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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 15 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 Wednesday 15 February 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 15 February 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 15 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 15 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 15 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to bring forward reforms of insurance premium tax to reduce fraud.
(52454)
2
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been spent on investigating cases of alleged fraud in connection with insurance premium tax; and how much he expects will be spent in each of the next three years.
(52456)
3
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department.
(52120)
4
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money is owed to the Student Loans Company.
(52599)
5
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children in the care of Lancashire County Council have had Child Trust Fund accounts opened for them.
(52600)
6
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the population of (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley constituency; and what assessment he has made of the likely population growth in each of the next 10 years.
(52616)
7
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the population of each ward in Chorley Borough Council.
(52617)
8
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the financial gain to the British film industry has been arising from tax reliefs available to (a) British and (b) other film production in the UK in each year since 1997.
(52384)
9
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit overpayments have been written off (a) in part and (b) in full in respect of residents of Peterborough since tax credits were introduced.
(52519)
10
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 20th November 2005, Official Report, column 78W, on the EU budget, if he will list the monthly financial transfers to the EC budget since June 1997.
(52598)
11
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will announce the terms of reference of his review of measures to stop exemptions available to charities being abused by those financing terrorist activities; who will carry out the review; who will be consulted on the measures proposed; what safeguards will be included to protect bona fide charities from vexatious allegations; and whether the conclusions of the review will be presented to Parliament.
(52033)
12
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Beverley and Holderness paid (a) income tax and (b) the top rate of income tax in each of the last eight years.
(52337)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
13
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 666W, on Government communications, what the total cost has been of implementing the recommendations of the Phillis Review of Government communications; and how many new posts have been created in implementing the recommendations of the Phillis Review of Government communications.
(52347)
14
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 666W, on Government communications, if he will list the departments to which the Permanent Secretary, Government Communications has given advice since his appointment; if he will place in the Library documents the Permanent Secretary has issued to Government departments since his appointment; and what (a) speeches and (b) presentations he has given since his appointment.
(52348)
15
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 666W, on Government communications, what was the total cost to his Department of moving the Government News Network to the Central Office of Information; and how many new posts in each salary band have been created by moving the Government News Network to the Central Office of Information.
(52349)
16
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, columns 666-7W, on Government communications, how much of the running costs of the Central Office of Information were accounted for by (a) staff costs, (b) office costs and (c) other costs; and how much the Central Office of Information spent on (i) consultants, (ii) contractors, (ii) agencies and (iv) other external service providers in each year.
(52350)
17
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, columns 849-50W, on Government communications, how many staff are employed by the (a) Government Communications Network and (b) Government Communications Group, broken down by pay band; how much his Department has spent on each since it was established; and what the projected budget of each is for 2006-07.
(52351)
18
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, columns 849W, on Government communications, how many (a) press officers and (b) public relations staff were employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98, broken down by (i) salary band and (ii) unit in his Department.
(52352)
19
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, how much of the Press Office staff costs for each year since 1997-98 were accounted for by (a) salaries, (b) office costs, (c) provision of mobile telephones, (d) provision of laptop computers, (e) provision of other equipment and (f) other costs.
(52353)
20
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, how many (a) press officers and (b) public relations staff were allocated to each unit within his Department in each year since 1997-98.
(52354)
21
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, what the reasons were for the increased Press Office staff costs between 1999-2000 and 2001-02.
(52355)
22
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many press officers have been allocated to the private office of each Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster since 1996-97.
(52356)
23
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the advertising campaigns undertaken by his Department in each year since 1997-98.
(52357)
24
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, what the (a) initial budget and (b) final expenditure was for each advertising campaign that his Department has undertaken in each year since 1997-98.
(52358)
25
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, what the reasons were for the increased number of posts advertised by his Department between 1998-99 and 2000-01.
(52359)
26
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, what his Department's total expenditure was in 2001-02 on the UK Online advertising campaign; and how much was accounted for by (a) in-house staff costs, (b) contractors' costs, (c) consultants' costs, (d) agency costs, (e) print advertising, (f) radio advertising, (g) television advertising, (h) online advertising and (i) other advertising.
(52360)
27
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the (a) Press Office staff costs were and (b) advertising expenditure was for the National School of Government for 2005-06; and what he expects the costs to be in 2006-07.
(52361)
28
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, if he will list each occurrence of recruitment advertising for specialist placements within the Government Information and Development Centre for each year since 1997-98; and what the total cost was in each year.
(52362)
29
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the publications in which his Department has placed paid advertising in each year since 1997-98.
(52363)
30
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 849W, on Government communications, how much of the expenditure on advertising in each year since 1997-98 was accounted for by (a) print advertising, (b) radio advertising, (c) television advertising, (d) online advertising, (e) other advertising, (f) in-house staff costs, (g) contractors' costs, (h) consultants' costs and (i) agency costs.
(52364)
31
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, columns 666-667W, on Government communications, how many staff are employed by the Central Office of Information, broken down by salary band; and what the (a) running costs and (b) staffing costs of the Central Office of Information were as a percentage of turnover in each year since 1996-97.
(52365)
32
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when the last Central Office of Information quinquennial review took place; how much it cost to complete; when the next quinquennial review is scheduled to take place; what estimate he has made of the likely cost; and what (a) recommendations and (b) changes resulted from each Central Office of Information quinquennial review since 1996-97.
(52366)
33
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much his Department has spent on websites for (a) Government Communications Network and (b) Government Communications Group.
(52443)
34
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total cost has been of creating the (a) Government Communications Network and (b) Government Communications Group.
(52444)
35
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much his Department spent on recruitment advertising in each year since 1997-98; how many posts were involved in each case, broken down by salary band; and if he will list the publications in which his Department placed paid recruitment advertising in each year.
(52445)
36
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what restrictions are placed on the use made of materials released by Government departments under Crown copyright.
(52422)
37
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total cost to public funds of civil service nursery schemes was in 2004-05.
(52564)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
38
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she has made a calculation of the revenue that could be obtained from the publication of any information under the 1911 Census.
(52504)
39
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many individuals have made representations (a) in favour of and (b) against the publication of any information under the 1911 Census.
(52505)
40
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of her Department and its predecessors.
(52118)
41
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the proposed new Government guidelines on the safety of cemetery memorials will be announced.
(52334)
42
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidance the Government has issued to burial authorities on the safety of cemetery memorials.
(52335)
43
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many injuries have occurred as a result of unsafe cemetery memorials in (a) England and (b) Suffolk in each year since 1997.
(52336)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
44
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what advice her Department has given to the Heritage Lottery Fund regarding sourcing timber from Burma.
(52219)
45
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the policy of her Department is regarding sourcing goods from Burma.
(52222)
46
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the overall level of library books stocked in England was at 1st January in each of the past 10 years.
(52124)
47
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many library books have been purchased in England in each of the past 10 years.
(52125)
48
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to assist local authorities in maintaining library assets.
(52126)
49
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the management and running of local libraries.
(52127)
50
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets her Department set for local authorities for the management of local libraries in 2005-06.
(52128)
51
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has issued best value targets to local authorities on the management of local libraries.
(52129)
52
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what best value performance indicators her Department uses for local authorities with regard to local libraries.
(52130)
53
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of her Department and its predecessors.
(52117)
54
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to make free TV licences available to people aged 65 and over; and what assessment she has made of the cost of doing so.
(52601)
55
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with (a) Ministers from the Welsh Assembly Government and (b) officials from the Welsh Development Agency on prospects for involvement of (i) companies and (ii) residents of (A) Wales and (B) Blaenau Gwent in the 2012 Olympics.
(52423)
56
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the additionality principle that funding of public services should not be topped up by proceeds from National Lottery ticket sales.
(52266)
57
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) level and (b) source was of departmental income arising from unclaimed lost property in the Royal Parks in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(52577)
58
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the provision of sports facilities in Havering; and what improvements are planned over the next five years.
(52265)
59
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was allocated from National Lottery funds to (a) the Football Foundation, (b) the Public Parks Initiative and (c) repair grants for places of worship in England in each of the last four years.
(52311)
60
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what public funds have been allocated to the British Olympic ski team in each of the last seven years.
(52312)
61
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the British Library spent on purchasing (a) books, (b) stamps and (c) other items for collections in each of the last 10 years.
(52313)
62
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what public funding she expects will be needed to establish each sporting arena for the 2012 Olympics.
(52401)
63
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the benefits to the UK of staging the Grand Depart of the 2007 Tour de France.
(52402)
64
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Government has provided for the repair of monuments and statues in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the last seven years.
(52407)
65
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of the dangers of gambling addiction in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) England.
(52408)
66
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what was the cost of (a) creating the Department's website and (b) maintaining it in each of the last five years.
(52450)
67
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on acquisitions at the British Museum in each of the last five years.
(52451)
68
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding was provided by her Department to the National Gallery in each of the past seven years.
(52460)
69
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much central Government funding has been used to establish new monuments and statues in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the last seven years.
(52477)
70
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action she is taking to support the provision of public swimming baths in (a) Swindon and (b) England.
(52287)
71
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time staff are employed (a) by her Department and (b) by each of its executive agencies.
(52371)
72
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made in meeting its efficiency targets set out in the Gershon Review.
(52379)
73
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of schools in England have received funding for arts education under her Department's Creative Partnership scheme in each year since the scheme began.
(52380)
74
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of administering the Creative Partnerships scheme has been in each year since the scheme began.
(52381)
75
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people are working on the Creative Partnerships scheme.
(52382)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
76
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the armed forces use electric shock collars to train their dogs.
(52385)
77
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training methods each of the armed forces uses to train dogs; and what training devices each employs.
(52386)
78
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the policy of the (a) British Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force is on sourcing goods from Burma.
(52159)
79
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the QinetiQ shareholdings, broken down by (a) size and (b) type, of QinetiQ managers, from board level to business group managers, broken down by (i) name and (ii) position.
(51862)
80
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what loans, grants and financial guarantees have been made by his Department to QinetiQ in the last five years.
(51863)
81
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that serving members of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force who are Muslim are offered halal meat.
(52035)
82
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when (a) officials and (b) Ministers from his Department last met representatives of BAE Systems; and if he will make a statement.
(52295)
83
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether official minutes of the most recent meeting of representatives of his Department with representatives from BAE Systems were made; and if he will make a statement.
(52296)
84
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its predecessors.
(52116)
85
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why the classified programme on C130J referred to in Chapter 18 of the Ministry of Defence's Annual Report and Accounts was cancelled; what assessment has been made of the operational implications; and if he will make a statement.
(52270)
86
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many C130J aircraft are deployed in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.
(52271)
87
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1087W, on the Type-23 frigate, why HMS Argyll has received different consideration from the rest of the Type-23 fleet.
(52367)
88
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why access to the official records on the bombing on 17th June 1940 of the vessel Lancastria is restricted until 2040; and if he will make a statement.
(52372)
89
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has considered designation of the resting place of the vessel Lancastria sunk on 17th June 1940 as a maritime war grave; and if he will make a statement.
(52375)
90
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to use the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 to lay a statutory instrument before the House confirming the merchant vessel Lancastria as a maritime war grave.
(52376)
91
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much is available for the maintenance of Ministry of Defence land in Essex; and how many keepers were employed to maintain Ministry of Defence land in Essex in each of the last five years.
(52055)
92
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his United States counterpart discussed with him during preparation of the United States national military strategic plan for the war on terrorism of US policies that may affect the United Kingdom.
(52426)
93
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessments (a) have been and (b) are planned to be made of the practicability of operating Typhoons from the Future Aircraft Carriers.
(50574)
94
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he will continue with the proposed purchase of the Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) without an agreement by the US to share the technological data required for future upgrading of the JCA.
(50575)
95
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the major incidents of drug seizures by Royal Navy warships in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(50576)
96
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future use of Portland Port by the Royal Navy.
(50577)
97
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the number of ships to be built under the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability programme; and if he will make a statement.
(50578)
98
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Royal Navy has tested the torpedo tube-launched variant of the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile; and if he will make a statement.
(51293)
99
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provisions are being made in the Future Mine Countermeasures Vision for the use of (a) remote sweep systems and (b) unmanned surface vessels.
(51294)
100
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the cost of designing the Future Aircraft Carrier; and what price France is paying for purchasing that design.
(51295)
101
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the possible effects on marine life of sonar 2087.
(51296)
102
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures are under development to protect British forces from shaped roadside bombs; and when these measures will be introduced.
(51297)
103
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total overspend has been in developing the Type 45 frigate.
(52565)
104
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 705W, on the Iraq service medal, how many (a) contractors, (b) aid personnel, (c) consultants, (d) private security staff and (e) journalists have been awarded the Iraq medal; and if he will list those in each category.
(52643)
105
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of British workers involved in the MAN trucks contract for the support vehicles fleet.
(52388)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
106
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment the Government has made of consequences for the housing market of the introduction of home information packs.
(52461)
107
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether it is his policy that lenders shall have full electronic access to the Home Condition Report when home information packs are introduced.
(52462)
108
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when a timetable for the implementation of home information packs will be published.
(52463)
109
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the traveller sites provided by each of the five local authorities in West Yorkshire; and how many pitches (a) there are and (b) are currently occupied on each site.
(52025)
110
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the current arrangements are regarding council tax on holiday homes; whether the Lyons Commission is considering changes to those arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(52086)
111
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many empty homes there were in each London borough in each year since 1997.
(52297)
112
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) social housing units and (b) units of shared equity housing have been made available in each London borough in each year since 1990.
(52298)
113
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many council houses have been sold under the right-to-buy scheme in each London borough since 1990.
(52299)
114
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the percentage of households in each London borough equipped with (a) carbon monoxide alarms and (b) fire alarms.
(52300)
115
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) homeless people and (b) people in temporary accommodation there are in each London borough.
(52301)
116
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on proposals to reorganise local authorities in Hertfordshire.
(52294)
117
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the district and borough elections scheduled for May 2007 will take place at the scheduled time.
(52309)
118
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received from (a) Hertfordshire local authorities and (b) the Mayor of London on an extension of the geographical scope of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly to include areas of Hertfordshire.
(52540)
119
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to redraw county boundaries to take account of reorganisation of local authorities.
(52541)
120
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the merits of extending the responsibilities of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly to areas of Hertfordshire.
(52542)
121
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many schools fires occurred which were large enough to need action by local fire brigades in each year since 1996.
(52517)
122
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many schools are exempted by fire authorities from the requirement to certify parts of the school designated by order under the Fire Precautions Act 1971.
(52584)
123
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many schools were inspected by fire officers in each year since 1996.
(52586)
124
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many arson attacks were reported by schools in each year since 1996
(52587)
125
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Office and its predecessors.
(52115)
126
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people were prosecuted for non-payment of council tax in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what proportion of those prosecuted were pensioners.
(52491)
127
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, at what level he will cap local authority council tax increases in their forthcoming budgets.
(52551)
128
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, by what percentage council tax has changed on average in England in each year from 1997.
(52552)
129
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list local authorities who received less funding in their revenue support grants for 2006-07 than they require specifically to cover the cost of the introduction of free bus passes for older and disabled people.
(52553)
130
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many incidents of arson there were in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire in each year since January 1997.
(52448)
131
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will encourage Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council to provide a shelter for homeless women.
(52256)
132
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what action he plans to take against those councils ignoring advice from the Environment Agency not to build on flood plains.
(52253)
133
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities have requested local area agreements; and how many of these requests have been agreed to.
(52261)
134
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what mechanisms he has put in place to communicate his policy on sustainable communities to other Government Departments; and what further steps he plans to take.
(52268)
135
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer to Q53 in evidence to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and Regions Committee of 7th February 2006, what the evidential basis was for his statement (a) that architects, planners and local authorities do not talk to the Highways Agency and (b) that none of the professional bodies assesses issues in the context of sustainability.
(52269)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
136
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the operation of section 159 of the Education Act 2002.
(52409)
137
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many proprietors were prosecuted for operating unregistered schools in the periods (a) 1991 to 1996, (b) 1997 to 2002 and (c) 2002 to 2006.
(52441)
138
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times the Chief Inspector of Schools has exercised her powers under section 159(2) of the Education Act 2002 in each year since its enactment.
(52442)
139
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the role of Home-Start in supporting families; how much funding will be provided for Home-Start in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(52618)
140
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the likely effect on child protection teams of the withdrawal of the Safeguarding Grant; and if she will make a statement.
(52067)
141
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the benefits of trust school status will be for standards at Newcastle Community High School in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
(52390)
142
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total area in hectares of school playing fields was in each year since 1995.
(52275)
143
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost has been of her Department's campaigns designed to reduce truancy since 1997.
(52029)
144
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to improve the (a) value for money and (b) quality of goods and services procured by local education authorities; and what effect these measures have had on the cost of such procurements.
(52039)
145
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent steps she has taken to modernise the further education estate; and what assessment she has made of the effect on costs of these measures.
(52040)
146
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has undertaken to improve procurement in the further education sector; and what assessment she has made of the effect of these measures on costs.
(52041)
147
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the administration of the Teachers' Pension Scheme; and what the effect on costs was of re-tendering the contract to administer the scheme.
(52042)
148
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total expenditure on local education authority administration was in 2004-05; and what the budgeted expenditure is for local education authorities in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(52043)
149
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much from the Standards Fund was (a) spent by local education authorities and (b) devolved to schools in 2004-05; and what the budgeted expenditure from the fund is for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(52044)
150
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to integrate schools-focused websites; and what the effect of these measures was on costs.
(52045)
151
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to develop and maintain an online ordering catalogue for schools; and what the effect of these measures were on costs.
(52046)
152
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to improve strategic asset planning at the Science Research Investment Fund; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52092)
153
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to reduce staff time required for the completion of applications to the Scientific Research Investment Fund; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52093)
154
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to introduce wholly electronic administration of all processes relating to the Scientific Research Investment Fund; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52094)
155
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to change the frequency of the Research Assessment Exercise for higher education institutions.
(52095)
156
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to increase (a) the quality of education provision and (b) examination success rates in the further education college sector since July 2004.
(52096)
157
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to establish a demand aggregation and content panel in respect of the procurement of transferable content development; and what the costs of such a panel has been.
(52097)
158
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to unify procurement of transferable content development; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52098)
159
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the cost of developing standards (a) relating to and (b) monitoring the use of the sharing of interoperable tools and resources across educational institutions and sectors.
(52099)
160
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to increase the sharing of interoperable tools and resources across educational institutions and sectors; and what assessment she has made of the time savings for teachers and lecturers in lesson preparation and administration as a consequence of these measures.
(52100)
161
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to increase the the use of information and communication technology in higher education; and what assessment she has made of the effect on costs of these steps.
(52101)
162
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures have been taken to extend the use of e-learning in further education colleges; and what effect these measures have had on staff/class contact time.
(52102)
163
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to encourage pupils from poor backgrounds to apply for university; and what assessment she has made of (a) the effectiveness and (b) the estimated cost of these steps.
(52103)
164
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what was the total amount paid out by schools in compensation claims in 2004-05.
(52104)
165
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of those who completed a teacher training course in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 are employed in England as teachers.
(52105)
166
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the average number of pupils per school day who were absent without authorisation in the latest period for which an estimate is available.
(52106)
167
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the costs of the Department's Centre for Procurement Performance were in each year since its inception.
(52132)
168
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to ensure improved efficiency in respect of the procurement of school maintenance; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52133)
169
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of savings made as a consequence of the Schools Capital and Building Schools for the Future programmes.
(52134)
170
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has taken to improve the efficiency of public examinations; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52262)
171
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has taken to reduce the costs of Ofsted inspections; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52263)
172
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to increase the proportion of student loans repayments due which are collected; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of these measures.
(52322)
173
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of the performance of Connexions Partnerships.
(52323)
174
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the unit cost per child was of the Sure Start Local Programme (SSLP) and children's centres in SSLP areas in 2004-05; and what the estimated unit cost is for 2005-06 and 2006-07.
(52326)
175
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made with the introduction of a single quality improvement agency for the lifelong learning sector.
(52327)
176
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to reduce the costs to higher education institutions of accountability, quality and reporting requirements; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52391)
177
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she has taken to improve the structures and delivery of local government services for children and families; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52392)
178
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of changes in the Foundation Stage Profile results for Sure Start Local Programme areas in the last three years.
(52393)
179
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has taken to bring Sure Start Local Programme financial management and monitoring under local authority control; and what assessment she has made of the impact upon costs (a) to local authorities and (b) elsewhere in Government.
(52394)
180
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has taken to reduce central management costs of the Children's Fund; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52395)
181
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has taken to improve the (a) service and (b) efficiency of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52396)
182
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the (a) costs incurred and (b) savings made as a consequence of the centralisation and electronic processing of applications for student support.
(52397)
183
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has taken to reduce the costs of the corporate services of (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c) Ofsted; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52398)
184
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures she has taken to improve the efficiency of corporate services functions within further education colleges; and what savings have been made as a consequence.
(52399)
185
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what methodology she uses to calculate education productivity.
(52400)
186
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the (a) schools and (b) organisations which have expressed an interest in setting up a trust school.
(52554)
187
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 15 year olds attending (a) faith schools and (b) other maintained schools achieved five or more grades A* to C at GCSE or equivalent (i) in any subject and (ii) including GCSEs in English and mathematics in each year since 1996.
(52556)
188
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 11 year olds attending (a) faith schools and (b) other maintained schools achieved (i) level 4 and (ii) level 5 in (A) English, (B) mathematics, (C) science, (D) reading, (E) writing, (F) reading and writing and (G) reading, writing and mathematics in each year since 1996.
(52557)
189
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 15 year olds in receipt of free school meals attending (a) faith schools and (b) other maintained schools achieved five or more grades A*-C at GCSE or equivalent (i) in any subject and (ii) including GCSE in English and mathematics in each year since 1996.
(52558)
190
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 11 year olds in receipt of free school meals attending (a) faith schools and (b) other maintained schools achieved (i) level 4 and (ii) level 5 in (A) English, (B) mathematics, (C) science, (D) reading, (E) writing, (F) reading and writing and (G) reading, writing and mathematics in each year since 1996.
(52559)
191
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of lessons in secondary schools inspected by Ofsted were setted by ability in (a) faith schools (i) in total and (ii) broken down by faith and (b) other maintained schools.
(52560)
192
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of faith schools are (a) comprehensive, (b) secondary modern and (c) grammar schools.
(52561)
193
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many arson attacks on schools resulted in building losses in excess of £100,000 in each year since 1996.
(52589)
194
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance her Department has issued to schools on arson prevention.
(52590)
195
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what is her Department's policy on the inclusion of sprinkler systems in new schools.
(52592)
196
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of new schools built in each year since 1996 had sprinkler systems.
(52593)
197
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make regulations to ensure that newly built schools have sprinkler systems.
(52594)
198
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of schools fitted with (a) an automatic sprinkler system, (b) a fire detection system linked to the fire service, (c) a monitored intruder alarm and (d) CCTV.
(52595)
199
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of schools that are regularly patrolled by an external security service.
(52596)
200
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of students in maintained schools gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C in each year since 1995.
(52597)
201
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1133W, on examination results, how many and what proportion of pupils who achieved any five A* to C grades at GCSE or equivalent including a full intermediate GNVQ would have achieved this level even if they had not taken the GNVQ.
(52607)
202
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1134W, on the General Teaching Council, what proportion of the cases referred to the General Teaching Council in each year since 2001 were (a) recommended for a full formal hearing before (i) a professional conduct committee and (ii) a professional competence committee hearing and (b) not recommended for a full formal hearing; and what proportion of those that were recommended for a formal hearing have been dealt with by the relevant committees.
(52608)
203
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of her Department and its predecessors.
(52114)
204
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of morale among head teachers.
(52502)
205
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effect of school league tables on the year six curriculum.
(52503)
206
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school playing fields in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire have been sold since May 1997.
(52447)
207
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the funding per pupil is for 2005-06 in (a) Shrewsbury constituency, (b) Bolton West constituency, (c) Sedgefield constituency, (d) Bedford constituency, (e) Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency and (f) Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency.
(52027)
208
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research the Department has undertaken to estimate the level of informal childcare provision; and what changes there have been in levels of informal childcare provision in the last 30 years.
(50796)
209
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places have closed in each year since 1980, broken down by type.
(50797)
210
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places (a) for under fives and (b) in total there were in each year since 1980, broken down by type.
(50798)
211
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parents in (a) East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) Hull made appeals against schools which did not offer their child a place in each of the last five years; and how many of these appeals were upheld.
(52338)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
212
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many locations in each county hold in excess of 40,000 birds.
(52562)
213
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the quantification of the relationship between global dimming and the measureable effect of climate change; and if she will make a statement.
(52580)
214
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the carbon emissions resulting from (a) the generation of heating for buildings and (b) the powering of air conditioning in buildings in a town of average size.
(52582)
215
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the success of governments since 1986 in eradicating bovine tuberculosis as required by EC Directive 77/391; and if she will make a statement.
(52610)
216
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis there have been and (b) cattle have been slaughtered due to infection with bovine tuberculosis in each year since 1986.
(52611)
217
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research is being undertaken in the UK on the production of a bovine tuberculosis cattle vaccine; and what the Government's position is on sanctioning the use of such a vaccine.
(52612)
218
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the contribution that (a) testing all badgers found dead for bovine tuberculosis and (b) re-commencing the nationwide road traffic accident survey for disease surveillance would have upon eradicating bovine tuberculosis.
(52613)
219
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact that pre-movement testing only on animals over 15 months of age from 20th February will have upon the prevention of the translocation of bovine tuberculosis as a result of cattle movement.
(52614)
220
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research is being undertaken to evaluate the various means of gassing badgers; and what assessment her Department has made of the minimum time period required before a strategic culling of badgers by gassing could be implemented.
(52615)
221
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Natural Environment Research Council following its decision to close the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology research facilities.
(52057)
222
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry on the Natural Environment and Research Council's assessment of table 5a of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology business plan.
(52059)
223
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice her Department has given to the Heritage Lottery Fund regarding sourcing timber from Burma.
(52218)
224
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what is the policy of her Department regarding sourcing goods from Burma.
(52221)
225
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Government has spent on projects promoting wild bat surveys in Burma in the last five years.
(52465)
226
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will amend the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 to provide for the requirements contained therein to be made equivalent to the requirements contained in the draft Water Environment Oil Storage (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
(52264)
227
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the advice of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides that compulsory five metre buffer lanes to reduce the impact from pesticide spray drift are unnecessary.
(52227)
228
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the proportion of single payment entitlement statements which will not be validated.
(52228)
229
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many badgers (a) culled and (b) examined as part of the road traffic accident trial were diagnosed with bovine TB in each local authority area; and what proportion of badgers culled and examined these figures represent.
(52229)
230
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities she estimates are considering the introduction of incinerators in order to meet their landfill diversion targets.
(52232)
231
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what help is available to local authorities to find alternatives to landfill; and if she will make a statement.
(52233)
232
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to combine waste collection and waste disposal authorities where those responsibilities are delivered by different local authorities.
(52234)
233
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of which local authorities are at risk of fines because of failure to meet the targets set by the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme.
(52235)
234
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the recent World Trade Organisation ruling on the EU decision to help block new GM imports.
(52236)
235
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment has been made of air quality standards in each London borough.
(52276)
236
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects the delays in single farm payments have had on the supply chain within the farming industry; and what discussions she has had with farmers on compensation for their creditors as a result of the delays.
(52480)
237
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the interest which has accumulated from the funds allocated for single farm payments which have not yet been paid; and what the interest will be used for.
(52486)
238
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Rural Payments Agency on the efficiency and accuracy of their computer systems; and whether the Agency has allocated the correct single farm payment to each farm.
(52525)
239
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms to date have received the correct single farm payment from the Rural Payments Agency; and on what date she expects all farmers in England to have received full payment.
(52526)
240
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will make provision to reimburse farmers for the interest they have lost from the Single Farm Payment as a result of the delays in payments being made.
(52527)
241
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of her Department and its predecessors.
(52113)
242
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing Double British Summertime as a means of improving the UK's record on climate change; and if she will make a statement.
(51201)
243
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action she is taking to improve air quality in Shrewsbury town centre.
(52257)
244
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many inspectors are employed in each of her regional offices to deal with (a) registered and (b) unregistered flocks of poultry.
(52138)
245
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what precautions she recommends should be taken by owners of flocks of fewer than 50 birds to minimise risks associated with the spread of avian influenza.
(52139)
246
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mechanisms she is using to inform owners of avian flocks under 50 birds of their responsibilities in the event of an outbreak of avian influenza in the UK; and what advice she has provided to them.
(52140)
247
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the shuttle bus service proposed to service the departmental building at Merrow, Guildford will commence; whether a car-share co-ordinator has been appointed; and whether departmental staff have initiated a video-conferencing publicity campaign.
(52452)
248
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) observers and (b) observation methods are deployed on vessels trawling for bass in the western approaches during the bass season.
(52619)
249
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will publish (a) the outcome of the consultation on measures to increase the number and size of bass available to commercial and recreational fishermen and (b) the Government's response to the consultation; and if she will make a statement.
(51445)
250
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the public consultation on wildlife management and related TB issues.
(52291)
251
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish the details of the citizens' panel for the public consultation on wildlife management and related TB issues.
(52292)
252
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which research agency is organising the citizens' panel for the public consultation on wildlife management and related TB issues.
(52293)
253
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much her Department received from the EU in 2004-05; how much was paid to farmers in each category of payment; how much was used for administration; and if she will make a statement.
(52468)
254
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what methods are available to test for M.bovis in soil samples.
(52495)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
255
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the UK will table a binding resolution to the United Nations Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter requiring the government of Burma to implement a plan for national reconciliation, human rights and democracy.
(52028)
256
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the UN Human Rights Council to be established.
(52160)
257
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Russia regarding the need to ensure that victims of torture in Chechnya receive justice.
(52161)
258
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU regarding human rights and the use of torture in Russia.
(52162)
259
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the US Administration regarding the potential for a UN peace-enforcement mission in Darfur.
(52163)
260
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects a UN force to be on the ground in Darfur.
(52164)
261
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sudan regarding the establishment of a UN mission in Darfur.
(52165)
262
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sudan regarding violence in the east of Sudan.
(52166)
263
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospect of a peaceful resolution to violence in the east of Sudan.
(52167)
264
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the African Union regarding the establishment of a UN mission in Darfur.
(52168)
265
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts at the UN regarding measures to address the conflict in northern Uganda.
(52169)
266
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the case for targeted sanctions against the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.
(52170)
267
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by his Department to reduce the flow of arms to the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.
(52171)
268
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by his Department to reduce the trade in conflict diamonds.
(52172)
269
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Ethiopia regarding (a) respect for human rights and (b) the release of political prisoners.
(52173)
270
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of political instability in Nigeria.
(52174)
271
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the operation of the rule of law in Colombia.
(52179)
272
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by his Department to address violence in Colombia.
(52180)
273
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by his Department to support victims of violence and human rights abuses in Colombia.
(52181)
274
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospect of free and fair elections in Colombia in March.
(52182)
275
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports of renewed violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(52183)
276
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Iran regarding respect for human rights.
(52184)
277
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by his Department to engage with the democratic opposition in Iran.
(52185)
278
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by his Department to support good governance, stability and the transition to democracy in Kyrgyzstan.
(52186)
279
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Rwanda regarding the security of genocide survivors.
(52187)
280
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports that survivors of the Rwandan genocide are subject to violence and intimidation by genocidaires given amnesty.
(52188)
281
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of the project of national reconciliation following the Rwandan genocide.
(52189)
282
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of anti-corruption programmes in Kenya.
(52190)
283
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of corruption in Kenya.
(52191)
284
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports that there may be a reversal in Zimbabwe's land redistribution policy; and if he will make a statement.
(52197)
285
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the levels of violence and intimidation of journalists in Zimbabwe.
(52198)
286
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the results of efforts to reduce corruption in Brazil.
(52199)
287
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the prospect of free and fair elections in Haiti.
(52201)
288
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public have written to the Government regarding United Nations Security Council intervention in Burma.
(52213)
289
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters, postcards and emails the Government has received in the past five years regarding banning British companies from investing in Burma.
(52214)
290
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is the policy of his Department regarding the sourcing of goods from Burma.
(52215)
291
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the use of torture in Columbia.
(52220)
292
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Goverment continues to recognise the pre-1967 Green Line as the international border of the State of Israel.
(52343)
293
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of UN Resolutions 194 and 242 on the rights of Palestinian refugees; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the rights of Palestinian refugees are both respected and incorporated in future peace negotiations.
(52369)
294
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent statements by the acting Israeli Prime Minister on incorporation of settlement blocs in the West Bank into Israel, the status of Jerusalem and redefining the borders of Israel; and what representations he is making to the Israeli government on the matter.
(52370)
295
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Pakistani authorities on the recent attacks on a church in (a) Kawanwali and (b) Sialkot Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(52090)
296
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department.
(52123)
297
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role officials from his Department have played in preparations for the forthcoming talks between the government of Sri Lanka and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; and if he will make a statement.
(52453)
298
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he will accompany the Queen on her forthcoming tour of the Baltic states.
(52082)
299
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the nature of measures supported under the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection; and what the treaty base is for such measures.
(52566)
300
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) nature and (b) value is of the obsolescent consumables identified on page 44 of his Department's Resource Accounts for 2004-05; how many of them there were; and if he will make a statement.
(52568)
301
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the nature was of the losses involved in the closure and sale of the San Salvador office; and if he will make a statement.
(52569)
302
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the nature was of the out of date consular vignettes written off in the 2004-05 Resource Accounts; and if he will make a statement.
(52570)
303
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January 2006, Official Report, column 2007-8W, on natural disasters, whether the individuals involved in Hurricane Katrina had been (a) alerted to the danger and (b) advised to evacuate by (i) the local authorities and (ii) his Department; what class of ticket they travelled on; for what reasons return flights were required; what factors underlay the level of departmental financial support supplied; and if he will make a statement.
(52609)
304
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 16th January 2006, Official Report, column 984W, on works of art, whether his Department has (a) facsimiles, (b) photos and (c) postcards of the stolen artwork.
(52642)
305
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in his Department are paid on a performance-related basis.
(50515)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
306
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her reply of 8th February 2006, Official Report, column 1304W, on abortion, on what grounds each abortion was performed; and what the (a) age of the woman, (b) gestation of the pregnancy and (c) prison at which the abortion was performed was in each case.
(52494)
307
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral Answer from the Minister of State for Health Services on 31st January 2006, Official Report, column 155, on NHS dentistry, if she will clarify the position regarding the increase in dental patient registrations in the Charnwood constituency.
(52605)
308
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she has collated on the possible health effects arising from air pollution caused by intensive broiler poulty farming.
(52581)
309
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of physiotherapy graduates who are yet to find their first NHS post; and what methods she uses to collect this information.
(51925)
310
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what workforce planning will accompany implementation of the green paper on welfare reform for physiotherapists specialising in (a) occupational health and (b) rehabilitation and early intervention.
(51926)
311
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are taken to ensure that unemployed physiotherapy graduates are able to maintain their clinical skills.
(51927)
312
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of old age pensioners received an NHS influenza injection in each year since 1997.
(52530)
313
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the percentage of pensioners who received an NHS influenza injection in 2004-05 who subsequently contracted influenza in that year.
(52531)
314
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of pensioners received a pneumonia injection in 2004-05.
(52532)
315
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the policy of (a) her Department and (b) the NHS regarding the sourcing of goods from Burma.
(52217)
316
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of patient satisfaction levels with GP out-of-hours services.
(52031)
317
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to reply to the Question of 17th January 2006 (44309) from the hon. Member for Hertsmere regarding colon cancer screening.
(52254)
318
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent per head of the population in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Hertfordshire in 2004-05.
(52255)
319
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 31st January 2006, Official Report, column 1173W, on the ambulance service, on what information the Government's decision to merge the Gloucestershire ambulance service with those of Avon and Wiltshire was based.
(52074)
320
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial savings (a) have been implemented since 2001 and (b) are proposed for the future by (i) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Strategic Health Authority, (ii) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and (iii) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Primary Care Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(52131)
321
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what external contractors were used by (a) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Primary Care Trust, (b) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Strategic Health Authority and (c) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust in the last period for which figures are available; what the costs of using these contractors were in that year; and if she will make a statement.
(52141)
322
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures have been put in place to ensure that the financial performance of (a) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Strategic Health Authority, (b) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and (c) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Primary Care Trust is adequately monitored; and if she will make a statement.
(52150)
323
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures have been put in place to ensure that the financial accounts of (a) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Strategic Health Authority, (b) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust financial accounts and (c) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Primary Care Trust have been regularly audited; and if she will make a statement.
(52151)
324
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) budget was and (b) total spent from budget was under each financial heading for (i) the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Strategic Health Authority, (ii) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and (iii) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Primary Care Trust in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(52152)
325
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a financial and management specialist team has previously been sent to (a) the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Strategic Health Authority, (b) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and (c) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Primary Care Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(52154)
326
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are plans for a financial and management specialist team to conduct future discussions with the (a) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Strategic Health Authority, (b) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and (c) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Primary Care Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(52155)
327
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the (a) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Strategic Health Authority, (b) Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and (c) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Primary Care Trust have been subject to (i) a baseline financial assessment exercise and (ii) an assessment of financial management; and if she will make a statement.
(52156)
328
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the recent decision of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to withdraw a consignment of Farley's rusks; and how many other products have been withdrawn by the FSA over the last 12 months.
(52077)
329
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides in relation to systematic surveillance of chronic diseases linked to pesticide exposure.
(52078)
330
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Macmillan nurses are working within the NHS in London.
(52277)
331
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to increase the number of genito-urinary medicine clinics in London.
(52278)
332
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to increase the funding to the genito-urinary medicine clinics in London.
(52279)
333
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding her Department provides to the Terence Higgins Trust.
(52280)
334
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what further steps she plans to take to communicate to (a) the NHS and (b) social services departments the definition of what constitutes (i) free care and (ii) means-tested care.
(52052)
335
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to issue new guidance about the eligibility criteria for free continuing care as a result of the judgement by Mr Justice Charles in R (on the application of Maureen Grogan) v Bexley NHS Care Trust.
(52053)
336
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to issue new guidance about the (a) procedures to be followed by decision makers when the withdrawal of free continuing care is under consideration and (b) training given to such decision makers as a result of the judgement by Mr Justice Charles in R (on the application of Maureen Grogan) v Bexley NHS Care Trust.
(52054)
337
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on private finance initiative projects in the last three years; and what the estimated levels are over the next three years.
(52543)
338
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that primary care trusts with deficits are supported to keep community hospitals open.
(52544)
339
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd November 2005, Official Report, column 1340W, on Herceptin, whether similar action plans will be published on the prescription of Herceptin and related capacity factors.
(52549)
340
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of her Department and its predecessors.
(52112)
341
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2006, Official Report, column 187W, on predictive diallers, whether any public body for which her Department is responsible uses predictive dialling.
(52318)
342
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had in the past six months with the Deputy Prime Minister on (a) the financial position of local authority social services departments and (b) their relationship with NHS organisations.
(52490)
343
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of outturn against budgets for local authority social services in the 2005-06 financial year; and if she will make a statement.
(52550)
344
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary school pupils in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (d) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood have been identified as (i) overweight and (ii) obese in the latest period for which figures are available.
(52284)
345
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the provision of night-time services by general practitioners in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
(52285)
346
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many MRSA cases have occurred in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.
(52286)
347
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many properties for which her Department is paying rent are empty in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon, (c) London and (d) England.
(52288)
348
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the North West London Strategic Health Authority are identified as having a grown-up congenital heart condition, broken down by London borough; and which dedicated in-hospital units are available to them.
(52289)
349
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the North West London Strategic Health Authority are identified as having cancer, broken down by London borough; and which dedicated in-hospital units are available to them.
(52290)
350
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on plans to restructure ambulance service provision in Cambridgeshire; and if she will make a statement.
(52328)
351
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of those aged over 65 years in the Peterborough constituency are expected to receive influenza vaccinations by the end of winter 2005-06.
(52449)
352
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what incidence of MRSA has been recorded in Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust since April 2005.
(52056)
353
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she plans to take to reach her 18-week target in 2008 for the fitting of the new digital hearing aids.
(52024)
354
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the target waiting time is for existing NHS hearing aid users to be upgraded to digital hearing aids.
(52026)
355
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned to establish whether the artificial sweetner aspartame is carcinogenic.
(52464)
356
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the likely change in the unitary charge applicable to the St Bartholomew's and the London Hospitals NHS Trust private finance initiative project which would result from a delay of one month in reaching a financial conclusion.
(52478)
357
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at the end of which financial year she expects NHS organisations to achieve a collective breakeven position.
(52524)
358
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, further to her letter of 6th February 2006 to the hon. Member for St Albans, ref 00000059419, if she will place all her Department's correspondence in relation to Mr Steve Wright in the Library.
(52259)
359
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, further to her letter of 6th February 2006 to the hon. Member for St Albans, ref 00000059419, how much of the £143 million for genito-urinary medicine clinics was given to each primary care trust; over what time period; and if she will make a statement.
(52260)
360
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is her assessment of the effectiveness of macular degenerative care; and if she will make a statement.
(52273)
361
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been directed towards pocket readers for those suffering from macular degeneration in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(52274)
362
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the target attrition rate for students on pre-registration nursing courses.
(52481)
363
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of student nurses in England quit pre-registration nursing courses in each of the past five years; and what reasons were given by those leaving the courses.
(52482)
364
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the attrition rate was for each pre-registration nursing course in 2004-05.
(52483)
365
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance was issued by her Department to (a) parents, (b) healthcare professionals and (c) primary care trusts about recent changes for BCG vaccination schedules; and on what dates the guidance was issued.
(51804)
366
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what tuberculosis public awareness initiatives her Department has sponsored since January 2002; and if she will publish the assessment of the impact of the initiatives.
(51805)
367
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish correspondence between her Department and its agencies since January 2005 about the direct supply of domiciliary oxygen for patients by the British Oxygen Company and its subsidiaries.
[R] (51806)
368
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department has issued to (a) patients and (b) healthcare professionals on changes in the provision of domiciliary oxygen; and on what dates the guidance was issued.
[R] (51807)
369
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department has issued to pharmacies since Janury 2005 on the provision of domiciliary oxygen; and on what dates the guidance was issued.
[R] (51808)
370
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what acute clinical services need to be available at a NHS hospital in order for it to qualify as offering acute accident and emergency cover; and if she will make a statement.
(52469)
371
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what are the differences in medical cover offered by (a) a minor injuries unit and (b) an acute accident and emergency department; and if she will make a statement.
(52470)
372
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was in 2004-05 of treating individuals with age-related macular degeneration; and if she will make a statement on recent advances in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.
(52404)
373
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to promote the consumption of more fruit and vegetables.
(52405)
374
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the introduction of photo dynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration on the NHS.
(52406)
375
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the review of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's multiple technology process will take place.
(52346)
376
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January 2006 to the hon. Member for Norwich North, Official Report, column 595W, on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), when she expects the review of the process for selecting topics for NICE's programme to be completed; and when she expects the consultation document to be published.
(52484)
377
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists worked in the area covered by (a) East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust and (b) Yorkshire Wolds and Coast Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years.
(52340)
378
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recommendations on use of drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease on those in the early stages of the disease.
(52319)
379
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on the provision of drug treatments on the NHS for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
(52320)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
380
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of old age pensioners reported that they (a) were victims of crime and (b) were worried about crime in 2004-05.
(52528)
381
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of whether failed asylum seekers removed to Malawi will be safe upon their return; and what guarantees he has received over the safety of such people.
(52158)
382
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy of removing non-Malawian failed asylum seekers to Malawi.
(52204)
383
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likelihood that non-Malawian failed asylum seekers removed to Malawi will be deported to Zimbabwe.
(52205)
384
N
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will provide a substantive reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam dated 9th September 2005 concerning his constituent Dong Su Kim.
(51924)
385
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the injuries that have resulted to (a) police officers, (b) suspects and (c) uninvolved members of the public since 1997 as a result of (i) police batons and (ii) police use of pepper spray and other gases; and if he will make a statement.
(52342)
386
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times (a) pepper sprays and (b) batons have been (i) drawn and (ii) used by police officers since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(52368)
387
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that prisoners who are Muslim are offered halal food.
(52034)
388
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many televisions have been purchased by the Prison Service for the use of offenders in each of the last eight years.
(52068)
389
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have access to Sky TV in their cells.
(52069)
390
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces in England and Wales refer to women police constables as WPCs.
(52071)
391
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women police constables there are in England and Wales.
(52072)
392
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used in deciding whether women police constables are called WPCs or PCs; who makes the decision; what changes there have been in policy on the issue in the last five years; whether it is normal practice to consult affected personnel; and if he will make a statement.
(52073)
393
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there are in each division of each police force in England and Wales; and what is the population of the areas covered by each division.
(52281)
394
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of unlicensed door supervisors employed at licensed premises; and if he will make a statement.
(52142)
395
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what agreements were reached between the Security Industry Authority and the private security industry about the number of applications for door supervisor licences to be submitted to the Security Industry Authority each month; and if he will make a statement.
(52143)
396
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for door supervisor licences were submitted to the Security Industry Authority in each month since January 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(52144)
397
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises were carried out by (a) licensed door supervisors and (b) unlicensed door supervisors in each region since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(52157)
398
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of places in hostels run by (a) the probation service and (b) the voluntary sector in (i) England and (ii) Wales were allocated to sex offenders on the latest date for which figures are available.
(52315)
399
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places were occupied in (a) probation hostels and (b) voluntary sector hostels in (i) England and (ii) Wales where the offender was known to the Multi-Agency Public Protection panel on the latest date for which figures are available.
(52316)
400
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department.
(52122)
401
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to conduct research into recidivism rates for people issued with cautions.
(52373)
402
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been served in each of the last three years in each constituency in Lancashire.
(52620)
403
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) community police officers and (b) community support officers are working in the Chorley constituency.
(52621)
404
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the use of (a) community beat officers and (b) community support officers in the Chorley constituency.
(52622)
405
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed by juvenile offenders in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) the Cambridgeshire area in each quarter since 2001; how many cautions were issued in relation to such cases; and how many children in the Peterborough City Council area (i) were convicted, (ii) were in local authority care, (iii) received a reprimand, (iv) received a final warning and (v) were found guilty in each year.
(52324)
406
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child curfew orders have been issued in the Peterborough City Council local authority area since 2001.
(52325)
407
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to improve (a) community engagement and (b) neighbourhood policing in Cambridgeshire; and if he will make a statement.
(52518)
408
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices were issued for (a) consumption of alcohol by and (b) selling alcohol to under-age people in (i) Cambridgeshire and (ii) Peterborough in each of the last five years.
(52520)
409
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were on establishment in the Cambridgeshire police force in each of the last five years.
(52521)
410
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is assessing the merits of introducing a PIN-like system of access to the National Identity Register for telephone clients in circumstances when someone is not carrying their identity card; and if he will make a statement.
(52457)
411
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is his estimate of the average number of online verifications per holder of identity card against the National Identity Register in a year.
(52458)
412
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to Questions by the hon. Member for Selly Oak (a) 23089, tabled on 25th October, on identity cards, and (b) 20867, tabled on 18th October, on passports.
(52459)
413
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Somalian citizens were returned to Somalia having failed to acquire asylum status in the UK in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.
(52088)
414
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens were born in Somalia.
(52089)
415
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from police authorities in Wales in respect of proposals for merging Welsh police forces.
(52428)
416
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints his Department has received each year since 1997 regarding incorrect details on status papers.
(52387)
417
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, columns 761-2W, on suicide, how many apparently self-inflicted deaths have occurred in immigration detention centres in each of the last two years; on what dates they occurred; and what were the nationalities of each of the deceased.
(52644)
418
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what payments of compensation have been made to prisoners since 1st February 2005, in the last 12 months; and what the cause of complaint was in each case.
(52545)
419
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the judicial inquiries that have taken place since May 1997; and what the cost of each has been to date.
(52547)
420
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money is being held in trust for prisoners.
(52548)
421
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on introducing healthy eating into prison tuckshops as (a) an incentive and (b) a punishment.
(52563)
422
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of arrests per police officer was in each of the last seven years in (a) Romford, (b) each London borough and (c) England and Wales.
(52310)
423
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been arrested more than once in the UK under anti-terrorism legislation in each of the last seven years.
(52403)
424
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on violent crime in Greater Manchester; and what steps he has taken to address the problem.
(52389)
425
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on possible measures to prevent the nuisance use of by-ways and common land.
(52345)
426
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Security Industry Authority has made towards meeting its deadline in March for licensing door supervisors.
(52036)
427
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers he has to take action against the Security Industry Authority for failing to meet the deadlines for licensing door supervisors.
(52037)
428
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which a black market for door supervisors has led to a disparity between the number of qualified door supervisors and the number officially licensed by the Security Industry Authority.
(52038)
429
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly were issued in Swindon between (a) 12th November 2004 and 24th December 2004 and (b) 12th November 2005 to 24th December 2005.
(52267)
430
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Offender Management Service has prepared a business case on commissioning.
(52030)
431
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are employed by the National Offender Management Service, broken down by region; and how many will be employed in 2006-07.
(52075)
432
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the main responsibilities of regional offender managers will be under the National Offender Management Service arrangements for the financial year 2006-07; and what is the legal authority under which they carry out those responsibilities.
(52239)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
433
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 1639W, on coercive abortion, if he will list the occasions when UK officials have raised the issue of coercive abortion bilaterally in appropriate circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
(52534)
434
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 1639W, on coercive abortion, how officials in his Department interpret appropriate circumstances in relation to raising the issue of coercive abortion bilaterally; and if he will make a statement.
(52535)
435
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations (a) Ministers and (b) officials have made about the decision of the Bush Administration not to fund the United Nations Population Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(52536)
436
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by his Department to address the food crisis in Kenya following the recent drought.
(52192)
437
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his counterparts at (a) the EU and (b) the UN regarding the speed of the response to the drought crisis in Kenya.
(52193)
438
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by his Department (a) to reduce the risks associated with drought and (b) to improve food security within the developing world.
(52194)
439
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of people who are residing in internally displaced persons' camps in Darfur; and what estimate he has made of the number who have access to humanitarian assistance.
(52195)
440
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Uganda regarding the conservation of Lake Victoria.
(52196)
441
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by his Department to promote and support good governance in Latin America.
(52200)
442
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of levels of corruption in Nigeria; and what steps are being taken by his Department to promote and support good governance there.
(52202)
443
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by his Department to assist victims of violence and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with particular reference to victims of sexual violence.
(52203)
444
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to Article 5 of the EU common position on Burma, what form decentralised co-operation with local civilian administrations takes on the ground; and which bodies, organisations and departments qualify as local civilian administrations.
(52206)
445
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much financial support the British government has given to (a) the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, (b) the Federation of Trade Unions - Burma, (c) the Democratic Voice of Burma, (d) the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and (e) the National Council for the Union of Burma in each of the past three years.
(52207)
446
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total UK aid allocation for Burma was in each of the last five years; and how much of the allocated budget was spent.
(52208)
447
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of his Department's annual budget for Burma has been spent on consultants in each of the past three years; how much each consultant has received; and what projects each undertook.
(52209)
448
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the annual EU aid budget for Burma was in each of the last five years; how much of that budget was contributed by the UK in each year; and how much of that budget was unspent in each year.
(52210)
449
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment the Government has made of whether the European Commission is abiding by the EU common position on Burma regarding humanitarian assistance.
(52211)
450
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discretionary aid budget is available to the British Ambassador to Burma.
(52212)
451
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government has spent on projects (a) promoting democracy and (b) supporting internally displaced people in Burma in the last five years.
(52466)
452
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions his Department has had with non-governmental organisations, charities and civil society organisations on formulating policy on aid distribution.
(51360)
453
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its predecessor.
(52111)
454
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much foreign aid was given to Congo Brazzaville in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005.
(52083)
455
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much international aid was given to Gabon in (a) 1980 and (b) 2005.
(52085)
456
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the merits of the Afghan poppy crop being bought by richer nations and converted into morphine for medical uses; and what assessment his Department has made of alternative agricultural options for Afghan poppy farmers.
(52427)
Questions to the Leader of the House
457
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Leader of the House, how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months were answered (a) within 14 days, (b) after 14 to 28 days, (c) after 28 days to two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement.
(52136)
458
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Leader of the House, how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named.
(52137)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
459
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the Department for Employment and Learning's budget for training and access to employment for people with learning disabilities in each of the last five years; and how much was spent from this budget in each year.
(52145)
460
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to upgrade the A6 Derry to Dungiven road.
(52146)
461
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents recorded as racial crimes by the Police Service of Northern Ireland have led to (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions in each of the last five years.
(52153)
462
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers there are in each division of each police force in Northern Ireland; and what is the population of the area covered by each division.
(52282)
463
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department.
(52121)
464
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his letter of 19th October 2005 (COR/443/2005) on the Child Support Agency, when the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency will be in a position to reply to the honourable Lady for North Down.
(52377)
465
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he plans (a) to replace and (b) to refurbish the Social Security Agency office on Hamilton Road in Bangor; what the timescale for any such rebuilding or refurbishment is; and if he will make a statement.
(52378)
466
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 25th January 2006, Official Report, columns 907-8W, on sex offenders, in which schools the three sex offenders have been working; and what their current employment status is in each case.
(52479)
467
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the nature is of the declared interest within the Department of the Director of Public Prosecutions amounting to £154,867.99 as referred to on page 49 of his Resource Accounts 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(52546)
Questions to the Prime Minister
468
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) schools and (b) organisations which attended the seminar held at Downing Street on 9th February; and if he will make a statement.
(52555)
469
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will come to Shrewsbury in March to open the new livestock market.
(52084)
470
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will host a meeting in Downing Street between Shropshire dairy farmers and the chief executives of Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys to discuss the price paid by those supermarkets for the milk they buy.
(52258)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
471
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its predecessor.
(52110)
Questions to the Solicitor General
472
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, what criteria are used to determine whether staff employed by the Crown Prosecution Service receive a bonus; and if he will make a statement.
(52492)
473
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to his reply of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 699W, on complaints, how many copies of the complaints leaflet were sent to members of the public in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many copies of the complaints leaflet were requested (a) by telephone, (b) by post and (c) using his Department's website in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(52493)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
474
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures the Government has taken to discourage the use by manufacturers of non-recyclable packaging.
(52135)
475
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003, No. 2426); and if he will make a statement on the operation of the Regulations.
(52410)
476
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to make it a criminal offence to send unsolicited commercial e-mail unless the consent of the recipient has been gained; and if he will make a statement.
(52411)
477
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received from (a) hon. Members, (b) Members of the House of Lords and (c) members of the public in favour of legislation to make it a criminal offence to send unsolicited commercial e-mail unless the consent of the recipient has been gained; and if he will make a statement.
(52412)
478
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the (a) publications and (b) consultation documents produced by his Department on (i) the internet, (ii) spam e-mails and (iii) e-commerce; if he will place copies of each in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(52413)
479
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints were made to the Information Commissioner about the enforcement of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (S.1.2003, No. 2426) in the last year for which information is available.
(52414)
480
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) individuals, (b) internet companies, (c) companies and (d) Government departments responded to his Department's consultation on the EC Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications; if he will list them; if he will place a copy of each response in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(52415)
481
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received from (a) hon. Members, (b) Members of the House of Lords and (c) members of the public about spam e-mails; and if he will make a statement.
(52416)
482
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) Microsoft and (ii) internet providers on restricting spam e-mail; and if he will make a statement.
(52417)
483
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department is providing to the Spamhaus project; and if he will make a statement.
(52418)
484
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information is provided to his Department to members of the public wishing to control the amount of spam e-mail received by them; and if he will make a statement.
(52419)
485
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the number of spam e-mails received in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(52420)
486
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice his Department offers to members of the public about how to complain about spam e-mails; and if he will make a statement.
(52421)
487
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to discourage spam e-mails; and if he will make a statement.
(52485)
488
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the natural sources of uranium, broken down by country; and what the expected life is of that supply.
(52588)
489
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated to assess the direct transformation of biomass into hydrogen.
(52591)
490
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what audit the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) has conducted of the science delivery and management expertise at the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology research sites in the last five years; and whether the findings of these comply with NERC's scientific objectives.
(52047)
491
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's plans are for closing the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology research sites in the next 10 years; and what representations he has received on this.
(52048)
492
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Institute for Scientific Information listed scientific publications were published in 2004-05 per scientific employee at the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology research sites; and if he will make a statement.
(52049)
493
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the scientific publications from the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology research sites in the last five years; and what assessment he has made of these.
(52050)
494
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what evidence the Natural Environment Research Council presented to his Department as a basis for its decision to close four Centre for Ecology and Hydrology research sites; and what assessment he has made of this evidence.
(52051)
495
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) was given before its board decided to close (a) Winfrith, South Dorset and (b) other NERC research facilities.
(52058)
496
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessments the Natural Environment Research Council made of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology sites not chosen for closure; and if it will make its findings public.
(52060)
497
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many ecologists were represented on the Executive Board of the National Environment Research Council during each discussion of the most recent Centre for Ecology and Hydrology business plan.
(52061)
498
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many scientific papers on ecology have ben published by (a) universities and (b) the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology research facilities since 2001.
(52062)
499
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the scientific qualifications are of each of the National Environment Research Council Executive board members.
(52063)
500
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the National Environment Research Council will publish table 5a of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology business plan; and if he will make a statement.
(52064)
501
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) the Post Office on developing and introducing the Post Office Card Account.
(52625)
502
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice the Government gives to companies intending to trade with Burma.
(52216)
503
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the value of imports from Burma into the UK in November and December 2005, broken down by type.
(52467)
504
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on energy prices.
(52585)
505
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its predecessor.
(52109)
506
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the market price of each category of nuclear fuel was on 13th February.
(52321)
507
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the change in the number of manufacturing jobs in Peterborough was in each year since 1997.
(52446)
508
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with potential developers of wind farms in the strategic search areas identified in the Welsh Assembly document Technical Advice Note 8.
(52604)
509
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the Welsh Assembly on the application by nPower renewables for consent to develop the Gwynt y Mor wind farm.
(52606)
510
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the impact of the congestion charge in London on businesses within the charging zone; and if he will make a statement.
(52317)
511
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made as part of his Department's energy review of the report on carbon dioxide capture and storage, prepared by the World Meteorological Organisation and United Nations Environment Programme for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
(52424)
512
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the current complement of staff at the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) have a first degree or further qualification in (a) nuclear physics and (b) nuclear engineering; and what qualifications the OCNS (i) Director and (ii) Deputy Director holds.
(52429)
513
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the nature is of his Department's contingent liabilities pertaining to the issue of licences to operators of satellites and other space objects; and if he will make a statement.
(52571)
514
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the nature is of his Department's financial contribution to the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures; and if he will make a statement on the current programme of that institution.
(52572)
515
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated (a) value and (b) maintenance cost is of Newton's Apple Tree at the National Physics Laboratory; what right of public access to it exists; and if he will make a statement.
(52573)
516
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the estimated liabilities of solid fuel allowances paid by his Department.
(52574)
517
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the nature was of the claim made against the British Geological Survey in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.
(52575)
518
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the nature was of the cases identified in the Accountability notes on page 88 of his Consolidated Resource Accounts 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(52576)
519
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in (a) Beverley and Holderness and (b) East Riding of Yorkshire use the Post Office Card Account; and how many withdrawals of (i) pensions and (ii) other benefits from the Post Office card accounts there were in each area in the last two years.
(52341)
520
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) the proceeds of the non-fossil fuel obligation and (b) the expenditure on supporting renewables were in each year since 1999.
(52523)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
521
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage change there has been in the fuel efficiency of cars sold in the UK in each year since 1997.
(52583)
522
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from Govia regarding the recent award of the Integrated Kent Franchise.
(52455)
523
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much income was derived from parking by each local authority in 2004-05; how much such income has been derived by each authority in 2005-06; how much of that income came from (a) charges and (b) penalties in each year; and how much expenditure each authority incurred on parking in each year.
(52023)
524
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents have occurred on the A34 Newbury Bypass in the last five years; how many people have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in accidents on the bypass in this period; and what estimate he has made of the cost of these accidents in terms of delays.
(52147)
525
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will publish the results of the Government's night flights consultation.
(51298)
526
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to make drivers aware of the dangers of using a mobile telephone whilst driving.
(52032)
527
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what issues are being considered by the Crossrail Equality Impact Assessment Project and Policy Assessment; what estimate has been made of its cost; and if he will make a statement.
(52070)
528
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether notice is required to be given of the siting of a mobile speed camera.
(52079)
529
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many commercial flights have overflown Hornsey and Wood Green constituency in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(51923)
530
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the contracts between the Government and Network Rail.
(52148)
531
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its predecessor.
(52108)
532
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his plans are for the future funding of light rail and tram schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(52487)
533
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had in the past six months with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority on the proposed expansion of the Metrolink network in Greater Manchester.
(52488)
534
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by how much the cost of a standard return rail ticket between Stockport and London Euston purchased on the day of travel has changed since 1997.
(52489)
535
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding the Government will provide to support the delivery of the Peterborough Local Transport Plan for 2006-07 to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(52506)
536
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the contracted finish date was for the current stretch of road improvements on the A12 at Brentwood; and on what date they will be completed.
(52065)
537
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average increase in rail fares for each financial year between 2005-06 and 2012-13; and what is the total estimated increase over that period.
(52066)
538
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what definition his Department uses of the term `transport hotspot' in the Countess Road flyover proposal on the A303.
(52149)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
539
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its predecessor.
(52107)
540
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what public opinion surveys have been conducted in Wales on the proposals to merge police authorities.
(52603)
541
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on police force restructuring in Wales.
(50379)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
542
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if the Government will take steps to increase support for women who do not work and who look after their children at home.
(52314)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
543
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new (a) applicants and (b) recipients there were of incapacity benefits in each of the last five years.
(51765)
544
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of old age pensioners have reported (a) that they experience difficulty in claiming their pensions and (b) that they do not fully understand what benefits are available.
(52529)
545
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have used the Post Office Card Account (POCA) in each year since it was introduced; how much the Post Office receives for each POCA payment it makes; and what other administrative costs the Government pays in respect of each POCA transaction.
(52623)
546
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Post Office used to receive for each order book payment it made before the introduction of the Post Office Card Account (POCA); what other administrative costs the Government paid in respect of each order book transaction; and if he will estimate the average amount per transaction which the Government lost through fraud when using (a) the POCA and (b) order books.
(52624)
547
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each London borough collected their (a) pensions and (b) benefit payments through the use of a Post Office Card Account in the latest period for which figures are available.
(52283)
548
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received winter fuel payments in each London borough in the last year for which figures are available.
(52302)
549
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its predecessors.
(52119)
550
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on debt management (a) consultants and (b) staff training in each quarter since Q2 2001.
(52496)
551
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's debt management administration budget was for each quarter since Q2 2001, broken down by main area of expenditure.
(52497)
552
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters his Department sent to clients as part of its debt management activity in each quarter since Q2 2001.
(52498)
553
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individual debt cases have been opened in each quarter since Q2 2001; and how many of these cases were followed up with written correspondence.
(52499)
554
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was between an unrecovered overpayment being identified and a letter being sent to the debtor in each quarter since 2001.
(52500)
555
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has accrued in unrecovered overpayments in each quarter since Q2 2001; and what is the total level of accrued overpayments.
(52501)
556
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department recovered from erroneous payments but has been unable to allocate to a specific debt case in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(52507)
557
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much overpayment his Department recovered in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(52508)
558
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 6th February 2006 to the hon. Member for Daventry, Official Report, columns 860-61W, on benefits payments provision, how much his Department spent on the end-to-end delivery of the new debt management IT system introduced in August 2005.
(52537)
559
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much uncollected debt was referred out to private partners under the enforcement initiative during each quarter since the second quarter 2004.
(52538)
560
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of housing benefit there were in each local authority in Hampshire in the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by electoral ward; and what total amount was paid in each case.
(52272)
561
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the likely period of time it will take to reach the break even point when the Pathways to Work pilots are extended nationwide.
(52344)
562
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the regulations which state that non resident parents receiving job seekers' allowance pay a portion for their children through the Child Support Agency.
(52091)
563
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the disposal of the stock of obsolete publications identified on page 90 on his Resource Accounts 2004-05, indicating in each case (a) the name of publication, (b) the number of copies disposed of, (c) the nature of disposal and (d) the reason for overestimation of print run required.
(52578)
564
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what total liability arose through the reconstruction of his Department's Parklands building; and if he will make a statement.
(52579)
565
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) people and (b) over 25s in Beverley and Holderness who left the New Deal have found a sustained job in each year since its inception.
(52339)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
566
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been prosecuted for breaches of arms exports controls in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (52177)
567
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many breaches of the arms exports controls have been reported in each of the last five years; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which this figure accurately reflects the actual number of breaches that took place.
[Transferred] (52178)
568
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed Planning Gain Supplement on the granting of planning permission on exception sites in rural areas.
[Transferred] (52087)
569
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed planning gain supplement on (a) levels of house building and (b) house prices in Gravesham.
[Transferred] (52076)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
570
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on the proposals put forward by the European Commission to establish a European institute of technology.
[Transferred] (52425)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
571
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1335W, on Mr Victor Bout, what discussions he has had with the US authorities on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (52383)
572
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1335W, on Mr Victor Bout, whether any (a) Minister and (b) official has had discussions on this matter.
[Transferred] (52539)
573
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on measures his Government is taking to ensure that Zimbabwean beef licensed to import to the European Communities does not come from farms or stocks seized from their rightful owners.
[Transferred] (52567)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
574
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) reports and (b) complaints the Government has received about trophy videos posted on the internet showing private security contractors shooting Iraqi civilians; what investigations the Government has conducted into whether employees of a UK company were involved; whether anyone involved in the crime may be prosecuted in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (52374)
575
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the accuracy rate for mobile speed cameras; what independent checks are carried out to monitor accuracy; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (52081)
576
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for illegal tail docking of dogs in each of the last five years.
[Notice originally given for 16th February][Transferred] (52231)
577
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department has made available since March 2005 to (a) Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority, (b) Greater Peterborough Primary Care Partnership and (c) Peterborough and Stamford NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust to take account of the operation of HM Prison Peterborough.
[Transferred] (52522)
Questions to the Prime Minister
578
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
[Transferred] (52533)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
579
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of arms exports controls.
[Transferred] (52176)
580
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many students have been declared bankrupt in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (52602)

 
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