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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 2 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 Thursday 2 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 2 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 2 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 Thursday 2 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

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


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps have been taken to ensure that the Register for Births, Marriages and Deaths will not suffer from inaccuracies as a result of the Office for National Statistics' decision to move it to India.
(54796)
2
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made towards reopening the tax credits e-portal; and if he will make a statement.
(54866)
3
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the location is of each tax credits office assigned to deal with the tax credit claims of Northern Ireland residents working (a) in the Republic of Ireland and (b) within Northern Ireland.
(55868)
4
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Northern Ireland residents work in the Republic of Ireland and are liable for double taxation by the Inland Revenue.
(55869)
5
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to implement the recommendations of the Obstacles to Mobility Study commissioned by the North-South Ministerial Council.
(55870)
6
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to put in place a scheme for residents of Northern Ireland equivalent to that which the Irish Government operates for special tax relief for Southern residents who work across the border in Northern Ireland.
(55871)
7
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors determine which ethnic groups are included under the Census ethnic group categories; how those factors were applied in determining whether to include Turkish as a category; and if he will make a statement.
(56022)
8
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the effect on tax revenue of the charitable status of private schools in the last year for which figures are available.
(56232)
9
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to improve the reliability of forecasts of economic growth.
(55950)
10
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to enable data on personal debt to be collected by county.
(55698)
11
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006 to the hon. Member for Buckingham, Official Report, column 1008W, on independent schools, if he will make it his policy to collect the information in a way that will enable different organisations to be separately identified.
(55691)
12
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 16th January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Susan Johnston.
(55762)
13
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimated revenue would be raised by increasing the rate of basic rate income tax by one per cent.
(56190)
14
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of each response to the Treasury/Office of the Deputy Prime Minister consultation on planning gain supplement.
(56191)
15
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the capital gains tax status is of shared ownership sales by housing associations.
(56192)
16
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation or handouts produced by Valuation Office Agency staff for its session at the Integrating GIS and CAMA Conference held from 19th to 22nd February in Disney's Coronado Springs Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
(56193)
17
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation or handouts produced by Valuation Office Agency staff for its session at the International Property Tax Institute conference between 6th and 7th February in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(56194)
18
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation or handouts produced by Valuation Office Agency staff for its session at the 8th International Conference of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation which took place from 22nd to 25th February 2005 in Alicante, Spain.
(56212)
19
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many photographs of domestic properties in England the Valuation Office Agency stores digitally.
(56213)
20
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding streams his Department plans to finance directly in 2006-07 to tackle social exclusion.
(56214)
21
N
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on 100 per cent. bilateral and 100 per cent. multilateral debt relief for the poorest countries.
(53201)
22
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason people who were mis-sold endowment policies between April and August 1988 are not (a) protected by and (b) entitled to compensation under existing arrangements.
(55741)
23
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of (a) his and (b) the Chief Secretary to the Treasury's private offices in the last year for which figures are available.
(55713)
24
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits (i) he and (ii) the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has made on departmental business since 5th May 2005.
(55714)
25
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters (a) he and (b) the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has sent on departmental business since 5th May 2005.
(55715)
26
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to publish the next version of the National Asset Register.
(55771)
27
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was foregone under the VAT zero-rate on the construction of new dwellings in the last year for which figures are available.
(55772)
28
N
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with international finance ministers on tackling world debt.
(52663)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
29
N
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether he has abolished the Office for Public Service Reform; and if he will make a statement.
(55299)
30
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when the Civil Service restrictions on political activities will commence in relation to the 2006 local elections.
(56223)
31
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what funding streams his Department plans to finance in 2006-07 to tackle social exclusion.
(56224)
32
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans the Cabinet Secretary has to issue new (a) rules, (b) guidance and (c) procedures on council tax payments for Ministers with official residences.
(56225)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
33
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what her assessment is of (a) the requirement for and (b) the performance of the magistrates' court in Coleford, Gloucestershire.
(55607)
34
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what savings have been sought by her Department from the Courts Service in Gloucestershire; and what assessment she has made of the impact of these savings on court services in Gloucestershire.
(55608)
35
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans she has to review the use of prerogative powers.
(55962)
36
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will seek to legislate to penalise solicitors who refuse to abide by Law Society adjudication decisions.
(55101)
37
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many representation orders have been granted in each court within the East Midlands Government Office Region; and to which firms of solicitors.
(55451)
38
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what funding streams her Department plans to finance in 2006-07 to tackle social exclusion.
(56084)
39
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what (a) changes to past electoral practices, (b) pilots and (c) new rules on electoral fraud she expects to be ratified in (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation and operational for the May 2006 local elections.
(56085)
40
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many applications for legal aid were (a) made and (b) approved in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken down by constituency.
(54509)
41
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many Orders in Council were passed in each of the past 30 years.
(56207)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
42
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the White Paper on the BBC is expected; and what arrangements she has made for its launch.
(55801)
43
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance she has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) the Magistrates' Association concerning the Licensing Act 2003.
(56227)
44
N
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what official business she undertook on her New Year visit to Tunisia.
(55246)
45
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many licences for the sale of alcohol over 24 hours have been granted in (a) Swansea East and (b) Wales.
(56173)
46
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in developing proposals to provide assistance to (a) pensioners and (b) people on low incomes to switch to digital television.
(56174)
47
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what change there has been in cinema attendance figures since 1997.
(56175)
48
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many complaints have been received by TV Licensing in the last 12 months in relation to records held by TV Licensing for postal addresses that do not exist.
(56176)
49
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made by TV Licensing towards maintaining accurate householder and postal address records.
(56177)
50
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding streams her Department plans to finance in 2006-07 to tackle social exclusion.
(56087)
51
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits she has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters she sent in this period.
(55705)
52
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost of her private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55724)
53
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the report of the Content Advisory Board on the BBC Digital Curriculum; and if she will make a statement.
(56010)
54
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department plans to take to encourage a worldwide Olympic truce during the 2012 London Olympics.
(55674)
55
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what policies her Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.
(55675)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
56
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures would be followed by UK forces deployed to Helmand province in the event of the hot pursuit of illegal combatants and other terrorist elements should those elements cross over the border into Pakistan.
(55110)
57
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what joint training exercises have been conducted between the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Marines with their equivalent counterparts in the armed forces of Pakistan since January 2002; and in what type of terrain these exercises were conducted.
(55111)
58
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military (a) equipment has been exported and (b) training has been provided by his Department to (i) Uganda and (ii) Colombia in each year since 2000.
(56049)
59
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list (a) visits, (b) meetings, (c) discussions and (d) other liaison activities that have taken place between UK personnel within his responsibility and (i) the US Administration and (ii) other US agencies in relation to Abu Graibh prison.
(55874)
60
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006, Official Report, columns 7-8W, on Astute class submarines, what the reasons are for (a) the increases in cost and (b) the delay in delivery; and if he will make a statement.
(56226)
61
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding his Department provides for the treatment of (a) serving personnel and (b) veterans with mental health conditions, with particular reference to (i) post-traumatic stress disorder, (ii) alcohol and drug abuse, (iii) depression, (iv) anxiety and (v) stress.
(55606)
62
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many war pensions have been successfully claimed in each of the last five years; and how many of these were awarded for (a) physical injury and (b) mental health conditions.
(55609)
63
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th February 2006, to Question 53831, whether his definition of the term support includes (a) intelligence gathering and sharing for specific operations, (b) provision of lift capability for Afghan forces and (c) protective cordons for Afghan forces.
(55613)
64
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library the transcripts of oral evidence given to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body by the (a) Chief of Defence Staff, (b) Permanent Under-Secretary, (c) principal personnel officers, (d) Director of Reserve Forces and Cadets and (e) Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets).
(55902)
65
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the likely cost of replacing the British nuclear deterrent.
(55951)
66
N
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his French counterpart has offered the UK the opportunity of purchasing the marine version of Rafale aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
(55248)
67
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral Answer of 27th February 2006, Official Report, column 16, on naval procurement, if he will make it his policy to use steel made in the UK in the construction of vessels for the Royal Navy.
(55792)
68
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on his plans for the long-term future of empty married couples' dwellings identified by his Department.
(54741)
69
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for the selling-off of empty departmental private dwellings.
(54742)
70
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on airfields in East Anglia of the proposed change in the definition of brownfield in Planning Policy Guidance Note 3.
(55780)
71
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55704)
72
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55721)
73
N
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether decisions have been taken about the future use of the land and buildings until recently occupied by the Royal Military Police in Chichester; and if he will make a statement.
(54745)
74
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance is provided to members of the British armed services on the action they should take if they witness criminal acts by members of (a) other national armed forces and (b) UN peacekeeping missions.
(55686)
75
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what policies his Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.
(55687)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
76
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many special grants have been issued to local authorities, since January 2001; and for what purposes.
(54797)
77
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total amount of Government financial support for Rossendale Borough Council has been since May 2004.
(56134)
78
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received regarding the performance of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Rossendale Borough Council.
(56135)
79
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been committed to maximising the take-up by entitled applicants of the schemes that come under the umbrella of the Social Exclusion Unit, with particular reference to the poorest 10 per cent. of people.
(55929)
80
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he has issued to local councils on whether they will be obliged to set up accessible homes registers for disabled people looking for affordable homes under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
(54740)
81
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will provide additional funding to local authorities for the provision of adapted housing for sufferers of motor neurone disease.
(55793)
82
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he plans to announce the results of his consultation on the powers of the London Mayor; and if he will publish the evidence submitted.
(56023)
83
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of accidental dwelling fires started by children between the ages of 0 and nine years and related casualties.
(56156)
84
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) accidental dwelling fires started by (i) children aged 0 to 9 years, (ii) youths aged 10 to 17 years, (iii) adults of 18 plus years and (iv) others of unspecified age and (b) related casualties there were in (A) 2004 and (B) 2005.
(56157)
85
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of the reduction of funding for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire on the funding of housing related services for vulnerable people in North Yorkshire.
(56030)
86
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received regarding the proposed reduction in funding for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire.
(56031)
87
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the level of funding for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire was in 2003-04; and what the level of funding was in each of the previous three years.
(56032)
88
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what reason he has (a) reduced the funding and (b) proposed a new distribution formula model for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire.
(56033)
89
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has for tenure reform.
(55681)
90
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research he has undertaken on the views of registered social landlords on the removal of housing benefit from tenants who engage in anti-social behaviour.
(55689)
91
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will introduce legislation to establish the legal powers of the Housing Corporation.
(55690)
92
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with (a) local government employers and (b) the relevant trades union on a resolution to the dispute about proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
(55824)
93
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the dispute between local government employers and workers in the Local Government Pension Scheme.
(55825)
94
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the parish council precepts are for England in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2005-06.
(55664)
95
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on whether long-term empty service quarters could be made available for sale to private individuals.
(54743)
96
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the projected running costs are of the Empty Homes Agency's EMPRO website in the financial year 2006-07.
(55249)
97
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which local authorities have subscribed to the Empty Homes Agency's EMPRO website; and what total fees have been collected.
(55250)
98
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the operation of the Empty Homes Agency's EMPRO website since November 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(55251)
99
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006 to the hon. Member for Meriden, Official Report, column 2240W, on local government wages, what estimate he has made of the cost of the local government pay bill for other local government staff, including (a) National Insurance employer contributions and (b) pension costs in each year since 1998-99.
(56048)
100
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 18th October 2005 to the hon. Member for Meriden, Official Report, column 879W, on local authority pensions, what estimate the Government has made of the expenditure of local authorities in England on the Local Government Pension Scheme in (a) 2006-07 and (b) each year from 1997-98 to 2004-05.
(56052)
101
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 17th October 2005 to the hon. Member for Meriden, Official Report, columns 814-5W, on Pathfinder areas, if he will estimate (a) the number of demolitions funded by Housing Market Renewal Grant in each Pathfinder area in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07 and (b) the total payments to the housing market renewal pathfinders, including housing market renewal funding, for 2005-06.
(56053)
102
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the proposed home condition report will contain information on the (a) fittings, (b) fixtures, (c) number of bedrooms, (d) number of parking spaces, (e) number of garage spaces, (f) central heating and (g) size of garden of a domestic property.
(56089)
103
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes the Government has made to planning regulations to development on (a) current and (b) former airfields since 1997.
(56090)
104
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many foreign trips paid for by public funds his Department's civil servants have undertaken in each year since 1997.
(56091)
105
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether local area agreements are voluntary for local authorities.
(56092)
106
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the study by the University of Reading and Arup commissioned by his Department into mobile phone masts.
(56093)
107
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) discussions and (b) meetings Valuation Office Agency officials have had with commercial organisations concerning the sale of its council tax data for commercial purposes in the last five years.
(56094)
108
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Department has paid to fund the study by the University of Reading and Arup on mobile phone masts.
(56095)
109
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Audit Commission's Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) scores were for each council in England in each year since the establishment of CPA.
(56096)
110
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the Government has made of the expenditure on consultants in the Pathfinder areas to date.
(56097)
111
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total estimated expenditure is on the Pathfinder programme.
(56098)
112
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timetable is for the next publication of outturn best value performance data.
(56099)
113
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to merge the Housing Corporation with English Partnerships.
(56100)
114
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of (a) the valuation of the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales and (b) the proportion of liabilities which were funded as of March 2005.
(56101)
115
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library copies of each response to his Department's consultation on Planning Policy Statement 3.
(56102)
116
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of dividend tax credits on local authority pension schemes.
(56103)
117
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of local government revenue expenditure was financed through council tax in each year since 1996-97; and what the estimate is for 2005-06.
(56104)
118
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) instructions, (b) advice and (c) guidance his Department has issued to the Planning Inspectorate in the last 12 months with regard to speeding up planning appeal considerations.
(56105)
119
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006, Official Report, column 2228W, on households (statistics), what the average population is of each tier.
(56129)
120
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006, Official Report, column 2240W, on local government restructuring, if he will list the councils with which members of his Department had meetings on the six separate occasions since December 2005.
(56130)
121
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timetable is for (a) the last date for local authorities, including police and fire, to notify his Department of their budgets and council tax precepts for 2006-07, (b) the publication by his Department of outturn council tax figures for 2006-07 and (c) the notification and designation of local authorities for capping in 2006-07.
(56180)
122
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to amend the governance of the English regional chambers as part of his Department's local vision programme.
(56181)
123
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings that civil servants from his Department have had with local authority (a) staff and (b) representatives in the last 12 months; and which councils attended each meeting.
(56182)
124
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research the Government has commissioned into directly elected cabinets.
(56183)
125
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, into how many localities the Valuation Office Agency divided England to assist the valuations of individual properties as part of the council tax revaluation preparations.
(56184)
126
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) targets and (b) performance indicators that the Government has set for each of the Pathfinder schemes; and what the latest performance is against each.
(56185)
127
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what legally binding (a) requirements, (b) contracts and (c) targets the Government has agreed with the Pathfinder schemes.
(56186)
128
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has for a regional pilot prior to the nationwide introduction of home information packs.
(56187)
129
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which Government Department was responsible for making council tax payments to Westminster City Council for his official residence in Admiralty House from 1997 to 2005.
(56188)
130
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the timetable is for the introduction of home information packs.
(56189)
131
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average firefighter's pay was in each of the last 25 years; and what the percentage increase in current prices was in each year.
(56208)
132
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the budget is for the Bedfordshire and Luton Economic Development Partnership for 2005-06; who its directors are; to whom it is accountable; and if he will make a statement.
(55964)
133
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many deaths from accidental dwelling fires there were in each fire and rescue service in each year since 1997.
(55764)
134
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the average cost of a false alarm attended by the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) in each FRS area in the last year for which figures are available.
(55765)
135
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the total cost of (a) collecting and (b) administering council tax in each of the last five years.
(55766)
136
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much grant was used by housing associations to buy land for key worker housing in each of the last five years.
(55767)
137
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the (a) total and (b) average repair bill for non-decent (i) private-rented, (ii) owner-occupied, (iii) housing association and (iv) council housing in the last year for which figures are available.
(55768)
138
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what data he collects on the size of new homes.
(55769)
139
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he has undertaken research into the feasibility of Lord Rogers's recommendation of harmonising VAT rates for new build housing and repair.
(55770)
140
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many circulars his Department issued to local authorities in each year since 1997, broken down by topic.
(55773)
141
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what definition his Department uses of sleeping rough.
(55774)
142
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much social housing grant has been (a) allocated and (b) spent in each English region in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) to date in 2005-06.
(55775)
143
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what projection he has made of the proportion of the budgeted social housing grant which will be spent in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(55776)
144
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether unspent local authority funds for social housing may be transferred to shared ownership programmes.
(55777)
145
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will announce the winners of the social housing grant competition; and if he will make a statement.
(55778)
146
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of housing stock is (a) listed and (b) in a conservation area.
(55779)
147
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was allocated to Nottinghamshire County Council for (a) 2006-07 and (b) each year since 1996-97 in (i) cash and (ii) real terms.
(54744)
148
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was held in reserves by each (a) county council, (b) unitary authority and (c) district council in England on 1st February.
(55104)
149
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the capacity of Reservoirs 1 and 2 in Halfway, Sheppey.
(55106)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
150
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the Government will ensure that part of the additional higher education funding is received by university staff in the form of increased salaries.
(55969)
151
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if the Government will set aside specific funds to increase the pay of university staff.
(55970)
152
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has to improve the recruitment and retention of university staff.
(55972)
153
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Enterprise Advisor Service.
(55666)
154
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Enterprise Advisor Service will continue to be funded after July 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(55667)
155
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of SureStart Plus in reducing levels of teenage pregnancies in the UK's most deprived areas; and if she will make a statement.
(55930)
156
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action may be taken by (a) a school and (b) a social worker if a parent refuses to provide the relevant income information necessary for a child to obtain free school meals but it is clear that they are malnourished.
(55931)
157
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what analysis she has made of the reasons for failure to take up entitlement to free school meals.
(55936)
158
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants have (a) been dismissed and (b) left primary schools in Sheffield since 2001; and what the reasons for the dismissal or departure were in each case.
(55383)
159
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the implications for independent investigations into allegations of cheating of resolutions between teachers and schools, in lieu of employment tribunal decisions, which include confidentiality agreements.
(55873)
160
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether approval of the bid from Durham County Council under Building Schools for the Future is conditional on incorporating an academy as part of the overall scheme.
(55822)
161
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to reply to the letter of 8th February on Building Schools for the Future in County Durham from the hon. Member for Easington.
(55823)
162
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many competitions in relation to opening new schools by local education authorities took place under the Education Act (a) 2002 and (b) 2005 in each year since commencement of the relevant provisions; what the results of these were; and how many such competitions were forecast to be likely to take place under each Act prior to their coming into force.
(55109)
163
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 to 19 year olds were unfunded as a consequence of further education colleges exceeding their recruitment targets agreed with the relevant local Learning and Skills Council in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 in (i) each local learning and skills council area and (ii) each college.
(55297)
164
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps, in addition to research, the Government is taking to address the over-representation of some minority ethnic groups among children who have been identified as having special educational needs; and if she will make a statement.
(55960)
165
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to monitor the collective achievement and progress of pupils with (a) Turkish and (b) other ethnic backgrounds that are not Census ethnic group categories; and if she will make a statement.
(56021)
166
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on allocation of Early Years Programme funds between voluntary and statutory bodies in relation to children under five years who use each kind of service in equal parts during the week.
(55453)
167
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 14th February 2006, Official Report, column 1941W, what the nature is of the investigations of the St James Independent School for Senior Boys to which she refers; what the evidential basis was for the assertion that such investigations were taking place; and what steps she has taken in response to the letter to her from the headteacher of St James dated 24th February.
(56228)
168
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she plans to continue to support funding for communication equipment under the Communication Aids Project for (a) children and (b) adults; and if she will make a statement.
(56229)
169
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received about continued funding for the Communication Aids Project.
(56230)
170
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent research she has (a) initiated and (b) evaluated on the need for communication aids equipment for (i) children and (ii) adults.
(56231)
171
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30th June 2005, Official Report, column 1721W, on sixth forms, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the consultation with stakeholder representative groups and bodies on the guidance for the operation of the 16-19 capital fund.
(55247)
172
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many applications for foundation school status were received in each year since 1997.
(55963)
173
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will visit Grange School in Shrewsbury to meet teachers and pupils.
(55941)
174
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in each local authority area are involved in private finance initiative contracts.
(55973)
175
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding streams her Department plans to finance in 2006-07 to tackle social exclusion.
(56083)
176
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what was the (a) average pay and (b) average yearly percentage change in pay of (i) a classroom teacher on starting salary, (ii) a classroom teacher with seven years' experience, (iii) a deputy headteacher and (iv) a headteacher in each of the last 25 years at current prices.
(56209)
177
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits she has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters she sent in this period.
(55712)
178
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost of her private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55732)
179
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the recommendations of the Content Advisory Board; and if she will make a statement.
(56009)
180
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact of the BBC Digital Curriculum on the commercial market for educational software; and if she will make a statement.
(56011)
181
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many multi-sensory rooms for people with learning difficulties are provided by Lancashire County Council.
(55744)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
182
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the operation of the Coast Protection Act 1949.
(55862)
183
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the quantity of timber imported from Burma in each of the last 10 years; and which companies are the main importers of timber into the UK from Burma over this period.
(55660)
184
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of the UK vessels using bottom set gillnets and tangle nets in ICES areas VII e, f, g, h and j that are required to use acoustic deterrent devices (pingers) as of 1st January to prevent the deaths of harbour porpoises and other cetaceans (a) are complying with this requirement by using pingers and (b) are not using pingers; how much netting effort this represents in each case; and what measures she has in place (i) to enforce compliance and (ii) to assess the efficacy of this measure in preventing the incidental capture of porpoises.
(55455)
185
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice the Government is giving to poultry farmers in Westmorland and Lonsdale on the possibility of an outbreak of avian influenza.
(55385)
186
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of measures funded by her Department to monitor the (a) scale and (b) nature of cetacean strandings on the (i) Cornish and (ii) South West England coasts during (A) the present winter fishery and (B) the previous five years.
(56150)
187
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources have been deployed by her Department during the last three years to assess, monitor and measure the (a) level and (b) cause of cetacean strandings on the western approaches; and to which institutions.
(56151)
188
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications of the experience of the previous badger culling operations in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, for (a) legal issues, including trespass, and (b) practical issues, including the need to treat setts, in relation to current proposals for a cull.
(55949)
189
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with stakeholders in the Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough growth corridor on future waste management facility provision and policy.
(55725)
190
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will reply to the letter to her dated 23rd January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr G Sherriff.
(55761)
191
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to introduce legislation (a) limiting the amount of packaging that can be used for products sold in supermarkets and (b) to require supermarkets to use easily recyclable packaging.
(56119)
192
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are being taken (a) to increase detection of and (b) to prevent the mistreatment of farm animals in the UK.
(56120)
193
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent long-term water shortages.
(56123)
194
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has commissioned into methods of purifying water; and what conclusions she has drawn from the research.
(56124)
195
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals for (a) compensation and (b) aid are being considered by the Government should the slaughter of UK poultry be necessary if avian influenza affects the UK poultry sector.
(56079)
196
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government will reimburse farmers for financial loss caused by delays in the Single Farm Payment.
(56012)
197
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms have received the correct payment in full from the Rural Payments Agency; and by what date all farmers will have received full payment.
(56013)
198
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Rural Payments Agency on the efficiency and accuracy of its computer systems.
(56014)
199
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she intends to introduce to improve the efficiency of the Rural Payments Agency.
(56015)
200
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding streams her Department plans to finance in 2006-07 to tackle social exclusion.
(56220)
201
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department has received from industry bodies on PG5/2(04) in the last three years; and if she will place copies in the Library.
(56221)
202
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the expected commencement date is for sections 69 to 76 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, on alarm notification areas.
(56222)
203
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to improve animal welfare since 1997; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of these steps.
(55804)
204
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on carbon emissions of the development of new homes in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's growth areas.
(55665)
205
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits she has made on departmental business since 5th May 2005; and how many letters she sent in this period.
(55710)
206
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of her private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55719)
207
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether applications for registration of cattle passports are recorded by (a) date of dispatch by the applicant, (b) postal receipt by the British Cattle Movement Service and (c) date of processing; and if she will make a statement.
(56043)
208
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of postal delays on the late delivery of cattle passport applications to the British Cattle Movement Service; and if she will make a statement.
(56044)
209
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will instruct the British Cattle Movement Service, when accepting applications for cattle passports, to retain on file both the application and envelope which carries the date of posting of the relevant application.
(56045)
210
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what policies her Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.
(55682)
211
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the role of the European Space Agency's Cryosat mission in assessing global warming; and if she will make a statement.
(55683)
212
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received about the veterinary costs involved with the pre-movement tuberculosis testing of cattle.
(56057)
213
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the costs of pre-movement tuberculosis testing of cattle for farmers; and if she will make a statement.
(56058)
214
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications of pre-movement tuberculosis testing costs for the future viability of the dairy farming industry; and if she will make a statement.
(56059)
215
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will provide assistance towards the costs of pre-movement tuberculosis testing of cattle; and if she will make a statement.
(56060)
216
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of water (a) provision and (b) usage in Kent for 2006 to 2017; and if she will make a statement.
(55105)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
217
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Government on (a) its application to join the EU and (b) Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(55809)
218
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has had made to Turkey on the (a) amount and (b) type of equipment of the Turkish Army in Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(55810)
219
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to amend his Department's advice to UK nationals considering purchasing property in Northern Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.
(55811)
220
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have visited Cyprus in each of the last nine years.
(55812)
221
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Cyprus about the occupied part of the island; and if he will make a statement.
(55813)
222
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Lateran Treaty.
(55815)
223
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations he undertook before closing the offices of the British Embassy to the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.
(55816)
224
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received about the closure of the offices of the British Embassy in the Holy See; if he will place in the Library copies of such representations; and if he will make a statement.
(55817)
225
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Vatican about the closure of the offices of the British Embassy in the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.
(55818)
226
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the future of the British Embassy in the Holy See.
(55819)
227
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff were employed by the British Embassy in the Holy See in each year since 1997; at what grade each was employed; and how many were locally engaged staff.
(55820)
228
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department of the closure of the offices of the United Kingdom Embassy to the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.
(55859)
229
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on which occasions his Department has (a) closed and (b) merged a British Embassy in each year since 1997.
(55860)
230
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues about the closure of the offices of the British Embassy in the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.
(55861)
231
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent advice his Department has offered Orient Express on their investments in Burma.
(55657)
232
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice his Department offers to British tourists visiting Burma.
(55658)
233
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) his officials have received representations from the French government on the future funding of the Palestinian Authority since the formation of the new Palestinian Cabinet.
(55877)
234
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the destination of the EU funding for the Palestinian Authority announced on 27th February 2006 from (a) the United States, (b) France, (c) Israel and (d) the Office of the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority.
(55878)
235
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of whether EU funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority will be paid to (a) members of Hamas and (b) people affiliated to the Change and Reform list.
(55879)
236
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances have been (a) sought from and (b) given by the Palestinian Authority about adherence to (i) international agreements, (ii) renunciation of violence and (iii) recognition of Israel following the Palestinian legislative elections.
(56063)
237
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Russian government on the position of Hindus in Russia, with particular reference to Moscow; and if he will make a statement.
(55746)
238
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will review the proscribed status of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(55748)
239
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many foreign troops there are in Diego Garcia.
(55661)
240
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in the Maldives.
(56137)
241
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding a future full-scale NATO mission in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(56107)
242
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his (a) Chinese, (b) Russian and (c) Qatari counterparts regarding the 30th January UN Security Council report that identifies the Sudanese individuals alleged to be most responsible for war crimes and impeding the peace process in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(56108)
243
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the imprisonment of Ayman Nour in Egypt.
(56109)
244
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the proposed arms sales by the Russian military to Hamas; and if he will make a statement.
(56110)
245
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the UK spent on promoting democracy in Iran in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(56111)
246
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on President Mubarak's decision to postpone local elections in Egypt scheduled for April.
(56112)
247
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations Iran has made to the EU3 regarding the supply of conventional weapons to Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(56113)
248
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether Iran has any undeclared centrifuge production capacity; and if he will make a statement.
(56114)
249
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of whether Iran has recommenced (a) manufacture and assembly of gas centrifuge components and (b) installation of gas centrifuges at its Natanz facility; and if he will make a statement.
(56115)
250
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of how close to completion the Iranian pilot-scale centrifuge plant at Natanz is; and if he will make a statement.
(56116)
251
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the current installed capacity of the Natanz pilot plant; and if he will make a statement.
(56117)
252
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Iran's development of gas-centrifuge uranium enrichment technology; and if he will make a statement.
(56118)
253
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with other European Union countries about the trafficking of women for (a) prostitution and (b) other work in the sex industry.
(56008)
254
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in (a) Algeria and (b) Ivory Coast.
(56016)
255
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress on Turkey's proposed accession to the European Union.
(56020)
256
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 783W, on UN mechanisms (Gaza), what information he has received from the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs on the UN's discussions with the UNRWA on the Israeli Air Force operating low-flying aircraft over the Gaza strip.
(56146)
257
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 12th January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Attiya Ray.
(55760)
258
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will reply to the letters from Mr R G Ford, a constituent of the hon. Member for Shrewsbury, of 5th January and 25th February.
(55663)
259
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance he issues to officials from his Department on the grade of official appropriate to conduct meetings and negotiations with senior elected leaders of British Overseas Territories during official visits to the UK.
(55791)
260
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department is giving to British Overseas Territories to negotiate their share of EU regional grants.
(55853)
261
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will visit the British Virgin Islands to meet their elected representative.
(55937)
262
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who pays the cost of (a) building and (b) maintaining governors' official homes in British overseas territories.
(55938)
263
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost was of maintaining governors in British overseas territories in (a) 1980 and (b) 2002.
(55942)
264
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2006, Official Report, column 1449-50W, on elections, if he will seek treaty changes providing for other British overseas territories to become part of the European Union and their citizens to be entitled to vote in European parliamentary elections.
(55947)
265
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help British overseas territories to gain access to EU markets.
(55948)
266
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Liberia.
(55832)
267
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings High Commission staff based in South Africa have had with government officials in Lesotho since the withdrawal of the High Commission in Lesotho.
(56202)
268
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of the High Commission in (a) Lesotho and (b) Swaziland on relations between each country and the UK.
(56205)
269
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made on departmental business since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55709)
270
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55718)
271
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the fairness of the recent elections in Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(55676)
272
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent elections in Costa Rica.
(55677)
273
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to assist the United Nations in ensuring that individual peacekeepers face proper judicial process when accused of criminal acts.
(55678)
274
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what policies his Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.
(55679)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
275
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th February, Official Report, column 2110W, on colon cancer, how many people were diagnosed with bowel cancer between the age of (a) 40 and 49 years, (b) 50 and 58 years and (c) 58 and 69 years in each of the last five years.
(56211)
276
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the annual cost of providing Herceptin on the NHS to women whose consultants recommend it; and if she will make a statement.
(55800)
277
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) children and (b) adults are registered with an NHS dentist in (i) Kingston and Surbiton, (ii) South West London and (iii) London.
(55840)
278
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates she has made of the number of (a) children and (b) adults with tooth decay in (i) Kingston and Surbiton, (ii) South West London and (iii) London in the latest period for which figures are available.
(55841)
279
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has commissioned on the impact on people's health of (a) obesity and (b) the availability of NHS dentists; and if she will make a statement.
(55842)
280
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department has issued on the new NHS dentistry contracts.
(55843)
281
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect on the number of NHS dentists of the new contracts.
(55844)
282
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors underlay the decision to introduce the new contracts for NHS dentists.
(55845)
283
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations she has received on the new NHS dentistry contract; and if she will make a statement.
(55846)
284
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there are in (a) Kingston and Surbiton, (b) South West London and (c) London; and how many in each area are (i) accepting new patients, (ii) only accepting children as new patients and (iii) only accepting adults as new patients.
(55847)
285
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were diagnosed as suffering from type-2 diabetes in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(56148)
286
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were obese in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(56149)
287
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many voluntary organisations were waiting for a decision on the continuation of Section 64 funding on the last date for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(55955)
288
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's Section 64 budget was for (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; what the average amount of section 64 funding paid to each qualifying organisation has been in each financial year; and if she will make a statement.
(55956)
289
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's latest estimate is of the level of NHS overspend for the 2005-06 financial year; and if she will make a statement.
(55957)
290
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a review of the Section 64 grant is being conducted.
(55958)
291
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the health of patients who contracted hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s from infected blood.
(55742)
292
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what use is being made of magnet therapy in the NHS; and whether it has been approved by the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence.
(55743)
293
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England receiving residential care pay (a) all the cost of such care and (b) part of the cost themselves.
(55380)
294
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England receiving residential care have the cost of the care paid for them by the National Health Service.
(55381)
295
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to make Herceptin available for the treatment of early stage breast cancer patients in the West Anglia Cancer Network area; and if she will make a statement.
(55699)
296
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effects of the Agenda for Change programme on each grade of NHS staff in the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority.
(55735)
297
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress her Department is making on developing sexual assault referral centres.
(56006)
298
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will examine the charges made by Patientline for telephone calls to and from hospital patients.
(55610)
299
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on the cost of telephone calls provided by Patientline for hospital patients.
(55611)
300
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued to hospital trusts on charging patients for (a) telephone calls and (b) television viewing.
(55612)
301
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will extend the time available to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to repay its existing debt.
(55851)
302
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that more NHS dentists operate in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.
(55946)
303
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps were taken by her Department to ensure that the companies bidding for the domiciliary oxygen contract had submitted bids adequate to cover the costs of providing the required service.
(56056)
304
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what use has been made of the six month transition period for the new domiciliary oxygen supply contract.
(56064)
305
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether companies awarded contracts for the supply of domiciliary oxygen (a) claimed additional costs, (b) asked for a review of the agreed contract price and (c) asked for extra monies to supply the service.
(56065)
306
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on the labelling of raw milk products at retail level.
(56072)
307
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many outbreaks of E.coli 0157 occurred in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.
(56073)
308
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the Government's consultation on the consolidation of EU food hygiene legislation in respect of the labelling of raw milk cheese.
(56158)
309
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of statutory regulated homeopathic doctors who practise independently who may (a) deregister and (b) close practices as a result of the cost of registering with the Healthcare Commission; and what assessment she has made of the potential impact on (i) patient choice and (ii) safety.
(55688)
310
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the introduction of the new integrated home oxygen delivery service; what agencies in her Department are responsible for the service; and what penalties may be applied to the companies contracted to supply the service for not meeting the required service standards.
(55653)
311
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding streams her Department plans to finance in 2006-07 to tackle social exclusion.
(56086)
312
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the percentage of (a) the general population and (b) health workers who are carriers of MRSA.
(55740)
313
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance her Department offers for the setting up of centres to help the survivors of strokes; and if she will make a statement.
(55654)
314
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely effect on fees charged to multiple sclerosis centres for the inspection of type 3 barochambers of the transfer of the responsibility for inspection from her Department to the Healthcare Commission; and if she will make a statement.
(55655)
315
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultants, (b) doctors, (c) nurses and (d) dentists from Lesotho were working in the health service in each of the last 20 years; and if she will make a statement.
(56199)
316
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions on community hospitals her Department has given (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts since the publication of the Health White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say.
(55965)
317
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many minor injuries units there have been in community hospitals in England in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(55966)
318
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions on community hospitals she has had with primary care trusts since the publication of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say.
(55967)
319
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many intermediate beds there have been in community hospitals in England in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(55968)
320
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting time target is for NHS outpatients requiring dental work that can only be carried out in hospital.
(54825)
321
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits she has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters she sent in that period.
(55717)
322
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of her private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55720)
323
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the costs of implementing the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's Sentinel IT system are; and what impact it has had on time spent by assessors on simple applications for marketing authorisations.
(55301)
324
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made on the Better Regulation of Over-the-Counter Medicines Initiative; and what its terms of reference are.
(55302)
325
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency uses to ensure that deadlines for granting marketing authorisations for medicines are met.
(55303)
326
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to help those suffering with Alzheimer's disease.
(55927)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
327
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many procedures involving the extraction of foetal calf serum from cows were carried out in 2004.
(55387)
328
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is his policy to license the extraction of foetal calf serum from cows under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(55388)
329
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list (a) the four animals identified as being found dead in the immediate peri- and post-surgical period in procedures allocated a moderate severity limit, (b) the 10 animals found dead in procedures allocated a moderately severity limit said to have had significant clinical findings and to be receiving appropriate symptomatic, supportive and specific treatment to control or minimise any resulting suffering and (c) the three animals found dead in procedures allocated a moderately severity limit said to have died unexpectedly in the Department's Response to Twelve Questions Raised by Dan Lyons, Uncaged Campaigns, About Imutran Xenotransplantation Research Licensed Under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, published in August 2004; and what evidence supported the Department's view on the cause of death in respect of (c).
(55454)
330
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training is given to police officers in England and Wales on (a) Special Measures contained in the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, (b) identification of vulnerable victims of crime and (c) interview and communication methods for vulnerable victims to enable them to comply with the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime which comes into force in April.
(55386)
331
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the arrangements will be for the points system proposed to replace the current overseas student visa system.
(55680)
332
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether those who have been accepted for a licence by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), but who have yet to receive their licence from the SIA, will be able to work as security guards after 20th March; and if he will make a statement.
(55177)
333
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for licences to the Security Industry Authority (a) are outstanding and (b) have been outstanding for more than (i) three and (ii) six months; and if he will make a statement.
(55178)
334
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will suspend the operational date of 20th March for the new licensing regime for security staff to take account of the backlog of applications not yet processed.
(55179)
335
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will revise the Security Industry Authority licensing procedure to make it more user-friendly to applicants; and if he will make a statement.
(55180)
336
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when shopping centres were notified by the Security Industry Authority that the new licensing regime applied to them; and if he will make a statement.
(55181)
337
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January 2006, Official Report, column 1282W, on shellfish toxins (use of animals), how many protocols for the detection of toxins in shellfish intended for human consumption were assigned a substantial severity limit in 2004; how many animals these involved; what adverse effects (a) were anticipated and (b) occurred; and on what basis he concluded that the cost benefit assessment required by section 5(4) of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 justified the granting of a project licence in those cases where substantial suffering was anticipated.
(56147)
338
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK citizens have been extradited to the United States under the Extradition Act 2003.
(55672)
339
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many United States citizens have been extradited to the UK in each of the last 10 years.
(55673)
340
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what penalties have been imposed, broken down by type, in each incident that has come to court of an anti-social behaviour order being breached in each London borough; and if he will make a statement.
(55953)
341
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been breached in each of the last five years; how many breaches have come to court; and if he will make a statement.
(55954)
342
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent young offenders from re-offending; and if he will make a statement.
(55959)
343
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to rehabilitate young offenders while in custody; and if he will make a statement.
(55961)
344
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will initiate a review of the charitable status of private schools.
(56233)
345
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances have been reported of (a) the location of a person subject to active tracking being lost and regained and (b) of tracking equipment being tampered with in each of the regions for which Group 4 Securicor has contracts for providing electronic monitoring services since 1st April 2005.
(55668)
346
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what levels of satisfaction with training provided by Group 4 Securicor have been reported in each of the regions for which the company has contracts for providing electronic monitoring services since 1st April 2005.
(55669)
347
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cumulative period is of electronic monitoring service breaks since 1st April 2005 in each of the regions for which Group 4 Securicor has contracts for providing electronic monitoring services.
(55670)
348
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15th February 2006, Official Report, column 2126W, on Group 4 Securicor, what the value of contracts is expected to be in each region.
(55671)
349
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to combat the trafficking of young women from Eastern Europe for the purposes of the sex industry in Cambridgeshire; and if he will make a statement.
(55737)
350
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress Project Reflex has made in combating the trafficking of women to the UK to work as prostitutes.
(55993)
351
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress his Department has made in tackling prostitution; how many people have been prosecuted for (a) living on immoral earnings, (b) exercising control over a prostitute, (c) keeping a brothel and (d) offences under sections 22, 23 and 28 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 since 1997.
(55994)
352
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes there have been in police numbers at basic command level in the South Wales Police in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(55995)
353
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress police forces in England and Wales are making in tackling crimes related to domestic abuse.
(55998)
354
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual offences of (a) rape, (b) sexual assault, (c) indecent assault, (d) gross indecency and (e) unlawful sex were reported to South Wales Police in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(55999)
355
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department is making in tackling the availability of Class A drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(56000)
356
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to bring ketamine within the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and if he will make a statement.
(56001)
357
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Kurdish asylum seekers from Turkey were (a) refused asylum in the UK and (b) deported in 2005.
(56002)
358
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) Somalian, (b) Ivorian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Algerian and (e) Iranian asylum seekers were (i) granted asylum in the UK and (ii) deported in 2004-05.
(56003)
359
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the selling of hardcore pornography via (a) bottom shelf newspapers and (b) imported material from overseas on the efforts to combat illegal access to pornography; and if he will make a statement.
(56004)
360
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the National Federation of Retail Newsagents on the selling of pornographic magazines and newspapers and ways of avoiding the (a) sale and (b) availability of such material to children.
(56005)
361
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made on preventing children from gaining access to hardcore pornography.
(56007)
362
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the causes of abortive magistrate court hearings; and what steps his Department is taking to prevent them.
(56121)
363
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training is given to police officers to ensure that suspects are charged appropriately.
(56122)
364
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make representations to chief constables on tackling the illegal use of off-road vehicles on common land.
(55833)
365
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place to share best practice between local authorities and enforcement agencies on dealing with the illegal use of off-road vehicles on common land.
(55834)
366
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding streams his Department plans to finance in 2006-07 to tackle social exclusion.
(56215)
367
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many basic command units there are in England and Wales; and what the (a) name and (b) location is of each.
(56216)
368
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many basic command units the Government plans to maintain after expected mergers and amalgamations.
(56217)
369
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) role and (b) purpose of the basic command units is; and what changes are proposed under the Government's reforms.
(56218)
370
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at what level the reformed basic Command Units will be placed in two-tier local government areas under the Government's reforms.
(56219)
371
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) average pay and (b) average yearly percentage change in pay was of a (i) police constable, (ii) police sergeant, (iii) police inspector and (iv) chief constable in each of the last 20 years in real terms at current prices.
(56210)
372
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 17th November 2005, acknowledgement reference B27422/5 dated 18th November 2005, on behalf of Monica Brown, Home Office reference S706762.
(55839)
373
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 30th November 2005 (acknowledgement card B28649/5 dated 1st December 2005) on behalf of Eric Alphanso Bravo, Home Office reference B1023214).
(55913)
374
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 16th December 2005 on behalf of Bahsedin Saleh Busheir, Home Office reference B1114259 (acknowledgement card B30292/5 dated 9th January 2006).
(55914)
375
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration, Nationality and Citizenship will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 20th December 2005 on behalf of Alphonse Balolebwami, Home Office reference B1030176 (acknowledged card B30428/5 dated 21st December 2005).
(55915)
376
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration, Nationality and Citizenship will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 7th June 2005 concerning Mohd Said Azhar, Home Office reference A047078.
(55916)
377
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Immigration, Nationality and Citizenship will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 8th December 2005 (acknowledged 09.12.05, reference B29404/5) concerning Victoria Apuwisi, HO Ref A1129427.
(55917)
378
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will provide a sustantive reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 22nd November 2005 on behalf of Juliet Johnson (Home Office reference J1094975, acknowledgement reference B280265).
(55918)
379
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 28th November 2005 on behalf of Ousman Dibba (Home Office reference D1101640, acknowledgement reference B285185).
(55919)
380
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers there were in each local authority dealing with anti-social behaviour in each year since 1997.
(55803)
381
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will raise the age for buying spray paints to 18 years.
(55805)
382
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget was for tackling anti-social behaviour in each local authority in England in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(55806)
383
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what ways local authorities are able to supplement the work his Department is doing to tackle anti-social behaviour.
(55807)
384
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department has given to local authorities to tackle anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement.
(55808)
385
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Warley of 8th December on behalf of Mrs Charanthayer Viaun of Smethwick.
(55739)
386
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes were committed in each county of the East of England region in each year since 1997.
(55781)
387
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people trafficking offences were recorded by police forces in each county of the East of England region in each year since 1997.
(55782)
388
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug-related offences were recorded by police forces in each county of the East of England region in each year since 1997.
(55783)
389
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unsolved crimes were recorded by police forces in each county of the East of England region in each year since 1997.
(55784)
390
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55706)
391
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55727)
392
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of the total number of anti-social behaviour orders granted in Swindon have been issued to (a) men, (b) women, (c) people aged under 21 years and (d) people aged under 18 years.
(55835)
393
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was to obtain an anti-social behaviour order in the last period for which figures are available.
(55836)
394
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost was of an anti-social behaviour order in the last period for which figures are available.
(55837)
395
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was provided to local authorities to tackle anti-social behaviour in (a) Swindon and (b) England in the last year for which figures are available.
(55838)
396
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to tackle (i) anti-social behaviour and (ii) anti-social behaviour outside nightclubs and public houses in Swindon; and if he will make a statement.
(55856)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
397
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what percentage of plastic cups used in the House were recycled in the last period for which figures are available.
(55848)
398
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost of providing plastic cups for meetings in the House was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55849)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
399
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the government of Kenya regarding recent reports of corruption in that country; and what effect it will have on international assistance offered by the UK to Kenya.
(56140)
400
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 14th February 2006 to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green, Official Report, column 1806W, on the Middle East, what assessment he has made of the implications for the allocation of aid of the post-election policy statements of the leadership of Hamas on the recognition of Israel, the renunciation of violence and the acceptance of previous obligations and agreements.
(56061)
401
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the extent of misappropriation of aid received by the Palestinian Authority.
(56062)
402
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department has offered to assist post-tsunami reconstruction work in the Maldives; how much has been spent; what projects have been completed; and what projects are yet to be completed.
(56136)
403
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the (a) transparency and (b) impact of UK Government aid programmes offered to the government of the Maldives.
(56138)
404
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what conditions the UK Government has attached to (a) technical assistance offered to the Maldives government and (b) the work which Hill and Knowlton is undertaking for that government.
(56139)
405
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what efforts his Department has made to ensure that (a) UK and (b) EU funds offered to assist with tsunami reconstruction in the Maldives have been properly audited.
(56152)
406
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of (a) the Maldives Government and (b) international donors and institutions in eradicating poverty in the Maldives.
(56153)
407
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which Commonwealth countries receive international development aid.
(55952)
408
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid was given by the UK to Montserrat in (a) 1980 and (b) 2004.
(55939)
409
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial assistance has been given to Grand Cayman Island following severe hurricanes in 2005.
(55945)
410
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total amount of UK aid to Lesotho has been in each of the last 30 years in real terms at current prices.
(56197)
411
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help is given to sub-Saharan countries to replace and retrain health personnel recruited from those countries; and which countries (a) qualify and (b) do not qualify for this aid.
(56198)
412
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help and funding is in place to develop twinning and civic co-operation between the UK and Lesotho.
(56200)
413
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what help has been given to Lesotho to help combat HIV/AIDS amongst (a) children and (b) adults in each of the last seven years.
(56203)
414
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken to develop twinning and partnership arrangements between Lesotho and the UK.
(56204)
415
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when a Secretary of State in the Department for International Development last visited Lesotho.
(56206)
416
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his assessment of the effectiveness of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
(55920)
417
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) funding and (b) technical support his Department has provided to each multilateral agency that it supported in each of the last three years.
(55921)
418
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the establishment of a UN peacebuilding commission.
(55922)
419
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on mechanisms for identifying and correcting poor performance by multilateral institutions.
(55923)
420
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on consolidation within the multilateral system.
(55924)
421
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria his Department uses to select multilateral partners.
(55925)
422
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his assessment of the Multilateral Effectiveness Framework.
(55926)
423
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55702)
424
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55730)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
425
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many accidents have occurred involving children being transported between school and home by bus in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many casualties resulted.
(55785)
426
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Northern Ireland Housing Executive tenants were prosecuted for non-payment of rent in each of the last five years.
(55786)
427
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting times at accident and emergency departments were in each of the acute hospitals in Northern Ireland during 2005.
(55787)
428
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many 999 callouts of ambulance personnel were found to be bogus in Northern Ireland during 2005.
(55788)
429
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many social housing units are scheduled to be completed during 2006.
(55789)
430
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on repairs and maintenance of domestic properties by (a) Northern Ireland housing associations on average and (b) the Northern Ireland Housing Executive during 2005.
(55790)
431
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people appointed to non-departmental public bodies (NDPB) in Northern Ireland received (a) between £10,000 and £19,999, (b) between £20,000 and £29,999 and (c) over £30,000 in respect of their duties connected with the NDPBs during 2005.
(56141)
432
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people appointed to non-departmental public bodies in Northern Ireland had their membership of such bodies suspended or terminated between 2000 and 2005.
(56142)
433
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what has been the change in the extent of cycling as a result of the various cycling initiatives undertaken in Northern Ireland since 2000.
(56143)
434
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the change in average waiting times experienced at the Accident and Emergency department in Causeway Hospital has been between January 2005 and January 2006.
(56144)
435
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much financial support was available to each regional tourism organisation in each of the last five years; how much of that support came from EU funds; from which EU funds it came; and what the budgeted figures are for the 2006-07 financial year.
(55863)
436
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what budget bids the Northern Ireland Tourism Board made to support regional tourism organisations; and if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of EU funding for regional tourism organisations.
(55864)
437
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the money for the education strand of the Children's Package will be distributed to schools.
(55865)
438
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision for childcare is available through Department of Employment and Learning jobs and benefits offices for women returning to work; and how many women used that service in each of the last five years.
(55866)
439
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many farmers in Foyle constituency have yet to receive their Integrated Admission and Control System (IACS) payment for 2005; and how many applications from farmers in the Foyle constituency who have applied for the Countryside Management Scheme are being held up because they have yet to receive their 2005 IACS payment.
(55867)
440
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what cross-border preparations have taken place for the potential impact of avian influenza; and what plans have been agreed by the two administrations.
(55872)
441
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by Roads Service in each year since 2000, broken down by district council area.
(55174)
442
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the decisions of the Independent Panel which deals with appeals against decisions made by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are binding.
(55175)
443
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what are the (a) remit and (b) powers of the Independent Panel which deals with appeals against decisions made by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; and if he will make a statement.
(55176)
444
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the time taken on the decision on whether to extradite Larry Zaitschek.
(54619)
445
N
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the delay in extradition of Larry Zaitschek was connected with the Denis Donaldson case.
(54620)
446
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55707)
447
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55728)
448
N
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the Government will extend the final submission date for the public consultation on post-primary education to take account of the recent postal strike in Belfast.
(55103)
Questions to the Prime Minister
449
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will appoint a Cabinet Minister with responsibility for British Overseas Territories.
(55852)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
450
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the erection of new electricity pylons in Scotland as it affects (a) energy and (b) planning policy is a (i) reserved and (b) devolved matter.
(56155)
451
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55703)
452
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55722)
Questions to the Solicitor General
453
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Solicitor General, if he will make a statement on the conduct of the Crown Prosecution Service in the trial of Mike McCartney.
(55733)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
454
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will amend the Control of Misleading Advertisements Regulations 1988 to prevent the sending of unsolicited mail which imposes a charge on the recipient; and if he will make a statement.
(55700)
455
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the operation of (a) the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001, (b) the Prevention of Oil Pollution Act 1971, (c) the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution, Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 and (d) the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in the oil and gas industry.
(55814)
456
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received on the operation of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in its application to the oil and gas industry.
(55857)
457
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many oil licences were issued by his Department in each of the last 10 years.
(55858)
458
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the relocation of the National Institute for Medical Research from Mill Hill to Euston on (a) the Institute's facilities for dealing with animals, (b) the Institute's ability to provide high level containment for dangerous pathogens and (c) the Institute's capability for dealing with the changing threats posed by emerging infections.
(55854)
459
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the original estimate was of the cost of moving the National Institute for Medical Research from Mill Hill to Euston; what the most recent estimate is of the cost of the relocation; and whether he plans to re-examine the question of relocation in the light of cost.
(55855)
460
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will introduce legislation to amend the Water Industry Act 1991 to prevent water companies from charging surface water drainage charges to those who do not receive the service.
(56046)
461
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his assessment is of the number of households that qualify for a rebate on their Surface Water Drainage Charge, but have not applied.
(56047)
462
N
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) types and (b) levels of subsidy have been given to the rural post office network in (i) Wales, (ii) Ogmore constituency and (iii) the Bridgend County Borough area in each year since 1997; and what the average annual income of a rural post office from each such subsidy was in each year.
(54904)
463
N
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices in (a) Ogmore constituency, (b) the Bridgend County Borough area and (c) the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough area are designated (i) rural, (ii) urban and (iii) other.
(54905)
464
N
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) nature, (b) duration and (c) location is of pilot studies to (i) assist with the long-term viability of post offices and (ii) assess the viability of remote post office branches after the end of the Post Office Card Account.
(54906)
465
N
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether alternative funding will be put in place to ensure the continuation of Post Office banking in remote communities after the withdrawal of Post Office card accounts.
(54907)
466
N
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices in Ogmore constituency receive rural support funding.
(55389)
467
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent steps he has undertaken to promote the rights of workers among migrant workers' groups.
(56178)
468
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consideration he has given to the establishment of a migrant workers' helpline by his Department to report (a) poor working conditions and (b) worker intimidation.
(56179)
469
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much coal was imported into the UK in 2005; and what the main sources for such imports were in each year since 2000.
(56195)
470
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he intends to answer the letter dated 12th December 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr Paul Miller transferred by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
(55759)
471
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department gives to promote the European potash industry.
(56125)
472
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many retail businesses have been closed in each year since 1997.
(56127)
473
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department gives to small local businesses in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(56128)
474
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government will take steps to ensure the introduction of fire safety cigarette lighters into the UK.
(56078)
475
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons Oxley and Coward solicitors refused to release papers as instructed by Thomas Foster, a constituent of the hon. Member for Bassetlaw; and if he will take steps to investigate the matter.
(55102)
476
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much in solicitors' costs has been partially refused due to breach of regulation 4 of the conditional fee regulations for miners' hearing loss claims.
(55298)
477
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he is taking to ensure that mobile phone tracking by individuals is properly regulated.
(55662)
478
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 20th July 2005 to the hon. Member for Meriden, Official Report, column 1744W, on regional development agencies, what the allocated funding was of each office outside the UK for 2005-06; and where each office was located.
(56054)
479
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was allocated to tackling social exclusion by his Department in 2006-07; and from which budgets.
(56196)
480
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidelines exist for the design of fireworks with regard to their safety; and if he will make a statement.
(55647)
481
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government intends to bring forward amendments to the Company Law Reform Bill to make companies accountable for their impact on (a) workers, (b) communities and (c) the environment.
(55850)
482
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value was of (a) exports to and (b) imports from Lesotho in each of the past 20 years at current prices.
(56201)
483
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55701)
484
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55731)
485
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what policies his Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.
(56145)
486
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the annual (a) volume and (b) value of gas (i) exported from and (ii) imported to the UK was in each year since 1997.
(55252)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
487
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which bodies maintain records of passengers on board non-charter aircraft which transit the United Kingdom.
(55382)
488
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to establish on how many occasions since 1st January 2001 US-registered aircraft (a) N44982, formerly N8068V and N379P and (b) N313P have landed at a UK airport.
(55384)
489
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with GNER on the East Coast Main Line service out of King's Cross in 2005.
(55903)
490
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he was first informed that GNER had made significant donations to the Labour Party in the fourth quarter of 2005.
(55905)
491
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) departmental officials have had with GNER in (i) the last quarter of 2005, (ii) the first three quarters of 2005 and (iii) 2006.
(55906)
492
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what hospitality (a) Ministers and (b) officials have received from GNER in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(55907)
493
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he was first informed that GNER had increased its donation to the Labour Party in the period immediately prior to the re-awarding of its franchise.
(55908)
494
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent assessment is of the volume of traffic flows on (a) the A40 between Gloucester and Highnam, (b) the A40 between Highnam and Huntley, (c) the A40 between Huntley and Ross-on-Wye, (d) the A48 between Highnam and Lydney, (e) the A48 between Lydney and Chepstow and (f) the A417 between Gloucester and junction 2 of the M50.
(55901)
495
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account will be taken of representations from the East Midlands Regional Assembly in deciding on the future of the Asfordby to Edwatton railway test track.
(55390)
496
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Department expects to meet Network Rail to discuss the findings of Network Rail's review of the provision of railway test facilities in the UK.
(55391)
497
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria he used in taking the decision not to take over the ownership and operation of the Asfordby to Edwatton railway test track.
(55392)
498
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of the impact on future railway industry development and research of the closure of the Asfordby to Edwatton railway test track.
(55393)
499
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions have taken place with interested parties on the future of the Asfordby to Edwatton railway test track.
(55394)
500
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that late night public transport for young people is available in Peterborough.
(55736)
501
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in reducing identity fraud via the misuse of driving licences.
(56018)
502
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of offering (a) free and (b) concessionary rail travel for senior citizens.
(56019)
503
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the First Great Western Trains' December 2006 timetable consultation; and whether the Department intends to make a submission to the consultation.
(56050)
504
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints his Department has received since January 2005 about First Great Western Trains' service performance; and how the Department responded to such complaints.
(56051)
505
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the proposed termination at Cardiff of the 1515 First Great Western Trains service from London Paddington to Swansea.
(56074)
506
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made in dissuading motorists from using hand-held mobile telephones whilst driving.
(56075)
507
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made to reduce (a) serious accidents and (b) speeding on motorways and dual carriageways.
(56076)
508
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the punctuality of services on First Great Western Trains Ltd up to December 2005.
(56077)
509
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Health and Safety Executive's Railway Inspectorate inspectors visited Llansamlet Railway Station in 2004-05; and what assessment they made of the station facilities and security arrangements.
(56080)
510
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to withdraw Pacer Unit rolling stock on Arriva Trains Wales services from Swansea.
(56082)
511
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on his Department's work with (a) Network Rail and (b) train operating companies to reduce petty crime at major rail stations.
(56126)
512
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what improvements are to be made to (a) First Great Western Trains and (b) Arriva Trains Wales rolling stock on services from Swansea under current franchise agreements.
(56133)
513
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the (a) persons and (b) organisations consulted on plans to introduce a certificate of professional competence for drivers of commercial vehicles; whether he is still consulting thereon; when he expects to introduce firm proposals; and if he will make a statement.
(55875)
514
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a special category under his certificate of professional competence for drivers of commercial vehicles to enable a lower level of training to be undertaken where the driver only intends to drive a historic commercial vehicle and that vehicle is not being used for commercial purposes.
(55876)
515
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the proportion of trains running between Doncaster and Sheffield that stop at Rotherham Central Station.
(55794)
516
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements are in place for regular contact between his Department and the National Assembly Government to discuss the improvement and maintenance of transport links between England and Wales.
(55830)
517
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of motorway are under repair on the M4 between junction 13 and the Almondsbury interchange.
(55831)
518
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has evaluated on the quality of analysis by independent tachograph chart analysis bureaux.
(55745)
519
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for the UK haulage industry; and what estimate he has made of the number of commercial haulage operators over the next five years.
(55747)
520
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the last review of the regulation of the UK's haulage industry was carried out.
(55749)
521
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many tachographs were issued in the UK over the last five years.
(55750)
522
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made on departmental business since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55711)
523
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55723)
524
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic fatalities there have been on Jenkins Hill, Sheppey, in the last 30 years.
(55108)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
525
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on pathways to work pilot schemes in Wales.
(56132)
526
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.
(55708)
527
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55729)
528
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the services the Community Legal Service provides to rural Welsh communities and (b) the likely effect on rural Welsh communities of the proposed termination of the service.
(55684)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
529
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action the Government is taking to encourage local authorities to develop strategies aimed at promoting take-up of benefits; and what national assessment has been made of the strategies already in place.
(55932)
530
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made in terms of each of the non-contributory benefits of the proportion of people who are entitled to access benefits who fail to do so; what measures are in place to encourage awareness of and access to those schemes and benefits, with particular reference to people who (a) are not able to read and (b) are not on the electoral roll.
(55933)
531
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statistics his Government has produced on the persistence of poverty at levels below the 50 per cent. and 40 per cent. median income lines.
(56034)
532
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statistics the Government collects that are broken down by £10 bands of equivalised weekly household income.
(56035)
533
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statistics the Government collects on sources of income broken down by level of income.
(56036)
534
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statistics the Government collects on the equality of asset ownership.
(56037)
535
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government collects statistics on the (a) dynamics and (b) persistence of asset poverty.
(56038)
536
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what statistics the Government collates on income sources as a proportion of net income.
(56039)
537
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to what extent differences between poverty levels are recorded on a (a) before and (b) after housing costs basis attributable to the use of different equivalisation scales.
(56040)
538
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of people had an income below 40 per cent. of median income in each year since 1997 (a) before and (b) after housing costs.
(56041)
539
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the figures used to produce the income distribution curves on page 11 of the most recent edition of Households Below Average Income are publicly available.
(56042)
540
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many temporary national insurance numbers have been allocated in each year since 1997.
(55300)
541
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006 to Question 52272, what the percentage changes in numbers of housing benefit claimants were; and what the cost to the Exchequer was in each local authority in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
(56234)
542
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006 to Question 52272, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increases in the number of housing benefit claimants in Hampshire.
(56235)
543
N
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of each payable benefit was transacted through (a) a Post Office Card Account, (b) another account at a post office and (c) a bank account that is not accessed at a post office in (i) the UK, (ii) Wales, (iii) Bridgend, (iv) Ogmore constitutency and (v) Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough area in the last period for which figures are available.
(55107)
544
N
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of each payable benefit was transacted through (a) a Post Office Card Account and (b) another account at a post office in (i) rural post offices, (ii) urban post offices, (iii) Communities First areas in Wales and (iv) Communities First areas in the South Wales valleys in the latest period for which figures are available.
(55452)
545
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment has been made of customer service performance at the Swansea Pension Centre.
(56017)
546
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will increase the lower limit pay disregard.
(55734)
547
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will give a higher priority in Jobcentre Plus's performance measurance to its performance in keeping employed people in their jobs.
(55738)
548
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the Torfaen constituency have claimed (a) incapacity benefit, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) income support in each year since 1997.
(55826)
549
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) benefits and (b) other assistance is offered by the Government to those who act as carers for ill or disabled relatives; what measures are in place to encourage higher levels of take-up of this support; and if he will make a statement.
(55828)
550
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people have been helped by New Deal for Young People in Swindon.
(55802)
551
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits (i) he and (ii) his predecessor made on departmental business since 5th May 2005; and how many letters he and his predecessor sent in that period.
(55716)
552
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.
(55726)
553
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average duration of awards of incapacity benefit and income support made to those with myalgic encephalomyelitis in Lancaster and Wyre has been in the last three years.
(55757)
554
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with myalgic encephalomyelitis have been awarded (a) incapacity benefit and (b) income support in Lancaster and Wyre on the basis of incapacity for work in the last 12 months.
(55758)
555
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many awards of incapacity benefit and income support have been made to patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis in Lancaster and Wyre (a) on the basis of and (b) without a report from an examining medical practitioner.
(55763)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
556
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of Burmese gems imported in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (55656)
557
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of lone parents are (a) in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time work and (b) not in employment; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (55821)
558
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Torfaen constituency (a) under the age of 25 years and (b) over the age of 25 years were long-term unemployed in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (55827)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
559
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, for what reason the Government has not accepted requests to limit by legislation the power to deliver by the scope of Part 1 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill highly political measures.
[Transferred] (56154)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
560
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many widowed service pensioners have made post-retirement marriages, broken down by constituency.
[Transferred] (55971)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
561
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the rate of pregnancy amongst under 18s was in the most deprived areas in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (55934)
562
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the causes of high teenage pregnancy rates in deprived areas.
[Transferred] (55935)
563
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the internet access points funded by Government Departments; and what the (a) location and (b) postcode is of each.
[Transferred] (55697)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
564
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30th June 2005, Official Report, column 1644W, on rats, if she will place a copy in the Library of the relevant section of the English house condition survey.
[Transferred] (55928)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
565
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there is a licensing regime for the import of fish and seafood from Burma.
[Transferred] (55659)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
566
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make Commonwealth Day a national holiday.
[Transferred] (55940)
567
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to seek provision for the separate representation of British overseas territories at Future World Trade Organisation talks.
[Transferred] (55944)
568
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on Ofcom's plans to create regional dialling codes; and on what administrative government boundaries the codes will be based.
[Transferred] (56088)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
569
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many community support officers there are in the British Transport Police in (a) Swansea and (b) England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (55996)
570
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers are responsible for policing (a) Llansamlet Railway Station and (b) Swansea East constituency.
[Transferred] (55997)
571
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the British Transport Police have made of (a) the incidence of vandalism and (b) levels of passenger security at Llansamlet Railway Station.
[Transferred] (56081)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
572
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what progress is being made to establish (a) inter-Wales air services and (b) scheduled air services from Swansea Airport.
[Transferred] (56131)
573
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will write to Rhodri Morgan, the Leader of the Welsh Assembly, to express concerns about the effects on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital of the level of funding by Welsh health authorities for patients crossing the border to use the hospital.
[Transferred] (55943)
574
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people in Torfaen constituency are (a) paid carers and (b) unpaid carers for relatives.
[Transferred] (55829)

 
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