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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 15 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 Thursday 15 December 2005
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 15 December 2005


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 15 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 Thursday 15 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 15 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of people died (a) in hospital, (b) in a hospice, (c) at home and (d) in residential or nursing care in each of the last five years.
(37973)
2
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the reply given to the Law Society's letter to him of 31st August about the future of legal aid.
(37427)
3
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the joint task force with the UK offshore oil and gas industry (PILOT) has discussed issues of taxation.
(37431)
4
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases of fraud have been detected in Coventry South in relation to tax credit claims in each of the last five years.
(37052)
5
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of revenue from stamp duty on property in each of the next three financial years.
(38211)
6
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much regional aid he plans to make available to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from 2007 to 2013; and through what funding streams funds will be disbursed.
(38026)
7
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly of his proposal to repatriate regional convergence funding from the European Union.
(38027)
8
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason Inland Revenue decided to charge fuel duty on recovered cooking oil.
(38196)
9
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress is being made by HM Revenue and Customs in introducing more rigorous checks on changes of circumstance notified to the Tax Credit Office (a) by post, (b) by telephone and (c) by internet; and if he will make a statement.
(38148)
10
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has given to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the production of a publicly available asset register.
(38129)
11
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has given to other Government departments on acceptable time limits for the production of asset registers at the end of each financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(38130)
12
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the percentage employment rate for the working age population was in (a) June to August 1999 and (b) June to August 2004 in each local authority area, listed in descending order according to the difference between the two figures.
(38270)
13
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the population is registered to vote in each ward of each constituency in Wales, listed in descending order for each constituency.
(38272)
14
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many seizures of illegal meat imports were made in the last month for which records are available.
(37633)
15
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of Article 49 of the EC Treaty concerning the free movement of services on his Department's proposed policy changes for repayment of VAT under the 8th and 13th EC directives.
(38175)
16
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether under his Department's proposed policy changes for repayment of VAT under the 8th and 13th directives a hotel invoice made out in the name and address of the employee will be sufficient to allow UK registered VAT payers to deduct as input tax all the VAT which they incur on hotel accommodation for that employee whilst he is away from his principal place of work on a business trip.
(38176)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
17
N
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the arrangements were for (a) the advertisement of vacancies and (b) the selection of nominees in preparing the 2005 nominations for high sheriffs in England and Wales.
(34448)
18
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many police requests for denial of bail were received by Northamptonshire magistrates in the last year for which figures are available; and how many such requests were turned down.
(38099)
19
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many search warrants were granted by Northamptonshire magistrates in the last year for which figures are available.
(38100)
20
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the availability of civil legal aid to people living in Kettering constituency.
(38112)
21
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will list the contracted suppliers of legal aid funded services in the boroughs of (a) Richmond-upon-Thames and (b) Kingston-upon-Thames in relation to (i) housing, (ii) social welfare, (iii) mental health, (iv) employment, (v) family issues, (vi) criminal defence and (vii) immigration.
(38135)
22
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2005, Official Report, columns 129-30W, on legal aid, how many of the suppliers in each category are solicitors' firms; and how many solicitors' firms in each borough undertake legal aid work in immigration.
(38178)
23
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will conduct research into the impact of functional illiteracy on electoral registration rates.
(38271)
24
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued by courts in (a) Wakefield and (b) Pontefract in each month since the penalty was introduced; how many have been breached; and how many breaches resulted in custodial sentences in (i) adult and (ii) juvenile courts.
(38136)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
25
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to make an announcement on the future level of the television licence fee.
(38139)
26
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements are in place to ensure that organisations in receipt of lottery awards (a) are monitored effectively and (b) spend the awarded resources as intended.
(37975)
27
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the (a) advisers and (b) special advisers to her Department whose role relates to (i) sport and (ii) the Olympics; whether each is paid; and what other official posts each holds.
(37859)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
28
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which NATO armed forces will be responsible for the counter-narcotic operations in Helmand Province in Afghanistan after May 2006.
(38258)
29
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the US mid-term elections in November 2006 on the programme and timetable for withdrawal of Coalition forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.
(38259)
30
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many appliqué protective armour kits are available to protect troop carriers, logistic vehicles and patrol cars in Iraq.
(37682)
31
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many appliqué armour kits for cab floors are available for fitting on logistics vehicles.
(38295)
32
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) establishment and (b) actual strength is of the Territorial Army, broken down by regiment.
(38108)
33
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the main gate approval for cooperative engagement capability was originally scheduled; what the current timetable is; and if he will make a statement.
(38181)
34
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the original planned capability of (a) combat systems risks provision, (b) whole life support and (c) incremental acquisitions programme for the Type-45 destroyers; what the current proposals are; and if he will make a statement.
(38182)
35
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for ordering hulls 7 and 8 of the Type-45 destroyers.
(38183)
36
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the original estimated cost of each Type-45 destroyer was; and what the current estimated cost is.
(38184)
37
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many weapons were to have been produced under the Stingray programme when first planned; and what the current number envisaged is.
(38185)
38
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what missile systems were to be fitted to the Future Joint Combat Aircraft when first designed; what the current position is; and if he will make a statement.
(38186)
39
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what armament is to be provided on the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability fleet tankers.
(38187)
40
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the original operating capability was of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability fleet tanker when first planned; and what the current capability envisaged is.
(38202)
41
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria are used to determine the eligibility of shipyards to be invited to tender for construction of (a) all and (b) part of naval ships; and if he will make a statement.
(38203)
42
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2005, Official Report, column 1678W, on the Arctic Emblem, if he will ensure that, once the design has been agreed, the Arctic Emblem can be worn on both the Atlantic Star and the 1939-45 Star; and if he will make a statement.
(38204)
43
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many residents of Kettering constituency have (a) claimed and (b) been awarded ex gratia payments under the scheme for former Far East prisoners of war and civilian internees.
(38113)
44
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on the quality of army uniforms in each of the last three years.
(38264)
45
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future role of the Territorial Army in Lancashire.
(38265)
46
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength is of the territorial army in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) Lancashire and (e) Chorley; and how many posts are vacant.
(38266)
47
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK nuclear arsenal operates on a hair-trigger alert; and how long the UK would have to decide whether to retaliate in the case of a possible launch of a nuclear attack.
(38279)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
48
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the percentage of 18 to 25 year olds, excluding students, living independently in (a) self-contained accommodation and (b) accommodation where some facilities are shared.
(38318)
49
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to publish the report of the Arm's Length Management Organisation Review Group.
(37430)
50
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the assumed population of the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was for formula grant purposes in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07.
(38063)
51
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the formula grant was in respect of reimbursement of the costs of concessionary fares in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 for each local authority in the County of Tyne and Wear; and how much is proposed for 2006-07.
(38064)
52
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the procedures are for a district council which has adopted the cabinet system to revert to a committee-based system.
(38114)
53
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions the Growth Areas Directorate within his Department has had with the Department for Education and Skills on the creation of a new university for North Northamptonshire.
(38210)
54
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the minimum recommended distance of phone masts from (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c) town centres.
(37873)
55
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many assets were removed from his Department's asset register between 2003-04 and 2004-05.
(38123)
56
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department has received regarding its asset register.
(38127)
57
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, why his Department did not produce a public copy of its asset register for financial years ending (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.
(38128)
58
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 581W, on the asset register, when he expects his Department's asset register for (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005 to be placed in the Library.
(38174)
59
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2005, Official Report, column 1429W, on the Asset Register, whether his Department's accounting system SAP has the facility to print information that is held on it.
(38217)
60
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to promote recyclable house-building materials.
(37708)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
61
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were excluded from South Norfolk primary schools for not being ready to learn in each month since January 2001.
(38269)
62
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress she has made on implementing the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force following its report of February 2004.
(37978)
63
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of students (a) applied for, (b) were granted in full and (c) were granted on an income-related taper student grants in each English local education authority area in the academic year 2005-06.
(38296)
64
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average time taken by her Department has been between receipt of a formal expression of interest for an academy and a decision being taken.
(38133)
65
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what date she received from Southwark Council the expression of interest for a federated academy in East Dulwich; when she expects to make a decision on this; and if she will make a statement.
(38134)
66
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools were without a permanent head teacher for any period in the past 12 months.
(38146)
67
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions she has had with Gloucestershire Local Education Authority (LEA) on its reorganisation of primary education; and what guidance she is offering the LEA on proposals to close schools, with particular reference to small rural primary schools.
(38109)
68
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to promote the involvement of young people in volunteering.
(38144)
69
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of working age people in (a) Kettering constituency and (b) England hold a qualification at (i) degree level or equivalent and (ii) above degree level.
(38096)
70
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to encourage children to participate in sport in schools; and if she will make a statement.
(38231)
71
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has had with the Charity Commission about the likely charitable status of (a) community schools, (b) trust schools, (c) special schools, (d) city academies, (e) pupil referral units, (f) federated schools and (g) foundation schools under the proposals in the Schools White Paper.
(38219)
72
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment her Department has made of the causes of variations (a) between regions and (b) within regions in vacancies for school governors.
(38222)
73
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her Department has plans to fund surplus school places under the proposals in the Schools White Paper.
(38244)
74
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9th November 2005, Official Report, column 601W, on the National Employer Training Programme, how many employees participated in the employer training pilots in each local learning and skills council area involved in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
[R] (38121)
75
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people went to university from secondary schools in (a) Minsthorpe, (b) Hemsworth, (c) Featherstone, (d) Kettlethorpe and (e) Crofton in each of the last five years.
(38137)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
76
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how her Department plans to assess the percentage of poultry owners that fulfil the requirement to register their flocks under the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) Regulations 2005.
(38015)
77
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many poultry owners are registered with her Department; and what the flock size is of each registered poultry owner.
(38029)
78
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what basis a flock size of 50 birds was chosen as the level at which poultry owners must register their birds under the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) Regulations 2005; and whether there are plans to require owners of less than 50 birds to register birds.
(38030)
79
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her intention that there will be a full public consultation on animal fairs in relation to the Animal Welfare Bill; and when a regulatory impact assessment for the Bill will be published.
(38189)
80
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many poultry owners in Northamptonshire are registered with her Department; and what the flock size is of each registered poultry owner.
(38097)
81
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares in Northamptonshire have been used to grow biofuels in each year since 1997.
(38124)
82
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on measures to tackle rural crime, with particular reference to the theft of agricultural equipment.
(38209)
83
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers the Government has to restrict the (a) importation and (b) retention of hunting trophies; and under what circumstances these powers would be used.
(38322)
84
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to sustain rural communities.
(37631)
85
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle were slaughtered in the last recorded month as a result of bovine tuberculosis.
(37632)
86
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the UK's poultry imports came from Thailand in 2004-05.
(37634)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
87
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the US authorities about the case of Mr Nigel Potter, ex-Chief Executive of Wembley plc.
(37879)
88
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed the humanitarian and political situation in Zimbabwe with (a) the US Secretary of State, (b) the Foreign Ministers of the member states of the EU, (c) the Foreign Minister of the Republic of South Africa and (d) the Secretary-General of the UN.
(38257)
89
Ms Celia Barlow (Hove):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people who were UK residents at the time of their seizure are detained in Guantanamo Bay.
(38300)
90
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Pendle of 27th October 2005, Official Report, column 522W, on nuclear missiles (security), if he will list the projects the United Kingdom supports under the global partnership; how much has been paid to each; and if he will make a statement on performance in improving material security.
(37677)
91
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what position in his Department Mr Mockbul Ali was appointed to in the past five years; what the date was of the appointment; what its remit was; and what selection process was used in making the appointment.
(37992)
92
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on visitors from the UK to France and Belgium of French proposals to limit the carrying outside the home of more than 200 cigarettes at any one time; and if he will make a statement.
(37860)
93
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) counterparts in EU member states and (b) the European Commission regarding the future of convergence funds.
(38028)
94
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards British citizens held without representation in Brazil.
(37872)
95
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking as chair of the UN Security Council towards a resolution of the conflict in Northern Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(38232)
96
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Uganda on the access of UK non-governmental organisations to the north of Uganda.
(38233)
97
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) letters, (b) faxes and (c) emails his Department has received from members of the public about the conflict in Northern Uganda since 1st December; and if he will make a statement.
(38234)
98
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK Government is giving the government of Uganda to facilitate a peaceful solution to the conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army; and if he will make a statement.
(38235)
99
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in Iran.
(38230)
100
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2005, Official Report, column 1648W, on Israel, whether it is Government policy to apologise routinely when people from any country are arrested or threatened with arrest following private prosecutions.
(38311)
101
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2005, Official Report, column 1647W, on detention centres (US flights), what information (a) he and (b) his officials have (i) received and (ii) sought about whether the United States transports detainees from one country to another for the purpose of questioning; and whether UK (A) air-space and (B) territory has been used in this process.
(38314)
102
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2005, Official Report, column 1647W, on detention centres (US flights), whether (a) he and (b) his officials have (i) received and (ii) sought from the US Secretary of State following her statement of 5th December (A) the US Administration's working definition of torture and (B) details of the questioning techniques used when interviewing terrorist suspects in countries other than the United States.
(38315)
103
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what circumstances the Government would support the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(38245)
104
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2005, Official Report, columns 164-6W, on Sir Christopher Meyer, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) all relevant correspondence from (i) Sir Christopher Meyer and (ii) his publishers and (b) the responses to that correspondence.
(37878)
105
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise the case of Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, a political prisoner in Sudan, with the Sudanese government at the earliest possible date; and if he will make a statement.
(38253)
106
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the US Administration concerning the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
(38254)
107
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when UK Visas will reply to the letter of 10th May from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood regarding an application by Shahnaz Begum (B-C Islamabad reference 864696, date of birth 01/01/1971).
(38118)
108
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions the Government has had with the government of Argentina about (a) the lifting of economic sanctions against the Falkland Islands and (b) permitting charter flights to the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(38305)
109
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent economic development measures on the Falkland Islands; what steps have been taken to improve the economic viability of the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(38306)
110
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospect of regular charter flights to the Falkland Islands from Chile.
(38307)
111
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Defence about establishing a commercial element to the military air-bridge to the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.
(38308)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
112
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken to monitor proposals to close inpatient beds in community hospitals in Wiltshire.
(38260)
113
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the proportion of processed foods on sale in England which do not contain added (a) sugar and (b) salt.
(38261)
114
Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies from the Southern Norfolk Primary Care Trust area were re-admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with feeding problems in each month since January 2001.
(38274)
115
N
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) acute and (b) long stay (i) NHS and (ii) private and voluntary sector beds for elderly mentally impaired people there were in England (A) in 1997 and (B) on the latest date for which figures are available.
(38051)
116
N
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on (a) medicines, (b) community health services and (c) outpatient services for elderly mentally impaired patients in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(38052)
117
N
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by English local authorities on (a) residential and (b) community care services for the elderly mentally impaired in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(38053)
118
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is given to primary care trusts on the discharge from hospital of people who are terminally ill.
(37970)
119
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the financial penalty paid by social services departments for late discharge of hospital patients applies to patients who are diagnosed as terminally ill.
(37971)
120
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is given to primary care services in respect of people who die at home.
(37972)
121
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid from NHS funds to private sector treatment centres in 2004-05; and what the estimate is for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(38054)
122
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department last discussed with local hon. Members proposals for future provision of health care services at (a) Royal Liverpool University Hospital and (b) Liverpool Women's Hospital; and if she will make a statement.
(37996)
123
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will assess the proposal by the Morecambe Primary Care Trust to close the mental health wards that it rents at Westmorland General Hospital.
(37876)
124
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her oral Answer of 17th October 2005, Official Report, column, 632W, on avian influenza, what definition of healthcare worker she plans to use for the purposes of treatment for pandemic influenza; and which categories of worker will be eligible for priority supplies of antivirals.
(37533)
125
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers she has to direct (a) ambulance trusts, (b) primary care trusts, (c) acute hospital trusts and (d) strategic health authorities; and on what occasions these powers have been used in each case.
(38287)
126
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust on treating NHS medical patients in the private health sector in each year since 1997.
(38095)
127
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will meet local hon. Members to discuss proposals for future provision of (a) health care services and (b) local NHS dentistry provided by (i) Kettering General Hospital and (ii) Northamptonshire Heartlands Primary Care Trust; and when she plans to respond to previous requests to do so.
(38107)
128
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will visit Kettering constituency to discuss funding for the local general hospital and primary care trust.
(38125)
129
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the policy of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership Trust in relation to direct contact between members of its staff and the media on matters of public concern; and if she will make a statement.
(37969)
130
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in England under the age of 16 years are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; and if she will make a statement.
(38282)
131
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what means the Department uses to raise awareness of HIV testing; and if she will make a statement.
(38283)
132
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures her Department is taking to provide anti-retroviral drugs to young children suffering from HIV/AIDS in England; and if she will make a statement.
(38284)
133
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals offer treatment for hepatitis C.
(38205)
134
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts do not have a hospital in their area which offers treatment for hepatitis C.
(38206)
135
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent campaigns her Department has undertaken to raise awareness of testicular cancer.
(38237)
136
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to develop NHS services for patients with anorexia nervosa.
(38238)
137
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department has issued to NHS hospitals on the provision of support to terminally ill patients without next of kin at the time of death.
(38299)
138
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what briefings have been given to members of Warrington Primary Care Trust on possible changes to acute services in the area; and what options have been considered during those briefings.
(37877)
139
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 7th November, Official Report, column 4WS, on NHS financial management, if she will list the new approaches to healthcare and healthcare services being undertaken by NHS foundation trusts; whether such approaches are also being taken by other trusts; and in what ways the latter are not able to innovate in the same way as foundation trusts.
(38309)
140
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that nurses are issued with more than three uniforms.
(38242)
141
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that nursing staff uniforms can be laundered at a temperature high enough to destroy (a) MRSA and (b) other viruses.
(38243)
142
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd December 2005, Official Report, column 544W, on children's diet, whether the Food Standards Agency's rolling programme of surveys will collect data on daily calorie intake.
(38101)
143
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS foundation trusts have (a) closed and (b) downgraded their accident and emergency departments since their establishment.
(38275)
144
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the hospital trusts in England that are considering proposals to downgrade their accident and emergency departments to accept planned admissions only.
(38276)
145
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists were registered in each of the last 30 years.
(38277)
146
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to the letter of 28th October from the right hon. member for Birmingham, Ladywood on behalf of Dr Felix Burden.
(38120)
147
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the future of the urology unit at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
(37886)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
148
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers absconded during their asylum application process before a decision on their case had been made in the last year for which figures are available.
(37678)
149
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there were in each of the last five years in relation to (a) pirate radio stations and (b) illegal broadcasts.
(38023)
150
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what authority UK police forces have in United States military bases situated in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(36910)
151
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the size is of the Economic Crime Unit of each police force in England.
(37428)
152
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Economic Crime Unit of the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police are to merge; and what their relationship is with the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(37429)
153
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the basis of apportionment was in 2004-05 for the incentivisation fund for recoveries under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
(37679)
154
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the British Bankers' Association about methods to reduce cheque fraud.
(37053)
155
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licences authorising the use of live animals to detect toxins in shellfish were extant on 31st December 2004; what severity banding was assigned to the licences; and how many animals were used in these procedures in 2004.
(38317)
156
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what position in Government departments (a) Mr Ahmed Thompson and (b) Mr Inyat Bungawala has been appointed; when the appointment was made; what the remit is; and what process was used in making the appointment.
(37993)
157
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on (a) employing and (b) appointing to public appointments people who may have made anti-semitic statements.
(37994)
158
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice the Government has been given by the unit Engaging with the Muslim World concerning (a) the Muslim Brotherhood, (b) the Muslim Association of Britain and (c) Hamas; and what the accountability arrangements for the unit are.
(37995)
159
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government will publish the findings of the review of the reclassification of cannabis.
(38140)
160
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to encourage firms to report incidents of corporate fraud to the police; and if he will make a statement.
(38236)
161
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stolen credit cards have been reported in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(38312)
162
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been reported as stolen through fraudulent use of credit cards in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(38316)
163
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what events are planned as part of Tackling Drugs, Changing Lives; and when they will be held.
(38098)
164
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of the Tackling Drugs, Changing Lives conference held between 30th November and 1st December.
(38221)
165
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications of the political situation in Iran for his policy of repatriation of Iranian asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(38321)
166
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the provisions of section 2.17 of the Prison Act 1952 covering location and accommodation applies to (a) Broadmoor and (b) other secure hospitals.
(38255)
167
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent of the use of blue flashing lights by cyclists; and what guidance (a) he and (b) the Association of Chief Police Officers has issued regarding the implications for their use of the 1989 Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations.
(38256)
168
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking (a) to tackle rural crime and (b) to improve detection rates in rural areas.
(38172)
169
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on housing unsuccessful applicants for leave to remain in the UK in the period between their decision hearing and their deportation.
(38212)
170
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many centres carry out the British Citizenship Test; where they are located; what arrangements are made for the administration of the test; if he will list the contracts his Department has awarded to carry them out; and what system is used to monitor the quality of staff carrying out the test.
(38126)
171
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was for calls to the 0845 0105200 helpline for enquiries on naturalisation to be answered in the last period for which figures are available; and how many unanswered calls there were in that period.
(38143)
172
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 12th September 2005, Official Report, columns 2567-8W, on IMPACT, if he will break down the £7.1 million (a) spent and (b) committed by main budget heading; and if he will make a statement.
(38191)
173
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to police authorities on meeting the shortfall in central funding for police community support officers in 2006-07.
(38193)
174
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since March 2004 applicant details supplied by the Criminal Records Bureau to the police led to conviction details being matched mistakenly with an applicant.
(38194)
175
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of (a) 14th July on behalf of Hemin Mahmood Arif (Home Office reference A1088265, acknowledgement reference B16049/5) and (b) 18th July on behalf of Abbas Adele (Home Office reference A1165607).
(38115)
176
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of (a) 21st June regarding Abdara Haman Mursalin Khan and Family (Home Office reference K386956, acknowledgement reference B14179/5) and (b) 5th July regarding Louakel Ali (Home Office reference A575300, acknowledgement reference B15337/5)
(38116)
177
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 letters from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of (a) 23rd September regarding Amisi Siana (Home Office reference number A1106558, acknowledgement reference B22657/5) and (b) of 18th October regarding (i) Mohammed Ilyas Nonil (acknowledgement reference B25061/5) and (ii) Teele Hussain Ahmed (Home Office reference A1021562, acknowledgement reference B24804/5).
(38117)
178
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of (a) 10th October 2005 on behalf of Skender Bregu (Home Office reference B1062371, acknowledgement reference B23904/5), (b) 25th October 2005 on behalf of Karim Mohammed Fatah (Home Office reference F1047285) and (c) 31st October 2005 regarding the submission of a DNA report by Mr Abdirayak (Home Office reference M1200006).
(38198)
179
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of (a) 25th October 2005 on behalf of (i) Mary Nikongola Home Office reference M1198475 (acknowledgement reference B25369/5) and (ii) Mohammed Ngia (receipt number LR1918021716/1) and (b) 3rd October 2005 on behalf of Rudolph Bailey (Home Office reference B1053783, acknowledgement reference B23489/5).
(38199)
180
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of (a) 23rd September 2005 on behalf of Jeffrey Tichaendepi Zungunde (Home Office reference DBL06850, acknowledgement reference B22764/5), (b) 4th October 2005 on behalf of Skender Caraj (Home Office reference C1023261, acknowledgement reference B23417/5) and (c) 11th October 2005 regarding Lucie Bakato Mpunda (Home Office reference M1178507).
(38200)
181
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of (a) 9th August 2005 regarding (i) Donovan Lawrence (Home Office reference LR1621000699, acknowledgement reference B187931/5) and (ii) Mohamed Kalid (Home Office reference K1126377, acknowledgement reference B18800/5) and (b) 6th September 2005 regarding Umme Kulsum (Home Office reference K1205750).
(38201)
182
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to announce his decision on the contestability bid for the three prisons on the Isle of Sheppey; and if he will make a statement.
(37858)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
183
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the United Nations about HIV/AIDS in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.
(38229)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
184
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the annual change in passenger throughput at the bus/rail station in Coleraine has been since its opening.
(37880)
185
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many senior citizens in Northern Ireland have used the free public transport scheme in each year since its introduction.
(37881)
186
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many unmanned crossings there are on the rail line between Ballymena and Ballykelly; and how regularly they are checked for safety purposes.
(37882)
187
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by the Department for Regional Development Roads Service on roads maintenance in (a) Limavady and (b) Coleraine Borough Council area in the 2004-05 financial year.
(37883)
188
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the composition of the monitored full-time workforce (11+) was in (a) 1994 and (b) 2004, broken down by religious designation; and if he will publish this information.
(37884)
189
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list secondments from Fujitsu Services to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in the last five years; what the (a) commencement and (b) completion date was in each case; and what the nature of the work undertaken was in each case.
(38145)
190
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many runaway children were reported in each police district command unit in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement.
(38111)
191
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd November 2005, Official Report, column 1974W, on the anti-poverty strategy, on what date the Anti-Poverty Strategy for Northern Ireland will be published.
(38132)
192
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what operational issues are being discussed by officials in the Department of Regional Development with their counterparts in the Republic of Ireland regarding the All Ireland Free Travel Scheme.
(38141)
193
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been allocated to each health board area to meet the salary commitments arising from the Agenda for Change agreement.
(38142)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
194
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will support the proposals for a high-speed rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
(38180)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
195
N
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his plans to promote the use of carbon sequestration technology.
(37698)
196
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government expressed the view that the opt-out from the Working Time directive (a) should be regarded as an exception and (b) should eventually be made redundant at the last meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council; and if he will make a statement.
(38020)
197
N
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research has been undertaken by his Department on the cost-effectiveness of nuclear power in reducing carbon dioxide emissions compared with other measures; and if he will make a statement.
(37693)
198
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints Ofcom has received in each of the last five years in relation to (a) pirate radio stations and (b) illegal broadcasts; and how many prosecutions it initiated in each case in each year.
(38022)
199
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals on energy issues were put before the EU Competitiveness Council on 28th-29th November in respect of the consideration of the EU's 7th Framework Programme.
(35652)
200
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions have taken place in the Joint Research/Atomic Questions Working Party of the EU in respect of the Draft Council Decision concerning the approval of the accession of the European Atomic Energy Community to a Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems (GIF); what decisions have been taken; and what financial commitment has been made by the United Kingdom in support of the GIF.
(35653)
201
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many requests for export licences for Man Portable Air Defence Systems to Governments or their agents were made under the June 2003 G8 Evian protocol; and how many were granted.
(38294)
202
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action he has taken as a result of his tackling over-indebtedness action plan of 2004; what further research and monitoring he carried out further to Annex D of the action plan; and what the results were.
(38298)
203
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Written Statement of 8th December 2005, Official Report, column 1245WS, on regional development agencies, who the (a) new and (b) reappointed members of the South-west Regional Development Agency are.
(38138)
204
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the status is of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive in the EU; and when the legislation is due to come into effect.
(38177)
205
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of inspections of employment agencies under the Employment Agencies Act 1973; how many employment agencies have been inspected under the Act in each year since 1975; and if he will make a statement.
(38239)
206
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average period has been between inspections of employment agencies under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 in each year since 1975.
(38268)
207
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions the Export Credits Guarantee Department has held with law enforcement agencies on (a) the impact of its anti-corruption procedures on law enforcement efforts to detect, investigate and prosecute overseas corruption offences and (b) the potential impact of its audit clause on future law enforcement investigations into overseas corruption.
(38220)
208
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the suppliers of branded (a) LP bags, (b) plastic carrier bags and (c) pens used by his Department in each year since 1997.
(38262)
209
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 12th December 2005, Official Report, column 1661W, on departmental expenditure, if he will estimate the cost of branded (a) LP bags, (b) plastic carrier bags and (c) pens in each year since 1997.
(38263)
210
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the latest estimates are for the percentage of electricity used in the UK produced from (a) coal, (b) nuclear power, (c) gas and (d) each other source; and what forecasts he has made for the percentages in (i) 10 and (ii) 20 years' time.
(37862)
211
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of resources needed to provide the amount of electricity required in the UK over the next 10 years.
(37863)
212
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the availability of gas supplies (a) in the UK and (b) from abroad; and if he will make a statement on the impact on British industry of the recent increases in prices for gas.
(37864)
213
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much (a) deep mined and (b) opencast coal was produced in the UK in (i) the most recent 12 months for which figures are available and (ii) 1995; and what forecast he has made of production in 2015.
(37865)
214
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will instigate a review of the policies related to the production of coal in the UK; and whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential for further coal production in the UK.
(37866)
215
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 26th October on behalf of Lesley Clarke.
(38119)
216
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many rural post offices have closed in the last 12 months.
(37630)
217
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research his Department has commissioned on the cost-effectiveness of nuclear power in reducing carbon dioxide emissions compared with other measures; and if he will make a statement.
(37700)
218
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate the European Commission's impact study made of the cost of compliance with the Regulations, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive for an average paper mill.
(38301)
219
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated cost impact on paper mills is of complying with the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive.
(38302)
220
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether recycled paper made from waste materials would be subject to the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals requirements as set out in the UK compromise text.
(38303)
221
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether, under the proposals in the latest UK presidency compromise text on the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive, waste paper recyclers would be required to test every batch of waste paper collected.
(38304)
222
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the UK compromise text on the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive on the recycled paper market in the UK.
(38310)
223
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the UK's compliance with the landfill directive if the UK compromise text on the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals Directive is adopted.
(38313)
224
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons the Postal Services Act 2000 does not require the Post Office to compensate for the cost of the postage when a package is lost.
(38110)
225
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, why the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North sent to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 2nd November and transferred to his Department on 11th November was not transferred to the Department for Transport until 6th December; and if he will make a statement.
(37867)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
226
N
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the merits of a carbon and sustainability assurance scheme as part of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation; and if he will make a statement.
(37699)
227
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library (a) the annual reports of the Tyne and Wear authorities on progress with their local transport plan and (b) their submissions for 2006 to 2011.
(37680)
228
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from (a) Newcastle City Council and (b) Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport (i) Authority and (ii) Executive for support for a new park and ride scheme for the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
(37681)
229
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action has been taken by Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council in response to his suggestion in the response to the Tyneside Area Multi-Modal Study that local authorities locate major generators of personal travel in areas best served by public transport.
(38024)
230
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will lift the moratorium on considering Rail Passenger Partnership support for the Newcastle-Blyth-Ashington rail line.
(38025)
231
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK registered ships have (a) reported and (b) been subjected to (i) acts and (ii) attempted acts of piracy in each of the last four financial years.
(38297)
232
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve access to public transport for disabled people in Stroud.
(38280)
233
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatal road traffic accidents occurred in Stroud constituency in each year since 1994.
(38281)
234
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what economic modelling has been undertaken to assess the impact of Government policy on emissions trading on tackling climate change pollution from aviation.
(38173)
235
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average real terms price of airfares within the UK was in each year since 1975; and what forecast he has made of average price of airfares over the next 25 years.
(38188)
236
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what economic modelling he has undertaken of the impact of (a) different oil prices, (b) emissions trading, (c) an emissions charge and (d) an increase in air passenger duty on the growth of aviation greenhouse gas emissions.
(38190)
237
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what economic modelling he has undertaken to assess the impact of participation in (a) the existing and (b) an aviation-only EU emissions trading scheme on forecast growth in aviation emissions of greenhouse gases.
(38192)
238
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent campaigns his Department has undertaken to tackle trespass on the railways by children.
(38228)
239
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on commercial airline safety.
(38240)
240
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much subsidy Arriva Trains Wales has received from his Department in each year since 2004; how much the company has paid in penalties in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(38241)
241
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with train operating companies on reducing the number of accidents on railway station platforms during periods of inclement winter weather.
(38267)
242
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will arrange for the publication of the full report and background paper produced for the Strategic Rail Authority on a north-south high speed rail line.
(38179)
243
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there will be changes in manning levels at (a) Stornoway and (b) Sumburgh bases following changes in the helicopter contracts and type of helicopter used there; and whether TUPE regulations will apply following changes of helicopter contractor at these bases.
(37968)
244
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the new S92 search and rescue helicopter to be based at the Stornoway and Sumburgh bases will have the same capabilities as the S61 helicopter.
(37974)
245
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the Transport Commissioners' ability to carry out their role within their existing regulatory powers; and what plans his Department has to amend these powers.
(37868)
246
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding has been (a) allocated and (b) spent directly by his Department on (i) the Leeds Supertram scheme and (ii) light rail schemes in England.
(37869)
247
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the transport spending per person by (a) his Department and (b) all public bodies on (i) light rail, (ii) heavy rail, (iii) bus and (iv) roads has been in (A) Yorkshire and Humber and (B) London in each year since 1997; and what estimates have been made for each year to 2010.
(37870)
248
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings he has attended in the past eight months where the Eddington Review was discussed; and what work his Department has carried out as part of the review.
(37871)
249
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much direct Government funding has been allocated to proposed tram schemes in (a) Merseyside, (b) Manchester and (c) West Yorkshire; and what meetings he has attended where schemes were discussed in the past 10 months.
(37885)
250
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers parking attendants have to issue penalty charge notices to disabled person badge holders who have parked in loading bays.
(37874)
251
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he has issued to local authorities regarding disabled person badge holders parking in loading bays.
(37875)
252
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list local authorities that have continued to issue penalty charge notices after notification that notices issued for similar offences were invalid.
(37976)
253
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times bailiffs have been used to obtain money owed as a result of non-payment of penalty charge notices following the decriminalisation of parking offences; and in how many such cases the initial penalty charge notice has subsequently been found invalid.
(37977)
254
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what checks are made by (a) the Department and (b) the National Parking Adjudication Service on the technical aspects of applications by local authorities for decriminalised parking powers.
(37980)
255
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries of people of each age between 17 and 45 years there were on motorways in each of the last 10 years.
(38273)
256
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North sent on 2nd November to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and transferred to the Department for Trade and Industry on 11th November and to his Department on 6th December.
(37861)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
257
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will summarise the responses to the Housing Green Paper, Quality and Choice: a decent home for all relating to proposed simplification of the Housing Benefit Non-Dependent Deduction regime.
(38102)
258
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of abolishing the two highest rates of non-dependent deduction on housing benefit.
(38103)
259
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of raising the standard rate of housing benefit and council tax benefit earned income disregards from £5 per week to £10 per week.
(38104)
260
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16th November 2005, Official Report, column 1256W, on housing benefit, when he expects to make a decision on the recommendation in his Department's Research Report No. 243 that all disabled claimants and all care leavers should be made exempt from the single room rent restriction.
(38105)
261
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral statement of 7th December 2005, Official Report, column 271WH, on housing benefit pathfinders, what the source was for the figure he gave of 60 per cent. of those who rent in the private sector who are not in receipt of housing benefit rent sharing accommodation.
(38106)
262
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what strategy he proposes to adopt to address the conclusion of the departmental working paper number 21, Review of Existing Research on the Extra Costs of Disability, that disability living allowance and attendance allowance are not sufficient to meet costs associated with disability; and if he will make a statement.
(38246)
263
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the target is for the proportion of participants moving into employment in each Pathways to Work pilot area.
(38247)
264
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent mental health workers are employed by each Pathways to Work pilot area, broken down by type of mental health worker; and what the ratio of mental health workers to participants is in each area.
(38248)
265
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Pathways to Work participants have found work within (a) one month, (b) two months, (c) six months, (d) 12 months and (e) more than 12 months; and how many in each category had been claiming Incapacity Benefit for (i) up to six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 months to five years and (iv) more than five years.
(38249)
266
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the types of mental health problems experienced by incapacity benefit claimants who have been claiming for (a) less than a year and (b) more than a year.
(38250)
267
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) total cost and (b) cost per participant moved into employment is of each Pathways to Work pilot area.
(38251)
268
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what work mental health workers in Pathways to Work pilot areas undertake with participants; and if he will make a statement.
(38252)
269
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of households were in poverty (a) before housing costs and (b) after housing costs in the most recent year for which figures are available; and how many in each case were (i) local authority tenants, (ii) housing association tenants, (iii) private tenants, (iv) owner occupiers with a mortgage and (v) those who own outright.
(38319)
270
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the action he is taking to improve the security of the (a) payroll and (b) other personal data relating to staff of his Department.
(38218)
271
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there are circumstances under which the Child Support Agency contacts birth parents asking for information about children who were adopted.
(37979)
272
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many enforcement notices have been placed on the Department by the Information Commissioner with regard to the Data Protection Act 1998 since it came into force.
(38021)
273
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2005, Official Report, column 1048W, on the habitual residence test, if he will change the rules for non-contributory benefits so that those who make sufficient contributions to a contributory benefit to enable them to obtain half of the maximum are deemed to have passed the habitual residency test.
(38197)
274
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the number of UK pensioners (a) entitled to pension credit and (b) receiving pension credit in each region; and if he will make a statement.
(38147)
275
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of calls to the Child Support Agency helpline were (a) answered, (b) received, (c) engaged and (d) hung up on in each month from June to November; and if he will make a statement.
(38207)
276
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many telephone calls to the Pension Credit Application line were (a) received, (b) answered, (c) engaged and (d) hung up on in the weeks commencing (i) 17th October, (ii) 24th October and (iii) 31st October; and if he will make a statement.
(38208)
277
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will assess the merits of removing the 16-hour housing benefit rule to enable young adults in housing need to study full-time for qualifications at level 3 or below without loss of housing benefit.
(38285)
278
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research he has carried out on the impact of the 16-hour housing benefit rule on those in housing need who are unable to claim housing benefit if they are studying for more than 16 hours per week.
(38286)
279
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on the New Deal in Beverley and Holderness in each year from 1997-98; and what the estimate is for each year to 2008-09.
(38122)
280
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of people of working age are in receipt of incapacity benefit within each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency.
(38131)
281
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he takes to ascertain whether persons claiming carers' allowance (a) as live-in carers are carers or cohabitees and (b) are capable of and competent to act as carers, and are acting as such.
(38059)
282
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension forecasts have been sent by his retirement pension forecasting team (a) in total and (b) to persons aged (i) under 18 years and (ii) between 18 and 25 years of age since the inception of the scheme.
(38060)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
283
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the infant mortality rate has been since 2002 in each primary care trust in England.
[Transferred] (38320)
284
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to charge VAT on domestic flights.
[Transferred] (38195)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
285
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date Dr Thomas Mann, Chief Executive of Capio Healthcare UK, left the employment of the NHS as Director of the NHS National Implementation Team for Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs); on what dates the process for selection of Capio Healthcare UK to operate a group of ISTCs (a) started and (b) finished; and on what date her Department signed contracts with Capio Healthcare UK for ISTCs across England.
[Transferred] (38278)

 
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