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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 14 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 14 February 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 14 February 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 14 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 14 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 14 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who are self employed and working abroad paid the voluntary Class 2 National Insurance contribution in each of the last 10 years.
(51532)
2
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people living abroad have changed their National Insurance contributions from Class 3 to Class 2 in each of the last 10 years.
(51533)
3
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will abolish the Class 2 National Insurance contributions in respect of those self employed people living abroad.
(51534)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of (a) marketable wealth and (b) marketable wealth less value of dwellings was owned by the most wealthy (i) one per cent., (ii) five per cent., (iii) 10 per cent., (iv) 25 per cent. and (v) 50 per cent in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.
(51871)
5
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the extent of fuel smuggling into Northern Ireland in 2005.
(51356)
6
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many ex-gratia payments have been made to claimants by the Tax Credits Office due to administrative errors since the system was put in place.
(51865)
7
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much greater the income of the National Insurance Fund would have been (a) in each year from 2003-04 to 2006-07 and (b) in total for that period if the additional National Health Service allocation under the National Insurance Contributions Act 2002 in respect of employers' contributions had been a percentage of earnings over the secondary threshold on which contributions are payable instead of a percentage of total earnings; and if he will take steps to ensure that funds to the total value of the additional income which would have been so raised is remitted to the Fund.
(50288)
8
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recipients of tax credits in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) the UK are involved in disputes relating to overpayment of benefit.
(51945)
9
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) the UK receiving tax credits have been involved in disputes relating to overpayment of benefit .in each year since their inception; and how many of these disputes have been resolved.
(51946)
10
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many section 660 investigations by HM Revenue and Customs are currently open; and if he will make a statement.
(51671)
11
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 739W, on gold reserves, what interest has been earned from the funds reinvested from the sale of gold reserves; and if he will list the movement in currencies against sterling since that date.
(51763)
12
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many women were in paid (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in each year since 1980.
(50720)
13
N
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to what independent auditing the Whole of Government Accounts will be subject; and if he will make a statement.
(50632)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
14
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, to Question 49704, how, and in what form, the assurances to which she refers in her Answer were given.
(51803)
15
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she expects decisions on the next steps for the review of electoral systems to be taken.
(51861)
16
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what evidence the review of electoral systems is examining; and when it is expected to report.
(51867)
17
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, why her Department's review of electoral systems is not mentioned (a) on the Department's website and (b) in the Department's autumn review.
(51868)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
18
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies and (c) National Lottery distributors on the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain; and if she will make a statement.
(51859)
19
N
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of the transfer of leisure facilities from local authority control to sports trusts on their ability to access capital for the improvement of their facilities.
(51547)
20
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of her Department's staff are paid on a performance-related basis.
(50081)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
21
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which companies were considered for the contract to manage his Department's practice ranges before the award to QinetiQ in 2003; and for what reasons they were discounted.
(50506)
22
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are provisions in the contract signed with QinetiQ for the management of his Department's practice ranges to cancel the arrangement early; and what penalties would be incurred.
(50513)
23
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the agreement governing the Government's payments to QinetiQ pension fund prior to the initial public offering; and if he will make a statement.
(51851)
24
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated market-to-market value is of (a) share options and (b) shares in QinetiQ issued at the time of the original public private partnership with Carlyle Group; and if he will make a statement.
(51898)
25
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on whether cluster munitions should be subject to similar restrictions to those imposed on land mines under the Ottawa Accord.
(51899)
26
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1079W, on Apache helicopters, what original date was set for the provision of a full complement of (a) Apache helicopters, (b) fully trained pilots and (c) fully trained engineers; what the current target date is in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(51883)
27
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many low flying training sorties by RAF fast jets there were in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.
(51887)
28
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has discussed with his counterparts in Arab nations the partial replacement of coalition troops in Iraq with their forces following the beginning of a reduction in British troop presence.
(51579)
29
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it was his Department's policy following the cessation of major hostilities in Iraq to encourage members of the Badr Corps and Badr Organisation to join the Iraqi security forces.
(51619)
30
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department are paid on a performance-related basis.
(50080)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
31
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what account he took of average house prices in Dorset in allocating funds to assist key workers via Homebuy loan schemes in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(51850)
32
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects to publish the report of the arm's length management organisation review group.
(51902)
33
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of university students who lived in households that were not their family home and who paid council tax in 2004-05.
(51666)
34
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the effect on revenue in each of the last three years of allowing students an exemption from council tax.
(51667)
35
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was paid in business rates in South Gloucestershire in each year since 1996-97; and how much was received by South Gloucestershire Council from the central rate pool.
(51854)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
36
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support services are available for children leaving care in (a) the Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency.
(51942)
37
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of young people who left care in the last 12 months in (a) Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency are in education, training and employment.
(51943)
38
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average age of children leaving care was in (a) Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005.
(51944)
39
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children left care in the Wakefield district and Normanton constituency in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; and how many have left care.
(51994)
40
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action she has taken on the recommendations on the regulation of child employment contained in the report by the Better Regulation Taskforce.
(51669)
41
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the total value of public assets which would be transferred from local authorities to independent trusts if (a) all community secondary schools and (b) all community primary and secondary schools chose to become trust schools.
(47237)
42
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to promote community schools.
(50507)
43
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that disadvantaged children are given appropriate school placements under the White Paper proposals.
(50508)
44
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the introduction of the proposals in the White Paper Higher Standards: Better Schools for All will affect the (a) capital programmes and (b) grants for schools whose education authorities have no plans to introduce independent trust schools and academies; and if she will make a statement.
(50721)
45
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what definition of a dedicated capital pot was used in compiling the White Paper Higher Standards: Better Schools for All.
(50722)
46
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice her Department has issued to schools concerning the health and safety of pupils and staff in the event of an outbreak of avian influenza.
(51852)
47
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school leavers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) England have taken up a modern apprenticeship after the completion of their GCSEs in each year since 1997.
(51936)
48
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school-leavers in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) England (i) remained and (ii) did not remain in education after their GCSEs in each year since 1997.
(51947)
49
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force on employment law relating to children; and if she will make a statement.
(51662)
50
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force on employment law relating to children.
(51663)
51
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions she has held with the Department for Trade and Industry on (a) regulations for the time at which children can start work in the morning and (b) the impact of earlier school day starts.
(51664)
52
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will seek to amend legislation to enable children to start work at 6.30 a.m. in response to the earlier start of the school day in some areas.
(51670)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
53
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the change in the area of privately-owned urban green space over the last 10 years; and what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the change on biodiversity.
(51535)
54
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the requirement to increase the minimum size of bass landed off England and Wales.
(51444)
55
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much Forestry Commission England spent on biodiversity work in each forest district in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and how much it has budgeted for biodiversity work in each district for (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008.
(51870)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
56
N
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Nigerian government about the decision of Kano members of parliament to burn the Danish and Norwegian flags.
(51544)
57
N
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security of UK embassies and consulates in countries where there have been demonstrations about the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
(51545)
58
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of the recent statements made by senior British officials in Serbia on Kosovo's independence.
(51578)
59
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conclusions the Contact Group has reached on the question of Kosovan independence.
(51580)
60
N
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government takes to promote health and safety awareness among (a) UK citizens undertaking the Hajj to Saudi Arabia and (b) UK citizens planning travel to other foreign destinations.
(51540)
61
N
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens have (a) died and (b) been seriously injured as a result of crowd action or stampedes surrounding the annual Hajj to Saudi Arabia in each of the last 20 years.
(51542)
62
N
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens have died abroad as a result of accidental death or dismemberment in each of the last 20 years.
(51543)
63
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the (a) international organisations of which the UK is a member and (b) bilateral treaties under which the UK has obligations.
(51886)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
64
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the new arrangements for delivering home oxygen services.
(51801)
65
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's policy is on trials of infant formula with particular reference to the Patch test; what guidance she has issued to hospitals on their role in recruiting mothers for such trials; and if she will make a statement.
(51668)
66
N
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of whether companies are being fraudulently set up to supply fake medicines under licence to the NHS; what steps she is taking to prevent this; and if she will make a statement.
(48547)
67
N
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health trainers are employed in the NHS; what minimum qualifications are required for the post; and at what rate of salary they are employed.
(51709)
68
N
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health trainers she estimates will be employed in the NHS when the proposals in her recent White Paper on Community Services (Cm 6737) are fully implemented; and what the total annual cost to public funds will be of employing them.
(51710)
69
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were registered with an NHS dentist in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the population that represented in each year.
(51901)
70
N
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that sufficient NHS dentists are recruited in Bolton.
(51536)
71
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department spent on BCG vaccinations for secondary school children in (a) 1997 and (b) 2005.
(51659)
72
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school children received BCG vaccinations in schools in (a) 1997 and (b) 2005.
(51660)
73
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the annual number of school children who will be given BCG vaccinations in schools under the revised vaccination system; how many were inoculated in the last year of the previous system; and if she will make a statement.
(51661)
74
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if her Department will issue advice to educational establishments on the health implications for (a) children and (b) staff of a school of being in close proximity to a large-scale chicken farming establishment.
(51802)
75
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she last met the Prostate Cancer Charity to discuss the funding of research into prostate cancer; and if she will make a statement.
(51620)
76
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors underlay the decision to end vaccinations for tuberculosis for children in low-risk areas.
(51885)
77
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to improve orthodontic treatment provision in Shropshire.
(51919)
78
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors were taken into account when deciding to place orthodontists' remuneration on the same basis as that of dentists under the NHS contract changes.
(51920)
79
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect on patients of the Government's new arrangements for orthodontic treatment.
(51921)
80
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answers to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire and the hon. Member for Warley of 31st January 2006, Official Report, column 464W, on influenza, when the closing date for tenders was; and whether final tenders have been issued.
(51860)
81
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2006, Official Report, column 469W, on NHS finance, for what reasons it is not appropriate to publish in-year monitoring data on an ongoing basis; and what assessment she has made of how publication of data would impact on the operational management of the NHS.
(51872)
82
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2006, Official Report, column 481W, on young people (culinary ability), what the (a) actual and (b) planned expenditure is on the free recipe guide Fuel for Living.
(51873)
83
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral Answer to the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth of 31st January 2006, Official Report, columns 161-2W, on dementia, whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence intends to levy charges for providing the South African Department of Health with its guidance.
(51880)
84
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Written Answer of 11th January 2006, Official Report, column 725W, on Health Committee evidence, what percentage of the National Health Service pay bill was spent on agency staff in each year since 1997-98; and which groups constitute agency staff for the purpose of these calculations.
(51881)
85
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Northavon, of 12th December 2005, Official Report, column 1819W, on temporary medical staff (costs), what the equivalent figures are for 2004-05.
(51882)
86
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the (a) cost to the NHS and (b) clinical effects of the use of haemodynamic fluid optimisation.
(51889)
87
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the press release issued by her Department on 6th February 2006, which 20 trusts will receive support to reduce rates of MRSA and hospital-acquired infections during 2006; who will staff the support teams visiting hospitals with high infection rates; whether these staff will be remunerated by (a) her Department, (b) NHS organisations and (c) other sources of funding; what the total cost of operating these support teams will be in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; what specialist support these support teams will provide to trusts with high MRSA rates; and if she will make a statement.
(51890)
88
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she initiated the review of commissioning arrangements for NHS Direct from April 2007; who is conducting the review; when she expects the review to be completed; if she will publish the results of the review; and if she will make a statement.
(51891)
89
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will instruct the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to conduct an appraisal of haemodynamic fluid optimisation.
(51892)
90
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure on pay of (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) staff in the NHS has been in each financial year since 1997-98 in (i) real and (ii) cash terms.
(51893)
91
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her most recent estimate is of the number of patients suffering from (a) mild Alzheimer's and (b) moderate Alzheimer's who are receiving (i) donepezil, (ii) rivastigmine and (iii) galantamine for the treatment of their condition.
(51894)
92
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has submitted a formal response to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in connection with its appraisal of donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine and memantine for the treatment of Alzheimer's in addition to that submitted to NICE by her Department in March 2005.
(51895)
93
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions she has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on its appraisal of donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine and memantine for the treatment of Alzheimer's; on what dates these discussions were held; what the content of these discussions was; and if she will make a statement.
(51896)
94
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether local service provider deployment activity as part of the National Programme for Information Technology is being rescheduled, with particular reference to the software supplier iSoft; and if she will make a statement.
(51897)
95
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the control totals the Department has agreed with each strategic health authority for financial year 2005-06.
(51928)
96
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency readmissions there have been in each quarter since 1997; and what the rate of patients readmitted as an emergency was for each quarter.
(51929)
97
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current size of the Tamiflu stockpile is; whether she plans to supplement this stockpile with alternative antivirals; when she plans to issue guidance on the prophylactic use of antivirals in the event of an influenza pandemic; what arrangements she has made for distributing the stockpile of antivirals in the event of an influenza pandemic; and if she will make a statement.
(51930)
98
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list children's hospices which are receiving grants from the Big Lottery Fund; when this funding will cease in each case; whether she plans to increase funding for children's hospices from central budgets when Lottery funding ceases; and if she will make a statement.
(51931)
99
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expenditure on sexual health campaigns was in each year since 1979 in (a) nominal and (b) real terms.
(51932)
100
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been treated for (a) heroin addiction and (b) heroin-related illnesses in each of the last five years, broken down by age.
(51757)
101
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have died from illness related to taking heroin in each of the last five years.
(51758)
102
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many physiotherapists have been matched on each of the available pay grades under the Agenda for Change pay system.
(51937)
103
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS health (a) promotion and (b) prevention projects planned for the 2005-06 financial year have been (i) withdrawn, (ii) cut and (iii) postponed until the 2006-07 financial year.
(51938)
104
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been seconded to new jobs in the NHS to implement Commissioning a Patient Led NHS.
(51939)
105
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which trusts are restricting the number of operations they carry out until the 2006-07 financial year.
(51940)
106
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Department paid to the healthcare information company Dr Foster in each of the last three financial years.
(51941)
107
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish a short version of the appraisal consultation document produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the use of Alzheimer's disease drugs for distribution to those who responded to the consultation; and if she will make a statement.
(51712)
108
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department takes to ensure that all people working with (a) vulnerable adults and (b) the elderly are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau before they are employed.
(51352)
109
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department takes to ensure that private companies providing care for (a) the elderly and (b) vulnerable adults adhere to guidelines to ensure that all their employees are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau before commencing employment.
(51353)
110
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports she has received of cases of people being employed in the care of elderly and vulnerable people who subsequently were found to have criminal records and to be unsuitable for such employment; and what steps she took following receipt of those reports.
(51530)
111
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Tarceva (erlotinib) has been prescribed by NHS trusts.
(50505)
112
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken into suicide and stress among medical practitioners.
(51903)
113
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the annual suicide rate of medical practitioners in each year since 1998 in England; and if she will make a statement.
(51904)
114
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the part played by involuntary automaticity on adverse incidents in the healthcare system; and if she will make a statement.
(51905)
115
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place a duty on NHS bodies not to discriminate in their recruitment practices against applicants who have previously acted as whistle-blowers within the NHS.
(51906)
116
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will estimate the number of pharmacists who (a) do not provide pharmacy services on Saturdays and (b) provide restricted services on Saturdays.
(51907)
117
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have been recruited overseas to work in NHS dentistry in England since April 2004; what methods her Department is using to promote the recruitment of dentists from overseas; and what the annual cost of this promotion is.
(51908)
118
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists she estimates will be working in the NHS in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008, based on current trends.
(51909)
119
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statutory duty is placed on primary care trusts to provide access to NHS dentistry; and if she will make a statement.
(51910)
120
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Written Statement of 25th January 2006, Official Report, column 57WS, on the National Health Research Strategy, what the estimated cost is of a national expert advice line providing advice (a) 24-hours a day and (b) during normal office hours to researchers on interpreting the law relating to medical research.
(51911)
121
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many information leaflets produced by her Department are published on the internet.
(51912)
122
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of printing and distributing information leaflets produced by her Department was in each of the last five years.
(51913)
123
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what methods are used by her Department to promote information it makes available on the internet; and how much this cost in each of the last three years.
(51914)
124
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of registered dentists were practising in England but not working within the NHS in the latest year for which figures are available; and what she estimates this figure will be in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008, based on current trends.
(51915)
125
N
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the implementation of the NHS care records system to be complete, with full national integration and all links to local systems operating.
(51537)
126
N
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the full lifecycle business case estimate is of the total cost of the National Programme for IT, including the cost of local implementation.
(51538)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
127
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the countries, or parts of countries, from which students with student visas are required to report changes of residence; and how many such changes in residence were reported to each police centre in the last two complete academic years.
(51351)
128
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the members of the task force on student visa changes; and whether the task force will consider the residence reporting requirements which apply to a number of countries.
(51359)
129
N
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hoax calls were made to the emergency services and fire service in each of the last three years in (a) Bolton, (b) the North West and (c) England.
(51560)
130
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for a national slavery memorial day in 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(51761)
131
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department's working party on the commemoration of the abolition of the slave trade last met; and what conclusions it reached.
(51762)
132
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many biometric passports have been issued to date; and how many he expects will be issued by October 2006.
(51874)
133
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of contested prosecutions for rape in the Lancashire police force area have resulted in a conviction in each of the last five years.
(51875)
134
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the transport of prisoners who are (a) pregnant and (b) suffering from medical conditions affecting mobility.
(51888)
135
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(51948)
136
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) England and Wales in each year since their inception; and how many people have since broken the conditions of their order in each case.
(51949)
137
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1090W on child protection, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of cautions given for possession of an indecent photograph of a child between 2002 and 2003.
(51665)
138
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 566W, on Channings Ward Prison, whether the prisoner awaiting deportation has been deported to Jamaica; from which countries the 29 other foreign national prisoners come; and what the plans are for each.
(51879)
139
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by the Charity Commission on interim (a) managers and (b) receivers of charities in each of the last five years; and what the (i) average, (ii) upper and (iii) lower decile spending per charity was in each year.
(51711)
140
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the circumstances which led to (a) the late Clive Hayes being risk-assessed as being suitable for placement in open conditions at Leyhill Prison and (b) the decision to release Mr Hayes whilst he was serving a life sentence; and if he will make a statement.
(51760)
141
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison inmates have diagnosed personality disorders; and how many prison inmates are receiving treatment for personality disorders.
(51916)
142
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons run remedial programmes for inmates with personality disorders.
(51917)
143
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the most effective programmes for preventing offending and reoffending by individuals with personality disorders; how many such programmes are running; and at what financial cost.
(51918)
144
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made in Swindon between (a) 12th November and 24th December 2004 and (b) 12th November and 24th December 2005.
(51934)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
145
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the incidence of HIV/AIDS in (a) India, (b) Bangladesh and (c) Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(51877)
146
N
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government gave in aid to the Palestinian Authority in each of the last five years.
(51546)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
147
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the absenteeism rate was in 2005 among teaching staff at (a) controlled and (b) maintained schools in each of the Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland.
(51354)
148
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prosecutions there were in 2005 of establishments in Northern Ireland serving hot food in contravention of food safety standards.
(51355)
149
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to assist the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland to improve further the levels of service to visitors.
(51357)
150
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what change there has been in the numbers of unemployed benefit claimants in the past 12 months in each of Northern Ireland's constituencies.
(51358)
Questions to the Solicitor General
151
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Solicitor General, on what date the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) first decided not to endorse the proposed prosecution of Abu Hamza; whether the CPS consulted the (a) Director of Public Prosecutions and (b) Attorney General in relation to the case; and if he will make a statement.
(51555)
152
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Solicitor General, whether the Attorney General was instructed by the Prime Minister that he should not give advice in relation to the war in Iraq until March 2003.
(51581)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
153
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress his Department has made towards achieving targets to reduce the number of civil service posts set by the Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency; and if he will make a statement.
(51618)
154
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding his Department has allocated to clean coal technologies in each year since 1997.
(51864)
155
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding his Department has allocated to hydrogen power technologies in each year since 1997.
(51869)
156
N
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to make a decision on the proposed Belvedere waste to energy incinerator.
(51658)
157
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on UK businesses of the price differential between parcels posted in the UK sent to another EU country and parcels posted in another EU country sent to the UK.
(51764)
158
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1379W, on zirconium silicate (Iran), who (a) the exporter was of the zirconium silicate intercepted in Bulgaria and (b) the end-user of the material; what the expected end-use of the material was; and if he will make a statement.
(51799)
159
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1379W, on zirconium silicate (Iran), what definition he uses of (a) end-user and (b) expected end-use; and if he will make a statement.
(51800)
160
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to tackle the increase in the cost of heating oil; and if he will make a statement.
(51531)
161
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on his plans for an education and enterprise campus in Burnley; what work has been done by the North West Regional Development Agency in relation to the project; and if he will make a statement.
(51933)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
162
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what definition of excessive noise his Department uses in documents relating to (a) the noise from aircraft and (b) other civil aviation matters.
(50289)
163
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Department's consultation on night flying restrictions, how he plans to measure the effectiveness of the proposals to bear down on noise.
(50831)
164
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether domestic use of Waterloo International terminal is included in the invitation to tender for the South West Trains franchise.
(51853)
165
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many speed cameras have been vandalised in each police authority in each of the last five years.
(51876)
166
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1082W, on workplace parking, which Minister is responsible for joint work between his Department and the Treasury on the feasibility of a new tax or levy on workplace parking.
(51900)
167
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what change there has been in the number of trains operating in excess of capacity for each franchise since 1996; and if he will make a statement.
(50509)
168
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to introduce double-deck rolling stock on the rail network; and if he will make a statement.
(50510)
169
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the present railway infrastructure to accommodate double-deck rolling stock; which routes would require the least adaption work to accommodate such rolling stock; and if he will make a statement.
(50511)
170
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had in the last 12 months with the Association of Train Operating Companies on the regulation of rail fares; when he expects to have further discussions on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(50512)
171
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend the Community Rail Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(50514)
172
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with rail operators concerning the impact on (a) rail freight services and (b) rail congestion on lines into and out of London Paddington of the Crossrail project; and if he will make a statement.
(51217)
173
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had, and with whom, on the draft regulations on emissions from air conditioning systems in motor vehicles; if he will ensure that changes to such regulations are not retrospective; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (51218)
174
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the increase in estimated costs of the Crossrail project on funding available for infrastructure upgrading, maintenance and development in other parts of the country; and if he will make a statement.
(51219)
175
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of extending the Crossrail project between Reading and Ebbsfleet rather than between Shenfield and Abbey Wood; and if he will make a statement.
(51220)
176
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the role is of the firm Linklaters in relation to work on the Crossrail project for his Department; and how much has been paid to this firm so far.
(51221)
177
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the use of body scanners at Paddington Station in relation to provisions of the Protection of Children Act 1978.
(51759)
178
N
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce legislation to make it a fineable offence for a non-blue badge holder to park in designated disabled parking bays.
(51539)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
179
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultation Jobcentre Plus conducted in relation to changes in tendering processes for prime contractors for the New Deal in the North West.
(51866)
180
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers to the hon. Members for Yeovil and for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey of 31st January 2006, Official Report, columns 443-5W, on the Post Office Card Account, what provision will be made to accommodate the needs of pensioners and other benefit claimants holding post office card accounts when the current contract expires; and if he will make a statement.
(50351)
181
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what settlement has been reached with the Child Support Agency IT system contractor in respect of the delivery of the CS2 System.
(51878)
182
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his oral statement of 24th January 2006, Official Report, columns 1305-1312W, on the welfare reform green paper, what the baseline year is for measuring the target to reduce the number of people on incapacity benefit by one million over 10 years.
(51950)
183
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the likely cost savings from implementation of the measures outlined in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work in each year to 2018-19.
(51952)
184
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of existing incapacity benefit claimants who will flow off benefit and into work following the introduction of the proposals outlined in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work.
(51953)
185
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to set targets for existing incapacity benefit caseload reduction by geographical area.
(51954)
186
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many current incapacity benefit claimants will have reached the aged of 65 years by 31st September 2018.
(51955)
187
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to set a public service agreement target for the reduction of incapacity benefit claimants by one million by 2018.
(51956)
188
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down by expenditure item the planned £360 million investment proposed in the Green Pape, A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work.
(51957)
189
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact he expects the measures proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work to have on the existing (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance caseload.
(51958)
190
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is his latest estimate of the likely (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disabled allowance caseload in each year to 2018 (i) if current policy arrangements continue and (ii) if the reforms proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work are implemented.
(51959)
191
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional financial help will be made available to those with the most serious disabilities and health conditions during the three-month assessment phase of the Employment and Support Allowance proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work.
(51960)
192
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the additional IT requirements of his Department to implement the proposals outlined in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work; and what his estimate is of the cost to his Department of meeting those requirements.
(51961)
193
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will publish proposals for housing benefit reform in the social rented sector.
(51962)
194
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of lone parents claiming incapacity benefit moved to incapacity benefit from jobseeker's allowance in each year since 1997.
(51963)
195
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the randomly selected ad hoc case checks proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work will extend to incapacity benefit claimants with severe long-term disabilities and health conditions.
(51965)
196
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had in the past 12 months with private and voluntary sector organisations on the provision of supported employment opportunities for incapacity benefit claimants.
(51966)
197
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the meetings officials from his Department have had with representatives from the social enterprise sector in each of the last five years; and who the representatives were in each case.
(51967)
198
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with social enterprises regarding the proposals in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work.
(51968)
199
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes he plans to the training given to incapacity benefit personal advisers; and what he expects the cost to his Department of the training to be.
(51969)
200
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether current incapacity benefit claimants classified as automatically exempt from the personal capability assessment will be required to participate in the revised personal capability assessment process proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work.
(51970)
201
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what he expects will be the qualifying conditions for (a) the income-related strand and (b) the contribution-related strand of the employment and support allowance proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work.
(51971)
202
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the revised personal capability assessment process proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work will apply to existing incapacity benefit claimants.
(51972)
203
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of ad hoc case checks on the health of incapacity benefit claimants (a) suffering from stress and mental health problems and (b) with severe long-term disabilities and health conditions.
(51973)
204
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what he expects the cost to be for each Pathways to Work scheme in each year to 2008.
(51974)
205
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) claimants and (b) volunteers participated in each phase of each Pathways to Work pilot in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(51975)
206
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of statutory sick pay claimants (a) received personal capability assessments (PCAs) in each year since 1997 and (b) he expects to receive PCAs in each year to 2008.
(51976)
207
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of extending work-focused interviews to all existing incapacity benefit claimants.
(51977)
208
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on planned Jobcentre Plus closures; and what (a) financial and (b) headcount implications are expected from each closure.
(51978)
209
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances incapacity benefit claimants will be required to engage in work-focused activity prior to 2008.
(51979)
210
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what is his Department's policy for reviewing instructional leaflets it has issued.
(51980)
211
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the instructional leaflets his Department and the agencies for which he has responsibility produced in the period from January to December 2005.
(51981)
212
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of employing staff to administer the work focused interviews proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work in each year from 2008 to 2018.
(51982)
213
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of employing medical professionals to administer the new personal capability assessments proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work in each year from 2008 to 2018; and how many whole-time equivalent medical professionals he expects will be required.
(51983)
214
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of new incapacity benefit claims were referred for medical review in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(51984)
215
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what effect he expects the new employment and support allowance proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work to have on the number of claimants subject to means testing in each year from 2008 to 2018.
(51985)
216
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average period of payment of statutory sick pay was for all claimants of statutory sick pay in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(51986)
217
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many centres were carrying out personal capacity assessment health checks in each of the last five years.
(51987)
218
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to modernise transactional processes within (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he has responsibility in the last three years.
(51988)
219
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on contracting out the administration of paper-based methods of benefit claims in each year since 1997.
(51989)
220
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he is responsible were primarily engaged in administering paper-based methods of benefit claims in each year since 1997.
(51990)
221
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of benefit claimants used a paper-based method as their principal method of claiming benefits in each year since 1997.
(51991)
222
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to achieve savings in procurement processes within (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he has responsibility in the last three years.
(51992)
223
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to modernise and streamline back office functions of (a) finance and (b) human resources within (i) his Department and (ii) the agencies for which he has responsibility in the last three years.
(51993)
224
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Jobcentre Plus training budgets were allocated for in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) each Jobcentre Plus office; and what the percentage change between the two years is in each case.
(51556)
225
Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of job losses in Jobcentre Plus offices in Dewsbury constituency which may result from his Department's modernisation and efficiency programme.
(51935)
226
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions the Child Support Agency breached an order by the Independent Case Examiner to perform a named task by a certain date in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006; and what powers the Independent Case Examiner has to enforce its orders to the Agency.
(51951)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
227
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the performance of the local individual budget pilots set up to improve the life chances of disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (51964)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
228
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the safety of removing failed Nepali asylum seekers to Nepal; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (51617)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
229
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the progress the UK is making towards the targets set under the European Biofuels Directive.
[Transferred] (51884)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
230
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been assisted by the New Deal for Musicians; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (51922)

 
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