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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 26 January 2006

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 26 January 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 26 January 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 26 January 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 26 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 26 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of growth of manufacturing productivity has been in each year since 1998.
(46151)
2
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46206)
3
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the costs of central government administration have been in each year since 1998.
(46224)
4
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date his officials last met the (a) Financial Services Authority and (b) Office of Fair Trading to discuss their payment protection insurance inquiries.
(46215)
5
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the Financial Services Authority budget was spent on (a) financial capability and (b) staff entertainment in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004.
(46216)
6
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Financial Services Authority has raised through fines of financial services companies in each year since its inception.
(46217)
7
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters of complaint the Department received about the Financial Services Authority in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004.
(46218)
8
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Financial Services Authority spent on engagement with (a) local councils and (b) devolved administrations in each of the last three years.
(46219)
9
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much central funding was spent on UK financial regulation in each year since 1995.
(46220)
10
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2006, Official Report, column 1735W, on tax arrears, in how many cases over the last two years where a review has been notified to a taxpayer and it subsequently resulted in a bill to the taxpayer, interest has not been levied; what proportion of such cases that represented; and for what reasons the interest was not levied.
(46060)
11
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2006, Official Report, column 1735W, on tax arrears, if he will make it his policy to notify the taxpayer (a) that interest will be charged, (b) of the date it is to be levied from and (c) the interest rate, at the time the review is notified; and if he will make a statement.
(46084)
12
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2006, Official Report, column 1735W, on tax arrears, what (a) the longest and (b) the average period was between the date interest was charged from and the date the review was made known to the taxpayer in relation to (i) businesses and (ii) individual taxpayers in the last period for which figures are available; and what the amount of interest charged for the period was in each case.
(46120)
13
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2006, Official Report, column 1735W, on tax arrears, whether the rate of interest charged is the same in every case; how it is determined; and what the rate is.
(46121)
14
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the 20 local authority areas with the highest male mesothelioma mortality levels in the last year for which figures are available.
(46357)
15
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the 20 local authority areas with the highest female mesothelioma mortality levels in the last year for which figures are available.
(46358)
16
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the mortality rates from mesothelioma for (a) men and (b) women were in each London Borough in the last year for which figures are available.
(46359)
17
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the number of deaths from mesothelioma for (a) men and (b) women in the UK was in the last year for which figures are available.
(46361)
18
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each ward in Livingston constituency are over 18 years; and how many of these are on the electoral register in each ward.
(46136)
19
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the evidence from HM Revenue and Customs to the Public Administration Committee on 20th October 2005, Question 81, on the tax credits system, when the part manual-part computerised method of suspending the automatic recovery of overpayments in tax credits will be introduced; and how this differs from the manual intervention introduced from November 2005.
(45833)
20
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the evidence of the Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs to the Public Administration Committee on 20th October 2005, Question 78, on the tax credit IT system, if he will list those improvements and interventions made; and on what date each came into effect.
(45834)
21
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) tax credit awards, (b) tax credit awards where the claimant was in receipt of the maximum tax credits to which they were entitled and (c) tax credit awards where the claimant received only the family element of the child tax credit there were in 2003-04; and what the (i) total value and (ii) average award was of tax credits in each category in that period.
(45836)
22
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many of the total number of cases of tax credit overpayments where recovery has been disputed since October 2005, recovery was suspended pending the result of the dispute; and in what proportion suspension took place (a) one week, (b) two weeks, (c) three weeks, (d) four weeks, (e) five weeks and (f) six weeks and over after notice of the dispute was first received by HM Revenue and Customs.
(45859)
23
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many home visits were arranged by HM Revenue and Customs claimant compliance officers to investigate tax credit claims in each month of 2005.
(46475)
24
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria are used to select individuals for a home visit by claimant compliance officers investigating tax credit claims.
(46476)
25
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of a home visit carried out by HM Customs and Revenue claimant compliance officers investigating tax credit claims.
(46477)
26
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths occurred in the United Kingdom in 2005 as a consequence of colon cancer.
(46188)
27
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much duty has been collected from tobacco products in each of the last five years.
(46603)
28
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Court of Justice's preliminary rulings on the acts referred to in Article 35 of the Treaty on European Union, as referred to in Official Journal L327 of 14th December 2005.
(46485)
29
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the administration of the Master Netting Agreement of the European Central Bank, with particular reference to potential obligations on the UK Government's maintenance of current practice with regard to European Central Bank's Guideline ECB/2005/15 as expressed in OJ L345 vol 48 of 8th December 2005.
(46486)
30
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list private finance initiative projects which have been refinanced in each year since 1997; and what the value of each project was.
(46033)
31
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department received the application to approve the private finance initiative contract for the Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth; and when approval was given.
(46034)
32
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many private finance initiative projects were subject to refinancing in 2005; what the refinancing gain was in each case; and how much of this gain the relevant government body received through (a) a lump sum and (b) a reduction in the unitary charge.
(46035)
33
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) average and (b) median (i) hourly and (ii) weekly gross earnings (A) including and (B) excluding overtime were for (1) male, (2) female and (3) all (x) employees, (y) full-time employees and (z) part-time employees aged (aa) 16 to 17 years, (bb) 18 to 21 years, (cc) 22 to 29 years, (dd) 30 to 39 years, (ee) 40 to 49 years and (ff) over 50 years in (I) Scotland and (II) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland in the last period for which figures are available.
(46135)
34
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of (a) male, (b) female and (c) all (i) employees, (ii) full-time employees and (iii) part-time employees in (A) Scotland, (B) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (C) the United Kingdom had weekly gross earnings including overtime below (1) £285.71, (2) £214.50 and (3) £181.87 in the last period for which figures are available.
(46142)
35
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) average and (b) median (i) weekly and (ii) hourly gross earnings were (A) including and (B) excluding overtime of (1) male, (2) female and (3) all employees (aa) working in the private sector, (bb) working in the public sector and (cc) not classified in (I) Scotland and (II) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland was in the last period for which figures are available.
(46143)
36
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46278)
37
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46310)
38
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on tax credit fraud using Network Rail employees' identities.
(46413)
39
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January, 2006, Official Report, column 557W, on tax credits, how much had been paid out to the 22,284 claims in payment that were stopped; on what dates he met the Paymaster General to discuss the problem of tax credit fraud; how many calls to the helpline have been received where fraud is suspected; and if he will commission an independent review into tax credit fraud.
(46531)
40
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the full-time equivalent staffing complement is of each HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office in (a) the Isle of Wight and (b) Hampshire; what proportion of that complement is filled in each office; what percentage of those employed have worked for HMRC for (i) less than one year, (ii) one to two years, (iii) three to five years, (iv) six to 10 years and (v) more than 10 years; and what the annual expenditure was by each office on job advertising in each of the last three years for which information is available.
(45713)
41
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the lease will expire on the HM Revenue and Customs office in Newport, Isle of Wight; how many premises are under consideration for its relocation; and how many (a) full-time equivalent employees and (b) employees are expected to be accommodated in the premises being sought.
(45832)
42
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the number of staff required to provide a walk-in service for HM Revenue and Customs on the Isle of Wight following the proposed closure of the Newport office.
(46177)
43
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing unlisted real estate investment trusts; and what representations he has received on this.
(46178)
44
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funds have been returned to (a) individuals and (b) businesses as a refund of interest charges on late payments of stamp duty land tax in each year since 1997.
(45936)
45
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the take-up of children's trust funds has been amongst low income families.
(45961)
46
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46238)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
47
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps he has taken to ensure that those appointed to public bodies have received (a) a Criminal Records Bureau check and (b) a higher level clearance where appropriate; and if he will ensure those who have not been positively vetted are not appointed.
(46141)
48
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans the Government has to increase the London allowance of civil servants; and if he will make a statement.
(46414)
49
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46290)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
50
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what percentage of the parishes in the provinces of (a) Canterbury and (b) York are in the pastoral care of flying bishops.
(46319)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
51
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 17th January 2006, Official Report, column 1211W, on clinical negligence, how much the (a) 10 barristers and (b) 10 solicitors who received the highest legal aid fees for clinical negligence work in the last year earned; and, for each barrister and solicitor, in what proportion of cases where proceedings are complete a substantive benefit to the client was reported.
(45761)
52
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was spent on legal aid in each year since 1998.
(46152)
53
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the waiting time from allocation to hearing for small claims at Gloucester County Court was in the last period for which figures are available.
(46371)
54
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) households and (b) developments have adopted commonhold tenures since the introduction of commonhold.
(46406)
55
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what costs were incurred by her Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46289)
56
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46291)
57
Tom Levitt (High Peak):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she expects to announce a timetable for the development of the new magistrates' court at New Mills, High Peak.
(46179)
58
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many and what percentage of the English Bar are Queen's Counsel.
(46533)
59
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the largest amount paid in legal aid has been in respect of an individual appealing against an anti-social behaviour order.
(46184)
60
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the Citizens' Jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the Citizens' Jury.
(46240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
61
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the statutory instruments introduced by her Department since 6th May 2005.
(46208)
62
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress with arrangements for the 2012 Olympics.
(46175)
63
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many fines for the non-payment of television licences have been imposed in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last five years.
(46557)
64
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Royal Pigeon Racing Association on a possible avian influenza pandemic in the United Kingdom.
(46601)
65
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what costs were incurred by her Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46288)
66
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46300)
67
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the (a) companies, (b) trade bodies, (c) regional development agencies, (d) trades unions and (e) local authorities represented at the 2012 Business Summit held in London on 24th January.
(46571)
68
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment was made by PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Olympic Games impact study of December 2005 of the economic impact in the South Wales valleys of holding the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
(46572)
69
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which companies and representatives from (a) Wales and (b) Blaenau Gwent were invited to participate in the 2012 Business Summit on 24th January held in Canary Wharf.
(46574)
70
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Lottery funding was allocated to English Heritage in 2005-06.
(46354)
71
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the inventory of royal works of art was completed; and where it can be consulted by members of the public.
(46534)
72
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the establishment of the National Sports Foundation on (a) the Football Foundation and (b) community programmes run by (i) the Rugby Football Union, (ii) the Rugby Football League and (iii) the Lawn Tennis Association.
(45950)
73
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what part will be played by (a) Sport England and (b) regional sports boards in the operation of the National Sports Foundation.
(45951)
74
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what decisions have been made on the (a) size of, (b) location of, (c) budget of, (d) condition of and (e) key personnel to be involved with the National Sports Foundation.
(45952)
75
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made towards establishing the National Sports Foundation.
(45953)
76
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the English Cricket Board's Chance to Shine programme will be eligible for support from the National Sports Foundation.
(45954)
77
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress is being made in involving regions outside London in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
(46176)
78
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to include women's refuge centres in the concessionary television licence scheme available to people living in residential care accommodation.
(46172)
79
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) electricity use and (ii) water and sewerage services in each year since 1997.
(46174)
80
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of requirements on institutions for which she is responsible to maximise income on (a) appropriate and (b) sustainable use of their assets.
(46132)
81
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of the colour television licence fee has been in each year since 1996-97.
(46351)
82
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the penalties are for not paying the television licence fee.
(46352)
83
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the Citizens' Jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the Citizens' Jury.
(46241)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
84
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel in Iraq were wounded in (a) action and (b) accidents in each year since hostilities began, broken down by severity of injury.
(45453)
85
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funds his Department has made available in each year since 1997 to help facilitate the treatment of legacy radioactive waste of military origin held at (a) Sellafield and (b) other civil nuclear sites; and what plans he has to provide such funding in the future to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
(46038)
86
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46197)
87
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list, for each of the last three years, (a) the total number of staff in his Department and (b) the total budget allocation related to all aspects of research into thermobaric weapons.
(43053)
88
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether naval vessels equipped with underwater sonic boom radar technology were operating in the vicinity of the Thames (a) estuary and (b) mouth on (i) 19th and (ii) 20th January; and what assessment he has made of the effect of sonic boom technology on marine wildlife.
(46249)
89
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) drivers and (b) clergy in the Territorial Army have been mobilised more than once in the last five years.
(46449)
90
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) administrative, (b) ammunition, (c) construction, (d) catering, (e) petroleum, (f) policing, (g) medical, (h) logistical, (i) legal, (j) linguistic and (k) electrical engineering specialists in the Territorial Army have been mobilised more than once in the last five years.
(46471)
91
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) land and (b) property is owned by his Department in Forest of Dean constituency.
(46617)
92
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46287)
93
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46301)
94
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the principal United States military assets in the United Kingdom; and where those assets are located.
(45314)
95
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) current and (b) future roles of RAF Hythe, Hampshire, in respect of (i) the refurbishment of military watercraft and (ii) the repair of mobile military generators and trailers.
(45316)
96
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the contribution made by United States military assets based in the United Kingdom to (a) the overall military capability of NATO and (b) local economies.
(45317)
97
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has received proposals by the United States to (a) discontinue and (b) relocate the functions carried out at RAF Hythe.
(45318)
98
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) security and (b) cost implications are of the unauthorised disclosure of the future deployment details of HMS St Albans.
(45391)
99
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the security situation in Al-Samawah, Iraq.
(46586)
100
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46244)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
101
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what evaluation his Department has undertaken of the findings of the MORI survey of perceptions of the effectiveness of his Department held by board members and unit heads within the Department; and if he will make a statement.
(46577)
102
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the findings of the recent MORI poll on perceptions of the effectiveness of his Department held by external stakeholders of the Department.
(46578)
103
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Office since 6th May 2005.
(46205)
104
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council houses in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have been brought up to the Decent Homes Standard; and how many remain to be brought up to the Standard.
(46555)
105
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of council housing stock in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster has been sold under the right to buy scheme since 1980.
(46556)
106
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new mobile telephone masts have been erected under permitted development rights in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in each year since 1997.
(46600)
107
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department for Education and Skills on the provision of a university for Peterborough.
(46258)
108
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46286)
109
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46302)
110
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 959W, on correspondence, what guidelines he has given to his officials on the timescale for replying to correspondence from hon. Members.
(45831)
111
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the total value of negative equity in homes in (a) England and (b) the North West in (i) 1996 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(46535)
112
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what arrangements he plans to make for his Department's financial support to local authorities for private sector capital investment from 1st April; and if he will make a statement.
(46137)
113
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will announce the local authorities' (a) capital grants for 2006-07 and (b) indicated grants for 2007-08.
(46138)
114
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the likely effects on local authority planning and delivery of delaying an announcement on housing capital grants.
(46139)
115
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the national targets are for the Planning Inspectorate; and what the performance of offices covering Torbay are in relation to those targets.
(46613)
116
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his air travel in an official capacity cost in each year since he became Deputy Prime Minister.
(46634)
117
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was spent on hospitality by his Department in each year since he became Deputy Prime Minister; and what proportion of that was spent on alcohol.
(46635)
118
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost was of his official travel in each year since he became Deputy Prime Minister.
(46636)
119
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost was of his overnight accommodation while travelling on official duties in each year since he became Deputy Prime Minister.
(46637)
120
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list local authorities that have made representations to him objecting to the distribution of grant for the proposed extension of the concessionary travel scheme for older and disabled people.
(46182)
121
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions his Office consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46232)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
122
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the statutory instruments introduced by her Department since 6th May 2005.
(46252)
123
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the 10 schools in each local education authority with the highest rates of truancy.
(46380)
124
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the 242 schools deemed at the start of January to be failing, which are referred to on page 15 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.
(46421)
125
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the entitlement of access of the least well-off parents to the dedicated choice advisers referred to on page 8 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All will be determined.
(46435)
126
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the schools and academies that use banding in their admissions policies.
(46436)
127
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the delivery of education to a specified number of pupils will be a pre-requisite of the authorisation of a new school provider.
(46437)
128
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many subjects she envisages more grouping and setting referred to on page 10 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.
(46438)
129
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the national training programme, referred to on page 10 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All, will be funded.
(46439)
130
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many places have been provided in off-site pupil referral units in each of the last five years.
(46440)
131
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils played truant from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last five years.
(46441)
132
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her proposed fines for parents of unsupervised children during school hours will apply to parents in receipt of income support and jobseeker's allowance.
(46442)
133
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, who will be authorised to approve or reject the establishment of new schools as proposed in the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.
(46443)
134
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers in maintained schools in England have left the profession in each year since 1998.
(46444)
135
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of pupils she estimates will be eligible for targeted one-to-one tuition in (a) English and (b) mathematics; and what estimate she has made of the cost of the proposed provision.
(46445)
136
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the requirement for extended schools referred to on page 10 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.
(46446)
137
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the proposed powers of the National Complaints Service from Ofsted referred to on page 9 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.
(46447)
138
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will prescribe the powers of parent councils in (a) trust schools and (b) non-trust schools.
(46448)
139
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which organisation will employ the dedicated choice advisers referred to on page 8 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.
(46452)
140
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what methods the proposed National Schools Commissioner will use to match schools and new partners, as described on page 8 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.
(46453)
141
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her Department will impose limits on the number of new school providers in any given local authority area.
(46454)
142
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parenting (a) contracts and (b) orders have been applied in schools in each of the last five years.
(46626)
143
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what arrangements are required for the vetting of staff in further education colleges, with particular reference to those in contact with pupils aged under 16.
(46225)
144
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of children of compulsory school age in each local education authority area attended independent schools in the last year for which figures are available.
(46494)
145
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps Ofsted is taking to ensure that inspectors who have been removed from, and subsequently reinstated to, the list of team inspectors should not be disadvantaged in the award of future contracts.
(43051)
146
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the Institute of Fiscal Studies evaluation of the employer training programme; and if she will make a statement.
(43052)
147
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned on the relationship between school admissions policies and levels of social segregation; and when she expects to be able to publish the conclusions.
(45390)
148
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers on the sex offenders list are working in (a) Kent and (b) the Borough of Tunbridge Wells.
(46122)
149
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many responses to the consultation on Building Bulletin 100 - Designing and Managing Against the Risk of Fires in Schools were in favour (a) of the proposals in respect of the fitting of fire sprinklers in school buildings and (b) of strengthening the proposals.
(46328)
150
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total budget of London's learning and skills councils was in each year since 2001; and how much was spent on (a) school sixth forms, (b) the further education sector, (c) work-based training for young people, (d) workforce development, (e) adult and community learning, (f) information and advice for adults, (g) education-business links and (h) administrative costs in each year.
(46429)
151
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the performance against targets of London's learning and skills councils in each year since 2001.
(46430)
152
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to make London's learning and skills councils more accountable to the people who use their services as part of the Government's commitment to devolve decision-making to the lowest appropriate level.
(46431)
153
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of secondary school places were allocated at age 11 years on the basis of aptitude tests in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available in (a) local authority schools and (b) grant maintained schools.
(46422)
154
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary school places in each London borough were allocated at age 11 years on the basis of aptitude tests in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available in (a) local authority schools and (b) grant maintained schools.
(46423)
155
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils aged 11 years in each local education authority transferred to independent secondary schools in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available from (a) local authority schools and (b) grant maintained schools.
(46424)
156
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Government has allocated to the Skills for Life campaign in each year since its inception; and if she will make a statement.
(46315)
157
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what basis Wirral Local Education Authority was allocated an average dedicated schools grant of £3,514 per pupil.
(45857)
158
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what basis the average dedicated schools grant was £6,708 per pupil in the City of London.
(45858)
159
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what reasons Lesley Staggs gave to her Department for resigning as National Director of the Foundation Stage; and who has been appointed to the post.
(46133)
160
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many statements are included in the Foundation Stage Profile.
(46134)
161
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to promote the recruitment of headteachers.
(46407)
162
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average salary paid to headteachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in each year since 1995.
(46408)
163
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average age of headteachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in each year since 1995.
(46409)
164
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many headteachers (a) retired and (b) were appointed in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in each year since 1995.
(46410)
165
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list local education authorities in which there are (a) three to five and (b) more than six schools in special measures.
(46411)
166
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of Year 12 pupils left school before the end of the academic year in the latest year for which figures are available.
(46498)
167
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 426W, on the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, when the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority will be in a position to reconstitute the Independent Committee on Examinations Standards.
(46530)
168
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the work of the National Remodelling Team.
(46583)
169
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to paragraph 27 of her Review of the List 99 decision-making process and policy implications document published on 19th January whether the 10 cases are regarded by the police as not posing a risk because (a) none of the individuals is currently teaching in schools or (b) the individuals themselves are regarded as not posing a risk.
(46585)
170
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to paragraph 27 of her Review of the List 99 decision making process and policy implications document published on 19th January, whether the view of the police that Paul Reeve does not pose a current risk takes into account the concern expressed by Chief Constable Carole Howlett in her letter to the Home Office of 12th December 2005.
(46627)
171
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to paragraph 27 of her document, Review of the List 99 decision making process and policy implications, published on 19th January, if she will list the dates on which the 10 individuals were last working in a school.
(46643)
172
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will estimate the cost to her Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005.
(46481)
173
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students from (a) Iran, (b) Burma, (c) China, (d) Sudan, (e) North Korea and (f) Syria are undertaking postgraduate research in (i) nuclear physics, (ii) biology, (iii) chemistry and (iv) dispersal effects; what courses such students are undertaking; and if she will make a statement.
(46549)
174
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students aged 16 to 18 years are in receipt of education maintenance allowance in each institution in Hillingdon Local Education Authority.
(46355)
175
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will estimate how many youth clubs were available for young people in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon, (c) Greater London and (d) England in each of the last 10 years.
(46356)
176
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will place in the Library all analyses commissioned by her Department in relation to the Government's White Paper on Education before the Education Bill is presented to the House.
(46127)
177
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when her Department will publish the study conducted by the Institute of Education into the Government White Paper on Education.
(46140)
178
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what costs were incurred by her Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46285)
179
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46303)
180
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of direct support grant allocated to those Shropshire schools with deficits for the next financial year.
(46272)
181
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of children achieved cognitive ability testing scores at (a) the standard level, (b) above the standard level and (c) below the standard level at (i) Key Stage 1 and (ii) Key Stage 2 in each year since the tests were introduced.
(46126)
182
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she will reply to the letter of 26th October 2005 from the hon. Member for St Albans concerning Mrs Helen Bramall.
(46332)
183
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will take steps to increase the average funding per schoolchild in North Somerset to the average level of funding in (a) the West Country and (b) England.
(46173)
184
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new faith schools have been set up in each year since 1997.
(46532)
185
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether schools are to be required by her Department to undertake Criminal Records Bureau checks on all newly appointed (a) school governers and (b) other non-salaried individuals involved in schools.
(46153)
186
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what records she keeps of the number of social workers employed by local authorities who have convictions or cautions for sex offences; and what advice she has issued on the management of their contact with children.
(45822)
187
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many persons in the employment of (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have convictions or cautions for sex offences; and how many of those have responsibility for policy or implementation of policy in relation to (a) sex offences, (b) List 99, (c) teacher recruitment and (d) related areas.
(45823)
188
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46230)
189
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether any registered sex offenders have been approved by her Department to work in Wokingham Local Education Authority schools.
(46493)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
190
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to increase incineration capacity in England.
(46404)
191
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has for increasing (a) recycling and (b) composting.
(46412)
192
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the occasions on which (a) she has and (b) each of her Ministers have visited (i) Brussels and (ii) Paris in the last two years; and what the (A) purpose and (B) means of transport to and from the United Kingdom was on each occasion.
(45877)
193
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of illegal timber imported into Europe from (a) China, (b) Indonesia and (c) Brazil in each of month of the last three years.
(44797)
194
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mechanisms are in place to ensure regular review of climate change indicators and policy to ensure that the necessary steps are being taken on emissions reductions.
(45837)
195
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minsiter on the climate change programme.
(45838)
196
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to prevent circumvention through third party countries of the voluntary partnership agreements under the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade processes.
(46426)
197
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK Government's policy is towards legislation to ban illegal timber imports into the EU.
(46427)
198
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the options for legislation to prevent illegal timber entering the UK.
(46428)
199
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government will publish the draft National Allocation Plan for Phase 2 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(46608)
200
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what methodology has been employed in the setting of the cap on emissions in the National Allocation Plan for Phase 2 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(46609)
201
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the EU Emissions Trading Scheme is the key lever with which the Government hopes to meet its target of a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010.
(46610)
202
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the effect of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on the profitability of the power generation sector in Phase 1 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(46611)
203
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate the Government has made of the volume of illegal timber entering the UK in each of the past five years.
(46628)
204
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had about illegal timber in the past 12 months.
(46629)
205
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action the Government is taking to tackle imports of illegal timber.
(46630)
206
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures the Government has in place to quantify the volume of illegal timber entering the UK; and what targets have been set for replacing such imports with legal and sustainable timber.
(46631)
207
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what further plans the Government has for legislation on the import of illegal timber within the EU.
(46632)
208
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the EU Commission's proposals for further action on tackling illegal timber imports.
(46633)
209
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the statutory instruments introduced by her Department since 6th May 2005.
(46210)
210
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on badger culling to eliminate bovine TB.
(46347)
211
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make provision for those cattle that react following a skin test to have a blood test before they are required to be slaughtered.
(46348)
212
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate what percentage of skin-tested reacting cattle were subsequently found to have bovine TB when slaughtered.
(46349)
213
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to investigate the effects of the new requirement to test for bovine TB in all cattle over 15 months before movement on the holding of live auction markets.
(46350)
214
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abandoned vehicles were removed and destroyed in each local authority in Gloucestershire in each of the last five years.
(46432)
215
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she plans to have with landowners to persuade them to allow the culling of grey squirrels on their land.
(46433)
216
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the National Farmers' Union on the use of snares.
(46434)
217
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what public meetings are planned to be held on avian influenza; and where they will be held.
(46495)
218
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the Government plans to dispose of the nuclear waste stored in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(46293)
219
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to the (a) chicken, (b) turkey, (c) emu, (d) duck, (e) goose, (f) game bird and (g) ostrich and rhea farming industries of an avian influenza pandemic.
(46597)
220
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on live (a) sheep and (b) calf exports to Europe.
(46622)
221
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the (a) use of slave labour and (b) clearing of rainforest in the production of Brazilian beef exported to the UK.
(46623)
222
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on UK food security.
(46624)
223
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the percentage of (a) indigenous food and (b) all food consumed in the UK produced in the UK; and if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on amounts of food imported.
(46625)
224
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46276)
225
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what costs were incurred by her Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46284)
226
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from which countries (a) untreated feathers, (b) raw poultry meat, (c) uncooked eggs and egg products and (d) live poultry and game have been imported in each of the last five years; and what quantity of each product was imported in each year.
(45984)
227
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the EU-wide computer system, TRACES, records (a) which species are imported, (b) the country of origin of imported species, (c) whether imported animals and birds are captive-bred or wild-caught and (d) the level of mortality among imported animals and birds.
(45985)
228
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether information gathered by the EU-wide computer system, TRACES, is available to the public in the UK.
(45986)
229
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she is making to other EU member states about the merits of an improved system to monitor imports of animals and their products into the European Union.
(45987)
230
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on space debris.
(46497)
231
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information her Department holds on the (a) number of birdkeepers in the UK and (b) percentage of birds of wild origin they keep.
(46298)
232
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2005, Official Report, column 922W, on avian influenza, what documentary evidence her Department holds to support the statement that the silver eared mesias suspected of dying from avian influenza in quarantine in Essex were bred in captivity in Taiwan.
(46484)
233
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan dated 27th August 2005 regarding his constituents Mr and Mrs W Ritchie (DEFRA ref 223198).
(46148)
234
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of parishes where badgers removed during the Krebs trial were found to be free of bovine tuberculosis.
(45840)
235
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the veterinary profession on its capacity to undertake large-scale pre-movement testing.
(45841)
236
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the (a) bread-making wheat, (b) butter, (c) cheese and (d) beef consumed in the United Kingdom between 2000 and 2004 was produced by British farmers.
(46187)
237
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46243)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
238
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46201)
239
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Nepal about the detention under house arrest of the leaders of Nepal's five principal political parties.
(46222)
240
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take during Russia's presidency of the G8 to encourage (a) democracy and (b) a free media in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(46294)
241
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had about possible changes to the UK's relationship with the Palestinian Authority after the Palestinian elections; and if he will make a statement.
(46316)
242
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK's planned timetable is for ratification of the UN Convention Against Corruption.
(46376)
243
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of how much (a) heroin and (b) metamphetamine was produced in Burma in each of the last two years; how much of that was exported to the UK in each year; what estimates he has made of the levels so far in 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(46377)
244
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of how much heroin was produced in Afghanistan in each of the last two years; how much of that was exported to the UK in each year; what estimates he has made of the levels so far in 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(46378)
245
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the gross national product of Afghanistan which was generated by the production of drugs in each of the last four years.
(46085)
246
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46304)
247
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the security situation in Côte d'Ivoire.
(46525)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
248
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on the proposed plans for the restructuring of ambulance services in the Sussex area.
(45795)
249
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to public funds has been of claims for compensation from the NHS in each year since 1998.
(46154)
250
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the statutory instruments introduced by her Department since 6th May 2005.
(46209)
251
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on productivity in the NHS in each of the last five years.
(46223)
252
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the research commissioned by her Department on the number of single rooms needed for effective infection control will be published; and if she will place a copy in the Library.
(45762)
253
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of single rooms needed in hospital settings for the effective control of (a) hospital acquired infections and (b) future outbreaks of an influenza pandemic; and if she will make a statement.
(45763)
254
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the availability of Alimta on the NHS.
(46360)
255
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions her Department has had with (a) patient groups and (b) clinicians on regular eye tests for diabetics.
(46250)
256
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) commissioned, (b) funded and (c) evaluated into reverse therapy in relation to (i) myalgic encephalomyelitis and (ii) Gulf War illnesses; and if she will make a statement.
(46256)
257
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the (a) individuals and (b) companies consulted in writing on the forthcoming business arrangement manual for NHS managers.
(46262)
258
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been treated at NHS walk-in centres in each year since their inception; and if she will make a statement.
(46314)
259
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS in 2004-05 on testing for colon cancer.
(46189)
260
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which test procedures are used to detect colon cancer; what plans she has to change the procedures; and if she will make a statement.
(46190)
261
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people over the age of 50 have undertaken a test for colon cancer.
(46191)
262
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish the findings of the Foster review into non-medical health regulation; and if she will make a statement.
(46254)
263
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish the findings of the Donaldson review into regulation of the medical profession; and if she will make a statement.
(46255)
264
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to protect older people who receive care in their own homes from elder abuse.
(46473)
265
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to minimise the risk of elder abuse in health and social care services.
(46474)
266
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that NHS and social care staff are adequately trained to detect and address elder abuse.
(46550)
267
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to facilitate access to independent advocacy for older people vulnerable to abuse.
(46552)
268
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that effective vetting and barring mechanisms are in place to protect older people at risk of abuse.
(46553)
269
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the likely number of cases of strain H5N1 in the United Kingdom in the event of a pandemic.
(46598)
270
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate or range of estimates she has made of the likely death toll in the United Kingdom in the event of a pandemic of strain H5N1.
(46599)
271
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much smoking-related illnesses have cost the NHS in each of the last five years.
(46602)
272
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis in England; and how this estimate is made.
(46618)
273
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what definition her Department uses of myalgic encephalomyelitis.
(46619)
274
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been allocated by the Government for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis in the last 10 years.
(46620)
275
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of calls to NHS Direct resulted in the referral of a patient to (a) a doctor and (b) another part of the National Health Service in each of the last three years.
(45907)
276
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the effects of drinking alcohol (a) socially and (b) alone; and what assessment she has made of the different effects of drinking particular alcoholic drinks.
(46213)
277
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what costs were incurred by her Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46283)
278
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46305)
279
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department concerning the use of identity cards as NHS entitlement cards.
(46399)
280
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the average time taken between an eligible individual applying for and receiving a European Health Insurance Card.
(46400)
281
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what stage has been reached in the development of the proposed NHS card referred to in section 2.21 of the NHS Improvement Plan, published on 24th June 2004; whether it is her intention that the NHS card proposed will be placed on the reverse of the European Health Insurance Card; whether she intends the NHS card to take the form of an entitlement card; what discussions she has had with interested parties about the introduction of an NHS card; what the content of these discussions was; and if she will make a statement.
(46401)
282
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patient reports of adverse drug reactions have been received (a) online and (b) through a Yellow-Card form in each month since patients were permitted to report adverse drug reactions directly.
(46402)
283
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with (a) members of the European Commission and (b) representatives of other member states of the European Union regarding the introduction of definitions of on-call time and inactive on-call time into the European Working Time Directive; and if she will make a statement.
(46403)
284
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost to her Department was of sending Christmas cards in 2005.
(46405)
285
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions the Cabinet Committee on Influenza Pandemic Planning (MISC 32) has met since it was established.
(46492)
286
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16th January 2006, Official Report, column 1055W, on Alcohol Misuse, when she expects to award the contract to run a programme of pilots for alcohol screening and brief interventions.
(46561)
287
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th January 2006, Official Report, column 732W, on NHS Finance, whether the NHS staff with a track record of helping challenged NHS trusts included in the turnaround teams will be remunerated by the organisation which has been awarded the contract to operate turnaround teams; whether she intends to award further contracts to turnaround teams in addition to the contract for the initial assessment referred to in her previous Answer; and what total budget she has set aside for all such contracts is in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(46563)
288
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS walk-in centres are funded centrally; and when their funding will become the responsibility of primary care trusts.
(46589)
289
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of total purchasing pilots in primary care services.
(46590)
290
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total expenditure on centrally funded initiatives, services and special allocations has been in each year since 1997-98; and what anticipated expenditure on centrally funded services and special allocations will be in 2005-06.
(46591)
291
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 145W, on NHS finance, what the total reduction in provision for clinical negligence declared by the NHS Litigation Authority was in 2004-05; and whether it is expected that further such reductions will be declared in (a) 2005-06 and (b) future financial years.
(46607)
292
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the functions of her Department's performance support team; how many staff it has; and what the differences are between the roles of the performance support team and the turnaround teams she announced in her Statement of 1st December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS Finance.
(46612)
293
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 1686W, on waiting times, if she will provide the equivalent data for the years 1992-93 to 1996-97; and how many patients dealt with in an outpatient setting were not subsequently admitted onto the inpatient waiting list in each year since 1997-98.
(46621)
294
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reported cases there have been of (a) avian alviolitis, or pigeon fancier's lung, and (b) psittacosis transmitted from pigeons to humans via droppings in South Manchester in the last five years.
(46170)
295
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pusuant to the Answer of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 1671W, on late payments, if she will make an assessment of the effect of late payments on small and medium sized firms; what guidance she has given to NHS professionals regarding this; and if she will make a statement.
(46369)
296
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pusuant to the Answer of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 1667W, on HIV/AIDS, what assessment she has made of HIV infection rates in Hertfordshire.
(46370)
297
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for each primary care trust in the South West Region for audiology-related treatment in the last period for which figures are available.
(46575)
298
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are waiting for audiology-related treatment in each primary care trust in the South West Region.
(46576)
299
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 1670W, on intensive care, what information is held by the National Intensive Care Bed Information Service on whether Burnley General Hospital has facilities to support general intensive and high dependency care; and whether the hospital can provide specialist critical care to treat (a) serious burn injuries, (b) neurological conditions, (c) serious head injuries, (d) adverse reactions to drugs and poisons, (e) renal failure, (f) liver failure and (g) spinal injuries.
(46478)
300
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of waiting times for routine MRI scans in (a) Uxbridge Constituency, (b) North West London, (c) London and (d) England.
(46536)
301
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care home beds in (a) Greater London, (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (c) Uxbridge are operated (i) privately and (ii) by local authorities.
(46544)
302
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary school pupils in (a) England, (b) London, (c) London Borough of Hillingdon and (d) Uxbridge constituency are identified as (i) overweight and (ii) obese.
(46592)
303
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London borough of Hillingdon and (d) Uxbridge constituency (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) in each of the last 12 months; and which sexually transmitted disease was most frequently diagnosed in each case.
(46593)
304
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost was of a National Health Service dental check-up in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Uxbridge constituency in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(46594)
305
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population was registered with an NHS dentist in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (d) Uxbridge constituency in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(46595)
306
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner practices there are in the Uxbridge constituency; and what the average number is of patients registered with a practice in Uxbridge.
(46596)
307
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent NHS general practitioners have been employed in the Uxbridge constituency in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(46606)
308
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the system for regulating foreign visitors' access to NHS treatment; for what reason there is no obligation for foreign patients to produce documentary evidence of entitlement to free care before receiving emergency NHS treatment; and whether she plans to change this system.
(46425)
309
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS (a) dentists and (b) patients were registered in Welwyn, Hatfield in each year since 1997.
(46366)
310
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will investigate the series of complaints made against the Worcestershire Royal Hospital concerning poor care in the hospital; and if she will make a statement.
(45557)
311
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are for NHS audiology posts.
(46362)
312
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were training to become audiologists in the last period for which figures are available.
(46364)
313
Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to reduce audiology waiting lists.
(46365)
314
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what records she keeps of the number of persons with convictions or cautions for sex offences employed (a) by the NHS and (b) within the NHS who have contact with juveniles; of how many she is aware; and to what (i) advice and (ii) statutory requirements their managers are expected to have regard.
(45821)
315
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's policy is on giving consent to the siting of telephone masts on NHS estates.
(45978)
316
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46231)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
317
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the total Prison Service Budget was allocated to the administration of the National Offender Management Service in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(46579)
318
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) male and (b) female prisoners in England and Wales have re-offended since the introduction of the National Offender Management Service.
(46580)
319
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what formal training is provided for staff working in the National Offender Management Service prior to their contact with prisoners; and how much has been allocated for such training.
(46581)
320
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the ratio is of National Offender Management staff to prisoners in England and Wales in each year since its inception.
(46582)
321
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to change the role of prison officers in relation to the promotion of education and learning within prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(46180)
322
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent changes he has made to the arrangements for probation officers interviewing offenders; and if he will make a statement.
(46181)
323
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46198)
324
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of people have received 100 per cent. of a compensation award pursuant to section 13 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
(46415)
325
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect a Criminal Injuries Compensation award has on the payment of benefits to a claimant.
(46418)
326
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to require the Crown Prosecution Service to contact the families of murder and manslaughter victims prior to a trial.
(46419)
327
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners who had committed two violent offences previously were released on parole in the last five years; and how many of those released reoffended (a) within two years and (b) within five years.
(46420)
328
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale and (b) Cumbria have been closed in each of the last five years.
(45814)
329
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of (a) assisted suicide and (b) euthanasia have been reported in each of the last five years.
(46260)
330
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent assaults where the perpetrators recorded the incidents with mobile phone cameras have been reported in each local authority area in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(46299)
331
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether futher legislation will be necessary to introduce contestability into the provision of probation services.
(46183)
332
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his proposals for restructuring the Probation Service allow (a) members of the public and (b) local organisations to be informed of applicants for contracts to provide probation services; and what powers there will be to make objections to applicants.
(46499)
333
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his proposals for restructuring the Probation Service will give offenders rights to object to being supervised by a particular provider of probation services under contract.
(46500)
334
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many responses to the consultation paper Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending were received from individual members of (a) probation staff, (b) probation services and (c) probation boards; and how many were supportive of the proposals.
(46501)
335
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he intends to take with regard to restructuring the Probation Service if employees refuse to accept the transfer of their employment from a probation board to a probation trust or private company.
(46502)
336
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has received on the restructuring of the Probation Service from (a) former employees of the Probation Service, (b) the author of Managing Offenders, Reducing Crime and (c) advisers to the Government on crime.
(46503)
337
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the response he has received from the Magistrates' Association to the paper Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending.
(46504)
338
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the response he has received from the Police Federation to the paper Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending.
(46505)
339
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the response he has received from the members of the judiciary to the paper Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending.
(46506)
340
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed changes to police boundaries on the National Probation Service.
(46507)
341
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the introduction of the proposals to restructure the Probation Service has been (a) cancelled and (b) postponed.
(46508)
342
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many responses were received to the consultation paper, Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending; and how many of these responses were supportive of the Government's position.
(46509)
343
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when legislation will be introduced to give him the power to commission probation services.
(46510)
344
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for the future of probation boards.
(46511)
345
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish his five year plan for the National Offender Management Service; and whether the National Probation Service will remain part of it.
(46512)
346
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what methodology was used to determine the extent to which proposals for the future of the Probation Service will reduce the adult reconviction rate as set out in paragraph 31 of the consultation paper, Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending; and over what period of time the expected reduction is expected to be achieved.
(46513)
347
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what methodology was used to produce the figures for cost savings contained in the Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposals for restructuring the Probation Service.
(46514)
348
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what indications he has received from (a) companies whose headquarters are in the United Kingdom, (b) companies under the management or control of companies based in the European Union, (c) companies under the management or control of companies from the United States, (d) faith based organisations and (e) not-for-profit organisations regarding interest in bidding for contracts for the end-to-end management of offenders.
(46515)
349
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings he and his officials have had since 1st January 2005 with representatives of the United States correctional industry.
(46516)
350
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of elder abuse that occurred in the last 12 months.
(46551)
351
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases are on the register of overseas corruption allegations held by the National Criminal Intelligence Service; and how many of these are being investigated.
(46374)
352
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has been repatriated as a result of corruption investigations in the UK in each of the last two years; and to which countries.
(46375)
353
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalents were employed to answer hon. Members' letters to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each of the last five years.
(46479)
354
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of letters addressed to the MPs' Correspondence Section of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate between 6th May and 30th November 2005 had been replied to by 1st January 2006.
(46480)
355
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the data set for findings of guilt in England and Wales for each type of motoring offence in 2004, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex.
(46472)
356
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he had with the police in designating the area specified in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Designated Area) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005 No. 1866).
(46129)
357
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time was for the Arnhem Support Centre to clear entry visa applications under the new system from the receipt of the documentation from the embassy of origin in the last period for which figures are available; and what the average time was in the last period of the old system.
(46147)
358
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to provide further funding for the work undertaken in Peterborough under the auspices of the Invest to Save Asylum and Migration Project once the initial allocation has been spent; and if he will make a statement.
(46259)
359
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46282)
360
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46306)
361
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to send a substantive reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Clwyd West of 11th October 2005, reference M24593/5.
(46149)
362
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessments his Department has undertaken of the security of the National Identity Register; whether the Communications Electronics Security Group has been involved in the assessments; and what reports have emerged.
(46496)
363
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers have been housed in (a) Greater London, (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (c) Uxbridge constituency in each of the last seven years.
(46604)
364
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average response time to an emergency call to the police was in Uxbridge in each year since 1998.
(46605)
365
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Department will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 6th December 2005 on behalf of Harmesh Kumar Sharmar (Home Office reference S1172939, acknowledgement reference B29103/5).
(46416)
366
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy not to charge victims of crime for the recovery of their property from (a) police and (b) those holding the property on behalf of the police.
(46185)
367
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners there are at HMP Channings Wood; how many of these are awaiting deportation; how long those awaiting deportation have been waiting; and to which country they are to be deported.
(46417)
368
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) cases have been reported and (b) persons have been prosecuted for employing a prostitute (i) under the age of consent and (ii) who has no right to work in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years for which information is available.
(45711)
369
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 597W, on the IRIS Project, when he will report the key findings to the House; and what elements of the pilot project will be commercially sensitive.
(45949)
370
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46236)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
371
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46204)
372
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he will reply to Question number 42471 tabled by the hon. Member for Cotswold.
(46368)
373
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 18th January 2006, Official Report, column 1329W, on HIV/AIDS (paediatric care), if he will list the countries in which the UK funds AIDS programmes.
(46381)
374
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will estimate the cost to his Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005.
(46483)
375
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action his Department is taking, in conjunction with the Global Fund, to tackle the spread of AIDS in Africa.
(46450)
376
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the UK Government has allocated for the Global Fund for each of the next five years.
(46451)
377
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46281)
378
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46307)
379
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the difference between his Department's definitions of aid criteria and aid conditionality.
(46524)
380
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's policy is regarding the Russian government's new legislation restricting UK non-governmental organisation operations in Russia.
(46526)
381
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on UK aid to Ethiopia.
(46527)
382
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department is giving to African nations to help them prevent an avian influenza pandemic.
(46528)
383
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to encourage pan-African trade.
(46529)
384
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements have been made by the UK to deliver the commitment made at the Millennium Review Summit of September 2005 to support comprehensive national strategies to achieve the millennium development goals by providing the necessary increases in aid of sufficient quality and timeliness.
(46587)
385
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what arrangements have been made by the UK to deliver the commitment made at the Millennium Review Summit of September 2005 to adopt, by 2006, comprehensive national strategies to achieve the millennium development goals.
(46588)
386
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the use made of aid allocated following the South East Asian tsunami; and if he will make a statement.
(46131)
387
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46237)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
388
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46203)
389
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total administration costs associated with the delivery of social security benefits in Northern Ireland were in 2004-05; how many staff are employed in social security administration in Northern Ireland; and what administrative costs per benefit recipient were in 2004-05.
(46145)
390
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what standards were applied in deciding that the two positive samples collected from Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin, in November 2004 were not considered hazardous (a) for human consumption and (b) to aquatic organisms.
(46333)
391
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what dates in (a) July 1984 and (b) February 2004 water and soil samples were collected from Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin; and what the results of each of those samples were.
(46334)
392
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, under what authority the contractor was permitted to cut the railway carriages at Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin, into three sections between 25th November 2003 and February 2004.
(46335)
393
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what action was taken to identify the source of white asbestos found in Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin, in February 2005; what investigation was undertaken by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(46336)
394
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients were awaiting the supply of new digital hearing aids in each of the health and social services board areas on the last date for which figures are available.
(46337)
395
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent steps have been taken to improve the provision of digital hearing aids in each of the Health and Social Services Board areas.
(46338)
396
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the level of meals on wheels service provision is in each of the Health and Social Services Board areas; and what the cost of such provision was in each of the board areas, in each of the past three years.
(46339)
397
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on new books in each of the education and library boards in each of the last four years.
(46340)
398
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to encourage small businesses to recruit long-term unemployed people from disadvantaged communities; and if he will make a statement.
(46341)
399
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what additional financial resources have been put in place to provide for referrals to the Pain Clinic, Antrim Area Hospital in each of the past four years.
(46342)
400
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) priority and (b) routine referrals have been made for appointments at the Pain Clinic, Antrim Area Hospital in each of the past four years.
(46343)
401
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he plans to introduce to reduce outpatient waiting times for (a) priority and (b) routine appointments at the Pain Clinic, Antrim Area Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(46344)
402
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what initiatives have been introduced to reduce waiting times for outpatient appointments across health and personal social services.
(46345)
403
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November 2005, Official Report, column 1369W, on Crosshill Quarry, what the terms of reference were for the Health and Safety Executive's investigation into the dismantling of railway carriages in Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin; and what the findings were of that investigation.
(46616)
404
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were on waiting lists for speech therapy in each of the (a) health boards and (b) education and library boards on the last date for which figures are available.
(46517)
405
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were on waiting lists for physiotherapy treatment in each of the health board areas on the last date for which figures are available.
(46518)
406
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the waiting lists for special needs treatment at the School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast are as a result of a shortage of (a) dental surgeons, (b) anaesthetists and (c) other reasons.
(46519)
407
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many anaesthetists were available to undertake treatments at the School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast on the last date for which figures are available.
(46520)
408
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dentists are undergoing special care training in the School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
(46545)
409
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much financial support the Government will be providing for the Special Olympics Ireland Games taking place in Belfast in 2006.
(46546)
410
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many special needs patients are on the waiting list for dental treatment at the School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast (a) from each health board area and (b) in total.
(46547)
411
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many specialist dentists are available to undetake special care treatment at the School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
(46548)
412
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 317W, on Colin Worton, by what criteria claims for (a) compensation and (b) an ex gratia payment are assessed.
(46455)
413
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost to public funds was of the erection of a telecommunications mast for TG4 on Divis Mountain, Belfast.
(46456)
414
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many girls in Northern Ireland aged (a) 16, (b) 15, (c) 14 and (d) 13 years have been given (i) oral contraception and (ii) contraceptive implants on the NHS in each of the last five years.
(46457)
415
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many young people in Northern Ireland aged (a) 16, (b) 15, (c) 14, (d) 13 and (e) under 13 years have attended Brook Advisory Clinic for contraceptive treatment in each of the last five years.
(46459)
416
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how funding has been allocated through the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy 2002-07; and how the allocated money has been spent by (a) the Department and (b) boards in preparation for the final publication of the Sexual Health Promotion Strategy and Action Plan.
(46460)
417
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 2590W, on Northern Ireland Employer Champions, in which locations it has been possible to influence others to take action; what the response has been; how the profile of Essential Skills was raised in the press; which employer-focused events they attended; and how attendance at employer-focused events helped the Department to implement Essential Skills in the Workplace.
(46461)
418
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 303W, on Ministerial Car Fleet, how police drivers are paid for; and which agency or Department provided drivers for each devolved minister in the Northern Ireland Executive.
(46462)
419
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December 2005, Official Report, column 2101W, on Orange Hall (Attacks), how many attacks were carried out in each month of 2005.
(46464)
420
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December 2005, Official Report, column 2093W, on child abuse, which further meetings have taken place involving the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and senior representatives of the Roman Catholic Church; what information was provided in relation to each diocese fully within Northern Ireland; what information was provided in relation to each diocese that straddles the border with the Republic of Ireland; when he expects to make recommendations; and whether he plans to initiate an independent public inquiry.
(46465)
421
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December 2005, Official Report, column 2247W, on US Visa Applications, how many applications his Department has discussed with the US Consulate in Belfast in each of the last 15 years.
(46466)
422
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 329W, on IRA decommissioning, what the (a) original and (b) final estimates were for the size of the IRA arsenal.
(46467)
423
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answers of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 632W and 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 328W, on inward investment, what assessment he has made of what further steps should be taken to increase the level of foreign direct investment into Northern Ireland.
(46468)
424
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 11th January 2006, Official Report, column 637W, on the Ministerial Car Fleet, from what budget Ministerial cars and drivers are paid.
(46469)
425
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer by his colleague of 12th January 2006, Official Report, column 791W, on hospitality costs, how hospitality was paid for by (a) the Secretary of State and Direct Rule Ministers, (b) Ministers in the Northern Ireland Assembly, (c) the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, (d) the Chief Constable and (e) district commanders in each of the last 10 years; what limit was placed upon the amount of alcohol allowable under the hospitality budget; and what accounting procedures were in place to monitor the amount spent on hospitality in each case.
(46470)
426
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46245)
427
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incapacity benefit recipients there have been in Northern Ireland in each of the last eight years.
(46330)
428
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were in receipt of disability living allowance in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(46331)
Questions to the Prime Minister
429
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he discussed with President Bush, prior to the onset of hostilities against Iraq in 2003, a proposal that the UK should not take part in war-fighting, but would undertake a subsequent peacekeeping mission.
(46125)
430
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th January 2006, Official Report, column 888W, on terrorism victims (compensation), when he expects to be able to report to the House on the results of the Government's consideration of the feasibility of introducing a scheme to provide compensation for UK victims of terrorism referred to in his reply to the hon. Member for Walsall North on 15th October 2005.
(46558)
431
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, how many staff were employed in his Office in each year since he became Prime Minister.
(46487)
432
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, how much he has spent on air travel in each year since he became Prime Minister.
(46488)
433
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, how much he has spent on hospitality in each year since he became Prime Minister; and what proportion was spent on alcohol.
(46489)
434
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost was of his official travel in each year since he became Prime Minister.
(46490)
435
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost was of his overnight accommodation during official travel in each year since he became Prime Minister.
(46491)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
436
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46200)
437
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46229)
Questions to the Solicitor General
438
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Solicitor General, on how many occasions the Law Officer's Department have consulted citizens' juries on departmental polices in the last five years.
(46194)
439
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Solicitor General, on how many occasions the Law Officer's policy has been changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury in the last five years.
(46195)
440
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Solicitor General, on how many occasions when a citizens' jury has been consulted by the Law Officers' Department the recommendations of the jury have differed from existing departmental policy.
(46196)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
441
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the future of the THORP reprocessing plant.
(46036)
442
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the countries from which (a) radioactive waste and (b) spent fuel has been received but not yet returned; and what the (i) radioactivity level and (ii) quantity held is in each case.
(46037)
443
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46207)
444
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether it is a requirement for companies to record details of their employers' liability insurance on their annual returns to Companies House.
(46346)
445
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices have been closed in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale and (b) Cumbria in each of the last five years.
(45813)
446
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to promote renewable forms of energy; and if he will make a statement.
(46292)
447
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December 2005, Official Report, column 2212, on waste electrical and electronic equipment, if he will provide an estimate of the range of unit costs involved in compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; and what the Department's estimate is for compliance over the next three years.
(46523)
448
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46280)
449
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46308)
450
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what grants have been made by his Department to facilitate the development of (a) wind power and (b) other forms of renewable energy in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(46150)
451
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department is providing in 2005-06 to research into the development of tidal power; and at what locations tidal power is being piloted.
(46193)
452
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which organisations were invited to the launch of the Energy Review, Our Energy Challenge, on 23rd January; and what criteria were used to decide upon suitability of invitees.
(46565)
453
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, why natural gas from UK offshore North Sea sources has been depleted at a faster rate than was envisaged in the 2003 Energy White Paper; and if he will place his Department's calculations in the Library.
(46566)
454
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which (a) power generation companies and (b) investment institutions have indicated a positive interest in (i) building and (ii) investing in new nuclear build.
(46567)
455
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with British Energy to explore the technical and economic possibilities of distributing the waste heat from Sizewell B power plant via a heat grid.
(46569)
456
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what aspects of (a) renewable energy technologies and (b) distributed generation are being examined by the Health and Safety Executive in respect of their potential risk to workers and the public.
(46570)
457
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessments he has commissioned of the potential for exploiting micro-hydro power generation in Wales as part of the energy review.
(46573)
458
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many identical miners' claims have been submitted by two firms of solicitors where one of the two firms is (a) Beresfords, (b) Wake Smith, (c) Moss, (d) AMS Law, (e) BRM and (f) Vendside.
(45748)
459
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many solicitors have had claims for miners' compensation suspended because an identical claim has been submitted by a second firm of solicitors.
(45749)
460
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many miners' claims in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) the UK have been temporarily suspended because they have been submitted by two separate firms of solicitors.
(45750)
461
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many meetings took place between officials in his Department and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and Vendside in each year since 1995.
(45751)
462
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when issues relating to miners' compensation were last raised by his Department with (a) the National Audit Office, (b) the Treasury and (c) the Legal Services Ombudsman.
(45908)
463
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December 2005, Official Report, column 2252W, on energy, what assessment has been made of the international supply of gas in relation to the anticipated demand for gas; and how many years of supply can be provided from the existing resources of gas in the world.
(45728)
464
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to assess the percentage of electricity supplies produced by gas, coal and nuclear energy in light of the anticipated shortage of gas supplies in the future.
(45729)
465
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December 2005, Official Report, column 2255W, on nuclear power, whether he has now received the strategy proposals from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the decommissioning and clear up of its sites; and whether it remains his intention to consider and come to a decision on the proposed strategy by 31st March.
(45730)
466
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 15th December 2005, Official Report, column 2253W, on gas prices, what response the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry have had to the letters which they sent to Commissioner Kroes about supplies of gas; when the letters were sent; and if he will publish the correspondence.
(45731)
467
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the national targets are for the Small Business Service; and what the performance of offices covering South Devon are in relation to those targets.
(46614)
468
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2006, Official Report, column 1760W, on the artists' resale levy, what independent economic research is referred to; and what aspects of this research differ from previous research on this subject.
(46123)
469
N
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the timescale is for making it mandatory for Government departments to implement the Small Business Research Initiative; how that will be enforced; and if he will make a statement.
(45285)
470
N
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will provide a substantive Answer to Question 38362.
(45876)
471
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when his Department will begin its consultation on Article 87 (3) of the Regional Aid Guidelines; and which areas he expects will be included.
(46124)
472
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46242)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
473
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the funding provided in the 2006-07 local government finance settlement to (a) West Berkshire Council and (b) other local authorities to provide free bus passes for all those who are entitled to them.
(46246)
474
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether local authorities running alternative concessionary travel token schemes will be required to discontinue such schemes under the free bus pass scheme.
(46247)
475
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of whether (a) West Berkshire Council and (b) other local authorities will require additional funding above that provided in the local government finance settlement to finance the free bus pass scheme; and what assessment he has made of sources of additional funding.
(46248)
476
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the payments to bus operators by (a) West Berkshire Council and (b) other local authorities in England under the free bus pass scheme; and what percentage of the payments in (i) West Berkshire and (b) England will be met from central government grant in 2006-07.
(46251)
477
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether local authorities will discontinue concessionary travel token schemes other than the free bus pass scheme to fund the free bus pass scheme.
(46253)
478
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46199)
479
N
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to public funds has been to date of the promotion of, preparation for, design of and public consultation on the proposed improvements to the A46 between Widmerpool and Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire.
(45935)
480
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether the making available to third parties against payment by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of data relating to the owners of vehicles is consistent with the Data Protection Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(46274)
481
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatalities there have been in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last 10 years as a consequence of road traffic accidents.
(46554)
482
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the guarantees the Government has provided to outside organisations for loans which have been used to fund transport projects.
(46128)
483
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the schemes for investment in the transport infrastructure which have been announced by his Department and for which (a) no date has been set for the commencement of construction and (b) funding has yet to be allocated.
(46130)
484
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will accept the recommendation of the South East of England Regional Assembly Regional Transport Board's recommendation with regard to the A3 at Hindhead; and if he will make a statement.
(46379)
485
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ask the Civil Aviation Authority to investigate organophosphate contamination of cabin air supply on commercial aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(46169)
486
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46279)
487
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46309)
488
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a league table to highlight the most congested roads in the West Midlands.
(46312)
489
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles on average use the (a) northbound and (b) southbound sections of the M42 between (i) junction 5 and junction 6, (ii) junction 6 and junction 7, (iii) junction 7 and junction 8 and (iv) junction 8 and junction 9 each day.
(46313)
490
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the design of a certification scheme for the sustainability of the sources of fuel to be accepted within the proposed Road Transport Fuel Obligation.
(46192)
491
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the air pollution impact of the introduction of mixed mode at Heathrow in advance of the publication of the report from the project for the sustainable development of Heathrow.
(46297)
492
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow; and when he expects the project to report.
(46317)
493
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent by central Government on road safety in relation to (a) speeding, (b) drink driving, (c) seat belts and (d) cyclists' safety in each of the past 20 years.
(45671)
494
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the national targets are for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and what the performance of offices in South Devon is in relation to those targets.
(46615)
495
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance the Government issues to local authorities on the gritting of roads during cold weather; and if he will (a) place a copy in the Library and (b) provide a weblink to the documents.
(46324)
496
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding the Government has provided to local authorities for the gritting of roads in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(46326)
497
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46227)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
498
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46202)
499
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was raised in business rates in (a) Rhyl, (b) Prestatyn, (c) St Asaph, (d) Bodelwyddan, (e) Rhuddlan, (f) Dyserth and (g) Denbigh in each of the last 10 years.
(46171)
500
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with (a) the Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Culture and (b) CADW in respect of opportunities to promote tourism and employment through the establishment of industrial heritage museums.
(46564)
501
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46239)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
502
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of overpayment of benefits by his Department was in each of the last eight years.
(46155)
503
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6th May 2005.
(46221)
504
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received incapacity benefit in Elmet constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(46271)
505
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people hold a Post Office Card Account in the Easington constituency.
(46584)
506
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed incapacity benefit in 2004-05, broken down by medical condition.
(46372)
507
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with employers on his proposals to reform incapacity benefit, with particular reference to extending employment opportunities.
(46373)
508
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to provide people on incapacity benefit with (a) training, (b) rehabilitation and (c) counselling in order to get them back into work; and if he will make a statement.
(46296)
509
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost to his Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005.
(46482)
510
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) identifiable administration costs and (b) Scotland's share of non-identifiable administration costs associated with the delivery of social security benefits in Scotland were in 2004-05; and what the (i) identifiable and (ii) non-identifiable costs were per benefit recipient of administration.
(46144)
511
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many care home residents in Scotland lost their entitlement to attendance allowance in each year since 2002 because their personal care costs were met under the free personal care arrangements; and what the financial effect on his Department was of this loss of entitlement.
(46146)
512
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.
(46277)
513
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there were to the site in each of the last 12 months.
(46311)
514
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the source was of the funds earmarked by the Health and Safety Executive to pay for the comparative risk review of energy sources commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry in January as part of the Energy Review; and whether he expects the Health and Safety Executive to apply cost recovery in respect of the Nuclear Reactor Safety Review to be conducted as part of the Review.
(46568)
515
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons his Department has decided to end the Post Office Card Account (POCA) contract; how many users of the POCA will be affected by this decision; and if he will make a statement.
(45586)
516
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultations his Department held with (a) pensioner groups and (b) others before the decision was taken to terminate the contract of the Post Office Card Account; and if he will make a statement.
(45587)
517
Mr John McFall (West Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on delays in payment of new benefit claims in (a) West Dumbartonshire and (b) the UK for (i) jobseeker's allowance, (ii) income support and (iii) incapacity benefit in the last 12 months.
(46638)
518
Mr John McFall (West Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department is doing to reduce the backlog of claimants waiting for their correct entitlement of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support and (c) incapacity benefit.
(46639)
519
Mr John McFall (West Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether further reductions in numbers of jobs for jobcentre workers in West Dumbartonshire are planned.
(46640)
520
Mr John McFall (West Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants there have been for a crisis loan in the last six months in the JobcentrePlus offices in West Dunbartonshire; and how many calls from people applying for crisis loans have gone unanswered.
(46641)
521
Mr John McFall (West Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the full Pathways to Work scheme will commence in April; and whether West Dunbartonshire will be included in this.
(46642)
522
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time was between the start of a claim for incapacity benefit and the first personal capability assessment in the last year for which figures are available.
(46320)
523
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incapacity benefit claimants have failed a personal capability assessment in each of the last four years in (a) Pathways to Work areas and (b) non Pathways to Work areas; and for what reasons in each case.
(46322)
524
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the overall expenditure on incapacity benefits was, including severe disablement allowance and income support on the grounds of incapacity (a) on the grounds of mental and behavioural disorders and (b) in total, in each year since 1997.
(46325)
525
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of incapacity benefits claimants have undergone a medical examination in each year since 1990.
(46329)
526
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statistics his Department collects in relation to the administration of statutory sick pay on (a) the number of sick notes issued by doctors and (b) the condition for which the note was issued; and if he will make a statement.
(46168)
527
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what rules apply to (a) asylum seekers and (b) illegal immigrants for (i) benefit claims and (ii) the repayment of overpayment of benefits; and if he will make a statement.
(46186)
528
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what agencies and directorates within the responsibilities of his Department are located at Norcross.
(45939)
529
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those consultations the recommendations of the citizens' jury differed from existing departmental policy; and on how many occasions departmental policy was changed to reflect the recommendations of the citizens' jury.
(46228)
530
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women have claimed pension credit.
(45855)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
531
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to enable the House to vote on a motion to approve the recently agreed changes in the UK rebate from the EU budget.
[Transferred] (46226)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
532
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost of legal aid in Northern Ireland has been since 2002-03.
[Transferred] (46521)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
533
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will take steps to entitle (a) husbands and wives and (b) other partners who care for one another due to (i) illness and (ii) disability, whether they work or not, to council tax rebate.
[R] [Transferred] (46327)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
534
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether local authorities have the power to charge their residents for bin liners; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (46318)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
535
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations her Department has issued in relation to aspartame; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (46261)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
536
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was collected through fines from speed cameras in each local authority in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (46263)
537
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were prosecuted for not paying the television licence fee in each year since 1996-97.
[Transferred] (46353)
Questions to the Leader of the House
538
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was claimed by hon. Members for travel by (a) air, (b) rail and (c) motorcycle in the last two financial years for which figures are available; and what the 10 highest claims were in each year.
[Transferred] (46257)
Questions to the Solicitor General
539
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions in Northern Ireland have been abandoned for national security reasons in each of the last 30 years, broken down by charge.
[Transferred] (46463)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
540
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on the Thames Gateway Port project of the possible takeover of P&O by Dubai World Ports; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (46214)

 
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