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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 8 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 8 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 8 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 8 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 8 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 8 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the five year survival rate is for bowel cancer in (a) England and (b) Wales.
(57220)
2
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average earnings of full-time employees in Stroud constituency were in April of each year since 1997.
(57238)
3
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the population of (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Stroud constituency; and what assessment he has made of the likely population growth in each area in each of the next 10 years.
(57239)
4
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet of 16th January 2006, Official Report, column 1157W, on departmental equipment, when his Department last made an assessment of value for money for the procurement of its mobile telephones and associated services; what figures were used in the assessment as an indicator of the cost to the Department of these services; and if he will make a statement.
(57189)
5
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet of 16th January 2006, Official Report, column 1157W, on departmental equipment, how his Department ensures compliance with best value practice for the procurement of mobile telephones and associated services; and if he will make a statement.
(57190)
6
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the rules on inheritance tax.
(57116)
7
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether an item imported to the United Kingdom over 100 years after its production is eligible for antique value added tax relief; and if he will make a statement.
(57112)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
8
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much funding has been made available for legal services for women asylum seekers in the UK in the last three years for which figures are available.
(56618)
9
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006, Official Report, column 111W, on the 1911 Census, whether there have been recorded instances in the last 30 years of an individual making representations against the publication of information contained in the 1911 Census.
(56897)
10
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the maximum period is for a response from a body subject to an appeal after refusal to provide information for a freedom of information request.
(57067)
11
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what progress has been made towards recruiting additional specialist asylum judges to adjudicate the backlog of appeals by asylum-seekers; and if she will make a statement.
(57088)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
12
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of (a) the amount which will be raised from and (b) the maximum commercial value of the resale of licences for the frequencies on the electromagnetic spectrum that will be freed once analogue television is turned off; and if she will make a statement.
(57104)
13
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Government has allocated for support for individuals on low incomes to purchase equipment in preparation for the switch to digital television in each year leading up to the switchover; and if she will make a statement.
(57105)
14
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what grants have been awarded to stage (a) cultural and (b) sporting events in the UK from National Lottery funds in each of the last five years; and what the tax income to HM Treasury from those grant-aided events was.
(57217)
15
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures will be used under the Gambling Act 2005 to work with cultural and sporting bodies to tackle illegal gambling.
(57218)
16
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact on the tourism industry of staging (a) cultural events and (b) sporting events.
(57244)
17
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for television licence evasion there were in each of the last five years; and how many in each category were of women.
(57152)
18
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to change the arrangement whereby parliamentary and Government offices do not need a television licence for each set used in office and estate buildings.
(57196)
19
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessments she has made of potential overruns in the BBC Broadcasting House building project's (a) timetable and (b) budget.
(57095)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
20
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Defence College of Information Systems will remain in Blandford under the Defence Training Review.
(57151)
21
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd March 2006, Official Report, columns 868-9W, on Apache helicopters, what were the reasons for the four-year delay in reaching the full complement of trained Apache helicopter pilots.
(57065)
22
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received in the last five years on fitting reticulated foam devices to all Mk1 Hercules aircraft.
(57108)
23
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his plans are for combat search and rescue cover for downed RAF aircrews in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(57109)
24
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to fit the new K model Hercules aircraft with (a) the latest generation defensive aids suite and (b) foam in the wing tanks; and if he will make a statement.
(57110)
25
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which J model Hercules aircraft have been fitted with (a) the latest generation defensive aids suite and (b) foam in the wing tanks; and what plans he has to equip the remaining aircraft.
(57111)
26
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of (i) the latest generation defensive aids suite and (ii) foam in the wing tanks of Hercules aircraft; and what conclusions he has drawn.
(57154)
27
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when each of the Mk 3 Hercules was fitted with associated defensive aids systems.
(57158)
28
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy not to use Hercules aircraft which have not been fitted with (a) the latest generation defensive aids suite and (b) foam in the wing tanks in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(57160)
29
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether working relations between British forces and local officials in Basra have been restored.
(57248)
30
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the legal status is of the individuals arrested by British and Danish forces in Basra on 24th January.
(57256)
31
N
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll and Bute):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria his Department uses to decide whether to grant requests for Royal Naval vessels to attend events organised by private organisations.
(56997)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
32
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the use of mapping products and services that have been wholly or partly funded under the National Interest Mapping Service Agreement in public procurement competitions.
(56953)
33
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of a potential competitive advantage for Ordnance Survey in the procurement for the Pan Government Agreement due to funding from the National Interest Mapping Service Agreement.
(56954)
34
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) guidance he has given to Ordnance Survey on the exclusion of mapping products and services that have been wholly or partly funded via the National Interest Mapping Service Agreement from bids for the Pan Government Agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(56955)
35
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what level of earnings a single person can have before they start paying council tax if they are (a) under 25 years and (b) over 25 years; and if he will make a statement.
(56891)
36
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on planned funding of green parks in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.
(57226)
37
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many new allotments he has agreed to in each local government area in each of the last three years; and how many have closed over the same period.
(57169)
38
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will announce the Housing Corporation's National Affordable Housing Programme for 2006 to 2008.
(57122)
39
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many social housing units were built with Transitional Local Authority Social Housing Grant funding in 2004-05.
(57216)
40
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the level is of the London Weighting element of pay given to employees of his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(57131)
41
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the registered social landlords who specialise in housing ex-forces personnel.
(57069)
42
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which local government pensions schemes (LGPs) were used as the basis for the Hymans Robertson study in the report Demographics in the LGPS published in September 2005.
(57153)
43
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the organisations and individuals who responded to the consultation on the draft regulations concerning the local government pension scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(57181)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
44
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment her Department has made of the prevalence of the practice of inserting drawing pins and staples into asbestos insulating boards in schools; what steps her Department is taking to communicate the potential health risks associated with this practice to schools; if she will update the asbestos guidance for schools (a) to emphasise that this practice should cease immediately and (b) to reflect the conclusions of the WATCH Committee (WATCH/2006/2) once its final report is published; and if she will make a statement.
(57253)
45
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which regulatory requirements have been lifted from specific schools for a time-limited period pursuant to the Power to Innovate programme.
(57150)
46
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of lessons in (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools were taken by supply teachers in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05, broken down by local education authority.
(57245)
47
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the Ofsted report into The Alcuin Independent School, Leeds, with particular reference to teachers working without criminal record checks.
(57137)
48
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on teachers working without police record checks in (a) state and (b) private schools; and if she will make a statement.
(57138)
49
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment she has made of the influence of the School of Economic Science within (a) St James' independent schools in London and (b) The Alcuin School in Leeds; and if she will make a statement.
(57139)
50
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will meet the Parents and Pupils Inquiry Action Group from St James' independent schools.
(57140)
51
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the reference to the code for school admissions in Clause 37 of the Education and Inspections Bill refers to the version of the Code contained in the draft School Admissions Code of Practice 2005.
(57178)
52
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether under the Education and Inspection Bill secondary schools will be able to seek reports from primary schools on (a) a child's (i) conduct, (ii) motivation and (iii) attendance and (b) on parents' attitude.
(57292)
53
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provision is made in the national curriculum for teaching children about safety issues in relation to (a) highways and (b) railways.
(56598)
54
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of schools are located within a (a) one mile, (b) two mile and (c) three mile railway line corridor.
(56626)
55
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to minimise the effects of strikes by National Association of Teachers of Further and Higher Education and the Association of University Teachers on students in higher education.
(57086)
56
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils being educated in the East Riding of Yorkshire live outside the county's local education authority boundary; and if she will make a statement.
(57212)
57
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in the East Riding of Yorkshire receive the education maintenance allowance; and if she will make a statement.
(57222)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
58
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's targets for the incineration of waste; and if she will make a statement.
(57157)
59
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what position the Government will take at (a) the EU and (b) the forthcoming UN Convention on Biodiversity on genetically modified terminator seeds.
(57173)
60
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons her Department has taken the decision to authorise the removal of synthetic pyrethroids from the market; and what discussions she has held with the Environment Agency on their removal.
(57250)
61
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the significant wildlife reservoirs for bovine tuberculosis.
(57251)
62
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what procedures would be followed in order to ban the import of poultry from a country which has cases of H5N1 avian influenza.
(57252)
63
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions powers introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 have been used to deal with environmental crime.
(57055)
64
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding her Department has provided to Encams in each year since 1997.
(57056)
65
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which pesticides harmful to wildlife she plans to add to the list of those which cannot be held without lawful reason.
(57155)
66
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will consult on adding the (a) peregrine falcon, (b) barn owl, (c) common raven and (d) red-billed chough to the schedule of species whose nests will be protected throughout the year.
(57156)
67
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the leakage rates were for each water company in the latest period for which figures are available.
(56254)
68
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what change there has been in each water company's leakage rate in the last five years.
(56255)
69
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 1st November 2005, Official Report, column 884W, on goats, what evidence she has that the application of tattoos to sheep and goats can cause welfare problems.
(57235)
70
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how intensive pheasant rearing is treated in relation to cross-compliance under single farm payments.
(56951)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
71
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the UK Government is responding to the cholera outbreak in Yei, Southern Sudan; and what support is being provided to the government of Southern Sudan to address potential disease outbreaks.
(57179)
72
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made on the new law proposed by the government of Southern Sudan which would require non-governmental organisations to register with the government within 90 days.
(57180)
73
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN special representative in Sudan, on whether NATO forces should be deployed in Darfur.
(57231)
74
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what sanctions are being considered for use against the different factions involved in the Darfur crisis.
(57232)
75
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made by the Lutundula Commission on the illegal exploitation of resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(57233)
76
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Uganda following the recent election.
(57132)
77
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent on (a) refurbishment, (b) redecorations and (c) furnishings for (i) the embassy and (ii) the Ambassador's residence to the Holy See in the past five years; and if he will make a statement.
(54315)
78
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) agreements and (b) treaties exist between the United Kingdom and the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.
(54316)
79
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what undertakings were entered into by both parties following the restoration of full diplomatic representation between the United Kingdom and the Holy See in 1982; whether these have been varied by either party since; and if he will make a statement.
(54317)
80
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the costs were of (a) the lease of the Ambassador's residence to the Holy See which is to be surrendered in April and (b) the lease of the new residence; and if he will make a statement.
(54433)
81
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the size in square metres is of the residence of the Ambassador to the Holy See which will be surrendered in April; and what the size of the new residence is.
(55756)
82
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Presidential elections in Benin.
(57177)
83
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the US decision to give India access to civilian nuclear assistance; and if he will make a statement.
(57163)
84
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Report by the UN Commission on Human Rights on the situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay; and if he will make a statement.
(57164)
85
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the methods used by the US authorities to end the recent hunger strike in Guantánamo Bay prison; and if he will make a statement.
(57165)
86
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of (a) Russian and (b) Chinese involvement in (i) building facilities and (ii) providing technology to Iran in connection with its nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.
(57166)
87
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Iranian nuclear scientists residing in Iran who have received training in the UK since 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(57168)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
88
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to help carers; and if she will make a statement.
(57224)
89
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will bring forward proposals to make the provision of respite care for people with learning disabilities a statutory duty of local authorities.
(57225)
90
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th February 2006, Official Report, column 2110W, on colon cancer, how many people have been screened under the pilot for bowel cancer screening since 2000; how many of the people subject to screening were subsequently diagnosed with bowel cancer; how many were found to be suffering from bowel polyps; and if she will publish the research and independent evaluation of the project.
(57082)
91
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she collects on survival rates for bowel cancer in other developed countries.
(57219)
92
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent in 2005-06 on the commissioning of non-local services by primary care trusts in strategic health authorities (a) where authorities have been instructed that the sub-regional health economy must balance its budget for 2005-06 and (b) where authorities have not been so instructed.
(57102)
93
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of making regional health economies balance their budgets on commissioning of non-local services by primary care trusts.
(57103)
94
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Strategic Health Authority for South West London has been instructed that the health economy within its jurisdiction must balance its budget for 2005-06.
(57120)
95
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Valuing People initiative on the services provided to people with learning difficulties; and if she will make a statement.
(57114)
96
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her latest estimate is of the number of people with learning difficulties (a) who have been assessed as needing support and (b) who have not received the assessed support from district care trusts in (i) Bradford district, (ii) Yorkshire and (iii) England in a one-year period.
(57115)
97
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been given to primary care trusts in (a) Bradford district, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England to provide support for people with learning disabilities in each of the last eight years.
(57117)
98
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists, excluding principals, assistants and trainees, worked for the Bournemouth Primary Care Trust in each year since 1997.
(57123)
99
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to monitor the services provided by nursing agencies; and if she will make a statement.
(57133)
100
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many admissions to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis via accident and emergency departments there were in the (a) Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Health Authority area and (b) Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust area in each year between 1997 and 2005.
(57193)
101
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to review the operation of the statutory guidance for the social care of deafblind children and adults in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(57279)
102
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the primary care trusts in which United Health are (a) providing and (b) due to provide primary care services; and what the nature of the services provided are in each case.
(57167)
103
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006, Official Report, column 446W, on gender reassignment operations, what is meant by combined operations for (a) male to female and (b) female to male gender reassignment operations.
(57184)
104
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the cost of providing free long-term care for elderly people.
(57291)
105
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to Question 54257, on organ donation, what steps are being taken to improve rates of cadaveric organ donation; and if she will make a statement.
(57295)
106
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans her Department has to introduce specific funding to raise sexual health awareness in areas where rates of diagnosis for sexually transmitted diseases and infections are high.
(57044)
107
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training NHS staff are given to enable them to deal with potentially violent patients and visitors.
(57045)
108
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for methylphenidate were written in each of the last five years, broken down by type of methylphenidate.
(57234)
109
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) cash terms and (b) percentage change in funding to the London Ambulance Service was in each year since 1995.
(57087)
110
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the deficit was in each (a) primary care trust and (b) NHS hospital trust in Suffolk in each of the last four years.
(57237)
111
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the financial position is of each (a) primary care trust and (b) NHS hospital trust in Suffolk for 2005-06; and what financial penalty will be incurred as a result of a deficit.
(57247)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
112
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment has been made of the provision of dental services for women asylum seekers in detention centres.
(56619)
113
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funds were provided by the prison service for facilities for children visiting prisons in the last year for which figures are available.
(57241)
114
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will provide crèche facilities for visitors to prisons.
(57242)
115
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many computer games have been banned from import in each year since 1997; and what the reason was in each case.
(57066)
116
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to stop the import of child pornography in computer games and animation.
(57083)
117
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on custody plus orders in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 on sentences (a) given by the courts and (b) served by prisoners.
(57113)
118
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 928W, on child abuse, what powers the police have (a) to issue a risk of sexual harm order where the offender has been cautioned for the sexual abuse of a child committed more than 50 years ago and (b) to investigate an individual who confesses to an offence of child abuse committed over 50 years ago to determine whether the offender is a risk to children or has committed any subsequent acts of child abuse.
(57277)
119
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which same sex civil partnerships undertaken abroad are recognised in the United Kingdom.
(57119)
120
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many independent custody visitors in England and Wales have signed the Official Secrets Act 1989 as part of the (a) appointment and (b) re-appointment process.
(57124)
121
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines he has issued on whether independent custody visitors need to sign the Official Secrets Act 1989.
(57125)
122
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many independent custody visiting panels have been asked by their police authority to sign the Official Secrets Act 1989.
(57134)
123
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) asylum seekers and (b) failed asylum seekers left the UK under the voluntary assisted return and re-integration programme administered on behalf of his Department by the International Organisation for Migration in each year since 1999, broken down by nationality.
(57107)
124
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are registered with the International Organisation for Migration and awaiting voluntary return under the voluntary assisted return and reintegration programme, broken down by nationality.
(57161)
125
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long, on average, the International Organisation for Migration is taking to complete arrangements for voluntary return under the voluntary assisted return and reintegration programme in the case of applicants from (a) Iraq, (b) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (c) Eritrea, (d) Ethiopia, (e) Somalia, (f) Iran and (g) all nationalities.
(57162)
126
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people normally resident in the Peterborough City Council area were taken to court for breach of anti-social behaviour orders in the last year for which figures are available.
(57192)
127
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the possible amalgamations of the British Transport Police with other forces; and if he will make a statement.
(57197)
128
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statement of 13th February 2006, Official Report, column 1171, on identity cards, what the evidential basis was for his statement that a number of countries, including the US, propose to have 13 sets of biometric data per person on a centrally held database.
(57293)
129
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the country of origin of (i) cocaine, (ii) heroin and (iii) cannabis sold illegally in the UK.
(57050)
130
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suicide attempts in (a) men's prisons, (b) women's prisons and (c) young offender institutions were recorded in (i) England, (ii) the North East and (iii) the Tees Valley in each year since 1997.
(57070)
131
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) suicide, (b) murder, (c) violent attack and (d) self harm were recorded in (i) men's prisons, (ii) women's prisons and (iii) young offender institutions in (A) England, (B) the North East and (C) the Tees Valley in each year since 1997.
(57071)
132
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners are on suicide watch in (a) men's prisons, (b) women's prisons and (c) young offenders' institutions in (i) England, (ii) the North East and (iii) the Tees Valley.
(57072)
133
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what training (a) prison officers and (b) prison nurses undertake to enable them to deal with the mental welfare of prisoners.
(57073)
134
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the levels of (a) suicides and attempted suicides, (b) violent attacks and (c) self harm in prisons.
(57074)
135
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many responses he has received to the consultation paper, Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-Offending; and how many expressed (a) objections to and (b) reservations about its proposals.
(57185)
136
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the responses received by his Department to the consultation paper, Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-Offending.
(57186)
137
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many expressions of interest he has received from (a) private companies, (b) not-for-profit and voluntary organisations and (c) faith-based organisations on obtaining contracts for the end-to-end management of offenders.
(57187)
138
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the future of the Probation Service from the United States corrections industry.
(57188)
139
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Italian prosecutors have contacted UK law enforcement agencies in relation to an investigation of Italian arms exported to Iraq.
(57255)
140
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that the police give greater priority to tackling crimes against wildlife in the Peak District National Park.
(57159)
141
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February 2006, Official Report, column 1714W, if he will make it his policy (a) to ensure that records are maintained of offenders who are given a caution for possession of indecent photographs of children and (b) to prevent such offenders from working with children in the future; and if he will make a statement.
(55465)
142
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many organisations representing the women's voluntary and community sector have been shortlisted for the Active Communities Directorate Strategic Funding Programme.
(57236)
143
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account is taken of gender equality in the work of the Active Communities Directorate.
(57243)
144
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13th February 2006, Official Report, column 1748W, on war criminals, if he will place copies in the Library of the minutes of meetings of the European network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
(57278)
145
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants are in prison.
(57126)
146
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed by illegal immigrants in each of the last five years.
(57127)
147
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deportation cases have not been proceeded with in the last five years where immigrants have alleged that their past crimes will affect the observance of their human rights on return to their country of origin.
(57128)
148
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of outlets in Swindon were found to be selling alcohol to minors between 12th November and 24th December (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(57183)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
149
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many television sets are operationally available on the House of Commons Estate (a) in total, (b) in hon. Members' offices and (c) in each office building on the estate.
(57194)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
150
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of levels of (a) poverty and (b) wealth inequality in (i) India, (ii) Nigeria, (iii) Russia and (iv) China.
(56382)
151
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the aid arising from the pledges of Oslo donors is distributed to all parts of Sudan.
(57176)
152
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on UK humanitarian aid to Sudan.
(57121)
153
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which 10 countries received most in aid from the UK in each year since 1997; and how much each received.
(57213)
154
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries have had 100 per cent. of their debts written off by the UK since 1997.
(57214)
155
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total amount of third world debt written off by the UK has been since 1997.
(57215)
156
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department has given in the last 12 months to the government of Ukraine to ameliorate the health and other problems experienced by families as a consequence of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident; and if he will make a statement.
(57281)
157
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of aid from the UK that has been lost to corruption in each of the last three financial years (a) under the overall budget, (b) in sub-Saharan Africa and (c) in budget support.
(57223)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
158
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions between 1st January 2005 and 28th February 2006 there were reports of disturbances, civil unrest, use of petrol bombs and similar illegal activity that required police presence at the Fountain Estate in Londonderry.
(56676)
159
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps Translink is taking to (a) reduce dependency in its bus fleet on diesel and (b) increase the use of cleaner fuels.
(56677)
160
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of discrimination on the grounds of (a) religious belief and (b) political opinion have been found against local councils in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(56678)
161
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints have been lodged by Northern Ireland civil servants for alleged (a) bullying and (b) mismanagement in each of the cross border bodies in each of the last three years.
(56679)
162
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of trains arriving at and leaving from Coleraine Rail and Bus Station during 2005 did so within five minutes of the timetabled time.
(56680)
163
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Belfast East of 1st December 2005, Official Report, column 2240W, on free school meals, why the number of children in receipt of free school meals exceeds the number of children entitled to free school meals in the (a) South Eastern and (b) Southern Education and Library Board areas.
(57046)
164
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed reforms of liquor licensing on independent licensed premises in the North Down area, with particular reference to the removal of the surrender requirement.
(57047)
165
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what meetings he has had with representatives of organisations concerned with domestic violence regarding the proposed reform of liquor licensing; who the participants were in each meeting; and what the outcome was of each meeting.
(57049)
166
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what total length of each grade of road the Department for Regional Development (DRD) Road Service is responsible, broken down by district council area; and how much (a) was spent in 2004-05, (b) is expected to be spent in 2005-06 and (c) is budgeted to be spent in 2006-07 by DRD Road Service on roads maintenance.
(57051)
167
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been allocated through the Local Community Fund to encourage regeneration in pockets of deprivation in Northern Ireland for 2006-07, broken down by area.
(57052)
168
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the attrition rates were for nurse training courses in Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.
(57053)
169
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will reply to the letter to him dated 11th November 2005 from the hon. Member for North Down in relation to the mental health unit at Ards Hospital.
(57054)
170
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil partnership ceremonies have taken place in each district council area since they became legal in Northern Ireland.
(57057)
171
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken by the Western Education and Library Board to encourage eligible pupils to take up their entitlement to free school meals.
(57058)
172
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the extent of the co-operation between the Department of the Environment tax enforcement branch and the Belfast Harbour Police regarding the regulation of taxi hiring upon the arrival of cruise vessels at Belfast docks.
(57059)
173
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the (a) meetings, (b) discussions and (c) correspondence between representatives of Invest NI and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding potential inward investment into Northern Ireland in each year since 2000.
(57060)
174
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans Invest NI has to lead a trade delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
(57061)
175
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance Invest NI is giving to local companies in helping to develop trade links with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
(57062)
176
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to meet the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to discuss potential economic links to Northern Ireland.
(57063)
177
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on travel expenses by each Department of the Northern Ireland Civil Service in each year since 2000.
(57064)
178
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prosecutions against illegal operators have been brought by the Department of the Environment taxi enforcement branch in each of the last five years in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland.
(57075)
179
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether substantive feedback will be provided to (a) respondents and (b) other stakeholders in the consultation on liquor licensing.
(57085)
180
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many newly-built properties in Northern Ireland were waiting to have their rateable value calculated as at 1st March 2006.
(57096)
181
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research he has commissioned on the likely effects on alcohol-related domestic violence if the proposals for an increase in the number of retail outlets selling alcohol outlined in the document, Liquor Licensing-The Way Forward are implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(57097)
182
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on alcohol-related domestic violence if the proposals for an increase in the number of retail outlets selling alcohol outlined in the document, Liquor Licensing-The Way Forward are implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(57098)
183
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients in each health board area in Northen Ireland are receiving the drug temozolomide via (a) the NHS and (b) private treatment.
(57099)
184
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to make the drug temozolomide available on the NHS in Northern Ireland for the treatment of serious brain conditions.
(57100)
185
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what average length of time was taken to calculate the rateable values of newly-built properties in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what steps are being taken to reduce the time.
(57101)
186
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the consultation on liquor licensing reform will be subject to evaluation.
(57106)
187
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the effectiveness of the Message in a Bottle scheme.
(57285)
188
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which schools in Northern Ireland do not have broadband internet access.
(57286)
189
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to reduce the difference in the levels of financial assistance available to Postgraduate Certificate in Education students in Northern Ireland and England and Wales.
(57084)
190
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what issues were raised in the letter to the Health Minister from the coroner investigating the death of Janine Murtagh in the Royal Victoria Hospital on 18th November 2002.
(56949)
191
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the remit was of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority review into the death of Janine Murtagh.
(56950)
Questions to the Prime Minister
192
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to Question 54463 tabled by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak, on 16th February 2006 on Guantanamo Bay.
(57294)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
193
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the effect of the EU working time directive on the retirement age.
(57221)
194
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the planned funding is for the national organisation of Citizen's Advice in 2006-07; and how much funding was provided in each of the last five years.
(57229)
195
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding the Government provides to advice agencies for debt management programmes and support; and if he will make a statement.
(57240)
196
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff Central, of 25th January 2006, Official Report, column 2178W, on nuclear waste, from which countries the spent nuclear fuel stored in Scotland comes; where the spent nuclear fuel has been stored since arriving in the UK; how long he expects the spent nuclear waste to be stored at the current site; what assessment he has made of the risks of pollution from the storage of the waste; and if he will make a statement.
(57129)
197
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of hotels and other businesses barring direct calls to the emergency services; if he will introduce legislation to require direct connection to the emergency services by dialing 999 or 112 from any telephone; and if he will make a statement.
(57254)
198
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's position is on tariffs being imposed by the EU on shoes imported from China and Vietnam.
(57170)
199
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's policy is on a single European energy grid.
(57171)
200
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to ensure that companies awarded contracts to run main post offices employ properly trained and suitably skilled staff.
(57274)
201
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to ensure that service levels are maintained when post offices are franchised to the private sector.
(57275)
202
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many main post offices have been franchised to the private sector; and what steps he is taking to monitor (a) the quality of services they provide and (b) the number of complaints from the public.
(57276)
203
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of geothermal energy to meeting (a) current and (b) future domestic energy requirements.
(57282)
204
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to protect consumers from high gas prices; and if he will make a statement.
(57130)
205
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department is giving to the organisers of the Farnborough Air Show; and whether his Department is providing assistance to enable overseas visitors to attend.
(57135)
206
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Ministers will be attending the Farnborough Air Show in July.
(57136)
207
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the potential of (a) clean coal technologies, (b) renewables, (c) nuclear and (d) other forms of energy to contribute to the Government's plans to generate cleaner energy.
(57048)
208
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funds have been allocated for supporting biomass capital projects in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; how many projects which have had their applications accepted have proceeded in each case; and how many applications were rejected.
(56888)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
209
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons full traffic lights have been introduced at junction 14 on the M5; and what evidence his Department has collected of traffic flow problems at that junction.
(57198)
210
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has discussed with the Irish government the Irish Sea fixed link proposal.
(57249)
211
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the relative merits of flash up speed signs in reducing (a) speed and (b) road traffic accidents compared with other road calming methods; and if he will make a statement.
(55113)
212
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what investigations are underway on a new access road for Canvey Island; which body is responsible for undertaking the investigations; and what the budget for the investigations is.
(55114)
213
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) terms of reference and (b) anticipated times of completion are for each investigation into a possible new access road for Canvey Island.
(55115)
214
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will provide a substantive reply to Mr Roger Jobson of Tuckenhay, Chairman of the Riparian and Mooring Rights Owners Group.
(54753)
215
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to improve the provision of public transport in rural areas.
(56952)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
216
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made using the Government's standard measure of the number of households paying council tax which are in poverty.
(56889)
217
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made using the Government's standard measure of the number of children in poverty who are in council tax paying households.
(56890)
218
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many work-focused interviews have been carried out by his Department under the New Deal for Lone Parents (a) in each year since the inception of the programme and (b) in each of the last 12 calendar months, broken down by the respective qualifying period for interviews under the scheme.
(57287)
219
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time was for a work-focused interview under the New Deal for Lone Parents in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many benefit recipients who should have received such an interview have not received one.
(57288)
220
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have been subject to sanctions for not attending a work-focused interview under the New Deal for Lone Parents (a) once, (b) twice and (c) three times or more in each year since the introduction of the scheme; what the average loss of benefits was in each year; and how many claimants sanctioned subsequently had their benefit reinstated.
(57289)
221
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average (a) duration and (b) cost was of a work-focused interview under the New Deal for Lone Parents in the latest period for which figures are available.
(57290)
222
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the evidential basis is for the change in the Government's definition of poverty from 50 to 60 per cent. of average income.
(57068)
223
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the most common medical conditions for which incapacity benefit claimants in Stroud constituency receive the benefit.
(57227)
224
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the weekly state earnings-related pension scheme and second state pension entitlement is for someone retiring with (a) 10 and (b) 20 years' national insurance contributions.
(56996)
225
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incapacity benefit claimants in Putney constituency have been in receipt of the benefit for (a) less than six months, (b) between six months and one year, (c) one to three years, (d) three to five years and (e) five years or more; and if he will make a statement.
(57182)
226
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the relative level of (a) in-work and (b) out-of-work benefits paid to single parents; and if he will make a statement.
(57118)
227
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the interim conclusions of the inquiry into the Buncefield fire; and if he will place these interim conclusions in the Library.
(55116)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
228
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the (a) cultural industry and (b) sporting industry in the UK.
[Transferred] (57246)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
229
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she will review the operation of magistrates' courts with regard to delays in cases being heard by magistrates, with particular reference to Peterborough Magistrates' Court; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (57191)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
230
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will fund a concessionary television licence fee for refuge centres that shelter women and children from domestic violence.
[Transferred] (57195)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
231
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November 2005, to the hon. Member for Brent East, Official Report, column 188W, on housing, how many units (a) built and (b) procured under (i) the Starter Home Initiative, (ii) the Key Worker Living Programme and (iii) other key workers housing schemes have been sold to non-key workers under the cascade mechanism in (A) the South East, (B) London and (C) the East of England in each year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (57149)
232
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006, to the hon. Member for Brent East, Official Report, column 2239W, on local government finance, how much each local authority in England was paid in service debt charges in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (57172)
233
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006 to the hon. Member for Brent East, Official Report, column 2239W, on local government finance, what the local authority allowances for management, maintenance and major repairs were in each year since 1997; and what the (a) service debt charges and (b) rental income paid to local authorities were in each year in the same period.
[Transferred] (57174)
234
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006 to the hon. Member for Brent East, Official Report, column 2234W, on housing, what weighting is given in the (a) management and maintenance allowance and (b) major repairs allowance formulae to compensate local authorities in London for the costs associated with medium and high rise tower blocks.
[Transferred] (57175)
235
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the final figures were for expenditure on transitional local authority social housing grant in each Government office region in 2004-05.
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Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
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Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy in the Eastern Region.
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Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, with particular reference to dealing with appliances left on standby.
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