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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 16 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 Thursday 16 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

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


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 16 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 16 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

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


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from insurance companies under investigation for alleged tax fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(59633)
2
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what public satisfaction surveys he has carried out on the performance of the Financial Services Authority.
(59635)
3
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will revise the statutory definition of biofuels to include biofuels which have not been made using the transesterification process.
(59390)
4
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for a windfall tax on fuel suppliers.
(58389)
5
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many frauds involving claims for tax credits have been found to be based on false identities in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; and how much was paid in respect of fraudulent claims based on false identities in each year.
(58999)
6
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the administrative cost of delivering tax credits was in each year since the system was introduced, broken down by main category of expenditure including (a) IT and (b) staff costs.
(59081)
7
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit has been in each year since their introduction; and what percentage of these costs was accounted for by administration.
(59339)
8
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was at current prices of child benefit in each year since 1996-97; and what percentage of the costs was accounted for by administration in each year.
(59340)
9
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the hourly rate of pay needed to lift a full-time employee over the poverty line if he or she is in a (a) single adult household, (b) dual adult household with no other worker and (c) dual adult household with two children and no other worker.
(59336)
10
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the direct costs would be of introducing a minimum hourly rate of pay of (a) £5.75, (b) £6.00 and (c) £6.50 for all employees in the public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(59337)
11
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10th March 2006, to Question 23294, on call centres, how many and what proportion of calls to his Department and its agencies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 to date were (i) handled by an adviser, (ii) received but abandoned and (iii) received an engaged tone in each year, broken down by contact centre.
(59417)
12
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of those (a) earning the minimum wage and (b) earning less than £6.50 per hour who are employed in (i) the public sector, (ii) the care sector, (iii) the catering sector, (iv) the hotel sector, (v) cleaning jobs, (vi) farming and (vii) manufacturing industry; and if he will make a statement.
(59491)
13
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the proportion of employees earning (a) the minimum wage and (b) less than £6.50 per hour who are employed (i) directly and indirectly in the public sector, (ii) in the private sector, (iii) in the services sector and (iv) in the tradeable goods sector; and if he will make a statement.
(59492)
14
Tom Levitt (High Peak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many cases procedures for clawing back overpayments of tax credits were initiated in each of the past 12 months for which records are available in (a) High Peak constituency and (b) the UK.
(59329)
15
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the proportion of Gross Value Added assigned to the Extra-Regio in Economic Trends 627 (February 2006) which pertained to gas and oil industrial production in each year from 1992 to 2004.
(59573)
16
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage support for the implementation of the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis 2006 to 2015.
(59334)
17
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a commitment was made at the meeting of G8 Finance Ministers in February on funding for the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis 2006 to 2015.
(59344)
18
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what definition of a small firm his Department uses.
(59277)
19
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many penalty payments have been agreed between HM Revenue and Customs and recipients of tax credits following overpayments (a) in total and (b) in each compliance office in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the last year for which information is available; and how many involved payments of (i) less than £250, (ii) £250-£499, (iii) £500-£999, (iv) £1,000 and over in respect of overpayments of (A) less than £2,500, (B) £2,500-£4,999, (C) £5,000-£9,999 and (D) £10,000 or more.
(58890)
20
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs will reply substantively to the letter from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight dated 1st December 2005, to which an acknowledgement was sent on 7th December 2005.
(59045)
21
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Government Departments overspent in each year between 1997 and 2005.
(59494)
22
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the combined overspend of all Government Departments was in each year between 1997 and 2005.
(59495)
23
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs were created within Government in each year between 1997 and 2005.
(59496)
24
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total budgets are for each Government Department in the 2005-06 financial year.
(59497)
25
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) suicides and (b) male suicides there were in the UK in each of the last five years.
(59518)
26
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of men who committed suicide in the last five years were (a) not previously married, (b) divorced, (c) married and (d) fathers.
(59519)
27
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many suicides there were in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the past five years, broken down by (i) sex and (ii) age.
(59471)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
28
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the expenditure by the Cabinet Office was on Number 10 Downing Street in each year since 1999; and how much was spent on (a) repairs and refurbishment to the fabric of the building, (b) furnishings and (c) other expenditure in each year.
(59415)
29
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th June 2005 to the hon. Member for Yeovil, Official Report, column 302W, on Downing Street (refurbishment), when he expects final decisions to be taken on upgrading the Cabinet Office estate; and who is responsible for taking such decisions.
(59636)
30
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what recent assessment he has made of equality of pay between male and female civil servants.
(59435)
31
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what are the average salaries of (a) all civil servants, (b) full-time civil servants and (c) part-time civil servants, broken down by (i) pay band and (ii) sex.
(59436)
32
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the average salary is of (a) male and (b) female civil servants.
(59437)
33
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 9th March 2006, Official Report, column 1646W, on engagements, if he will list the public events the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster attended during the period.
(59638)
34
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to purchase an aircraft for the dedicated use of the Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement.
(59419)
35
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what discussions he has had with farm tenants about proposals for gas storage in and around Duchy lands.
(59688)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
36
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many copies of the consultation paper Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice were distributed by her Department; if she will list those who were sent copies; and if she will make a statement.
(59465)
37
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was spent by her Department on producing the consultation paper Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice; and if she will make a statement.
(59466)
38
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with organisations known by her Department to be opposed to the Mental Capacity Act 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(59467)
39
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the number of court bailiffs covering (a) the Central London County Court jurisdiction and (b) England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(59282)
40
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average length of time taken by court bailiffs to execute a warrant of possession was in (a) the Central London County Court jurisdiction and (b) England and Wales in 2004-05; and if she will make a statement.
(59283)
41
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of the costs to business of delays in the court bailiff service (a) in the Central London County Court jurisdiction and (b) in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(59284)
42
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the extent of the waiting list is for court bailiff action in (a) the Central London County Court jurisdiction and (b) England and Wales.
(59285)
43
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what funding has been allocated for 2005-06 to the court bailiff service in (a) the Central London County Court and (b) England and Wales.
(59286)
44
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 8th March 2006, Official Report, column 1579W, on Middlesex Guildhall, whether she has asked officials in her Department to make alternative plans for the site of the new Supreme Court; and if she will make a statement.
(59574)
45
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 9th March 2006 to the hon. Member for Wirral South, what assessment she has made of the likely effect on the quality of front-line advice of the decision to withdraw access to specialist and complex legal advice.
(59575)
46
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure prosecutions are brought for electoral fraud.
(58095)
47
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was paid in legal aid in the last 12 months for which figures are available in cases requiring family members as defined under section 105 of the Children Act 1989 (a) to seek leave in order to apply for a residence order or a special guardianship order and (b) who have been caring for a child for at least 12 of the previous 36 months to seek leave in order to apply for a residence order or special guardianship order.
(59331)
48
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59273)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
49
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contributions from the public purse have been spent on the participation at the Commonwealth Games of those representing (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.
(59526)
50
N
Mary Creagh (Wakefield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Office of Communications (Ofcom) on the publication of the Ofcom consultation on junk food advertising aimed at children.
(58874)
51
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that her Department is kept fully informed of proposed public library closures and the reasons for them.
(59142)
52
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what research her Department has conducted into the impact of the introduction of regional casinos.
(59639)
53
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on cultural and sporting sanctions against Iran.
(58872)
54
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she has taken to improve the UK's cultural links with the Iranian people.
(59041)
55
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the BBC's proposed ultra-local digital news services on local television stations.
(59545)
56
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much charities have paid for entertainment licenses for fund-raising events since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.
(59333)
57
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether any contaminated land has been designated in the footprint of the area assigned to the 2012 London Olympics.
(59672)
58
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what definition her Department uses of a small firm.
(59291)
59
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many properties (a) owned and (b) managed by English Heritage she has visited as part of her official duties in each of the past five years.
(58887)
60
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Treasury and (b) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005.
(59042)
61
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of problem gamblers.
(59094)
62
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for new casinos have been submitted under the Gambling Act 1968 (a) since 1997 and (b) between (i) May 2005 and (ii) November 2005 and the latest date for which figures are available; and how many applications there have been for planning alterations to existing casinos in each period.
(59335)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
63
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the nature of repairs required by HMS Endurance are that necessitated the ship docking at Puerto Belgrano in Argentina.
(58990)
64
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings have been held in 2006 between the Defence Export Services Organisation and (a) members of the armed forces and (b) defence ministry officials from (i) Iraq, (ii) Libya and (iii) Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(59546)
65
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings have taken place between the Defence Export Services Organisations and the organisers of Pakistan's International Defence Exhibition and Seminar 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(59549)
66
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Eurofighters have been ordered by the UK; and what his latest estimate is of the expected price per aircraft.
(57989)
67
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the disposal value was of Fort Halstead near Sevenoaks, Kent when it was sold to QinetiQ; what price QinetiQ obtained for Fort Halstead; and what consideration he has given to renting Fort Halstead from its owners to accommodate the Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratory.
(58891)
68
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) prisoners of war or surviving spouses and (b) civilian internees or surviving spouses are (i) eligible for payment, (ii) have been paid and (iii) are awaiting payment in relation to the ex-gratia scheme for former Far East prisoners of war and civilian internees.
(58964)
69
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 12th December 2005, Official Report, columns 1119-21, on former Far East Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees (Ex Gratia Scheme), when he expects the review (a) to be completed and (b) to report to Ministers; and when he expects to make a statement to the House.
(58965)
70
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Statement of 30th January 2006, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, on the Far East Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees (FEPOW) Scheme, when he expects the independent investigation being conducted by Mr David Watkins (a) to be completed and (b) to report to Ministers; and when he expects to make a statement to the House.
(58966)
71
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's definition is of (a) insurgents and (b) terrorists; and whether these definitions could simultaneously apply to the same individuals.
(58661)
72
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has made to the Law Officers, and with what outcomes, in respect of the possible prosecution of British (a) citizens and (b) residents who have (i) taken-up arms against United Kingdom or other coalition forces and (ii) trained in terrorist camps and subsequently returned to British jurisdiction.
(58662)
73
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th March 2006, Official Report, column 1535W, on hooding, when officials first became aware that the order in question was no longer being adhered to.
(59673)
74
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th March 2006, Official Report, column 1535W, on hooding, what the grades were of the officials concerned.
(59674)
75
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59289)
76
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy (a) ships have a home port in Scotland and (b) facilities are maintained in Scotland; what the associated running costs associated with each have been in each year since 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(59431)
77
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans his Department has for a sea task force; what non-departmental vessels under (a) UK Government, (b) Scottish Executive and (c) Welsh Assembly control are expected to be called into active service under these plans; and if he will make a statement.
(59694)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
78
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he last travelled on official business by train.
(59403)
79
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the guests he has officially entertained at Dorneywood since 1st May 2005.
(59409)
80
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department provides support for town twinning initiatives.
(59261)
81
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will adjust local authority funding to take account of increases in population arising from migrants from EU accession states.
(59405)
82
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) incidents and (b) fires were attended by each fire and rescue service in England in each of the last 10 years.
(59634)
83
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many firefighters were injured in operational incidents in the fire and rescue services in England in each of the last 10 years.
(59643)
84
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding Dorset has received from EU programmes over the last three years; from which EU programmes; and how much was received from each.
(59576)
85
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the 2006-07 local government settlement for the London Borough of Bexley.
(59656)
86
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the running costs of the Government Office for London were in each of the past four years.
(59657)
87
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many staff were employed in the Government Office for London in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2004-05.
(59658)
88
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent assessment his Department has made of the proposed development land tax; and if he will undertake a review to evaluate the potential impact of such a tax on future investment in affordable homes in rural constituencies.
(58997)
89
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of people on the register for social housing in England in each year from 1979-80 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(59346)
90
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many planning applications for isolated houses in the countryside under the provisions of paragraph 11 of Planning Policy Statement 7 have been referred to him as departures from the provisions of the development plan; how many have been called in by him for determination; and how many have been (a) approved and (b) refused.
(59161)
91
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many appeals have been submitted to the planning inspectorate against the decision of a local planning authority to refuse planning permission for isolated houses in the countryside as provided for in Planning Policy Statement 7; and how many of these have been allowed.
(59162)
92
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was made available to local authorities in (a) Manchester, (b) Birmingham, (c) Leeds, (d) Liverpool, (e) Edinburgh, (f) Glasgow, (g) Cardiff and (h) other major cities and towns in the UK (i) to prevent and (ii) to deal with a terrorist incident in 2005-06.
(59540)
93
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59290)
94
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on potential housing developments on airfields in East Anglia of the proposed change in the definition of brownfield in the Planning Policy Guidance Note 3.
(59571)
95
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the applications for the development of (a) supermarkets and (b) large stores that (i) he and (ii) his inspector has granted on appeal in each of the last five years.
(59095)
96
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what studies his Department has evaluated on the performance of unitary authorities.
(59498)
97
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the future of two-tier local governance arrangements.
(59499)
98
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research his Department has commissioned into the role of county councils.
(59500)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
99
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the outcome was of the meeting of Ministers on 23rd March 2004 to consider measures to tackle homophobic bullying in schools; and if she will make a statement.
(59706)
100
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools in Lancashire Local Education Authority were rated (a) grade one, (b) grade two, (c) grade three and (d) grade four when last assessed by the Office of Standards in Education.
(59599)
101
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were permanently excluded from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Lancashire local education authority areas in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(59600)
102
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many racist incidents among pupils were recorded in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) further education institutions in Lancashire in each year since 1997.
(59601)
103
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average annual earnings of full-time members of academic staff of universities in Lancashire were in the last year for which figures are available.
(59613)
104
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she expects to give a substantive answer to Question reference 55453, on early years programme funds, tabled by the hon. Member for Birkenhead on 27th February.
(59154)
105
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department takes to ensure that the science curriculum is scientifically rigorous.
(59296)
106
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools are a qualifying school for the purposes of chapter 2 of the Education Act 2002.
(59325)
107
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many directions have been issued under sections (a) 497 (general default powers) and (b) 497A (power to secure proper performance of local education authority's functions) of the Education Act 1996 in each year since 1996; and how many of these had to be enforced by order of mandamus.
(59326)
108
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on (a) Sure Start and Children's Fund regional teams and (b) the Sure Start task force in each year since 1999; and what the estimated expenditure is for the next three years.
(59082)
109
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childminders have been registered since the introduction of the new light touch voluntary accreditation scheme announced in Budget 2004.
(59083)
110
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what capital investment from her Department has been spent on the provision of childcare services for three and four year olds; and if she will make a statement.
(59084)
111
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what childcare services the additional capital investment in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 will fund; and if she will make a statement.
(59085)
112
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding has been provided for schools in Gloucestershire to implement (a) the Schools Staffing Structure Review and (b) Planning Preparation and Assessment.
(59156)
113
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact of (a) the Schools Staffing Structure Review and (b) planning, preparation and assessment on headteachers' workloads in small schools.
(59157)
114
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many classrooms in schools have been built under private finance initiative schemes; what the size is of each new classroom; what guidance she has issued on the minimum size of classroom; and if she will make a statement.
(59393)
115
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many under-fives entitled to free places on the Sure Start scheme are on waiting lists in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon, (c) Greater London and (d) England.
(59616)
116
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many empty places there are in Sure Start nurseries in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon, (c) Greater London and (d) England.
(59617)
117
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many under-fives have participated in the Sure Start programme in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon, (c) Greater London and (d) England since the programme's inception.
(59644)
118
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, by what percentage the budget for adult further education changed in each of the local Learning and Skills Council areas between the start of the academic years 2004-05 and 2005-06.
(58880)
119
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of adults who enrolled for (a) further education courses and (b) adult and community learning courses already had qualifications at (i) level 3 or above, (ii) level 2, (iii) level 1 and (iv) below level 1 in the academic year (A) 2002-03, (B) 2003-04 and (C) 2004-05.
(58881)
120
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of the Learning and Skills Council's total budget for adult learning was spent on first-step learning in the academic year (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
(58883)
121
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment the Learning and Skills Council has made of the socio-economic status of adult learners in (a) further education and (b) adult and community learning in the academic year (i) 2002-03, (ii) 2003-04 and (iii) 2004-05.
(58884)
122
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what forecasts of future skills and labour market needs have been carried out in each of the local Learning and Skills Council areas; and what steps have been taken to act on the data collected.
(58885)
123
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12th October 2005, Official Report, column 528W, on school performance measurements, if she will make a statement on recent progress of the piloting of the inclusion of a contextualised value-added measure in the Achievement and Attainment tables.
(59652)
124
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what projects in Aylesbury constituency have received Sure Start funding; how much each received; and over what period of time the funding was paid in each case.
(59713)
125
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the compulsory requirements are for a student undertaking an A-level course of study.
(58993)
126
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of single sex Muslim schools likely to be established over the next decade as a consequence of the Government's promotion of diversity of provision; and if she will make a statement.
(59416)
127
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what definition her Department uses of a small firm.
(59287)
128
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has commissioned on a possible correlation between ergonomic desks and students' learning ability.
(59734)
129
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has commissioned on the possible effect of school furniture on students' osteopathic health.
(59735)
130
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she has made progress in introducing the concept of physical literacy as part of the national curriculum in primary schools.
(59651)
131
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made towards increasing by three percentage points the proportion of 19 year olds who achieve at least level 2 by 2006.
(59268)
132
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in the (a) primary and (b) secondary sector are training schools.
(59297)
133
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in the (a) primary and (b) secondary sector are to be designated as training schools in 2007.
(59324)
134
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding per pupil was provided to schools in Swindon in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(59441)
135
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much Swindon Borough Council will receive each year for the next two years from the Youth Opportunity Fund.
(59442)
136
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has commissioned into the effects of competition on examination boards.
(59503)
137
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research she has evaluated comparing past examination papers with recent examples.
(59504)
138
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provision her Department has made for parents who wish their children to go to school part-time and be home-schooled part-time.
(59505)
139
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on home schooling.
(59506)
140
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in (a) Leicester and (b) England were home-schooled in each of the last five years.
(59507)
141
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research her Department has evaluated on home schooling; and what the conclusions were of the research.
(59508)
142
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many local education authorities (a) allow children to enrol in schools on a part-time basis and (b) have children that have enrolled in schools on a part-time basis.
(59509)
143
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of (a) how many children are enrolled in schools on a part-time basis and (b) what proportion of those childen are also home-schooled.
(59510)
144
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in Leicester Ofsted has inspected in the last three years.
(59511)
145
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of Ofsted inspectors are from ethnic minority backgrounds; and if she will make a statement.
(59512)
146
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding her Department has provided to the Graduate Teacher Programme in each year since the programme's creation.
(59513)
147
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what response her Department has made to the Ofsted report on the Graduate Teacher Programme; and if she will make a statement.
(59514)
148
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the trial of the National Curriculum Online Test of Capability in Information and Communication Technology taken at the end of Key Stage 3.
(59515)
149
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the National Curriculum Online Test of Capability in Information and Communication Technology can be taken by more than 50 pupils in a school in one session.
(59516)
150
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what responses her Department received from schools involved in the trial of the National Curriculum Online Test of Capability in Information and Communication Technology.
(59517)
151
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria schools will be able to use to select pupils for secondary education under the terms of the Education and Inspections Bill.
(59692)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
152
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what basis she stated at the recent National Farmers Union conference that the Prime Minister is the Minister for Biosecurity.
(59400)
153
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in preparing for the introduction of the enhanced capital allowance for biofuels in early 2007.
(59391)
154
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding her Department has provided for research into sustainable farming in each of the last 10 years; how much of that funding was spent on contracts with the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER); and if she will make a statement on the future of the IGER.
(59299)
155
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of the risk to the UK of avian influenza.
(58341)
156
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) other Government departments and (b) other public authorities on reducing the heating of publicly-owned buildings to save energy.
(59659)
157
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of claims made for the inaugural single farm payment have had letters of entitlements from her Department declared `invalidated'.
(59349)
158
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on the Department's targets to pay applicants for single farm payment of the rejection of entitlements which are declared `invalidated'.
(59350)
159
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to update the guidance on the definition of waste to reflect decisions by the European courts and national courts since the guidance was issued in 1994.
(59351)
160
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to continue to provide financial support to the Waste and Resources Programme after the end of March for its programme to encourage and promote the use of real nappies.
(59330)
161
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations her Department has received on the availability of insurance to those who have been affected by flooding.
(59438)
162
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure that (a) commercial and (b) domestic properties in areas prone to flooding can obtain insurance cover.
(59439)
163
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on insurance for properties prone to flooding.
(59440)
164
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has held with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding soil guideline values (SGV) and the work of the SGV Taskforce.
(59569)
165
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to protect bird populations in zoos and aviaries from avian influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(59413)
166
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what definition her Department uses of a small firm.
(59271)
167
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure continuity of satisfactory water supplies in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(58262)
168
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure continuity of satisfactory food supplies in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(58264)
169
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which (a) Government and (b) non-governmental agencies have a role in assessing the potential socio-economic impacts of varietal genetic use restriction technologies.
(59295)
170
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that all validated single payment scheme (SPS) entitlement statements are issued by the end of March; and how many farmers in Devon have received (a) validated and (b) unvalidated SPS statements.
(59660)
171
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she is taking to prevent endocrine disrupting chemicals from entering the river system.
(59684)
172
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies her Department has commissioned into the effects on fish of endocrine disrupting chemicals.
(59685)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
173
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with the government of India on forced sterilisations in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(59293)
174
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the entertainment budget was for the British Ambassador to the Holy See in each year since 1983; and what allowances the British Ambassador to the Holy See was given in each year.
(59475)
175
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the British Ambassador to the Holy See about the closure of the offices of the British Embassy in the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.
(59476)
176
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made an estimate of the number of British tourists visiting (a) the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and (b) Cyprus.
(59548)
177
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Pakistani government on the consolidated EU national arms export licensing criteria; and if he will make a statement.
(59550)
178
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people living on Ascension Island do not have a work contract with one of the main users.
(58894)
179
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the security situation in Democratic Republic of Congo of militia activity associated with the cross-border conflict with Rwanda; and if he will make a statement.
(59468)
180
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the forced closure of the Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO) in Zallingei and Geneina, West Darfur and the suspension of all humanitarian efforts there; and if he will make a statement.
(59469)
181
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has (a) issued guidance to and (b) received requests for advice from sporting and cultural bodies on maintaining links with Iran.
(58992)
182
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the provision by the BBC of a 24-hour satellite television service broadcasting to Iran in Farsi.
(59046)
183
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what notification (a) he and (b) his representatives in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv gave to (i) the Palestinian Authority and (ii) the Israeli Government prior to the decision to withdraw the US-UK Jericho Monitoring Mission; when such notification was given; and if he will make a statement.
(59332)
184
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he had with his Israeli counterparts prior to the decision to withdraw the US-UK Jericho Monitoring Mission regarding the future of the six prisoners involved in the Ramallah Agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(59557)
185
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the UK Consul General made representations to the Palestinian Authority regarding its failure to comply with core provisions of the Jericho Monitoring Mission arrangements since the mission was established; and if he will make a statement.
(59558)
186
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment was made by the British Consul General in Jerusalem of the consequences of the withdrawal of the US-UK Jericho Monitoring Mission; and if he will make a statement.
(59559)
187
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he received that led him to believe that the incoming Palestinian government would not honour the terms of the Ramallah Agreement regarding the imprisonment of the six prisoners in Jericho prison; and if he will make a statement.
(59560)
188
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Ramallah Agreement laid down (a) terms and (b) processes for a termination of the US/UK Jericho Monitoring Mission; and if he will make a statement.
(59572)
189
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place a copy of the Ramallah Agreement in the Library.
(59604)
190
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the failure of certain overseas posts to submit their closure returns by 31st January 2006 on the preparation of his Department's accounts; and if he will make a statement.
(59448)
191
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what grounds the Department is making a claim against Capgemini for lack of sufficient memory in the Prism IT system; and if he will make a statement.
(59449)
192
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which overseas posts had not sent their closure returns to the Department by the deadline of 31st January 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(59450)
193
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Prism IT system's configuration problems affecting posts in South Asia and Russia/Central Asia; which posts are affected; for what reasons; whether compensation will be sought from the supplier; how it is intended that each post affected will close their accounts by 31st March; and if he will make a statement.
(59456)
194
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59274)
195
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the government of Sri Lanka concerning their talks with Tamil Eelam in Geneva scheduled for mid April; and if he will make a statement.
(59585)
196
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the actions of Colonel Karuna in eastern Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(59586)
197
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the initiatives implemented by the government of Uganda since 2001 to stabilise the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(59587)
198
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the governments of (i) Ecuador and (ii) Colombia concerning the alleged incursions by Colombian military planes into Ecuadorian airspace since November 2005; what assessment his Department has made of the implications; and if he will make a statement.
(59589)
199
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the (i) government of Israel, (ii) Palestinian Authority, (iii) United States Administration, (iv) EU presidency and (v) UN concerning the incursion into Jericho prison by the Israeli defence forces; and if he will make a statement.
(59590)
200
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the nature and mandate was of those UK citizens present in Jericho Prison at the time of the incursion by the Israeli Defence forces; what discussions his Department has had with these individuals since the incursion; and if he will make a statement.
(59591)
201
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the damage caused to the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services premises in Gaza following their storming by Palestinian militants; what assessment his Department has made of (a) the likelihood of an increase in such activity and (b) the vulnerability of (i) EU and (ii) UK organisations in the area since the incursion by the Israeli defence forces into the Jericho jail; and if he will make a statement.
(59592)
202
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) members and (b) representatives of the US Administration concerning the treatment of (i) the Western Shoshone people, (ii) Western Shoshone land and (iii) Western Shoshone livestock; and if he will make a statement.
(59593)
203
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of small arms in circulation in Angola; and what assessment he has made of their impact on (a) socio-political recovery in the country, (b) planning for elections, (c) economic recovery and (d) security of the population; and if he will make a statement.
(59594)
204
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) members of his Department have had with (i) members and representatives of (A) the government of and (B) the opposition in Angola and (ii) the Ministry of Defence concerning possible UK (1) logistical and (2) practical assistance to the disarmament process in Angola; and if he will make a statement.
(59595)
205
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the use of Osh as a transit hub for human traffickers in Central Asia; and if he will make a statement.
(59596)
206
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the charges used to convict Mutabar Tojibayeva in Tashkent; what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the Government of Uzbekistan concerning this incident; and if he will make a statement.
(59597)
207
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) conditions under which detainees are held inside Royal Nepalese Army barracks and (b) access to the Royal Nepalese Army barracks afforded to monitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross; and if he will make a statement.
(59598)
208
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of recent arrests and detentions of opposition and human rights activists in Uzbekistan; and if he will make a statement.
(59650)
209
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, by what medium the UK monitors at Jericho prison were told to withdraw; and when the instruction was relayed.
(59570)
210
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Saudi government concerning the security situation in Iran.
(59691)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
211
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how her Department (a) defines and (b) categorises schizophrenia for the purposes of allocating drugs; and if she will make a statement.
(59294)
212
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has assessed on the extent to which unborn babies are actively learning about the outside world while in the womb.
(59356)
213
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of whether electroconvulsive therapy is used on pregnant women; and if she will make a statement.
(59357)
214
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into the reasons for trends in the abortion rate in England and Wales between 2003 and 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(59457)
215
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list those stakeholders who were consulted about the changes made to the new abortion notification form; if she will place in the Library the responses received; and if she will make a statement.
(59458)
216
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish the abortion statistics for 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(59459)
217
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England and Wales per 1000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2004.
(59461)
218
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the changes to the new abortion notification form.
(59462)
219
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average fruit and vegetable consumption per person was in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by household income.
(59398)
220
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group to report.
(58954)
221
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the average waiting times for (a) cancer surgery and (b) chemotherapy.
(58955)
222
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the NHS to meet the two-month target for cancer patients in respect of minimum waiting time from urgent GP referral to first episode of treatment.
(58956)
223
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will commission a public awareness campaign on (a) cancer risk factors and lifestyle choices and (b) the signs and symptoms of cancer.
(58957)
224
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many exercise referrals have been prescribed by general practitioners for the treatment of mild to moderate depression in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(59432)
225
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for advising or prescribing physical activity as partial treatment for mild to moderate depression; and if she will make a statement.
(59433)
226
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the waiting times for (a) NHS counselling services and (b) cognitive behavioural therapy for (i) adults and (ii) children and young people with mild to moderate depression; and if she will make a statement.
(59527)
227
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data are collected by her Department on the number of individuals prescribed selective seratonin re-uptake inhibitors by general practitioners; and if she will make a statement.
(59528)
228
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has undertaken on the extent of regional differences in (a) referrals and (b) waiting lists for (i) cognitive behavioural therapy and (ii) counselling on the NHS for treatment of mild to moderate depression; and if she will make a statement.
(59529)
229
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what interim guidance her Department plans to give to GPs on (a) the prescribing of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors and (b) the referral to a counsellor or therapist of individuals suffering from mild or moderate depression in those areas without access to first-line recommended therapists; and if she will make a statement.
(59530)
230
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discretion she allows NHS trusts in levying car park charges.
(58469)
231
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance she has given to NHS trusts on car park charge exemptions.
(58470)
232
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will adjust the funding formula for NHS trusts to take account of increases in population arising from migrants from EU accession states.
(59404)
233
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have left the NHS since the announcement of the new dental services contract in each of the last five years in (a) England and (b) Westmorland and Lonsdale.
(58998)
234
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on sharing good practice in the implementation of the Carers Equal Opportunities Act 2004.
(59392)
235
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings of the Joint Committee on Vaccines are planned in 2006; and what vaccines are to be assessed.
(59603)
236
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance she has issued to the Eastleigh and Test Valley South Primary Care Trust on the (a) production and (b) monitoring of the implementation of a dental action plan.
(59470)
237
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of people who were unable to obtain an appointment at a genito-urinary medicine clinic on the day they attended the clinic in the last 12 months.
(59485)
238
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures she has put in place to ensure that (a) community care nurses, (b) social workers and (c) review panels observe her Directive of 3rd March requiring (i) them to be familiar with and (ii) act in accordance with the implications of judgments in the Coughlan and Grogan cases relating to the funding of continuing NHS care.
(59714)
239
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that all refusals of fully-funded NHS continuing care prior to 3rd March are re-considered in light of her Directive of that date.
(59715)
240
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of implementing her Directive of 3rd March on NHS continuing care with retrospective effect.
(59717)
241
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the implementation of the Single Assessment Process.
(59718)
242
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been made available through the National Programme for IT for the NHS Care Records Service.
(59719)
243
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the operation of the Electronic Social Care Record implementation board.
(59720)
244
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant urologists there have been in the UK in each year since 1997.
(59721)
245
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of prostate cancer patients received an appointment with a specialist within two weeks of being referred to one by their general practitioner in the last period for which figures are available.
(59722)
246
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been provided for specialist nursing posts in prostate cancer treatment centres.
(59723)
247
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the money provided by her Department for a public awareness programme for prostate cancer announced on 31st October 2005 has been spent.
(59724)
248
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times she met the British Dental Association between July 2005 and January 2006 to discuss the NHS dental contracts.
(59725)
249
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether orthodontists are required to sign their NHS dental contract by 1st April 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(59726)
250
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average income of NHS dentists in Hampshire will be under the new NHS contract after April 2006 using the Annual Contract Value system.
(59728)
251
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Romsey constituency have been registered with an NHS dentist in each year from 1997 to 2005.
(59729)
252
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental advisers are employed by each primary care trust in England.
(59730)
253
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will reverse the decision to top slice primary care trust budgets to meet financial targets.
(59395)
254
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the implications for (a) hospital and (b) ward provision of measures arising from the requirement in the NHS operating framework for 2006-07 for all NHS organisations to return a surplus.
(59396)
255
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the research budget for prostate cancer is for 2006-07; and when she next expects to review funding for such research.
(59148)
256
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had on hosting a global summit in the UK on prostate cancer testing.
(59149)
257
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research she has evaluated on new screening tests for prostate cancer.
(59155)
258
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community pharmacies in Ruislip-Northwood constituency have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.
(59647)
259
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community matrons are employed in each primary care trust in the North West London Stategic Health Authority area; and to how many patients they are providing treatment.
(59648)
260
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have (a) requested and (b) received an appointment to see a general practitioner within 48 hours in (i) Ruislip-Northwood constituency and (ii) each London borough in each year since 1997.
(59649)
261
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that the augmentative and alternative communication equipment and support needs of people with speech impairments are being met.
(59543)
262
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what definition her Department uses of a small firm.
(59288)
263
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was allocated for the education of health workers on hospital acquired diseases in 2005-06.
(59700)
264
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has commissioned on severe group A streptococcal diseases in the last five years.
(59701)
265
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for a consultation for patients who have reported minor strokes in the latest period for which figures are available.
(59716)
266
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for (a) carotid ultrasound and (b) magnetic resonance imaging for stroke patients in the latest period for which figures are available.
(59731)
267
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many stroke patients had repeat strokes within three months of the first occurrence in each of the last five years.
(59732)
268
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is the policy of the NHS to offer (a) an electrocardiograph, (b) blood tests, (c) carotid ultrasound and (d) magnetic resonance imaging on the first hospital visit following a stroke.
(59733)
269
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation her Department has made of the findings of the Strep-EURO research project.
(59736)
270
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) NHS clerical, administrative and management staff, (b) NHS hospital doctors and GPs and (c) NHS nurses and midwives there were in Rochdale Primary Care Trust in each year since 1990.
(58863)
271
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of graduate nurses are (a) employed as a nurse, (b) employed elsewhere in the NHS and (c) unemployed six months after graduation in (i) England, (ii) each region and (iii) each strategic health authority.
(58864)
272
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses graduated in each of the last five years; and how many nurses are expected to graduate over the next five years.
(58865)
273
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she will be taking to ensure that Tamiflu is available to individuals within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(58261)
274
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on the procurement of a generic vaccine to provide some degree of immunity in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza; and if she will make a statement.
(58263)
275
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for people to receive a digital hearing aid from the National Health Service in (a) England and (b) Beverley and Holderness; and if she will make a statement.
(59581)
276
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to reduce waiting times for receiving a digital hearing aid; and if she will make a statement.
(59582)
277
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are waiting to receive a digital hearing aid in (a) England and (b) Beverley and Holderness; and if she will make a statement.
(59583)
278
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the availability of digital hearing aids in (a) England and (b) Beverley and Holderness; and if she will make a statement.
(59584)
279
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what impact she expects the introduction of the general dental services contract will have on the availability of free dental treatment for school-age NHS patients in North West Leicestershire.
(58987)
280
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether dentists who do not sign the general dental services contract will be able to provide free dental treatment for school-age NHS patients.
(58988)
281
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases have been brought against the National Health Service for failure to provide free nursing services in the last five years; and what the outcome of each was.
(59151)
282
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to tackle the projected overspend in the NHS in the 2005-06 financial year.
(59300)
283
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that the budgets of primary care trusts and hospitals not in deficit are not reduced in subsequent funding allocation rounds in order to free resources for those in deficit.
(59653)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
284
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on drug testing arrangements for home detention curfew detainees.
(59301)
285
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of trends in (a) the prison population and (b) the women's prison population since 1997.
(59302)
286
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were in custody in each year since 1997.
(59303)
287
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees were being held on remand in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(59304)
288
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates serving life sentences there were in each year since 1992.
(59305)
289
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the levels of overcrowding were at each prison in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(59306)
290
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons his Department extended the home detention curfew scheme in April 2003; what assessment he has made of its effect; and what plans he has for further extension.
(59307)
291
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were released from each prison on home detention curfew in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(59308)
292
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has commissioned into the effect of levels of incarceration on the rate of criminal activity.
(59309)
293
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the costs to public funds of re-offending by criminals after release from prison in each of the last five years.
(59310)
294
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of intermittent custody schemes; what economic assessment has been undertaken of those schemes; and what plans he has to extend the use of such schemes.
(59311)
295
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the prison population is being held on remand (a) at each prison and (b) in aggregate; and what proportion of inmates on remand at each prison are awaiting (i) trial and (ii) sentence.
(59312)
296
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of women entering custody did so on remand in each year since 1997.
(59313)
297
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates held on remand received a non-custodial sentence in each year since 1997.
(59314)
298
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of suicides amongst remand inmates.
(59315)
299
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of self-harm incidents in each prison occurred amongst (a) those on remand, (b) convicted inmates and (c) immigration detainees in each of the last 10 years.
(59316)
300
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of inmates who are being held on remand have been detained in prison previously.
(59317)
301
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the prisons which exceeded maximum capacity in each of the last five years.
(59318)
302
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the prison population at each prison was detained two to a cell designed for one in each of the last five years.
(59319)
303
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates at each prison were resuscitated by staff after serious self-harm incidents in each of the last five years.
(59320)
304
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent prison officer vacancies there have been (a) at each prison and (b) in aggregate as measured against the operational staffing requirement in each year since 1997.
(59321)
305
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 15 to 17 year olds were in custody in each of the last 10 years.
(59322)
306
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports were issued in Northern Ireland in 2005; and how many checks were made of the authenticity of those giving counter signatures in that year.
(59605)
307
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether police pensions are (a) revenue grant funded and (b) paid from funded schemes; what proportion of the annual revenue allocation for police operations for 2005-06 went towards the payment of pensions; what the change has been in that proportion over the last 10 years; what the revenue grant for the pension commitment was in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(59704)
308
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women being held at Yarls Wood Removal Centre have reported being raped in their country of origin; whether their continued detention complies with the provisions of his Department's Operation Enforcement Manual; whether victims of rape are deemed to be victims of torture; and if he will make a statement.
(59705)
309
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will respond to the recommendations of Lord Carlile of Berriew's inquiry into the treatment of children in penal custody; and if he will make a statement.
(59707)
310
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people held in detention who claimed to be victims of torture have had their case referred to his Department's Management of Detained Cases Unit in the last 12 months; what decisions were made in their cases; how many have not yet had a decision on their case; what the (a) average and (b) longest time is for those still awaiting a decision; what the (i) average and (ii) longest times were from referral to decision in those cases where a decision has been made; and if he will make a statement.
(59708)
311
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sanctions are available for use against private firms responsible for electronic tagging which do not meet service level requirements.
(59562)
312
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with the consultation on helping British victims of terrorism and other acts of violence abroad; and when he expects to make an announcement.
(59579)
313
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of identity fraud amongst his Department's employees.
(59612)
314
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what correspondence he has had with the Prison Officers' Association on industrial relations in HM Prison Service in the last 12 months.
(59262)
315
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who the principal point of contact is for correspondence between his Department and its agencies and the Prison Officers' Association.
(59263)
316
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how industrial action is defined under Paragraph 7 of the Joint Industrial Relations Procedural Agreement with the Prison Officers' Association.
(59264)
317
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list occasions since 1994 on which his Department and its agencies have (a) taken injunctive action and (b) threatened to take injunctive action against the Prison Officers' Association.
(59265)
318
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which parts of his Department are not covered by a Whitley structure for collective bargaining purposes.
(59266)
319
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 13th February 2006, Official Report, column 1134, on crime prevention, if he will amend the guidance issued on the use of cautions.
(59397)
320
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the resources available to police officers for tackling wildlife crime; and if he will make a statement.
(59544)
321
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria are used for deciding (a) when and (b) whether a passport holder may renew their passport.
(59655)
322
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers there are in Shropshire; and how many are dedicated to patrolling rural areas.
(59327)
323
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply in full to the letters from the hon. Member for Richmond Park dated 1st and 14th December 2005 and 1st February 2006 regarding the immigration case of Mr Hakim Shena Suleyman (Home Office Reference: H421951).
(59483)
324
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Independent Police Complaints Commission sends a substantive reply to a member of the public lodging an appeal within 28 days of that appeal being lodged.
(59532)
325
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have samples on the National DNA Database who have not been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of an offence.
(59533)
326
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timescales are within which the Independent Police Complaints Commission is expected to handle (a) complaints and (b) appeals by members of the public; and if he will make a statement.
(59534)
327
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a backlog of appeal cases waiting for determination by the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(59535)
328
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what penalties exist in British law in respect of the (a) taking-up of arms against UK or other coalition armed forces and (b) training in terrorist camps by (i) UK and (ii) non-UK residents; and whether he plans to review these penalties.
(58659)
329
Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the budgetary implications of amalgamating police forces with different levels of liability for police injury pensions; and what arrangements he plans to put in place to ensure consistent transitional arrangements for the payment of police injury pensions during the process of police force amalgamation.
(59702)
330
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the restructuring of the police force in North Yorkshire.
(59547)
331
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Harrington Report on the Security Industry Authority.
(59418)
332
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Department has taken to prevent terrorist attacks in (a) Manchester, (b) Birmingham, (c) Leeds, (d) Liverpool, (e) Edinburgh, (f) Glasgow, (g) Cardiff and (h) other major cities and towns in the UK.
(59536)
333
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with police authorities in (a) Manchester, (b) Birmingham, (c) Leeds, (d) Liverpool, (e) Edinburgh, (f) Glasgow, (g) Cardiff and (h) other major cities and towns in the UK concerning initiatives to deal with terrorist attacks.
(59537)
334
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many terrorist attacks targeted on areas outside London have been foiled since July 2005.
(59538)
335
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59272)
336
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 22nd November 2005 (acknowledgement B28011/5) on behalf of Lukusa Dan Mukendi, Home Office Reference M1059271.
(59406)
337
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 10th January 2006 on behalf of Mrs Gladise Masero, Home Office Reference M1087704.
(59407)
338
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 11th January 2006 regarding Nasir Razzaq (Home Office Reference IMM/E071S, date of birth 15/03/1974).
(59443)
339
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 9th November 2005 regarding (acknowledgement B26843/5) on behalf of Rajinder Kumar, K501739.
(59444)
340
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 11th January 2006 (acknowledgement ref M1059/6) on behalf of Mohammed Khalid Ahsen.
(59445)
341
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 9th November 2005 (acknowledgement B26882/5) on behalf of Mrs Zohra Kousar Pak, HO Ref K12009973.
(59486)
342
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 21st December 2005 (acknowledgement B30471/5) on behalf of Mohammed Ubaidul Hassan Ludhi, HO Ref LR15170033181/1.
(59487)
343
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 25th October 2005 (acknowledgement B25206/5) regarding HO Ref G1071997, Mr Sabir Ghazi.
(59488)
344
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 28th November 2005 (acknowledgement B28213/5) on behalf of Mauvalyn Howell, HO Ref A2329027.
(59489)
345
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 6th December 2005 (acknowledgement B29131/5) on behalf of Miss Lethiana Corrodas, HO Ref C1019853.
(59490)
346
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances crime against business is recorded as a distinct category; and if he will make a statement.
(59270)
347
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to Question reference 54867 from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight on charities.
(59551)
348
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what health and safety studies have been carried out on the long-term affects of iris scans conducted as part of biometric data collection.
(59687)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
349
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department gave to the International Planned Parenthood Federation to produce the booklet `Death and Denial: Unsafe Abortion and Poverty'.
(59460)
350
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006, Official Report, column 2370W, on coercive abortion, what the response was of (a) the Chinese Government and (b) the unofficial delegation of senior Chinese policy-makers who visited the UK in August 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(59463)
351
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1st March 2006, Official Report, column 713W, on the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), if he will list other donors who (a) announced support for UNFPA and (b) signalled an increase in their contribution to UNFPA; and if he will make a statement.
(59464)
352
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the evidential basis is for the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the foreword to the booklet `Death and Denial: Unsafe Abortion and Poverty', that each year 19 million women have no other choice than to have an unsafe abortion; if he will place in the Library the documentation which supports the statement; and if he will make a statement.
(59474)
353
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance is being provided to (a) Nigeria, (b) Niger, (c) Cameroon and (d) other African countries to help combat the spread of avian influenza.
(59342)
354
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of girls attended primary school in (a) Uganda and (b) northern Uganda in the last year for which figures are available.
(59709)
355
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of children had access to primary schooling in (a) Uganda and (b) northern Uganda in the last year for which figures are available.
(59710)
356
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the rate of HIV/AIDS infection was in (a) Uganda and (b) northern Uganda in the last period for which figures are available.
(59711)
357
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of the recent restrictions on the operation of humanitarian organisations in Western Darfur.
(59712)
358
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59292)
359
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the humanitarian impact of flooding in the Zambesi and Sofala provinces in Mozambique and (b) the likelihood of such flooding occurring in 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(59637)
360
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will cease to engage with state institutions in Nepal and seek other means of delivering assistance to the people of Nepal.
(59355)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
361
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will establish a liaison group of education authorities in Northern Ireland to pursue with their counterparts in Scotland the promotion and understanding of the Ulster Scots cultural outlook.
(59520)
362
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many senior citizens have taken up the offer of free travel on public transport in Northern Ireland since its inception.
(59521)
363
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people over the age of 65 years there are in Northern Ireland.
(59522)
364
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to ensure that the co-ownership scheme that applies to first time house buyers has a maximum house valuation that is uniform across Northern Ireland.
(59523)
365
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average number of vehicles per day using the A26 between the Lodge Road roundabout, Coleraine and the exit to Ballymena was in the last period for which figures are available.
(59524)
366
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assistance will be offered by Invest Northern Ireland to those personnel accepting redundancy terms from the Royal Irish Regiment who wish to consider starting their own business.
(59525)
367
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many secondary schools in the East Londonderry constituency are based in premises over 50 years old.
(59606)
368
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of coastal erosion around Northern Ireland.
(59607)
369
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which statutory bodies in Northern Ireland are responsible for dealing with the consequences of coastal erosion.
(59608)
370
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been prosecuted in Northern Ireland for illegal fly-posting in the last five years.
(59609)
371
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 1st March 2006, Official Report, column 778W, on illegal drugs, how many of those convicted for drug-related offences served custodial sentences.
(59610)
372
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Ulsterbus personnel were assaulted in the course of their duties during 2005.
(59611)
373
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether tenders have been invited for the contract to upgrade the Dromore Road Junction with the A1 Hillsborough By-Pass.
(59043)
374
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what options have been considered for the design of the upgraded Dromore Road Junction with the A1 Hillsborough By-Pass.
(59044)
375
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new social housing units have been built in Lagan Valley constituency in each year since 2001.
(59096)
376
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the numerical and percentage increase in the total population in Lagan Valley constituency has been in each year since 2001.
(59097)
377
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average number of persons on the waiting list for social housing in Lagan Valley constituency has been in each year since 2001.
(59098)
378
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59278)
379
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the demographic balance between communities in each city and county of Northern Ireland has changed in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(59152)
380
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on witness protection in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; and what the projected spending is for 2006-07.
(59690)
381
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many sexual assaults have been reported in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by constituency; and how many convictions there were for such assaults in each year, in each constituency.
(59472)
382
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new applications for mobile telephone masts are in the planning system in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each council area in Northern Ireland.
(59473)
Questions to the Prime Minister
383
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what changes he has made to administrative procedures within 10 Downing Street following the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(59401)
384
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he last travelled by train on official business.
(59402)
385
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he takes to ensure that his answering practices are consistent with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(59408)
386
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the guests he has officially entertained at Chequers since 1st May 2005.
(59410)
387
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list hon. Members who have security clearance for access to 10 Downing Street.
(59411)
388
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 1st May 2005, 10 Downing Street has been made available for Labour Party events; and what income has been derived from such use.
(59412)
389
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons he has re-allocated Dorneywood to the Deputy Prime Minister.
(59414)
390
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has audio recorded conversations in his role as Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement.
(59703)
391
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, on what basis the decision was first taken that the right hon. Member for Dulwich and Norwood should not participate in Cabinet discussions on Iran; and what the basis is for her continued absence from such discussions.
(59090)
392
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, on what date the right hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood first absented herself from discussions in Cabinet and Cabinet Committees on matters relating to Iran.
(59091)
393
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, on what date the decision was taken that the right hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood should not participate in Cabinet discussions about Iran.
(59092)
394
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he was first informed of the letter written by Mr David Mills to Baroness Symons in 2002 on Government assistance for the sale of aircraft to Iran.
(59093)
395
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has been informed by the House of Lords Appointments Committee of the reasons why certain recent nominees for a peerage were rejected; and if he will make a statement.
(58989)
396
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will reconsider his Department's response to the recommendation of the Public Administration Select Committee to set up an independent honours commission; and if he will make a statement.
(59001)
397
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the occasions in the current Parliament when members of the Cabinet have withdrawn from discussions in consideration of actual or perceived conflict of interest.
(59153)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
398
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59281)
Questions to the Solicitor General
399
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Solicitor General, what his policy is in respect of prosecuting (a) citizens of the UK and (b) non-UK nationals resident in the United Kingdom who have (i) taken-up arms against UK or other coalition forces and (ii) trained in terrorist camps before returning to British jurisdiction.
(58660)
400
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases relating to crimes committed by soldiers on active service are under consideration by his Department.
(59693)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
401
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Low Carbon Buildings Programme will start.
(59086)
402
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the budget is for household grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in 2006-07.
(59087)
403
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects EU State Aid clearance for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
(59088)
404
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much grant funding was directed towards household micro-renewable energy projects in 2005 under the Clearskies and Solar Photovoltaics Major Demonstration programmes.
(59089)
405
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made with plans to dismantle the chimney-top filter of the Windscale I military reactor at Sellafield; and if he will make a statement.
(59399)
406
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February 2006, Official Report, column 1644W, on the Energy Review, when the latest projections will be published; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(58663)
407
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the British companies that the Government has helped win contracts in Iraq since the current conflict began.
(59478)
408
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons grants under the Clearskies programme are not available between 5th March and the closure of the scheme on 31st March; and what steps the Government has taken to inform applicants that grants would no longer be made available from 5th March.
(59479)
409
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps have been taken to overcome the absence of a lead-in time prior to the launch of the Low Carbon Building Programme on 1st April; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the amount of lead-in time available on the amount of business generated for registered installers of the technology.
(59480)
410
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the reasons were for the decision to withdraw the Clearskies grant programme; and if he will make a statement on the low carbon building plan that is due to replace it.
(59481)
411
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the minutes of the meeting between the Trade Minister, the hon. Member for Dudley South, and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen held in July 2005; and what help his Department made available to Cable and Wireless as a result of meetings with Lord Robertson.
(59482)
412
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department makes available for the training of non-executive directors on (a) the development of proper systems of company accountability to shareholders including rewards and terms and conditions for executives and (b) the protection of whistle-blowers.
(59695)
413
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) name and (b) composition is of the EU committee which sets the tariff rates for imported manufactured goods.
(59267)
414
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people have been (a) charged, (b) convicted, (c) fined and (d) cautioned under the Communications Act 2003; and what the average level of fine levied has been.
(59141)
415
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 13th February 2006, Official Report, column 1652-3W, on Queen's Awards, who the members were of the three panels of judges for the three Queen's Awards categories for (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(59348)
416
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to regulate the vanity publishing industry.
(58991)
417
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59275)
418
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support his Department is providing for the UK Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak experiment at Culham; and if he will make a statement.
(59269)
419
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he will be taking to ensure continuity of satisfactory fuel supplies in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza; and if he will make a statement.
(58260)
420
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps have been taken to ensure that agencies allocated contracts by regional development agencies for Business Links brokerage models conform to the terms of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 in respect of their (a) recruitment, (b) subcontracting, (c) board membership and (d) customer service.
(59502)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
421
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received regarding the proposed A21 upgrade; and if he will make a statement.
(59632)
422
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many unscheduled (a) road and (b) lane closures due to road accidents there have been on the motorways and trunk road network in the last 12 months; what the average duration of such closure was in each local authority area; and what assessment he has made of the average cost to the economy of such closures.
(59627)
423
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received the report from Boeing on Aerotoxic Syndrome affecting pilots during flight; and if he will make a statement.
(59353)
424
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the Porton Down report on engine oil and Aerotoxic Syndrome affecting pilots during flight.
(59354)
425
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2006, to the hon. Member for Tamworth, Official Report, column 17W, on cabin air supply, what progress has been made in assessing the merits of participating in Federal Aviation Administration research into cabin air quality and long-term health.
(59654)
426
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding he has allocated for transport infrastructure in Norfolk in each of the last five years.
(59618)
427
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of completing the A47 Norwich to Peterborough multi-modal study.
(59619)
428
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost of developing route management studies for the (a) A47/A12 and (b) A11 has been.
(59620)
429
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will announce the conclusion of his investigation into whether improvements to the Fiveways roundabout on the A11 should be carried out.
(59621)
430
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others about the impact on (i) the economy and (ii) regeneration of the local area of upgrading the (A) A47 and (B) A11.
(59622)
431
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action he is taking to tackle congestion on the (a) A47 and (b) A11 in Norfolk.
(59623)
432
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the future transport needs of Norfolk in relation to the Government's house building targets for the county.
(59624)
433
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of planning gain supplement on future transport spending in Norfolk.
(59625)
434
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the cost of completing the improvement schemes in the targeted programme of investments.
(59626)
435
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the (a) East of England Regional Assembly and (b) East of England Regional Development Agency on improvements to the (i) A47 and (b) A11.
(59628)
436
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made in implementing the conclusions of the A47 Norwich to Peterborough multi-modal study which reported in 2003.
(59629)
437
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what factors underlay the decision to reduce the hourly service from Cardiff to Portsmouth by 70 seats per train.
(59477)
438
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons it is proposed to reduce the Cardiff to Portsmouth line service over the section between Westbury and Southampton by five trains a day in each direction from December 2006.
(59484)
439
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will make public the documents concerning the South West franchise bidding process.
(59679)
440
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which routes and stations in the South West franchise area will be closed as a consequence of the Government's specification document, for the bidding process for the train operating companies.
(59680)
441
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the pre-qualification document for the (a) Virgin Cross-Country, (b) East Midlands and (c) West Midlands franchise will be released.
(59681)
442
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) rail routes will be cut and (b) stations will be closed as a consequence of the Government's detailed specification for the Great Western franchise.
(59682)
443
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many stations on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway are to be closed; for what reason a decision was taken to close Wetheral station; what economic and social case was made for closing (a) Wetheral and (b) Brampton stations; and what measures are being considered to avoid congestion on the railway network around Carlisle.
(59683)
444
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) timetable for and (b) cost of is the refurbishment and regeneration work at London's King's Cross Station; what progress has been made with the project to date; and if he will make a statement.
(59394)
445
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Department has taken (a) to prevent terrorist attacks on UK ports and harbours and (b) to screen cargo arriving at UK ports and harbours for hazardous materials that could be used in a terrorist attack.
(59539)
446
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was made available to (a) prevent and (b) deal with terrorist attacks on UK ports and harbours in 2005-06.
(59541)
447
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) environmental and (b) economic impact of night flights at (i) Gatwick, (ii) Stansted and (iii) Heathrow airports.
(59542)
448
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) civil and (b) state aircraft landing at UK airports are required to submit a completed general aviation report to (i) HM Revenue and Customs, (ii) UK police and (iii) Home Office immigration authorities.
(59298)
449
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether funding has been allocated to the Scottish Executive in respect of Railways for All.
(59328)
450
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59276)
451
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Blackpool Council concerning investment in the town's trams.
(59689)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
452
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the performance of the Child Support Agency in Wales.
(59645)
453
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59279)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
454
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether consent orders by courts may be (a) taken into account and (b) over-ridden by the Child Support Agency in assessing non-resident parents for maintenance in a case where a non-resident parent has agreed to pay sums in lieu of maintenance.
(59352)
455
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes the Department has made in decision-making arrangements for the referral of cases of potential fraud for criminal investigation since April 2003.
(59000)
456
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was in current prices of (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) disability living allowance, (d) attendance allowance, (e) the social fund, (f) retirement pension, (g) the state second pension/state earnings-related pension scheme and (h) pension credit in each year since 1996-97; and what percentage of these costs was accounted for by administration in each year.
(59338)
457
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed incapacity benefits for (a) mental health reasons and (b) musculo-skeletal disorders in each year from 1979-80 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(59345)
458
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of single people of working age who are living in poverty; what target he has set for reducing this proportion; and if he will make a statement.
(59347)
459
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances a relative may claim benefits on behalf of an elderly dependent member of the family who does not live locally.
(59446)
460
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to allow payment of benefits to be sent to elderly and infirm people who are unable to collect the payments themselves and do not have close relatives who can collect them on their behalf.
(59447)
461
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he was first informed of errors within Disability Living Allowance DLA(A) forms; what steps he has taken to make the public aware of those errors; when he expects to rectify the errors; and if he will make a statement.
(59493)
462
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what definition the Department uses of a small firm.
(59280)
463
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's targets are for reducing incapacity benefit claimants for (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010 and (e) 2011.
(59686)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
464
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform the regulatory regime for financial services; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (59642)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
465
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what initial assessment has been made of the drug court pilots launched in December 2005; if she will make a statement
[Transferred] (59323)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
466
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of managers in local authorities are (a) from ethnic minority backgrounds and (b) female.
[Transferred] (59501)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
467
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the government of Mozambique concerning flood-preparedness levels around the Zambesi River; what assistance has been (i) requested, (ii) pledged and (iii) delivered to respond to a flooding of the Zambesi River; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (59588)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
468
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households containing children living in relative poverty received no council tax benefit in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (59341)
469
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the maximum level of income is at which council tax benefit is payable for a single earner household with two adults and two children; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (59343)

 
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