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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 7 February 2006

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 7 February 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 7 February 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 7 February 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 Tuesday 7 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 7 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49882)
2
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) after in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49894)
3
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the definition is of (a) diesel quality liquid fuel, (b) biomass and (c) waste cooking oil for the purposes of assessing the eligibility of fuels for the reduced rate of duty for biodiesel.
(48818)
4
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the criteria are by which users of cooking oil and straight vegetable oil have been judged not to qualify for the reduced rate of fuel duty applicable to biodiesel.
(48819)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
5
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many parliamentary questions tabled by in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49886)
6
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by her in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if she will make a statement.
(49907)
7
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans the Government has to extend the Public Defender Service.
[R] (49826)
8
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what comparison the Government has made of the costs of the Public Defender Service and those of legal aid-funded solicitors.
[R] (49827)
9
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much and what proportion of her Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49909)
10
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what her Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49919)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
11
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will be attending the World Rowing Championships at Dorney Lake in August.
(49450)
12
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department is providing to the World Rowing Championships that are to take place in the UK in August; and if she will make a statement.
(49451)
13
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49885)
14
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by her in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if she will make a statement.
(49908)
15
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much and what proportion of her Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49918)
16
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49920)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
17
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength of the Afghan National Army is; what the expected rate is of annual increase in manpower; and what assessment his Department has made of what additional armaments will be required in order to meet the target of a fully functioning Army with a strength of 70,000 personnel by 2010.
(49279)
18
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49887)
19
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49906)
20
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49917)
21
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49928)
22
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the possible release of departmental land next to Frimley Park Hospital for hospital use.
(49840)
23
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will deploy Royal Navy ships off the coast of Somalia to prevent piracy.
(49854)
24
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received concerning the rocket attack on Basra Airport on the night of 6th January; and what arrests followed the attack.
(49423)
25
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether an Iraqi national, Al-Saokhi, was detained and then released by British forces in 2005.
(49424)
26
N
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the average annual amount spent by the Government in a year on the treatment of servicemen and ex-servicemen suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions over the last five years.
(49471)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
27
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49888)
28
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49905)
29
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49916)
30
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49927)
31
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what factors explain the reduction in the final financial settlement for 2006-07 to Worcestershire County Council from the provisional figures; and what the percentage increase is between (a) 2005-06 and 2006-07 and (b) 2006-07 and 2007-08 for non-education services.
(49657)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
32
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she takes to ensure that individuals on List 99 are informed of their inclusion on the list; what estimate she has made of the number of individuals who are included on List 99 who are not aware of their inclusion; and in what circumstances an individual can be removed from List 99.
(49856)
33
N
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether a race equality impact assessment has been carried out on the proposals contained in the education White Paper Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.
(49452)
34
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49889)
35
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by her in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if she will make a statement.
(49904)
36
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what outcome there has been from the Rewarding and Developing Staff Initiative.
(49658)
37
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money has been spent under round (a) 1 and (b) 2 of the Rewarding and Developing Staff initiative in implementing the single pay spine in higher education institutions.
(49659)
38
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are in place for (a) monitoring expenditure of public money on the Rewarding and Developing Staff initiative and (b) assessing the effectiveness of the initiative in meeting the Government's equal pay objectives.
(49660)
39
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of the overall funding allocated to the Higher Education Funding Council for England under the Rewarding and Developing Staff initiative was spent on external consultancies.
(49661)
40
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much and what proportion of her Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49915)
41
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49926)
42
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what restrictions there are on the Student Loan Company that prevent it from sharing information about its borrowers with (a) other lenders and (b) credit reference agencies.
(49619)
43
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the recommendations of the school food trust sub-committee on standards for school food other than lunch will be subject to a full regulatory impact assessment.
(49857)
44
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary schools in England have vending machines that offer chocolate.
(49859)
45
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions she has had on the Higher Education Funding Council for England's review of its methods of funding teaching; and if she will make a statement.
(49231)
46
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received on the Higher Education Funding Council for England's proposal that funding for teaching in higher education institutions should be based on the number of credits obtained by students; and if she will make a statement.
(49277)
47
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make it her policy that changes in the funding mechanisms for higher education institutions should provide those with a high proportion of part-time students with appropriate support.
(49278)
48
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) other school staff have been cautioned for having indecent pictures of children on their computers in each of the last five years.
(48541)
49
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is her policy to inform parents at the school involved when teachers are found to have indecent pictures of children on their computers.
(48543)
50
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is her policy to issue a caution to teachers found to be breaking the law by having indecent pictures of children on their computers in exchange for them resigning; and if she will make a statement.
(48545)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
51
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with English Nature about the likely impact on Monks Wood National Nature Reserve of the proposed closure of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Research Establishment.
(49181)
52
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the management of Monks Wood National Nature Reserve of the proposed closure of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Research Establishment.
(49182)
53
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49890)
54
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by her in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if she will make a statement.
(49903)
55
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many veterinary surgeons have abandoned farm animal practice in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(48914)
56
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of her Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49914)
57
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49925)
58
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide compensation for those farmers who have been unable to register their applications for Organic Entry Level Stewardship due to the timing of the provision of necessary data for farmers from the Rural Land Registry; and if she will make a statement.
(49075)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
59
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the strength is of (a) the Afghan National Police and (b) the Afghan Border Police; what the expected rate is of annual increase in manpower for each; and what assessment his Department has made of what additional crime-fighting equipment will be required to meet the target of a fully functioning combined force of 62,000 personnel by 2010.
(49280)
60
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of (a) the number and (b) the total strength of illegal armed groups in Afghanistan.
(49281)
61
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what quantity of drugs was seized in Afghanistan during 2005, broken down by type of narcotic.
(49282)
62
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of whether the practice of the Russian Federation meets the standards of the Energy Charter Treaty.
(49692)
63
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is Govermment policy to encourage that the Russian Federation ratify the Energy Charter Treaty.
(49693)
64
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on the Russian Federation's ratification of the Energy Charter Treaty.
(49694)
65
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49873)
66
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49902)
67
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49913)
68
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49924)
69
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking at EU level to ensure that the agreements reached at the G8 summit in Gleneagles are taken forward.
(48540)
70
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with other EU governments on a diplomatic solution to the situation regarding Iran's nuclear programme.
(48544)
71
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Indian Government to end the practice of using dancing bears for entertainment; and if he will make a statement.
(49863)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
72
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress her Department is making towards establishing high-street drop-in centres for chiropody.
(49561)
73
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations she has received on the introduction of co-payment in the NHS, with particular reference to maternity services.
(49615)
74
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance she has issued to NHS organisations on the introduction of co-payments in the provision of NHS services.
(49616)
75
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what legislation co-payments for NHS maternity services would be introduced.
(49617)
76
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions she has had with Kettering General Hospital Trust about its capacity to meet the six-month maximum waiting time for inpatient treatment.
(49653)
77
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will allocate dedicated funds to Kettering General Hospital Trust to ensure it meets the six-month maximum waiting time for inpatient treatment.
(49654)
78
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made since 31st December 2005 of whether any patient will have to wait more than six months for inpatient treatment in 2006.
(49655)
79
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospital trusts have indicated to her that they will not be able to meet the six-month maximum waiting time for inpatient treatment during 2006.
(49656)
80
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 24th November 2004, Official Report, column 2280W, on HIV/AIDS, for what reasons the funding was not increased between 2001-02 and 2005-06 in line with inflation; whether her Department plans to continue this funding; and if she will make a statement.
(49867)
81
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what agreement was reached on 13th January with the British Orthodontic Society regarding the contractual arrangements for new practices.
(49846)
82
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices had recourse to the NHS arbitration process in each of the last five years.
(49847)
83
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the dental contract arrangements for new orthodontic practices.
(49848)
84
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of new orthodontic practices established in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; and what steps she is taking to ensure that their contracts are based on current activity levels.
(49849)
85
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements have been made to ensure that NHS orthodontic practices which have not signed new contracts by 28th February 2006 remain within the NHS.
(49850)
86
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by her Department on campaigns to raise awareness of the health effects of obesity in the last three years.
(48611)
87
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by her Department on campaigns to raise awareness of the health effects of lack of exercise in the last three years.
(48612)
88
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49874)
89
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by her in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if she will make a statement.
(49901)
90
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's target waiting time is for an urgent colonoscopy.
(48912)
91
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the (a) annual reduction in income expectation and (b) the loss in pension contributions over a five-year period of a Whitley grade 5 NHS employee transferred to the equivalent band 4 Agenda for Change grade.
(48913)
92
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what proportion of her Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49911)
93
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49923)
94
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Food Standards Agency is developing guidance for vending machines in public service buildings; and if she will make a statement.
(49858)
95
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the consultation referred to in Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People on whether people should have a right to request not to live in residential or nursing care; and if she will make a statement.
(49830)
96
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that the standard of care for patients with myeloma in Hereford is the same as for patients being treated in Wales and Scotland.
(49869)
97
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on her Department's progress in implementing newborn screening for cystic fibrosis in all parts of the country.
(49871)
98
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been evaluated by her Department into the health effects of non-thermal pulsed microwave radiation associated with mobile telephone masts.
(47303)
99
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to undertake research into the health effects of non-thermal pulsed radiation associated with mobile telephone masts.
(48000)
100
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned research into the effects of non-thermal pulsed radiation associated with mobile telephone masts.
(48001)
101
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what period of time her Department plans to fund recombinant Factor VIII for use by haemophiliacs in the UK.
(49699)
102
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the files and information the Department holds on the supply for use in the UK of Factor VIII and blood and plasma products, including files relating to the source of such products from inmates within the Arkansas prison system, over the last 37 years; and what record she has of files and information once held which are no longer available.
(49700)
103
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what average time it has taken for an application for (a) a new and (b) a variation of a medicine to be approved by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency.
(49842)
104
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received regarding the proposal by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency to increase application and licensing fees.
(49843)
105
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the methods used by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency to approve new medicines.
(49844)
106
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role her Department plays in promoting innovation in and development of new medicinal products; and what support it gives to small and medium sized enterprises for such purposes.
(49845)
107
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib) has been licensed in the UK.
(49492)
108
N
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS inpatient beds are available for the specialist treatment of those with post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions.
(49473)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
109
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people held in detention centres have died from (a) AIDS, (b) tuberculosis and (c) hepatitis since 2000.
(49866)
110
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49875)
111
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49900)
112
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were fined between £1,000 and £2,500 for possessing (a) cannabis, (b) heroin and (c) cocaine in each year since 1993.
(48443)
113
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for dealing in (a) cannabis, (b) heroin and (c) cocaine in each year since 1993.
(48444)
114
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49912)
115
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49922)
116
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the nature was of surveillance carried out in relation to (a) Sidique Khan and (b) Shahzad Tanweer before 7th July 2005; when any such surveillance commenced; and when it finished.
(49662)
117
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the Chairman of the Cheshire Police Authority dated 18th November 2005.
(49696)
118
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what use is made of custodial remand for those charged with non-violent offences; and if he will make a statement.
(49864)
119
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people, who were later found not to be guilty of the offences for which they were imprisoned, were imprisoned in England and Wales in each year since 1998.
(49865)
120
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 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 23rd September 2005 on behalf of Corene, Germane and Jeremy Williams, children of Conrad Williams (Home Office Reference W1018091, acknowledgement reference B2263815).
(49851)
121
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 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 4th October 2005 on behalf of Mohamed Ali Sharif (DoB 20/1/1965), husband of Mariam Mahamoud (Home Office Reference MO598z or M1172937).
(49852)
122
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 21st December 2005 on behalf of Basma Rahman, wife of Mazen Abdul Kareem Kadoora (Home Office Reference K1149709, acknowledgement reference MS7216).
(49853)
123
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to police on the use of cautions in respect of the offence of having indecent pictures of children.
(48539)
124
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Essex were given a caution for having indecent pictures of children on their computers in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(48542)
125
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have been released from Bronzefield Prison, Ashford in each month since it opened.
(49872)
126
N
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those convicted of a criminal offence in the last year for which figures are available were serving in the armed forces at the time of their offence.
(49472)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
127
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49876)
128
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49899)
Questions to the Leader of the House
129
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent on public relations and information services by his Office in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(49199)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
130
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will provide an answer to Question 32594, on Departmental employees, tabled by the hon. Member for Monmouth on 24th November 2005.
(49835)
131
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will provide an answer to Question 10250, on Departmental expenditure, tabled by the hon. Member for Monmouth on 4th July 2005.
(49836)
132
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will provide an answer to Question 23461, on Departmental expenditure, tabled by the hon. Member for Monmouth on 28th October 2005.
(49838)
133
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49877)
134
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49891)
135
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of students in (a) grammar schools and (b) non-grammar schools in Northern Ireland achieved passes at grades A* to C at GCSE level in at least five subjects including English and mathematics in each of the last five years.
(49493)
136
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49910)
137
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49921)
138
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with senior Police Service Northern Ireland officers in relation to the investigation into the disappearance of Martin Kelly.
(49283)
139
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what role the Police Service Northern Ireland's Underwater Search Unit has played in relation to the investigation into the case of Martin Kelly.
(49284)
140
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of the (a) case and (b) compensation paid was in the recent Laurelhill Community College dispute in Lisburn, County Antrim.
(49861)
Questions to the Prime Minister
141
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Prime Minister, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49878)
142
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Prime Minister, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49898)
143
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Prime Minister, what role the Police Service of Northern Ireland Underwater Search Unit is playing in the investigation of the disappearance of Lisa Dorrian.
(49421)
144
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with senior Police Service of Northern Ireland officers on the investigation into the disappearance of Lisa Dorrian.
(49422)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
145
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49879)
146
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49897)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
147
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will provide an answer to Question 10236, on Departmental expenditure, tabled by the hon. Member for Monmouth on 4th July 2005.
(49837)
148
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49880)
149
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49896)
150
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated cost to businesses is of the Business Review under the EU Accounts Modernisation Directive.
(49828)
151
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in respect of how many (a) accountants and (b) auditors prosecutions have been sought by his Department for their role in frauds at the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; and if he will make a statement.
(49834)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
152
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what budget the Highways Agency has identified for compulsory purchase orders along the A21 in East Sussex in (a) 2005-06 and (b) each year from 2006-07 to 2010-11.
(49076)
153
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will announce the decision on the direct train link between Bexhill-on-Sea and London Victoria.
(49179)
154
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to cut train services between Bexhill-on-Sea and Pevensey and Westham during the next 18 months; and if he will make a statement.
(49180)
155
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the timescale for the introduction of EU regulations relating to digital tachographs; and within what time period (a) private companies and (b) individuals will be required to comply with the new regulations.
(49839)
156
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49881)
157
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49895)
158
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve the conspicuity of wheel chairs and mobility scooters; and what discussions he has had with the manufacturers of wheelchairs and mobility scooters on this subject.
(48820)
159
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received from train operating companies on industrial disputes.
(49841)
160
Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the draw down of funding for planned improvements to the M4 motorway in Reading West constituency.
(49833)
161
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle piracy on the coast of Devon.
(49082)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
162
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49883)
163
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49893)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
164
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Pensions Protection Fund to date.
(48609)
165
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications to the Pensions Protection Fund have been received to date.
(48610)
166
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 596W, on deparmental assets, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the information requested.
(49868)
167
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(49884)
168
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the past 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(49892)
169
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 2060W, on workplace accidents and health report, when he will place in the Library the data for 2003-04.
(49698)
170
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll and Bute):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what options other than bank or building society accounts pensioners will be able to choose for receipt of pensions after 2010.
(49618)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
171
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the life expectancy of a patient suffering from myeloma was in England in the last period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (49870)
172
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have applied for the Small Business Relief Scheme in each of the last five years; how many were eligible in each year; and how many of those were successful in each year.
[Transferred] (49697)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
173
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Iran's support for terrorist groups; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (49013)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
174
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the terms of reference were of the consultation on the possession of extreme pornography; and when he expects to publish a response to the consultation.
[Transferred] (49855)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
175
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether it is the Government's policy that the Russian Federation's accession to the World Trade Organisation should be conditional on its ratification of the Energy Charter Treaty.
[Transferred] (49695)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
176
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department has made in setting up the Task Force for Independent Living referred to in Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People; when he expects it will issue its first report; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (49829)

 
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