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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 30 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 30 January 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 30 January 2006


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

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


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average tax relief will be for stakeholder pensions following implementation of the Finance Act 2004; and what the rate was in each of the last three years.
(47165)
2
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received about age discrimination in the pricing of travel insurance by UK companies; and if he will make a statement.
(46386)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to examine whether the sale of financial protection products through non-advised channels is compatible with the regulatory requirement to treat customers fairly.
(46896)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost to the Exchequer is of (a) income tax, (b) national insurance contributions, (c) corporation tax and (d) capital gains tax foregone for (i) the Share Incentive Plan, (ii) the Enterprise Investment Scheme, (iii) enterprise management incentives, (iv) venture capital trusts, (v) professional subscriptions, (vi) aproved employee share schemes, (vii) approved employee option schemes, (viii) approved company option schemes and (ix) enterprise zones in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(47331)
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures are in place to ensure that the risk of companies fraudulently claiming research and development tax credits is minimised; and if he will make a statement.
(47332)
6
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many charitable institutions in Northern Ireland have had their charitable status withdrawn in the last 10 years.
(46792)
7
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46767)
8
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46772)
9
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to communicate to the construction industry the operation of the new Construction Industry Scheme; and how much has been spent on this activity.
(47257)
10
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large contractors were contacted by his Department during consultations on the forthcoming reforms to the Construction Industry Scheme.
(47258)
11
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs has spent since the introduction of the Construction Industry Scheme in 1999 on (a) informing the construction industry about the correct determination of employment status and (b) enforcing compliance on employment status.
(47259)
12
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been collected by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in unpaid pay-as-you-earn tax since the leverage exercise began in 2004.
(47260)
13
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many contractors identified under the leverage exercise by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs came under investigation in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; and how many he expects to come under investigation in 2006.
(47261)
14
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers from (a) Great Britain and (b) the European Economic Area have registered for the Construction Industry Scheme in each year since 1999.
(47262)
15
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of individuals from European Economic Area countries who are registered under the Construction Industry Scheme are also registered for national insurance.
(47263)
16
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what process Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs applies to money that has been deducted under the Construction Industry Scheme but cannot be allocated to national insurance due to a worker not registering a national insurance number; and how much was dealt with under this process in 2004-05.
(47264)
17
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the revenue from National Insurance contributions was in each year from 2003-04; what the estimate is for 2006-07; and what assessment he has made of the impact on revenue of the National Insurance Contributions Act 2002 in respect of NHS employers' contributions being calculated as a percentage of all earnings.
(46798)
18
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Oral Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 1505, on HM Revenue and Customs Estate, what clawback clauses were included in the contract awarded to Mapeley in 2001 regarding properties included in his Department's estate.
(46914)
19
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 1505, on HM Revenue and Customs Estate, how many companies competed for the contract which was won by Mapeley in 2001 regarding properties included in his Department's estate.
(46915)
20
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 26th January, Official Report, column 1505, on HM Revenue and Customs Estate, if he will list the properties which were sold to Mapeley in 2001 by his Department.
(46916)
21
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths in which benzodiazepines abuse was given as a (a) cause and (b) factor occurred in each of the last 10 years.
(47324)
22
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2006, Official Report, column 1495W, on the film industry, if he will give details of the specific tax reliefs available for film production in each year since 1997; and what the cost of those reliefs was in each year.
(46391)
23
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase the rate of economic activity in Milton Keynes.
(47304)
24
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families were sent (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four to seven and (e) eight or more different entitlement notices for a single application for tax credits in each year since the tax credit system was introduced.
(47206)
25
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) longest and (b) average time taken was for information relating to an application for tax credit to be updated on his Department's computer system in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05; and how many open cases on the system have waited more than four months to be updated.
(47207)
26
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates he has held meetings with the European Commissioner for Trade since October 2004.
(47429)
27
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what telephone conversations he has held with the European Commissioner for Trade since October 2004.
(47430)
28
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the loss to the Treasury of the Carlyle share of QinetiQ; and if he will make a statement.
(46784)
29
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47083)
30
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many regulatory reform orders his Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46812)
31
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of tax revenue was allocated to the Ministry of Defence budget in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.
(47130)
32
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on using tax revenue sourced from particular taxes for particular areas of Government spending.
(47131)
33
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a domestic property that pays business rates, in addition to council tax, due to a householder working at home, may be liable for capital gains tax on sale of the property.
(46962)
34
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the staff manual for the Valuation Office Agency.
(46963)
35
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations (a) his Department and (b) the Office for National Statistics has received on the accuracy of mid-year population estimates.
(46964)
36
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Office for National Statistics has made of the reasons other than population changes why mid-year population estimates differ from the 2001 National Census.
(46965)
37
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the role of the Valuation Office Agency is in the assessment of inheritance tax.
(47025)
38
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with the company, Cole Layer Trumble, or their representatives, in the last five years.
(47026)
39
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the types of data (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the Valuation Office Agency is permitted to hold under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.
(47027)
40
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a regulatory impact assessment has been prepared on his decision to withdraw the right to hold residential property in a self-invested personal pension.
(47028)
41
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19th July 2005, Official Report, column 1681W, on council tax, following the postponement of the council tax revaluation in England, if he will place in the Library the remaining written advice.
(47044)
42
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Valuation Office Agency operates an incentive scheme for staff for (a) council tax valuations and (b) business rate valuations.
(47223)
43
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase the rate of economic activity in (a) Swindon, (b) Wiltshire and (c) the South-West.
(46826)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
44
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what measures are in place to ensure the political impartiality of chief executives of non-departmental public bodies.
(47153)
45
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent on Government public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(46040)
46
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what progress has been made on the implementation of the Phillis Review recommendations on restructuring Government communications.
(47195)
47
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent on the Central Office of Information in each year since 1996-97; and how much the estimated spend is for 2005-06.
(47196)
48
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will publish figures for the total spend by his Department on (a) public relations and press offices and (b) advertising in each year since 1996-97; and what the estimated spend for 2005-06 is.
(47197)
49
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what changes have been made to the structure of (a) the Government Communications Group, (b) the Government Communications Network, (c) the Government News Network and (d) the Central Office of Information since May 1997.
(47198)
50
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47082)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
51
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many trials in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) the Crown Court were moved to a different location at the request of the (i) prosecution and (ii) defence in each year since 1990.
(47185)
52
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many letters were received by the Judicial Correspondence Unit in each week in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(47186)
53
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many officials are employed by the Judicial Correspondence Unit; at what (a) grade and (b) salary they are employed; and what the equivalent figures were in each year since 1997.
(47187)
54
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many complaints were received by the Judicial Correspondence Unit about the work of that unit in each month since 2000.
(47188)
55
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what advice is produced by the Judicial Correspondence Unit for members of the public wishing to make a complaint about a member of the judiciary.
(47477)
56
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations she has received about the Judicial Complaints Protocol in each of the last two years.
(47478)
57
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many appeals have been heard at each immigration appeals centre in the UK in each of the last five years; and how many were successful in each centre in each year.
(47192)
58
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46751)
59
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what her Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46752)
60
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which local authorities are complying with the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if she will make a statement.
(47216)
61
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) her Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47081)
62
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):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.
(46948)
63
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2006, Official Report, column 1446W, on audible fire alarms, what plans she has to extend audible fire alarm coverage to all buildings.
(47046)
64
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she expects the Burial and Cemeteries Advisory Group to report.
(47240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
65
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on sports clubs.
(45856)
66
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will grant an exception from the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 in relation to an application for a temporary events licence by small musical or dramatic groups performing for charity; and if she will make a statement.
(46860)
67
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many departmental employees have took retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46750)
68
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46753)
69
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):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 each London constituency for each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(47409)
70
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on the adoption of legislation in the United Kingdom to (a) prevent seizure and (b) guarantee the security of national cultural goods on loan from other countries; and if she will make a statement.
(46671)
71
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of UK provisions to guarantee the security of national cultural goods on loan from other countries; and if she will make a statement.
(46672)
72
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the liaison bodies established between her Department and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in relation to arrangements for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games have met; and if she will make a statement.
(46986)
73
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners over 75 years were receiving a free television licence in Selby constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(46799)
74
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was allocated to cricket through (a) the Sports Council, (b) the National Lottery and (c) other Government funding in each of the last five years.
(46815)
75
N
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was to (a) her Department and (b) English Heritage, to the end of July 2005, of preparatory work in connection with the Stonehenge Visitors Centre.
(45817)
76
N
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the earmarked allocation of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Stonehenge Visitors Centre is ring-fenced for that project irrespective of possible planning and construction delays.
(46663)
77
N
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the last occasion was that (a) Ministers and (b) officials met representatives of the National Trust to discuss road improvements at Stonehenge.
(46853)
78
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department have discussed with the National Trust the proposals from consultants for a new northern corridor route for the proposed A303 Stonehenge road improvement.
(47005)
79
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans, under the Government's Respect Agenda, to monitor and evaluate the effect on anti-social behaviour of the broadcasting of violent acts during peak-time television programming.
(46677)
80
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many events there will be at the London 2012 Olympics; and which of these events will be open to women competitors.
(46661)
81
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether guidance has been produced on alcohol (a) served and (b) consumed on the gaming floor area of new casinos licensed under the Gambling Act 2005.
(46726)
82
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government's art collection is catalogued; and if she will make a statement.
(46835)
83
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which UK (a) programmes and (b) films have received funding from the EU Media Plus programme; and if she will make a statement.
(46836)
84
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) her Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47077)
85
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many regulatory reform orders her Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46802)
86
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the statement at her Department's Olympic summit on 24th January, if she will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of the £3.3 billion cost of infrastructure.
(46159)
87
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from sports bodies about the Private Security Industry Act 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(46162)
88
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 18th October 2005, Official Report, column 1008W, on the Licensing Act 2003, to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead, what definition her Department uses of the term material variation.
(47043)
89
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance she has issued to local authorities on whether the extension of a licensed premises' opening hours, without any increase in the licensed premises area or capacity, would count as a material variation for the purposes of a cumulative impact special policy.
(47219)
90
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department takes to report publicly on its key sustainable development impacts.
(46865)
91
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what reduction her Department has made in (a) road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions and (b) single occupancy car commuting against baseline years of (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05.
(46889)
92
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what reduction in water consumption her Department made between 1st April 2002 and 31st March 2005.
(46890)
93
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of non-office sites on her Department's estate where there are opportunities for significant savings in water consumption.
(46891)
94
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will respond to the letter of 22nd December 2005 from the hon. Member for East Devon seeking an inquiry into the recent events at English National Opera.
(47306)
95
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will implement an inquiry into the governance of rugby union; and if she will make a statement.
(46900)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
96
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research has been provided to the Government on a possible relationship between the self reported use of nerve agent pre-treatment tablets and incidence of Gulf War illness.
(46694)
97
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of (a) the Fourth Armoured Brigade, (b) the Seventh Armoured Brigade, (c) the First Armoured Division Force Maintenance Area, (d) the RAF and (e) the Royal Navy involved in Operation Granby in 1991 have since been examined by the Gulf War Medical Assessment Programme; how many in each category were found to be suffering from diagnosed neurological illnesses; and how many in each category are claiming war pensions for (i) neurological illnesses and (ii) non-neurological illnesses.
(46864)
98
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of diagnosed (a) neurological and (b) auto-immune illnesses in 1991 Gulf War veterans have been examined by the Gulf War Medical Assessment Programme since 1992.
(46872)
99
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British military helicopters he is planning to make available in support of the projected deployment of British forces to Helmand Province in Afghanistan; and what type of helicopters he plans to make available.
(46873)
100
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will refer the sale of QinetiQ to Carlyle in 2002 to the National Audit Office.
(46895)
101
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will allow private investors to participate in the flotation of QinetiQ.
(46897)
102
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) names and (b) grades were of his Department's officials who visited Ascension Island and participated in the preliminary summit of 30th November 2005.
(47308)
103
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future role of Ascension Island in the United Kingdom's defence strategy.
(47329)
104
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the conditions governing the use of Ascension Island by the United States Air Force.
(47330)
105
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the amount of Brazilian beef procured for departmental establishments in the last year for which figures are available.
(47473)
106
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure armed forces personnel receive assistance from medical professionals for issues relating to psychological trauma.
(45660)
107
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46749)
108
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46754)
109
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel are working (a) under the NATO flag and (b) under the EU in relief efforts in Sudan.
(46861)
110
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of 15 year olds in schools operated by Service Children's Education achieved five or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades (a) A* to C and (b) A* to C including English and mathematics in each year since 1995.
(47158)
111
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of military bases (a) in England and (b) overseas have (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools located on them; and how many pupils attend these schools.
(47159)
112
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of 11 year olds in schools operated by Service Children's Education achieved level 4 in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) science, (d) reading, (e) writing, (f) reading and writing and (g) reading, writing and mathematics in each year since 1995.
(47366)
113
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the study commissioned from Accenture, referred to on page 24 of the QinetiQ prospectus.
(47266)
114
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's (a) long-term partnering agreement, (b) compliance regime agreement and (c) special shareholder agreement with QinetiQ.
(47267)
115
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations and warranties his Department has given to the QinetiQ Joint Bookrunners in the Underwriting Agreement; and if he will place a copy of the agreement in the Library.
(47268)
116
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what privileges his Department's special share in QinetiQ will confer after flotation.
(47269)
117
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list strategic assets which QinetiQ must retain and maintain under the Principal Agreement with his Department.
(47270)
118
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much profit has been recorded since the formation of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, including that recorded by QinetiQ; and where these funds have been invested.
(47271)
119
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the bid made in July 2005 by BAe Systems for the next phase of the Nimrod project; and when a decision on the bid is likely to be made.
(46902)
120
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on the workforce employed at Woodford of the delay in a decision on the bid for the next phase of the Nimrod project.
(46903)
121
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the use of land owned by his Department reduces the cost to his Department of the Medical Training to the Midlands; whether the use of land owned by (a) another Government department and (b) the private sector would alter the cost of the project; and if he will make a statement.
(47001)
122
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 2342W, on Iraq/Afghanistan, what recent discussions he has had with the central criminal court of Iraq on the incident at Al Majarr Al Kabir on 24th June 2003.
(46681)
123
N
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last occasion was on which (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) military personnel met the Director General of the National Trust to discuss Stonehenge road issues; and what was discussed.
(46669)
124
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) property and (b) land is owned by his Department in North East Milton Keynes constituency.
(46857)
125
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the (a) Harmony Guidelines and (b) Department public service agreement target 4 related to separated service will be breached as a result of troop deployments to Afghanistan.
(47419)
126
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is possible to ascertain whether the Harmony Guidelines related to separated service have been breached on an individual basis for each service.
(47422)
127
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47091)
128
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regulatory reform orders his Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46804)
129
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of his Department's budget was allocated to conflict prevention in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.
(47129)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
130
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the work of the Interdepartmental Taskforce on the Improvement of Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings and the energy review.
(45394)
131
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to enable first-time home buyers in Coventry to buy a home locally.
(45657)
132
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) revenue and (b) capital funding his Department has allocated to Coventry City Council in each of the last 10 years.
(45658)
133
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of Coventry City Council housing stock has been sold under the right-to-buy scheme in each year since 1980.
(45659)
134
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46755)
135
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46779)
136
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of council housing stock in each London borough has been sold under the right-to-buy scheme since 1980; and if he will make a statement.
(47381)
137
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new mobile telephone masts have been erected under permitted development rights in each year since 1997 in each London borough; and if he will make a statement.
(47406)
138
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council houses in each London borough have been brought up to the Decent Homes Standard; how many remain to be brought up to the Decent Homes Standard; and if he will make a statement.
(47407)
139
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of the MORI poll was in respect of (a) perceptions of the effectiveness of his Department held by board members and unit heads within the Department and (b) perceptions of the effectiveness of his Department held by external stakeholders of the Department; and if he will make a statement.
(47408)
140
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment has been made of the merits of designating Thames Gateway as a national park.
(47193)
141
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the annual change was in the average council tax for a band D property in each year since 1997-98.
(46911)
142
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total expenditure on the single regeneration budget has been for each year since introduction in each local authority area.
(46680)
143
N
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost was to (a) Wiltshire County Council and (b) Salisbury District Council of preparatory work in connection with (i) the A303 Stonehenge Road Improvement Scheme and (ii) the Stonehenge Visitors Centre project to the end of July 2005.
(45818)
144
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the additional costs falling upon Hillingdon Council from Heathrow Airport.
(47070)
145
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2006, Official Report, column 2068W, on regional reorganisation, what guidance and support his Department provides to Government departments on inter-regional communication on policy matters.
(47155)
146
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what Government grants are available to people with muscular dystrophy to adapt their home environment to their needs.
(46667)
147
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Office; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47092)
148
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many regulatory reform orders his Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46807)
149
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff have been employed in his private office in each year since he became Deputy Prime Minister.
(46888)
150
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether an individual convicted of a criminal offence will be eligible to become a certified home inspector.
(46947)
151
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether individuals evicted from social housing due to anti-social behaviour (a) are eligible to be re-housed, (b) may be classed as homeless and (c) are eligible for (i) housing benefit and (ii) council tax benefit; whether eligibility for each will apply under the Government's Respect agenda proposals; and if he will make a statement.
(46966)
152
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether shared ownership leases can participate in a commonhold tenure development; and if he will make a statement.
(46967)
153
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Planning Inspectorate has issued on planning policy on polytunnels.
(46975)
154
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on tackling council tax (a) fraud, (b) evasion and (c) underpayments.
(46979)
155
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to change planning (a) guidelines and (b) regulations in relation to major hazard sites following the Hemel Hempstead fuel depot incident.
(46980)
156
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the new home inspectors will be required to have Criminal Records Bureau checks.
(46981)
157
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on what date London's existing regional fire control centre became operational.
(46982)
158
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on council housing exchanges between tenants.
(46983)
159
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total and (b) administration expenditure of the Housing Corporation was in each year since 1996-97; and what the estimates are for (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.
(46984)
160
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 587W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the (a) start point and (b) estimated termination point of the contract with Cole Layer Trumble are; and whether the contract is ongoing.
(46993)
161
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 587W, on the Valuation Office Agency, how many meetings his officials and staff from the Valuation Office Agency have had with Cole Layer Trumble since the signing of the contract.
(46994)
162
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 587W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if he will publish the make and model of the cameras bought in each year.
(46995)
163
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 587W, on the Valuation Office Agency, in what image format the digital images of domestic properties are stored.
(46996)
164
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 587W, on the Valuation Office Agency, how many claims for compensation the Agency has received since 1997; and what the result of the claim was in each case.
(46997)
165
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 273W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's document, Dwellinghouse Coding - an Illustrated Guide, or provide a weblink if it is available on the Agency's website.
(46999)
166
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 253W, on Design for Manufacture, how many and what proportion of homes in each development will be sold at market rates; and how many will be available for (a) affordable rent and (b) shared equity.
(47000)
167
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 256W, on Homebuy schemes, whether the Government is providing subsidy for Open Market Homebuy.
(47017)
168
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 250W, on council tax, what the (a) OASIS and (b) Tenet products are; and if he will outline their use for council tax valuations.
(47018)
169
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many physical inspections of composite hereditaments were carried out by the Valuation Agency for (a) business rate and (b) council tax (i) valuation and (ii) liability purposes in each year since 1996-97.
(47024)
170
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many composite hereditaments were registered by the Valuation Office Agency for (a) council tax and(b) business rates in England in each year since 1996-97.
(47030)
171
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what advice the Government has issued to local authorities on the employment of staff on the Sex Offenders Register whose work involves contact with the public.
(47031)
172
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department has responsibilities in relation to the vetting of registered sex offenders in relation to employment in local authorities.
(47032)
173
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Department's definition of a corporeal hereditament is for council tax valuation purposes.
(47140)
174
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Tribunal Service's plan approved by his Department on preparing for the introduction of the Euro.
(47141)
175
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Valuation Tribunal Service has spent on the council tax revaluation including related appeals to date in England.
(47142)
176
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if the Valuation Office Agency keeps photographs of properties for (a) business rates and (b) council tax valuation purposes.
(47143)
177
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will deposit in the Library a copy of the Gershon efficiency submission from each (a) local, (b) police and (c) fire authority in England.
(47144)
178
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the property-based taxes in which the Valuation Office Agency has an involvement other than council tax, business rates, inheritance tax and capital gains tax.
(47145)
179
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the individual datasets are part of the Valuation Office Agency's Automated Valuation Model.
(47146)
180
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what use the Valuation Office Agency makes of (a) property and (b) individual-related data from Experian.
(47147)
181
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on foreign visits in each year in the last five years; and if he will list the location and purpose of each foreign visit.
(47148)
182
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on (a) video cameras, (b) camcorders and (c) related electronic equipment in the last five years for which figures are available; and how many such cameras were purchased in each year.
(47149)
183
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what account the Valuation Office Agency takes of the presence of (a) fixed kennels, (b) stables and (c) animal hutches in making a valuation of a domestic property.
(47150)
184
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on what plans the Government has to amend planning regulations for warehouses near transport hubs.
(47342)
185
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the Government has made of the number of first-time buyers completing a house purchase in each year since 1997.
(47343)
186
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households will benefit from (a) Social Homebuy and (b) New Build Homebuy in each year of the proposed schemes, in (i) England and (ii) each government office region.
(47346)
187
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place a copy of the Valuation Office Agency guidance on the definition and assessment of a fixture for council tax valuation purposes in the Library.
(47434)
188
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 8th December 2005, Official Report, column 1500W, on council tax revaluation, when the collection of value significant codes is forecast to be complete.
(47452)
189
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd November 2005, Official Report, column 2063W, on council tax, if he will break down the number of properties with (a) dwellinghouse codes and (b) value significant codes, by billing authority.
(47474)
190
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was paid in (a) revenue grant and (b) capital grant payments to the voluntary sector in London by the Homelessness Directorate in 2004-05.
(47177)
191
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) revenue grant and (b) capital grant payments were made by the Homelessness Directorate in support of local homelessness strategies in each local authority in London in 2004-05.
(47178)
192
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) initial applications and (b) completed sales were made under the right to buy in each local authority in London in each quarter since 2003-04.
(47179)
193
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many cash incentive scheme grants to enable tenants to buy the home of their choice were made by each local authority in London in 2004-05; and what the total value of these grants was in each local authority.
(47180)
194
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of responding to freedom of information requests made in 2005.
(46682)
195
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of local authorities meet the costs of the Royal National Institute for the Blind talking books for users scheme.
(46778)
196
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total cost of officials from his Department engaged full-time in supporting Swindon Borough Council has been since 2003.
(46887)
197
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council houses have been sold in Hartlepool under the Right-To-Buy scheme in each year since 1980.
(47322)
198
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of social housing have been made available in Hartlepool in each year since 1980.
(47323)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
199
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases have been referred to the academies special educational needs dispute resolution service; and from which academies.
(45392)
200
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what budget she has allocated for the academies special educational needs dispute resolution service; for what period of time; and if she will make a statement.
(45393)
201
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the amount of Brazilian beef procured for school meals during the last year for which figures are available.
(47471)
202
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46756)
203
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many of her Department's employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46870)
204
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to abolish the Independent Committee on Examination Standards.
(46899)
205
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what child protection procedures are in place to ensure that community service sentences carried out in schools do not pose a risk to children.
(46960)
206
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what child protection procedures are in place to ensure that staff working in (a) further education colleges and (b) early years settings do not pose a risk to children; and if she will make a statement.
(46961)
207
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the local education authorities where fewer than 75 per cent. of 15 year olds attained one or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* to C in 2004-05.
(47047)
208
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of of 15 year olds achieved one or more GCSE at grades A* to C in each year since 1996.
(47048)
209
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many schools less than (a) 90, (b) 85, (c) 80 and (d) 70 per cent. of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs or equivalent at (i) grades A* to C and (ii) A* to G including English and mathematics in 2004-05.
(47049)
210
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the local education authorities where fewer than 90 per cent. of 15 year olds attained five or more GCSEs or equivalent including English and mathematics at grades A* to G in 2004-05.
(47050)
211
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the local education authorities where fewer than 90 per cent. of 15 year olds were entered for five or more GCSEs or equivalent in 2004-05.
(47051)
212
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the local education authorities where fewer than 90 per cent. of 15 year olds attained five or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* to G in 2004-05.
(47052)
213
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of 15 year olds were entered for qualifications equivalent to five or more GCSEs in each year since 1996.
(47053)
214
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the results of the 2005 Key Stage 4 Contextual Value Added Pilot Scheme.
(47057)
215
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools were included in the 2005 Key Stage 4 Contextual Value Added Pilot Scheme.
(47058)
216
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans her Department has to use fine grades as a measure of pupil performance.
(47059)
217
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she plans to include the (a) Contextual Value Added and (b) Value Added measure in the 2006 Achievement and Attainment tables.
(47060)
218
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made towards replacement of the Pupil Achievement Tracker and the Performance and Assessment reports with RAISEonline; and if she will make a statement.
(47061)
219
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on producing the Performance and Assessment reports in each year since 2002.
(47062)
220
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on producing the revised version of the 2005 unvalidated Secondary Performance and Assessment reports; and if she will make a statement.
(47063)
221
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made since her statement of 19th January in investigating the 13 cases of sex offenders in which information was not complete; and in what respect the data on two of these was inconsistent.
(47064)
222
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many directions made under section 142 of the Education Act 2002 were revoked in each year since 2002.
(47109)
223
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many appeals to the Tribunal established under section 9 of the Protection of Children Act 1999 against a decision (a) to give a direction or (b) not to vary or revoke a direction under section 142 of the Education Act 2002 there were in each year since 2002; and how many of these appeals were successful in each year.
(47110)
224
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of people included on the list kept under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1999 have been permitted to work under section 142 of the Education Act 2002, subject to (a) circumstances and (b) conditions specified in the direction.
(47111)
225
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of people included on the list kept under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1999 are prohibited from teaching under section 142 of the Education Act 2002.
(47112)
226
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether anyone included on the list kept under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1999 is teaching in schools.
(47113)
227
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made towards implementing the recommendations of the second Joint Chief Inspectors' Report on Arrangements to Safeguard Chidren, published on 10th June 2005.
(47122)
228
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice her Department issues to schools on the interpretation of the criminal record checks of new staff.
(47123)
229
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the terms of reference are of her Department's working group on boarding schools; and who are the members of the working group.
(47124)
230
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to increase the number of boarding school places in the maintained sector.
(47125)
231
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to meet the particular educational needs of the children of servicemen and women; and if she will make a statement.
(47156)
232
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school pupils in England are the children of servicemen and women.
(47157)
233
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, at what stage the data quality issues affecting the Statistics of Education: School workforce in England statistical release were detected; what the data quality issues are; and whether they have affected previous releases on the school workforce.
(47227)
234
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects the final version of the Statistics of Education: School Workforce in England volume to be completed.
(47228)
235
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of schools inspected by Ofsted were rated (a) unsatisfactory, (b) satisfactory, (c) good and (d) outstanding in each year since 1997.
(47229)
236
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to ensure reciprocal recognition of Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish headship qualifications.
(47241)
237
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) other staff working in schools have served a prison sentence exceeding one year.
(47272)
238
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) other staff working in schools have a conviction for (i) violence, (ii) illegal drugs and (iii) theft.
(47273)
239
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Criminal Records Bureau checks were requested by (a) schools, (b) local authorities and (c) her Department in each year since 2002.
(47274)
240
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether a Criminal Records Bureau check was requested on Paul Reeve by (a) Norfolk County Council and (b) the head teacher or other authorised staff member at the Hewett School in Norwich.
(47275)
241
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what categories of information were included in the file on Paul Reeve read by the Minister in reaching his decision on the List 99 determination.
(47276)
242
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what date she replied to the letter from Norfolk County Council of 12th December 2005 regarding Paul Reeve.
(47277)
243
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people are employed in the Children's Safeguards Unit in Darlington.
(47278)
244
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, who is the head of the Children's Safeguard Unit.
(47279)
245
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average time between referral of a case to the Children's Safeguard Unit and its determination was in the last period for which figures are available.
(47280)
246
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether there are serving headteachers on List 99.
(47281)
247
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether a Criminal Record Bureau check was requested on William Gibson by (a) Dorset County Council and (b) the headteacher or other authorised staff at (i) Porchester School in Bournemouth and (ii) Hebburn Comprehensive School.
(47282)
248
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what regulations apply to private tutors in relation in the safeguarding of children.
(47283)
249
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidelines her Department has issued on the employment of supply teachers in schools in relation to the safeguarding of children.
(47284)
250
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people on List 99 have been given permission to teach in an establishment which does not admit female pupils.
(47285)
251
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people on List 99 have been given permission to teach in schools but not to reside in a boarding school.
(47286)
252
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of applicants for the National Professional Qualification for Headship were required to retake (a) the school-based assessment and (b) the final assessment in each year since 1997.
(47337)
253
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of teachers with the National Professional Qualification for Headship qualified through each available route.
(47338)
254
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pass rate for the National Professional Qualification for Headship was in each year since 1997.
(47339)
255
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have been awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship in each year since 1997.
(47340)
256
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average salary of headteachers was in 2004-05, broken down by region.
(47341)
257
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will revise the eligibility criteria for the Fresh Start programme to include secondary schools that achieve less than a 25 per cent. rate of pupils gaining at least five A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics.
(47344)
258
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools were reopened under the Fresh Start programme in each year since 1997.
(47345)
259
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students were reported to her Department under the Education (Restriction of Employment) Regulations 2000 by (a) teacher training colleges and (b) further education institutions in each year since 2000.
(47352)
260
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were reported to her Department under the Education (Restriction of Employment) Regulations 2000 in each year since 2000; and how many (a) were dismissed from teaching on the grounds of misconduct and (b) resigned in circumstances which would have led to consideration of their dismissal had they not resigned.
(47357)
261
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many reports of serious (a) fraud and (b) deception in connection with an application for employment as a teacher were received by her Department in each year since 1997.
(47359)
262
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many and what proportion of schools less than (a) 90, (b) 85, (c) 80 and (d) 70 per cent. of pupils achieved one or more GCSEs, or equivalent, at grades A* to C in 2004-05.
(47360)
263
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of headmasters who lead more than one school.
(47367)
264
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have been in special measures for longer than nine terms in each year since 1995.
(47368)
265
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the local education authorities in which (a) three, (b) four, (c) five, (d) six and (e) seven or more schools are in special measures.
(47370)
266
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in how many schools in England less than (a) 10 per cent. and (b) 25 per cent. of 15 year olds attained five A* to C grade GCSE examinations in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005.
(47371)
267
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to encourage teachers to take the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
(47372)
268
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of headteachers have the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
(47373)
269
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will revise the Pupil Level Annual Census to include children of servicemen and women; and if she will make a statement.
(47377)
270
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on Corby Community College in Northamptonshire and the measures the school is taking to raise its standards.
(47378)
271
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on John Smeaton Community High School in Leeds and the measures the school is taking to raise its standards.
(47379)
272
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2006, Official Report, column 1617W, on teacher convictions, how many relevant (a) convictions and (b) cautions were reported to her Department by police in accordance with Annex A, Schedule 2 of Home Office Circular 45/86 in each year since 1997; and how many of these were relating to (i) violence, (ii) indecency, (iii) dishonesty, (iv) drink and (v) drugs.
(47431)
273
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2006, Official Report, column 1617W, on teacher convictions, how many registered teachers have been reported for relevant (a) convictions and (b) cautions to her Department by police in accordance with Annex A, schedule 2 of Home Office Circular 45/86 in each year since 1997; and how many of these were reported for offences relating to (i) violence, (ii) indecency, (iii) dishonesty, (iv) drink and (v) drugs.
(47432)
274
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to assist local authorities with School Improvement Services rated unsatisfactory by Ofsted.
(47433)
275
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of school pupils who are performing below national expectation.
(47436)
276
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of teachers reported to her Department by the police, in accordance with Annex A, Schedule 2 of Home Office Circular 45/86, since 1997 were included on List 99.
(47475)
277
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers were employed in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the (i) City of York and (ii) North Yorkshire Education Authority in each of the last 10 years.
(46800)
278
N
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was to her Department of producing the performance and assessment data for schools issued in December 2005.
(46392)
279
N
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when schools will receive corrected performance and assessment data.
(46644)
280
N
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the cost of correcting and re-issuing the performance and assessment data for schools first published in December 2005.
(46645)
281
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individuals convicted or cautioned for a sexual offence against children listed under Schedule 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 are not included on the Protection of Children Act 1978 list.
(46657)
282
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment was made by her Department of the impact on other secondary schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon of the decision to allow the creation of the planned new secondary school in Ruislip.
(47065)
283
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she has taken to verify the planning predictions of pupil numbers used by the London Borough of Hillingdon in its case for the construction of the planned new secondary school in Ruislip.
(47068)
284
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the additional costs falling upon Hillingdon Education Authority from Heathrow Airport.
(47069)
285
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list (a) individuals and (b) companies who have (i) donated money to and (ii) sponsored projects run by her Department where the sum provided was more than £100,000 since 1997; and which projects were supported in each case.
(47299)
286
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list sponsors of academy schools making donations of £100,000 or more since 1997.
(47300)
287
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) her Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47080)
288
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have been closed because they were deemed to be failing in each year since 1996.
(47465)
289
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many regulatory reform orders her Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46809)
290
N
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the average amount of time taken by junior schools to complete the relevant application forms for local education authorities in order to hold (a) a nativity play and (b) other similar events in schools.
(46041)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
291
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total level of funding for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme was in the 2004 agreement year.
(46968)
292
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many live agreements providing public access there were in (a) the 2004 agreement year and (b) from the scheme's inception to November 2005.
(46969)
293
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many live agreements there were under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme within two miles of (a) an urban area and (b) the coast (i) in the agreement year 2004 and (ii) from the scheme's inception to November 2005.
(46970)
294
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares were in live agreements under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme within two miles of (a) an urban area and (b) the coast (i) in the agreement year 2004 and (ii) from the scheme's inception to November 2005.
(46971)
295
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many hectares were in live agreements under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme which provided public access (a) in the agreement year 2004 and (b) from the scheme's inception to November 2005.
(46972)
296
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding was provided under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme for (a) live agreements and (b) live agreements providing public access (i) within two miles of an urban area and (ii) within two miles of the coast (A) in the agreement year 2004 and (B) from the scheme's inception to November 2005.
(46973)
297
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding was provided for live agreements providing public access under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (a) in the agreement year 2004 and (b) from the scheme's inception to November 2005.
(46974)
298
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to conclude bilateral biogeographic discussions with the European Commission on the designation of Bolton Fell Moss and Solway Moss as special areas of conservation.
(46988)
299
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what scientific objections remain unresolved with regard to the canditature of Bolton Fell Moss and Solway Moss as special areas of conservation under the Habitats Directive.
(46989)
300
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from peat extraction companies on Bolton Fell Moss and Solway Moss following English Nature's advice for these sites to become candidate special areas of conservation.
(46990)
301
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the expected timeframe is for concluding the designation of Bolton Fell Moss and Solway Moss as Special Areas of Conservation; and what steps she is taking to conclude the designations within the current financial year.
(46991)
302
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking (a) to address the findings of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Condition Summary for Bolton Fell Moss and (b) to secure the notified conservation interest of the site and the Government's Public Service Agreement target for SSSI condition.
(46992)
303
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that social criteria are included in decision-making on public procurement.
(46646)
304
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage farmers to plant trees.
(47166)
305
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding has been allocated by the Forestry Commission for woodland creation schemes in each of the last three years; and what the allocation is for each of the next three years.
(47167)
306
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of England is covered by ancient woodland; and what steps she has taken to halt its decline.
(47169)
307
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the woodland grant scheme is allocated to (a) woodland creation and (b) woodland management in 2005-06.
(47170)
308
Sir Patrick Cormack (South Staffordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State will reply to the hon. Member for South Staffordshire's letter of 5th September 2005 on training grants for fisheries officers.
(46670)
309
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46757)
310
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of her Department's employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46871)
311
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of maintaining the online Coastal and Marine Resources Atlas in each of the last three years.
(46856)
312
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many abandoned vehicles were removed and destroyed in each London borough in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(47382)
313
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the European Council of Ministers to consider the proposal to lift the EU export ban on British beef.
(46674)
314
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to facilitate the lifting of the EU export ban on British beef.
(46699)
315
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual Government expenditure on the development of a vaccine against bovine tuberculosis in (a) cattle and (b) badgers has been since 1998.
(46730)
316
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent on the random badger culling trial (RBCT) since 1998; and what estimate she has made of the total cost of the RBCT.
(46731)
317
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual Government expenditure on (a) farmer compensation and (b) testing and veterinary costs for bovine tuberculosis has been since 1998.
(46732)
318
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to farmers of the move to table valuations for compensation.
(46733)
319
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will introduce an appeals system as part of the move to using table valuations for awarding cattle compensation.
(46734)
320
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received about the species included in the list in Schedule 9 of the Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981.
(46687)
321
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the level of additional carbon emissions generated between 1st January 2005 and 1st January 2006 through, and ancillary to, the incineration of fallen stock necessitated as a result of the ban on on-farm burial.
(47204)
322
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the transportation of live animals intended for use in food products; and what changes have been made to the regulations relating to the transport of horses since 2004.
(47203)
323
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times she has met representatives from the (a) RSPCA, (b) British Veterinary Association and (c) representative body of the Council of Docked Breeds to discuss the Animal Welfare Bill.
(46830)
324
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 2376W, on departmental transport, what further steps she can take to stop staff and contractors from her Department's site on the Epsom Road, Merrow, Guildford continuing to park in residential roads.
(46725)
325
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) her Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47086)
326
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent guidance she has given to farmers concerning the disposal of fallen stock.
(47093)
327
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many regulatory reform orders her Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46810)
328
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many lots of seeds for (a) maize and sweetcorn, (b) winter oilseed rape, (c) spring oilseed rape, (d) sugar beet, (e) fodder beet, (f) beetroot and (g) winter brassicas were imported into the UK in each of the last six years; and what the (i) weight and (ii) country of origin of the seeds was in each year.
(46866)
329
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th November 2005, Official Report, column 488W, on PG5/2(04), whether the Government is providing extra funding to local authorities to meet the cost of implementing the new regulations.
(47076)
330
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with farmers' representatives on compensation for (a) indebtedness and (b) interest paid thereon resulting from late single farm payments.
(46157)
331
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions with farmers' representatives she has had on potential market distortions arising from pre-tested cattle from an infected area selling at a premium.
(46158)
332
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what formal approaches she has made to the government of the Republic of Ireland about the effect on UK salmon stocks of drift netting off the coast of Ireland.
(46541)
333
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many days' supply of bread making wheat have been in store in England over the last four years.
(46268)
334
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on minimising waste paper within the Department.
(46683)
335
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department issues to (a) private businesses and (b) other government departments on minimising waste paper.
(46684)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
336
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken to monitor the acquisition of weapons by (a) Eritrea and (b) Ethiopia since the lifting of the arms embargo of May 2001.
(46211)
337
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the EU Constitution initiative and the prospects for its revival (a) in whole and (b) in part.
(46273)
338
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of EU sanctions on Burma, (b) the effects EU sanctions are having on (i) the Junta and (ii) ordinary Burmese citizens and (c) the role EU sanctions are playing to bring about the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi.
(46321)
339
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of EU sanctions on Zimbabwe and (b) the effects of EU sanctions on (i) President Mugabe's government and (ii) ordinary Zimbabwean citizens in the last two years.
(46323)
340
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights position of Ascension islanders in respect of (a) rights of abode, (b) ownership of property and (c) appeal rights in cases of deportation; and whether rights differ between native-born and immigrant islanders.
(47242)
341
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on access for civilian aircraft to Wideawake Airfield in Ascension Island; and if he will make a statement.
(47244)
342
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have taken place in the last 12 months with the US Administration on changes in the Administration of the Ascension Islands.
(47245)
343
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the reasons were for the rejection of a desk study into the Ascension Island Fisheries Protection Project; and what estimate was made of the cost of such a study.
(47246)
344
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the potential revenue from the sale of fishing licences for tuna in the seas around Ascension Island.
(47327)
345
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Ascension Islanders have reached retirement or the end of their contracts in each of the last 10 years; and how many have been allowed to remain on the island thereafter.
(47439)
346
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations took place with Ascension Island User Organisations before the preliminary summit meeting between islanders and officials of Her Majesty's Government.
(47440)
347
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress of the legislation to provide a right of abode and a right to own property on Ascension Island; and how much was spent by Her Majesty's Government in providing legal advice in preparation of the legislation.
(47441)
348
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library representations he has received from the Ascension Island Council since the end of November 2005.
(47442)
349
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what were (a) the names and (b) grades of the UK officials of Her Majesty's Government in the delegation which visited Ascension Island in November 2005.
(47443)
350
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Economic Study on Ascension Island which was commissioned in September 2005.
(47444)
351
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many new houses have been (a) started and (b) completed by the Ascension Island Council since it was established.
(47445)
352
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had in the last six months on the future of Ascension Island.
(47453)
353
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people have been (a) deported from and (b) required to leave Ascension Island (i) in each of the last five years for which records are available and (ii) since 30th November 2005; and to where they have been deported.
(47454)
354
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what compensation arrangements are in place for small business owners (a) deported from and (b) required to leave Ascension Island following his announcement of 30th November 2005.
(47455)
355
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations were undertaken prior to his announcement of 30th November 2005 that the circumstances of inhabitants of Ascension Island were to be altered.
(47456)
356
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what compensation arrangements are in place for individual inhabitants (a) deported from and (b) required to leave Ascension Island following his announcement of 30th November 2005.
(47457)
357
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people have been (a) deported or (b) required to leave Ascension Island and removed to St Helena (i) in each of the last five years for which records are available and (ii) since 30th November 2005.
(47458)
358
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Wideawake Agreement with the United States government; and what is the current operational status of Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island.
(47459)
359
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government in Belarus regarding the treatment of Pastor Ernst Sabilo and the Belarusian Evangelical Church in Minsk in relation to restrictions placed on them by the Belarusian authorities.
(46698)
360
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the transfer of Chinese missile technology to Iran; and if the Government supports lifting the EU arms embargo on China.
(47425)
361
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will use the 2007 bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade to press for effective worldwide prohibition of slavery and for the establishment of mechanisms to monitor and report on compliance.
(47333)
362
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46758)
363
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his Department's employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46867)
364
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make each of the overseas territories eligible for EU and UK funding for infrastructure development to enhance resilience against natural and man-made disasters; and if he will make a statement.
(46904)
365
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will change the eligibility criteria for EU and UK funding for each of the overseas territories (a) to exclude per capita income to take account of their small population size and (b) to include the vulnerability of their micro-economy to outside circumstances beyond their control; and if he will make a statement.
(46905)
366
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely (a) medium-term and (b) long-term impact of climate change on the vulnerability to natural disasters of each of the overseas territories; and if he will make a statement.
(46906)
367
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what ministerial visits to the Overseas Territories are planned before January 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(47096)
368
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's expenditure on internal security and policing was for each of the Overseas Territories in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005; and what expenditure is planned for 2006.
(47097)
369
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's expenditure on internal security and policing was for the British Virgin Islands in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005; and what expenditure is planned for 2006.
(47098)
370
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the UK Government has made of the vulnerability of each of the Overseas Territories to (a) natural disasters and (b) man-made disasters; and if he will make a statement.
(47099)
371
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency plans his Department has in place for (a) natural and (b) man-made disasters in each of the Overseas Territories.
(47100)
372
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to involve local communities and Overseas Territories' governments' indecisions on policing and security strategies and resourcing in each of the Overseas Territories; and if he will make a statement.
(47101)
373
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was contributed by (a) his Department and (b) Overseas Territories governments towards policing and internal security in each of the Territories for each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(47102)
374
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the capture of members of the Lord's Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and if he will make a statement on the deaths of UN peacekeepers in the DRC.
(45819)
375
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for UK security of the reciprocal arrangements made between China and Iran concerning long-term oil supply to China.
(47022)
376
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many departmental staff have been required to take compulsory early retirement on structural grounds under the provisions of FCO Circular 754/01; and if he will make a statement.
(45895)
377
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which dates during the period from 2000 to 2004 the appointments board selected candidates to serve as ambassador in (a) Beijing, (b) Brasilia and (c) Mexico City.
(45896)
378
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether recent changes in the mandate of the Diplomatic Service Appeals Board affect the right of departmental employees to appeal to the Board in cases of complaints against senior management; what steps have been taken to ensure the independence of the Board's secretariat in relation to the department's human resources and management function; and if he will make a statement.
(45903)
379
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons responsibility for procedures for handling complaints against senior staff were transferred to the Civil Service Commission; what responsibilities (a) Ministers and (b) the Permanent Secretary retain in this regard; when these changes were decided upon; and by whom.
(45906)
380
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Written Statement of 20th January 2006, Official Report, columns 37-38WS, on rendition allegations (inquiries), for what reasons the Government declined in 1998 the two requests from the US Administration to refuel flights carrying detainees to the US; and where the flights originated in each case.
(46697)
381
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the legislative items introduced under articles (a) 94, (b) 95 and (c) 308 of the Treaty establishing the European Community in the past 12 months.
(46782)
382
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) UK nationals and (b) individuals with listed UK addresses are subject to EU travel bans.
(46783)
383
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on UK arms exports to China licensed by the Government as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46837)
384
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Ethiopia as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46838)
385
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Eritrea as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46839)
386
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Iran as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46840)
387
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Liberia as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46841)
388
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Libya as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46842)
389
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Namibia as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46843)
390
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Sudan as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46844)
391
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Syria as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46845)
392
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Tajikistan as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46846)
393
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Kyrgyzstan as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46847)
394
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Zambia as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46848)
395
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on EU arms exports to Zimbabwe as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46849)
396
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on UK arms exports to the Democratic Republic of the Congo licensed by the Government as referred to in the Seventh Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(46850)
397
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to the United Kingdom of nursery schemes for the children of EC staff.
(46851)
398
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list those organisations which are not a state for which the United Kingdom recognises a diplomatic passport.
(46862)
399
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list overseas postings which are open to non-Civil Service staff; and if he will list the occupants with (a) date of appointment and (b) method of selection.
(46863)
400
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47085)
401
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risks posed to United Kingdom security interests by (a) terrorist cells and (b) the former Yugoslav Army material in the former Yugoslavia.
(46654)
402
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many regulatory reform orders his Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46803)
403
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received about the BBC World Service's decision to cease broadcasting non-English language services in parts of Eastern Europe, Thailand and Kazakhstan; and what assessment has been made of the likely impact of this decision.
(47297)
404
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what definition his Department uses of a family member in relation to visitor visas.
(46876)
405
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing charges for visitor visas.
(46877)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
406
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action she has taken in response to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations that psychological treatment should be offered prior to drug treatment for patients suffering from psychological conditions; and if she will make a statement.
(47183)
407
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the consistency and effectiveness of prescribing practices within the NHS for delivering the most effective drug therapies to individuals affected by psychological problems; and if she will make a statement.
(47184)
408
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of mal de debarquement syndrome.
(46387)
409
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in England were diagnosed as having mal de debarquement syndrome in each of the last three years.
(46388)
410
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatments for mal de debarquement syndrome are available on the NHS.
(46389)
411
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of ophthalmic services in Wolverhampton.
(46822)
412
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much per day the turnaround team at the Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust will cost (a) the Trust, (b) the Strategic Health Authority and (c) central departmental funds.
(46742)
413
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist consultants in England are involved in the treatment of extreme cases of Lyme disease.
(46384)
414
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations she has received about the treatment of Lyme disease in England; and if she will make a statement.
(46385)
415
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4th July, Official Report, column 226W, on the Patientline Contract, what monitoring her Department has carried out on the (a) pricing policies and (b) profits of Patientline.
(46560)
416
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the financial impacts of extending the Working Time Directive to junior doctors.
(47335)
417
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the amount of Brazilian beef procured for NHS establishments in the last year for which figures are available.
(47472)
418
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46759)
419
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of her Department's employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46868)
420
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the contracts being negotiated with independent sector providers of elective treatment will provide for payments exceeding the NHS equivalent cost by a (a) greater and (b) smaller percentage than the average excess in 2004-05.
(46086)
421
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why locally procured independent sector elective treatment is not separately identified in the annual financial returns of NHS (a) trusts, (b) primary care trusts and (c) health authorities.
(46087)
422
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what terms NHS (a) trusts, (b) primary care trusts and (c) health authorities procure independent sector elective treatment.
(46088)
423
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department offers to NHS (a) trusts, (b) primary care trusts and (c) health authorities about the procurement of independent sector elective treatment.
(46089)
424
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that general practitioners are adequately trained in the (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of Parkinson's disease; and if she will make a statement.
(47347)
425
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of funding for research into treatment for Parkinson's disease has been in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(47348)
426
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others about the provision of funding for Parkinson's disease nurse specialists; and if she will make a statement.
(47349)
427
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of qualified community matrons in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.
(47350)
428
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to increase the quality of treatment available for those suffering from Parkinson's disease in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.
(47353)
429
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures the Government is taking to enhance the skills and training of community matrons in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.
(47354)
430
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Parkinson's disease specialist nurses there have been in Bedfordshire in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(47355)
431
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of funding has been for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease in Bedfordshire in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(47356)
432
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations her Department has received regarding funding for Parkinson's disease nurse specialists in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.
(47358)
433
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the levels of funding required for Parkinson's disease nurse specialists; and if she will make a statement.
(47361)
434
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have attended general practitioner surgeries in the Borough of Lewisham in each of the past five years.
(47152)
435
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision of qualified rehabilitation officers for blind and partially-sighted people in London; and if she will make a statement.
(47217)
436
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the clinical and surgical procedures included in the formula used by the NHS to calculate average waiting list times.
(46295)
437
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the reasons underlying the lower survival rate for colon cancer in England than in (a) Germany and (b) the United States of America.
(46748)
438
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered doctors are included on the list kept under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1999.
(47114)
439
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average period was for which a doctor convicted of a sexual offence was removed from the Register by the General Medical Council in each year since 1997.
(47115)
440
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors were struck off the Register by the General Medical Council for sexual offences in each year since 1997.
(47116)
441
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether anyone convicted of a sexual offence is registered to practise as a (a) doctor and (b) dentist.
(47117)
442
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered (a) doctors and (b) dentists were (i) convicted and (ii) cautioned for sexual offences in each year since 1997.
(47118)
443
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in England use haemodynamic optimisation.
(47390)
444
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure the (a) financial stability and (b) continued support and confidence of (i) general practitioners and (ii) hospital consultants in the Community for Health Programme.
(47194)
445
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will answer Questions (a) 31444 and (b) 31445 tabled on 21st November 2005 by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne, on dentists.
(47191)
446
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessments she has made of the number of long-term benzodiazepine addicts.
(47362)
447
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact on rates of addiction of the reiteration of prescribing guidance for benzodiazepine contained in the Chief Medical Officer's Update 37 of January 2004.
(47363)
448
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the provision of dedicated NHS benzodiazepine withdrawal clinics.
(47364)
449
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the total number of human (a) fatalities and (b) infections resulting from H5N1 avian influenza to date, broken down by country.
(46673)
450
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on NHS research into causes, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease in each of the last five years; and if she will list the research projects on kidney disease funded in each year.
(46746)
451
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the additional pathology capacity which would be necessary to test all women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer for HER2 status.
(47416)
452
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on the use of Herceptin to treat metastatic breast cancer has been implemented across the NHS in England.
(47417)
453
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of eligible women with metastatic breast cancer are treated with Herceptin in the Northern Cancer Network.
(47418)
454
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of eligible women with metastatic breast cancer in England were treated with Herceptin in the latest period for which figures are available.
(47421)
455
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that every woman newly diagnosed in England with early stage breast cancer is tested for HER2 status.
(47424)
456
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of newly diagnosed women with early stage breast cancer (a) in England and (b) living in the Northern Cancer Network area were prospectively tested for HER2 positivity in the latest period for which figures are available.
(47426)
457
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January 2006, Official Report, column 1293W, on Capio Healthcare UK, whether Dr Thomas Mann was involved in the evaluation of bids for contracts for the provision of treatment centres or other surgical activity; whether Dr Mann has been employed by her Department in any capacity since leaving the Civil Service; and in what capacity Dr Mann was employed between the time he left the post of director of the national implementation team and the time he left the Civil Service.
(47287)
458
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will introduce routine testing for thyroid function.
(47239)
459
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school nurses there are in each strategic health authority area.
(46735)
460
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average length of stay is for patients in Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust in the last year for which figures are available.
(46894)
461
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been allocated to each primary care trust to prepare for a possible H5N1 pandemic.
(46957)
462
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to delegate responsibility for determining eligibility for free eye examinations to individual primary care trusts.
(47209)
463
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in England were diagnosed as having neuroblastoma in each of the last three years.
(47414)
464
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of neuroblastoma.
(47415)
465
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatments for neuroblastoma are available on the NHS.
(47427)
466
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps her Department has taken to increase awareness of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
(47449)
467
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatments are available for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on the NHS.
(47450)
468
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each of the last three years.
(47451)
469
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the year-end financial deficits of (a) Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Trust, (b) East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, (c) Medway NHS Trust, (d) Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, (e) Royal West Sussex NHS Trust and (f) Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust were in (i) 2002-03, (ii) 2003-04 and (iii) 2004-05; whether trusts which have failed to achieve breakeven or a surplus in three consecutive financial years are considered by her Department to have failed in their duty laid out in section 10 of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990; what measures are put in place when a trust fails to achieve the duty laid out in section 10 of the 1990 Act; and if she will make a statement.
(46397)
470
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has produced a brief on the Conservative Party's health policy since 6th December 2005.
(46537)
471
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals referred to her Department for inclusion on the (a) Protection of Children Act 1978 list and (b) Protection of Vulnerable Adults list have not been placed on these lists in each year since the respective lists became operational; and how many of these individuals not included but referred have been convicted of, or cautioned for, a crime listed under Schedule 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
(46656)
472
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital wards in England have been closed (a) permanently or (b) temporarily since 30th June 2005 due to financial constraints; and if she will make a statement.
(47463)
473
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS trusts have been investigated by her Department over the last 12 months due to failure to meet financial targets; and if she will make a statement.
(47464)
474
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which chief executive officers left their position in (a) an NHS trust and (b) a strategic health authority in the last three years; whether the individual was subsequently employed within (i) the NHS and (ii) the Department in each case; and what job was taken up.
(46264)
475
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the board members of each strategic health authority who have left their position in each of the last three years.
(46265)
476
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding she has allocated to the Government Shift programme for 2006-07; and how much money has been allocated to this programme since 2004.
(46266)
477
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the treatment which is offered to prisoners with mental health problems.
(47042)
478
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timescales have been agreed between her Department and the Healthcare Commission for auditing the Children's National Service Framework.
(47230)
479
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects indicators on the implementation of the Children's National Service Framework to be set.
(47231)
480
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of boundary changes to primary care trusts on the availability of integrated paediatric continence services.
(47232)
481
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what penalties are imposed on schools failing to adhere to the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999, with regard to the number of toilets and washbasins provided for pupils.
(47233)
482
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if her Department will issue the NHS with a statutory direction to fund clinical guidelines.
(47234)
483
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will answer the Question tabled by the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, on 31st October 2005, reference 24444, on immunisation of people with severe mental illnesses against influenza.
(47235)
484
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd November 2005, Official Report, column 2115W, what estimate she has made of the proportion of those who attended the series of roadshows after the pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Mental Health Bill who were black and minority ethnic users of mental health services; and how many people attended in total.
(47466)
485
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the additional costs falling upon (a) Hillingdon Primary Care Trust and (b) Hillingdon Hospital Trust from Heathrow Airport.
(47071)
486
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of pension liability is for health sector workers.
(46797)
487
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost is of the turnaround work in the NHS in (a) England, (b) York and (c) North Yorkshire.
(46885)
488
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2006, Official Report, column 1864W, on respiratory diseases, what assessment she has made of the European Community respiratory health survey; and if she will make a statement.
(47163)
489
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department issues to people who are not eligible for a free BCG vaccination concerning attendance at universities and travel (a) abroad and (b) to cities with a high incidence of tuberculosis.
(47205)
490
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will give the average cost per finished consultant episode, broken down by specialty, for each health authority in England in the last year for which records are available.
(47391)
491
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many financial directors have been removed from (a) NHS trusts and (b) strategic health authorities as a direct result of findings following visits from turnaround teams in the past two years and how many in each case have been removed to date in 2005-06.
(47392)
492
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will give the average cost per finished consultant episode, broken down by specialty, for each strategic health authority in England in each year for which records are available.
(47393)
493
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) temporary staff costs and (b) temporary staff costs as a percentage of total staff costs in the specified staff group, for (i) doctors, (ii) nurses, (iii) other healthcare professionals and (iv) administrative and clerical staff in each strategic health authority area for each year for which figures are available.
(47394)
494
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital beds there were per capita in each health authority area in England for each year for which records are available.
(47396)
495
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average bed occupancy rate was in each health authority area in England for each year for which records are available.
(47397)
496
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projections she has made of future hospital bed capacity in each strategic health authority area in England for the next 20 years.
(47435)
497
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether, in the proposed NHS reforms outlined in "Health Reform in England; update and next steps" she intends that treatment for a terminally ill patient will be supported by the tariff to be used to enable the system of payment by results regardless of how quickly or slowly the patient's health deteriorates.
(47467)
498
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in respect of the proposed NHS reforms outlined in 'Health Reform in England; update and next steps', whether the (a) general practitioner (b) primary care trust and (c) hospital will decide whether or not to admit a patient to hospital for treatment.
(47468)
499
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in respect of the proposed NHS reforms outlined in 'Health Reform in England; update and next steps', whether practice based contracting will apply to all care or only to non-hospital care.
(47469)
500
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of financial deficits in primary care trusts on the achievement of Government targets.
(46662)
501
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received about the provision of electric wheelchairs for people with muscular dystrophy; and if she will make a statement.
(46665)
502
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with muscular dystrophy live in (a) Guildford, (b) Waverley and (c) Surrey.
(46666)
503
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community hospitals there are in England.
[R] (46818)
504
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the number of community hospitals which may close as a result of primary care trust deficits.
[R] (46819)
505
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to support the continued operation of community hospitals before the publication of the White Paper on Health and Social Care in the Community.
[R] (46820)
506
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) there are any plans to delay construction of the new Braintree Community Hospital on the site of St Michael's Hospital, (b) the levels of funding originally planned for the new hospital have changed and (c) changes have been made to the project's scheduled completion date since its original approval; and what the scheduled completion date is for the hospital.
(47002)
507
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) her Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47089)
508
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many regulatory reform orders her Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46806)
509
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to allow the National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence to fast-track its assessment of cancer drugs; and if she will make a statement.
(47019)
510
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made in rolling out HER2 testing for all women diagnosed with breast cancer.
(47020)
511
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of women were examined by a breast cancer specialist within two weeks of a referral from their general practitioner in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(47021)
512
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Written Statement of 1st December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS finance data, if she will place in the Library a copy of the latest in-year financial forecasts for each NHS trust, primary care trust and strategic health authority for 2005-06.
(46859)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
513
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received about the performance of police in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each of the last seven years.
(46394)
514
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of prisoners sentenced for crimes involving violence have been granted home detention curfews in the last 12 months.
(46395)
515
N
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters of complaint he has received concerning the Probation Service in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Southend in each of the last five years.
(46398)
516
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have been re-categorised from category C to category D at Coldingley Prison in each of the last six months.
(46739)
517
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the cases considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in each year since 1996, broken down by (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications.
(47383)
518
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Criminal Appeal Act 1995.
(47384)
519
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions when the Criminal Cases Review Commission have referred (a) convictions and (b) sentences imposed by the Crown Court to the Court of Appeal in each year since 1996.
(47385)
520
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the complaints made by (a) members of the public, (b) hon. Members and (c) members of the House of Lords about the conduct of the Criminal Cases Review Commission in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and what the outcome of each complaint was.
(47386)
521
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, broken down by (a) sex and (b) grade in each year since 1996.
(47387)
522
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of the Criminal Cases Review Commission took (a) voluntary early severance and (b) early retirement in each year since 1997.
(47388)
523
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many disciplinary actions against officials employed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission were (a) commenced and (b) resulted in a sanction being applied in each of the last five years for which information is available.
(47389)
524
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the Criminal Cases Review Commission received in grant aid in each year since 1997.
(47398)
525
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have been assaulted by other prisoners in Coldingley Prison in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(47399)
526
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many escapes have taken place from Coldingley Prison in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how many of these escapees were subsequently recaptured.
(47400)
527
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed at Coldingley Prison in each of the last six years for which figures are available, broken down by rank.
(47401)
528
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list organisations which have received funding from his Department to help individuals who claim to have been falsely accused of criminal offences; and how much each organisation received in the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(47402)
529
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigating officers, and at what grade, were appointed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission during the period from 31st March 1997 to 31st March 2005.
(47403)
530
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners in Coldingley Prison have applied for home detention curfews in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; how many of these had their application (a) accepted and (b) rejected; how many appealed against rejection; and how many of these were successful in their appeal.
(47404)
531
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners in (a) Coldingley Prison and (b) England and Wales had their application for home detention curfew rejected because the victim objected to it being granted, in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(47405)
532
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the circumstances in which the Criminal Cases Review Commission may refer cases to the Court of Appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(47411)
533
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice the Criminal Cases Review Commission gives to members of the public wishing to have a case considered by the Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(47412)
534
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date (a) the Governor at HMP Wandsworth, (b) the Prison Service's Director of Operations, (c) the Director-General of the Prison Service and (d) Ministers became aware of the possession of drugs by a junior governor at HMP Wandsworth in June 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(47133)
535
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances cases of visitors and staff found in possession of drugs across the prison estate are not routinely referred to the police for investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(47134)
536
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who decided not to refer the case of the junior governor found in possession of drugs at HMP Wandsworth in June 2005 to the police; on what basis this decision was taken; who was consulted in making that decision; when that decision was taken; and if he will make a statement.
(47135)
537
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who conducted the inquiry into the junior governor at HMP Wandsworth found in possession of drugs in June 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(47136)
538
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what time elapsed between the junior governor found in possession of drugs in June 2005 being handed the drugs and handing the drugs over prior to being searched; and if he will make a statement.
(47137)
539
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long the (a) investigation into and (b) suspension of the junior governor found in possession of drugs at HMP Wandsworth in June 2005 lasted; and if he will make a statement.
(47138)
540
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the investigation into a junior governor found in possession of drugs at HMP Wandsworth in June 2005 was (a) formal and (b) informal; what factors were taken into account when deciding the nature of the investigation; who determined the nature of the investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(47139)
541
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the report of 3rd January commissioned by Essex Police and Essex Probation Services concerning the case of Mr Ian Missing; and if he will make a statement.
(46267)
542
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the conclusion of the review commissioned by Essex Police and Essex Probation Services, on the case of Mr Ian Missing, that their new enhanced measures of sharing information are in breach of national guidelines; and if he will make the necessary changes to national guidelines to address the situation.
(46269)
543
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement on the regulation of cannabis of 19th January 2006, Official Report, columns 982-4, what evidence he relied upon in his statement that cannabis use amongst 16 to 24 year olds has fallen by four per cent. since 1998; and what sample (a) size and (b) range was used in making the calculation.
(47238)
544
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the amount of Brazilian beef procured for (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions during the last year for which figures are available.
(47470)
545
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are detained (a) in and (b) outside Scotland under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; and how many people were detained under the Act in each category in each quarter of the last five years.
(46737)
546
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46760)
547
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of his Department's employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46869)
548
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many men who were not UK citizens were permitted to enter the UK with more than one wife in each of the last five years.
(47160)
549
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what records are kept of the immigration status of those convicted of crimes in the UK; and whether these records are available to the public.
(47161)
550
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many files have been lost by the Immigration and Nationality Department in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(47162)
551
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in each London borough in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(46738)
552
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many thefts have been recorded by the Metropolitan Police of (a) cars, (b) motorcycles, (c) vans and (d) heavy goods vehicles in each of the past five years.
(47151)
553
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances the police are permitted to retain records on juveniles who have been accused of an offence but against whom no further proceedings have been taken.
(47023)
554
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female remand prisoners were subsequently (i) acquitted and (ii) sentenced to a non-custodial penalty in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(45850)
555
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of self-harm (a) occurred and (b) gave rise to the need for resuscitation in each prison in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(45851)
556
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many self-inflicted deaths occurred during the first (a) 24 hours and (b) seven days in custody in each prison for each of the last five years.
(45852)
557
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of self-inflicted deaths in prison occurred during the first (a) 24 hours in custody, (b) seven days, (c) 14 days, (d) 28 days, (e) three months, (f) six months and (g) year in custody, broken down by (i) males and (ii) females in each of the last five years.
(45853)
558
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the costs of new (a) names and (b) insignia for police forces following amalgamation; and if he will make a statement.
(47211)
559
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the cost of the publication Compact on the Department's relationship with the voluntary sector; and if he will make a statement.
(47212)
560
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to compel credit card companies to report the (a) theft and (b) misuse of credit cards to the police; and if he will make a statement.
(47218)
561
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2006, Official Report, column 2027W, on IT systems, when he expects the remaining probation areas to be connected to the prison OASys IT system; and if he will make a statement.
(47291)
562
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2006, Official Report, columns 2032-3W, on police, what the job description is of the National Bureaucracy Adviser; what annual budget has been allocated for her work; and if he will make a statement.
(47292)
563
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Bureaucracy Adviser is provided with a car and driver; and if he will make a statement.
(47410)
564
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times vehicle recovery companies were used by the (a) West Mercia and (b) Staffordshire police forces in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many companies were used by each force to deal with (i) breakdowns, (ii) accidents and (iii) emergencies in this period.
(46831)
565
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Essex Probation Service regarding Mr Ian Missing.
(46959)
566
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) professional bodies and (b) Government Departments police are required to notify of the (i) convictions and (ii) cautions of members of their relevant professions.
(47126)
567
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) cautions and (b) convictions were reported by the police to his Department, in accordance with Annex A, Schedule 2 of Home Office Circular 45/86, in each year since 1997.
(47476)
568
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) land and (b) property is owned by his Department in Forest of Dean constituency.
(47254)
569
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has commissioned on the effects on recidivism of the use of cautions for crimes of robbery.
(46824)
570
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport photographs of under-5 year olds were rejected in December 2005.
(46854)
571
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the estimates of the cost of police force amalgamations he has received from each police authority in England and Wales in the business cases which he requested by 23rd December 2005.
(47309)
572
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the basis is of the estimate of potential savings in paragraph 6.30 of the report of Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, Closing the Gap; and if he will publish the relevant calculations.
(47310)
573
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the responses he received from police authorities before 23rd December 2005 would permit a voluntary merger of forces.
(47311)
574
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Answer to the hon. Member for Witney of 25th January 2006, Official Report, column 1426, whether he will use his powers to initiate amalgamations of police forces against the wishes of the police authorities concerned.
(47312)
575
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Answer to the hon. Member for Witney of 25th January 2006, Official Report, column 1426, whether he is actively considering the case for federating police forces as an alternative to amalgamations.
(47313)
576
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many helicopters owned, used or hired by the police were in use over East Yorkshire on (a) 21st and (b) 22nd January; and what the reason was in each case.
(46741)
577
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average inmate population of Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes (i) for each of the last five years and (ii) over the whole five-year period.
(47420)
578
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the capacity is of Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes.
(47423)
579
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the prison population had (a) learning disabilities, (b) mental health problems and (c) learning difficulties and mental health problems in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(47236)
580
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum-seekers under the age of 18 years are detained in Government detention centres in the UK.
(47066)
581
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees have (a) committed and (b) attempted suicide in Harmondsworth Detention Centre over the last six months; and how many of these detainees had been placed under suicide watch procedures.
(47067)
582
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees have been detained in Harmondsworth Detention Centre over the last three years for over (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) 12 months.
(47072)
583
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the procedures are for the delivery of private mail to detainees in Harmondsworth Detention Centre; and whether mail is read by Centre staff.
(47073)
584
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the arrangements are for the investigation into the apparent suicide of Bereket Yohannes.
(47094)
585
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 25th January 2006, Official Report, column 57WS, on counter terrorism funding, what proportion of the Consolidated Grant for Counter-Terrorism would previously have been included in the General Grant.
(47289)
586
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 25th January 2006, Official Report, column 57WS, on counter terrorism funding, how much of the £446 million police counter-terrorism expenditure will come from (a) the General Police Grant, (b) other expenditure falling within his Department's departmental expenditure limits and (c) annually managed expenditure.
(47290)
587
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on counter-terrorism by (a) the Metropolitan Police Service and (b) local and regional police forces between 1997 and (i) when funding was drawn together into a consolidated grant for counter terrorism, (ii) 5th December 2005 and (iii) 25th January 2006.
(47336)
588
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47084)
589
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether UK officials investigating the 7th July 2005 bombings have visited (a) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (b) Kosovo, (c) Albania and (d) Serbia-Montenegro as part of their investigations.
(46655)
590
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many regulatory reform orders his Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46805)
591
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 on the insurance of sports events; and what penalties may be imposed on sports bodies for non-compliance.
(46160)
592
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Security Industry Authority about the effects on sports bodies of the implementation of the Private Security Industry Act 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(46161)
593
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for sports national governing bodies of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.
(46163)
594
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to allow passport application and renewal forms to be issued through small post offices.
(46952)
595
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will fund the initial start-up costs of merging Bedfordshire Police with other forces.
(46786)
596
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the number of officers Bedfordshire Police will have if the reorganisation costs of a merger are not borne by central Government and police precepts are capped at five per cent.
(46787)
597
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer from the Leader of the House of 26th January, Official Report, column 1523W, that the Home Secretary is reviewing the cases of 24,000 children on the DNA National Police Database who have not been charged or cautioned for any offence, when he plans to make a statement about the review.
(46913)
598
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 16th January 2006, Official Report, columns 1111-2W, on DNA profiles, how many of the 24,000 DNA samples taken from children under 18 years who were never cautioned or charged were subsequently used successfully to prosecute a crime.
(46987)
599
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any police force in England and Wales requests DNA samples from its officers.
(47307)
600
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter of 4th October 2005 from the rt. hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, on behalf of Nazmul Islam Chowdhury (Home Office reference C450910).
(46729)
601
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, will receive a reply to her letter of 8th December 2005 on behalf of Edlira Meta (Home Office reference M1027953/2), acknowledgement reference M30428/5), sister of Blerina Berisha.
(47380)
602
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure the reliability of information held on a national database in connection with an identity card scheme.
(47016)
603
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2006, Official Report, columns 2013-4W, on audible fire alarms, what plans he has to extend audible fire alarms coverage to all his Department's buildings where there is no operational reason for not having one.
(47045)
604
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision he has made to fund community wardens in neighbourhood renewal funding areas when the current funding period expires.
(47365)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
605
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much Brazilian beef was procured for use by the House Refreshment Department in the last year for which figures are available.
(47119)
606
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will consider (a) replacing the temporary boarding fencing off Westminster Hall for building works with perspex screens and (b) creating perspex windows in the boards to allow visitors to the Palace and Officers to view Westminster Hall and the progress of works there until normal access is restored.
(47202)
607
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reason a one-way electronic lock and alarm has been fitted to the fire exit door from the Upper Committee Corridor North to the Press Dining Room; how much this cost; and what assessment has been made of the impact on the safety of those using the Press Dining Room in the event of an emergency.
(47154)
608
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the Commission allocated for public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(46039)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
609
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance he is providing to (a) Eritrea and (b) Ethiopia in 2005-06 to achieve the Millennium Development Goal on drinking water supply and waste water.
(46212)
610
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of EU agricultural subsidies on people in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.
(46740)
611
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46747)
612
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46761)
613
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether vulnerability to natural disasters is considered as one of the criteria in the development of aid programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(47095)
614
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he had with (a) the President of Ethiopia and (b) other members of the Prime Minister's African Commission (i) before and (ii) after his decision to suspend UK bilateral aid to Ethiopia.
(46559)
615
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 925W, on the Horn of Africa, how much of the bilateral aid was diverted to (a) the Ethiopian government, (b) non-governmental agencies and (c) other organisations operating in that country.
(46652)
616
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16th January, Official Report, column 925W, on the Horn of Africa, what assessment he has made of the impact of his decision to suspend bilateral aid to the Ethiopian government upon his Department's efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to those worst affected by the crop failure in that country.
(46653)
617
Eric Joyce (Falkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid and assistance the UK is giving to the Palestinian Authority.
(47446)
618
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what paediatric-centred policies have been put in place further to the Department's commitment to focus on the needs of children in the publication of its 2004 HIV and AIDS Treatment and Care Policy.
(46832)
619
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2005, to the hon. Member for South West Surrey, Official Report, column 1189W, on HIV/AIDS, what progress has been made since the publication of the good practice framework in March 2005 towards (a) increasing access to paediatric medicines and (b) stimulating research and development into paediatric formulations.
(46833)
620
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47079)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
621
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to promote a healthier lifestyle amongst people aged 40 and over in Northern Ireland.
(46647)
622
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to promote a healthier lifestyle amongst children in Northern Ireland whom health professionals consider overweight.
(46648)
623
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the likely improvement in the health of adults in Northern Ireland within two years of the smoking ban in public places being introduced.
(46649)
624
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many drug finds there have been in Northern Ireland's prisons in each of the last three years; and of what quantities.
(46650)
625
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of homes in Northern Ireland had broadband access by December 2005.
(46651)
626
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many homeowners in Northern Ireland received grant assistance to install (a) energy efficiency measures and (b) solar panels in 2005.
(46790)
627
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements are in place for patients in Northern Ireland to be treated in Scotland to ensure speedier treatment and surgery.
(46791)
628
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in relation to the request from community representatives to provide CCTV coverage at the Irish Street/Top of the Hill interface in Londonderry.
(46793)
629
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many days retainers of (a) £750 and (b) £1,500 were claimed by each of the legal representatives at the Saville Inquiry since its commencement.
(46794)
630
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46762)
631
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46777)
632
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many treatment-related complaints have been made to the Northern Ireland Ombudsman by people suffering from (a) mental health-related illnesses and (b) general medical health-related illnesses in each Health and Social Services trust area in Northern Ireland in the last five years; and what percentage of those complaints have been upheld by the Ombudsman, broken down by health trust area.
(47003)
633
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on (a) the status of and (b) results of consultation upon the Single Equality Bill.
(47479)
634
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take action to stop the fire burning at the Geddis Farm in Helen's Bay, North Down; and what research has been undertaken by his Department into the environmental damage caused by this fire.
(46538)
635
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the possible impact of the cancellation of the speech therapy degree course for 2005-06 at the University of Ulster on speech therapy waiting lists in Northern Ireland.
(46675)
636
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the possible impact of the cancellation of the physiotherapy degree course for 2005-06 at the University of Ulster on physiotherapy waiting lists in Northern Ireland.
(46690)
637
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, why the ongoing consultation on changes to post-primary education in Northern Ireland is not listed on the Northern Ireland Office website list of current consultations.
(46780)
638
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to assist the new build and modernisation of the Northern Ireland fishing fleet; and how much has been allocated to this in 2006-07.
(46781)
639
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd November 2005, Official Report, column 1984W, on community restorative justice, when he expects to write to the hon. Member for South Down with the findings of his Department's research.
(46834)
Questions to the Prime Minister
640
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, what matters he has raised at audiences with HM The Queen in the course of the present Parliament.
(46727)
641
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, how matters to be raised by him at audiences with HM The Queen are selected.
(46728)
642
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Prime Minister, how much Brazilian beef was procured for use at 10 Downing Street in the last year for which figures are available.
(47120)
643
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Prime Minister, what his Office did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46763)
644
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Prime Minister, how many employees of his Office have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46776)
645
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent on special advisers in each year since 1996-97; and what the estimated spend is for 2005-06.
(47199)
646
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) paid and (b) unpaid special advisers working in each Government department.
(47200)
647
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent on his (a) Private Office, (b) Political Office, (c) Press Office, (d) Strategic Communications Unit, (e) Policy Unit, (f) Delivery Unit, (g) Office of Public Services Reform, (h) Forward Strategy Unit and (i) other associated units, in each year since 1996-97; and what the estimated spend for 2005-06 is.
(47201)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
648
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Office did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46764)
649
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46775)
650
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47088)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
651
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the Question tabled by the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire on 16th November 2005, reference 30608, on Scottish Coal.
(46383)
652
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much Scottish Coal received from the Coal Aid Scheme in each month of 2001; and whether any of this assistance was ring-fenced for redundancy assistance.
(46542)
653
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many bicycles each Royal Mail delivery office has for their work; and if the Royal Mail will increase the use of bicycles for delivery.
(47369)
654
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will introduce legislation to make illegal the deliberate imposition of costs upon a freepost operator through campaign mail.
(46736)
655
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much (a) coal and (b) gas was imported during the last year for which figures are available, broken down by country of origin.
(46823)
656
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much compensation has been paid to ex-miners in the Easington constituency in respect of (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic bronchitis and emphysemia in each year since 2002.
(47007)
657
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions he has met officials of the National Union of Mineworkers and British local producers to discuss the future of energy supplies in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(47008)
658
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46765)
659
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46774)
660
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what cost-savings he expects to result from the Company Law Reform Bill when enacted.
(47375)
661
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what he expects to be the financial implications for business of not proceeding with the Operating Financial Review and introducing the Business Review under the Accounts Modernisation Directive.
(47376)
662
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Treasury on the tax treatment of employees of Royal Mail arising from a distribution of shares in Royal Mail to those employees.
(46912)
663
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the peak import rate of gas into the United Kingdom via the Bacton Interconnector has been to date in winter 2005-06; and what the average rate was for the 10 highest days.
(46855)
664
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total number of sub post offices in each county council and metropolitan borough area was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2005.
(46678)
665
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the number of new electricity generators which may be required to take account of (a) the decline in energy generated by existing power stations that will come to the end of their working lives over the next decade and (b) an increase in demand of (i) 20 per cent., (ii) 30 per cent. and (iii) 40 per cent. over the next decade.
(46679)
666
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the results of the employment status review initiated in 2002 will be announced.
(47210)
667
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total number of sub-post offices in the Milton Keynes Unitary Authority area was in (a) 2001 and (b) 2005.
(47305)
668
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the Eurobarometer Public Opinion Survey on attitudes to renewable energy and nuclear power, published by the European Commission on 24th January.
(47247)
669
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how judges are selected and appointed for the Queen's Awards; and who the judges will be for the Queen's Awards in 2006.
(47413)
670
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how he intends to ensure that companies meet their social, environmental and community responsibilities in his review of company law; and if he will make a statement.
(47328)
671
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the Question tabled by the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar on 27th June 2005 reference 8552, on offshore staff registration.
(46390)
672
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what dates he held meetings with the European Commissioner for Trade since October 2004.
(47301)
673
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what telephone conversations he has held with the European Trade Commissioner since October 2004.
(47302)
674
N
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what factors he took into account in deciding on the level of funding to be allocated to (a) the Commission for Racial Equality, (b) the Disability Rights Commission and (c) the Equal Opportunities Commission.
(46693)
675
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47078)
676
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many regulatory reform orders his Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46811)
677
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the costs of redundancies arising from the reorganisation of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
(47298)
678
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the Clear Skies grants made to projects in Dorset since the scheme was introduced.
(45752)
679
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new business start-ups there were in (a) Swindon, (b) Wiltshire and (c) the South-West in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005.
(46825)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
680
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2006, Official Report, column 1994W, on road improvements, how many of the Highways Agency Targeted Programme of Improvements projects are on the basis of (a) fixed price, (b) time and materials and (c) other.
(47319)
681
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the airports within a 100 mile radius of London that take commercial air traffic; in each case what the existing weekly capacity for flights is; and to what percentage of that capacity each airport is operating in relation to (a) wide bodied jets, (b) commercial passenger aeroplanes and (c) executive and personal jets.
(45661)
682
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the Thameslink 2000 programme; whether there are plans to divide the project into phases; what the timetable is for the provision of a new station at Kings Cross/St Pancras under the programme; what decisions have been made about funding; and if he will make a statement.
(46907)
683
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for taking decisions on the selection of stations to be improved through platform extensions on the Midland branch of the Thameslink 2000 line.
(46908)
684
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria are used for selecting stations to be improved with extended platforms to accommodate 12 car trains on the Midland branch of the Thameslink 2000 line proposals; what estimate has been made of the number of passengers using each station; and whether future housing development has been taken into account in such estimates.
(46909)
685
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include Radlett station in the programme of station improvements to facilitate the use of 12 car trains under the Thameslink 2000 programme.
(46910)
686
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26th January, PQ 44701, if he will break down the figure of £350 million for the provision of off-peak bus travel into main cost areas and provide the assumptions which underlay the calculation of each such area.
(47127)
687
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the concessionary travel scheme for aged and disabled people in Easington to include cross boundary travel to Tyne Wear and Teeside.
(46745)
688
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the local authorities in the County of Durham which have received funding to introduce the concessionary travel scheme; and how much was paid to each.
(46785)
689
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46766)
690
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46773)
691
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will meet the Mayor of London and raise the renegotiation of the public-private partnership deal for the London Underground; and if he will make a statement.
(47208)
692
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what alternatives to runway alteration he will propose to provide respite from air traffic noise and pollution; and if he will make a statement.
(47213)
693
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to introduce (a) charges and (b) other forms of levy on the provision of workplace parking.
(47374)
694
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the Treasury about the introduction of (a) charging and (b) taxation of workplace parking places.
(47428)
695
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures his Department has taken to reduce the risk of road vehicles obstructing railway tracks.
(47447)
696
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many obstructions of railway track by road vehicles have occurred as a result of (a) misadventure and (b) vandalism in each year since 1997; and how many of these have led to a train striking the vehicle.
(47448)
697
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of trains are fitted with data recorders; and if he will make a statement.
(47460)
698
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the provision of workplace parking.
(47461)
699
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bus services were operated from (a) York, (b) Selby and (c) Tadcaster (i) in May 1997 and (ii) on the most recent date for which figures are available.
(46814)
700
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much in Government grants was allocated for subsidies to public transport per head of population in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) North Yorkshire in 2005-06.
(46816)
701
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which train level crossings in Hampshire (a) are unmanned, (b) have half barriers and (c) have full barriers; which (i) have and (ii) do not have CCTV; and what steps will be taken to upgrade unmanned or those with half barriers in (A) 2005-06 and (B) 2006-07.
(47252)
702
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what safety provision is available for rail users at each rail station in Hampshire; what the times are of the first and last train at each station; at what times there is no staff cover at each station; at which stations security guards are located; what the name is of the lead train operating company in each case; and what improvement plans there are for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(47253)
703
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) land and (b) property is owned by his Department in Forest of Dean constituency.
(47255)
704
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what capital sums have been spent on each mainline terminal railway station in London in each year since 1997, broken down by source of capital; and what capital sums are planned to be spent on each such station in each year between 2005-06 and 2007-08, broken down by source of capital.
(47351)
705
N
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was to (a) his Department and (b) the Highways Agency, to the end of July 2005, of preparatory work on the A303 Stonehenge improvement scheme.
(45816)
706
N
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when (a) Ministers and (b) officials last met representatives of the National Trust to discuss road improvements at Stonehenge; and if he will make a statement.
(46852)
707
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if Ministers or officials in his Department have discussed with the National Trust proposals from consultants for a new northern corridor route for the proposed A303 Stonehenge road improvement.
(47004)
708
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list road schemes objected to by the National Trust in cases where the Trust has invoked special parliamentary procedures; and what the outcome was in each case.
(47006)
709
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the scope and remit is of the Road Pricing Framework Division within his Department; how many persons (a) are and (b) are planned to be employed therein; and if he will make a statement.
(46393)
710
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of the Channel Tunnel on the level of traffic on UK roads; and if he will make a statement.
(46539)
711
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the net impact of the Channel Tunnel on the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.
(46540)
712
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the (a) locations and (b) roads concerned where fixed cameras are (i) in place and (ii) will be in place by 31st December for the purpose of monitoring vehicles for offences other than speeding.
(46676)
713
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve cross-country rail links between the East and West Coast main lines.
(46685)
714
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons hon. Members representing constituencies with riparian areas were not consulted prior to the making of the Port of London Authority (Consultation) Harbour Revision Order 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(43154)
715
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will calculate the statistical probability of a commercial aircraft getting into difficulties in the flightpath to Heathrow over London; and if he will make a statement.
(46664)
716
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47087)
717
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many regulatory reform orders his Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46801)
718
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, why was Boeing 747-132, registration N481EV, not diverted to Stansted after encountering engine trouble on 24th April 2004 rather than being allowed to fly over London; and what cargo this aircraft was carrying.
(46886)
719
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much is being allocated from the community infrastructure fund to support transport infrastructure related to planned housing development in Mid-Sussex.
(46686)
720
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the levels of overcrowding in peak hours were on train lines on each line and franchise in the West Midlands in each year since 1996-97.
(46949)
721
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures (a) the Government, (b) Network Rail and (c) the Rail Regulator uses to assess train overcrowding in (i) the West Midlands area and (ii) lines not covered by the passengers in excess of capacity measure.
(46951)
722
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many prosecutions have resulted from the campaign to target motorists driving without insurance.
(46156)
723
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the locations identified by the National Safety Camera Programme where casualties on roads with speed cameras have increased; and what steps he is taking to reduce the casualty rates in these locations.
(45607)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
724
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Office did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46768)
725
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46771)
726
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 531W, on council tax, how many of the 1,765 appeals resulted in being moved (a) up and (b) down council tax bands.
(46998)
727
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) its contractors took photographs of any domestic properties for valuation purposes during the council tax revaluation in Wales.
(47029)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
728
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many crisis loan applications have been received (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(46821)
729
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January 2006, Official Report, column 1550W, on housing benefit, what additional information he would need to collect to estimate the cost.
(47189)
730
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 19th January 2006, Official Report, column 1549W, on housing benefit, whether the evidence collected on work incentives as part of the local housing allowance evaluation will include evidence on (a) the level of income tapers and (b) the level of earnings disregards.
(47190)
731
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the possibility of material containing asbestos being sent to landfill if the European Union Asbestos Worker Protection Directive is implemented.
(44557)
732
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the risks associated with the application and removal of textured coatings containing asbestos.
(44558)
733
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to remove certain processes from the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations; and if he will make a statement.
(44559)
734
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Finance Act 2004 on stakeholder pensions (a) in 2005 and (b) over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(47164)
735
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what response his Department is making to the recent National Audit Office Report on its leaflets.
(46668)
736
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evaluation he has made of the work of the new Pensions Regulator.
(47103)
737
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made in helping lone parents back to work in the last three years.
(47104)
738
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken in the last five years to improve civil rights for people with disabilities.
(47105)
739
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to end child poverty.
(47106)
740
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his Department's strategy to tackle benefit fraud.
(47107)
741
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of spending was in 2004-05 on education and training within the (a) New Deal for 18-24 year olds, outside the full-time education and training option, (b) New Deal 25 plus, (c) New Deal 50 plus, (d) New Deal for Lone Parents and (e) New Deal for Disabled People; and what the estimates is for (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07 in each case.
(46858)
742
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.
(46769)
743
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(46770)
744
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend the Health and Safety Executive's consultation period on the control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.
(47010)
745
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors the Health and Safety Executive took into account when setting the deadline for the consultation on the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.
(47011)
746
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) remove the provisions relating to textured coatings from the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and (b) conduct a separate consultation on this proposal.
(47012)
747
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that consultees are able to respond fully to (a) the consultation on the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and (b) the Health and Safety Executive's newly commissioned research; and what the timescales are for the consultations.
(47013)
748
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will ensure that no further changes will be made to (a) the licensing of other asbestos materials and (b) removal techniques without parliamentary scrutiny.
(47014)
749
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Health and Safety Executive's proposals for asbestos removal are more applicable to the demolition industry than other parts of the construction industry.
(47128)
750
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will apply the Health and Safety Executive's proposals relating to the removal of textured coatings containing asbestos only to demolition work.
(47132)
751
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he takes to ensure that people with a learning disability are given the right support to find jobs they (a) wish to do and (b) are capable of doing; and if he will make a statement.
(47248)
752
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will fund the voluntary sector to provide learning disability awareness training for Jobcentre Plus staff.
(47249)
753
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will work with the voluntary sector to develop a common definition of learning disability to be used (a) by Jobcentre Plus and (b) for future monitoring.
(47250)
754
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what system is in place to monitor the numbers of people with a learning disability who are on benefit and using Jobcentre Plus employment programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(47251)
755
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) land and (b) property is owned by his Department in Forest of Dean constituency.
(47256)
756
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many private debt collectors have been used by the Child Support Agency in each year since 1996-97; how much they collected in maintenance arrears; and if he will make a statement.
(45580)
757
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the decision was first made to use private debt collectors for Child Support Agency cases; and if he will make a statement.
(45581)
758
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the funding per person on the Pathways to Work programme for each person entitled to access the programme for each year from 2000-01 to 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(46874)
759
Tom Levitt (High Peak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend (a) Access to Work measures and (b) protection from discrimination to disabled volunteers who are working as part of a work experience or rehabilitation scheme.
(47226)
760
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions since 1st April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld.
(47090)
761
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many regulatory reform orders his Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.
(46808)
762
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost per participant was in Pathway to Work pilots since their introduction.
(47009)
763
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received (a) housing benefit, (b) council tax benefit, (c) income support and (d) incapacity benefit in the constituency of South Swindon, in each year since 1997.
(47015)
764
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether over-60 year olds who are seeking work are (a) included in unemployment statistics and (b) required to sign on at Jobcentre Plus.
(46743)
765
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to make an announcement on the level of funding available for the Social Fund Community Care Grant scheme in 2006-07.
(47181)
766
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase funding for the working futures programme.
(47182)
767
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial penalties have been imposed on (a) Electronic Data Systems, (b) the contractor and (c) the provider, in relation to the Customer Management System.
(46827)
768
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many planned job reductions in his Department depend on the successful implementation of the Customer Management computer systen.
(46828)
769
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimated cost is of repairing the Customer Management System in his Department.
(46829)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
770
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will introduce proposals to amend the provisions of the War Memorials (Local Authorities Powers) Act 1923 to introduce an obligation upon local authorities to maintain war memorials situated within their boundaries.
[Transferred] (46796)
771
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what proportion of (a) oral and (b) written appeals against refusals for visitor visas were successful in each year since 2000.
[Transferred] (46875)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
772
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether there is an equivalent to List 99 for school bus drivers.
[Transferred] (47462)
773
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether anyone listed on (a) the Register of Sex Offenders and (b) List 99 is employed by the Government or any Government agency in working with children in (i) social services and (ii) social care.
[Transferred] (47437)
774
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is on employing persons on (a) the Register of Sex Offenders and (b) List 99 in jobs involving working with children.
[Transferred] (47438)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
775
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role her Department is playing in the Government's commitment to eradicate fuel poverty.
[Transferred] (47108)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
776
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the timetable he provided to the Ascension Island Council for the introduction of legislation regarding property, immigration and property rights.
[Transferred] (47243)

 
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