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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 1 March 2006

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 1 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 1 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 1 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 1 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 1 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people use the Post Office Card Account for the payment of tax credits or other payments administered by his Department, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(54508)
2
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to prosecute companies being investigated for underpayment of insurance premium tax; and if he will make a statement.
(54176)
3
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies are being investigated for underpayment of insurance premium tax; and if he will make a statement.
(54177)
4
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1395W, whether the insurance companies to which he refers are authorised by the Financial Services Authority; and how many insurance companies were involved.
(54314)
5
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he is taking to improve the reliability of growth forecasts.
(55152)
6
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to permit families entitled to Child Tax Credits to have them paid directly into Credit Union accounts.
(55182)
7
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the population of (a) each Gloucestershire district and (b) each ward in the Stroud district was according to (i) figures from the 2001 Census, (ii) most recent electoral rolls and (iii) most recent figures for health services users; and what projections he has made for the next five years.
(55426)
8
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what initiatives he is supporting to improve financial literacy.
(55427)
9
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the excess winter mortality (a) rate and (b) numbers were for (i) those aged 65 to 80 years, (ii) those aged over 80 years and (iii) all ages in (A) the UK, (B) England, (C) Scotland, (D) Wales, (E) each London borough and (F) Hornsey and Wood Green in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(55099)
10
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what threshold level of inheritance tax would be required so as to produce the same tax revenue as in 1998, adjusted for inflation.
(55226)
11
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the countries which the Government has designated as tax havens; and how many such countries are (a) British Crown Dependencies and (b) Overseas Territories.
(55057)
12
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value was of (a) financial assets and (b) non-financial assets of (i) Northern Ireland terrorist, (ii) fundamentalist Islamic, (iii) Basque separatist and (iv) other organisations, broken down by cause frozen by the Treasury in each year since 1997.
(54754)
13
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the relationship between the level of skills in the work force and economic growth in the North East region; and if he will make a statement.
(55479)
14
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55224)
15
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice his Department issues to PAYE defaulters who have failed to make payments due to technical faults with computer systems on the action necessary to rectify the faults.
(55273)
16
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which countries the Inland Revenue has advised on setting up and running a computer system similar to the one used for PAYE contributions.
(55277)
17
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many legal actions were taken by the Inland Revenue due to PAYE infringement in each year from 2000-01 to 2003-04.
(55278)
18
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount of PAYE which was due but was not collected in each year from 2000-01 to 2003-04.
(55279)
19
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many major computer upgrades have been carried out on the PAYE computer system in the last five years; and what the cost was in each year.
(55283)
20
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of administration for PAYE has been in each of the last five years.
(55284)
21
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of collecting overdue PAYE contributions has been in each of the last three years; and what the mechanism is for doing so.
(55290)
22
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were liable for PAYE payments in the UK in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.
(55320)
23
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the administration of tax credits.
(55203)
24
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) gross domestic product and (b) GVA per capita was for each local authority area in (i) Kent, (ii) Surrey and (iii) Sussex in each of the last eight years; and what the equivalent average figures were for England in the same period.
(55189)
25
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of public expenditure in Northern Ireland was in each of the past 30 years at today's prices; and how much was raised through taxation in Northern Ireland in each year.
(55565)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
26
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much has been spent by the Cabinet Office on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55222)
27
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what building work other than the installation of security measures has been undertaken at the Cabinet Office in the last three years.
(55280)
28
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the functions carried out by Ecovert FM in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) Number 10 Downing Street.
(55309)
29
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much has been paid to Ecovert FM to control rodents in the Cabinet Office since the beginning of their contract.
(55310)
30
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many web sites the Government is responsible for.
(55398)
31
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total cost of the Number 10 Strategy Unit was in February 2006; how many people were employed by the Unit; and how many were (a) civil servant and (b) political appointments.
(55428)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
32
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the target time for the Information Commissioner's Office to process a case from receipt to completion; and what the average time taken was in 2005.
(55409)
33
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many decisions to hold a coroner's post-mortem have resulted in delays to the release of bodies to (a) Jewish, (b) Muslim and (c) Hindu families living in (i) Barnet and (ii) London such that funerals have not been possible within 24 hours in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(55170)
34
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that coroner's post-mortems do not result in delays in releasing bodies to families of faiths which require funerals to be held within 24 hours of death; and if she will make a statement.
(55171)
35
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent on the establishment, development and delivery of the (a) North Liverpool Community Justice Centre and (b) Salford Magistrates' Court.
(54771)
36
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Legal Services Commission's decision to withdraw specialist support funding from Citizens Advice Bureaux.
(55475)
37
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether PKF prepared a report to inform her policy on salaried defenders for the Criminal Court; and if she will make a statement.
(55435)
38
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether Frontier Economics prepared a report to inform the Carter Review of Legal Aid; and if she will make a statement.
(55436)
39
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent by her Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55219)
40
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost was to her Department of employing Ecovet FM in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
(55293)
41
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many computer projects are being developed by her Department.
(55294)
42
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the True North project is still under way; and what the total spend on the project has been to date.
(55295)
43
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she expects Lord Carter to report on legal aid procurement.
(55204)
44
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, in how many cases funded by legal aid the claimaint won their case in court in each of the last 10 years.
(54205)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
45
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which places have submitted expressions of interest for super and regional casinos; and if she will make a statement.
(55032)
46
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much lottery funding each ward in each local authority in Hampshire classified as disadvantaged has received over the last three years; and what percentage this represented of total lottery funding in each local authority area.
(55536)
47
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by her Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55211)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
48
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of (a) combat operations and (b) peacekeeping operations in Iraq in each year since the conflict began.
(55036)
49
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of the average monthly cost of the military operation in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(55037)
50
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will ban the use of cluster munitions by UK forces.
(55414)
51
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the proposed out-of-service dates are for each of the four Leaf class tankers; and what major refits are planned before those dates.
(55538)
52
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) chartering costs, (b) maintenance budgets, (c) maintenance costs, (d) refitting costs, (e) operating budgets and (f) operating costs were of each of the Leaf class of tankers in each year since their introduction.
(55539)
53
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) crew are carried on each Leaf class tanker.
(55540)
54
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Leaf class tankers are available; and at what notice in each case.
(55541)
55
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total value was of payments from his Department to QinetiQ in each of the last four years.
(55542)
56
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) dates and (b) nature of attacks on UK aircraft in Afghanistan were in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(55543)
57
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 16th February 2006, Official Report, column 2205W, on Afghanistan, how many of the medical personnel are (a) reserves and (b) regulars.
(55467)
58
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 763W, on Afghanistan, what steps he is taking to prevent warlords from gaining influence or support following efforts to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan.
(55468)
59
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the papers submitted to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in preparation for its 35th report.
(55476)
60
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a transcript of his oral evidence to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in the course of the preparation of its 35th report.
(55477)
61
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) mental health and (b) counselling services are available to service personnel in theatre.
(55578)
62
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) mental health and (b) counselling services his Department provides for service personnel returning from active duty.
(55579)
63
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Department of Health to ensure that veterans have access to adequate mental health services on discharge.
(55580)
64
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to maintain contact with veterans following discharge from service.
(55581)
65
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) charities and (b) other organisations receive funding from his Department for the treatment of veterans with mental health conditions; and how much each received in each of the past five years.
(55582)
66
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55212)
67
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the extent to which insurgents in Southern Afghanistan originate from (a) Afghanistan, (b) Pakistan and (c) stateless international terrorist groups.
(52768)
68
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the counter-terrorism role of Operation Enduring Freedom will continue to be discharged in Southern Afghanistan after the counter-insurgency role of NATO's International Security Assistance Force comes into operation there.
(52769)
69
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received representations from the Army requesting more (a) combat troops, (b) helicopters and (c) artillery than have been allocated for the proposed deployment to Southern Afghanistan.
(52770)
70
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military assessment he has received of the probable consequences of using military power to suppress opium production in Southern Afghanistan.
(52771)
71
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned out of service dates are for (a) HMS Illustrious, (b) HMS Ark Royal and (c) HMS Ocean.
(54013)
72
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the standing naval tasks carried out by the Royal Navy in each year since 1997 and those scheduled for discontinuation.
(54014)
73
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for how many months in each year since 1997 there has been a Royal Navy destroyer or frigate on anti-drugs patrol in the Caribbean; and what future schedule has been prepared for this role.
(54015)
74
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the main air defence assets which will be available to the Fleet in the years between the withdrawal of the Sea Harriers and the entry into service of the Joint Combat Aircraft.
(54016)
75
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for the operational capabilities of the Joint Combat Aircraft of United States refusal to include Rolls Royce engines in its design.
(54017)
76
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many live shells and bombs have been used by UK forces in the last three years.
(55287)
77
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of buying propellant from overseas for UK weapons and weapons systems has been in the last three years.
(55288)
78
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which countries supply the UK armed forces with propellant for weapons and weapons systems.
(55289)
79
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many deductions of earnings requests were received from the Child Support Agency by each of the armed forces in the most recent three years for which figures are available; and how many requests were complied with (a) in full and (b) in part by each service.
(55260)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
80
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost of the Single Status Scheme for Council employees to (a) Bradford Council, (b) councils in Yorkshire and (c) all councils in England; and what financial support the Government is providing to local authorities for implementing the scheme.
(55186)
81
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many occupants of social housing are (a) asylum seekers and (b) failed asylum seekers.
(55187)
82
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reasons airfields are no longer exempted but are classified as brownfield sites under Planning Policy Statement 3.
(55373)
83
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he issues to local planning authorities on the siting of wind farms on or near (a) National Parks and (b) Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
(55197)
84
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations his Department has received from local authorities on fair trade town status; and if he will make a statement.
(55143)
85
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55225)
86
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what purpose monitoring officers are employed by local authorities; who monitors their performance; what the selection process is; and what qualifications are required.
(55337)
87
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much members of the Standards Board for England were paid in 2004-05.
(55354)
88
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the running costs of the Standards Board for England were in 2004-05.
(55355)
89
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for how long members of the Standards Board for England are appointed; and who appoints them.
(55356)
90
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people are employed by the Standards Board for England.
(55357)
91
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many investigations were conducted by ethical standards officers for the Standards Board for England in 2005; and what the cost was.
(55358)
92
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many investigations undertaken by the Standards Board for England in 2005 resulted in action being taken against a councillor.
(55359)
93
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many complaints were received by the Standards Board for England in 2005.
(55360)
94
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what appeals procedure is available for councillors who disagree with a monitoring officer's interpretation of a personal or prejudicial interest.
(55361)
95
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the process is for employing the monitoring officers referred to in the Local Government Act 2000.
(55440)
96
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what definition he uses of a (a) prejudicial interest and (b) personal interest of an elected councillor.
(55441)
97
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what rights of appeal councillors have against judgments made by monitoring officers.
(55443)
98
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers monitoring officers have to compel local authorities to take action against councillors.
(55444)
99
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average annual salary of a local authority monitoring officer was in 2004-05.
(55445)
100
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many monitoring officers are employed by local authorities in England and Wales.
(55577)
101
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the cost of monitoring officers employed by local authorities in England and Wales was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55584)
102
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the relationship is between a local authority monitoring officer and the Standards Board for England.
(55593)
103
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many letters have been sent between his Department and the Kent Science Park since July 2004.
(55406)
104
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions have taken place between English Partnerships and the local residents concerning the re-development of the old Sheppey General Hospital site.
(55407)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
105
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she plans to review the law requiring a daily act of collective worship of a broadly Christian nature in all community schools.
(55474)
106
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many city academies are obliged by their agreements to follow the locally agreed syllabus for religious education; and what agreement has been made concerning the teaching of religious education in those academies that are not required to do so.
(55478)
107
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether a decision has been made on whether to retract her Department's guidance in paragraph 104 of DfES circular 1/94 that humanists should not be appointed as members of Group A of Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education.
(55525)
108
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to ensure that those who are entitled to Educational Maintenance Allowance from April, but who do not live with parents or are of no fixed abode, continue to receive support to continue their studies, with particular reference to those who are not eligible for a bank account.
(55410)
109
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to provide funding for individuals between payments of Educational Maintenance Allowance and those made to trainees undertaking work-based learning courses including E2E.
(55411)
110
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the Inland Revenue last updated the Student Loans Company on debt repayments by graduates in the UK.
(54902)
111
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Unity City Academy in Middlesbrough is taking to raise standards; and if she will make a statement.
(55045)
112
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) children in receipt of free school meals, (b) pupils with special educational needs and (c) all children aged 15 years at the end of the 2004-05 academic year achieved (i) five or more A*-C grades at GCSE and equivalent including mathematics and English and (ii) no A*-C grades at GCSE and equivalent, broken down by type of school, excluding grammar school.
(55070)
113
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) children in receipt of free school meals, (b) pupils with special educational needs and (c) all children aged 11 years at the end of the 2004-05 academic year achieved (i) level 4 and (ii) level 5 at Key Stage 2 in (A) reading, (B) writing, (C) mathematics and (D) reading, writing and mathematics, broken down by type of school.
(55071)
114
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking (a) to monitor and (b) standardise interviews for admission to post-graduate certificate in education courses.
(55333)
115
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance is issued by her Department on the interviewing of applicants for post-graduate certificate in education courses.
(55334)
116
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the proportion of children of school age who are being educated at home.
(55439)
117
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in the (a) primary school and (b) secondary school sector in the Peterborough Local Education Authority area have disapplied the National Curriculum (i) in respect of specific purposes in Key Stage 4 under section 91 of the Education Act 2002, (ii) through a statement of education need and (iii) for a temporary period under section 93 of the Education Act 2002 in the last five years; and how many pupils were affected in each year.
(55263)
118
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the signatories to the joint statement of 22nd February between faith leaders and the Department on teaching religious education; and whether this commitment will include the teaching of secular ethical perspectives contained in the National Framework.
(55240)
119
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria she will set to determine who will be able to form a trust school; and if she will make a statement.
(55241)
120
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what safeguards are in place to ensure children are not exposed to commercial marketing, including brand awareness, through the provision of education materials and facilities where schools are sponsored by private sector organisations.
(55242)
121
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will take steps to secure a university for Shrewsbury.
(55151)
122
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effect on businesses of engaging in co-operative working with schools.
(55162)
123
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the dedicated school grant per pupil was in Milton Keynes in 2004-05; and what she estimates the grant per pupil will be in each of the next three years.
(55399)
124
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent by her Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55210)
125
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether an upper limit has been set on the number of Beacon colleges in any one area.
(54822)
126
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the criteria are for colleges to obtain Beacon status; and if she will make a statement.
(54823)
127
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that sufficient time is made available for high quality physical education in schools.
(55227)
128
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that schools devise strategies for pupils with (a) asthma and (b) other long-term conditions to help them to manage their conditions.
(55228)
129
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what training teachers of physical education receive to ensure that they are qualified to work with children and young people with (a) asthma and (b) other long-term conditions.
(55229)
130
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) national learning targets and (b) public service agreement targets have been (i) revised downwards since their launch and (ii) achieved.
(55603)
131
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what policies her Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.
(55604)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
132
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to make a decision on the application for the transfer of common land on Scout Moor to facilitate the building of a wind farm.
(55400)
133
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to tackle misuse of air weapons against (a) domestic pets and (b) wildlife.
(55335)
134
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received regarding GM crops, with particular reference to the developing world.
(55509)
135
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received about the protection from avian influenza of endangered species kept in zoos; and if she will make a statement.
(55046)
136
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations she has received from rare breed poultry keepers and hobby farmers on the vaccination of birds; and if she will make a statement.
(55064)
137
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many requests state veterinary surgeons have received for the vaccination of birds against avian influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(55065)
138
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect endangered bird species kept in zoos from avian influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(55066)
139
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on whether poultry kept in a control area as pets or for a hobby and which have been vaccinated aganist H5N1 avian influenza should be culled.
(55413)
140
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she is holding with other Departments on climate-proofing new policy delivery.
(55419)
141
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice she is offering to other Departments on sustainable procurement.
(55420)
142
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the poultry flock is registered; and what percentage of flocks of (a) above and (b) below 50 birds are registered.
(55421)
143
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to cull poultry from an unregistered flock in the event of an avian influenza outbreak.
(55422)
144
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has held with the British Veterinary Association on the introduction of pre-movement testing for bovine tuberculosis in cattle herds.
(55423)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her policy is on the criteria which must be met before a decision is taken to order the vaccination of domestic poultry flocks.
(55424)
146
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the implementation of pre-movement testing for bovine tuberculosis has been postponed.
(55502)
147
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what activities her Department is (a) sponsoring and (b) supporting for Fair Trade Fortnight.
(55503)
148
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has recently discussed with the Countryside Agency the designation of new (a) National Parks and (b) Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and if she will make a statement.
(55196)
149
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the dates of meetings attended by (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department at which varietal genetic use restriction technologies were discussed since 1st January 2005; and with whom each meeting was held.
(55033)
150
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) incidents of fly-tipping were reported and (b) prosecutions were made following such incidents in (i) Cambridgeshire and (ii) Peterborough constituency in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(55589)
151
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by her Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55207)
152
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what help her Department is providing to local authorities to introduce schemes designed to encourage parents to use reusable nappies.
(55038)
153
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many private meetings Ministers in her Department have had with the National Farmers Union in the last three years; and what the date was of each such meetings.
(55271)
154
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the first payments will be made under the Single Farm Payments Scheme in North Yorkshire.
(55374)
155
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the full farm payments which are due under the Single Farm Payments scheme will be made.
(55375)
156
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received on the administration of the Single Farm Payments Scheme in North Yorkshire.
(55376)
157
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action the Government plans to take to protect rare breeds amongst UK poultry from avian influenza.
(55377)
158
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action is being taken to protect pets from avian influenza.
(55378)
159
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether poultry producers producing rare breeds are permitted to vaccinate their poultry.
(55379)
160
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what notice was given to the National Assembly for Wales of the launch in January 2006 of the Climate Change Communications Initiative, Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge; what financial input into the initiative the National Assembly was asked to provide; what percentage of that input was committed to benefit Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(55518)
161
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the protocol on private sewers introduced in April 2002.
(55530)
162
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations the Department has received on problems with private sewers; what response she plans to make; and whether a public consultation on tackling problems with private sewers is planned.
(55531)
163
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent research has been undertaken by the Department to ascertain the level and nature of problems with private sewers.
(55532)
164
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many houses in each local authority area are connected to private sewers.
(55533)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
165
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections on equality and freedom for women.
(55433)
166
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by his Department to promote and foster the transition to democracy in Lebanon.
(55434)
167
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recommendations in the UN Human Rights Commission report on the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay; and what discussions he has had with the US Administration on the recommendations in the report.
(55437)
168
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) reports that the government of Kazakhstan has operated death squads which have murdered opposition politicians and (b) the impact this may have upon the transition to democracy.
(55438)
169
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Syria on (a) respect for human rights, (b) the transition to good governance and (c) the importance of democratic values.
(55446)
170
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the decision by the government of Egypt to postpone local council elections for two years and (b) the possible impact this will have upon the transition to democracy in Egypt.
(55447)
171
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on prosecution of suspected Rwandan genocidaires.
(55448)
172
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Russia on the exporting of arms where there is a risk that they might be used to commit human rights abuses.
(55505)
173
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts at the G8 on arms exports controls and the case for a binding international treaty.
(55506)
174
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Somaliland.
(55507)
175
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on internet censorship abroad; and what discussions he has had with his counterparts at the United Nations on the subject.
(55508)
176
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of the prosecution of Rwandan genocidaires outside Rwanda.
(55590)
177
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has asked the United States authorities how many individuals have been rendered by the US via the UK since 1997.
(54920)
178
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what definition he uses of significant operations for which the Secret Intelligence Service must obtain his prior permission.
(55317)
179
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what visits to Guantanamo Bay have been made by UK officials since 2001, broken down by (a) Government Department or agency and (b) the date of the visit.
(55318)
180
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken by (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the international community to ensure that violence does not occur in Uganda following the presidential election.
(55495)
181
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Royal Air Force personnel are based in the Falkland Islands; and how many were based there in each of the last five years.
(55499)
182
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on relations between the UK and Haiti.
(55585)
183
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the latest advice from the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission; and what progress has been made towards reaching a settlement in the region.
(55338)
184
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Shearia, southern Darfur, with particular reference to Amar Jadeed village.
(55339)
185
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on whether the Government of Sudan has (a) resumed the use of helicopter gunships in Darfur and (b) made incursions into Chad.
(55340)
186
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the authorities in Iran and (b) other bodies regarding the use of the death penalty in Iran.
(55341)
187
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to try to mediate between the different factions in the Sudan Liberation Army in Darfur.
(55342)
188
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with particular reference to the treatment of journalists.
(55343)
189
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the proposed referendum on whether Montenegro should secede from Serbia.
(55344)
190
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the government of Sudan and (b) the African Union to try to speed up disarmament of Janjaweed militias.
(55345)
191
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Sudan to persuade it to co-operate more fully with the AMIS mission.
(55396)
192
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to engage constructively with (a) Russia, (b) the USA, (c) India, (d) Egypt and (d) Israel on the development of an international arms trade treaty; and if he will make a statement.
(55190)
193
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) funds and (b) staff the Government has allocated for the promotion of an international arms trade treaty; and if he will make a statement.
(55191)
194
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what cross-departmental discussions have taken place to ensure a co-ordinated and coherent approach towards promoting an international arms trade treaty; and if he will make a statement.
(55192)
195
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55208)
196
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli government concerning its military attacks on the Balata refugee camp in Nablus; what estimate he has made of the number of civilians who have been (a) killed and (b) injured in the last seven days; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the killings on the continuance of the truce being observed by Hamas.
(55144)
197
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the most recent occasion was on which officials in his Department discussed the case of Jamil el-Banna with the United States Administration.
(55031)
198
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters his Department has received about Guantanamo Bay.
(55042)
199
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department raised the subject of Jamil el-Banna's captivity in Guantanamo Bay with the United States Administration in the last three years.
(55043)
200
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have written to the United States Administration regarding the case of Jamil el-Banna.
(55044)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
201
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to improve sexual health amongst young people.
(55464)
202
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department expects to publish its planned magazine for young people addressing sexual health issues.
(55466)
203
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will assess the merits of establishing a national database of research into medical conditions for use by NHS consultants and university hospitals carrying out research; and if she will make a statement.
(55188)
204
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the three-month vacancy rate is for pathologists at (a) Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital Trust, (b) Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, (c) Northwick Park Hospital and (d) London hospitals; and if she will make a statement.
(55168)
205
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many breaches of the Code of Practice Family and Post-Mortems there have been in relation to the release of bodies to permit funerals within 24 hours to families of (a) Jewish, (b) Musim and (c) Hindu faiths at (i) Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust, (ii) Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, (iii) Northwick Park Hospital and (iv) all London hospitals in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(55169)
206
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether solicitors' firms on the NHS Litigation Authority panel (a) are subject to audits and (b) have their bills reviewed; to what extent they are subject to quality assessment; and whether standards are set for firms to meet to gain a place on the panel.
(54901)
207
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were referred by general practitioners to accident and emergency, casualty and minor injuries clinics in the (a) Bedfordshire Heartlands, (b) Luton and (c) Bedford Primary Care Trust (PCT) with (i) eye trauma, (ii) suspected fractures, (iii) acute chest pain, (iv) suspected meningitis, (v) acute abdominal pain, (vi) suspected deep vein thrombosis, (vii) suspected pneumonia, (viii) acute chest pain, (ix) acute asthma and (x) acute bronchitis in each year since the PCT was established; how many were admitted to hospital; how many were discharged with (A) advice and (B) treatment; and if she will make a statement.
(55286)
208
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to enable primary care trusts to monitor the number of referrals to hospitals by individual (a) GPs and (b) GP's surgeries; and if she will make a statement.
(55291)
209
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were referred to hospital by GPs in the (a) Bedford, (b) Bedfordshire Heartlands and (c) Luton Primary Care Trust in each year since the primary care trust was established; how many spent at least 24 hours in hospital in each case; and if she will make a statement.
(55292)
210
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action her Department takes against those who undertake illicit trade in organs; and what advice she offers to NHS operatives on this issue.
(55362)
211
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is on the future role for the independent sector in the provision of mental health facilities.
(55363)
212
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each (a) primary care trust area and (b) acute trust area are waiting for a kidney transplant.
(55364)
213
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to increase partnership working between mental health trusts and drug and alcohol services.
(55365)
214
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to regulate herbal medicines and acupuncture under the Health Act 1999.
(55366)
215
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is expected to make its final decision on whether it will recommend the use of erythropoietin.
(55367)
216
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research she has commissioned on whether there are links between drug and alcohol dependency and Asperger's Syndrome; and what advice she is offering to those involved in (a) medical research and (b) medical practice on this issue.
(55372)
217
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green of 9th November 2005 on the Whittington Hospital.
(55016)
218
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with the sale by her Department of the Silverlands mansion in Chertsey, Surrey.
(55429)
219
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her strategy is for (a) implementing and (b) monitoring chapter 8 of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease; and if she will make a statement.
(55534)
220
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding for capital expenditure on health services was allotted to each primary care trust in each of the past five years expressed (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the total.
(55473)
221
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding each primary care trust will receive for (a) capital expenditure and (b) revenue expenditure on health services in 2006-07; and how much each trust received in (i) capital expenditure and (ii) revenue expenditure in 2005-06.
(55583)
222
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on plans to extend services provided by (a) community hospitals and (b) health centres in England.
(55601)
223
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th February 2006, Official Report, column 2303W, on dentistry, whether these arrangements will continue under the new contract where a practice is currently treating children under the NHS and their parents privately.
(54755)
224
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on local health service provision of attempts to minimise the 2005-06 financial deficit in the (a) Greater Peterborough Primary Care Partnership, (b) Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (c) Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
(55262)
225
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by her Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55209)
226
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new vacancies have been created for physiotherapists in the last 12 months; and how many of these vacancies were for newly-qualified physiotherapists.
(55039)
227
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trainee physiotherapists are expected to qualify in 2006.
(55040)
228
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts offer facilities for the rapid diagnosis of HER2 breast cancer.
(55308)
229
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts offer Herceptin for the treatment of early stage HER2 breast cancers.
(55315)
230
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006 to Question 52260, on genitourinary clinics, what (a) formula and (b) criteria should be used to allocate the funding.
(55515)
231
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that primary care trusts take a pro-active approach in preventing respiratory syncytial virus from infecting premature babies.
(55267)
232
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were on waiting lists for transplant surgery for (a) heart, (b) liver and (c) kidney in each year between 1995 and 2005, broken down by region.
(55522)
233
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of people carrying organ donor cards in each year between 1995 and 2005.
(55523)
234
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent in each year between 1995 and 2005 on publicising the carrying of organ donor cards.
(55524)
235
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues, (b) primary care trusts and strategic health authorities and (c) outside organisations on the funding of children's hospices.
(55060)
236
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the (a) short-term and (b) long-term funding of children's hospices.
(55061)
237
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will visit Little Havens children's hospice in Castle Point to discuss funding.
(55062)
238
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans her Department has to provide age-specific medical information for children in order to improve the management of (a) asthma and (b) other long-term conditions.
(55243)
239
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the formula for allocating funds to individual audiology service providers in England for the delivery of the Modernising Hearing Aid Service programme is drawn up; and if she will make a statement.
(55244)
240
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to Answer the Question tabled on 16th January by the hon. Member for Northavon, on dental practices, ref 43373.
(55014)
241
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2006, Official Report, column 170W, on home oxygen therapy, what assessment she made of the feasibility of using pharmacists to supply additional equipment to home oxygen users.
(55265)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
242
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, columns 385-6W, on probation services, what steps he plans to take to ensure that faith-based organisations awarded such contracts do not (a) discriminate on the grounds of religion or belief in their employment policies, (b) proselytise in the course of their work under contract and (c) subject offenders to discrimination or harassment on the grounds of religion or belief.
(55408)
243
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of the prison population suffering from alcohol-related problems.
(55469)
244
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received on alcohol abuse in the prison population; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce it.
(55470)
245
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding is available for alcohol treatment and rehabilitation for prisoners.
(55471)
246
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken by his Department to improve access to courses by prisoners serving in open prisons, with particular reference to assisting with travel costs.
(55472)
247
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the long-term cost effectiveness of (a) building new prison facilities and (b) making year-on-year repairs to buildings.
(55480)
248
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department is making available for building new prisons to replace ageing buildings in the prison estate.
(55481)
249
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to his Department's procurement procedures, as a result of the leaks in the roofs of X and Y blocks at HM Prison Spring Hill with particular reference to assigning national building contracts.
(55482)
250
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding has been provided by his Department for repairs to the roofs of X and Y blocks at HM Prison Spring Hill.
(55483)
251
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many rooms are not available for use as a result of roof leakage in X and Y blocks at HM's Prison Spring Hill.
(55484)
252
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effects of levels of funding available at HM Prison Grendon on the amount of time prisoners are able to spend with staff; and what impact this has upon their treatment.
(55487)
253
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of funding available at HM Prison Grendon on the quality of therapy being provided.
(55488)
254
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual cost has been per patient at (a) Rampton Hospital, Broadmoor Hospital and (c) HM Prison Grendon in each of the last three years.
(55489)
255
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the need for step-down facilities at HM Prison Grendon for prisoners who have completed their course; and what steps are being taken by his Department to increase access and funding for step-down facilities at the prison.
(55491)
256
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of (a) the importance to prisoners of serving in open conditions close to their homes and (b) the impact of doing so on (i) the prospect of getting full-time employment upon release, (ii) successful reintegration into the community and (iii) reoffending rates.
(55492)
257
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of prisoners at HM Prison Spring Hill are from the Thames Valley area.
(55493)
258
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken by his Department to improve the recruitment and retention of staff to the Prison Service.
(55494)
259
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the prison population has access to mental health services, including therapy.
(55514)
260
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the prison population who would benefit from mental health services including therapy.
(55516)
261
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken by his Department to improve coordination between the mental health establishment and the Prison Service in the provision of services to the prison population.
(55526)
262
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of (a) provision and (b) access to mental health services in the prison system.
(55527)
263
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of returning a prisoner who has successfully completed his course at HM Prison Grendon into the general prison population on his continued mental health and well being.
(55528)
264
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding is available for prisoners serving in open prisons wishing to undertake education or training courses outside the prison.
(55529)
265
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to build medium-secure units within the prison infrastructure to provide support for prisoners who have mental health concerns.
(55576)
266
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of buildings in the prison estate with leaking roofs, (b) the ages of those buildings, (c) how many rooms in those buildings are not in use as a result of leaking roofs, (d) what proportion of those buildings are the same style as X and Y blocks at HM Prison Spring Hill and (e) what proportion were built by the same contractor.
(55595)
267
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase funding for the work done at HM Prison Grendon.
(55596)
268
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken by his Department to increase support for prisoners who have successfully completed courses at HM Prison Grendon and who have been returned to the general prison population.
(55597)
269
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the contractor who built X and Y blocks at HM Prison Spring Hill on (a) leaking roofs and (b) other issues.
(55598)
270
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licence applications to the Security Industry Authority have been rejected in the last 12 months (a) because the form was not correctly completed, (b) because the accompanying documents were not adequate and (c) on substantive grounds because the applicant was not a person who should be licensed; and if he will make a statement.
(55172)
271
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place to enable previous residents of Somalia to satisfy the Security Industry Authority of their lack of a criminal record when applying for a licence to take account of the lack of government functions in their country; and if he will make a statement.
(55233)
272
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Security Industry Authority to respond to telephone enquiries; and if he will make a statement.
(55234)
273
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average, (b) shortest and (c) longest time taken to process an application for a security worker's licence by the Security Industry Authority has been from the date of receipt of a correctly completed application to the date of dispatch of the licence; and if he will make a statement.
(55235)
274
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will revise the Security Industry Authority application procedure so that those who have submitted supporting documentation for one class of licence and have had those documents accepted do not have to resubmit the same items with a different class of licence application; and if he will make a statement.
(55239)
275
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he is offering to those responsible for the administration of compensation orders on how to ensure greater enforcement.
(55369)
276
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the average population to be covered by neighbourhood policing teams.
(55370)
277
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will answer the letter of 7th December 2005 from the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green on her constituent Mr Ahmed Taha (Home Office ref: T1021789).
(54789)
278
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green of 2nd November 2005, regarding a constituent Mrs Dennis (Home Office reference D1101020).
(54855)
279
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to meet the Welsh police authorities to discuss the proposed restructuring of Welsh police authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(55147)
280
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Wales since the four Welsh police authorities did not meet the consultation deadline for the proposed restructuring of the police force in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(55148)
281
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the preparation of (a) adult prisoners and (b) young offenders for release from custody and rejoining their families; and if he will make a statement.
(55074)
282
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on (a) prison and (b) young offender institution visits in the first week of a custodial sentence.
(55075)
283
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the provision of visitors' facilities at adult prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales; and what the Prison Service budget is for such provision.
(55076)
284
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) chaplains, (ii) rabbis, (iii) imams and (iv) clerics of other religions are employed by the Prison Service in England and Wales.
(55077)
285
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) free and (b) payphone telephones are available for remand prisoners in each prison holding remand prisoners in England and Wales.
(55078)
286
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on unaccompanied prison visits by teenage family members of prisoners.
(55079)
287
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on the assisted prisoners' visits scheme in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what the budget was for the scheme in each year.
(55080)
288
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates in adult prisons and young offender institutions have (a) dependent spouses or partners and (b) dependent children.
(55081)
289
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many married prisoners were divorced in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(55082)
290
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions have governors who have been in post for more than two years; and how many of them will leave within the next 12 months.
(55083)
291
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what facilities are provided by the Prison Service for interpreting and translating for those prisoners who cannot speak or read English.
(55084)
292
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) full-time, (b) full-time equivalent and (c) part-time staff are employed by the National Offender Management Service; and how many are employed at salaries in band (a) £10,000 to £20,000, (b) £20,001 to £30,000, (c) £30,001 to £40,000, (d) £40,001 to £50,000, (e) £50,001 to £60,000, (f) £60,001 to £70,000, (g) £70,001 to £80,000 and (h) £90,000 and above.
(55089)
293
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Chief Executive or Head of the National Offender Management Service will be appointed on a permanent basis; who is to be appointed; and what annual salary the appointee will receive.
(55090)
294
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of the armed services are serving custodial sentences imposed by courts-martial in (a) civilian adult prisons and (b) young offender institutions in England and Wales; and how many such people there were in each of the last five years.
(55091)
295
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) adult prisoners and (b) prisoners in young offender institutions were (i) in full-time employment, (ii) self-employed, (iii) unemployed and claiming benefits, (iv) in full-time education and (v) on a (A) Government and (B) industry training course at time of sentencing in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(55092)
296
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the cost of extending free passports to British citizens born after 2nd September 1929 when they reach their 75th birthday.
(55404)
297
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to extend free passports to British citizens born after 2nd September 1929 when they reach their 75th birthday.
(55405)
298
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many advertisements have been placed by his Department (a) in newspapers, (b) on the radio, (c) on television, (d) on billboards and (e) in other media warning those who do not comply with the law (i) of the possibility of (A) fines, (B) a prison sentence and (ii) that they are putting themselves and others at risk of personal harm in each of the last five years; and what the cost of such advertisements was in this period.
(55266)
299
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer the Question from the hon. Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey, reference number 35283, tabled on 1st December 2005.
(54807)
300
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the facial biometrics for use in passports in 2006 will be held on (a) the Passport Agency Support System and (b) any other database.
(55510)
301
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55216)
302
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the impact on public perception and fear of crime of listing separately as public order offences in crime statistics multiple alcohol-related offences committed at night.
(55504)
303
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the average number of transfers between prisons that a category A prisoner will make before trial over a period of (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) 18 months and (d) two years.
(55517)
304
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on which local authority boundaries crime and disorder reduction partnerships are based in two-tier local government areas.
(55095)
305
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to pay prisoners the same amount for education as they are paid for work; and if he will make a statement.
(55047)
306
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the implementation of neighbourhood policing teams to be completed in each police force.
(55063)
307
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his latest estimate is of the number of exempt charities of each class which would cease to be exempt under the proposals in the Charities Bill; and how many of each class would become exempted.
(54867)
308
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many charities he estimates will be excepted from a requirement to register with the Charity Commission under the proposals in the Charities Bill as introduced (a) in the House of Lords and (b) in this House.
(54868)
309
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the level of recorded violent crime in Swindon was between 12th November and 24th December (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(55276)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
310
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues regarding the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
(55322)
311
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with international partners and the United Nations regarding the UN's role in the co-ordination of disaster relief.
(55323)
312
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of progress towards the post-conflict reconstruction of Iraq.
(55324)
313
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of progress towards the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan.
(55325)
314
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the progress of reconstruction in the regions affected by the tsunami.
(55326)
315
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN mandate in respect of Darfur.
(55327)
316
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in (a) Darfur and (b) Southern Sudan.
(55328)
317
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues regarding employment of overseas health workers in the UK.
(55329)
318
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of international donor countries to offer humanitarian relief following the UN appraisal of African countries at risk of famine.
(55330)
319
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the European Commissioner for External Trade since the World Trade Organisation's trade talks in Hong Kong.
(55331)
320
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding repayments of debts owed by African countries to (a) the UK and (b) the Paris Club.
(55332)
321
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his assessment is of the effectiveness of policies to control the opium trade in Afghanistan.
(55351)
322
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in that capacity in recent months.
(55352)
323
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of (a) contributions and (b) pledges to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
(55353)
324
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of (a) the level of corruption in Congo-Brazzaville, (b) the impact of such corruption on debt relief negotiations and (c) the possible effect of debt relief in entrenching corruption.
(55401)
325
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received on child abuse by religious sects in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(55402)
326
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by his Department to assist children who are abused as witches in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(55403)
327
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of (a) the levels of (i) poverty and (ii) inequality in Latin America and (b) whether levels are being reduced sustainably.
(55415)
328
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps have been taken by his Department to promote the transition from conflict in Somalia.
(55416)
329
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of reports that civilians in southern Somalia are dying from thirst as a result of drought.
(55417)
330
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by his Department to address the impact of drought in (a) Ethiopia, (b) Somalia, (c) Eritrea, (d) Tanzania and (e) Burundi.
(55430)
331
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Chad on the appropriate use of oil revenues.
(55431)
332
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the recovery process in Guatemala following Hurricane Stan in 2005.
(55432)
333
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations he has received on population control.
(55442)
334
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken by (a) the UK and (b) the international community to increase capacity in the mining and fishing industries in Sierra Leone.
(55450)
335
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the election of Rene Preval as President of Haiti.
(55497)
336
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of funding to the Philippines in 2006-07 will be directed at measures for better government.
(55501)
337
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what activities he is (a) sponsoring and (b) supporting for Fair Trade Fortnight.
(55371)
338
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his most recent estimate is of the number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths in developing countries in a year, broken down by sex.
(55048)
339
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) male and (b) female internally displaced persons in (i) Colombia, (ii) Algeria, (iii) Angola, (iv) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (v) Cote d'Ivoire, (vi) Kenya, (vii) Somalia, (viii) Sudan, (ix) Uganda, (x) Zimbabwe, (xi) Iraq, (xii) Bangladesh, (xiii) India, (xiv) Indonesia, (xv) Myanmar and (xvi) Sri Lanka.
(55049)
340
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff in his Department are assigned to work on issues related to internally displaced persons.
(55050)
341
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions he has raised the issue of internally displaced persons with his Government counterparts from (a) Colombia, (b) Algeria, (c) Angola, (d) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (e) Cote d'Ivoire, (f) Kenya, (g) Somalia, (h) Sudan, (i) Uganda, (j) Zimbabwe, (k) Iraq, (l) Bangladesh, (m) India, (n) Indonesia, (o) Myanmar and (p) Sri Lanka in each of the last five years.
(55051)
342
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has (a) pledged, (b) committed and (c) spent on programmes aimed to benefit internally displaced persons in (i) Colombia, (ii) Algeria, (iii) Angola, (iv) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (v) Cote d'Ivoire, (vi) Kenya, (vii) Somalia, (viii) Sudan, (ix) Uganda, (x) Zimbabwe, (xi) Iraq, (xii) Bangladesh, (xiii) India, (xiv) Indonesia, (xv) Myanmar, (xvi) Sri Lanka and (xvii) in total in each year since 1997.
(55052)
343
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with (a) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and (b) his European counterparts about the UNHCR's proposal for a central fund for internally displaced persons.
(55053)
344
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' proposal for a central fund for internally displaced persons.
(55054)
345
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to implement Paragraph 64 of the Monterrey Consensus relating to international tax co-operation.
(55055)
346
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of tax competition on developing countries.
(55056)
347
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what tax disclosures companies are required to make under the accounting standards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
(55058)
348
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research of the impact of varietal genetic use restriction technologies on ecology, socio-economic factors and culture was assessed during the drafting of Growth and Poverty reduction: the role of agriculture; and if he will place copies of that research in the Library.
(55282)
349
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55220)
350
N
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that his policies contribute to international efforts to tackle climate change.
(53969)
351
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the administration of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
(55202)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
352
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to extend the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 to Northern Ireland.
(55153)
353
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dangerous wild animals were identified and recovered in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(55154)
354
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations his Department has received regarding the possible introduction of a Dangerous Wild Animals Act in the last three years.
(55155)
355
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the improvement works to Housing Executive properties at Ballygallin Park, Coleraine which were scheduled for the financial year 2006-07 are expected (a) to begin and (b) to be concluded.
(55156)
356
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to ascertain the demand for access to Scottish television by viewers in Northern Ireland who do not have cable or satellite.
(55157)
357
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days per year Hillsborough Castle is open to the public; and whether there are plans to increase this number in 2006.
(55311)
358
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Northern Ireland Tourist Board is taking to promote the North Coast resorts of (a) Portstewart, (b) Portrush, (c) Portballintrae, (d) Castlerock and (e) Benone.
(55312)
359
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what roadworks have been undertaken on Windyhill Road, Limavady within the past 12 months; and what the duration has been of each programme of work.
(55313)
360
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many road traffic accidents where injuries occurred involved buses transporting children to or from school in each of the Education and Library Board areas in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(55314)
361
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55217)
362
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 900W, on Home Start, whether indicative funding allocations to the Home Start project for the 2005-06 financial year are available.
(54616)
363
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of his Department's estimates of the amount of land owned by farmers in the (a) flat and (b) mountain regions of Northern Ireland.
(54617)
364
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Northern Ireland cattle herds that, when first tested for bovine tuberculosis (BTB) in each year between 2003 and 2005, had animals identified as possible carriers of BTB were given inconclusive status; and how many such herds had animals proved positive after a second test.
(54618)
365
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions his Office has made contact with the US Administration regarding the extradition of Larry Zaitschek.
(54615)
366
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many childcare places there are in each ward in Northern Ireland.
(55544)
367
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding was allocated to (a) 0 to three and (b) three to five years education in each (i) ward and (ii) county in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
(55545)
368
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of children suffered from dental caries in each ward in Northern Ireland in 2004-05, listed in descending order by percentage.
(55546)
369
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many registered drug addicts there are in each (a) local health authority and (b) ward in Northern Ireland, listed in descending order; what percentage of the total this represents in each case; and how much was spent on drug addiction services by each local health authority in 2004-05.
(55547)
370
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many drug-related crimes were committed in each ward in Northern Ireland in 2004-05.
(55548)
371
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the incidence of crime and disorder was in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland in 2004-05.
(55549)
372
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) youth workers and (b) social workers there are per 1,000 children and young people in each (i) ward, (ii) county and (iii) constituency in Northern Ireland.
(55550)
373
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many young people were not in employment, education or training in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the last 20 years.
(55551)
374
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding has been allocated to Sure Start schemes in Northern Ireland in each year since they were introduced.
(55552)
375
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Sure Start scheme places there are in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland.
(55553)
376
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) childhood and (b) adult obesity levels were in each (i) ward, (ii) county and (iii) health authority area in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(55554)
377
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much lottery funding has been spent in each ward of Northern Ireland.
(55555)
378
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many successful prosecutions there have been for drug trafficking in each (a) county and (b) constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.
(55556)
379
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children are entitled to free school meals in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland.
(55557)
380
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the literacy levels were in each (a) ward, (b) constituency and (c) county in Northern Ireland in the latest year for which figures are available, listed in descending order.
(55558)
381
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the suicide rate per 10,000 population was in each (a) constituency and (b) county in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.
(55559)
382
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in real terms at today's prices in each local education authority in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.
(55560)
383
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on public transport in Northern Ireland in real terms in each of the last 30 years.
(55561)
384
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) EU and (b) non-EU citizens were working in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.
(55562)
385
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many deaths were caused by joyriding in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.
(55563)
386
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many 18 to 30 year olds there were in each ward in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of the population they represented in each case.
(55564)
387
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of people were employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector in each (i) ward, (ii) county and (iii) constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the last 20 years.
(55566)
388
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of people were involved in the social economy in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland in 2004-05.
(55567)
389
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of people suffered from mental illness in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland in the last period for which figures are available.
(55568)
390
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people who do not own a car in each ward in Northern Ireland.
(55569)
391
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children were living in poverty in each (a) ward, (b) constituency and (c) county in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.
(55570)
392
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many statemented children there are in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland; and what percentage of all children this represents in each county.
(55571)
393
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the economic inactivity rates were for each ward in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available.
(55572)
394
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of 16 year olds left school without any qualifications in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
(55573)
395
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the block grant for Northern Ireland was in each of the last 30 years in real terms at today's prices; and what the percentage change was in each year.
(55574)
396
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many modern apprenticeships were taken up in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in the last year for which figures are available.
(55575)
Questions to the Prime Minister
397
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Prime Minister, how often he meets the UK Sustainable Development Commission.
(55368)
398
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Prime Minister, how much has been spent by his Office on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55223)
399
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost of building work at Number 10 Downing Street has been in the last three years.
(55281)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
400
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55214)
401
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent devolution issues have been considered by the Advocate General.
(55205)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
402
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what investigations or inquiries the Government has initiated during the last three years into the dealings of Mr David Mills in connection with the sale of aviation spare parts and equipment to Iran in contravention of United Nations and European Union trade sanctions; and what the results were.
(55096)
403
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice his Department issues on internet service providers and the right to privacy of individuals using internet services including search engines.
(55485)
404
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the recent WTO ruling on genetically modified crops.
(55486)
405
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice his Department issues to British companies operating overseas on censorship.
(55498)
406
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the proposed EU directive on services, with particular reference to the country of origin principle.
(55500)
407
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many investigations have been launched by his Department in each of the last five years into British companies suspected of flouting guidelines on (a) corporate and social responsibility and (b) corruption.
(55511)
408
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that British companies comply with international guidelines on corporate and social responsibility.
(55512)
409
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received on corporate and social responsibility.
(55513)
410
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of oil in the UK was imported from Venezuela in each of the last five years.
(55496)
411
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) advice he has received about and (b) assessment he has made of the security implications of moving the National Institute for Medical Research from Mill Hill to Camden; and if he will make a statement.
(55232)
412
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the cost of relocation of category 4 containment facilities from the National Institute for Medical Research to the proposed new site on Hampstead Road, Camden; and if he will make a statement.
(55236)
413
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated cost is of the proposed relocation of the National Institute for Medical Research from Mill Hill to Camden; and if he will make a statement.
(55237)
414
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether medical research carried out by the National Institute for Medical Research on the H5N1 avian influenza virus from infected humans needs to be conducted in category 4 containment facilities; and if he will make a statement.
(55238)
415
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much and what percentage of gas imported to the UK came from Russia in each quarter since January 2002.
(54981)
416
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of wind power generation in other countries on (a) employment opportunities and (b) the environment; and if he will make a statement.
(55193)
417
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many homeowners have received grants from the Blue Skies Initiative since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(55194)
418
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) employment opportunities resulting from and (b) the environmental impact of wind power; and if he will make a statement.
(55198)
419
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria were applied by the Export Credits Guarantee Department when deciding to support the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
(55059)
420
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project was completed on time and on budget in 2005.
(55093)
421
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the causes of delays in the commissioning of the Turkey section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
(55094)
422
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) Crown post offices and (b) sub-post offices there were in each local authority area in Hampshire in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) the latest period for which figures are available; how many he expects there to be by 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(55535)
423
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55221)
424
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the UK companies in each county in the South West Region which have received assistance from the South West Regional Development Agency since it was set up.
(55183)
425
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total cost of employing each director of the South West Regional Development Agency has been in each of the last five years.
(55184)
426
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the companies from overseas which have been brought to the South West by the Regional Development Agency since it was set up; and what the location is in each case.
(55185)
427
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been invested in the (a) Objective 1 area and (b) Objective 2 area by the South West Regional Development Agency since it was set up.
(55268)
428
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the consultants employed by the South West Regional Development Agency in each of the last five years; and how much was paid to each.
(55269)
429
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints have been received from companies by the South West Regional Development Agency in the last five years; and what action was taken in each case.
(55270)
430
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many flagship sites the South West Regional Development Agency controls; and what estimate he has made of the capital cost of each.
(55285)
431
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of capital assistance provided by the South West Regional Development Agency has been in the last five years, broken down by county.
(55316)
432
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new jobs have been created by the work of the South West Regional Development Agency in the last five years, broken down by county.
(55319)
433
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the recent statement of objections by the Office of Fair Trading on exchange of information by public schools on fees charged.
(55397)
434
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Law Society and (b) the Legal Services Ombudsman about breaches of regulation 4 of the conditional fee regulations with regard to miners' hearing loss claims.
(54851)
435
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions in cases from Bassetlaw residents solicitors' costs have been partially refused due to breach of regulation 4 of the conditional fee regulations for miners' hearing loss claims to Government.
(54852)
436
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which solicitors have had costs partially refused due to breach of regulation 4 of the conditional fee regulations for miners' hearing loss claims to Government.
(54853)
437
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the Government's insurers first refused to pay part of solicitors' costs due to breach of regulation 4 of the conditional fee agreement regulations.
(54854)
438
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to ensure that solicitors abide by Law Society adjudications on complaints from the Miners' Compensation Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(55041)
439
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, why the limit on the proportion of electricity that a supplier may source from co-firing under the renewables obligations certificates scheme is to be reduced from 25 per cent. to 10 per cent. from 1st April; and if he will reverse the decision to make that reduction.
(55145)
440
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether (a) he, (b) ministers in his Department and (c) officials from his Department have had discussions with the European Commission on subsidy payments for the financial year 2006-07 to Post Offices Ltd.
(55587)
441
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value is of the subsidy his Department proposes to pay during 2006-07 financial year to Post Offices Ltd for the maintenance of (a) rural and (b) other post offices.
(55591)
442
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the payment of subsidies to Post Offices Ltd for the maintenance of (a) rural and (b) other post offices required clearance from the European Commission under EU state aid rules.
(55592)
443
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the European Commission has (a) imposed and (b) indicated that it will impose any restrictions or conditions on the disbursement of subsidies to (i) rural and (ii) other post offices.
(55594)
444
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the European Commission has cleared the payment of subsidies to Post Offices Limited for the forthcoming financial year; and when an application for clearance was made to the Commission.
(55599)
445
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the European Commission has imposed limits on the amount of subsidy his Department may pay to Post Offices Limited in respect of support for (a) rural and (b) other post offices in any one year.
(55600)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
446
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are waiting for compensation payments agreed with his Department for the work carried out on the Bingley relief road; and when he expects outstanding payments to be paid.
(55245)
447
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 8th February 2006, Official Report, column 1061W, on the urban road network, what proportion of the total road network is covered by the 10 largest urban areas.
(55259)
448
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timetable is for making a decision on the proposals for a twin tunnel at Hindhead on the A3; and if he will make a statement.
(55537)
449
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) he, (b) Ministers in the Department and (c) his Department's officials have had recent discussions regarding the development of the (i) rail and (ii) road network in Forest of Dean constituency.
(55490)
450
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ask the Highways Agency to develop and implement signage on trunk roads that distinguishes between NHS hospitals (a) with and (b) without accident and emergency departments, with particular reference to Edith Cavell Hospital in Peterborough; and if he will make a statement.
(55142)
451
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of households in the Peterborough constituency adjacent to the A47 which are adversely affected by noise; what estimate he has made of the decibel levels concerned; and if he will make a statement on the acoustic screening on that stretch of trunk road.
(55261)
452
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage bus companies to provide services suitable for commuter use in Shropshire; and what plans he has to introduce more bus lanes in Shropshire.
(55067)
453
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had about upgrading the A5 ringroad in Shrewsbury as an alternative to the north west relief road.
(55149)
454
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55213)
455
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of non-UK registered vehicles are physically checked by (a) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and (b) the police for compliance with hours rules and Working Time Directive regulations over the past five years; and how many and what proportion of these were found not to be in compliance with (i) one and (ii) both sets of regulations.
(55073)
456
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and for what offences (a) non-UK-based and (b) UK-based HGV drivers were prosecuted in the UK in 2005.
(55085)
457
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of extending the hours rules to cover drivers of (a) school buses and (b) commercial vans.
(55086)
458
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the costs of compliance with the hours rule and Working Time Directive.
(55087)
459
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the consistency of approach taken by different EU member states on the monitoring of the compliance of fleets of regulated vehicles with (a) hours rules and (b) Working Time Directive regulations.
(55088)
460
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of requiring managers of regulated vehicle fleets to have their compliance with the hours rules and Working Time Directive regulations audited by independent third parties operating under Government licence.
(55097)
461
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of extending road transport drivers' hours rules to cover the drivers of cars being used for business purposes.
(55098)
462
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many large goods vehicles not owned by fleets with a British O licence used British roads in 2004-05.
(55100)
463
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) company, (b) vehicle and (c) driver digital smart cards he expects to have been issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency by 1st May.
(55158)
464
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce the size threshold for vehicles requiring tachographs.
(55159)
465
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long it will take for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to complete the issuing of the required numbers of (a) driver, (b) vehicle and (c) company smart cards connected with the introduction of digital tachographs.
(55160)
466
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many tachograph analysis companies are (a) operating in the UK and (b) subcontracted by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.
(55161)
467
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many non-UK EU nationals have been issued with a UK heavy goods vehicle licence in the last two years.
(55163)
468
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) demand for and (b) supply of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in the UK; and how many HGV drivers are registered in the UK, broken down by age.
(55164)
469
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicle and operator services agency lead prosecutions have taken place of (a) UK and (b) foreign-based freight operators over the last five years.
(55165)
470
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many heavy goods vehicles operator licences have been (a) revoked and (b) partially revoked in the last five years.
(55166)
471
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many hauliers have been prosecuted for infringements of the Working Time Directive in the last 12 months, broken down by category of offence.
(55167)
472
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles are forecast to be equipped with digital tachographs in the UK (a) by May 2006 and (b) in each of the next five years.
(55173)
473
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the introduction of road charging for hauliers based on road usage.
(55230)
474
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of digital tachographs for recently registered large goods vehicles in the UK.
(55231)
475
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) goods and (b) heavy goods vehicle registrations were issued in each of the last five years.
(55346)
476
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicle licences for commercial operators were issued in each of the last five years.
(55347)
477
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what date has been set for the introduction of the digital tachograph.
(55348)
478
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles registered outside the UK using roads in the UK in each of the last five years.
(55349)
479
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Vehicle and Operator Services Agency inspectors there were on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many are projected for each of the next five years.
(55350)
480
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that the Crossrail fleet is built in Great Britain.
(55272)
481
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how a Crossrail train will be taken out of action once it has entered the core tunnel between Stratford and Paddington.
(55274)
482
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria were used in making the decision not to include an underground siding for Crossrail trains; and if he will make a statement.
(55275)
483
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there will be a direct Crossrail service from Shenfield to Heathrow.
(55602)
484
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that train operating companies and British Transport Police improve security at stations in Lewisham.
(55034)
485
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide assistance to Lewisham Council to pilot partnership approaches to improving security at and around stations.
(55035)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
486
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he plans to meet the Welsh police authorities to discuss the proposed restructuring of Welsh police authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(55146)
487
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has had discussions recently with the Welsh Assembly Government on the tourist and leisure industries in the South Wales valleys; and if he will make a statement.
(55199)
488
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he has had discussions recently with the Welsh Assembly Government on the scale of proposed wind farm developments in the County Borough of Neath Port Talbot; and if he will make a statement.
(55200)
489
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the relationship between wind farms and tourism and leisure in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(55201)
490
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55218)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
491
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of European Social Fund (ESF) funding is for his Department's programmes in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 in England; how much is allocated for each programme; and whether ESF funding is included within the planned total set out in his Department's 2005 annual report.
(55258)
492
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Stroud constituency used a Post Office Card Account to access (a) state pensions or pension credits, (b) child benefit and (c) other benefits in the latest period for which figures are available.
(55425)
493
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate the Government has made of the mortality rate of existing incapacity benefit claimants in each year up to 2016; and if he will make a statement.
(54982)
494
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate the Government has made of the number of existing incapacity benefit claimants who will reach state retirement age in each year up to 2016; and if he will make a statement.
(54983)
495
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of incapacity benefit claimants in each year up to 2016; and if he will make a statement.
(54984)
496
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultations his Department has undertaken with Postwatch East of England on pilot schemes for the migration of Post Office Card Account holders to banking facilities in the Eastern Region; and if he will make a statement.
(55264)
497
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people have been registered for disability allowance in Peterborough constituency in each year since 1997.
(55588)
498
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what future role he envisages for the private and voluntary sectors in the provision of Pathways to Work services.
(55068)
499
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of lone parents moved from income support to (a) incapacity benefit, (b) jobseeker's allowance, (c) other out-of-work benefits and (d) employment when their youngest child reached 16 years old in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(55072)
500
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of administering pension credit in 2004-05.
(55206)
501
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.
(55215)
502
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many means-tested benefits are potentially available for people over 65 years of age.
(55519)
503
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the merits of providing one claim form which can serve as the passport to other benefits rather than requiring a new claim form to be completed for each separate benefit application.
(55520)
504
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for (a) mobility allowance, (b) disability living allowance and (c) attendance allowance were allowed in each year between 2000 and 2005 (i) on application and (ii) on appeal, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(55521)
505
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hours (a) initial training and (b) ongoing training are given to staff who work on disability living allowance fraud cases.
(55296)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
506
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to discuss illegal logging during her visit to Indonesia; and what measures she plans to take to tackle illegal logging.
[Transferred] (55418)
507
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many members of staff were employed in the National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit on 1st March (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; how many are expected to be employed on 1st April 2006; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (55321)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
508
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Norway on its decision to prosecute a suspected Rwandan genocidaire; and what assessment he has made of the merits of pursuing similar prosecutions in the UK.
[Transferred] (55586)
509
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Government financial help is available following the tsunami disaster to British citizens who are residents of Sri Lanka (a) to rebuild their businesses and (b) for other purposes.
[Transferred] (55150)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
510
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Carers Equal Opportunities Act 2004 on the number of unpaid carers returning to (a) work and (b) training; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (55195)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
511
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of an offence involving misuse of an airgun against an animal in 2005, broken down by constituency.
[Transferred] (55336)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
512
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of European Social Fund (ESF) funding for post-education skills is for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08; how much funding is allocated to (i) 16 to 18 Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funding and (ii) 19+ LSC funding; and whether ESF funding is included within LSC allocations announced in the grant letter issued.
[Transferred] (55257)

 
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