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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 14 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 14 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 14 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 14 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 Tuesday 14 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 14 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Government Department has oversight of initiatives undertaken at national level as part of the Lisbon Agenda.
(58534)
2
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children in Wales were living in single parent households in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) 2005.
(58461)
3
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what gross domestic product per capita was in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland in (i) 1979, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2005.
(58464)
4
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for the council tax rebate for people of pensionable age.
(57399)
5
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Stroud constituency (a) under and (b) over the age of 25 years were long-term unemployed in each year since 1997; and how many people in each age group participated in the New Deal in each year.
(58710)
6
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average earnings of full-time employees in Ribble Valley constituency were in April in each year since 1997.
(58596)
7
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on each element of the (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in each (i) country and (ii) region in each of the last five years.
(58333)
8
N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he and his officials have had with (a) other EU countries and (b) heritage, amenities and conservation groups on the proposal for a reduced rate of VAT on domestic building work.
(58387)
9
N
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the impact on conservation of a reduction in VAT rates on domestic building work.
(58388)
10
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many approved private finance initiative schemes for the 2004-05 financial year included energy self-generation and water recycling measures; and what proportion this represented of total approvals.
(58723)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
11
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he will publish in full the responses to the consultation on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.
(58722)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
12
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what action she is taking to ensure that English notaries are able to practise in other European countries.
(58605)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
13
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local authority (a) 50, (b) 25 and (c) under 25 metre swimming pools were (i) opened and (ii) closed in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(58718)
14
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of her Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 2004-05 financial year.
(58757)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
15
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when RAF Harrier jets (a) were first deployed to Afghanistan and (b) are due to be withdrawn.
(57402)
16
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Harrier jets have been in Afghanistan during their deployment by the RAF; and on how many occasions in each six-month period they have engaged insurgents.
(57403)
17
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role has been of the RAF Harrier Jet deployment in Afghanistan; and by whom it will be carried out after their withdrawal.
(57404)
18
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what (a) military and (b) economic factors the decision to withdraw RAF Harriers from Afghanistan was based; and whether representations against the withdrawal have been received by the Department.
(57405)
19
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it remains his policy that no timetable for the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq should be indicated in advance of the completion of their mission.
(57406)
20
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British service men and women are serving in Afghanistan.
(58094)
21
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the British armed forces have been (a) injured and (b) killed in Afghanistan since the start of the conflict.
(58334)
22
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what circumstances (a) UK and (b) foreign aircraft which are privately owned may land at UK military airfields.
(58467)
23
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the letter from the right hon. Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow to the right hon. Member for North East Fife of 2nd March 2006, whether each of the planes listed (a) was a US state aircraft for the purposes of the Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation 1944 and (b) had requested and obtained permission to land from UK authorities.
(58468)
24
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of his Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 2004-05 financial year.
(58750)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
25
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) full-time and (b) retained fire-fighters have been (i) employed and (ii) taken early retirement in Lancashire Fire Authority in each year since 1996-97.
(58595)
26
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department will consult on the reform of the commission payment mechanism for Park homes; and if he will make a statement.
(58590)
27
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the likely total income in capital receipts from the sale of council housing under the right-to-buy scheme in 2005-06.
(58667)
28
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the total income in capital receipts from the sale of council housing under the right-to-buy scheme in each Government Office Region in 2004-05.
(58674)
29
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will require each local authority to submit a report to his Department setting out the capital programmes it funds using the 25 per cent. of retained capital receipts from the sale of council housing under the right-to-buy scheme.
(58691)
30
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much of the capital receipts from right-to-buy sales in debt-free local authorities will be centrally pooled in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(58692)
31
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of his Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 2004-05 financial year.
(58734)
32
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of social housing have been completed in Oxford City in each of the last 10 years.
(58285)
33
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he expects the empty property scheme to be implemented by (a) Swale Borough Council and (b) Kent County Council.
(58594)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
34
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the operation of section 159 of the Education Act 2002.
(58706)
35
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many proprietors have been prosecuted for operating unregistered schools (a) under the Education Act 2002 and (b) prior to the implementation of the Education Act 2002 between (i) 1997 and 2002 and (ii) 1991 and 1996; and what the outcome was of each prosecution for cases which have been completed.
(58707)
36
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her Department has been prevented by the regulatory framework from pursuing a prosecution under section 159 of the Education Act 2002 after deciding to do so; and if she will make a statement.
(58708)
37
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on how many occasions the Chief Inspector has been requested to exercise his powers under section 159(2) of the Education Act 2002 in each year since its enactment; what the outcome was of each such inspection; and if she will make a statement.
(58709)
38
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the Government will report on progress on the Sure Start targets of an increase in the proportion of children with (a) satisfactory speech and language development at age two years, (b) normal levels of communication, language and literacy at age five years and (c) normal levels of personal, social and emotional development for their age; and if she will make a statement.
(58730)
39
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what types of early interventions children's centres are expected to offer families with a disabled child.
(58736)
40
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many disabled children, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, have received a service from Sure Start local programmes.
(58737)
41
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many graduates are waiting for their 2004-05 student loan repayments to be transferred from HM Revenue and Customs to the Student Loans Company.
(58592)
42
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much capital funding was allocated to schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996-97.
(58670)
43
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were in classes of 31 or more in (a) infant schools and (b) infant classes in primary schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996-97.
(58671)
44
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many full-time equivalent teachers were working in maintained schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996-97.
(58672)
45
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget was for the Brighton and Hove Local Education Authority in each year since 1996-97.
(58673)
46
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the reasons were for the delay until 23rd February in responding to the letter from the hon. Member for Manchester Central sent on 31st August 2005 (DFES Ref: 2005/0050065POJS).
(58535)
47
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the last financial year.
(58751)
48
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what allocation has been made for Sure Start programmes in Oxford City for each year since its inception.
(58284)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
49
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will consider making interest payments in cases where single farm payments are delayed by failure to validate the mapping of farms.
(58465)
50
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what controls (a) she and (b) the European Union have placed on (i) the import and (ii) the export of hatching eggs.
(58591)
51
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects the results of the Waste and Resources Action Programme's Bag for Life scheme to be published.
(58494)
52
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) real term price and (b) percentage increases in water rates on the previous year have been for each water company in each year since privatisation.
(58699)
53
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what real terms funding for infrastructure each water company has made in each year since privatisation.
(58700)
54
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times (a) her Department and (b) Ofwat has (i) approved and (ii) not approved increases in water rates charges in each year since privatisation.
(58703)
55
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 2004-05 financial year.
(58748)
56
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will permit farmers who do not wish to use the National Fallen Stock Scheme to choose their own contractors if they have fallen stock.
(57987)
57
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's criteria are for assessing the potential socio-economic impact of varietal genetic use restriction technologies.
(58602)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
58
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will raise the human rights situation of Haitian migrant workers during the forthcoming visit of President Fernandez of the Dominican Republic; and if he will make a statement.
(57924)
59
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Belarus regarding the arrest, imprisonment and intimidation of opposition leaders (a) Anatoly Lebedko and (b) Vincuk Viacorka in the period leading up to the presidential election on 19th March.
(58533)
60
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average processing times were for (a) non-settlement and (b) settlement visa applications at each office in (i) Pakistan, (ii) India and (iii) Bangladesh in the last period for which figures are available.
(58677)
61
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa applications were (a) made and (b) processed in (i) Pakistan, (ii) India and (iii) Bangladesh in each year since 2002.
(58678)
62
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what periods since 2002 each visa office in (a) Pakistan, (b) India and (c) Bangladesh was not able to accept visa applications for (i) students, (ii) first-time visitors under 25 years and (iii) working holiday makers.
(58679)
63
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is Government policy to seek to indict those responsible for human rights abuses in Sudan for referral to the International Criminal Court.
(58740)
64
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what part the UK is playing in the peace talks between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
(58741)
65
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government in (a) Khartoum and (b) Juba about the fulfillment of the International Criminal Court warrants served on the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army.
(58742)
66
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to help the Mauritanian authorities to reduce the number of people attempting to enter the European Union illegally from Mauritanian (a) territory and (b) waters.
(58716)
67
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will establish an embassy in Novakchott.
(58717)
68
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the impact on members of minority faith groups in Egypt of the requirement under the Egyptian government's identity card system to register only as Muslim, Christian or Jewish.
(58669)
69
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the legality of interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
(58466)
70
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) his officials have received evidence of the use of dogs as part of interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
(58603)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
71
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to enable each pregnant woman to be cared for by one midwife throughout pregnancy.
(58599)
72
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to provide more choice for women in (a) (i) where and (ii) how their babies are delivered and (b) the use of pain relief in labour.
(58600)
73
N
Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by whom and on what basis certain primary care trusts have been instructed to bank their target of efficiency savings in the next financial year with the relevant strategic health authority; and for what purposes strategic health authorities are being authorised to extend the funds collected in this way.
(58532)
74
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses per 100 beds there have been in each hospital in Lancashire in each year since 1997.
(58597)
75
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has paid (a) Kate Lorig and (b) Stanford University for the use of the Expert Patient Programme for the Chronically Ill.
(58598)
76
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the responses received to the proposals of the Better Regulation of Over the Counter (OTC) Medicines Initiative for the raising of fees for the validation of OTC medicines; and if she will make a statement.
(58654)
77
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications received by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency for the validation of over the counter medicines are outstanding; and if she will make a statement.
(58655)
78
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will answer Questions (a) 51633, (b) 51635, (c) 52749, (d) 52765, (e) 52767, (f) 53030, (g) 53840, (h) 55583, (i) 55601, (j) 55743 and (k) 56246 tabled by the hon. Member for Forest of Dean.
(58658)
79
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response her Department has received from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to questions on the procedure for assessing drugs for Alzheimer's disease; and if she will place a copy of the responses in the Library.
(58385)
80
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact on mental health services of the implementation of payment by results.
(58766)
81
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff from health trusts in Cumbria have been abroad on training courses in the last five years; and at what cost in each case.
(58729)
82
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of her Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the last financial year.
(58753)
83
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what dates she expects each of the trusts serving Oxfordshire to have (a) determined and (b) published its budget for 2006-07.
(58283)
84
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inquiries concerning abuse by health or social care staff there have been in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) local authority area in the last five years; what the status of each inquiry was; whether the data from each inquiry has been brought together; and what plans for action were made as a result of the inquiries.
(58711)
85
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been provided for the establishment of lip reading classes to assist those with hearing difficulties in North Yorkshire in each of the last three years.
(58712)
86
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been provided for the establishment of lip reading classes in England in each of the last three years.
(58713)
87
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been of care workers under sections 38 to 41 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, broken down by profession.
(58715)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
88
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were prosecuted in courts in Newcastle for (a) selling alcohol to persons under 18 years for consumption on the premises and (b) selling alcohol from wholesalers to a person under 18 years in each year since 2001.
(58665)
89
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many actions for recovery of assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 have been undertaken following conviction for the employment of illegal migrants.
(58727)
90
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has given to prisons in England and Wales regarding the fingerprinting of visitors.
(58656)
91
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons in England and Wales require visitors to submit fingerprints.
(58657)
92
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1st March 2006, Official Report, column 813W, on the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund, whether faith organisations can apply to the three funds to which the answer refers.
(58693)
93
N
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the results were of the tracking exercises to monitor compliance by visa holders.
(57930)
94
Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many injury award pensions are being paid by each police force in England and Wales.
(58724)
95
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many test purchase operations to target underage sales of alcohol were carried out by police and trading standards officers in Swindon between 12th November 2004 and 24th December 2005.
(58764)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
96
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many international humanitarian organisations are operating in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and how many personnel are employed by such organisations in each country.
(58719)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
97
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he proposes to seek clearance by the European Commission to grant regional aid to the port of Warrenpoint; how much regional aid he proposes to grant the port; for what purposes the regional aid is intended to be used; and whether the grant would be repayable.
(58604)
98
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the last traffic survey on the Greehaw Road was carried out; and what the main findings of the survey were.
(58739)
99
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the (a) static and (b) touring caravan sector has contributed to the economy of Northern Ireland in each of the past 10 years.
(58765)
100
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which Department of the Northern Ireland Office is reponsible for (a) the prevention of coastal erosion and (b) its effect on tourism in Northern Ireland.
(58770)
101
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of his Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the last financial year.
(58749)
102
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what educational research the proposed framework entitlement for post-primary pupils in Northern Ireland is based.
(58676)
103
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) employers and (b) parents were consulted by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment in respect of the Key Stage 3 curriculum proposals for Northern Ireland.
(58684)
Questions to the Prime Minister
104
N
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has made a determination under section 87(3) of the Scotland Act 1998.
(58332)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
105
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of the Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 2004-05 financial year.
(58755)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
106
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the possible effect of the European Court of Justice ruling in Werner Mangold v Rudiger Helm (Case C -144/04, 22nd November 2005) on his Department's proposals for a default retirement age.
(58685)
107
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Salisbury, of 18th August 2005, about Mr Chris Knight of Craze Brothers Ltd in Salisbury.
(58728)
108
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to investigate the reasons for the increases in (a) gas and (b) electricity prices in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(58701)
109
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the (a) cost in real terms and (b) percentage increase on the previous year of (i) gas and (ii) electricity prices in each year since the industries were privatised.
(58704)
110
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times (a) his Department and (b) Ofgas has (i) approved and (ii) not approved increases in gas and energy prices since privatisation.
(58705)
111
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the last financial year.
(58752)
112
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 30th January 2006, Official Report, columns 113-4W, on wave power, what funding his Department has allocated for wave energy research and development projects in each year since 2000.
(58335)
113
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made in eliminating age discrimination in employment.
(58601)
114
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to encourage households to generate their own electricity.
(58731)
115
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many households installed wind turbines in each year between 2000 and 2005.
(58732)
116
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many households installed solar panels in each year between 2000 and 2005.
(58733)
117
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the proportion of household disposable income spent on energy bills by those households earning (a) the minimum wage, (b) between the minimum wage and average income and (c) above average income in the last period for which figures are available; what assessment he has made of the likely effect on those figures of gas price increases planned in March; and if he will make a statement.
(58720)
118
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect on the (a) number and (b) proportion of pensioners in Wales that will be living in fuel poverty after the gas price increases planned by energy companies in March; and if he will make a statement.
(58725)
119
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many and what proportion of pensioners in Wales were living in fuel poverty in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(58726)
120
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the proportion of household disposable income spent on energy bills by those in the (a) bottom 20 per cent. and (b) top 20 per cent. of earners in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(58746)
121
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the proportion of household disposable income spent by pensioner households in receipt of pension credit on energy bills in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available; what assessment he has made of the likely effect of proposed increases to gas prices in March 2006 on the proportion of such income spent on energy bills; and if he will make a statement.
(58747)
122
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average annual energy bill was per household in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Scotland in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(58760)
123
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what forecast his Department has made of the average annual energy bill per household in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Scotland after the gas price increases announced by energy companies in March 2006 came into effect; and if he will make a statement.
(58761)
124
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of household disposable income was spent on energy bills in households in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(58762)
125
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of household disposable income that will be spent on energy bills for households in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland after the gas price increases announced by energy companies in March 2006 come into effect; and if he will make a statement.
(58763)
126
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of household disposable income that will be spent on energy bills by (a) the bottom 20 per cent. of earners and (b) the top 20 per cent. of earners in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Scotland after the gas price increases announced by energy companies in March 2006 come into effect; and if he will make a statement.
(58767)
127
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the proportion of household disposable income spent on energy bills by those in receipt of benefits in Wales in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(58768)
128
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of household disposable income that will be spent on energy bills by those in receipt of benefits in Wales after the gas price increases announced by energy companies in March 2006 come into effect; and if he will make a statement.
(58769)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
129
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department collects on accidents involving mini-motorbikes.
(58386)
130
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the last financial year.
(58754)
131
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure that E85 bioethanol is available as an alternative vehicle fuel in all areas.
(58714)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
132
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of the Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 2004-05 financial year.
(58756)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
133
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the cost of disregarding for all benefits earned income up to the value of £80.80 per week from any work undertaken by any claimant.
(58738)
134
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of children in Wales were living in poverty in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) 2005.
(58462)
135
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were living in poverty in (a) Wales and (b) Pembrokeshire in each year since 1997.
(58463)
136
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made in helping lone parents back to work.
(57400)
137
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he is contributing to the Government's commitment to eradicate fuel poverty.
(57401)
138
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme/State Second Pension entitlement would be at current prices for someone working until 2010 after (a) one, (b) 15 and (c) 25 years of national insurance contributions, assuming full-time median earnings.
(58593)
139
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of new incapacity benefit claimants in 2005 aged (a) over 50 years and (b) under 50 years had previously been receiving (i) statutory sick pay and (ii) jobseeker's allowance.
(58686)
140
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged between 50 years and State Pension age were working (a) without a level 2 qualification, (b) with a work-limiting health condition and (c) without a level 2 qualification and with a work-limiting health condition in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2005.
(58687)
141
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of new incapacity benefit claimants aged (a) over 50 years and (b) under 50 years ended their claim within six months (i) in the Pathways to Work pilot areas and (ii) in other areas in each year since the pilots began.
(58688)
142
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of incapacity benefit claimants reaching the first anniversary of their claim aged (a) over 50 years and (b) under 50 years left the benefit in the next year in each of the last five years.
(58689)
143
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new claimants for incapacity benefit were aged (a) over 50 years and (b) under 50 years in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2005.
(58690)
144
Christine Russell (City of Chester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people in Chester have participated in the New Deal.
(58702)
145
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to ensure that the transfer values of private pensions reflect the actual value of the underlying assets; and if he will make a statement.
(58529)
146
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce regulations to restrict the scope for deductions applied to private pension assets when they are transferred between providers.
(58531)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
147
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what aspects of the Financial Ombudsman Service are covered in the two-year review process under the Financial Services and Market Act 2000 started in November 2003; and when the report of the review will be published.
[Transferred] (58528)
148
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints have been received by the Financial Ombudsman Service in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (58530)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
149
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make representations to the Spanish government to allow Spanish nationals in the UK to undertake conveyancing in Spain.
[Transferred] (58606)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
150
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to combat the illegal selling of concert tickets on internet auction sites.
[Transferred] (58668)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
151
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the total amount of illegal meat seized at each UK (a) seaport, (b) airport and (c) border crossing point between 1997 and 2003.
[Transferred] (58664)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
152
N
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of women's participation and representation in the Transitional National Assembly of Iraq.
[Question Unstarred] (57947)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
153
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the Government's response to the EU paper on critical infrastructure protection.
[Transferred] (58666)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
154
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the additional measures and resources needed to meet fuel poverty targets to take into account increases in household fuel bills since 2003.
[Transferred] (58735)

 
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