any new reservoir capacity.
(33665)
140
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the possible impact of climate change upon civil nuclear facilities in the UK.
(33666)
141
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her assessment is of the possible impact of climate change on the nuclear facilities at (a) Chapelcross, (b) Hartlepool, (c) Heysham and (d) Torness.
(33667)
142
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17th November 2005, Official Report, column 1383W, on wild fowl, what estimate she has made of the total number of mallards released on National Gamebag Census shooting estates in each of the last five years.
(33745)
143
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2005, Official Report, column 1830W, on animal exhibitions, how many applications were (a) applied for, (b) granted and (c) refused in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(33752)
144
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase investment on flood defences in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.
(33126)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what controls against rabies form part of the Pet Travel Scheme.
(33789)
146
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with colleagues in the Department for Health on MRSA, with particular reference to the emergence of similar strains in humans and animals.
(33790)
147
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on carbon dioxide levels of the removal of existing nuclear power stations as each is closed down.
(33812)
148
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the incidence of bovine TB caused by cattle to cattle transmission was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(33813)
149
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many rivers in England are navigable by unpowered craft; whether she plans to increase that number; and whether she plans to improve access to those waters for canoeists.
(33814)
150
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of trespass have been notified to the Environment Agency of canoeists using private waterways without permission.
(33815)
151
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many negotiated access agreements the Environment Agency has concluded for access to waterways for users of unpowered craft.
(33816)
152
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further steps the Government is planning to take on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
(33627)
153
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the Animal Welfare Bill on the licensing of pet fairs and markets.
(33628)
154
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy to implement the Waste Incineration Directive in full by 28th December; and if she will make a statement.
(33694)
155
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's contingency plan in case of an outbreak of avian influenza.
(33704)
156
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims have been lodged with the surveying authorities in England since the inception of the Discovering Lost Ways project.
(33585)
157
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate was made by the Countryside Agency, at the time of setting up the Discovering Lost Ways Project, of the distance in kilometres of (a) footpath, (b) bridleway and (c) byway open to all traffic which would need (i) correcting and (ii) adding to the Definitive Map before it could be considered accurate and complete.
(33586)
158
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of how many kilometres of additional rights of way on foot there would be if the public were to have access to all of the coastline of England.
(33590)
159
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of animal feeds was to farmers in England in the 2004-05 financial year.
(33794)
160
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of imported Brazilian beef on (a) British farmers and (b) the UK beef industry.
(33575)
161
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research the Government has commissioned into ways of developing the biodiesel industry.
(33417)
162
N
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she had concerning the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme since September with (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and (c) the European Commission; and if she will make a statement.
(32167)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
163
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sanctions can be employed to ensure member states of the Council of Europe implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
(33723)
164
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) petitions were received and (b) cases were dealt with by the European Court of Human Rights in the last five years for which figures are available; and how many and what percentage of each total related to each Council of Europe member state.
(33724)
165
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the member countries of the Council of Europe which are failing to comply with decisions of the European Court of Human Rights; and if he will make a statement on the UK Government's policy in respect of such failure to comply.
(33725)
166
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those cases against the United Kingdom that have been lodged and are awaiting consideration by the European Court of Human Rights; which Articles of the Convention are cited in each application as having been breached; which cases have been ruled admissible; and if he will make a statement on each case.
(33726)
167
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether under the (a) US/UK bilateral Air Services Agreement and (b) Chicago Convention the US authorities would need to seek permission for the use of (i) UK airspace and (ii) UK overseas territories for the purpose of the extraordinary rendition of those accused of terrorist activities; and if he will make a statement.
(33706)
168
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) oral and (b) written representations he has made to his US counterpart on behalf of the European Union regarding the use of EU airspace for extraordinary rendition flights of those accused of terrorist activities; and if he will make a statement.
(33707)
169
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the US Administration on behalf of (a) the UK Government and (b) the European Union regarding the US Department of Defense's decision to conduct the first war crimes trial at Guantanamo with the power to impose the death penalty; and if he will make a statement.
(33709)
170
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th October 2005, Official Report, columns 1093-4W, on UK airspace, if he will list those countries (a) where there are substantial grounds to believe that a person deported would be subject to torture and (b) where there is a risk that the death penalty will be applied; and if he will make a statement.
(33711)
171
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK Government officials have discussed with the US Administration the use of EU airspace for the purpose of the extraordinary rendition of those accused of terrorist activities since 11th September 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(33818)
172
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Egypt on the human rights and welfare of the Bahá'i community.
(33452)
173
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the forthcoming computerisation of identity cards in Egypt and the potential exclusion of the Bahá'i community upon the rights of the Bahá'i community.
(33453)
174
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the impact of the forthcoming computerisation of identity cards in Egypt upon (a) the human rights, (b) the access to basic services and (c) the access to employment of the Bahá'i community.
(33459)
175
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is towards resolution RC-B6-0592/2005 of the European Parliament of 17th November on Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(33401)
176
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the human rights situation on each side of the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea; and if he will make a statement.
(33407)
177
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the detainees held by multinational forces in Iraq are women; and if he will make a statement.
(32736)
178
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of compliance by Syria with United Nations Security Council Resolutions (a) 1559 and (b) 1595.
(32737)
179
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress in opening the Gaza-Egyptian border following disengagement.
(32738)
180
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the role of economic initiatives in aiding the development of the roadmap for peace in the Middle East.
(32739)
181
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the international community regarding the implications of the issuing of warrants by the International Criminal Court for the arrest of the leaders of the Lords Resistance Army of Uganda.
(33102)
182
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the issuing of warrants against leaders of the Lords Resistance Army by the International Criminal Court on the policy of amnesty previously advanced by the Ugandan authorities.
(33103)
183
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's relations with Syria.
(33594)
184
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to reply to the letter of 31st October from the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton regarding his constituent, Mr M A Lindsay.
(33481)
185
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is planning to take to respond to the tension between Ethiopia and Eritrea; and what action it plans to take to support the United Nations Security Council resolution imposing economic sanctions on the two nations if they do not return to the conditions of the peace plan signed in 2000.
(33795)
186
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to paragraph 92 of the Intelligence and Security Committee Report Cm 5972, whether the Secret Intelligence Service has reported to the Government on its investigations into the authenticity of its documentary evidence into the claim that Iraq sought to procure uranium from Africa.
(33620)
187
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) his Israeli counterpart and (b) the United Nations about the human rights implications of the Israeli Air Force policy of flying over the occupied Gaza strip breaking the sound barrier to create supersonic booms; and if he will make a statement.
(33621)
188
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who made the decision for him to return early from Moscow in November.
(33528)
189
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the possible accession of Albania to the EU.
(33591)
190
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on events planned (a) in the UK and (b) at EU level to commemorate 50 years of the Treaty of Rome; and what budget has been allocated to each such events.
(33735)
191
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government takes to encourage British tourists to travel to Montserrat.
(33680)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
192
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much compensation has been paid to healthcare workers arising from needlestick injuries in each year since 1990; and if she will make a statement.
(33798)
193
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the risk to healthcare workers of needlestick injuries; and if she will make a statement.
(33799)
194
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the cost of fitting safety devices to needles to reduce the number of injuries suffered by healthcare workers; and if she will make a statement.
(33800)
195
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions she has had regarding needlestick injuries suffered by healthcare workers.
(33801)
196
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many needlestick injuries were suffered by healthcare workers in each year since 1990; and if she will make a statement.
(33802)
197
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many syringes and needles she estimates will be necessary to deal with a pandemic influenza threat; what timetable has been put in place for their procurement; and if she will make a statement.
(33803)
198
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on (a) repairing existing and (b) buying new NHS X-ray equipment in 2004-05.
(33603)
199
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of NHS X-ray equipment was (a) condemned and (b) repaired in 2004-05.
(33604)
200
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28th October 2005, Official Report, column 581W, on hospital food, if she will provide a breakdown of the information by (a) NHS trust and (b) region.
(33471)
201
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2005, Official Report, column 1799W, on antidepressant drugs, if she will break down the figures by (a) 0 to 11, (b) 12 to 16, (c) 17 to 25, (d) 26 to 50, (e) 51 to 65, (f) 66 to 75 and (g) 75 year olds and over; and what proportion of the total population in each age chart is represented as a proportion of the total population for each age group.
(33514)
202
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to Question reference 28481 from the hon. Member for Hertsmere, tabled on 10th November.
(33445)
203
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to replace the current stock of NHS computer (a) keyboards, (b) mice and (c) keyboard readers with washable versions.
(33748)
204
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of (a) the role of (i) computer mice, (ii) keyboards and (iii) keyboard readers in the spread of MRSA in hospitals and (b) the contribution which could be made by washable versions of each to its prevention.
(33749)
205
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is given to NHS staff on the sterilisation of computer (a) keyboards, (b) mice and (c) keyboard readers.
(33750)
206
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have received help from the National Health Service for IVF treatment in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust.
(33784)
207
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason it is her policy not to make TB vaccinations available to children or adults who might be in contact with cattle diagnosed with bovine TB.
(33785)
208
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the average waiting times for (a) radical and (b) palliative radiotherapy in the area covered by Lancashire NHS Teaching Trust.
(33518)
209
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses have been employed by Lancashire NHS Teaching Trust in each year since 1997.
(33519)
210
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school nurses are practising in Ribble Valley constituency.
(33520)
211
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to tackle HIV/AIDS.
(33629)
212
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that the supply of influenza vaccinations in England will be adequate to meet demand during the winter.
(33708)
213
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has undertaken into the impact of the Working Time Directive on (a) junior doctors, (b) consultants, (c) registrars and (d) nursing staff in the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge Health Authority area.
(33477)
214
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the level of funding for mental health services in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) Peterborough.
(33478)
215
N
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the future capital investment programme is for the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
(31428)
216
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to Questions (a) 23665 and (b) 21605, on independent sector treatment centres.
(33622)
217
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to increase the proportion of people infected with hepatitis C that are treated.
(33584)
218
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where in England the survey of prevalence of hepatitis C antibody was carried out.
(33587)
219
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of (a) the cost per patient treated with and (b) the effectiveness of clofaribine in achieving remission of acute myeloid leukaemia.
(32609)
220
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the options available to patients recommended for treatment with (a) clofaribine and (b) other expensive new anti-cancer drugs whose local hospital trusts lack the funds to purchase them.
(32610)
221
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list those categories of people who are on the Government's priority list to receive avian influenza vaccinations in the event of a UK outbreak.
(33728)
222
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average income from the NHS of (a) a general practitioner, (b) a junior doctor and (c) a nurse was in each year since 1997.
(33739)
223
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24th November 2005, Official Report, column 2272W, on Departmental assets, if she will break down the expenditure on the Skipton House refit by category listed; and if she will make a statement on the purchase of computers in Quarry House.
(33751)
224
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was available to (a) North Somerset Primary Care Trust and (b) all English primary care trusts for sexual health-related issues in the last year for which figures are available.
(33686)
225
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in North Somerset Primary Care Trust were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and how many have been so diagnosed in 2005.
(33687)
226
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) new build and (b) refurbishment programmes in the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust since 1997 were completed within budget.
(33571)
227
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the locations of the dental access centres operating in England, broken down by primary care trust.
(33413)
228
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make representations to the European Commission for the addition of a smoking causes blindness warning to the list of approved warnings for cigarette packets.
(33448)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
229
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of (a) a standard (32 page) passport, (b) a frequent traveller (48 page) passport, (c) a child passport (5 years validity) and (d) an emergency passport was in each year since 1980.
(33642)
230
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and charged with and (b) convicted of cannabis possession in (i) the Southend Police Authority area and (ii) each other police authority area in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(33643)
231
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the average cost of arresting and charging people for cannabis possession in the last 12 months.
(33644)
232
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many publications were issued by his Department in each of the last five years.
(33645)
233
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list those countries where there are substantial grounds to believe that a person deported would be subject to torture with which the UK (a) has signed a memorandum of understanding and (b) is in the process of negotiating a memorandum of understanding allowing the deportation of individuals who are citizens of that state, including those who pose a threat to national security and public order; and if he will make a statement.
(33710)
234
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to decide the application by Shahid Hussain lodged in May 2004 for variation for leave to remain in the UK, reference LR1581008817.
(33716)
235
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to decide the application of Robima Kouser, reference LK1600016626, for variation of leave to remain in the UK, lodged in May 2006.
(33719)
236
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the application of Nabila Bi Hussain (reference no. H110722T) lodged in May for indefinite leave to remain in the UK to be determined.
(33727)
237
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers have been employed in Bexhill-on-Sea in each year since 1997.
(33125)
238
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26th October, Official report, column 405W, on substance abuse offences, if he will provide (a) tables two and three to which he refers and (b) the relevant figures for 2004 for tables one to four.
(33529)
239
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been employed in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each year since 1997.
(33743)
240
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what average time appellants whose appeal against the decision to remove them from the United Kingdom had been allowed waited between the date that their appeal was allowed and grant of leave to remain, in the latest period for which figures are available.
(33372)
241
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of correspondence from hon. Members to the Prison Service was answered within 20 working days between (a) January to March, (b) April to June and (c) July to September; and if he will make a statement.
(33595)
242
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the functions of the Police Bureaucracy Adviser are; and if he will make a statement.
(33596)
243
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities (a) participate in and (b) used to participate in the Civic Pioneers Learning Network; and if he will make a statement.
(33597)
244
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued for (a) theft and (b) criminal damage in each month since November 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(33598)
245
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the XHIBIT IT system; and if he will make a statement.
(33599)
246
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the salary of the (a) Chair, (b) Director General Designate and (c) each of the four executive directors of the Serious Organised Crime Agency is in 2005-06; what the recruitment costs for the (a) Chair, (b) Director General Designate and (c) each of the four executive directors of the Serious Organised Crime Agency were; and if he will make a statement.
(33600)
247
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th October 2005, Official Report, column 1032W, on British citizenship, how many of the 760,886 applicants who were not refused British citizenship on character grounds had (a) been found guilty of a criminal offence by a court in the United Kingdom and (b) sentenced to a custodial sentence by a court in the United Kingdom.
(33504)
248
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Libyan nationals claimed asylum in the UK in each year since 2000.
(33593)
249
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the ratio of staff to residents is in (a) Home Office secure establishments, (b) secure training centres and (c) local authority secure accommodation.
(33688)
250
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) assaults and (b) violent offences there have been in (i) home office youth establishments, (ii) local authority secure accommodation and (iii) secure training centres in each of the last three years.
(33689)
251
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the staff turnover at (a) local authority secure accommodation, (b) Home Office youth establishments and (c) secure training centres was in each of the last three years.
(33690)
252
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to answer Question 23300, tabled on 26th October 2005 by the hon. Member for Yeovil.
(33705)
253
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis is for his Department's view that police forces of fewer than 4,000 officers are (a) less qualified to deal with organised crime and (b) less efficient than large forces; and if he will make a statement.
(32919)
254
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis is for his Department's view that police forces of fewer than 6,000 employees are less efficient than those with higher manning levels.
(32920)
255
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, why the Government has not yet ratified the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
(33412)
256
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there are plans to introduce a test for slip effect in respect of mobile speed guns.
(33681)
257
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces use the LT1 20.20 mobile speed camera.
(33682)
258
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on dog theft and the actions being taken to combat it.
(33670)
259
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8th November 2005, Official Report, column 339W on asylum immigration, whether he plans to increase expenditure on dispersal and initial accommodation for asylum seekers over the next two years.
(33761)
260
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps have been taken to speed up the processing of data analysis by (a) the police and (b) the security services.
(33567)
261
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of police officers is which has been assigned to the processing of data held by a terrorist suspect.
(33568)
262
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the evaluation of the project IRIS operational pilot.
(32151)
263
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for the roll-out of iris recognition in UK locations.
(32152)
264
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17th November, Official Report, column 1436W, on terrorism, on how many occasions since 1997 he has suggested to Association of Chief Police Officers that chief constables contact honourable Members about a particular Government policy; and what the policies were.
(32168)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
265
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many litres of alcoholic drinks have been purchased for sale (a) in bars of the House and (b) by the Refreshment Department at catering functions on the parliamentary estate in each year since 1975.
(33660)
266
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will list the (a) tree species and (b) country of origin of the wood used in the construction and maintainance of Portcullis House; and in what capacity the wood was used in each case.
(33661)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
267
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the circumstances were of the termination of aid projects in Uzbekistan in 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(33476)
268
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost was of the ration packs delivered as hurricane disaster relief and impounded by US authorities; what the cost was of their delivery; what steps are being taken to retrieve them; from which Government reserves they came; what discussions he has had with logistical staff from the Ministry of Defence on the impact of the despatch on army supplies; and if he will make a statement.
(33741)
269
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total amount of compensation paid to (a) UK and (b) foreign employees of CDC/the Commonwealth Development Corporation has been since 1997; if he will list the cases concerned; and how much was awarded in each case.
(33806)
270
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the team-building exercises undertaken by CDC/the Commonwealth Development Corporation since 1997; and what the cost was of each such exercise.
(33807)
271
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he last visited each British Overseas Territory; and whether he has plans for future visits.
(33671)
272
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the development of the private sector on the island of Montserrat; and if he will list private foreign investments initiated in the last three years.
(33674)
273
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what timescale he has set for the start of construction of the next batch of houses on Montserrat to house those displaced by volcanic activity on the island.
(33675)
274
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to re-house residents displaced by the volcanic activity in the south of the island of Montserrat.
(33676)
275
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures have been taken to reduce the impact of future eruptions from the Soufriere Hills volcano on development plans in Montserrat.
(33677)
276
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to encourage holiday companies to introduce package holidays to Montserrat.
(33678)
277
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the tourist industry of scuba diving on the island of Montserrat.
(33679)
278
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what actions are being taken by his Department to limit the effect of natural disasters on the Cayman Islands.
(33754)
279
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department directed to each British Overseas Territory in each of the last seven years.
(33755)
280
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress his Department has made towards the goal set out in its publication Montserrat: Country Policy Plan 2004-05 to 2006-07 to achieve improved public information and publicity.
(33756)
281
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress the Government is making with its plan to establish in Montserrat a positive population policy which promotes population growth and is sensitive to the social and governance impact.
(33757)
282
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to control the environmental impact of the tourist developments occurring on the Turks and Caicos islands.
(33758)
283
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he plans to increase his Department's spending on British Overseas Territories.
(33760)
284
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much financial assistance was directed to the Cayman Islands after they were struck by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.
(33763)
285
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's work in helping to rebuild homes on the Cayman Islands.
(33764)
286
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the progress of the building of the new airport in St. Helena.
(33765)
287
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's plans further to improve transport links that would encourage tourism in each of the overseas territories.
(33766)
288
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding has been allocated from his Department for the improvement of transport links (a) to and from and (b) within each British Overseas Territory in each of the last seven years.
(33767)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
289
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what role the Sports Council for Northern Ireland has in ensuring that the interests of sportsmen and women in the Province are represented within sports which are (a) organised on a Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland basis and (b) funded through similarily organised sporting bodies.
(33270)
290
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what consideration has been given to introducing a programme in the Province similar to England's Talented Athlete Support Scheme.
(33271)
291
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public funding has been spent on (a) tennis and (b) coaching young tennis players in the Province in each of the last 10 years.
(33272)
292
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Government, at the time that modulation was introduced for direct Common Agricultural Policy subsidies in 2001, gave a commitment to provide an equal amount of national match funding in the form of co-financing; and if he will make a statement.
(33560)
293
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much match-funded money in relation to Common Agricultural Policy subsidies has been raised within Northern Ireland since modulation was introduced in 2001.
(33561)
294
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much national match-funded money has been awarded by the Government in relation to Common Agricultural Policy subsidies in each year since modulation was introduced in 2001.
(33562)
295
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether minimum data have been set for the collection of data by IT systems relating to home accidents in (a) accident and emergency departments and (b) minor injury units in Northern Ireland, as specified under Action 13 of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Home Accident Prevention Strategy 2004-09.
(33563)
296
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland gave authority to the contractor for the cutting of the railway carriages in Crosshill Quarry.
(33565)
297
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Civil Service posts in each Northern Ireland Government Department have been lost since 1st January.
(33566)
298
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he takes to monitor the balance of research findings in the field of myalgic encephalomyelitis in Northern Ireland.
(33588)
299
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of electricity was to customers in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(33793)
300
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of animal feeds was to farmers in Northern Ireland in the 2004-05 financial year.
(33796)
301
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the transitional costs of local government restructuring in Northern Ireland.
(33493)
302
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how the system of water rates will be based on the level of local rates levied on a domestic property.
(33494)
Questions to the Prime Minister
303
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has visited wounded soldiers since May; and in which locations.
(33403)
304
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2005, Official Report, column 162W, on ministerial travel, when it was last appropriate for him to travel on the London Underground on official business.
(33703)
305
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the five categories of public sector employees with the highest rates of early retirement due to ill health in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(33805)
306
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 9th November 2005, to the right hon. Member for Folkstone and Hythe, Official Report, column 298W, on terrorism, what estimate he has made of the number of police officers required to analyse the data contained on one 20.4 gigabyte hard drive within 90 days.
(33569)
Questions to the Solicitor General
307
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, when the Serious Fraud Office will report back on its examination of Equitable Life, commissioned by his Department in January 2004.
(33047)
308
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Solicitor General, what correspondence the Attorney General has had with Mr Phil Shiner regarding human rights cases against British forces in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(33574)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
309
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals are registered with the Electoral Commission as Registered Third Parties; and how many were so registered in each month since 2004.
(33787)
310
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many officials in the Electoral Commission deal with the registration of Registered Third Parties; at what grade; and if he will make a statement.
(33788)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
311
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to heighten public awareness of (i) the dangers of fireworks and (ii) the effects of fireworks on animals; and if he will make a statement.
(33546)
312
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many enquiries the Small Business Service had from Southend West constituency in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(33547)
313
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses were started in Southend West constituency with the help of the Small Business Service in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(33548)
314
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding was made available to companies by the Small Business Service in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(33549)
315
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the future of his Department's 10 Victoria Street building.
(33550)
316
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Small Business Service in assisting the establishment of new companies.
(33551)
317
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recommendations he will be proposing on agricultural tariffs to the Doha trade round talks in Hong Kong.
(33641)
318
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many employees in the UK are employed (a) in (i) small and (ii) medium-sized enterprises and (b) in total; and if he will make a statement.
(33446)
319
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total generating capacity is of proposals for new power stations being considered by his Department.
(33638)
320
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he plans to relocate certain responsibilities for supervision of trading standards from local to central government.
(33783)
321
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of the United Kingdom's energy requirements for the 2004-05 financial year was imported from France; and at what cost.
(33422)
322
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his oral statement of 19th May 2005, Official Report, column 283, what the source is for his reference to the UK as the fourth largest economy of the world; and when he expects such figures will next be updated.
(33475)
323
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Home Secretary's Answer of 24th November, Official Report, columns 2319-20W, on passports, if he will instruct Royal Mail to investigate (a) how the passport of Mrs Valerie Veale 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.
(33443)
324
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when his Department first provided information to (a) Ofgem and (b) the National Grid about gas production problems in the North Sea to enable gas supply forecasting.
(33564)
325
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to provide for an increase in demand for fuel.
(33630)
326
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to encourage temporary migration by workers from abroad.
(33418)
327
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of electricity to customers was in England in each of the last five years.
(33792)
328
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total cost has been of awareness campaigns for the Civil Partnerships Act 2004, broken down by campaign.
(33737)
329
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what grants are available from the Government and its agencies to assist business start-ups in Rochdale constituency.
(33439)
330
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total amount of regional assistance grant to industry was in (a) each constituency in the north west of England and (b) each region in England in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(33444)
331
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many grants for job creation his Department awarded in Rochdale in each year from 1992; and what the value was in each case.
(33461)
332
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to encourage private sector investment in the UK solar photovoltaics sector.
(33283)
333
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) capital grants, (b) feed in tariffs and (c) other support mechanisms in developing the UK's solar photovoltaics industry.
(33284)
334
Lynda Waltho (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the willingness of employers to offer family-friendly working hours to male employees.
(33415)
335
Lynda Waltho (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent estimate he has made of the number of male employees requesting family-friendly flexible working hours.
(33416)
336
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what projections his Department has made for carbon dioxide emissions in Wales based on (a) a continuation of the present mix of energy sources, (b) mixes of energy sources that include nuclear power and (c) mixes of energy sources that do not include nuclear power; and if he will make a statement.
(33522)
337
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for renewable energy to meet energy demand in Wales over the next (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 20 and (d) 50 years; and if he will make a statement.
(33523)
338
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of (a) decommisioning nuclear capabilities in Wales and (b) final disposal of their nuclear waste; and if he will make a statement.
(33525)
339
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what projections his Department has made for a mix of energy sources to meet energy demand in Wales that (a) includes and (b) does not include nuclear power over the next (i) five, (ii) 10, (iii) 20 and (iv) 50 years; and if he will make a statement.
(33526)
340
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for nuclear fission power stations in Wales; what estimate his Department has made of the total life cycle costs of such facilities including full decommissioning and final disposal of waste; and if he will make a statement.
(33527)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
341
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans Network Rail has to increase funding for rail infrastructure along the Bexhill to London Victoria line.
(33127)
342
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will conduct a full evaluation of traffic flows at Junction 12 on the M5, including (a) queuing on the slip road and (b) related use of the B4008.
(33150)
343
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what models of break-glass hammers have been considered for approval for use on trains but have not been approved; and for what reasons in each case.
(33691)
344
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the assessment process is for the evaluation of break-glass hammers for trains to determine whether they are fit for purpose.
(33717)
345
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what models of break-glass hammers are approved for use on trains.
(33718)
346
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to develop a strategy to promote walking since publication of the discussion paper On the move: by foot.
(33472)
347
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the restriction on heavy goods vehicles using the outside lane on parts of the M42/A42; and if he will make a statement.
(32668)
348
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a restriction on heavy goods vehicles using the outside lane on the two-lane stretches of the M18 motorway.
(32669)
349
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total costs have been incurred by (a) the Government and Government agencies and (b) the Strategic Rail Authority in the franchising and tendering of passenger rail services since 1997.
(33408)
350
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance the Government has given local authorities on (a) the width of roads and (b) the width of parking spaces.
(33492)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
351
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) charged with and (ii) convicted of offences under section (A) 72, (B) 75 and (C) 145C of the Government of Wales Act 1998 in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(33804)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
352
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what estimate she has made of the number of women in senior board positions in businesses in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(33652)
353
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what measures the Government is proposing to take to encourage women to stay at home and look after their children rather than returning to work.
(33640)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
354
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England and Wales (i) are of pensionable age and (ii) receive a state pension; and what the equivalent figures were in (A) 1992, (B) 1996, (C) 1997, (D) 1998, (E) 2001 and (F) 2004.
(33655)
355
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many statutory instruments introduced by his Department were (a) withdrawn, (b) amended by a further statutory instrument and (c) reprinted because of defective drafting in each session since 1997; and what steps he (i) is taking and (ii) plans to take to prevent further such instances.
(33656)
356
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is given to (a) policy officials and (b) lawyers in his Department responsible for drafting statutory instruments; and if he will make a statement.
(33657)
357
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is in respect of the use of sunset clauses in legislation.
(33658)
358
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to respond to the EU report on Health and Safety in the Workplace; and if he will make a statement.
(33797)
359
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Ribble Valley are claiming incapacity benefit.
(33521)
360
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incapacity benefit claimants in the Gravesham constituency have been receiving the benefit for five years or more.
(33608)
361
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy to increase the state pension age to 67; and if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for pension reform.
(33631)
362
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Gravesham constituency who attained sustained employment through a New Deal programme have since re-started on a New Deal programme.
(33633)
363
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to enable young people between the ages of 19 and 25 years who are living independently and claiming jobseekers' allowance to participate in further education and training.
(33440)
364
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to Jobcentre Plus advisers to assist them in working with young people living independently who wish to pursue further education.
(33441)
365
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to ensure that young people participating in the New Deal are encouraged to take part in education and training, with particular reference to A-level courses.
(33442)
366
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November, Official Report, columns 1867-8W, on the Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity, what the budget allocation has been for the programme; and if he will place in the Library copies of publications arising from the programme.
(33668)
367
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are claiming incapacity benefit in each of the Lancashire constituencies.
(30622)
368
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) incentives and (b) support he is providing to encourage claimants of incapacity benefit back into work.
(30623)
369
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Beverley and Holderness he estimates will be entitled to pension credit in 2025.
(33454)
370
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Beverley and Holderness are entitled to the basic state pension.
(33455)
371
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Beverley and Holderness received overpayments of pension credits in 2003-04; what the total sum overpaid was; and how much of this has been written off.
(33456)
372
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research he has evaluated on the long-term sustainability of Pension Credit.
(33458)
373
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners he estimates will be entitled to pension credit in 2025.
(33460)
374
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the East Riding of Yorkshire were entitled to pension credit in the most recent month for which figures are available.
(33559)
375
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes in public expenditure he expects to arise as a result of the state retirement pension age for women rising to 65 years.
(33438)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
376
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will list the cases before the European Court of Human Rights since 1st January 1976 which have been brought against the United Kingdom, indicating in each case whether a finding of a violation of the Convention on Human Rights occurred; which Articles of the Convention were cited in each application as having been breached; what action has been taken to implement the ruling in each successful case; in respect of which successful cases the ruling has not been fully implemented; what the obstacles are to full implementation of each such ruling; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (33722)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
377
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the 10 most expensive items of modern art purchased from Government funds in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (33738)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
378
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of domestic properties in England with (a) patios, (b) greenhouses and (c) scenic views.
[Transferred] (33483)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
379
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help develop alternative industries to tourism and offshore finance in the British Virgin Islands.
[Transferred] (33759)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
380
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been carried out on the impact of atmospheric conditions on the accuracy of speed cameras.
[Transferred] (33683)
381
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of prosecutions for motor speeding offences were discontinued for technicalities relating to the (a) placement and (b) operation of speed limit (i) signs and (ii) cameras in (A) 2003, (B) 2004 and (C) 2005.
[Transferred] (33684)
382
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for motor speeding offences caught by speed cameras have been discontinued due to a lack of sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction since 2003.
[Transferred] (33685)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
383
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to maintain the Post Office as a public utility; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (33589)
384
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the impact of paying statutory adoption pay for 26 weeks at £106 per week and statutory maternity pay at six weeks at a level of 90 per cent. followed by 20 weeks at £106 per week on (a) the number of people coming forward to be adopters and (b) the impact of adoption on families of a reduced income; what plans he has to review the levels of payment; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (33601)
385
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money the Government has invested in hydro-power technologies in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (33488)
386
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research he has commissioned into the potential for microgeneration energy production across the waterways in (a) Leominster constituency, (b) each region of the United Kingdom and (c) the whole of the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (33489)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
387
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of proposals to (a) make driving instructors attend training for eco-driving and (b) teach and test learner drivers on eco-driving.
[Transferred] (33421)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
388
N
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly and his Ministerial colleagues regarding an integrated energy policy for the UK.
[Question Unstarred] (31666)
389
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for energy efficiency improvements to reduce energy demand in Wales over the next (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 20 and (d) 50 years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (33524)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
390
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the latest report of the Pensions Commission; and if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for pension reform.
[Transferred] (33632)
391
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the legislative progress of the implementation of the EU Work at Heights directive; and if he will publish a regulatory impact assessment for its implementation in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (33491)

 
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