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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 8 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 Wednesday 8 February 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 8 February 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 8 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 Wednesday 8 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 8 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional rate of standard income tax would have been required to raise revenue of (a) £17.4 billion in 2004-05 and (b) £16.4 billion in 2003-04.
(48821)
2
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the correspondence dated 26th January regarding incorrect tax credit payments to a constituent of the hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire reference SLD 4/23386/2005, what the (a) system fault affecting the calculation of tax credit awards and (b) the further system fault affecting HM Revenue and Customs' records of tax credit payments was.
(50115)
3
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49961)
4
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.
(49964)
5
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the changes proposed in his Pre-Budget statement in respect of real estate investment trusts upon (a) availability of housing for rent, (b) the amount and proportion of second and holiday homes, (c) the availability of housing in areas with a preponderance of second and holiday homes and (d) other aspects of the housing market.
(50255)
6
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria will apply to the purchase of residential properties under his proposed changes to real estate investment trusts.
(50256)
7
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50014)
8
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Financial Services Authority's Better Regulation Action Plan.
(50083)
9
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in the funding of the scheme to rebuild St Bartholomew's Hospital.
(50084)
10
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that employees and retirees of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development pay income tax if they choose not to make a taxable investment with their lump sum benefit and if additional shareholder funds have been added to that lump sum for the purpose of paying income tax; and who is responsible for overseeing these mechanisms.
(50290)
11
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) salaries and (b) emoluments paid by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are exempt from UK income tax by virtue of being subject to the Bank's own internal tax.
(50291)
12
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2006, Official Report, columns 1492-3W, on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), whether there has been a change in the rights of employees and retirees of the EBRD to dispose of their lump sum benefit as they see fit.
(50292)
13
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2006, Official Report, columns 1492-3W, on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), whether employees of the EBRD who do not choose to buy an annuity or other taxable investment will receive the enhancement to their lump sum originally granted for the purpose of paying income tax; and by what (a) formula and (b) amount benefit deriving from the EBRD pension fund was increased for the purpose of paying income tax.
(50293)
14
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average amount of tax paid by families in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency was in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2001.
(50109)
15
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Manchester, Withington use a Post Office Card Account to access child benefit.
(50373)
16
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of the written parliamentary questions addressed to him he has answered personally in each year since he took up his post.
(50227)
17
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters he has received from members of the public regarding the Financial Services Authority in each year since its creation.
(50228)
18
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which tax credit decisions carry the right of appeal.
(50157)
19
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria were used in making the decision no longer to use the rolling 30 year period for exempting older, historic cars from vehicle excise duty; and if he will make a statement.
(50314)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
20
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50005)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
21
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what measures the Commissioners are taking to expedite the transfers of their tenants who cause a nuisance to their neighbours.
(50249)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
22
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006 to the hon. Member for Hertfordshire North East, Official Report, column 490W, on coroners, what is the timetable for the appointment of a judge to conduct inquests into the fatalities arising from the Potters Bar rail crash; and how soon she expects such inquests to be held.
(50160)
23
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans her Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if she will make a statement.
(50007)
24
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2006, Official Report, columns 150-1W, on Deputy Lieutenants (Lancashire), in which geographical area each of the existing Deputy Lieutenants for Lancashire not recently apppointed resides.
(50135)
25
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will authorise the early release to the Public Records Office of the 1911 census for England and Wales.
(49704)
26
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations she has made to her counterparts in other Council of Europe member countries on the proficiency in (a) English and (b) French of judges of the European Court of Human Rights; and if she will make a statement.
(50131)
27
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations she has received regarding the decision of the Legal Services Commission to withdraw its funding from specialist legal support services; and if she will make a statement.
(50148)
28
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many enquiries were referred to the Community Legal Service by (a) Citizens Advice Bureaux, (b) Law Centres, (c) high street solicitors and (d) other independent advice centres in the last year for which figures are available.
(50149)
29
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many enquiries were submitted through the Community Legal Service network in (a) Leicestershire and (b) England and Wales in each year between 2000 and 2005.
(50150)
30
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what was the running cost of the Community Legal Service in each year between 2000 and 2005.
(50151)
31
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what research she has commissioned on the perceptions of (a) Citizens Advice Bureaux, (b) Law Centres, (c) high street solicitors and (d) other independent legal advice centres of the effectiveness of the Community Legal Service.
(50152)
32
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what research she has commissioned on satisfaction of members of the public with the Community Legal Service.
(50153)
33
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many enquiries were referred to the Community Legal Service in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by type.
(50154)
34
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will reverse the decision taken by the Legal Services Commission to withdraw funding in July from specialist providers of support and advice on cases relating to housing, debt, welfare benefits, immigration, employment and money; and if she will make a statement.
(50312)
35
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what research her Department has undertaken into the likely impact of the Legal Services Commission's decision to withdraw specialist funding from third party charities and organisations on the provision of support and advice services to the general public; and if she will make a statement.
(50313)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
36
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with which voluntary organisations her Department has a formal national Compact agreement.
[R] (50270)
37
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if she will make a statement.
(50013)
38
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the procedures are for increasing the number of regional casinos in the pilot scheme under the Gambling Act 2005.
(50099)
39
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, under what provisions a casino licence issued under the Gaming Act 1968 may be reinstated after a temporary cessation of trading for unforeseen reasons by the holder.
(50100)
40
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what grants have been given by (a) her Department and (b) Lottery distributors to the Youth Hostels Association since 1997.
(50147)
41
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for capital investment in community sports facilities of the transfer of ownership of leisure centres from local authorities to newly-formed charitable trusts.
(50120)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
42
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what analysis was made by the Government of the RAND report on pyridostigmine bromide before ordering its use during Operation TELIC.
(50297)
43
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what fuels used by UK forces on Operation (a) GRANBY and (b) TELIC contained pyridines.
(50298)
44
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what weapon systems using propellants and explosives containing pyridines were employed by UK forces during Operation (a) GRANBY and (b) TELIC.
(50299)
45
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is his latest assessment of the (a) scale, (b) nature and (c) causes of Gulf War-related illnesses.
(50300)
46
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to what extent the decision to provide nerve agent pre-treatment tablets to forces serving during the Iraq War in 2003 was based upon information on chemical weapons in Iraq; what chemical weapons were identified in this information; and for how many of those chemicals the information on use in Iraq was not borne out by the report of the Iraq Survey Group.
(50301)
47
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with NATO counterparts on the possibility of supplying armed forces for peacekeeping in Sudan.
(49454)
48
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters each UK regiment in Afghanistan has, broken down by type.
(50344)
49
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan are out of service due to (i) mechanical faults, (ii) routine servicing and (iii) other reasons.
(50345)
50
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many further helicopters are to be deployed to Afghanistan over the next six months, broken down by type.
(50346)
51
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his assessment is of the security situation in (a) Nimrooz, (b) Farah, (c) Ghor, (d) Oruzgan and (e) Kandahar provinces.
(50349)
52
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) British and (b) Allied troops are deployed in (i) Nimrooz, (ii) Farah, (iii) Ghor, (iv) Oruzgan and (v) Kandahar provinces; and what such troops are due to be deployed in each province in the next (A) six and (B) 12 months.
(50350)
53
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British service personnel are in Helmand; and what their mission is.
(50353)
54
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training British troops in Helmand province received prior to deployment.
(50357)
55
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures UK armed forces are taking to protect (a) sites and (b) artefacts of archaeological or historical value in Helmand province.
(50358)
56
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) dentists will accompany the deployment to Afghanistan.
(50359)
57
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the authorities in (a) Iran and (b) Pakistan on reducing the flow of (i) drugs, (ii) arms and (iii) unauthoried people from Pakistan to Afghanistan.
(50360)
58
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance his Department is giving to non-governmental organisations in (a) Nimrooz, (b) Farah, (c) Ghor, (d) Orunzgan, (e) Kandahar and (f) Helmand province.
(50361)
59
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding BBC Monitoring has received from (a) his Department, (b) other Government Departments and (c) other sources in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(50362)
60
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has held with (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) defence staff regarding proposals to withdraw troops from Iraq in the next 12 months.
(50363)
61
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the unrest in Afghanistan on 4th and 5th February on the security situation there; and if he will make a statement.
(50364)
62
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding BBC Monitoring will receive in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 from (i) his Department, (ii) other Government departments and (iii) other sources.
(50365)
63
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on which dates (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have visited British soldiers injured in Iraq; and what locations were visited.
(50366)
64
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the countries from which media output is monitored by BBC Monitoring.
(50368)
65
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50008)
66
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK ports cater for (a) UK nuclear submarines and (b) UK submarines armed with nuclear weapons; and if he will list those where maintenance of (i) UK nuclear submarines and (ii) UK submarines armed with nuclear weapons is carried out.
(50262)
67
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the likely net change in jobs in Manchester arising from the restructuring of the Meteorological Office Civil Centre Forecast Production Network.
(50355)
68
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what revenue has been (a) received from and (b) agreed with buyers as a result of the sale or scrapping of each major Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel disposed of since 1997; and how long each had been in service.
(48822)
69
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to identify target in-service dates for each of the future aircraft carriers.
(48823)
70
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25th January 2006 to the hon. Member for Woodspring, Official Report, column 2127W, on the Joint Casualty Treatment Ship, what the terms of reference are for the review; whether they include the possibility that RFA Argus will not be replaced; and when the review is expected to be completed.
(48892)
71
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of maintaining regimental (a) dogs, (b) goats and (c) other animal mascots was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(50244)
72
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many residents of Leicester are serving with the armed forces in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.
(50221)
73
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British soldiers are stationed abroad.
(50222)
74
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) service personnel on long-term sick leave and (b) former service personnel are claiming incapacity benefit.
(49959)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
75
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he made of the merits of appointing a Royal Commission to examine the issues considered by the Lyons Inquiry.
(50133)
76
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many social housing units have been made available in Merton in each year since 1980.
(50051)
77
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council houses have been sold in Merton under the right-to-buy scheme in each year since 1980.
(50052)
78
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of shared equity housing have been made available in Merton in each year since 1980.
(50053)
79
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Office has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50006)
80
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many empty homes there have been in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) Peterborough City Council area in each year since 1997.
(50340)
81
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding assistance he plans to offer to the Arson Task Force in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to reduce the incidence of arson in the Greater Peterborough area.
(50343)
82
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received from Condover Parish Council; and what response he plans to make.
(50240)
83
N
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much housing subsidy was (a) paid by his Department to each local authority and (b) paid to his Department by each local authority in 2004-05; and how much his Department received in right-to-buy proceeds from each local authority in that year.
(48374)
84
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff work in the Local Government and Fire Group; how many are based in (i) London and (ii) each region and nation of the UK; how much was spent on their salaries in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by area; and what estimate he has made of the administration costs associated with the Group.
(50030)
85
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff work in the Corporate Strategy and Resources Group; how many are based in (i) London and (ii) each region and nation of the UK; how much was spent on their salaries in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by area; and what estimate he has made of the administration costs associated with the Group.
(50031)
86
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on future funding for the Rochdale and Oldham Housing Market Renewal Area.
(48302)
87
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department has held meetings on development in Castle Point with Hickfort Ltd of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.
(49350)
88
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff in his Department are paid on a performance-related basis.
(49966)
89
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of the transfer of leisure facilities from local authorities to newly-formed charitable trusts on their access to capital for refurbishment.
(50118)
90
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the local authorities that have transferred the ownership of leisure centres and swimming pools to newly-formed charitable trusts; and which facilities were transferred.
(50119)
91
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate the likely cost to public funds associated with the Thames Gateway regeneration project, including costs in respect of additional urban centre renewal and management, site acquisition and decontamination, flood defence and new transport infrastructure.
(50166)
92
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate the expenditure likely to be required to deliver the expansion of (a) public services and (b) utilities in each district of the Thames Gateway as a consequence of his plans for the area.
(50167)
93
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will ensure that expected population growth within Thames Gateway as a consequence of his plans for the area is taken into account in the determination of the budgets of local authorities.
(50168)
94
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local planning authorities within the Thames Gateway have champions for the historic environment appointed within their management structures.
(50170)
95
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress has been made in developing accessibility planning indicators since July 2004.
(50196)
96
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Government has (a) estimated how much affordable key worker housing will need to be made available in the Thames Gateway to meet the staffing needs of frontline public services and (b) assessed where such housing will be required; and what assessment the Government has made of whether sufficient resources have been identified to provide for that housing.
(50197)
97
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Government plans to establish targets for the numbers of each different type and size of new house to be built in the Thames Gateway.
(50199)
98
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what data the Government collects on the proportion of types of new homes being built in the Thames Gateway.
(50201)
99
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of whether sufficient housing is being provided within the Thames Gateway to meet the needs of families with children moving into that area.
(51093)
100
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether all new power lines in the Thames Gateway are planned to be undergrounded.
(51094)
101
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate his Department has made of the number of homeless people who are former personnel of the emergency services.
(49960)
102
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many employees of the fire service on long-term sick leave are claiming incapacity benefit.
(49988)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
103
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the secondary schools which admit pupils on the basis of partial selection by ability criterion, broken down by local authority; and what the percentage is of pupils at each school admitted in this way.
(49453)
104
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the percentage of each cohort who failed to achieve level four at key stage two in each school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(49346)
105
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of pupils of secondary schools in Newcastle-upon-Tyne achieved (a) English GCSE grades A to C, (b) mathematics GCSE grades A to C, (c) no GCSEs, (d) five GCSE grades A to C and (e) GNVQ four grades A to C equivalents in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(49347)
106
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether capital devolved to local education authorities (LEAs) is controlled by (a) LEAs and (b) schools; whether foundation schools have devolved capital allocations directly devolved to them; and what changes to existing arrangements are proposed in the Education White Paper.
(49417)
107
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of pupils achieved five GCSEs grade A* to C including mathematics and English in (a) community schools with a specialism, (b) foundation schools with a specialism, (c) voluntary controlled schools with a specialism and (d) voluntary aided schools with a specialism in 2004-05.
(50024)
108
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary schools with a specialism are (a) community schools, (b) foundation schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools and (d) voluntary aided schools.
(50025)
109
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary (a) foundation schools and (b) voluntary aided schools have sixth forms; and what proportion of pupils gained (i) five GCSEs grades A* to C and (ii) five GCSEs grades A* to C including English and mathematics in each category of school in the last year for which figures are available.
(50026)
110
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many specialist secondary schools (a) with and (b) without sixth forms are (i) community schools, (ii) voluntary aided schools, (iii) voluntary controlled schools and (iv) foundation schools; and what proportion of pupils gained (A) five GCSEs A*-C and (B) five GCSEs A*-C including English and mathematics in each category of specialist secondary school in the last year for which figures are available.
(50027)
111
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many grammar schools (a) with and (b) without sixth forms are (i) community schools, (ii) voluntary aided schools, (iii) voluntary controlled schools and (iv) foundation schools; and what proportion of pupils gained (A) five GCSEs A*-C and (B) five GCSEs A*-C including English and mathematics in each category of grammar school in the last year for which figures are available.
(50028)
112
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many grammar schools have a specialism; and what proportion of pupils achieved five GCSEs A*-C including mathematics and English in grammar schools with a specialism in the last year for which figures are available.
(50045)
113
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to encourage greater involvement of small companies in funding the Learning and Skills Council and its initiatives.
(50034)
114
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effect on the number of further education courses work-related of changes to the Department of Work and Pensions' priorities on Learning and Skills Council provision.
(50035)
115
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what evidence she has received of fraudulent use being made of the Connexions card.
(50036)
116
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how local Learning and Skills Council offices will be funded to deliver partnership arrangements and economic regeneration; and if she will make a statement.
(50037)
117
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact of industrial action on the re-structuring of the Learning and Skills Council; and if she will make a statement.
(50038)
118
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what additional responsibilities local Learning and Skills Council offices will assume in rural areas as part of the proposed re-structuring.
(50039)
119
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how Park Life centres in Gloucestershire will be funded after the movement of funds to regional offices of its Learning and Skills Council.
(50040)
120
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are in place to resolve differences between national and local priorities in the Learning and Skills Council, with particular reference to those between level 2 and level 3 obligations.
(50041)
121
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, with which voluntary organisations the Department has a formal national Compact agreement.
[R] (50264)
122
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total procurement budget for the state education sector has been for the last three financial years; and what the project budgeted is for the next three financial years.
(50112)
123
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to enable frontline professionals in (a) schools, (b) colleges and (c) higher education institutions to use their time more productively; and what assessment she has made of the efficiency gains made as a consequence.
(50113)
124
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total number of Civil Service posts is in (a) her Department and (b) the Office for Standards in Education; and what the numbers were in July 2004.
(50114)
125
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to reduce the total administration costs of (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) Ofsted; and what assessment she has made of the savings made as a consequence.
(50121)
126
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the savings made in the last two financial years as a consequence of (a) streamlined data collection and (b) reduced reporting and monitoring requirements for schools.
(50122)
127
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the savings made in the last two financial years as a consequence of a lighter touch process for Ofsted inspections.
(50124)
128
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the of the efficiency gains that have been achieved in the last two years as a consequence of improvements in school-level financial management.
(50125)
129
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what savings have been obtained in (a) schools, (b) colleges and (c) higher education institutions in the last two financial years as a consequence of (i) investment in information communication technology, (ii) reducing administrative burdens and (iii) workforce reform.
(50126)
130
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the (a) changes in performance and (b) savings made as a consequence of the establishment of the Education Procurement Centre of Excellence.
(50127)
131
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidelines have been issued by her Department to local education authorities on the allocation of special needs funding.
(50116)
132
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the role of the Index of Multiple Deprivation in the establishment of guidelines for the allocation of special needs funding.
(50117)
133
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans her Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if she will make a statement.
(50003)
134
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what strategies her Department is pursuing to assist local authorities further to develop and support family and friends placements for care of children; and if she will make a statement.
(50336)
135
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she next plans to review the operation of the Common Assessment Framework with regard to children in family and friends placements.
(50337)
136
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have left school at 16 years of age in (a) parliamentary Peterborough constituency and (b) Peterborough Local Education Authority with less than the equivalent of five GCSEs at A to C grades in each year since 1997.
(50339)
137
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many truancy sweeps have taken place within the Peterborough Local Education Authority in each year since 1999; how many children were stopped in that period; how many children stopped did not have a valid reason for absence; how many hours of police time were spent on such sweeps; and if she will make a statement.
(50341)
138
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will meet parents of children from Grafton Village School to discuss its possible closure.
(50054)
139
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how parents may appeal against a decision to close a school taken by a school organisation committee.
(50059)
140
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what basis the decision was made to close the Grafton Village School in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.
(50088)
141
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) budget for and (b) expenditure on the building of the new Bicton Church of England School in Bicton was.
(50089)
142
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the level of government funding for adult education for people on (a) benefits and (b) low incomes was in Shrewsbury in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2005.
(50090)
143
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Connexions Agency will assist 16 year olds to apply for benefits to which they are entitled.
(50123)
144
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the allocation of funding for schools in rural areas in 2006-07.
(50219)
145
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what resources have been allocated to support Pathfinder schools in each of the next five years.
(50252)
146
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been awarded to Pathfinder schools in each of the past two years, broken down by local authority.
(50253)
147
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools are in a Pathfinder programme, broken down by local authority.
(50254)
148
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what extra funds are available for schools with outstanding results.
(50169)
149
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on the time of day at which children start school.
(50266)
150
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of children who work before school; what types of employment they are engaged in; and how many children are estimated to be employed in each type.
(50267)
151
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research she has evaluated on the time of day at which school children in EU member states start school; and if she will make a statement.
(50272)
152
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on her Department's assessment of the impact on children of carrying out paid work before the start of the school day.
(50273)
153
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, at what time of day secondary school children start school in each local education authority area.
(50274)
154
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were adopted in each of the last five years.
(50158)
155
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many undergraduates the Government expects to study in the 2006-07 academic year; and if she will make a statement.
(49996)
156
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the progress of the review of the national literacy strategy.
(49998)
157
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on measures to promote fair access to higher education.
(49999)
158
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many vacancies there were on GNVQ courses in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each year between 1997 and 2005.
(50144)
159
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding her Department allocated for IT equipment in schools in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each year between 1997 and 2005.
(50145)
160
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what training teachers receive to deal with bullying in schools; and how much funding her Department allocated for training teachers to deal with bullying in schools in (a) Leicester and (b) England in the last five years.
(50146)
161
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) single men, (b) single women and (c) couples have adopted children in each of the last five years.
(50085)
162
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of (a) teaching staff and (b) non-teaching staff in schools in England have been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau, broken down by local education authority.
(50200)
163
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, why funding for colleges with students taking more than four AS levels is being reduced in the 2006-07 funding allocation.
(51095)
164
Sir George Young (North West Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to reply to Question 45243 tabled by the hon. Member for North West Hampshire for Answer on 23rd January, on safeguarding children.
(50129)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
165
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) percentage and (b) real terms changes in total income from farming were in each of the last four years.
(49981)
166
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what publicly-funded assistance is available to a farmer wishing to convert to organic production.
(49982)
167
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of farmland in each EU country is allocated to organic production.
(49983)
168
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to review the fallen stock scheme.
(49984)
169
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes in Pillar II funding from earlier estimates are expected in 2007-13 as a result of the recent EU budget reform.
(49985)
170
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if she will make a statement.
(50002)
171
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2005, Official Report, column 930W, on identity cards, whether her Department has finalised the current best estimates of the cost of using the identity cards scheme to support the services which it oversees.
(50324)
172
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what was the value of genetically modified crops imported to the UK from Spain in (a) 2003 and (b) 2005.
(50048)
173
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much genetically modified maize was imported to the United Kingdom in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(50049)
174
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date a Minister from her Department last visited Shropshire.
(50103)
175
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many gallons of biofuel she estimates will have been sold in Shropshire by (a) 2009 and (b) 2015.
(50104)
176
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her French counterpart to ensure that British and French farmers are treated equally in (a) monetary and (b) commercial terms under the Common Agricultural Policy.
(50105)
177
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she is having with her Polish counterpart to encourage agricultural imports and exports between Poland and the UK.
(50106)
178
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will visit Iceland to see how it is managing its fish stocks.
(50107)
179
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much sugar was imported into the UK in (a) 1977, (b) 1997 and (c) 2005.
(50108)
180
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors have affected the timescale for publication of the revised climate change strategy.
(50220)
181
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance she has issued to digital television (a) broadcasters, (b) manufacturers and (c) retailers on the energy efficiency of digital television appliances.
(50223)
182
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her assessment is of the most cost-effective way to mitigate the projected climate change set out in the document Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change, published by her Department on 30th January.
(50224)
183
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which Ministers represented the United Kingdom at the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) ninth special session of its governing council on 7th to 9th February in Dubai; what papers were circulated (a) by the United Kingdom delegation and (b) relevant to United Kingdom policies; and if she will place copies in the Library.
(50232)
184
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representation the United Kingdom had at the United Nations Environment Programme's Seventh Global Civil Society (GCE) forum in Dubai on 5th-6th February; what decisions were taken which affected United Kingdom policies; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the GCE statement.
(50233)
185
Tom Levitt (High Peak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what mileage of new (a) byways and (b) bridleways have been created since the enactment of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
(49995)
186
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of terminator seed technology on free access to genetic resources.
(50046)
187
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will support the Convention on Biodiversity Decision V/5 section III on the field testing and commercialisation of genetic use restriction technologies at the forthcoming 2006 Convention on Biodiversity meetings.
(50047)
188
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to secure from the EU traditional speciality guaranteed status for pork and bacon from pedigree Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs.
(50306)
189
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what minimum (a) additional water supply infrastructure, (b) additional works to existing water supply infrastructure and (c) change in per capita consumption of water she expects to be required in order to enable an adequate water supply to be maintained when the Government has achieved its target for additional new dwellings in the Thames Gateway by 2016; and what plans the Government has to take the action necessary to ensure adequate water supply.
(50198)
190
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors she took into account when deciding not to authorise the use of vaccines against avian influenza.
[R] (50086)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
191
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with colleagues in (a) NATO and (b) the UN on supplementing the African Union mission in Sudan.
(49348)
192
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the African Union on it launching a mission to Somalia.
(49349)
193
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the UN, (b) the African Union and (c) the governments of African countries where the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) operates on how to take forward the aims of the International Criminal Court in relation to the LRA.
(49957)
194
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of the (a) farm gate value and (b) export value of opium production in (i) Nimrooz, (ii) Farah, (iii) Ghor, (iv) Oruzgan, (v) Kandahar and (vi) Helmand provinces in each of the last five years.
(50347)
195
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his estimate is of (a) the area of poppy fields and (b) the level of opium production in (i) Nimrooz, (ii) Farah, (iii) Ghor, (iv) Oruzgan, (v) Kandahar and (vi) Helmand provinces in each of the last five years.
(50348)
196
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he is taking to prevent (a) corruption and (b) infiltration by militants among (i) police and (ii) provincial politicians in Helmand.
(50352)
197
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50012)
198
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, columns 2482-3W, on identity cards, what the policy issues relating to use of or access to identity cards overseas that required clarification were; and whether clarification has been provided.
(50320)
199
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with British overseas territories to establish how much support they gave to international development in 2005.
(50248)
200
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on which countries may legitimately operate uranium enrichment facilities.
(50211)
201
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the capability of Iran to deliver nuclear weapons in the event of their being developed.
(48824)
202
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representatons he has made to the government of China on internet viruses and attempts through internet fraud that emanate from China to obtain confidential data from public and commercial bodies in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(49705)
203
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made towards a UN rapid reaction capability for traditional peace-keeping operations.
(50163)
204
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in developing the UN Standby Arrangements System.
(50164)
205
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in developing the Multinational Stand-by Forces High Readiness Brigade for UN operations.
(50165)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
206
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospitals are the main centres for the treatment of Gulf War-related illnesses.
(50295)
207
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Government guidelines are available to (a) general practitioners, (b) neurologists and (c) other medical carers for the treatment of ex-service personnel suffering Gulf War-related illnesses.
(50296)
208
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of general practitioners use system choice under the National Programme for IT in the NHS; and what target date has been set for achieving system choice throughout the NHS.
(49831)
209
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of general practitioners use the National Programme for IT in the NHS; and what the target is for usage by the end of (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(49832)
210
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with which voluntary organisations the Department has a formal national Compact agreement.
[R] (50268)
211
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) neonatal and (b) paediatric nurses there have been in England in each year since 1997; how many are nearing retirement; and what steps are being taken to tackle possible shortages.
(49862)
212
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans her Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if she will make a statement.
(50015)
213
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much VAT the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital paid the Exchequer for drugs purchased by the hospital in (a) 2001, (b) 2003 and (c) 2005.
(50087)
214
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will increase the settlement for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for the 2006-07 financial year.
(50092)
215
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to help the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital tackle MRSA infections.
(50093)
216
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to increase the number of NHS dentists in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.
(50094)
217
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there were in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(50095)
218
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in England closed in (a) 2001, (b) 2003 and (c) 2005.
(50097)
219
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many leukaemia specialists are employed by the NHS in (a) Shropshire and (b) Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.
(50098)
220
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices in Manchester Withington have stopped taking on new NHS patients in the last 12 months.
(50354)
221
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Wynne Lieberthal has been employed as a doctor within the NHS; and if she will make a statement.
(49702)
222
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has received information from the Minister of Defence of the Irish Republic about (a) the agency known as Medicare Solutions based in Chessington, Surrey and (b) Wynne Lieberthal; and if she will make a statement.
(49703)
223
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has made an assessment of the extent to which the proposed future inclusion of some herbal ingredients within the provisions of the Food Supplements Directive would change decisions on the part of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on (a) whether a product containing herbal ingredients required registration under the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive and (b) licensing such a product as a medicine on the basis of its function.
(50234)
224
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many recent meetings with industry have been held by officials of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to discuss product classification arising from the provisions of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive; what costs and other compliance burdens for industry have been identified through regulatory impact assessments and other means as arising from identifying with confidence which herbal ingredients (a) may be sold under food law and (b) require (i) medicinal product licences and (ii) traditional use registrations; and if she will make a statement.
(50235)
225
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the provisions of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive come into force in the United Kingdom; if she will list herbal ingredients which manufacturers may continue to sell in supplement form under food law beyond that date; and if she will list those herbal ingredients that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency consider likely to be classified as medicines requiring (i) registration and (ii) licensing by virtue of being medicinal by function.
(50236)
226
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of litigation against (a) Torbay Hospital, (b) Royal Devon and Exeter and (c) Derriford Hospital there have been in each of the past five years; and how many cases for each hospital remain outstanding.
(50134)
227
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what restrictions apply to the use primary care trusts can make of funds from the sale of assets.
(50156)
228
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of emergency ambulance cover in (a) Beverley and Holderness and (b) Humberside.
(50161)
229
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings she has had with providers of dementia specialist services to discuss the potential impact of withdrawing anticholinisterase drug treatments for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
(50140)
230
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence assesses qualitative research in its appraisal of technologies and treatments.
(50202)
231
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of people who care for people with Alzheimer's disease.
(50203)
232
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the availability on the NHS of memantine for the treatment of moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease.
(50204)
233
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Department's plans are for the distribution of the document Everybody's business: service guide for older people's mental health services.
(50205)
234
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were prescribed Ebixa on the NHS in the last three years for which figures are available; and what the cost to the NHS for Ebixa was in each year.
(50206)
235
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of prescribing drug treatments for people in the moderate stages of Alzheimer's disease was in 2004-05.
(50207)
236
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been evaluated on the impact of drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease on entry into full-time care.
(50208)
237
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of health and social care staff injured by people with dementia in each of the last four years for which figures are available.
(50209)
238
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with Alzheimer's disease have been treated with anti-cholinesterase drugs since they were licensed in the UK.
(50210)
239
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the potential impact of the restriction of drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease proposed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the requirement for (a) care services, (b) care homes and (c) carer time.
(51087)
240
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in each of the last 10 years.
(51088)
241
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government has spent on research into Alzheimer's disease and other associated dementias in each year from 2000 to 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(51089)
242
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings she has had with health professionals to discuss the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence proposal on the use of (a) Reminyl, (b) Aricept and (c) Exelon for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
(51090)
243
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate the Government has made of the total weekly costs of full-time institutional care.
(51091)
244
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the membership of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence appraisal committee responsible for the appraisal of drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease includes dementia specialists.
(51092)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
245
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Joseph Thabet, reference LR1921 00 5904, will receive notification of his immigration status.
(50307)
246
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a decision will be reached on the application of Hamid Hamdollah Zadeh, reference 21034579, for leave to remain.
(50308)
247
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which voluntary organisations the Department has a formal national Compact agreement.
[R] (50263)
248
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) sections and (b) provisions within the Criminal Justice Act 2003 which (i) have not yet come into force and (ii) have been repealed (A) prior to and (B) after coming into force.
(50136)
249
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the estimated annual cost of commissioning arrangements under the National Offender Management Service.
(50055)
250
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has consulted (a) police organisations and (b) police authorities on (i) plans to change probation boundaries and (ii) restructuring.
(50056)
251
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a requirement for all offenders sentenced in the community to perform unpaid work; and what resource implications are being taken into account.
(50058)
252
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he will take to ensure the end-to-end management of offenders under the National Offender Management Service arrangements for persons jailed for five years or more.
(50060)
253
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence he has assessed on the impact of commissioning of probation services on standards at an operational level.
(50061)
254
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50016)
255
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what status failed asylum seekers have whose country of origin has refused to accept them on deportation and who have been returned to the UK; what provision is made by the Department in such cases; and if he will make a statement.
(50018)
256
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent special constables there have been in Cambridgeshire Police in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(50338)
257
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has undertaken research to test the biometric technology to be used in the proposed identity card scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(50258)
258
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the possibility of incorporating Police National Computer numbers into the National Identity Register is under consideration; and if he will make a statement.
(50259)
259
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) planning work and (b) cost estimates have been undertaken regarding the assessment of applications for exemptions when the Identity Card Scheme becomes compulsory; and if he will make a statement.
(50260)
260
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Government departments' estimates of the (a) total and (b) net cost of (i) integrating the proposed identity card scheme into his Department's IT systems and (ii) the ongoing operation of the scheme are included in the Home Office's £584 million at 2005-06 prices estimated cost of the scheme published in the regulatory impact assessment; and what these estimates are.
(50261)
261
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much he estimates it will cost an individual to obtain a replacement indentity card if it is (a) stolen, (b) lost and (c) damaged.
(50271)
262
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of financial fraud suffered by individuals was represented by card-not-present fraud in the latest year for which figures are available.
(50275)
263
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the public sector databases to which the National Identity Register will be linked.
(50276)
264
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006 to Question 46496 on identity cards, if he will publish the security risk assessment reports that have been produced.
(50315)
265
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 594W, on identity cards, whether the identity cards programme has now mapped the impact of the proposed scheme on efforts to defeat money laundering and organised crime.
(50318)
266
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2005, Official Report, column 1755W, on the National Identity Register, whether a decision has been taken on the type and quantity of biometric data to be held for each person on the National Identity Register on the basis of the Bill as it stands following amendment in the House of Lords.
(50319)
267
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28th June 2005, Official Report, column 1457W, on identity cards, whether a decision has been made on the (a) number and (b) location of centres where biometric information may be collected; and whether the cost of these centres is included in the estimated cost of the scheme published in the regulatory impact assessment.
(50322)
268
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th July 2005, Official Report, column 1610W, on identity cards, what level of risk has been identified through his Department's consultations on methods of fooling biometric readers; what has been learnt from his communication with other schemes that are using biometrics with identity cards; and what types of biometrics are used by those other schemes.
(50323)
269
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 8th November 2005, Official Report, column 344W, on identity cards, what the results were of his Department's further analysis of the estimates for the benefits which are defined as not yet qualified completely in paragraph 25 of the Regulatory Impact Assessment of the identity card scheme of 25th May 2005; and whether that analysis is complete.
(50325)
270
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Offender Management Service in Wales requires a statutory regional body corporate for the purposes of (a) employing staff and (b) commissioning services.
(49029)
271
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how local delivery in the unitary authority area of Wales will be managed under the National Offender Management Service if the current probation boards are abolished.
(49030)
272
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the scale of (a) internet viruses and (b) attempts at internet fraud emanating from China which aim to obtain data from public and commercial bodies in the UK; what agencies are involved in its detection; and if he will make a statement.
(49701)
273
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stop and searches have been made under the Terrorism Act 2000, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) age group.
(50225)
274
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made as a result of stop and searches under the Terrorism Act 2000.
(50226)
275
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has given to police officers on identifying those who should be stopped and searched under the Terrorism Act 2000.
(50229)
276
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what methodology underlay the Regulatory Impact Assessment which was published in response to Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending.
(50231)
277
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the job descriptions are of (a) regional offender managers and (b) their staff under the National Offender Management Service arrangements.
(50237)
278
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken by regional offender managers to improve operational efficiency within the National Probation Service.
(50238)
279
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funds have been allocated to regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Service arrangements, broken down by area served by each manager; and how many staff are employed by each manager.
(50239)
280
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to abolish the law on blasphemy; and if he will make a statement.
(50130)
281
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of imams admitted to the UK since 2000 as ministers of religion who are no longer working as practising imams.
(50141)
282
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has been made of the costs of merging Lancashire and Cumbria constabularies; what estimate has been made of the likely savings; and if he will make a statement.
(50142)
283
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the capacity is of prisons in England and Wales; and how many prisoners were detained at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(50155)
284
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the conditions in which people awaiting trial in custody are kept; and whether any changes are planned to the applicable standards.
(50019)
285
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal brothels operating in (a) Romford and (b) England and Wales.
(50029)
286
N
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2006, to Question 49933, how many people who were under the age of 18 years at the time they were arrested and had a DNA sample taken up to and including 1st December 2005 were subsequently not charged or cautioned for any offence.
(49028)
287
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the misuse of methylamphetamine on (a) individuals and (b) levels of crime; and what assessment he has made of trends in abuse of the drug.
(49351)
288
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to reclassify methamphetamine as a class A drug pending further report of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(49352)
289
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will refer methylamphetamine to the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs for review as a matter of urgency.
(49353)
290
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how often the EU network of contacts established to exchange information to help investigate and prosecute suspected war criminals has met with a view to exchanging information about experiences, practices and methods, pursuant to Article 5 of the Council Decision of 8th May 2003 (2003/335/JHA); and if he will make a statement.
(50302)
291
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the (a) operation and (b) effectiveness of the European network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes; and if he will make a statement.
(50303)
292
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the EU network of contact points established to exchange information to help investigate and prosecute suspected war criminals in accordance with European Council Decision of 13th June 2002 (2002/494/JHA).
(50304)
293
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employees of the police service on long-term sick leave are claiming incapacity benefit.
(49989)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
294
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of returnees to the southern of Sudan, with particular reference to the (a) implications for civil society and (b) the possibility of localised conflict; and if he will make a statement.
(50042)
295
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research he has commissioned into the possible impact of returnees to southern Sudan.
(50043)
296
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the role of remittances from abroad in assisting development and poverty reduction; what studies he has commissioned on the impact of such remittances; and how such research has influenced aid strategies.
(50044)
297
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) tents and (b) other forms of shelter have been airlifted from the UK to aid victims of the South Asia earthquake.
(50294)
298
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50011)
299
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of Terminator seed technology on the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in developing countries.
(50139)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
300
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of pupils at (a) grammar schools, (b) secondary modern schools and (c) comprehensive schools in Northern Ireland obtained five A-C passes at GCSE in each of the last 20 years.
(50309)
301
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of pupils making A level entries in Northern Ireland obtained passes at (a) grade A level and (b) grades A and B level in each of the last 20 years.
(50310)
302
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of pupils in Northern Ireland obtained (a) 5 GCSE passes at grade A to C, (b) GCSE passes at grades A to C in mathematics and English and (c) GCSE passes in mathematics, English, a science subject and a modern foreign language in each of the last 20 years.
(50311)
303
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are on waiting lists for domiciliary carers; and what the average waiting time was in each Health, Social Services and Public Safety board area in the last period for which figures are available.
(49970)
304
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50001)
305
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2005, Official Report, column 1074W, on identity cards, whether his Department has any plans to make use of the identity card scheme for the services which are its responsibilities.
(50316)
306
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate the Government has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of households in Northern Ireland whose bills will (i) increase, (ii) decrease and (iii) not change under the planned rates revaluation and shift to discrete capital values.
(49562)
307
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the Government's plans are for a phasing out of industrial de-rating in Northern Ireland; and what the average expected change in non-domestic rates is for an average industrial business as a consequence of the phasing-out.
(49563)
308
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the (a) value significant codes and (b) property attribute types that the computer assisted mass appraisal system being used in Northern Ireland rates revaluation has the capacity to store and evaluate.
(49568)
Questions to the Prime Minister
309
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Prime Minister, what his policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption in his Office.
(49978)
310
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Prime Minister, how much and what proportion of his Office's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.
(49979)
311
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Prime Minister, on which dates he has visited British soldiers injured in Iraq; and what locations were visited.
(50367)
312
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will visit Shrewsbury to meet leading charity organisations, councillors and the mayor.
(50091)
313
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the memorandum prepared by Sir David Manning on matters discussed and decisions taken at his meeting with President Bush at the White House on 31st January 2003.
(50241)
314
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to seek parliamentary approval, whenever practicable, before the UK goes to war; and if he will make a statement.
(50137)
315
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to seek parliamentary approval for major changes to the structure and responsibilities of Government departments; and if he will make a statement.
(50138)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
316
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49967)
317
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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.
(49968)
318
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50009)
Questions to the Solicitor General
319
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Solicitor General, what criteria are applied when deciding to remove from military to civil jurisdiction decisions to prosecute service personnel for actions carried out on active service.
(48375)
320
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions have been brought for incitement to murder in each year since 1995; and how many resulted in a conviction.
(50132)
321
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Solicitor General, when the Attorney General next plans to address military officers who have been identified as suitable for promotion to the highest levels; and if he will make a statement.
(50245)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
322
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will extend Launch Investment to British non-prime contractors.
(49958)
323
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, with which voluntary organisations the Department has a formal national Compact agreement.
[R] (50269)
324
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, 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.
(49971)
325
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49972)
326
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(49997)
327
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2005, Official Report, column 1667W, on identity cards, whether his Department has finalised the current best estimates of the cost of using the identity card scheme to support the services which it oversees.
(50317)
328
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he plans to extend Automotive Academy re-employment training to areas other than the West Midlands; and if he will make a statement.
(49026)
329
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the National Assembly for Wales Government's energy strategy of March 2003 is being considered as part of the Energy Review.
(50250)
330
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will seek to introduce legislation under which companies would be required to publish their tax computation.
(50020)
331
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will seek to introduce legislation to require companies to publish details of their transfer pricing policies.
(50021)
332
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will limit each auditing firm to auditing no more than 10 per cent. of the FTSE 350 companies.
(50022)
333
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will seek to introduce legislation to require companies to publish a list in their annual accounts of the names and locations of all (a) subsidiaries, (b) affiliates, (c) shell companies and (d) trusts, together with the (i) turnover, (ii) profit and (iii) tax paid by each.
(50023)
334
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff the (a) Business and Innovation Groups, (b) British National Space Centre and (c) Business Relations and Support Unit had in the last year for which figures are available; how much each spent on (i) salaries and (ii) accommodation in that year; and whether these costs are identifiable or non-identifiable for the purpose of public expenditure statistical analysis.
(50032)
335
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff the (a) Regions Directorate, (b) Strategy Communications Unit and (c) Strategic Policy Analysis Unit of his Department had in the last year for which figures are available; how much each spent on (i) salaries and (ii) accommodation in that year for which figures are available; and whether these costs are identifiable or non-identifiable for the purpose of public expenditure statistical analysis.
(50033)
336
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions his Department has had in the last two years on the use of voice stress software in the assessment of claims for compensation under schemes for which his Department is responsible; and if he will make a statement.
(49992)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
337
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times during the last two years passengers on the Swindon to Cheltenham line have (a) been diverted to coaches and (b) have been required to wait for the next train following a missed connection the fault for which lies with the train operator.
(49494)
338
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the procedures are for Network Rail to give notice of maintenance works, with particular reference to the Great Western line; and how much notice is required to be given to the train operating companies.
(49495)
339
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49962)
340
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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.
(49963)
341
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on conversion of British road signs to metric.
(50305)
342
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50004)
343
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he plans to introduce to ensure that disabled motorcyclists can display disabled badges without risking theft; and if he will make a statement.
(50251)
344
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will reverse the decision of the Office for Rail Regulation to reject GNER's plans for further half hourly services between London and Leeds including stops at Peterborough.
(50342)
345
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2005, Official Report, column 1313W, on identity cards, whether he has finalised current best estimates of the cost of using the identity cards scheme to support the services which he oversees.
(50321)
346
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which regions he expects will receive support from the EU's Sixth Environmental Action Programme to deal with congestion; and what the nature of the support will be in each case.
(49023)
347
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list road improvement projects which are behind schedule; and what the reasons are in each case.
(49024)
348
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) rail fare prices and (b) rail usage of the abolition of saver fares; and if he will make a statement.
(49025)
349
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons over six miles of the M180 motorway has the outside lane closed in both directions; why the maintenance work being carried out was not restricted to a shorter stretch to avoid congestion; and if he will make a statement.
(49027)
350
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has conducted into the merits of the introduction of a road pricing system through (a) national, (b) regional and (c) local schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(49564)
351
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of railway fare income has been derived from (a) regulated and (b) unregulated fares for each year since 1994.
(49565)
352
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of railway expenditure has been derived from (a) passenger fares and (b) taxation for each year since 1994; and if he will make a statement.
(49566)
353
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated on the relationship between economic growth and (i) rail passenger demand, (ii) demand for air travel and (iii) road investment programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(49567)
354
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Association of Train Operating Companies regarding using peak fare differentiation as a means of demand management on the railway network; and if he will make a statement.
(49569)
355
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new bus services have commenced running in the North Western Traffic Area in each financial year since 1997.
(50356)
356
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what definition his Department uses of a (a) coach and (b) bus service; and what provisions relating to access for the disabled apply to each type of service.
(50102)
357
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the recommended method is of extinguishing fires on board roll-on roll-off ferries; and if he will make a statement.
(50143)
358
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been on the A1079 road in each of the last five years; and how many resulted in fatalities in each year.
(50128)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
359
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, 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.
(49965)
360
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49980)
361
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50000)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
362
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a learning disability claimed incapacity benefits in each year since 1997.
(50062)
363
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has held with the Financial Services Authority on the proposed National Pensions Savings Scheme.
(49986)
364
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the lapse rate of stakeholder pension contributors was in each year between 2000 and 2005.
(50017)
365
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Pension Service has provided information including name and address to commercial or other organisations regarding people reaching pensionable age since 2001.
(50057)
366
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with which voluntary organisations the Department has a formal national Compact agreement.
[R] (50265)
367
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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.
(49973)
368
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.
(49974)
369
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.
(50010)
370
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what unemployment benefit is available to people aged 16.
(50101)
371
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the proposals to integrate individuals' visits to doctors' surgeries in connection with incapacity to work and evaluation of individuals' ability to work by officials from employment offices based in doctors' surgeries.
(50230)
372
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will increase (a) state pensions and (b) the winter fuel allowance to take account of increases in gas prices.
(50372)
373
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Manchester, Withington, use a Post Office Card Account to receive (a) state retirement pension, (b) pension credit and (c) other benefits.
(50374)
374
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason he has not published the review of the Child Support Agency undertaken by the Chief Executive and completed in December 2005.
(50242)
375
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what average length of time employees have worked for the Child Support Agency since 1st January 1998.
(50243)
376
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of incapacity benefit attended face-to-face medical examinations pursuant to (a) an initial own occupation test and (b) an initial personal capability assessment in each of the last three years; and how many claims were terminated as a result.
(49969)
377
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) discussions and (b) contract negotiations his Department has held in the last two years with Capita on the use of voice stress software in processing telephone benefit claims.
(49975)
378
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal capability assessments were conducted pursuant to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 1999 in relation to those claiming statutory sick pay in each of the last three years.
(49976)
379
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many face-to-face medical examinations have been conducted in each of the last three years in relation to claimants who have been in receipt of incapacity benefit for (a) 0 to six months, (b) six to12 months, (c) 12 to 24 months, (d) 24 to 36 months, (e) 36 to 48 months, (f) 48 to 56 months and (g) over 56 months; and how many resulted in the termination of a claim.
(49977)
380
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what research his Department has carried out into voice stress analysis in processing benefit claims over the telephone following publication of the Report in October 2005 entitled Reducing Fraud in the Benefit System.
(49990)
381
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what payments have been made to (a) Capita and (b) other firms for undertaking trials of voice stress software in his Department for processing telephone benefit claims.
(49991)
382
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to trial voice stress software for the processing of telephone benefit claims; and what the likely date is of the (a) commencement and (b) termination of such trials.
(49993)
383
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what trials (a) have been and (b) are being undertaken on the use of voice stress software in processing telephone benefit claims.
(49994)
384
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Beverley and Holderness use the Post Office Card Account to collect pensions and benefits.
(50159)
385
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy to stop an individual's pension payments if he or she refuses to receive pension payments by the direct payment method.
(50257)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
386
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions he has made (a) for the purposes of demographic modelling and (b) for other reasons about the number of marriages in the decade to 2016 between UK nationals and citizens of (i) Pakistan, (ii) India and (iii) Bangladesh where the latter seek settlement in the UK.
[Transferred] (50246)
387
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess British progress in fulfilling the criteria of the Lisbon Agenda; when he expects the UK to have fulfilled those criteria; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (50218)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
388
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether (a) refuse collection and (b) street cleaning are provided via (i) in-house services, (ii) a social enterprise company and (iii) a private contractor in each London borough.
[Transferred] (50050)
389
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance she gives local authorities on the acceptable volume of amplified calls to prayer; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (50247)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
390
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to enable claims for compensation by those who have contracted asbestosis in the course of their work in the NHS.
[Transferred] (50162)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
391
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the status of the consultation on improving the transparency of the process used by home credit companies to obtain written permission to offer a cash loan; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (50082)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
392
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the amount of jobseekers' allowance to which 16 year olds are entitled varies between regions.
[Transferred] (50096)
393
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of the ambulance service on long-term sick leave are claiming incapacity benefit.
[Transferred] (49987)

 
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