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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 16 February 2006

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 16 February 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 16 February 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 16 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 Thursday 16 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 16 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 119W, and 26th January 2006, Official Report, column 2260W, on Iraq and the Ministry of Defence press release of 28th September 2005, entitled 2005 UK Defence Statistics, if he will update the figures provided on 26th January 2006 to include the cost of combat operations; and if he will make a statement.
(51714)
2
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the most recent population figures provided by the Office for National Statistics for West Lancashire.
(52777)
3
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken was between a claimant of tax credits requesting that HM Revenue and Customs reconsider its decision to recover a tax credit overpayment and the suspension of the automatic recovery of that overpayment in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(52872)
4
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to encourage high street banks to share branches in rural areas.
(53280)
5
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on Government policy on the closure of branches of high street banks.
(53281)
6
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce legislation that would ban insurance firms from using predictive genetic test results to decide premiums; and if he will make a statement.
(53037)
7
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cigarettes were confiscated by HM Customs and Excise through the use of seizure information notices in Scotland in 2005.
(53019)
8
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many seizure information notices were issued by HM Customs and Excise in Scotland in 2005.
(53020)
9
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the UK share of assessed gains to be made through deregulation as set out in the European Commission's annual report on competitiveness.
(53221)
10
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the (a) complete and (b) unfinished studies held within his Department analysing costs and benefits of EU membership.
(53265)
11
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the projected (a) payments to and (b) receipts of payments from the EU of each EU member state for each year between 2007-08 and 2012-13.
(53266)
12
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of UK gold reserves has been sold off since May 1997; at what rate each such sale was conducted; and on what date.
(53276)
13
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent EU budgetary agreement on the Government's share of financing EU projects in the UK under the Fontainebleau terms.
(53288)
14
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been waiting for their national insurance contributions to be recorded on the computer system since 2003.
(52676)
15
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he was informed that national insurance contributions records were not up-to-date.
(52677)
16
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a deadline has been set for the Inland Revenue to have all records of national insurance contributions recorded up-to-date.
(52678)
17
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) average cost per litre and (b) average percentage of the total cost per litre was of taxation for (i) derv and (ii) red diesel in each of the past seven years.
(53294)
18
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent research he has assessed on Advance Market Commitments; and if he will make a statement.
(52658)
19
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the full year revenue consequences would be of charging all corporate profits at a single 20 per cent. rate.
(52750)
20
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue effects of the abolition of stamp duty on securities.
(52755)
21
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue loss which would result from allowing social entrepreneurs to reinvest without incurring a capital gains tax liability.
(52756)
22
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue loss from an (a) 50 per cent. and (b) 100 per cent. increase in the ceiling for small companies corporation tax.
(52757)
23
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue loss from the abolition of capital gains tax if all gains realised in under two years were taxed as income.
(52758)
24
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue loss from introducing a single 10 per cent. rate of capital gains tax on all gains.
(52759)
25
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of the abolition of the associated companies' rules for investment.
(52760)
26
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of allowing the costs of raising equity funds the same tax status as costs of debt raising.
(52761)
27
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue loss in a full year from allowing owner/managers the same tax advantages as outside investors in Enterprise Investment Scheme companies.
(52763)
28
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings (a) he has, (b) his Ministers have and (c) civil servants in his Department have had with the hon. Member in charge of the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill to discuss including a clause in that Bill to require his Department to consider fiscal and economic measures to promote microgeneration and energy efficiency.
(52649)
29
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on the implementation of the Allsop report on regional economic indices.
(52742)
30
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds, assuming no changes in behaviour, (a) including and (b) excluding changes to tax credits and benefits of increasing personal allowances in increments of £1,000 to twice their current level.
(52640)
31
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much foreign direct investment the UK has received in each year since 2002.
(52673)
32
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether special advisers in his Department receive an IT allowance.
(52674)
33
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many visits special advisers in his Department made in an official capacity (a) in the UK and (b) abroad since 2000; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(52675)
34
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) the proportion of diamonds sold in the UK in each of the last five years for which estimates are available which were smuggled and (b) the consequent cost to the economy of the UK in lost tax revenues.
(52887)
35
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52805)
36
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52821)
37
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52840)
38
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52869)
39
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) develop electronic channels, (b) rationalise back office functions, (c) improve procurement and (d) exploit the opportunities to achieve efficiencies generated by the creation of HM Revenue and Customs; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52931)
40
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52940)
41
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account is taken in the calculation of mid-year population estimates for Government statistical purposes of the arrival of temporary migrant workers (a) in the UK and (b) in each (i) nation and (ii) region of the UK.
(52472)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
42
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 recruitment processes were for the posts of the (a) Number 10 director of communications and (b) special adviser without executive powers and official spokesman; and if he will make a statement.
(52721)
43
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52898)
44
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52806)
45
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting Civil Service workforce reductions targets in the Central Office of Information.
(52807)
46
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what targets he has set for the Central Office of Information to achieve (a) efficiency savings and (b) Civil Service workforce reductions.
(52810)
47
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what total efficiency savings were achieved by the Central Office of Information in 2004-05; and whether these count towards current efficiency savings targets.
(52812)
48
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much of current efficiency savings targets for the Central Office for Information are to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52816)
49
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much of the agreed efficiency target for the Cabinet Office set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52820)
50
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in the Central Office of Information by April 2008.
(52838)
51
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in the Cabinet Office by April 2008, in order to meet the Cabinet Office's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52839)
52
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what total efficiency savings were achieved by the Cabinet Office in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for the Cabinet Office set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52870)
53
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on the Cabinet Office's targets to (a) rationalise back office functions by continuing work on a shared corporate human resources centre with HM Treasury and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, (b) review back office systems and costs, (c) implement reforms in financial management and information technology and (d) improve procurement; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52933)
54
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for the Cabinet Office and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for the Cabinet Office, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52941)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
55
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 491W, on trials (location), what estimate she has made of the cost of answering the Question; and if she will make a statement.
(53042)
56
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many appeals have been received by the Information Commissioner in each month since the coming into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and in each month how many have (a) been determined and allowed in whole, (b) been determined and allowed in part, (c) been determined and refused and (d) not yet been determined.
(52638)
57
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she has plans to extend the citizenship curriculum in schools.
(52650)
58
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what percentage of young people in Normanton were not on the electoral register in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005; and what steps her Department is taking to increase the proportion registered.
(52651)
59
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, why there has been a delay in the publication of advice on (a) the 100 year census closure policy and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and (b) the Bird's Custard case; and if she will make a statement.
(52775)
60
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she plans to change the statutory officer status of the officers within the coroner's system to allow them access to an employment tribunal should they be unfairly dismissed.
(52738)
61
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the planned consultation document on prisoners' voting rights will cover the position of mental health patients detained under the criminal justice system.
(53245)
62
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the rationale is for allowing those patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 who are eligible to vote under the Representation of the People Act 2000 to vote by post or proxy but not in person at a polling station.
(53246)
63
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the Review.
(52795)
64
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much of the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52830)
65
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in her Department by April 2008, in order to meet her Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52849)
66
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what total efficiency savings were achieved by her Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52860)
67
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what interim targets she has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for her Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for her Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52906)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
68
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what areas of Northern Ireland are unable to receive Freeview.
(52513)
69
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people over 75 years in West Lancashire are in receipt of free television licences; and what percentage of viewing households this figure represents.
(52778)
70
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average annual (a) number and (b) value of National Lottery grants awarded to recipients in West Lancashire was between (i) the establishment of the Lottery and 2000 and (ii) 2001 and 2005.
(52779)
71
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with Abbeygate Developments about the possibility of building a casino in Milton Keynes.
(53178)
72
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, under what authority the Department issues rules for flying the Union Flag on Government buildings; why such displays are limited to 18 days a year; and if she will make a statement.
(52304)
73
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether any (a) employee of her Department, (b) person engaged by her Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to her Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if she will make a statement.
(52904)
74
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people from (a) her Department, (b) UK Sport, (c) Sport England and (d) the English Institute of Sport (i) have attended and (ii) are planning to attend the Turin Winter Olympics for (A) all and (B) part of the Games.
(52628)
75
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people from (a) her Department, (b) UK Sport, (c) Sport England and (d) the English Institute of Sport will attend all or part of the Commonwealth Games.
(52629)
76
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the BBC on alternatives to the licence fee.
(52736)
77
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which 50 organisations received the most money from the National Lottery in each of the past seven years.
(52739)
78
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects KPMG will report on the latest cost of the Olympic Games.
(52740)
79
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken in order to ensure the building of facilities for the London Olympics will have minimal impact on local wildlife.
(53163)
80
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the Review.
(52801)
81
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52825)
82
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents in her Department by April 2008, in order to meet her Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52844)
83
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what total efficiency savings were achieved by her Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52865)
84
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what interim targets she has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for her Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for her Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52911)
85
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the efficiency gains intended to be achieved through working with (a) her Department's sponsored bodies, (b) local authorities, (c) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and (d) the Improvement and Development Agency; what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on achieving these gains; what progress has been made towards these gains to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved from these gains are to date.
(52919)
86
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on her Department's targets to (a) cut her Department's administration costs, (b) rationalise back office functions, (c) rationalise accommodation of sponsored bodies, (d) share specialist services and (e) facilitate annual efficiency gains within local government expenditure on culture and leisure services; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52926)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
87
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the number of merchant (a) ships and (b) seafarers available to provide strategic support at times of national emergency.
(51299)
88
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) names and (b) flags of merchant shipping chartered or used by his Department in each year since 2000.
(51300)
89
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the SA80 2 assault rifle in comparison with the AK47.
(53031)
90
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which company manufactured the 4,000 sets of residual vapour detectors used in Operation Telic.
(52436)
91
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Apache Bowman Connectivity will be implemented for the deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
(52305)
92
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF service personnel medically assessed at grade (a) P2(A1), (b) P2(A2), (c) P2 or below (A3), (d) P2 or below (A4), (e) P3 or below (A5), (f) P8 (A5), (g) P2(G1), (h) P2(G2), (j) P3 or below (G3), (k) P7(G4), (l) P8(G5), (m) P2(Z1), (n) P3(Z2), (o) P3(Z3), (p) P3(Z4) and P7(Z5) are deployed in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan.
(52747)
93
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army service personnel medically assessed at grade (a) P2(FE), (b) P3(LE), (c) P3(PP), (d) P7(CPND), (e) P7(HO), (f) P7(HONNI) and (g) P7(HO(UK)NNI) are deployed in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan.
(52748)
94
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force make of the mental health of personnel prior to deployment; and how such assessments are made.
(52766)
95
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of potential conflicts of interest arising from the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office's (UKHO) acquisition of SevenCs, with regard to (a) the market share accruing to UKHO as a result of the acquisition and (b) the impact of the UKHO's commercial distribution of marine data products on its statutory role in safeguarding life at sea.
(53043)
96
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the(a) licensing and (b) distribution of United Kingdom Hydrographic Office products.
(53044)
97
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the price of United Kingdom Hydrographic Office products is (a) determined and (b) regulated.
(53045)
98
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance his Department has given the UK Hydrographic Office regarding the commercial and competitive impact of the purchase of SevenCs on competition in the marine data sector.
(53046)
99
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy regarding competition between the UK Hydrographic Office and companies it licenses to distribute its marine data.
(53047)
100
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1st Feburary 2006, Official Report, column 514W, on SevenCs, what assessment was made of the digital navigation product market prior to the acquisition of SevenCs by the UK Hydrographic Office.
(53117)
101
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 514W, on SevenCs, how the UK Hydrographic Office's acquisition of SevenCs will safeguard an open system which does not tie end-users to a particular brand of data.
(53251)
102
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 514W, on SevenCs, what assessment he has made of the UK Hydrographic Office's responsibilities under the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea to safeguard an open system.
(53252)
103
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 514W, on SevenCs, if he will make a statement on the relationship between the UK Hydrographic Office's obligations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and its responsibility to ensure an open system.
(53253)
104
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 514W, on SevenCs, what is his assessment of what the barriers to an open market in the digital navigational industry were prior to the acquisition of SevenCs by the UK Hydrographic Office.
(53254)
105
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 513W, on SevenCs, what assessment (a) was made of the barriers to an invigorated market in the development of digital navigation products prior to the acquisition of SevenCs by the UKHO and (b) has been made of the effect of the acquisition of SevenCs on the development of digital navigation products; and if he will make a statement.
(53278)
106
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK citizens under 45 years of age have undertaken basic military training.
(53268)
107
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the revisions to Battlefield First Aid training since May 1997; what the cost of such revisions have been; how many (a) reservist and (b) regular personnel defaulted on qualifications due to failure to re-qualify in time; what proportion of these required complete retraining; and if he will make a statement.
(53282)
108
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list projects taken forward as a consequence of the July 2000 Defence Treaty.
(53289)
109
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 2342W, on Iraq/Afghanistan, if he will keep the families of the dead soldiers informed of proceedings.
(53078)
110
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 2342W, on Iraq/Afghanistan, when arrests will take place; which Iraqi police divisions will carry out the arrests; and whether British troops will be involved.
(53079)
111
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 2342W, on Iraq/Afghanistan, what recent discussions he has had with the central criminal court of Iraq on the incident at Al Majarr Al Kabir on 24th June 2003; who the members are of the central criminal court of Iraq investigating the incident; and which UK personnel will co-ordinate arrests.
(53080)
112
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, from what source triaminotrinitrobenzene will be obtained following the planned closure of the Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgwater.
(51582)
113
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what sales of military explosive from the Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgwater have been made to the United States in each of the last five years; and what representations have been made to his Department by the United States concerning the future of the factory.
(51583)
114
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the United States on United Kingdom participation in the US Navy's life-extension plan for Trident missiles.
(51584)
115
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the recent Matrix Chambers legal opinion that replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent breaches Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
(51585)
116
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February to Question 48892 on the Joint Casualty Treatment Ship, whether the possibility of not replacing RFA Argus has been ruled out.
(51586)
117
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52889)
118
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army there are in Northern Ireland.
(53262)
119
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many vacancies there are in the Territorial Army in Northern Ireland.
(53263)
120
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52798)
121
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52828)
122
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52847)
123
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52862)
124
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52908)
125
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) generate annual efficiency gains in logistics and procurement by modernising business processes, (b) generate annual savings in its back office through rationalisation and information-enabled business change, (c) make better use of its assets and manpower to meet security threats, (d) improve the defence information infrastructure, (e) improve the Defence estate, (f) improve the management of the fleet of military vehicles and (g) improve the healthcare of service personnel; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52924)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
126
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many firefighters in (a) West Lancashire and (b) England retired on the grounds of ill-health in each of the last five years.
(52780)
127
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when best practice guidance on managing homelessness will be produced by his Department.
(53072)
128
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to abolish multi-member wards in local government.
(52789)
129
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when new plans for local government organisation will be published.
(52790)
130
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings that the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for local government has had with local authority (a) officials and (b) representatives concerning local government restructuring in the last 12 months.
(52884)
131
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions his Department has had with Abbeygate Developments about the possibility of building a casino in Milton Keynes.
(53177)
132
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) land and (b) property his Department owns in the North East Milton Keynes constituency.
(53181)
133
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the stadium facility to be built at Elfield Park is expected to be used in conjunction with the Milton Keynes Bowl facility.
(53273)
134
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how long a lease has been awarded to Gaming International Ltd by English Partnerships for the use of the Milton Keynes Bowl; and what conditions have been attached to the development agreement for the development of the Milton Keynes Bowl.
(53274)
135
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52897)
136
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings that (a) he and (b) civil servants in his Department have had with local authority (i) officials and (ii) representatives concerning local government restructuring in the last 12 months.
(53232)
137
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of whether the impending closure of Seaton Pool in Plymouth is in keeping with government policies on health and obesity.
(53218)
138
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the oral Answer of 1st February 2006, Official Report, column 302, on inner-city regeneration projects, what steps he has taken since 1st February 2006 to review spending decisions by Plymouth Council to assess whether they are fair.
(53220)
139
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact on staffing levels in (a) public sector and (b) private sector building control bodies of the technical requirements of the building regulations due to come into effect on 6th April 2006.
(53167)
140
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Office set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Office set out in the Review.
(52794)
141
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Office set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52833)
142
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what is the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52851)
143
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Office in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Office set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52858)
144
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) improve social housing procurement methods, (b) realise efficiencies in the Registered Social Landlord sector on capital works, management and maintenance and commodities, (c) deliver efficiency gains in regional development agencies and (d) continue the modernisation of the Fire and Rescue Service; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52922)
145
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to achieve a total reduction of (a) 400 posts and (b) at least 250 headquarters and Government Office civil service posts; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52936)
146
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52945)
147
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many orders have been made by local councils in (a) England, (b) Wiltshire and (c) Swindon constituency to remove hedges under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.
(52682)
148
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of planning applications were (a) refused, (b) appealed and (c) granted an appeal in each local authority in each of the last five years.
(52667)
149
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the costs to each local authority were as a consequence of refusing planning applications that were subsequently granted on appeal in each of the last five years.
(52668)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
150
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received regarding levels of remuneration for university teaching staff.
(52653)
151
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance is given to schools regarding children who stammer; and what assessment she has made of services provided to help dysfluent children in schools.
(52754)
152
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what investigations are planned to be undertaken into the assertion by Ms Sarah Forsyth, formerly a teacher at Eton, that she helped with cheating for pupil qualification; and if she will make a statement.
(53231)
153
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in West Lancashire were in special measures in each of the last five years; and how many of them have come out of special measures in each year.
(52781)
154
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places have (a) opened and (b) closed in West Lancashire since 2003.
(52782)
155
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in West Lancashire constituency have received the education maintenance allowance.
(52783)
156
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on education provision for traveller children in West Lancashire.
(52784)
157
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the ratio of children to computers was at each primary school in (a) Kingston and Surbiton, (b) London and (c) England in each of the past 10 years.
(53006)
158
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of adult further education 19 plus students in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 were (i) full-time and (ii) part-time.
(53039)
159
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of adult further education 19 plus students were (a) employed, (b) self-employed, (c) unemployed and (d) economically inactive in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06.
(53040)
160
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the legal basis is for the collection and retention of biometric information of school children by schools without parental consent.
(52960)
161
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what requirement there is for informed parental consent to be given before biometrics are taken as part of a school's electronic (a) registration, (b) canteen and (c) library system.
(52961)
162
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 (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools which record biometric data on their pupils.
(52962)
163
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance her Department issues to schools on the recording of biometric information in schools in England.
(52963)
164
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the use of biometric (a) registration, (b) canteen and (c) library systems in English schools.
(52964)
165
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will issue guidelines to forbid the recording of biometric information of schools without parental consent.
(52966)
166
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the timetable (a) the double award science GCSE and (b) the new science GCSE and additional science GCSE are expected to take up.
(53160)
167
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures (a) New Brompton College in Medway, (b) South Leeds High School, (c) Hornby High School in Lancashire, (d) the Myrtle Springs School in Sheffield, (e) the Bishop of Westminster Comprehensive School in Bournemouth and (f) Drayton School in Oxfordshire is taking to raise standards; and if she will make a statement.
(53267)
168
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many national and regional training sessions, seminars and conferences were held with social care, education and healthcare providers in connection with the Integration of Children's Services during 2005; which Government representatives attended these events; and what the cost of each event was.
(52433)
169
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the estimated costs are to (a) her Department and (b) Government agencies of the establishment of each children's trust, broken down by (i) pathfinder trusts and (ii) non-pathfinder trusts.
(52434)
170
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people who began SureStart courses completed them in each year for which figures are available.
(52435)
171
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what correspondence she has had with Investors in People (IiP) UK Ltd on the (a) granting and (b) re-accreditation of IiP status for her Department.
(53101)
172
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what was the cost to her Department of the climate change levy in 2004-05.
(53102)
173
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what is the total pensions liability of her Department.
(53103)
174
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent estimate she has made of the annual amount of student debt that is written off.
(53104)
175
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was provided by her Department to EU students through student loans in 2004-05.
(53118)
176
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the accountable stores lost as referred to on page 62 of her Department's resource accounts.
(53119)
177
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the publications identified as pulped in quantity on page 62 of her Department's resource accounts; how many of each publication were pulped; what was the face value of each pulped publication; and what the cost was of disposal.
(53120)
178
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what was the cost of developing the human resource strategy Delivering Through People; which consultancies were involved; what projects have followed; and if she will make a statement.
(53121)
179
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of the Teachers' Loans budget has been written off.
(53122)
180
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total pensions liability is of the state education sector.
(53123)
181
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations she has received relating to the specialist school achievement, Immersion Programme.
(53124)
182
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list external courses to which section 8.14 of her Department's Resource Accounts 2004-05 refers.
(53157)
183
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the non-governmental organisations financially supported by her Department in the 2005-06 financial year.
(53159)
184
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on upskilling staff through the Learning Academy; how many staff have been upskilled; what proportion of these are (a) cleaners and (b) other non-front-line personnel; and how much is allocated to upskilling in 2005-06.
(53161)
185
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will set out the changes in staffing (a) levels and (b) patterns made in response to the Gershon Review's conclusions.
(53162)
186
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much additional funding will be made available under the Wider Opportunities pilots in 2006-07.
(53164)
187
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the planned allocation of resources from the Geography Development Fund in 2006-07.
(53168)
188
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the planned allocation of funding committed to the teaching of modern languages in schools; and on what basis such resources will be distributed between local education authorities and languages taught.
(53172)
189
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding was provided to support newly arrived immigrant children in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will take steps to increase such funding.
(52660)
190
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding was available for special educational needs in primary schools in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will take steps to increase such funding.
(52661)
191
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will take steps to reduce the rate at which changes to the administrative procedures undertaken by headteachers of primary schools are introduced.
(52662)
192
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have been taken into care in each year since 1976; how many forced adoptions have occurred in each year; how many children have been killed by their carers in each year; and what the budget for child protection was in each year.
(52664)
193
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will take steps to ensure that facilities for physical education and sport at Southfield School, Kettering enable the school to make provision for all pupils to participate in two hours of high quality physical education and sport each week.
(52431)
194
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the participation rate of each age group in (a) higher education and (b) first degree courses in (i) Milton Keynes and (ii) England was in each year since 1997.
(53182)
195
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school playing fields in Manchester have been sold since 1997.
(52712)
196
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average financial position of (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools was in each local education authority at the latest available date.
(52246)
197
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether any (a) employee of her Department, (b) person engaged by her Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to her Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if she will make a statement.
(52892)
198
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of schoolchildren meet the Government's target of two hours physical education each week in schools; how many of those schools are in a school sport partnership; and how many schools responded to the school sport partnership survey.
(52626)
199
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has undertaken into the effects that extending parent choice in secondary schools would have on pupil distribution.
(52437)
200
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in (a) each region of England and (b) each local education authority in the Yorkshire and Humber Region are registered as having special educational needs; and what percentage each figure represents of the total school population in the area.
(52786)
201
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to encourage local authorities to provide hot school dinners.
(52735)
202
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff in her Department are paid on a performance-related basis.
(50516)
203
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff are employed in the Bichard Implementation Project Division.
(53048)
204
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the consultancy firms involved in the Bichard Implementation Project Division; what the cost is of those consultants; how many of them there are; what the (a) professional background and (b) expertise of each consultant is; and how many have experience in (i) child protection and (ii) police investigations.
(53049)
205
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been allocated per student to universities in each year since 1997.
(52669)
206
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans her Department has to fund key skills education in universities.
(52670)
207
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether special advisers in her Department receive an IT allowance.
(52671)
208
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many overseas visits special advisers in her Department made in an official capacity since January 2004; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(52672)
209
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the Review.
(52791)
210
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52836)
211
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the target level of employment, expressed as full-time equivalents, is in her Department by April 2008 in order to meet her Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52854)
212
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what total efficiency savings were achieved by her Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52855)
213
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on her Department's targets to (a) enable frontline professionals in schools, colleges and higher education institutions to use their time more productively through (i) workforce reform, (ii) investment in ICT and (iii) reducing administrative burdens, (b) improve procurement of goods, services and new buildings, (c) streamline the delivery system through improvements in policy, funding and regulation, (d) free up resources from the cost of (A) her Department, (B) her Department's non-departmental public bodies and (C) the Office for Standards in Education by reducing overlaps, simplifying systems, better procurement and rationalisation of back office functions and (e) pursue additional efficiency gains, including improvements in school-level financial management; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52920)
214
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on her Department's targets to reduce the total number of (a) civil service posts by 1,460 in her Department and (b) posts in the Office for Standards in Education by 300; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52934)
215
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what interim targets she has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for her Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for her Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52942)
216
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students have participated in the Wider Opportunities Music Programme; and what plans are in place to enable students to continue music tuition.
(53295)
217
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcomes were of the recent departmental Survey of Local Authority Music Services with regard to delivering the objectives of the Music Manifesto.
(53297)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
218
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the merits of banning incandescent light bulbs on grounds of their relative inefficiency.
(51766)
219
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff were employed in her Department's tuberculosis field teams in each of the last three years; and how many she expects to be so employed by the end of 2006.
(53014)
220
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role she plans for her Department's tuberculosis field teams in any future badger cull arising from the current consultation; and if she will make a statement.
(53015)
221
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what occasions in the last 30 years the livestock industry has been required to pay for the compulsory testing of animals under the Notifiable Diseases Orders; and if she will make a statement.
(53016)
222
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the legal basis is for requiring the costs of compulsory notifiable disease testing to be met by the owners of livestock not intended for export; and if she will make a statement.
(53017)
223
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of bovine tuberculosis in UK cattle in the last 10 years were attributed to infection from cattle originating from Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(53018)
224
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare will reply to letters on the matter of cetacean bycatch in fisheries received from (a) the Bycatch Working Group of Wildlife and Countryside Link dated 11th July 2005 and 18th November 2005 and (b) the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society dated 4th March 2005 and 28th October 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(52636)
225
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1350W, on climate change, if she will list the other Government Departments with whom her Department has been working closely.
(52637)
226
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households have received funding from the Warm Front scheme since 2000.
(53222)
227
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households which have received funding from the Warm Front scheme since 2000 were classed as fuel poor.
(53223)
228
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what average reductions in energy bills there have been in households which have received funding from Warm Front.
(53224)
229
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes assessed under Warm Front received a benefits entitlement assessment in each year since 2000; and how many followed up their check and claimed benefits.
(53225)
230
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Warm Front scheme with reference to recent energy price rises; and if she will make a statement.
(53226)
231
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government is on course to meet its fuel poverty commitments in 2010; and if she will make a statement.
(53227)
232
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many electric shock collars have been sold in the UK over the last five years.
(53228)
233
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the risk of avian influenza being spread by gamebirds raised for commercial shooting; and whether gamebirds will be registered on the Great Britain Poultry Register.
(53041)
234
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the (a) financial viability, (b) overall environmental impact and (c) past performance of each technological solution which her Department has assessed as an acceptable waste disposal alternative to landfill.
(52905)
235
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that other EU member states are planning to implement EU Council Directive 1999/74 prohibiting conventional battery cages by 2012.
(52773)
236
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to monitor flocks of under 50 birds not included in the Great Britain Poultry Register for signs of avian influenza.
(52958)
237
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether representatives of her Department attended the rare breeds auction at Salisbury livestock market on 11th February.
(52648)
238
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether any (a) employee of her Department, (b) person engaged by her Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to her Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if she will make a statement.
(52895)
239
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on charter boats in the South West of her proposal to increase the minimum length of bass that can be landed.
(52333)
240
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account was taken by her Department of the cost of replacing an animal with another of similar quality when setting the compensation level for cattle slaughtered under tuberculosis control measures before 1st February 2006.
(52509)
241
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will reassess the compensation provided for a cow slaughtered under tuberculosis control measures following the introduction of the new system on 1st February; what mechanism is open to the owner of a cow slaughtered under tuberculosis control measures to appeal against the compensation value assigned to the animal by a valuer appointed by her Department before 1st February; and if she will make a statement.
(52512)
242
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what weight (a) is given and (b) was given before 1st February, when considering the compensation value of a cow slaughtered under tuberculosis control measures, to the fact the animal is or was (i) from a closed organic herd and (ii) six months in calf to a pedigree South Devon Bull.
(52641)
243
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many responses the Government received to the consultation document A Draft Code of Practice on Odour Nuisance from Sewage Treatment Works.
(53174)
244
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the Review.
(52802)
245
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52824)
246
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in her Department by April 2008, in order to meet her Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52843)
247
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what total efficiency savings were achieved by her Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52866)
248
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what interim targets she has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for her Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for her Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52912)
249
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on her Department's targets to (a) deliver step-change improvements to the way Common Agricultural Policy schemes are administered, (b) rationalise delivery programmes, (c) implement the Modernising Rural Delivery Plan, (d) implement the England Rural Development ICT Programme, (e) implement the EA Efficiency Programme, (f) generate efficiencies in flood defence provision in the Environment Agency, (g) place a greater emphasis on the provision of online services in the Environment Agency, (h) make back-office improvements at the Environment Agency, (i) streamline policy-making, (j) rationalise back office functions in her Department, (k) improve procurement and (l) work with local authorities to deliver efficiency gains on waste services; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52928)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
250
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs concerning the introduction by Israel of additional movement restrictions on Palestinians in the Jordan Valley; and what representations he is making to the government of Israel on the subject.
(52710)
251
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what deals to supply armaments to authorities in Iraq since March 2003 the Government has received reports of; whether any of the (a) dealers and (b) brokers involved (i) are from the UK and (ii) have UK connections; and if he will make a statement.
(53290)
252
N
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Answer of 8th February 2006, Official Report, column 873, what `the rules of the international community' the Government considers to have been broken by the government of Venezuela; and if he will make a statement.
(51713)
253
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has for the implementation of the recommendations of the October 2005 report, Joint Findings on lessons to be learned from the handling of the response to the Indian Ocean.
(52967)
254
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the operation of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(52776)
255
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in what circumstances personnel in his Department receive funding for the private education of family members; and how many have received such funding in the last 12 months.
(53158)
256
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) mechanisms have been put in place and (b) activities are taking place in relation to the period of reflection on the European Constitution called for by the Prime Minister on 30th May 2005; what initiatives are aimed at engaging the public; and what consultation has taken place.
(53269)
257
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards Canadian sovereignty in Arctic waters.
(53277)
258
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings he has had with (a) Pakistan and (b) India on promoting the self-determination of the people of Kashmir; and if he will make a statement.
(52871)
259
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in Pakistan.
(53114)
260
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52891)
261
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) transcript and (b) any other note taken of the press conference held by Her Majesty's Ambassador in Baghdad on 7th February.
(52511)
262
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff were employed in his private office in each year since 1997.
(53155)
263
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage free and fair presidential elections in Belarus on 19th March 2006.
(53219)
264
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Pakistan concerning the treatment of Christian Pakistanis.
(53229)
265
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received concerning the treatment of Christians living in (a) India and (b) Pakistan.
(53247)
266
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of India on the treatment of Christian Indians.
(53250)
267
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the mining of and trade in conflict diamonds on West African economies; and if he will make a statement.
(53166)
268
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52799)
269
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52827)
270
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52846)
271
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52863)
272
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52909)
273
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) rationalise back office functions, (b) reduce the overall paybill, (c) increase productivity through delivering improved ICT, (d) improve the efficiency of procurement practices, (e) rationalise back office functions, change procurement practices and reduce the overseas estate of the British Council and (f) rationalise back office functions and change procurement practices of the BBC World Service; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52925)
274
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will answer Question 42498 tabled by the hon. Member for Lancaster and Wyre on 11th January, on QinetiQ.
(53283)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
275
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of children leaving care in Wakefield district and Normanton constituency in 2005 were registered at the point they left care with (a) a doctor, (b) a dentist and (c) an optician in each of the last five years.
(52719)
276
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31st October 2005, Official Report, column 851W, on physiotherapy, whether she has made an assessment of the implications of the action plan for physiotherapy graduates.
(52630)
277
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th October 2005, Official Report, column 630W, on physiotherapy, how often the NHS Workforce Review Team has met to discuss implementation of the action plan for physiotherapy graduates.
(52631)
278
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many physiotherapy vacancies there are in each NHS trust area.
(52632)
279
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospital trusts have reported losing diagnostic equipment worth at least £10,000 from thefts in the last 12 months.
(52633)
280
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice the NHS Security Management Service has issued to NHS hospital trusts in the last 12 months on how to protect drugs and equipment from organised criminals.
(52634)
281
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the provision of NHS services for children who stammer; and what plans she has to provide further services to deal with dysfluency.
(52751)
282
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is given to health visitors concerning the detection and treatment of dysfluency in young children.
(52752)
283
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS speech therapists are employed in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) NHS trust.
(52753)
284
N
Mary Creagh (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will extend the scheme of offering free chlamydia kits at chemists in London to other areas of the country.
(52432)
285
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses per 100 beds there have been in each hospital in South West London in each year since 1997.
(53010)
286
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans her Department has to increase the recruitment of (a) doctors and (b) nurses.
(53011)
287
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has commissioned on the (a) recognition and (b) referral mechanism for eating disorders by (i) general practitioners and (ii) other health professionals.
(53012)
288
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the regulation of chiropractic, with particular reference to the proposals of the General Chiropractic Council to withdraw accreditation from the McTimoney Chiropractic course at the University of Wales.
(53085)
289
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what facilities are available for the carrying out of post mortem examinations upon still born viable babies from the Ashford, Kent and Canterbury and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (Margate) Hospital maternity units.
(52329)
290
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she collects on the length of time waited before carrying out of post mortem examinations upon viable babies still born in the Ashford, Kent and Canterbury and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (Margate) Hospital maternity units.
(52330)
291
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library before the February Adjournment a copy of the Foster Review of Regulatory Bodies.
(52331)
292
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the work of the General Osteopathic Council.
(52332)
293
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of research undertaken jointly by the Human Genetics Committee and the Genetics and Insurance Committee on the use of genetic information by the insurance industry.
(52764)
294
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the temporary ban, voluntarily agreed between the Government and the Association of British Insurers on insurers requesting the results of predictive genetic tests on breast cancer genes.
(53038)
295
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospices in England receive funding from the National Health Service.
(53034)
296
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the NHS has to publicise and raise awareness of Lupus in 2006.
(53036)
297
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on securing ongoing Government funding for (a) National Talking Newspapers and Magazines and (b) other health-related charities previously supported by the National Lottery.
(52774)
298
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated (a) in total and (b) per capita for health spending in (i) Gloucestershire, (ii) West Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust, (iii) Gloucestershire Hospitals Acute Trust and (iv) Gloucestershire Ambulance Trust in (A) 2005-06 and (B) 2006-07.
(52749)
299
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated (a) in total and (b) per capita for health spending in (i) England, (ii) each county in England and (iii) each constituency in England for the years (A) 2005-06 and (B) 2006-07.
(52765)
300
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role is of the NHS Direct helpline; what assessment she has made of its effectiveness; and if she will make a statement.
(52767)
301
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her assessment is of the reasons for the trend in demand for ambulance services; and if she will make a statement.
(53030)
302
N
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much purchaser protection adjustment she expects to be lost to each primary care trust in each of the next three years.
(52439)
303
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will collect information at constituency level on the average waiting time to become a patient of an NHS dentist.
(52785)
304
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of cervical smear test results were completed within six weeks in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust area in the last period for which figures are available.
(52873)
305
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 723W, on MRSA, what her Department's policy is on maintaining current records on reported cases of MRSA; how frequently that data is updated; and if she will make a statement.
(52241)
306
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners are practising in Essex; what the ratio of GPs to patients is in (a) Essex and (b) England; and what the equivalent ratios were for each of the last five years.
(52242)
307
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which categories of NHS premises are authorised to conduct terminations of pregnancies; what plans she has to increase the number of authorised premises; and what plans she has for NHS community clinics to be authorised to conduct terminations of pregnancies.
(52243)
308
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the end-of-year financial status was of each primary care trust (PCT) in Essex and Suffolk in each of the last five years; and how many (a) operations and (b) outpatient appointments were cancelled for financial reasons in each PCT in each such year.
(52244)
309
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much central Government funding was received by (a) Tendring and (b) Colchester primary care trusts in each of the last five years; and what average amount was received by primary care trusts in England for each of those years.
(52245)
310
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will reverse the decision to stop the tuberculosis inoculation programme for children in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.
(52646)
311
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidences of alcohol-related illness there have been in the Thames Valley Health Authority in each year since 1997.
(53179)
312
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances have been available to the Two Shires Ambulance Trust in each year since 1997.
(53180)
313
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th November 2005, Official Report, column 1179W on waiting lists/times, what the framework of milestones is which has been agreed with strategic health authorities and against which progress towards the 18 week waiting time target will be measured.
(52953)
314
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Written Statement of 1st December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS finance, what the forecast year end financial position was at month six of each strategic health authority area in total, inclusive of all constituent trusts.
(52954)
315
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February 2006, Official Report, column 1317W, on NHS Finance, which organisations her Department has had cause to remind that payments of pay-as-you-earn and national insurance contributions should be made when they are due, or on the date agreed with the Inland Revenue, in the 2005-06 financial year; when these organisations were reminded of her Department's policy in each case; which organisations her Department has had to remind of her Department's policy more than once in the 2005-06 financial year; and if she will make a statement.
(52955)
316
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February 2006, Official Report, column 1308W, on the Departmental Performance Support Team, what expenditure on the performance support team has been in each year since it was established.
(52956)
317
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1487W, on NHS Sites (Crimes), what information her Department holds on the number of crimes committed on NHS sites.
(52957)
318
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she intends to begin the review of how future increases in dental funding should be distributed; who will conduct the review; when she expects the review to complete its work; and if she will make a statement.
(53081)
319
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total (a) gross and (b) net expenditure on (i) personal and (ii) general dental services has been in each year since 1997-98 expressed in (A) real and (B) nominal terms.
(53083)
320
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had regarding the inclusion of hospice care within the payment by results system; when these discussions took place; what the content of these discussions was; and if she will make a statement.
(53084)
321
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her statement of 15th November 2005, Official Report, column 843, on NHS finance, what evidence was used to support her statement that the Government is undertaking the largest hospital building programme in the history of the NHS.
(53086)
322
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16th January 2006, Official Report, column 1064W, to the hon. Member for Worthing West, on hearing services, how regularly she intends to publish the monthly commissioner-based data for waiting times and activity for pure tone audiometry; and if she will make a statement.
(52965)
323
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence may recommend restricting to clinical trials the use of licensed and approved drugs that have successfully completed the clinical trial process.
(53099)
324
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis in the last three years had access to an early intervention team.
(53100)
325
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the business case for the outsourcing of (a) the NHS Pensions Agency, (b) the NHS Logistics Authority, (c) the Dental Practice Board and (d) the Prescription Pricing Authority; and what alternatives were considered in each case.
(51855)
326
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assesment she has made of the effect on costs of the outsourcing of (a) the NHS Pensions Agency, (b) the NHS Logistics Authority, (c) the Dental Practice Board and (d) the Prescription Pricing Authority.
(51856)
327
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of (a) the creation of the new Business Services Authority and (b) the administration of the outsourcing.
(51857)
328
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the contract for provision of services supplied by the NHS Pensions Agency is not going out to competitive tender.
(51858)
329
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trusts in England have introduced the pay package Agenda for Change.
(53234)
330
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trusts that have not yet implemented Agenda for Change plan to do so; and whether there are plans to backdate the payments in such trusts.
(53235)
331
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of (a) the appropriateness of the system of weighting of the primary care trust recurrent allocation per head of population and (b) the difference between the highest and lowest weighted allocations per head of population; and if she will make a statement.
(52683)
332
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why her Department does not allow contractors bidding for the sterile service supercentres to consult directly with the trusts they wish to supply.
[R] (53184)
333
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish findings from the Pathfinder for Sterile Services.
[R] (53185)
334
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any (a) employee of her Department, (b) person engaged by her Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to her Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if she will make a statement.
(52899)
335
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her most recent estimate is of the number and percentage of children estimated to be obese.
(52627)
336
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responses she has received to her Department's consultation document on the provision of Stoma and other appliances; and if she will make a statement.
(52635)
337
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost to date has been of the turnaround team overseeing the deficit reduction in Bedfordshire Heartlands Primary Care Trust (PCT); and what the total estimated cost is of the turnaround team's work at the PCT.
(52741)
338
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the priority her Department gives to improving access to sexual health services.
(53176)
339
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines her Department issues relating to laser eye surgery.
(53133)
340
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of laser eye surgery have resulted in complications in England in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of the total this represents.
(53134)
341
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 726W, on Worcestershire Royal Hospital, when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a letter from the West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority.
(52430)
342
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff in her Department are paid on a performance-related basis.
(50517)
343
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what target her Department sets for the maximum time to respond to letters from hon. Members; what proportion of responses met that target in the last period for which figures are available; and what the average time taken was to respond to a letter from hon. Members in that period.
(52692)
344
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans her Department has to correspond electronically with (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public.
(52693)
345
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has commissioned follow-up work to the Stewart Report on the health effects of mobile telephone masts.
(52694)
346
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on Government policy on the health effects of 3G base stations.
(52695)
347
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) men and (b) women her Department estimates to be overweight, broken down by ethnic group.
(52700)
348
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what definition of obesity her Department uses.
(52701)
349
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the main health concerns related to obesity.
(52702)
350
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken to meet the government targets to reduce levels of obesity in England.
(52703)
351
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what have been the findings from research commissioned by her Department on the extent to which morbid obesity runs in families.
(52704)
352
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the Review.
(52792)
353
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52835)
354
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in her Department by April 2008, in order to meet her Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52853)
355
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total efficiency savings were achieved by her Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52856)
356
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on her Department's targets to (a) make better use of (i) staff time and (ii) NHS buying power, (b) ensure NHS organisations can share and rationalise back office services and (c) improve commissioning of social care; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52921)
357
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on her Department's targets to reduce (a) the total number of civil service posts by 720 and (b) the staffing of arms-length bodies by at least 5,000; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52935)
358
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what interim targets she has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for her Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for her Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52943)
359
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Choose and Book referral system will be available to all general practitioners.
(53236)
360
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of pregnant women who were unable to access free antenatal classes in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust area.
(53249)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
361
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1094W, if he will place in the Library a list of the cases where (a) convictions have been found to be unsafe and (b) sentences have been found to be unfair.
(53087)
362
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has for the UK ancestry provision that allows Commonwealth citizens who can prove that one of their grandparents was born in the UK and Islands to apply to come to the UK to live and work without the need for a work permit.
(52885)
363
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the resources that will be required for the end-to-end supervision of offenders under the National Offender Management Service arrangements.
(52874)
364
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were the subject of supervison orders under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and previous legislation in each of the four designated tiers on the latest date for which figures are available.
(52875)
365
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were on the Sex Offender Register on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of those are on the register for life.
(52876)
366
Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were covered by multi-agency public protection arrangements under each of the three levels on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by probation area.
(52877)
367
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the levels of re-offending by young offenders were in each year between 2001-02 and 2005-06.
(53008)
368
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department has taken to ensure that off-licences and supermarkets do not sell alcohol to underage drinkers.
(53009)
369
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether external cultural diversity training is given to recruits to MI5 in Northern Ireland.
(53204)
370
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place for monitoring membership of (a) loyal orders and (b) the Freemasons of members of MI5 in Northern Ireland.
(53206)
371
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the names are of the senior management of MI5 in Northern Ireland of grade equivalent to the Northern Ireland Senior Civil Service.
(53207)
372
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been externally recruited to MI5 in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken down by community background.
(53210)
373
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether an audit has been conducted in the last five years of whether there is a neutral working environment in M15 in Northern Ireland.
(53212)
374
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent independent reviews there have been of intelligence gathering in M15 in Northern Ireland.
(53214)
375
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether 50/50 recruitment is applied by M15 in Northern Ireland in respect of recruitment in Northern Ireland.
(53215)
376
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will break down the MI5 workforce in Northern Ireland by religious composition.
(53257)
377
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many former officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary work in MI5 in Northern Ireland.
(53258)
378
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget was for MI5 in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what projections there are for its budget in each of the next five years.
(53260)
379
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recommendations of the Chilcott Report affected MI5 in Northern Ireland; and what progress has been made with the implementation of each.
(53261)
380
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green's correspondence of 7th November 2005 regarding her constituent Mr Vata (Home Office reference: V1007093).
(52225)
381
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the new database for the Cohesion and Faiths Unit.
(52237)
382
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have responded to a request for information about (a) their religious belief and (b) whether they are a member of a particular sect or denomination for the new database for the Cohesion and Faiths Unit; and if he will make a statement.
(52238)
383
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used to decide who is fitted with an electronic monitoring device when claiming asylum in the UK.
(53270)
384
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what conditions are placed on asylum seekers who are fitted with an electronic monitoring device.
(53271)
385
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people claiming asylum were fitted with an electronic monitoring device in the last period for which figures are available.
(53272)
386
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what remit the National Policing Improvement Agency will have in respect of the police forces in Wales.
(53013)
387
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he proposes to take to ensure that individuals who are not in possession of the proposed identity card will not be denied access to emergency services; and if he will make a statement.
(52772)
388
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many DNA profiles of individuals (a) under 24 years and (b) over 24 years not convicted of a criminal offence normally resident in Cambridgeshire are held by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
(53233)
389
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Assets Recovery Agency is making in recovering assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(53113)
390
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications of the political situation in Pakistan for his policy of repatriation of Pakistani asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(53115)
391
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) prayer mats and (b) compasses are provided in North Wales police premises for the use of Muslim detainees.
(52787)
392
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what special provision is made in North Wales police premises to accommodate the (a) religious and (b) dietary needs of (i) Christian, (ii) Muslim, (iii) Jewish and (iv) Hindu detainees.
(52788)
393
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he will put in place to ensure the security of RFID chips and biometric information on identity cards and biometric passports; and whether such measures are included in the £584 million estimated annual cost of operating the identity cards scheme.
(53032)
394
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes there have been in the identity card scheme since he first estimated the annual operating costs at £584 million.
(53033)
395
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to reduce the number of Somali citizens coming to the UK seeking residency.
(52645)
396
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which department or agency is responsible for drawing up guidelines for the use of restraint of young people in secure training centres.
(53088)
397
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which department or agency is responsible for conducting security checks on staff employed at secure training centres.
(53255)
398
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) Certified Normal Accommodation (CNA), (b) in use CNA and (c) prisoner unlock figure was for each prison establishment as of 28th October 2005.
(51557)
399
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used for assessing the transfer of operation of prisons from the public to private sector.
(51558)
400
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been killed in each of the last three years by the police (a) during police action, (b) as a result of police pursuits and (c) in police custody.
(52959)
401
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrants to Scotland under the Fresh Talent initiative, including migrants on the Fresh Talent Working in Scotland scheme, have been (a) skilled, (b) unskilled and (c) semi-skilled in each month since the scheme began operation.
(53291)
402
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sectors of employment migrants to Scotland have entered under the Fresh Talent initiative, including migrants on the Fresh Talent Working in Scotland scheme.
(53292)
403
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrants to Scotland under the Fresh Talent initiative, including migrants on the Fresh Talent Working in Scotland scheme, have not held university degrees or qualifications from Scottish institutions.
(53293)
404
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52900)
405
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter of 22nd November 2005 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood regarding Mr Mbaloula Nkeoua (Home Office Reference LR189501428X/IDRC).
(52707)
406
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of 8th December 2005 on behalf of Paul Albert Millwood (Home Office Reference M1081731).
(52708)
407
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions members of the Pagan Federation have been granted chaplaincy visits in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and what safeguards are in place to ensure that no practice detrimental to wellbeing or public decency is permitted.
(53050)
408
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted murderers released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently committed murder.
(53125)
409
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted murderers released on parole in each of the last 15 years have broken the terms of their release.
(53126)
410
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many murderers released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently been convicted of violent crime.
(53127)
411
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted rapists released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently been convicted of rape.
(53128)
412
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted rapists released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently been convicted of a sexual assault.
(53129)
413
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted rapists released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently broken the terms of their release.
(53130)
414
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted burglars released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently been convicted of burglary.
(53131)
415
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convicted burglars released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently broken the terms of their release.
(53132)
416
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in South Swindon in each year since 1997.
(52687)
417
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what obstacles he has identified to voluntary organisations providing a larger share of public services; what steps he proposes to take to reduce such obstacles; and what his timetable is for this.
(52639)
418
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether special advisers in his Department receive an IT allowance.
(52665)
419
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many overseas visits special advisers in his Department made in an official capacity since 31st March 2004; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost.
(52666)
420
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52796)
421
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting Civil Service workforce reductions targets in the Charity Commission.
(52808)
422
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the target level of employment expressed as full time equivalents is in the Charity Commission for April 2008.
(52815)
423
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what total efficiency savings were achieved by the Charity Commission in 2004-05; and whether these count towards current efficiency savings targets.
(52818)
424
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52831)
425
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of efficiency savings targets for the Charity Commission are to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52832)
426
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52850)
427
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52859)
428
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52915)
429
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) deliver efficiency gains from policing, (b) increase the proportion of officer time spent on front-line policing, (c) reduce asylum support, processing and operating costs, (d) increase efficiency across the Criminal Justice System and (e) increase efficiency through value for money benefits from investment in ICT; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52923)
430
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to reduce (a) the number of posts in the National Offender Management Service and (b) the Immigration and Nationality Directorate Headquarters by 1,170; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52937)
431
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets he has set for the Charity Commission to achieve (a) efficiency savings and (b) Civil Service workforce reductions.
(52946)
432
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to Question 50174 from the hon. Member for Broxbourne tabled on 6th February 2006 for answer on 9th February 2006.
(52733)
433
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to tackle bogus charity door-to-door collectors.
(53237)
434
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in the London Borough of Havering in 2005; and how many of them were breached.
(53238)
435
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of running the hon. Members' hotline for immigration and asylum enquiries in each year between 1995 and 2005.
(53243)
436
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long it takes on average to process to completion a case of asylum nationality and immigration raised via the hon. Members' hotline.
(53244)
437
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much each local authority will receive to offer support to parents under the Respect action plan.
(52916)
438
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision the Government has made to ensure local authorities have the funding needed to implement a truancy officer to be assigned to truant families and children as set out in the Respect action plan.
(52917)
439
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Government plans to improve help for parents in Swindon whose children are involved in anti-social behaviour.
(52918)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
440
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in achieving the purpose for which it was set up.
(53284)
441
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria which has been employed (i) to advertise vacancies which arise, (ii) to appoint staff to manage its affairs, (iii) to employ external consultants and external companies to assist with its work, (iv) to promote and publicise its work and engage in public relations work and (v) on projects in developing countries.
(53285)
442
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of whether the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria has an adequate complement of core staff to carry out its duties to donor and recipient countries.
(53286)
443
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff of his Department are employed by the Department in Scotland; and at which locations.
(53035)
444
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52893)
445
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's activities in Afghanistan.
(52734)
446
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of his Department's total budget for 2005-06 expressed (a) in cash and (b) as a proportion of total spending will be spent on democracy-building in the developing world.
(53217)
447
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what factors his Department takes into account when deciding how much relief aid is offered to disaster areas; and if he will make a statement.
(52705)
448
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's work in the Republic of Yemen.
(52706)
449
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the distribution of aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(53165)
450
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52800)
451
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52826)
452
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52845)
453
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52864)
454
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52910)
455
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) increase the percentage of bilateral programme spending going to budget support, (b) improve the value for money of aid projects, (c) increase the level of EC aid going to low income countries, (d) raise support for the International Development Association replenishment round, (e) deliver cashable savings on administration costs and (f) improve procurement; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52927)
456
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to reduce (a) the total number of civil service posts by 170 and (b) the number of in country posts by 124; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52938)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
457
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public funding was spent during 2005 in Northern Ireland on research into renewable energy provided by wave power.
(52514)
458
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the average percentage change per household in regional and district combined domestic rates in each of the council areas in Northern Ireland for 2006-07.
(52515)
459
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the average percentage increase in salary for Northern Ireland civil servants in 2006.
(52516)
460
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been convicted of offences involving the importation and distribution of illegal drugs into Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(53073)
461
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects the Northern Ireland Parliamentary Boundary Commission to submit its report.
(53074)
462
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to offer senior citizens in Northern Ireland more security in their homes.
(53075)
463
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision exists for exchange training programmes between police in Northern Ireland and Great Britain similar to the scheme existing between police in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
(53077)
464
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made with the Northern Ireland Civil Service electronic Human Resources contract.
(53003)
465
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the equality impact assessment on the policy to outsource the Northern Ireland Civil Service electronic Human Resources contract will be produced.
(53004)
466
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the Government has to consult with the community and stakeholders in Omagh about the future of the Lisanelly Barracks site in Omagh.
(53202)
467
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether external cultural diversity training is given to recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(53203)
468
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements there are for monitoring membership of (a) loyal orders and (b) the Freemasons in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(53205)
469
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the names are of the senior management of the Police Service of Northern Ireland of grades equivalent to the Northern Ireland Senior Civil Service.
(53208)
470
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been externally recruited to (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) the Royal Ulster Constabulary in each of the last 10 years, broken down by community background.
(53209)
471
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether an audit has been conducted of whether there has been a neutral working environment in the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the last five years.
(53211)
472
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what independent reviews there have been of intelligence gathering in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(53213)
473
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he made of the merits of including the Lisanelly Barracks site in Omagh in the Reinvestment and Reform Initiative; and if he will make a statement on the proposals for the site.
(53248)
474
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what approval and oversight mechanisms are in place for the acceptance of hospitality from the private sector by senior Northern Ireland civil servants.
(53256)
475
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what audits of human rights training in (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) MI5 in Northern Ireland have been carried out by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
(53259)
476
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will introduce in Northern Ireland a knives amnesty along the lines of that operating in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(53169)
477
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average annual cost of housing (a) female and (b) male prisoners in Northern Ireland has been over the last five years.
(53170)
478
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to ensure the Police Service of Northern Ireland has available to it the most up-to-date sonar underwater search equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(53171)
479
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of (a) female and (b) male prisoners in Northern Ireland have declared themselves on committal to be from (i) Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) the Republic of Ireland and (iv) other places.
(53287)
480
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52903)
481
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many properties the Road Service has compulsorily purchased for future road schemes in each of the last 20 years, broken down by division in Northern Ireland.
(52473)
482
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what requirements are in place for the maintenance of property compulsorily purchased by the Road Service before completion of the relevant road scheme.
(52474)
483
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) properties and (b) gardens have been bought by the Road Service in the Shandon Park area of East Belfast in each of the last 25 years; and on what date each site was (i) purchased, (ii) last maintained and (iii) completed.
(52475)
484
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Road Service has spent purchasing property in the Shandon Park area of East Belfast in connection with the proposed link road between Ascot Park and Shandon Park.
(52476)
485
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 24th October 2005, Official Report, column 88W, on contaminated land, what sites in Belfast the Department has identified as contaminated from former land use.
(52878)
486
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the consultation process on the installation of CCTV in West Belfast will be completed; what the reasons are for the time taken for the consultation process; and why East, South and North Belfast did not have an equivalent consultation processes.
(52879)
487
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many fuel poor lived in each of Northern Ireland's parliamentary constituencies in the most recent three years for which figures are available.
(52880)
488
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2005, Official Report, column 372W, on business start-ups, how much was given in each of the last four years in each Belfast constituency.
(52882)
489
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) repairs and (b) upgrades of heating systems were undertaken as part of the Warm Homes Scheme in each year since 2001, broken down by parliamentary constituency; and what the costs were of each installation.
(52883)
490
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the level of illicit dumping of toxic sludge along the border with the Republic of Ireland.
(52968)
491
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) males and (b) females were convicted of motoring offences in each district command unit in Northern Ireland in 2004, broken down by offence.
(52969)
492
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding the Sports Council for Northern Ireland has received for preparation for the next Olympic Games.
(52970)
493
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the (a) elected representatives and (b) members with political party links who are serving on quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations in Northern Ireland.
(52971)
494
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidance governs the use of hand held speed detection devices on the roads in Northern Ireland by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(52972)
495
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the accuracy of readings by hand held speeding detection devices when used on a slope.
(52973)
496
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people receiving benefits moved back into employment in Northern Ireland in the last three years for which figures are available.
(52974)
497
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the type of speed detection devices being used by the police in Northern Ireland; and at what distance the models used can accurately record the speed of a vehicle.
(52975)
498
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what methods are used to check that speeding detection devices give accurate readings; and how often these checks take place, on each model type.
(52976)
499
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland have been (a) fined and (b) prosecuted for the misuse of red diesel in motor vehicles, excluding agricultural vehicles, in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005, broken down by constituency.
(52977)
500
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many privately-owned filling stations sell fuel in Northern Ireland; how many fuel checks on private filling stations were carried out in each of the last five years; and how many (a) fines and (b) convictions there were for the sale of illegal or doctored fuel at private filling stations in each of the last five years.
(52978)
501
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the environmental implications of toxic sludge being dumped on agricultural land.
(52979)
502
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the disposal of toxic waste dumped on roads in Northern Ireland has cost in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.
(52980)
503
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 27th January 2006, Official Report, column 1257W, on disabled parking, where the revenue raised by these fines was allocated.
(52981)
504
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) personal and (b) company bankruptcies in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) each Northern Ireland constituency in each of the last three years.
(52982)
505
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of passengers who will be using public transport in Northern Ireland in 2010.
(52983)
506
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many jobs are presently advertised through job centres in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(52984)
507
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many unemployed people there are in each Northern Ireland Westminster constituency.
(52985)
508
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cars were (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department in each of the last five years.
(52986)
509
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much each Department under his authority spent on taxi hire in each of the last five years, broken down by Department.
(52987)
510
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Police Service of Northern Ireland has spent on (a) advertising, (b) printing and (c) promotional products relating to its new non-urgent incidents telephone number.
(52988)
511
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dog attacks on people have been reported in each of the last five years in Northern Ireland, broken down by local authority.
(52989)
512
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been allocated for neighbourhood renewal partnerships in Northern Ireland; and how much has been drawn down by each partnership.
(52990)
513
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the merits of a holistic planning overview of planned and scheduled planning applications for telecommunications masts in Northern Ireland.
(52991)
514
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he plans to implement toll payments for road usage in Northern Ireland.
(52992)
515
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many literacy and numeracy teachers are employed in each prison facility in Northern Ireland.
(52993)
516
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much education provision in prison facilities cost in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by prison facility.
(52994)
517
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been allocated for education provision in prison facilities in Northern Ireland between 2006 and 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(52995)
518
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many teachers in Northern Ireland have reported a violent incident against them carried out by (a) a pupil and (b) a parent or guardian in each of the last 10 years, broken down by education board.
(52996)
519
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the staying-on rates were for 16 year olds in full time education in each education board in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(52997)
520
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the independent members sitting on each education and library board in Northern Ireland.
(52998)
521
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been paid to each independent member of an education and library board in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by board.
(52999)
522
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the level of specialist services available to the victims of rape.
(53000)
523
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost per prison place was in each prison in Northern Ireland in (a) 1995, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005.
(53001)
524
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dogs have been destroyed under an order in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53002)
525
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding each Neighbourhood Partnership has received to facilitate neighbourhood renewal programmes within their areas, broken down by Neighbourhood Renewal Area.
(53061)
526
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to free up under-occupied housing executive and housing association homes in Northern Ireland.
(53062)
527
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many wind turbines there are in Northern Ireland; and where they are located.
(53063)
528
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new jobs were created in the tourism sector in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53064)
529
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many search warrants have been granted in (a) East Belfast and (b) Castlereagh District Command Unit in the last 12 months.
(53065)
530
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much each district council has received to date via waste management grants.
(53066)
531
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland have been notified of a threat to them from paramilitary groups and terrorist organisations in each year since the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, broken down by district command unit.
(53067)
532
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many times police have questioned electoral office staff regarding possible electoral fraud in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53068)
533
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2005 to the hon. Member for South Antrim, Official Report, column 1377W, on the Civil Service, what the urgent business need to employ five temporary staff in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister was.
(53069)
534
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the dismissals in the Department of Social Development over the last five years have been of (a) Protestant, (b) Catholic and (c) non-determined employees; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for the level of dismissals in the Department.
(53070)
535
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many speeding fines in Belfast's (a) East, (b) South, (c) West and (d) North district command units remained unpaid in the last year for which figures are available.
(53071)
536
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) approved and (b) rejected applications for free fares for the elderly there were in each year since the scheme started; what the total number of people in receipt of free fares for the elderly was in each of the last five years; and what this figure was as a percentage of the total number eligible for free fares.
(53241)
537
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on refreshments in each department for which he has responsibility in each of the last three years.
(53242)
538
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many planning applications for mobile telephone masts in Northern Ireland have been granted in each of the last 10 years; and how many mobile telephone masts there are in each council area in Northern Ireland.
(53051)
539
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many special schools there are in Northern Ireland; for how many pupils each school was built; how many pupils were on the roll of each special school in each of the last 10 years; and how far the pupil who lives the furthest from each special school has to travel to school.
(53052)
540
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of recent recruitment activities by dissident Republican paramilitary organisations.
(53053)
541
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are being put in place to help businesses in Northern Ireland reduce the amount of waste they dispose of to landfill.
(53054)
542
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to assist businesses in Northern Ireland to meet the obligations imposed under Government and EU Environmental policies and strategies.
(53055)
543
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria he uses to differentiate between organisational and localised IRA criminality.
(53056)
544
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what date the Provisional IRA committed its last crime as a organisation.
(53057)
545
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the availability of treatment for osteoporosis on the NHS in Northern Ireland.
(53058)
546
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria he uses to define criminality.
(53135)
547
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average journey time was for ambulances stationed at the Craigavon area hospital to respond to emergency calls in its catchment area for the last period for which figures are available; and on how many occasions this average has been exceeded by more than 50 per cent. in each of the last 10 years.
(53136)
548
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland received treatment for alcoholism in each of the last 10 years.
(53137)
549
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Republic of Ireland regarding illegal dumping in Northern Ireland of waste from the Republic of Ireland.
(53138)
550
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many births in each of the last 10 years were to mothers aged (a) 17 years, (b) 16 years, (c) 15 years and (d) under 15 years of age, broken down by health board area.
(53139)
551
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils in Northern Ireland who left school in June 2005 have secured full-time employment; how many secured part-time employment; how many are on a training scheme; and how many are claiming jobseeker's allowance.
(53140)
552
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions in each of the last 10 years the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has met leaders of (a) the Presbyterian Church, (b) the Roman Catholic Church, (c) the Church of Ireland, (d) the Methodist Church, (e) the Baptist Union of Ireland, (f) the Free Presbyterian Church, (g) the Elim Pentecostal Church, (h) the Reformed Presbyterian Church, (i) the Congregational Union of Ireland, (j) the Evangelican Alliance, (k) ECONI and (l) the Caleb Foundation.
(53141)
553
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions since taking up office he has met leaders of (a) the Presbyterian Church, (b) the Roman Catholic Church, (c) the Church of Ireland, (d) the Methodist Church, (e) the Baptist Union of Ireland, (f) the Free Presbyterian Church, (g) the Elim Pentecostal Church, (h) the Reformed Presbyterian Church, (i) the Congregational Union of Ireland, (j) the Evangelican Alliance, (k) ECONI and (l) the Caleb Foundation.
(53142)
554
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of copying paper used in each of the last 10 years by each Department in Northern Ireland was from recycled sources.
(53143)
555
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of paper used in printed publications in each of the last 10 years by each Department in Northern Ireland was from recycled sources.
(53144)
556
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost was of official air travel for civil servants employed in each Department in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53145)
557
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public money has been made available to support (a) Twelfth of July demonstrations, (b) Royal Black Perceptory demonstrations, (c) Apprentice Boys of Derry parades and (d) the Sham Fight in Scarva in each of the last 10 years.
(53146)
558
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public money has been made available to support (a) the Gaelic language and (b) Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53147)
559
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public money has been made available to support the (a) West Belfast Festival and (b) Belfast Saint Patrick's Day parade and festival in each year since its inception.
(53148)
560
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public money has been made available to support the Gaelic Athletic Association in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53149)
561
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days since 1st August 2005 General de Chastelaine has spent in Northern Ireland.
(53150)
562
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many passengers have been fined for smoking on trains in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53151)
563
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the (a) total amount and (b) average amount per household of domestic waste produced in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53152)
564
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the total cost of public consultations undertaken by each Department in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53153)
565
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total amount of credit lost to the Police Service of Northern Ireland through failure to pay invoices within the stated deadline was in each of the last 10 years.
(53186)
566
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total amount of credit lost to each Department in Northern Ireland through failure to pay invoices within the stated deadline was in each of the last 10 years.
(53187)
567
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many students in further education in Northern Ireland failed to complete their course in each of the last 10 years.
(53188)
568
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many students in Northern Ireland have completed further education courses on-line in each of the last 10 years.
(53189)
569
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the total of unpaid Northern Ireland Housing Executive rents in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(53190)
570
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many R drivers in Northern Ireland have been (a) issued with fixed penalty fines for excess speed, (b) prosecuted for excess speed, (c) prosecuted for carelesss driving and (d) involved in fatal road traffic accidents in each of the last five years.
(53191)
571
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to assess the level of use of hand gels by (a) members of hospital staff and (b) visitors to hospitals in Northern Ireland for the purposes of infection control.
(53192)
572
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December 2005, Official Report, column 2093W, on child abuse, what meetings have taken place involving the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Police Service of Northern Ireland and senior representatives of the Roman Catholic Church; what information was provided in relation to (a) each diocese fully within Northern Ireland and (b) each diocese that straddles the border with the Republic of Ireland; when he expects to be in a position to make recommendations; and what plans he has to establish an independent public inquiry into this matter.
(53193)
573
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52804)
574
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52822)
575
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52841)
576
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52868)
577
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52914)
578
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) rationalise back office functions, (b) restructure and streamline its headquarters' directorates, (c) improve procurement, (d) improve working practices in the Prison Service, (e) reduce sickness absence in the Prison Service, (f) invest in core ICT infrastructure and in Causeway and (g) increase front-line time of the police as a percentage of police time; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52930)
579
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to reduce (a) the total number of civil service posts by 128 in the core department and (b) the number of public sector posts by 1,446; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52939)
Questions to the Prime Minister
580
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Prime Minister, whether any (a) employee of his Office, (b) person engaged by his Office as a consultant and (c) paid advisor is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52745)
581
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has made on behalf of Mittal Steel or its predecessor companies since 2001.
(52510)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
582
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52901)
Questions to the Solicitor General
583
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, how much each official employed by the Crown Prosecution Service has received in bonuses in each of the last two financial years for which figures are available; and what the grade of each official was.
(52684)
584
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, how many (a) barristers and (b) solicitors employed by the Crown Prosecution Service received a bonus in each of the last two financial years for which figures are available; what the maximum amount payable was for each category in that period; and what the total paid was in each case.
(52685)
585
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, what the maximum bonus available to each official employed by the Crown Prosecution Service is; and if he will make a statement.
(52686)
586
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Solicitor General, what his definition is of criminality.
(53154)
587
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Solicitor General, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Office set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Office set out in the Review.
(52797)
588
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Solicitor General, how much of the agreed efficiency target for the Law Officers' Departments set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52829)
589
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Solicitor General, what the target level of employment, expressed as full-time equivalents, is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52848)
590
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Solicitor General, what total efficiency savings were achieved by the Law Officers' Departments in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for the Departments set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52861)
591
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Solicitor General, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for the Law Officers' Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for the Law Officers' Departments as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52907)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
592
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) representations and (b) complaints he has received on spam e-mails.
(52746)
593
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information he has received from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on (a) the matters discussed and (b) decisions taken in the NDA MOX Commission.
(48829)
594
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what quantities of plutonium scrap have been produced from the present manufacturing regime for MOX nuclear fuel pellets at the MOX plant at Sellafield.
(48830)
595
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information he has received from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on its plans for publishing the full Life-Cycle Baselines for NDA-owned sites.
(48831)
596
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Government officials participate in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Recycling Performance Monitoring Group (RPMG); how many meetings of the RPMG have been held since its inception; and if he will place copies of the minutes of the RPMG in the Library.
(48832)
597
N
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his timetable is for publishing the submissions to his consultation on energy policy.
(52226)
598
N
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish submissions for his energy policy review within one week of receipt.
(52230)
599
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the UK's share is of the costs of the A380 Airbus initiative; and what estimate he has made of the number of jobs for UK citizens this initiative has (a) created and (b) safeguarded (i) in the UK and (ii) overseas.
(53230)
600
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the addition to greenhouse gas emissions that arise from natural gas flared as part of oil extraction processes.
(53275)
601
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to support small business investment in new technology; and if he will make a statement.
(51361)
602
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52894)
603
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Iron and Steel Employees Re-adaptation Benefits Scheme.
(53264)
604
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects the final opinion from the Office of Fair Trading on newspaper and magazine distribution.
(52307)
605
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many telephone masts (a) in Leicester and (b) in the UK have 3G technology; and what proportion of all masts in each area these figures represent.
(52696)
606
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether special advisers in his Department receive an IT allowance.
(52697)
607
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of how much the video games industry has been worth to the UK economy in each of the past five years.
(52698)
608
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of how many people were employed in the video games industry in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(52699)
609
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting Civil Service workforce reductions targets in (a) the Office of Fair Trading and (b) UK Trade and Investment.
(52809)
610
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets he has set for (a) UK Trade and Investment and (b) the Office of Fair Trading to achieve (i) efficiency savings and (ii) Civil Service workforce reductions.
(52811)
611
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what total efficiency savings were achieved by the Office of Fair Trading in 2004-05; and whether these count towards current efficiency savings targets.
(52813)
612
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what total efficiency savings were achieved by UK Trade and Investment in 2004-05; and whether these count towards current efficiency savings targets.
(52814)
613
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of the efficiency savings targets for UK Trade and Investment are to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52817)
614
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much of the efficiency savings targets for the Office of Fair Trading are to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52819)
615
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the target level of employment, expressed as full-time equivalents, is in the Office of Fair Trading by April 2008.
(52837)
616
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets have been set for the Royal Mail to return (a) misdirected and (b) wrongly addressed post.
(53239)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
617
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) financial and (b) other incentives are in place to improve the efficiency of Network Rail.
(53082)
618
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what legislation enables the proposed scheme to extend the automatic number plate recognition system throughout the motorway network.
(53007)
619
N
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many coach crashes involving school children took place in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2004-05; how many have taken place in 2006; how many of those accidents occurred when children were travelling on school holiday trips; and if he will seek to implement a ban on overnight travel by school coach parties as a matter of urgency.
(52303)
620
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of emissions from aircraft using UK airspace in each of the past 20 years.
(52654)
621
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average spending per mile on road maintenance was by the Highways Agency in each region in each of the past 10 years.
(52655)
622
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of railway track have been replaced in each of the past 20 years; what the average age was of the replaced track; and what proportion of the rail network the replacement track represented.
(52656)
623
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list transport projects announced by the Government and subsequently cancelled since 1997.
(52657)
624
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the road network has been detrunked in each of the last 10 years.
(52659)
625
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average change to local funding for road maintenance was for the additional cost of maintaining de-trunked roads in each of the past eight years.
(52737)
626
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on changes to UK national control of freight following Commission Regulation 62/2006 of 23rd December 2005, OJ L13 of 18th December 2005; what assessment he has made of the degree to which transfer of authority to a supranational structure has occurred; and what estimate he has made of the potential effect on costs.
(53279)
627
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many railway crime incidents were reported to the British Transport Police in the Swansea area in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(53112)
628
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on track access to the East Coat Main Line between London and Hull.
(53005)
629
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) land and (b) property his Department owns in the North East Milton Keynes constituency.
(53183)
630
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many pedestrian casualties there have been outside schools in each local authority in Greater Manchester since 1997.
(52714)
631
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the projected outturn is against planned expenditure on the M60 widening scheme.
(52715)
632
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52896)
633
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were using buses outside London in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(52438)
634
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Highways Agency will permit traffic from the proposed new Sherford development, Plymouth, to turn west along the A38 at Deep Lane junction.
(53216)
635
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52793)
636
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52834)
637
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52852)
638
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52857)
639
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) improve roads procurement in local authorities, (b) increase tax collection by the Driver and Vehicle Operator Group and achieve efficiencies through transactional services and other ares within the Driver and Vehicle Operator Group, (c) restructure and reform his Department and its support services and (d) deliver efficiencies as a result of Transport for London's plans and from local authority spending; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52932)
640
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52944)
641
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in the number of off-peak rail users as a result of a removal of the cap on saver rail fares.
(52690)
642
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to make an environmental impact assessment of its plans to allow rail companies to remove off-peak saver fares on trains.
(52691)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
643
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52902)
644
N
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will include in any referendums under Government of Wales legislation a question asking whether the devolution process should be stopped.
(52306)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
645
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department in relation to the development and introduction of the Post Office Card Account.
(52717)
646
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average percentage increase in the standard single pension for senior citizens is in 2006.
(52471)
647
N
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost is of making a home visit to benefit (a) claimants and (b) recipients.
(52223)
648
N
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1458W, on benefits, whether departmental staff other than those in the Jobcentre Plus division make home visits to benefit (a) claimants and (b) recipients; and if he will make a statement.
(52224)
649
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether all local authorities in England have received guidance from the Health and Safety Executive regarding the inspection of sunbed tanning retail outlets.
(53105)
650
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13th February 2006 to Question 44203, whether he plans to withhold incapacity benefit from any person deemed unfit for work by their own medical practitioner but who has yet to be examined under the personal capacity assessment arrangements.
(53116)
651
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of incapacity benefit claims which have been turned down on the basis of insufficient national insurance contributions (NIC) as a result of delays in updating NIC records.
(52679)
652
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was budgeted for council tax benefit in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales each year since 1991-92; and what forecasts have been made for future years.
(53173)
653
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received housing benefit in Scotland in each year since 1995, broken down by local authority; and what total spending on housing benefit in Scotland has been since 1995.
(53296)
654
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
(52890)
655
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Green Paper A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work, what assessment he has made of the merits of proposing that the maximum time between an initial claim for employment and support allowance and the first employability and capability assessment should be lower than 12 weeks.
(52647)
656
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of conducting an employability and capability assessment immediately an initial claim for employment and support allowance is made.
(52711)
657
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people claimed incapacity benefit in Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997.
(53175)
658
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether these savings count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the Review.
(52803)
659
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable efficiency savings will be re-spent.
(52823)
660
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's Civil Service workforce reductions target set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52842)
661
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review.
(52867)
662
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for (i) gross reductions in posts, (ii) net reductions in posts and (iii) relocations for his Department, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review; what the baseline figures are against which these interim targets are assessed; on what dates they will take effect; and by what dates these interim targets are intended to be met.
(52913)
663
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) modernise transactional processes, (b) make savings in procurement processes and (c) modernise and streamline back office functions of finance and human resources shared service functions; what progress has been made towards these targets to date; and what the total efficiency savings achieved to date are for these targets.
(52929)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
664
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that architects who boycott Israel's construction industry for political reasons are not employed by the Government.
[Transferred] (52652)
665
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Inland Revenue staff in Northern Ireland were dismissed in 2005 as a result of misuse of computer systems.
[Transferred] (52881)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
666
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the official duties of the Minister without Portfolio for each day in January 2006.
[Transferred] (52744)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
667
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are being taken to ensure that senior citizens over the age of 75 years are taking advantage of their right to avail themselves of a free television licence.
[Transferred] (53076)
668
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners in Northern Ireland received free television licences in 2005.
[Transferred] (53240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
669
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 31st January 2006, Official Report, column 372W, on the National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit, what options are under consideration for the future location of the National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit; what implications its relocation will have for its resourcing; and when she expects to reach a decision on its future.
[Transferred] (52240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
670
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many representations he has made recently to African governments concerning the trade in conflict diamonds.
[Transferred] (52888)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
671
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the waiting time was in the last period for which figures are available for processing applications for leave to remain in Northern Ireland.
[Transferred] (53059)
672
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted leave to remain in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (53060)
673
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much each local authority will receive for activities for young people under the Respect Action Plan in the next three financial years.
[Transferred] (52688)
674
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the powers of local authorities to remove graffiti from private property.
[Transferred] (52689)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
675
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost to the Exchequer would be of doubling the ceilings for small firm loan guarantees.
[Transferred] (52762)
676
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to facilitate data sharing between lenders and credit card operators relating to older accounts to improve lending decisions.
[Transferred] (52886)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
677
N
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the future of the Post Office Card Account.
[Transferred] (51996)
678
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many inspections local authorities made to (a) staffed and (b) unstaffed sunbed tanning retail outlets in the last period for which figures are available; and what the average interval between inspections was in that period.
[Transferred] (53106)
679
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many accidents involving sunbeds were reported to local authorities in England in each year since 1995.
[Transferred] (53107)
680
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints local authorities received about (a) staffed and (b) unstaffed coin-operated sunbed tanning salons in 2004-05; and what assessment he has made of the nature of the complaints.
[Transferred] (53108)
681
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what inspections of sunbed tanning retail outlets local authorities undertake; what form such inspections take; and what period of notice is given by local authorities for such an inspection.
[Transferred] (53109)
682
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities in England regarding the operation of sunbed tanning facilities in local authority leisure centres; and what representations has he received from local authorities regarding health issues associated with their use.
[Transferred] (53110)
683
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any local authority has taken enforcement action against a sunbed tanning salon since 1995; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (53111)

 
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