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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 5 December 2005

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 5 December 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 5 December 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 5 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 5 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 5 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons were for his decision to abandon the Operating and Financial Review.
(34772)
2
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to British companies of preparing to meet the requirements of the Operating and Financial Review; and if he will make a statement.
(34773)
3
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with (a) the Confederation of British Industry, (b) the Department for Trade and Industry, (c) the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (d) the Association of British Insurers and (e) the Sustainable Development Commission prior to his decision to abandon the Operating and Financial Review; and if he will make a statement.
(34774)
4
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will encourage the use of credit unions among families on low incomes; and if he will make a statement.
(35129)
5
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Leeds West constituency were in receipt of (a) family credit, (b) working families tax credit, (c) disabled person's tax credit, (d) child tax credit and (e) working tax credit in each of the last eight years in which the credit was payable.
(35130)
6
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of small and medium-sized enterprises in Leeds constituency were eligible for research and development tax credits in the last five years; and what the take-up was.
(35133)
7
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has drafted new regulations to replace the Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Directors' Report etc.) Regulations 2005.
(35007)
8
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the organisations consulted on his decision to remove the obligation on businesses to publish operating and financial reviews.
(35008)
9
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications of his announcement of the removal of the obligation to publish operating and financial reviews for the Government's policy on company law reform; and if he will make a statement.
(35009)
10
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the regulations which implement the operating and financial review for UK listed companies.
(35010)
11
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what new regulations he plans to issue on company reporting consequent on his planned abolition of the operating and financial review.
(35011)
12
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he consulted the (a) Operating and Financial Review Working Group and (b) Financial Reporting Council before his decision to remove the obligation on companies to publish an operating and financial review.
(35012)
13
N
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost would be of raising the rate of child benefit for (a) the second and (b) the third child from £11.40 per week to £17.00 per week; and how many children would benefit in each case.
(34573)
14
N
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost would be of raising child benefit to £20 per week for all children.
(34574)
15
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications have been received for tax credit additional payments (a) in each year since the start of the scheme and (b) in each month for 2005-06.
(35165)
16
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit additional payments have been made (a) in each year since the start of the scheme and (b) in each month for 2005-06; and what the total value of these additional payments has been in each case.
(35166)
17
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit additional payments have been refused (a) in each year since the start of the scheme, (b) in each month for 2005-06 and (c) according to each of the grounds for rejection as set out in Code of Practice 26 (2005).
(35167)
18
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit additional payments have been made in (a) in-year overpayments and (b) end of year overpayments, broken down by the year in which the initial award was made.
(35168)
19
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many R64-8 forms have been (a) received and (b) processed successfully each month since May 2004; what target has been set for the speed of processing of form R64-8 in the central processing facility; what assessment he has made of the risk of a backlog of unprocessed R64-8 forms at 31st January 2006; how many centrally employed Inland Revenue staff are involved in processing R64-8 forms; what representations he has received regarding the decision to process R64-8 forms centrally rather than at local HM Revenue and Customs offices; what the average processing time was from receipt to completion for R64-8 forms received (i) prior to and (ii) since the centralising of processing; and if he will take steps to ensure that taxpayers are not penalised where an R64-8 form has been submitted but remains unprocessed at the last date for filing tax returns.
(35183)
20
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2005 to Question number 30683 on silent calls, what estimate the Inland Revenue made in 2004-05 of the number of silent calls made from its offices and those of its contractors using predictive dialler technology.
(35054)
21
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue cost in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 of exempting demolition costs from value-added tax.
(35076)
22
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which official is leading the investigation into the leak of his letter to Lord Turner, Chairman of the Pensions Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(33700)
23
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34952)
24
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to increase the nil rate income tax band for trusts.
(35150)
25
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to introduce differential income tax rates for protective trusts, with particular reference to those formed under section 42 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.
(35151)
26
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish internal guidance issued by the Inland Revenue in (a) 1998 and (b) 2000 aimed at clarifying the tax treatment of (i) maintenance service charges and (ii) sinking funds.
(35153)
27
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Scotland pay income tax.
(35035)
28
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34979)
29
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35017)
30
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to receive state aids clearance from the European Commission to enable the establishment of a growth fund for third sector lenders from within the financial inclusion fund.
(34957)
31
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women aged 50 to 65 years are available for work; and how many are employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time.
(34965)
32
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the evidential basis is for his statement of 14th November in the Financial Times that half of all schools now offer enterprise education and that every school will do so by 2006.
(34695)
33
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the burden of administration on business that arises from EU legislation; by how much this burden has been reduced by the European Commission during the EU's presidency; and whether this reduction meets government targets.
(34934)
34
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has given to financial institutions on the acceptability of interim death certificates in permitting access by next-of-kin to funds held in the name of the deceased.
(34956)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
35
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will visit Kettering to discuss reducing the level of regulation on business.
(34969)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
36
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many court cases the Diplock courts have considered in each year since the Diplock courts were introduced.
(34869)
37
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what discussions Ministers have had with (a) the Royal Household, (b) the Archbishop of Canterbury and (c) officials at Clarence House on varying the State prayers; and if she will make a statement.
(34507)
38
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether it is intended that a court warrant will be issued adding a name to the State prayers; and if she will make a statement.
(34508)
39
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many solicitors have been referred by the Law Society to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in the last three years for which figures are available.
(34776)
40
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what administrative savings have been made by her Department in each of the last eight years.
(34942)
41
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what initiatives are being taken in her Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34971)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
42
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of digital switchover in the Leeds West constituency.
(35135)
43
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will break down the cost of the administrative merger of the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund by main cost area.
(35052)
44
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations her Department has received from groups whose only alcoholic product on sale is communion wine; and when she received such representations.
(34418)
45
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from UK (a) regulators and (b) broadcasters about disruption to the programmes of (i) BBC on 19th September and (ii) Channel 5 on occasions between 14th and 26th October and on 21st November from illegal jamming; and if she will make a statement.
(34916)
46
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice she has received on the impact of the jamming of the Telstar 12 and Hotbird satellites from within Libya on United Kingdom broadcasters; and if she will make a statement.
(34920)
47
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) representations she has received from broadcasters and (b) discussions she has had with the Office of Communications on the jamming of UK satellite communications system Telstar 12 and the European system Hotbird; and if she will make a statement.
(34922)
48
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of the interuption within the UK of television services provided by (a) BBC World, (b) CNN, (c) Euro News, (d) JSTV and (e) others since September; and if she will make a statement.
(34924)
49
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what administrative savings have been made by her Department in each of the last eight years.
(34946)
50
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what initiatives are being taken in her Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34973)
51
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions since 7th July she has used the London Underground in connection with her official duties.
(35023)
52
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in reviewing the guidance on the Licensing Act 2003 to enable local ward councillors to speak at hearings for applications affecting their ward without the need to have first received representations from residents; and if she will make a statement.
(35030)
53
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that firms engaged in construction of facilities for the Olympics provide adequate levels of training to ensure a sustainable skilled workforce.
(34964)
54
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it a requirement of BBC Charter renewal that (a) BBC websites and (b) BBC radio channels made available on-line are available free of charge only to licence payers.
(34510)
55
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it a requirement under BBC Charter renewal that the BBC publish in its annual accounts (a) itemised costs, (b) overheads information and (c) average hourly (i) viewing figures and (ii) costs of production for each channel.
(34511)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
56
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 28th November 2005, Official Report, column 124W, on Trident, if he will ensure that opportunities are provided for full and informed public and parliamentary debate prior to decisions being made on a replacement for the United Kingdom's Trident nuclear missile capability.
(35333)
57
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed forces personnel are deployed on (a) expeditionary operations abroad, broken down by country, and (b) in Northern Ireland.
(35329)
58
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British armed forces personnel are stationed at British military bases abroad, broken down by country.
(35330)
59
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on (a) the procurement and (b) the deployment of thermobaric weapons; and if he will make a statement.
(31625)
60
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the 1992 National Audit Office report into charges of corruption by BAE Systems in connection with the Al-Yamamah programme; and if he will make a statement.
(34830)
61
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the temperature has been at midday at each of the Met Office's observation stations in the UK on each day in (a) November, (b) December, (c) January, (d) February and (e) March since 1985.
(35246)
62
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will designate a new Royal Navy ship with the name HMS Shrewsbury.
(35177)
63
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops have been (a) killed and (b) injured in the war with Iraq.
(34122)
64
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops will be deployed to Afghanistan in the next 12 months; and in which region of Afghanistan they will be deployed.
(34123)
65
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) any defence communications systems were obstructed and (b) the operational effectiveness of such systems was (i) diminished and (ii) impaired as a consequence of the jamming from within Libya of the Telstar 12 and Hotbird communication satellites at any time over the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(34918)
66
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34947)
67
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34975)
68
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35025)
69
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether children in service schools are tested and asessed in a way comparable to state schools.
(34962)
70
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the (a) test and (b) examination results of pupils at service schools are published; and whether pupils' records are transferred when they move into the state sector.
(34963)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
71
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of Leeds council housing stock has been sold under the Right to Buy since 1980.
(35119)
72
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what total capital receipts have been generated from Right to Buy sales in Leeds in each year since 1980.
(35120)
73
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of council (a) houses and (b) flats in each Leeds constituency have been sold under the Right to Buy since 1980.
(35121)
74
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what programmes the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund has funded in Leeds West constituency since it began.
(35122)
75
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council homes were sold under the Right to Buy scheme in Leeds West constituency in each year since 1980.
(35123)
76
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead of 31st October 2005, Official Report, column 760W, on housing, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Right to Buy on the number of households on Leeds housing waiting lists; and if he will make a statement.
(35249)
77
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the members of the project team for the delivery of (a) Fire Link and (b) Fire Capture; and from where each secondee on the team has been seconded.
(35114)
78
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to review the operation of procedures for deciding who is in a politically restricted post in local government.
(35115)
79
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many homes for key workers have been provided by each local authority in Hampshire in each of the last five years; how many are unoccupied; and if he will make a statement.
(35048)
80
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the average costs to the complainant of making a complaint to a local authority relating to high hedges; and if he will make a statement.
(35276)
81
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department has made of the planning implications of the promotion of walking.
(35033)
82
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the people and organisations which were sent the consultation document on the Government's proposals for additional powers and responsibilities for the London Mayor and Greater London Assembly.
(34966)
83
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost was of producing the Integrated Regional Strategy for the East of England; how many copies have been made; and how many copies were downloaded from the internet each month since it was published.
(35169)
84
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34954)
85
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many resident management companies or associations there were in the United Kingdom in each year since 1987.
(35152)
86
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect on the regeneration of the local area of the sale by Legal and General of land at the Alexandra Retail Park in Oldham.
(34615)
87
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the disabled facilities grant funding stream from the Government Office for London was made available to the London Borough of Croydon in 2004-05.
(34970)
88
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34980)
89
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the (a) housing action trusts, (b) European Structural Fund Objective 3, (c) Connexions Grant, (d) Neighbourhood Renewal, (e) Housing Investment Programme and (f) London Development Agency grant funding stream from the Government Office for London was made available to the London Borough of Croydon in 2004-05.
(35224)
90
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many orders to remove hedges have been made by local councils in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(35046)
91
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with local councils about the workings of the High Hedges provisions in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(35047)
92
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35018)
93
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to revise planning regulations and guidance to ensure that new-build commercial and residential properties are required to have fire-prevention sprinkler facilities as standard.
(34967)
94
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he has issued to local councils on action they should take in response to an application under high hedges regulations to cut a hedge by more than a third to ensure reasonable enjoyment of a property.
(34913)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
95
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action the United Kingdom Government is taking to ensure children's rights are fully and appropriately addressed in the final text of the forthcoming convention on human rights of people with disabilities.
(35258)
96
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people have been granted an education maintenance allowance in (a) Leeds West constitutency and (b) Leeds.
(35136)
97
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children living in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds West constituency are participating in Sure Start schemes.
(35137)
98
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provisions are being made to support extended services in schools in Leeds West constituency.
(35138)
99
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many three and four year olds in Leeds West constituency are in free nursery places.
(35141)
100
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding has been given to support childminder networks in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds West constituency in 2005-06.
(35142)
101
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account is taken in the administration of educational maintenance allowances of the circumstances which might lead to absences from school or college, with particular reference to young carers.
(34809)
102
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact of the level of toilet provision in schools on the implementation of her policy on encouraging children to drink water.
(34870)
103
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 14 and 15 years spent up to two days per week in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 at (i) a further education college and (ii) a work-based learning provider.
(35184)
104
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been allocated to 14 to 19 skills and quality reform by the Learning and Skills Council in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(35185)
105
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been allocated to (a) full-time foundation degrees, (b) all foundation degrees, (c) full-time undergraduates and (d) part-time undergraduates (i) in total, (ii) for 18 to 21 years olds and (iii) for over 21 year olds by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in (A) 2005-06, (B) 2006-07 and (C) 2007-08.
(35186)
106
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) the cash cost and (b) the resource cost for income contingent loans for full-time higher education students was in England in 2003-04; and what the equivalent allocations are for (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(35187)
107
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of Higher Education Funding Council for England funding has been allocated to (a) medical students and (b) dental students for (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(35217)
108
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff will be employed by the Schools Commissioner; and what the Commissioner's annual budget will be.
(35144)
109
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) pay levels and (b) gender balance will be of school improvement partners who (i) are also serving head teachers and (ii) are not head teachers but are drawn from the complement of local authority educational advisory and related staff.
(35145)
110
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils in (a) Kent and (b) Buckinghamshire attend (i) grammar schools and (ii) secondary schools which are not grammar schools.
(35118)
111
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many users of the online application service for primary school training courses have reported that they have not been able to (a) contact the helpline, (b) submit applications online and (c) give references online; and what allowance will be made for applicants who have missed the deadline as a consequence of operational problems with the service.
(34805)
112
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the duration is of the contract with the Graduate Teacher Training Registry for the online application service for primary school teachers; what the value of the contract is; whether there are penalty clauses in the contract relating to the system being unavailable; and how many companies tendered for the contract to provide the online application system.
(34806)
113
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children did not receive their first choice (a) primary and (b) secondary school place in each local education authority in the most recent year for which information is available.
(34807)
114
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the Graduate Teacher Training Registry about the online application system for those seeking to train as primary school teachers.
(34808)
115
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of the online application system provided by the Graduate Teacher Training Registry for primary school training courses.
(34813)
116
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd November 2005, Official Report, column 2075W, on education funding, what research was conducted to enable the decision to be made that (a) a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate, (b) Emergency Aid for Appointed Persons, (c) Lifesaver for babies and children and (d) Preparing for an emergency: The British Red Cross Reponse courses have limited benefits in terms of progression for learners.
(35274)
117
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what administrative savings have been made by her Department in each of the last eight years.
(34938)
118
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of existing heads of school were re-appointed when their school gained academy status.
(35325)
119
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils at academy schools (a) received free school meals and (b) were special educational needs children (i) before and (ii) after academy status was gained.
(35326)
120
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pay level is of the head of each established academy school; and what the average pay for heads in the public sector is.
(35327)
121
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils excluded by other schools were at each academy (a) when it was granted that status and (b) at the latest available date.
(35328)
122
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on how many occasions since 7th July she has used the London Underground in connection with her official duties.
(35019)
123
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people in Plymouth have received an educational maintenance allowance payment since it was introduced.
(34958)
124
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions her Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on the publication of the key stage results of children of service personnel who transfer from service schools to the state sector.
(34961)
125
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department plans to take in response to the recent report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England that ethnic minority candidates face a significantly lower chance of receiving an offer to study law.
(34928)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
126
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of houses in the Leeds West constituency she estimates had no central heating in each year since 1992.
(35251)
127
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on bio-diversity has made to date to combat the international trade in bushmeat.
(35003)
128
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on bio-diversity will open up discussions on the international trade in bushmeat to external stakeholders and other interested parties.
(35005)
129
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made by the Inter-departmental Ministerial group on bio-diversity in developing the Government's policy on the international trade in bushmeat from Africa.
(35038)
130
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who the members are of the inter-departmental ministerial group on biodiversity; how often it meets; and whether the minutes of its meetings are published.
(35049)
131
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on Bio-diversity will play in the research into the impacts of internationally sourced commodity production on bio-diversity.
(35074)
132
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on Bio-diversity has to look at the role of UK-based companies providing financial support to illegal or ecologically unsustainable timber producers and manufacturers.
(35075)
133
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her policies to promote corporate responsibility.
(35031)
134
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list meetings between her Department and the Treasury at which the decision to remove the obligation on businesses to publish operating and financial reviews was discussed.
(35032)
135
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to assist poultry farmers to combat any suspected outbreak of avian influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(35218)
136
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that quarantine facilities for cases of suspected avian influenza are properly run and maintained; and if she will make a statement.
(35219)
137
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations the Government has received on proposals to license quarantine facilities; and if she will make a statement.
(35220)
138
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the (a) Turkish, (b) Romanian, (c) Russian, (d) Ukrainian, (e) Chinese and (f) European government on avian influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(35221)
139
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure wild birds are prevented from entering poultry houses; and if she will make a statement.
(35222)
140
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what emergency preparation plans the Government has put in place for a mass cull of birds to combat an outbreak of avian influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(35223)
141
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received on the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Brazil; and if she will make a statement.
(35282)
142
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the effects of an outbreak of avian influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(35310)
143
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the latest advice being offered by the Department is on separation distances between genetically modified (GM) and non-GM crops.
(35105)
144
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the recalls of foodstuffs that have been notified to the Department over the last year for which figures are available.
(35106)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with other EU countries on setting a maximum residue level for pesticides.
(35108)
146
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the new rules on food allergies; and what products are covered by those rules.
(35109)
147
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timescale is for the review of quarantine arrangements.
(35110)
148
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the guidelines for statutory maximum residue levels for pesticides in relation to the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.
(35178)
149
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list sites of special scientific interest in Stroud constituency.
(35179)
150
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average size is of a dairy herd in England.
(35225)
151
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average retail price is of a litre of milk in the (a) UK and (b) each EU member state; and if she will make a statement.
(35226)
152
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the average real terms price per litre of milk in (a) the UK and (b) each EU member state in each year since 1975.
(35227)
153
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of changes in the size of dairy herds since 1975.
(35228)
154
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average wholesale price per litre of milk paid to UK dairy farmers was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(35229)
155
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the relationship between supermarkets and dairy farmers; and if she will make a statement.
(35230)
156
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK dairy farmers have cattle herds of over 1,000.
(35231)
157
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the average real terms retail price per litre of milk in the UK in each year since 1975.
(35232)
158
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the wholesale price per litre of milk paid to UK farmers in each year since 1975.
(35233)
159
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15th November 2005, Official Report, column 1053W, when the findings of the European Commission Observer Programme are expected to be published; and whether they will be published on a regular basis.
(34846)
160
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15th November 2005, Official Report, column 1053W, what discussions she has had with the French government regarding French fishing vessels' compliance with the European Commission Observer Programme.
(34847)
161
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent (a) discussions, (b) meetings and (c) correspondence she has had with the Isle of Man Government in relation to the extent of its fishing jurisdiction; and if she will make a statement.
(35318)
162
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of (a) paper-based waste and (b) potentially recyclable plastic waste was generated by (i) domestic households and (ii) commercial premises in each of the last five years.
(34873)
163
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the potential impact on England and Wales of changes to the Gulf Stream as a result of climate change.
(34876)
164
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) assessment she has made of and (b) research she has (i) commissioned and (ii) evaluated on the impact on surrounding agricultural land of (A) building, (B) operating and (C) decommissioning nuclear power stations.
(35174)
165
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will consult hon. Members on agricultural subsidies before attending World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong.
(35176)
166
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what administrative savings have been made by her Department in each of the last eight years.
(34950)
167
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what initiatives are being taken in her Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34977)
168
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions since 7th July she has used the London Underground in connection with her official duties.
(35027)
169
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries will make an official visit to Pilling Sands before a decision is taken by the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee to re-open cockle beds there.
(34871)
170
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the plans of the North Western and North Wales Sea Fisheries Committee to re-open cockle beds at Pilling Sands before the end of this year.
(34872)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
171
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities regarding the lifting of restrictions in Palestine in line with the Roadmap in preparation for the legislative elections scheduled for 25th January 2006.
(35172)
172
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Colombian government that criminal investigations into human rights violations in Colombia carried out by (a) paramilitaries, (b) members of the armed and security forces and (c) guerillas are advanced and those responsible brought to justice under the new Justice and Peace Law.
(35247)
173
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will offer support to victims of human rights violations in Colombia.
(35248)
174
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of human rights in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.
(35250)
175
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the new Justice and Peace Law in Colombia complies with international law; and if he will make a statement.
(35252)
176
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will increase its financial support for the UN Human Rights Office in Bogotá to increase its capacity to observe the impact of the paramilitary demobilisation process on human rights; and if he will make a statement.
(35253)
177
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Colombia to ensure that (a) criminal investigations into third parties who backed and co-ordinated paramilitaries are advanced and (b) that those responsible for backing paramilitarism are brought to justice under the new Justice and Peace Law.
(35254)
178
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made by the Government to the government of Pakistan about the safety of religious minorities living in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(33947)
179
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Minister for Europe last received a request for a meeting with the Greek Cypriot community in the United Kingdom; what his reply was; and if he will make a statement.
(34442)
180
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits have been made by embassy staff to West Papua in the past year; and if he will place copies of the reports of the visits in the Library.
(35050)
181
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2005, Official Report, column 1902W, on West Papua, what reports he has received that Tactica water cannon vehicles are present in West Papua and have been used to control peaceful protests; what representations he has since made to the Indonesian authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(35126)
182
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2005, Official Report, column 1902W, on West Papua, what guidelines have been issued to his Department's embassy staff in Indonesia concerning the end-use monitoring of UK-supplied military equipment; and if he will place copies of those guidelines in the Library.
(35128)
183
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2005, Official Report, column 1902W, on West Papua, what assessment he has made of whether the use of Tactica vehicles to control peaceful protests is a breach of previous assurances that UK-supplied equipment will not be used to violate human rights.
(35134)
184
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the United States Administration over the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
(34959)
185
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2005, Official Report, column 160W, on Israel, what he apologised for.
(35270)
186
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information (a) he and (b) his officials have received about flights operated by United States agencies stopping in the UK en route to detention centres in (i) European Union states, (ii) other European states, (iii) non-European countries other than the United States and (iv) Guantanamo Bay.
(35273)
187
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) European Union governments, (b) South Africa and (c) Somaliland on recognition for Somaliland.
(35315)
188
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made in negotiations with Argentina over air-links to the Falkland Islands.
(34121)
189
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have been held between the US State Department and the UK Government on representations each government has made to the Libyan government over the recent jamming of communication satellites Telstar 12 and Hotbird; and if he will make a statement.
(34921)
190
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Libyan Government about the jamming of the Telstar 12 and Hotbird communication satellites since September; and if he will make a statement.
(34923)
191
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Libya's compliance with the International Telecommunications regulations of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (a) within Libya and (b) with reference to jamming of the Telstar 12 and Hotbird communications satellites; and if he will make a statement.
(34925)
192
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government had with (a) broadcasting authorities and (b) Loral Skynet on (i) disruption of commercial and government data circuits and (ii) restoration of Sowt Alamel's broadcasting services via the Telstar 12 and Hotbird satellites; and if he will make a statement.
(34926)
193
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what impact the recent interruption of the Telstar 12 and Hotbird communication satellites had on Government communications.
(34927)
194
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34953)
195
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on Ukraine joining the European Union.
(35190)
196
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he has met members of the Palestinian Authority in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(35132)
197
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34978)
198
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35029)
199
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 29th November 2005, Official Report, column 298W, on international arrest warrants, from which other UK Government departments officials were present at the two meetings with officials of the Israeli government; and whether suggestions were made at these meetings to amend (a) UK law and (b) guidance relating to international arrest warrants.
(35279)
200
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) benchmarks and (b) indicators have been set by which to judge the effectiveness of the planned BBC World Service Arabic television news channel.
(34929)
201
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU funding to encourage Mediterranean partners to make progress on democracy and good governance.
(34939)
202
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment he has made of progress towards the goal of establishing an EU/Mediterranean free trade area by 2010.
(34940)
203
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what resources the Government has committed to economic, political and social reform in southern Mediterranean countries.
(34941)
204
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Russia.
(35077)
205
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the human rights situation in Russia.
(35078)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
206
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will estimate the cost of equalising widowers' entitlement with widows entitlement for pre-1988 members of the NHS Superannuation Scheme.
(35175)
207
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions her Department has had with optometrists concerning their payment system for NHS eye examinations; and if she will make a statement.
(34513)
208
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long the Food Standards Agency was given to respond to the European Commission's recent proposal to amend the Annexes of Directive 2001/15/EC in relation to creatine; what steps she has taken to satisfy herself that the Commission's consultation processes were (a) in accordance with best practice and (b) involved all key industry stakeholders; when she expects the relevant Council Standing Committtee to consider the proposal in question; what her objectives are for this proposal; and if she will make a statement.
(34619)
209
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation has been undertaken concerning the preparation of the draft emergency regulations which could be made under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 in the event of a health emergency.
(35051)
210
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to source a greater proportion of the produce used in the school fruit and vegetables scheme from the UK.
(35053)
211
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the capital cost was of each private finance initiative scheme over £25 million for which her Department is responsible (a) at the outline business case stage, (b) as reported in the 2004-05 financial year and (c) in the 2005-06 financial year; and what the percentage change in capital costs (i) has been since the outline business case stage and (ii) is in the last 12 months.
(35147)
212
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the capital cost was of each publicly funded capital scheme over £10 million for which her Department is responsible (a) at the outline business case stage, (b) as reported in the 2004-05 financial year and (c) in the 2005-06 financial year; and what the percentage change in capital costs (i) has been since the outline business case stage and (ii) is in the last 12 months.
(35148)
213
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will set out the basis on which the NHS capital programme is financed by credit guarantee finance.
(35149)
214
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will respond to the consultation Your Health, Your Care, Your Say.
(35055)
215
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to fulfill the commitment in Building on the Best to offer all adult patients nearing the end of life, regardless of diagnosis, access to high quality palliative care to enable them to choose if they wish to die at home; and what the timescale is for these measures.
(35056)
216
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the recently announced review of General Opthalmic Services to be completed.
(35061)
217
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from opthalmologists and opticians about the retention of the nationally negotiated sight test and fee.
(35062)
218
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from opthalmologists and opticians on the continuation of the right of optometrists and registered corporate bodies to hold a local general opthalmic services contract.
(35063)
219
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has evaluated on the aetiology of coeliac disease and the effects on it of the consumption of genetically modified foodstuffs.
(35072)
220
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incidence of coeliac disease was in each year from 1994 in (a) England, (b) Leeds and (c) Morley and Rothwell constituency.
(35073)
221
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual running costs of the Department of Health were in each year since 1999.
(35309)
222
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS complaints procedures apply to NHS patients treated in private (a) diagnostic and treatment centres and (b) cataract operation units.
(34269)
223
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether an NHS patient seeking compensation following mistreatment in a private (a) diagnostic and treatment centre and (b) cataract operation unit can sue the NHS.
(34270)
224
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of variant Creutzfeldt Jacob disease (vCJD) have been notified in each year since the disease was first recognised; and how many of these resulted in (a) deaths from definite vCJD and (b) deaths from probable vCJD.
(35111)
225
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria will be used to select technologies for referral to (a) the new single technology appraisal system and (b) the existing appraisal system within the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(35140)
226
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget of health trusts in England is to meet the cost of compensation claims in 2005.
(35039)
227
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were re-admitted to hospital in 2005 after being discharged.
(35260)
228
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were recorded as HIV positive in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in each of the last 10 years.
(34874)
229
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reported cases of tuberculosis there were in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in each of the last 10 years.
(34875)
230
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to discourage the consumption of alcohol by pregnant women; and what progress has been made.
(34877)
231
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the use of prolonged intravenous ceftriaxone therapy in the treatment of Borellia infection.
(34960)
232
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to reduce the laundry turn-around time at hospitals and the risks of cross infection in homes and hospitals caused by hospital staff laundering uniforms at home.
(35262)
233
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adolescent mental health beds there are in Milton Keynes.
(35267)
234
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many younger adult clients were seen by social services in Milton Keynes in each of the last five years.
(35268)
235
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid by her Department to the consultants McKinseys in each of the last eight years.
(34512)
236
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to encourage people from black and minority ethnic communities to become (a) blood donors and (b) bone marrow donors.
(35312)
237
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what administrative savings have been made by her Department in each of the last eight years.
(34949)
238
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of stay was for patients in (a) acute trusts, (b) Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area and (c) England in the last year for which figures are available.
(35154)
239
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the effect on (a) costs and (b) risks to patients' health of running split-site accident and emergency departments.
(35155)
240
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital beds there were per capita in each strategic health authority in England in each of the last 10 years.
(35156)
241
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many departmental staff have been seconded to industry in each of the last seven years.
(35157)
242
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what was the average bed occupancy rate in each strategic health authority area in England in each of the last 10 years.
(35158)
243
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the temporary staff costs were for (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) other healthcare professionals, (d) managers and (e) administrative staff in each strategic health authority in England in each of the last 10 years.
(35159)
244
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many posts in academic medicine there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by specialty; and what forecasts have been made for such posts for each of the next three years.
(35160)
245
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what capital allocations she expects to be made to the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority over the next three years; and for what purpose each allocation will be made.
(35161)
246
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the maximum recommended patient travelling time is to acute hospitals in England.
(35162)
247
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost per patient treated at (a) foundation hospitals and (b) hospitals in West Sussex was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(35163)
248
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost per patient treated in hospital was for each strategic health authority in England in each of the last 10 years.
(35164)
249
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what initiatives are being taken in her Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34986)
250
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether each acute trust which is in deficit has engaged in self-commissioning activity above the value of £10,000 over the last five years.
(34914)
251
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions since 7th July she has used the London Underground in connection with her official duties.
(35024)
252
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will answer the letters from the hon. Member for Colchester of 3rd February 2005 and 15th September 2005.
(35079)
253
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure all NHS patients are made aware of their rights as set out in the NHS Care Records Guarantee; and if she will make a statement.
(34982)
254
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidences of (a) smoking and (b) alcohol-related conditions were treated in (i) 1998 and (ii) the most recent year for which information is available; what the cost of treatment was in each year; and what estimate the Government has made of the costs to the economy.
(34180)
255
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many violent incidents there have been involving staff of the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service in the course of their duties in each of the last five years.
(34620)
256
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department has taken to increase awareness of (a) breast and (b) prostate cancer amongst ethnic minority communities.
(34930)
257
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations she has made concerning separate (a) sleeping areas, (b) washing facilities and (c) toilet facilities in new NHS hospital buildings.
(35191)
258
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS inpatient beds (a) are in mixed sex sleeping areas and (b) share (i) mixed sex washing facilities and (ii) mixed sex toilet facilities.
(35193)
259
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of NHS inpatients shared a mixed sex sleeping area at some point during their hospital stay in the last year for which figures are available.
(35194)
260
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how she will measure progress towards meeting her Department's Public Service Agreement target to offer a personalised care plan for vulnerable people most at risk.
(35196)
261
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total capital revenue expenditure and (b) capital and revenue IT expenditure was for NHS trusts in England in the last year for which figures are available.
(35197)
262
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients had their operation cancelled (a) twice, (b) three times, (c) four times and (d) more than four times in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(35198)
263
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many temporary staff were employed by her Department in each year since 1997.
(35199)
264
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the baseline is for her Department's Public Service Agreement target to reduce emergency bed days by five per cent. by 2008; when the target was set; and what progress has been made towards meeting the target.
(35200)
265
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 24th October 2005, Official Report, column 174W, on emergency dental treatment, how many finished admission episodes there were for emergency dental procedures in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
(35275)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
266
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the burden of paperwork faced by the police.
(34162)
267
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what extra resources he is providing to (a) police authorities and (b) other bodies to implement the Licensing Act 2003.
(34163)
268
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the future prison population; and what plans he has to meet these projections.
(34164)
269
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2005, Official Report, column 47W, on politically exposed persons, how many of the suspicious activity reports received by the National Criminal Intelligence Service relating to foreign politically exposed persons have been forwarded to other law enforcement agencies; and if he will list the law enforcement agencies to which they have been sent.
(34851)
270
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2005, Official Report, column 47W, on politically exposed persons, which Government departments or agencies submitted the suspicious activity reports which refer to corrupt activity overseas.
(34852)
271
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations into the proceeds of corruption held by foreign politically exposed persons in the UK have been initiated by (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) the City of London Police, (c) the Serious Fraud Office and (d) other regional police forces.
(34853)
272
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will develop a consultation process involving a wide range of stakeholders to consider proposed changes governing the deployment of Tasers by the police.
(35004)
273
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from small police forces on their ability to cope with terrorism, drugs and organised crime.
(35188)
274
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what enquiries have been undertaken by the Home Office to determine the effectiveness of (a) small and (b) large police forces in (i) England and (ii) Wales in combating (A) drug crime, (B) terrorism and (C) organised crime.
(35189)
275
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in England and Wales have been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs in 2005.
(35040)
276
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employees of rail companies in England and Wales have claimed criminal injuries compensation in relation to incidents in the course of their employment in 2005.
(35064)
277
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the proposed strategic police forces will be made democratically accountable.
(34616)
278
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) role and (b) composition of the police authority will be in the proposed strategic police forces.
(34617)
279
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the council tax contributions to the proposed strategic police forces will be calculated.
(34618)
280
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24th November 2005, Official Report, column 2319W, on passports, how many of those whose passport photographs were rejected were under five years old; and whether he plans to change the categories of rejection for the passport photographs of the under-fives.
(35057)
281
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 14th July 2005, Official Report, column 1215W, on asylum seekers, what recent re-assessment he has made of this policy.
(35323)
282
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what change there has been in the number of (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions for (i) dealing and (ii) possession since the reclassification of cannabis as a class C drug.
(34878)
283
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2005, Official Report, column 45W, on the KPMG review, for what reasons the whole KPMG report is not being published.
(35271)
284
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to Question on identity cards, reference 26625, when he expects his Department's work with representatives from law enforcement agencies and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs will be completed.
(35272)
285
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many judicial reviews have been carried out in the last three years of local authority decisions about the care of young people coming out of custody.
(35058)
286
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often the Home Office monitors review videos of (a) movement of children around and (b) restraint of children in secure training centres.
(35059)
287
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children in secure training centres have been referred under the Children Act 2004 to local social services departments for reasons of child protection in each of the last three years.
(35060)
288
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much Government funding social enterprises in Milton Keynes have received in the last three financial years.
(35269)
289
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government will publish its report on khat use within the Somali community.
(35314)
290
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration cases there have been involving alleged domestic violence in a foreign country in the past three years.
(35065)
291
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34945)
292
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) children under 16 years and (b) young people between 16 and 18 years have been murdered in each of the last 20 years.
(35277)
293
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted and given a custodial sentence for (A) killing and (B) murdering a child under 16 years in each of the past 20 years.
(35278)
294
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the situation in Dungavel detention centre.
(33834)
295
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34972)
296
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the Building Safer Communities Fund funding stream from the Government Office for London was made available to the London Borough of Croydon in 2004-05.
(34981)
297
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35022)
298
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what average number of days terrorist suspects were held over the past two years prior to being (a) charged and (b) released without charge.
(35139)
299
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of 12th July 2005 on behalf of Samreen Mahmood (nee Akhtar) (Home Office Reference M1254489/correspondence reference B16243/5).
(35173)
300
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is given to police officers on their response to public complaints against women breastfeeding in public.
(35256)
301
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the police and prosecutors' publication of a leaflet to combat confusion about current legislation on the use of reasonable force in protecting persons and their property.
(35257)
302
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd November to Questions 31403 and 31405, on international arrest warrants, if he will consult (a) Parliament and (b) parties with an interest in the issuing of arrest warrants in international cases other than the Israeli government on the issues raised by the case of General Almog.
(35234)
303
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd November to Questions 31403 and 31405, on international arrest warrants, what changes to the procedure of dealing with arrest warrants in international cases are under consideration; and whether changes to the issuing of proposed arrest warrants in international cases will be reported to Parliament before a decision is made.
(35235)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
304
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will list the projects costing over £100,000 undertaken on behalf of the Commission since 1997; and what the cost was of each project.
(34417)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
305
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the impact of EU agricultural policies on people in developing countries.
(35037)
306
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has made to governments from the (a) G8, (b) EU and (c) OPEC about the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund; and what responses he has received.
(34844)
307
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries have pledged funds to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund; and how much each has pledged.
(34845)
308
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the (a) organisations in receipt of monies made available by his Department in response to the recent earthquake in Kashmir and Pakistan and (b) the amounts given; and if he will break down those amounts by (i) grant and (ii) loan.
(35116)
309
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any aid and development provided by (a) the UK and (b) the European Union to Libya is (i) dependent and (ii) conditional on broadcasting access to the country unimpeded by official agencies in accordance with the UN's International Telecommunications Union Agency's agreements and treaty provisions; and if he will make a statement.
(34917)
310
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34936)
311
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to promote free trade with developing countries; and if he will make a statement.
(35131)
312
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35021)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
313
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact on health inequalities of implementing an (a) comprehensive and (b) partial ban on smoking in enclosed public places.
(35006)
314
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the cost of setting up the system for dealing with terrorist fugitives from justice proposed in the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill.
(34780)
315
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the (a) police force and (b) Armed Forces would be included within the categories designating fugitives from justice in the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill.
(34781)
316
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals would qualify as fugitives from justice under the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill.
(34782)
317
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with Northern Ireland Electricity regarding the possibility of disruption to the electricity supply in the event of severe winter conditions over the next few months.
(34443)
318
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many local government jobs he estimates will be lost following implementation of the Review of Public Administration.
(34444)
319
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans are in place to ensure that elderly people in Northern Ireland are protected from the worst effects of prolonged and severe winter weather.
(34445)
320
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of communications from members of the public to the Northern Ireland Office were made by (a) post, (b) telephone and (c) email during 2004.
(34446)
321
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average length of service was of police officers in Northern Ireland in (a) 2005 and (b) 1995.
(34447)
322
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the operating and financial review in Northern Ireland.
(34983)
323
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of whether the four main European Union initiatives associated with Northern Ireland are going to meet their N+2 targets for 2005.
(35307)
324
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many neurologists were employed by the NHS in Northern Ireland on the last date for which figures are available.
(34777)
325
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his most recent assessment is of how many neurologists are required by the NHS in Northern Ireland.
(34778)
326
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to increase the number of neurologists employed by the NHS in Northern Ireland.
(34779)
327
N
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which Government departments in Northern Ireland which have worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers on their e-business strategies and e-government requirements (a) were and (b) are represented on the Project Board for the Northern Ireland Civil Service Electronic Human Resources contract.
(34336)
328
N
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the Government departments in Northern Ireland which have received advice from PriceWaterhouseCoopers on their business strategies and e-Government requirements; and what the timeline of the contracts was in each case.
(34412)
329
N
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidelines exist for civil servants in Northern Ireland who receive client advice from a firm at a time when they might also be in a position to decide service contracts in which the same firm might have an interest.
(34413)
330
N
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will widen the Gateway Review of the Electronic Human Resources contract procurement procedure planned for December into an independent peer review of the whole process for this contract.
(34414)
331
N
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the equality impact assessment (EQIA) of the policy for outsourcing Electronic Human Resources services; when a final EQIA document is to be published; how many drafts he has seen; and what other advice his Department has sought on the EQIA from (a) inside and (b) outside Government.
(34415)
332
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Lock Out Crime Scheme extends to all parts of Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(35044)
333
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans there are to rationalise the number of police district command units in Northern Ireland before completion of the review of the public administration; and if he will make a statement.
(35045)
334
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to extend the remit of the forensic expert in Northern Ireland in relation to the recovery of the disappeared to include recovery of the remains of Arlene Arkinson.
(35071)
335
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce legislation to tackle problem high hedges in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(35316)
336
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) discussions, (b) meetings and (c) correspondence he has had with the Isle of Man Government in relation to the extent of its fishing jurisdiction; and if he will make a statement.
(35317)
337
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the (a) correspondence, (b) meetings and (c) discussions he has had with those (i) against and (ii) in favour of his plans for acute services and accident and emergency at the Tyrone County Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(35319)
338
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what strategic planning his Department has undertaken to address surplus school places in Northern Ireland.
(35320)
339
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Department of Education funded primary schools in Northern Ireland had a September intake of fewer than (a) 12 and (b) nine pupils in P1 classes.
(35321)
340
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the first triennial action plan for Shared Future will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(35322)
341
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how the permitted blood alcohol level for driving in Northern Ireland is set; and how often it has been reviewed in the last 30 years.
(35334)
342
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34944)
343
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34987)
344
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35331)
345
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to increase foreign direct investment in Northern Ireland.
(35034)
Questions to the Prime Minister
346
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Prime Minister, whether meetings he held with Crown Prince Abdullah and officials in July 2005 during his visit to Saudi Arabia were attended by employees of BAE Systems; and if he will make a statement.
(34831)
347
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the meetings he held with Crown Prince Abdullah and officials in July 2005 during his visit to Saudi Arabia included discussion of (a) Saad al-Faqih and (b) Mohammed al-Masari; and if he will make a statement.
(34834)
348
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the meetings he held with Crown Prince Abdullah and officials in July during his visit to Saudi Arabia included discussion of the Eurofighter Typhoon; and if he will make a statement.
(34835)
349
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Prime Minister, whether on the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Malta (a) he, (b) accompanying Ministers and (c) officials had (i) formal discussions and (ii) discussions on the margins of the conference involving other prime ministers or members of delegations of those countries where Her Majesty the Queen is Head of State about the law and constitution pertaining to the common institution of the Monarchy; and if he will make a statement.
(34509)
350
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Prime Minister, whether in his bilateral discussions with President Colonel Gadaffi he (a) sought and (b) obtained assurances that access to Libya and the region by Western television and radio services via satellite communication would not be impeded by Libyan authorities or official agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(34919)
351
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Prime Minister, what administrative savings have been made by his office in each of the last eight years.
(34955)
352
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35016)
353
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, what consultation he undertook with Northern Ireland political parties before the Government introduced the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill.
(34221)
354
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with church representatives before the Government introduced the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill.
(34222)
355
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland about paramilitary fugitives from justice before the Government introduced the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill; and what advice he received.
(34244)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
356
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was paid in cold weather payments in winter 2004-05 to households in (a) Midlothian and (b) Scotland.
(35308)
357
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34985)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
358
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received, and from whom, regarding the introduction of a levy on energy bills to assist with the development of nuclear power generation; and if he will make a statement.
(34775)
359
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what role the South East of England Regional Development Agency has in the proposed A21 upgrade; and what funding it has received in each year since 1997.
(34337)
360
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the Government's implementation of the Modernisation Directive requirements for an expanded Directors' report for large and medium-sized companies following the Government's decision to abolish the operating and financial review.
(35013)
361
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his Department's implementation of the Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Directors' Report etc.) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/1011).
(35014)
362
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list meetings between his Department and the Treasury at which the decision to remove the obligation on businesses to publish operating and financial reviews was discussed.
(35015)
363
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Government funding will be available in the next 10 years to UK electricity generators who wish to make use of carbon capture equipment to reduce emissions.
(35036)
364
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial compensation is made available to persons whose property values are adversely affected by the development of wind farms pursuant to the granting of departmental consents.
(35171)
365
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much in energy a producer will receive for 1 Megawatt-hour (MWh) of power under the trading of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC).
(35263)
366
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Renewable Energy Certificate programme is on target to meet the 2010 goals set for it.
(35264)
367
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to encourage energy providers to take advantage of the Renewable Energy Certificates programme to help provide renewable energy.
(35265)
368
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to encourage smaller, non-excluded energy production schemes being set up to take advantage of the Renewable Energy Certificates.
(35266)
369
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects the issue of crossover of claims relating to different conditions to be resolved in relation to claims under the miners' compensation scheme.
(34862)
370
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34937)
371
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34974)
372
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations his Department received from small business organisations concerning the effects of the Work and Families Bill.
(33545)
373
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what grants are available for the replacement of old boilers with ground source heat pump systems; what the average grant awarded is; and if he will make a statement.
(35070)
374
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many enterprise grants were made available to small and medium-sized enterprises in each year from 1997 until the scheme concluded; and what their total value was in (a) the UK, (b) each region and (c) each constituency.
(33469)
375
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many small and medium-sized enterprises applied for a grant for research and development in 2004-05 in (a) the UK and (b) each region; how many applicants received funding; what the average value of a grant was; and what the total value of the funding allocated was.
(33470)
376
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35020)
377
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contribution (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind-generated electricity made to the UK's electricity supply system on each day from 16th November to 23rd November; and what capacity factors were recorded by individual wind farms on each day during this period.
(33557)
378
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the EU's international relations on energy issues in relation to (a) the EU-Russia energy dialogue, (b) the South East Europe energy treaty, (c) the EU-OPEC dialogue and (d) the energy charter treaty.
(34931)
379
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the progress made during the UK Presidency on the EU's security of energy supply.
(34932)
380
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the UK's priorities were for the EU-OPEC ministerial meeting of 2nd December.
(34933)
381
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) state of and (b) future prospects for (i) manufacturing industry and (ii) process industries in (1) Hartlepool constituency, (2) the Tees Valley sub-region and (3) the North East Region.
(35181)
382
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) state of and (b) future prospects for the tourist industry in (i) Hartlepool constituency, (ii) the Tees Valley sub-region and (iii) the North East Region.
(35182)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
383
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce the findings of the South East of England Regional Development Agency's consultation on the proposed A21 upgrade.
(34338)
384
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the percentage of daily journeys taken by road in the Leeds area from (a) 1980 to 1997, (b) 1997 to 2001 and (c) 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(35143)
385
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatal road accidents occurred in the Leeds West constituency in each year between 1992 and 2005.
(35255)
386
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the change in quantities of emissions produced by UK air travel in (a) 2030 and (b) 2050 compared with 2005; and what assumptions underlie those forecasts.
(35236)
387
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what amount emissions trading is expected to reduce the Government's forecast of increased climate change emissions from aviation at 2030, expressed as a percentage and in absolute terms.
(35237)
388
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what average number of flights was taken by UK passengers (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by social class.
(35238)
389
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the increase in UK passengers using no-frills carriers has been since 1998.
(35240)
390
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the change in United Kingdom passenger numbers in (a) 2010, (b) 2020 and (c) 2030 if air fares were to remain constant in real terms compared with 2005.
(35242)
391
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the annual reduction in air fares has been in the UK since 2000 for the (a) business, (b) leisure and (c) no-frills carrier sectors; and what assessment he has made of these figures in relation to the forecast assumptions contained in the Air Transport White Paper.
(35243)
392
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action his Department is taking to reduce emissions from aviation as a contribution to the shared Public Service Agreement climate change target to move towards a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by 2010.
(35244)
393
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what modelling the Government has undertaken of the impact of the trend in aviation's proportion of total UK emissions of greenhouse gases on the costs and reduction requirements of other UK emissions sectors with, particular reference to (a) business, (b) public services and (c) residential use.
(35245)
394
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on progress in reducing road congestion.
(34968)
395
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions have taken place between officials in his Department and the Chief Executive of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council since June; what means of communication was used in each case; and if he will place in the Library (a) minutes and (b) submissions relating to such communications.
(35192)
396
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions have taken place between officials in his Department and the Chief Executive and officials of Liverpool City Council since June; what means of communication were used in each case; and if he will place in the Library the (a) minutes and (b) submissions relating to such communications.
(35195)
397
Mr George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria he used to assess the competence of (a) the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, (b) Merseytravel and (c) Nottinghamshire Passenger Transport Executive to develop and run a light rail scheme.
(35259)
398
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34948)
399
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34984)
400
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35026)
401
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include (a) Dial A Ride and (b) community transport services in the provisions for free travel from April 2006.
(35146)
402
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State's oral statement of 22nd June 2005, Official Report, column 301WH, if he will meet hon. Members with constituencies in the West Country to discuss the night-train and sleeper service between London and Penzance.
(34416)
403
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that all information regarding the sinking of (a) the MV Derbyshire and (b) the MV Tribulus has been examined.
(34915)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
404
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34943)
405
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.
(34976)
406
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35332)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
407
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent steps the Government has taken to tackle women's pension inequality.
(35170)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
408
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Leeds West constituency have been in receipt of the carer's allowance in each year since it was introduced.
(35124)
409
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people will receive the winter fuel payment in the Leeds West constituency in 2005-06.
(35125)
410
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many community care grants were awarded for each year in the period 2001 to 2005 in the Leeds metropolitan district area.
(35127)
411
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many abortive telephone calls were made to Jobcentre Plus by claimants in each month since December 2004, broken down by local call centre.
(35066)
412
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria were used to select pilot areas for the Pilot Work Search Premium scheme for working tax credit partners; what the take-up to date has been; what the duration of the scheme is expected to be; what the cost of the scheme is; and if he will make a statement.
(35067)
413
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current average time taken is for jobseeker's allowance claimants (a) to be called in for interview and (b) thereafter to receive their first benefit.
(35068)
414
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseekers have undertaken a work trial; in what proportion of cases this has resulted in long-term employment; and if he will make a statement.
(35069)
415
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of inactive benefits in Coventry South moved back to work in 2004-05.
(33510)
416
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many departmental Civil Service jobs are located in Coventry.
(33511)
417
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made in encouraging ethnic minority recruitment within his Department.
(33512)
418
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the backlog of Child Support Agency claims made by claimants in Coventry South was in each month since January 2004.
(33513)
419
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Stroud (a) received the state pension and (b) (i) applied for and (ii) received pension credit in each of the last five years; and what the average pension credit payment was in each year.
(35112)
420
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many single women pensioners in Stroud constituency are receiving assistance to bring them up to the minimum pension level.
(35113)
421
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many child support cases were referred to the special payments department for financial loss in each year since 1997; and how much was paid out by the Child Support Agency in special payments in each year.
(34696)
422
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases in which the Child Support Agency was seeking to make the flat rate deduction in child maintenance where the non-resident parent was on benefit in each year since 2003 the request was subsequently found to be for a different benefit from the one being claimed.
(34697)
423
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost is to the Department of a medical examination for incapacity benefit.
(34784)
424
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average payment was from the Adviser Discretionary Fund in each year since July 2001; and how many people received payments from the fund in each year.
(35080)
425
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what maximum amount can be claimed under the Adviser Discretionary Fund in any 12-month period; when this was last revised; and how he notifies the House of such changes.
(35081)
426
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on the Adviser Discretionary Fund in each year since July 2001; and how much his Department has budgeted to spend on it in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(35082)
427
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many female pensioners in Midlothian are in receipt of the full basic state pension.
(35261)
428
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2005 to Question 30711, on the habitual residence test, whether someone who has paid sufficient National Insurance contributions to qualify for contributory benefits is subject to the habitual residence test for non-contributory benefits.
(35117)
429
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the UK's involvement with the draft UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People; and if he will make a statement.
(34879)
430
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in Northamptonshire have been supported by parental payments made through the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997.
(34880)
431
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many deduction of earning orders were in place at the Child Support Agency in each year from 1997-98 to 2004-05; what proportion of cases this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(33433)
432
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in respect of how many parliamentary questions tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil on the Child Support Agency since 5th May the answers drafted by staff of the Child Support Agency have been altered following advice, representations or comment by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants; and if he will make a statement.
(33434)
433
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the ten largest total (a) compensation and (b) maladministration payments made by the Child Support Agency to a single individual, including separate payments made in relation to a single case requiring compensation, have been since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(33435)
434
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average time taken to respond to parliamentary Written Questions from hon. Members on (a) all subjects for which his Department is responsible and (b) the Child Support Agency since 1st June; and if he will make a statement.
(33701)
435
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that it meets its target of three million people claiming pension credit by Easter 2006.
(35311)
436
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of recipients of incapacity benefit are incapacitated as a result of (a) physical disabilities or injuries, (b) stress, depression and other mental health problems and (c) drug or alcohol dependency.
(35313)
437
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of whether extra staff and resources would be required for administration purposes if every pensioner entitled to pension credit applied for it.
(34859)
438
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.
(34951)
439
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals in Scotland are in receipt of at least one social security benefit.
(35041)
440
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care loans in (i) Vale of Clwyd constituency and (ii) Denbighshire was in (A) each of the six months prior to closure of the Rhyl Benefits Office and (B) each month since.
(34621)
441
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many telephone calls to the Wrexham Benefit Processing Centre concerning (a) income support, (b) jobseekers' allowance and (c) incapacity benefit were (i) unanswered and (ii) answered outside the length of time recommended by the Department since closure of the Rhyl Benefits Office.
(34622)
442
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) representations he has had from and (b) discussions he has had with (i) Citizens' Advice and (ii) other benefit advice organisations on the workload of such organisations since the benefit office closure programme.
(34623)
443
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make funding available to the voluntary sector benefits advice organisations that have witnessed an increase in their workload since the benefits office closure programme.
(34624)
444
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many crisis loans were issued in (a) Vale of Clwyd constituency and (b) Denbighshire in each week of (i) the six-month period prior to the closure of the Rhyl Benefits Office and (ii) the period since closure.
(34625)
445
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions since 7th July he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.
(35028)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
446
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of air passenger duty has been in each year since 1997 (a) in real terms, allowing for inflation and compared to the increase in gross domestic product, and (b) expressed as average amount per UK passenger.
[Transferred] (35239)
447
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the increase in air passenger duty which would be required to maintain air fares at a constant level in real terms up to 2010 and (b) what increase in price this would contribute to average air fares.
[Transferred] (35241)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
448
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the UK voted at the EU's Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in October on the application to accept genetically modified maize MON863.
[Transferred] (35107)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
449
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to restrict the direct payment of housing benefit to landlords whose tenants commit anti-social behaviour.
[Transferred] (35180)

 
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