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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 17 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 Friday 17 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 17 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 17 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 Friday 17 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 17 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date, meetings have taken place between his Department and representatives of Asda including Asda's parent company Wal-Mart, in the last 12 months; and if he will list the participants.
(59960)
2
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated total cost to public funds would be if the tax-free income threshold were raised to £12,000.
(59745)
3
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated total cost to the Treasury would be if a single tax rate of (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30 and (d) 40 per cent. were levied on all earned and unearned income over a £12,000 threshold.
(59746)
4
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many public sector jobs have been created since May 1997; and at what estimated cost.
(59807)
5
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) incidence and (b) survival rate for (i) ovarian, (ii) lung, (iii) bladder, (iv) breast, (v) bowel, (vi) prostate, (vii) throat, (viii) mouth, (ix) stomach and (x) testicular cancer were in (A) England, (B) the North East and (C) the Tees Valley in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(59931)
6
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the loss to the Exchequer in the next 10 years arising from the sale of (a) Pilkington Glass, (b) the British Airports Authority and (c) the British Oxygen Company.
(60047)
7
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will apply for permission to the EU to reduce the rate of VAT levied on labour-intensive services in respect of bicycle repairs.
(59860)
8
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the ECOFIN agreement in February, what plans he has to apply for permission to reduce the rate of VAT levied on labour-intensive services in respect of district heating.
(59861)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
9
N
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance is given to Ministers about the use of mobile telephones for transacting Government business.
(59577)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
10
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many people have sought leave to apply for (a) a residence order and (b) a special guardianship order in the last three months for which figures are available; and how many were family members as defined under section 105 of the Children Act 1989.
(59969)
11
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who are the providers of Community Legal Service Direct.
(59738)
12
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what sentencing guidelines she issues to magistrates and judges; what circumstances she takes into account when drawing up such guidance; what compulsion there is for magistrates and judges to follow these guidelines; and if she will make a statement.
(59892)
13
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what funding has been provided to the Citizens Advice Bureau by (a) central and (b) local government in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(59956)
14
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the future funding of the Citizens Advice Bureau.
(59957)
15
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the future provision of advice lines available to the Citizens Advice Bureau.
(59958)
16
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment her Department made of the constitutional implications of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, with particular reference to the powers of each House.
(59849)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
17
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what Departmental assistance has been offered to Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic football clubs to help in their campaigns against prejudice and intolerance in the last two years.
(59831)
18
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will reply to the letter dated 8th February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Paul Buckles.
(60007)
19
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding from the UK Film Council has been allocated to (a) DNA Films, (b) The Film Consortium and (c) Pathé Productions in each of the last five years.
(60002)
20
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many films were made by (a) DNA Films, (b) Pathé and (c) The Film Consortium using the £95.67 million funding from the Arts Council between 1997 and 2003; and how many of them made a profit.
(60003)
21
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many films which have received funding from the UK Film Council in the last 10 years have (a) broken even, (b) made a profit and (c) made a loss.
(60004)
22
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent on (a) promoting regular physical activity and (b) physical activity projects since 1997.
(59950)
23
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how local authorities are assessed on their provision of sports facilities.
(59662)
24
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed on the financial contribution made by sport to the UK economy.
(59663)
25
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 26th February 2006, Official Report, columns 2296-7W, on sports programmes, what progress has been made on finalising the details of the (a) governance arrangements, (b) staffing, (c) location and (d) role of the regional sports boards as they affect the National Sports Foundation due to be launched in April.
(59665)
26
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Lottery funding has been provided for school sport in each year since 2000.
(59676)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
27
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to commemorate the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the launch of the Spitfire.
(59832)
28
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a D Notice was issued to restrict reporting of complaints from family of service personnel killed in Iraq that Army vehicles had not been fixed with anti-roadside bomb detection and protective devices; and if he will make a statement.
(59842)
29
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to ratify the protocol to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) before the CCW review conference in November 2006.
(58610)
30
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the failure rate of cluster munition BL755; and if he will end its use by UK forces.
(58611)
31
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what budget he has allocated to dealing with explosive remnants of war in each of the last three years, broken down by theatre of operation.
(58612)
32
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantity of cluster munitions has been recovered by the UK in (a) Kosovo, (b) Afghanistan and (c) Iraq since operations began in each place.
(58613)
33
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the UK plans to seek an extension of the deadline under the Ottawa Convention in relation to clearing mines from the Falklands Islands.
(58614)
34
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his reply of 13th March 2006 to question 57259, tabled by the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, whether United States Armed Forces personnel have shared with him evidence of the use of Beretta semi-automatic pistols by the Iraqi insurgency.
(59360)
35
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish Sir Ronnie Flanagan's report on the Iraqi Police Service.
(59987)
36
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil contingency reaction forces there are; where each is based; and what area each covers.
(59988)
37
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the time for which Infantry Territorial Army personnel are called up for civil contingency reaction forces duties will count towards the compulsory 12-months' service within 36 months.
(59989)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
38
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 14th March, to Question 52897, on consultants and advisers, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the information in each of the three categories required.
(59556)
39
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidelines the EU has issued on the siting of (a) landfill sites and (b) sites dealing with hazardous waste close to housing; and if he will make a statement.
(59891)
40
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many building applications have been refused by local authorities in (a) the South West, (b) the South East, (c) the Midlands, (d) the North West and (e) the North East on the basis of a conflict with sustainability objectives contained in section 19(5)(a) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
(59370)
41
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities fulfil their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004; and what guidance he has issued on such duties.
(59978)
42
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the average salaries of (a) male and (b) female employees in local government.
(60016)
43
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost to local government of civil resilience measures; and what funding has been provided to local government for this purpose from central funds in 2005-06.
(60017)
44
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of staff in each local government pay band are (a) male and (b) female.
(60018)
45
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of local government staff are (a) male and (b) female.
(60019)
46
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of the staff of regional bodies are (a) male and (b) female.
(60020)
47
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost of the additional duties placed on local authorities by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004; and what proportion of these costs have been met from central funds.
(60021)
48
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of Government Offices for the Regions staff are (a) male and (b) female.
(60022)
49
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of Government Offices for the Regions staff are in each ethnic group.
(60023)
50
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what percentage of his Department's security staff will be licensed before the Security Industry Authority's licensing deadline of 20th March 2006.
(59555)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
51
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 to 18 year olds in Devon colleges were funded in part by virement from other further education funding in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
(59451)
52
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 to 18 year old full-time equivalent students in Devon colleges were not funded at the further education average rate for 16 to 18 year olds in 2003-04.
(59452)
53
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have graduated from university with a chemistry degree in each year since 1996.
(59661)
54
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13th March 2006, Official Report, column 1880W, on the social segregation report, when she expects research work on social segregation in schools from the Centre of Economics of Education to be completed.
(59870)
55
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures the Bishop Wulstan Catholic School in Warwickshire is taking to raise its standards; and if she will make a statement.
(59743)
56
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total cost has been of online university e-courses; and how many students have graduated through such courses.
(59806)
57
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's policy is on allowing staff to join (a) the Reserves, (b) the Special Constabulary and (c) other voluntary state organisations; and if she will make a statement.
(59811)
58
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department's entertainment allowance is for 2005-06; what rules govern its use; and if she will make a statement.
(59812)
59
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her policy is on teaching in languages other than English in state education institutions; and if she will make a statement.
(59813)
60
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many publications her Department has sent to teachers in each year since 1997.
(59814)
61
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many degree places were unfilled in 2005; and how many became vacant but remained unfilled following drop outs.
(59815)
62
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of whether there have been delays to the award of qualifications arising from the industrial action taken by university lecturers; and if she will make a statement.
(59816)
63
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) male and (b) female students are studying the thirty most popular degree courses.
(59823)
64
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on her Department's plans to combat bullying in educational establishments.
(59824)
65
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many questions to her Department which have not yet been answered have been unanswered for over two weeks.
(59825)
66
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the reports from consultants which have been submitted to her Department over the past 12 months; what the name of the supplier was in each case; and what fees were charged in each case.
(59826)
67
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the role of her Department in providing remedial educational training for recruits to (a) the Civil Service and (b) other public sector roles, with particular reference to (i) basic literacy and (ii) simple arithmetic.
(59827)
68
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the role of her Department in providing skills training to Ministry of Defence personnel.
(59828)
69
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) is taking to raise awareness of communicable diseases in higher education establishments, with particular reference to meningitis; how many students have (i) contracted and (ii) died of meningitis since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(59829)
70
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much private money was donated to state education institutions in the last year for which figures are available; and how much revenue was generated by managed bequest reserves in that year.
(59830)
71
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006, Official Report, column 595W, on student debt/loans, if she will break down the total figure given for estimated student loans that will be written off into the categories to which she refers.
(59867)
72
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006, Official Report, column 600W, on teachers' loans, whether any public funds disbursed under the Teachers' Loans Scheme have been assessed as irretrievable; and if she will make a statement.
(59868)
73
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, column 690W, on university students, which institution in 2003-04 had the highest percentage of young full-time first degree from National Statistics Socio-economic classes 4-7 students that is not a former polytechnic.
(59869)
74
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd March 2006, Official Report, column 995W, on Employer Training Pilots, which organisations from the (a) private and (b) public sector with over 250 staff participated in the employer training pilots in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005; and how many trainees in each sector took part in the pilots in each year.
(59859)
75
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will provide funding to allow the Skills for Life section of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College to remain open beyond the 2005-06 academic year.
(59864)
76
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will increase resources for schools to allow children with severe behavioural difficulties to remain in mainstream education.
(59910)
77
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much is spent on average for each school meal for (a) primary school pupils, (b) secondary school pupils and (c) juvenile offenders.
(60038)
78
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to increase funding for school meals.
(60039)
79
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the Government expects to reach the target of spending 60 pence on each child for school lunches.
(60040)
80
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations she has received on the issue of increasing the nutritional content of school lunches.
(60041)
81
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what additional funding will be made available for sports clubs to ensure that young people have access to at least two hours of sport per week outside school, as proposed in the consultation response, Youth Matters: Next Steps.
(59952)
82
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department has spent on school sport in each year since 2000.
(59675)
83
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the revenue to secondary schools in England from vending machines in 2004-05.
(59951)
84
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the use of mentoring for head teachers by Plymouth City Council; and whether there are circumstances under which her Department would seek to intervene if it considered such mentoring costs to be excessive.
(59420)
85
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assistance her Department is providing to adults in Hartlepool to improve and increase their level of skills.
(60008)
86
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department is taking to improve and expand business education in universities in the North East.
(60009)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
87
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with contractors providing digital maps for single farm payments in the past six months.
(59453)
88
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many single farm payment cases are delayed due to digital mapping errors; and if she will make a statement.
(59454)
89
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for single farm payments have been received to date (a) in total and (b) from the County of Devon; and what percentage of these have been paid.
(59455)
90
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date meetings have taken place between her Department and representatives of Asda, including Asda's parent company Wal-Mart, in the last 12 months; and if she will list the participants.
(59959)
91
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what performance by her Department has been against each of the targets in the Waste Strategy 2000.
(59602)
92
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the administrative costs of the Pollution Prevention and Control System have been in each year since 1997.
(59640)
93
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households in Birkenhead have had central heating installed under the Eaga Partnership Initiative.
(59561)
94
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the Spanish agricultural organisations of national importance as referred to in State Aid approval notice N 400/2005 whose state funding has been authorised by the Commission; whether UK agricultural organisations of national importance have (a) requested and (b) been granted equivalent state funding authorised by the European Commission; and if she will make a statement.
(59805)
95
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of European Court of Justice ruling 2006/C 36/35, OJ 11th February 2006, on planned UK environmental legislation; for what reason the case was contested by the Government; and if she will make a statement.
(59808)
96
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure English Nature spends its budget efficiently.
(59862)
97
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors lay behind her decision to reduce payments made under the environmentally sensitive areas scheme for sheep grazing.
(59863)
98
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many single farm payments were made to farmers in (a) England and (b) Somerset in the week ending (i) 24th February, (ii) 3rd March, (iii) 10th March and (iv) 17th March.
(59909)
99
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide financial incentives to farmers to invest in internet access as part of their business planning.
(60029)
100
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the impact of competition laws in the UK on the development of large scale milk co-operatives.
(60035)
101
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will provide rural development funding to English farmers to develop farm health plans.
(60037)
102
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of farmers who are able to obtain up-to-date best practice information from her Department and other websites via the internet.
(60053)
103
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Parliament on the average single farm payment to be received by farmers with farms of comparable sizes.
(60058)
104
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to minimise the creation of waste; and if she will make a statement.
(59895)
105
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with whom (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have held discussions on varietal genetic use restriction technologies since 1st January 2005; and when those meetings were held.
(59371)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
106
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he made the decision to put into effect the threat contained in the letter from the UK and US Consuls General to withdraw UK monitors from Jericho Prison.
(59759)
107
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the US Secretary of State since December 2005 regarding the possibility of withdrawing US and UK monitors from Jericho Prison.
(59760)
108
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he received assurances from the US Administration that no notification of the likely timetable or method of withdrawal of UK and US monitors from Jericho Prison would be given to the government of Israel or any of its agencies.
(59761)
109
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date the Ramallah Agreement concerning the ending of the siege of the Palestinian Presidential compound and the detention of prisoners to Jericho Prison was signed by (a) representatives of the government of Israel and (b) representatives of the Palestinian Authority.
(59762)
110
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Ramallah Agreement in English.
(59763)
111
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the responsibilities under the Ramallah Agreement of (a) Israel and (b) the Palestinian Authority.
(59764)
112
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he received in the three weeks leading up to 14th March of Israeli military preparations in connection with the situation at Jericho Prison.
(59765)
113
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a deadline was given to President Abbas to respond to the letter of 8th March 2006 from the UK and UK Consuls General.
(59845)
114
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the letters from (a) consular officials and (b) Ministers to President Abbas sent prior to that of 8th March concerning perceived threats to the security of UK and United States' personnel working at Jericho Prison.
(60052)
115
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the decision was taken to withdraw British monitors from the prison in Jericho; and if he will make a statement.
(59897)
116
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government informed (a) the Palestine National Authority and (b) the Israeli government that the UK would be withdrawing British monitors from the prison in Jericho; and if he will make a statement.
(59898)
117
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely impact on British interests in the Arab and Muslim world of the decision to withdraw British monitors from the prison in Jericho; and if he will make a statement.
(59899)
118
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Israel about its attack on the prison in Jericho; and if he will make a statement.
(59900)
119
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the decision to withdraw British monitors from the prison in Jericho; and if he will make a statement.
(59901)
120
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment was made of the likely action by the government of Israel in making the decision to withdraw British and US monitors from the prison in Jericho; and if he will make a statement.
(59902)
121
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether UK disbursement of funds to the Palestinian Territories has been contingent upon signed declarations by the recipient parties that funds will not be diverted to terrorist activities; and if he will make a statement.
(59886)
122
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms have been employed in the past to protect against the diversion of UK funding to the Palestinian Territories into terrorist activities; and if he will make a statement.
(59887)
123
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of UK funding for the Palestinian Territories for 2005-06 has been disbursed; and if he will make a statement.
(59904)
124
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government regards as the status of the six prisoners held in Jericho prison under the terms of the Ramallah Agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(59985)
125
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recommendations the Government plans to make to the UN on possible sanctions on Iran.
(59995)
126
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effects on the Middle East peace process of rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip.
(60012)
127
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effects on regional stability of Hamas's opposition to the Israel-Palestinian peace process.
(60014)
128
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the possible threat posed to Israel by Iran if Iran proceeds to develop nuclear weapons.
(60015)
129
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to limit Syrian support of (a) Hezbollah and (b) Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
(60024)
130
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of compliance by (a) Syria and (b) Hezbollah with UNSC Resolution 1559.
(60026)
131
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to bring the perpetrators of the murder of Rafik Hariri to justice; and if he will make a statement.
(60027)
132
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to encourage Hamas to renounce violence and recognise Israel.
(60057)
133
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on Argentine-Falkland Islands relations.
(59885)
134
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in each of the 10 new EU countries with regards to protecting (a) women's rights, (b) gay rights and (c) human rights in general.
(59917)
135
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Polish government's stance on gay rights.
(59918)
136
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings he has had in each of the previous five years with representatives of the Indian government; and what meetings are planned.
(59925)
137
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for North East Fife of 7th December 2005, Official Report, column 1397W, on Syria, what developments there have been in the trial of Dr Kamal al-Labwani in Syria; and whether further representations have been made by UK officials to the government of Syria regarding his fair and proper treatment.
(59843)
138
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what checks were made to ensure that the export of 20,878 semi-automatic pistols to Iraq referred to in the Second Quarterly Strategic Export Controls Report 2004 was consistent with Criterion Seven of the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
(59361)
139
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what checks were made to ensure that the export of 20,878 semi-automatic pistols to Iraq referred to in the Second Quarterly Strategic Export Controls Report 2004 was consistent with the UN Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts, Components and Ammunition.
(59362)
140
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of (a) Guatemala and (b) Honduras about the violent deaths of children and young people.
(59742)
141
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the decision to withdraw the UK monitors from Jericho Prison was made after notice had been given to the House on 13th March of a Written Ministerial Statement on occupied territories to be made on 14th March.
(59564)
142
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any representative of the Government made contact with the Israeli (a) government and (b) other agencies in the period between the decision to withdraw UK monitors was taken and the action taken by the Israeli Defence Force on 14th March 2006.
(59565)
143
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) developments and (b) intelligence prompted the final decision to withdraw UK monitors from the Jericho Monitoring Mission on 14th March 2006.
(59566)
144
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what indications of the timing of the withdrawal of the UK monitors at Jericho Prison were given to the (a) Israeli authorities and (b) Palestinian Authority following the joint UK/US letter of 8th March 2006 to President Abbas.
(59567)
145
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he made of the possible alternative measures to safeguard the lives and welfare of the prisoners detained at Jericho Prison once the UK monitors had left.
(59568)
146
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what percentage of his Department's security staff will be licensed before the Security Industry Authority's licensing deadline of 20th March 2006.
(59553)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
147
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's definition is of a community hospital in a rural area.
(59756)
148
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to promote research to find a new diagnostic test for prostate cancer.
(59949)
149
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration her Department is giving to joining the Rehabilitation Project Group led by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
(59962)
150
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of patients who have had difficulty obtaining home oxygen since the new arrangements were introduced; and what steps she is taking to assist them.
(59963)
151
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to Question 56552 tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 1st March 2006, on bowel cancer screening.
(60013)
152
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on Mal de Debarquement Syndrome; what research she has commissioned on the syndrome; and if she will make a statement.
(59748)
153
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the new National Framework for Continuing Care will provide for increasing awareness supported by consistent training as set out in the Government's reply to the Health Committee Sixth Report of Session, on Continuing Care.
(59858)
154
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time NHS dentists there were in (i) Essex and (ii) England in each of the last five years; and how many dentists there were in (A) Essex and (B) England per thousand head of population in each of the last five years.
(59578)
155
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people in England with communication impairments.
(59857)
156
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultant oncologists, (b) diagnostic radiographers and (c) MRI scanners there are per 100,000 people in (i) England, (ii) the North East and (iii) the Tees Valley.
(59929)
157
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) the North East, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) the area corresponding as closely as possible to Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency were diagnosed with (i) gonorrhoea, (ii) hepatitis, (iii) chlamydia, (iv) epididymitis and (v) syphilis in each year since 1997.
(59930)
158
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests for funding of biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis have been received by the Medical Research Council in each of the last five years; and how many of these requests were (a) granted and (b) refused.
(59865)
159
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests for funding of psychiatric paradigms for coping with myalgic encephalomyelitis were received in each of the last five years; and how many of these requests were (a) granted and (b) refused.
(59866)
160
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will issue guidance to primary care trusts that social factors should not be used to decide whether women with HER-2 positive early stage breast cancer should be prescribed Herceptin if they are patients for whom it would otherwise be clinically appropriate treatment.
(59580)
161
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has instructed primary care trusts that they should have regard to the UK Clinical Guidelines on the use of Adjuvant Trastuzumab (Herceptin) with or following chemotherapy in HER-2 positive early stage breast cancer published by the National Cancer Research Institute in deciding whether they should make Herceptin available to patients.
(59664)
162
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mean waiting time was for an (a) outpatient and (b) inpatient appointment in each year since 1997; and what the mean waiting times in each category were in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(59844)
163
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the progress made in implementing the recommendations of the Committee of Public Accounts 42nd Report of 2002-03, HC 704, on the management of health and safety risks to staff in NHS trusts.
(59964)
164
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to recruit more psychological therapists to the NHS to tackle depression.
(60042)
165
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a patient waiting for assessment and treatment in primary care for depression.
(60043)
166
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time is for a patient waiting for assessment and treatment in secondary care for depression.
(60044)
167
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on action that may be taken to improve services for patients with depression.
(60045)
168
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local authorities do not provide access to direct payments to older people.
(59998)
169
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local authorities have refused direct payments to older people on the basis of an assessment of mental capacity in the last 12 months.
(59999)
170
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in each region provide stem cell collection via blood sampling of the umbilical cord at the request of a parent.
(60036)
171
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to reduce physical assaults on ambulance personnel.
(59971)
172
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department has spent on (a) promoting regular physical activity and (b) physical activity interventions for children since 1997.
(59953)
173
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings she has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Education and Skills and (b) Culture, Media and Sport since 1st January to discuss child obesity.
(59954)
174
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to co-ordinate action on child obesity between her Department and the Departments of Culture, Media and Sport and Education and Skills.
(59955)
175
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what access women over 60 years have to free prescriptions provided by dentists; and if she will make a statement.
(59893)
176
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the payments due under Agenda for Change will be made; and if she will make a statement.
(59894)
177
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the consultation on the future of the official veterinary surgeons within the Meat Hygiene Service of the Food Standards Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(59903)
178
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average rate of (a) heart disease and (b) diabetes was amongst people of South Asian origin in the latest period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(59833)
179
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the rates of (a) diabetes and (b) heart disease in people of South Asian origin; and if she will make a statement.
(59834)
180
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) funding and (b) other support she plans to provide to primary care trusts to reduce the rates of (a) heart disease and (b) diabetes amongst people of South Asian origin in the next three financial years.
(59835)
181
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of South Warwickshire Primary Care Trust's Apnee Sehat initiative; and what representations she has received on this initiative.
(59836)
182
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has viewed the South Warwickshire Primary Care Trust's Apnee Sehat DVD.
(59837)
183
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to visit the Apnee Sehat projects developed by South Warwickshire Primary Care Trust.
(59838)
184
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to disseminate the Apnee Sehat initiative to areas with a high percentage of people of South Asian origin.
(59839)
185
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatment is available for post traumatic stress disorder (a) in England and (b) in the Gosport area; and what delays in the availability of treatment have occurred in the last 12 months.
(60050)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
186
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Banbury of 17th October 2005 concerning Fatemah Sayyabi.
(60048)
187
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a decision will be taken by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate on the immigration status of Christian Purcarelu, reference P1077185.
(60055)
188
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in his Department at (a) executive officer level or equivalent and (b) higher executive officer level or equivalent are employed on temporary contracts.
(59911)
189
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on temporary staff in each year between 2001 and 2005; and how much it has spent on such staff since July 2004.
(59912)
190
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff reductions have been made in order to meet his Department's efficiency savings target since July 2004; and how much his Department has saved as a result of such reductions.
(59913)
191
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd March 2006, Official Report, column 954W, on DNA profiles, if he will break down the 139,463 people who have a DNA profile on the National DNA Database and who were perceived as (a) of minority ethnic origin and (b) white by local authority area.
(59372)
192
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March 2006, Official Report, column 1671W, on police, if he will list the members of the working group led by his Department; on what dates it met; and if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meetings.
(59972)
193
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 16th January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Shantall Richardson.
(59970)
194
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for (a) consumption of alcohol by and (b) selling alcohol to under age people by (i) Middlesbrough Council and (ii) Redcar and Cleveland Council in the last 12 months.
(59739)
195
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls he expects the 101 non-emergency telephone number to receive in its first month of operation; and what percentage reduction in calls to the 999 emergency telephone number he expects to result from the introduction of the 101 non-emergency telephone number.
(59919)
196
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of refuge places available for women in South Wales in (a) each year from 1995 to 2005 and (b) the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(60054)
197
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on anti-social behaviour orders from organisations which represent (a) children's and (b) human rights issues.
(59737)
198
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's definition of anti-social behaviour is; how the definition was arrived at; and what assessment has been made of the suitability of the definition.
(59747)
199
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was raised by local authorities in fines for anti-social behaviour in each year for which figures are available.
(59907)
200
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether probation boards have a statutory duty to enter into service level agreements with regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Service arrangements.
(59965)
201
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what legal authority regional offender managers negotiate service level agreements with local probation areas under the National Offender Management Service arrangements.
(59966)
202
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely impact on public safety of shadow commissioning arrangements under the National Offender Management Service.
(59967)
203
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action will be taken under the National Offender Management Service arrangements if a Probation Board or Probation Trust fails to deliver a service.
(59968)
204
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Offender Management Service sought advice from the Treasury Solicitors on whether service level agreements negotiated by the National Offender Management Service and probation areas were legally binding.
(59986)
205
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ask the Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to report to him on when she plans to reply to the letter of 22nd December from the hon. Member for Sunderland South on behalf of Ashraf Suleiman (HO reference 5887070).
(59744)
206
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made following the protests outside the Danish Embassy in London on 4th February.
(59961)
207
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the enquiry from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 4th October 2005 (acknowledgement reference B23510/5) on behalf of Dionne Peast, Home Office reference P363945.
(59905)
208
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 reference B29113/5) on behalf of Mrs Anarine Atherton (née Porter), Home Office reference P1035420/2.
(59906)
209
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 14th March 2006 to Question 52038, on the security industry, what assumptions were made in the Security Industry Authority's estimate that current demand for door supervisors is 46,000.
(59973)
210
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from EU accession countries were working in the UK in the latest month for which figures are available.
(59369)
211
N
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provision was made for the transport costs of community police officers in rural areas in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(59646)
212
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to other Government Departments on how to proceed in the event that their suppliers of security staff fail to meet the Security Industry Authority's licensing deadline of 20th March 2006.
(59554)
213
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the report of Tim Gbedemah into allegations of corruption within the Immigration and Nationality Directorate concerning the allocation of visas.
(60000)
214
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long he expects it to take to complete the investigation into the member of staff in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate accused of sexual misconduct with a visa applicant.
(60001)
215
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th March 2006, reference 51280, what assessment he has made of the extent to which attempts have been made by prisoners to indoctrinate other prisoners with fundamentalist religious views.
(59552)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
216
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK funding for the Palestinian Territories in 2005-06 is intended for (a) humanitarian relief and (b) budgetary support; and if he will make a statement.
(59888)
217
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether UK funding for the Palestinian Territories makes a distinction between budgetary aid and humanitarian aid; and if he will make a statement.
(59889)
218
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the contribution by the UK was to the World Bank Public Financial Management Reform Trust Funds' emergency $42 million release of funds to the Palestinian Authority in March; and if he will make a statement.
(59890)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
219
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of people were recruited in Northern Ireland into the (a) Senior Civil Service and (b) Administrative Officer, Temporary Administrative Officer, Administrative Assistant and Temporary Administrative Assistant grades over the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by perceived religious affiliation.
(59363)
220
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Police Service for Northern Ireland plans to provide a single form under the conditional fixed penalty to establish who was driving at the time of the offence as well as offering the offending driver the option of a fixed penalty or proceed to court.
(59364)
221
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average time spent by prisoners on remand in prisons in Northern Ireland was in 2005; and what steps are being taken to reduce that number.
(59365)
222
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 7th March 2006, Official Report column 1324W, on health and social services councils, what percentage of the population of each Board area each figure represents.
(59366)
223
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of pupils in post-primary level schools in each of the Education and Library Board areas in Northern Ireland received free school meals in 2005.
(59367)
224
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils were (a) suspended and (b) expelled for bullying in schools in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(59818)
225
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average weekly amount of housing benefit paid to tenants in Northern Ireland was in (a) public and (b) private sector housing in 2005.
(59819)
226
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of people who began self-employment in each Northern Ireland constituency in 2005.
(59820)
227
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the (a) net cost of installation and (b) expected savings from solar panels for the average homeowner in Northern Ireland in 2006.
(59821)
228
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what has been the cost of (a) vandalism and (b) theft to (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in East Londonderry constituency in 2005.
(59822)
229
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many requests for disclosures were made to Northern Ireland Departments in 2005 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(59944)
230
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Department of Education is taking to increase Ulster Scots cultural awareness in schools in Northern Ireland.
(59945)
231
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the budget for the Key Persons Protection Scheme in Northern Ireland was in each of the last five years.
(59946)
232
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average time taken to process planning applications in Northern Ireland was in January (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.
(59947)
233
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average rental cost of two bed accommodation in Northern Ireland's private sector was in each of the last five years.
(59948)
234
N
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are long-term unemployed in each Northern Ireland Parliamentary constituency.
(58170)
235
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many jobs have been created in Northern Ireland as a result of Invest Northern Ireland trade missions to Europe in each of the last five years; what the value of inward investment arising from such trade missions was in each year; and what value of goods has been exported as a result of such missions in each year.
(59982)
236
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what budget Invest Northern Ireland has allocated for trade missions to Europe in each of the last five years.
(59983)
237
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding was awarded by the Government to lesbian, gay and bisexual organisations in Northern Ireland in 2004-05; and what percentage of funding awarded to all section 75 groups this represented.
(59991)
238
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much financial support has been allocated for lesbian, gay and bisexual organisations for 2006-07.
(59994)
Questions to the Prime Minister
239
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to commemorate his anniversary of 10 years as Prime Minister.
(59422)
240
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, whether Mr Alistair Campbell retains security clearance for 10 Downing Street.
(59423)
241
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the activities he has asked Lord Levy to carry out for him since 1st May 2005.
(59424)
242
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list official events held in 2005 at 10 Downing Street to which individuals other than hon. Members and officials were invited where the total numbers present exceeded 30.
(59425)
243
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Prime Minister, on what dates meetings have taken place between officials in Number 10 Downing Street and representatives of Asda, including Asda's parent company Wal-Mart, in the last 12 months; and if he will list the participants.
(59920)
244
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, which Ministers are prevented from participating in Cabinet discussions because of a declared interest; and on what subjects.
(59434)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
245
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the original Natural Environment Research Council capital budget was for the Environment Centre built at Lancaster University; and whether this changed during its construction.
(60030)
246
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the original budget for the Natural Environment Research Council's share of the annual running costs for the Lancaster Environment Centre was; and what its share has been in each year since its opening.
(60031)
247
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the capital value is of the Natural Environment Research Council Merlewood site; and whether there are plans for it to be sold.
(60032)
248
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the running costs for the Merlewood Centre for Ecology and Hydrology site were in each of the last three years.
(60033)
249
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the cost of operating the Merlewood Centre for Ecology and Hydrology site over the next five years.
(60034)
250
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what dates meetings have taken place between his Department and representatives of Asda, including Asda's parent company Wal-Mart, in the last 12 months; and if he will list the participants.
(59942)
251
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what UK state aids have been authorised by the European Commission over the past 12 months.
(59804)
252
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which 10 areas of employment he estimates to be most short of workers.
(59810)
253
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures his Department is taking to combat the distribution of fake competitions and chain letters via junk mail.
(59755)
254
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding his Department has provided to support the (a) aerospace, (b) agricultural, (c) automotive, (d) biotechnology, (e) chemical, (f) construction, (g) research and development and (h) tourism industry in (i) the North East and (ii) the Tees Valley in each of the last five years.
(59928)
255
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether all outgoing post from his Department is sent using the Royal Mail; and what criteria his Department uses to determine postal arrangements.
(59753)
256
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd November 2005, Official Report, column 2049W, on the Royal Family, what costs arising from HRH the Duke of York's visit to the Middle East fell on his Department; and how much of these costs were (a) travel costs, (b) accommodation costs and (c) other costs.
(59754)
257
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, of 14th February 2006, Official Report, column 1866W, on post offices, if he will list the factors that the Department expects to affect the future size of the post office network.
(59916)
258
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether ministerial approval was sought for the export of 20,878 semi-automatic pistols to Iraq referred to in the Second Quarterly Report on Strategic Export Controls 2004.
(59358)
259
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the 20,878 semi-automatic pistols exported to Iraq referred to in the Second Quarterly Strategic Export Controls Report 2004 carried serial numbers.
(59359)
260
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the (a) Ministry of Defence and (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Office were consulted in respect of the semi-automatic pistols exported to Iraq referred to in the Second Quarterly Report of the Strategic Export Controls Report 2006.
(59696)
261
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether his Department has received evidence that the parties associated with the export to Iraq of semi-automatic pistols referred to in the Second Quarterly Strategic Export Controls Report 2004 made (a) false, (b) misleading and (c) incomplete statements concerning the final use and destination of the weapons.
(59697)
262
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the 20,878 semi-automatic pistols exported to Iraq referred to in the Second Quarterly Strategic Export Controls Report 2004 (a) had been granted an earlier import permit by his Department, (b) were subject to post-export checks and (c) arrived in Iraq.
(59990)
263
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what resources his Department is allocating to the review of section 36 consents for large offshore wind farms.
(59757)
264
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects the review of the operating hours of six nuclear power stations to be completed; and when he expects to receive applications to agree extensions.
(59758)
265
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress is being made towards implementing EU Directive 2004/113/EC on equal treatment in goods and services; and when he plans to bring forward enabling legislation.
(59368)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
266
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the subsidies paid to each (a) passenger transport authority and (b) other county council and Transport Authority area in each of the past 10 years.
(60025)
267
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Commission Decision 2006/66/EC., OJ L37 of 8th February 2006, on (a) UK noise limits for (i) pass-by freight, (ii) stationary freight, (iii) locomotives, (iv) multiple units, (v) trailers, (vi) other stock, (vii) driver's cab limits and (b) existing and planned (A) track and (B) rolling stock; what UK derogations and exceptions apply; what the estimated total cost is of required adaption; what time period is permitted; and if he will make a statement.
(59803)
268
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police have been employed in each year since 1997 in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) the boroughs of the Tees Valley sub-region.
(59740)
269
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures have been taken and how much has been allocated since 1997 to improve the safety of public transport in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
(59741)
270
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures the Department takes to ensure that (a) bus companies and (b) train companies provide important public transport services on routes which are not financially profitable.
(59922)
271
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures the Department takes to provide rural areas with affordable public transport when the services provided by local companies are limited.
(59923)
272
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has allocated in road improvements in (a) each English region, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997.
(59926)
273
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving (a) buses and (b) trains were recorded in (i) each English region, (ii) the Tees Valley and (iii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the last period for which figures are available.
(59927)
274
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many deaths were caused by joyriders in the Cleveland police area in each of the last 10 years.
(60010)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
275
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Pathways to Work participants have received the return to work credit since inception.
(59796)
276
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Pathways to Work recipients who received the return to work credit have received it for (a) up to three months, (b) three to six months, (c) six to nine months, (d) nine to 12 months and (e) the full 12 months.
(59797)
277
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will establish an executive panel to review the personal capacity assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(59798)
278
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the requisite National Vocational Qualification level is for Jobcentre Plus advisers working with clients in receipt of incapacity benefits; whether the minimum qualification level must be in a relevant subject; and whether qualification requirements will be reviewed as part of the welfare reforms proposed in the paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work.
(59799)
279
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the annual cost of uprating housing benefit and council tax benefit earnings disregards for (a) a single person to £8.35, (b) a couple to £16.75, (c) higher rate recipients to £25.10 and (d) lone parents to £38.
(59800)
280
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Pathways to Work participants have made use of (a) job brokering, (b) the condition management programme and (c) return to work credit.
(59801)
281
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average cost per participant has been in the job brokering option of Pathways to Work.
(59802)
282
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of new claimants of incapacity benefit in Pathways to Work pilot areas were returning claimants who had previously found employment through Pathways to Work in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(59851)
283
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for public sector employers to make use of the Access to Work scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(59852)
284
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of incapacity benefit were also in receipt of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in the latest period for which figures are available.
(59853)
285
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of those claimants of incapacity benefit who are primarily affected by a mental health problem for which they are receiving treatment.
(59854)
286
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of talking therapists that will need to be recruited for a national rollout of Pathways to Work, assuming that demand for the Condition Management Programme is at a level similar to the demand experienced in the pilot areas; and if he will make a statement.
(59855)
287
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average cost per participant of the Condition Management Programme option of the Pathways to Work pilots.
(59856)
288
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 7th February 2006 to the hon. Member for Romford, Official Report, column 1170W, on pathways to work, how the estimate of £400 funding per participant was calculated; and what the main components of the cost were.
(59943)
289
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people he estimates JobCentre Plus has helped into work in (a) the Banbury and (b) the Oxford travel-to-work area in the last 12 months; and how many were over 50 in each case.
(60028)
290
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether all call centres operated by his Department advise people on both benefit entitlement and employment opportunities.
(60049)
291
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what regular outreach services Job Centre Plus operates in the (a) Banbury and (b) Oxford travel-to-work area.
(60051)
292
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which Jobcentreplus call centres are available to job seekers in Oxfordshire; and for what hours each call centre operates.
(60056)
293
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has a model to predict the distributional outcomes of changes to pension policy; and if he will make a statement.
(59840)
294
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what advice he received from the Government Actuary on the reduction of National Insurance contributions for those contracted out of the state second pension; what rebate the Treasury allows; and if he will make a statement.
(59047)
295
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the location of each Jobcentre Plus telephone call centre.
(59846)
296
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to provide a guaranteed right to augmentative and alternative communication equipment for people with communication impairments.
(59850)
297
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children have been living in poverty in each parliamentary constituency in the North East in each year since 1997.
(59921)
298
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women in Bridgend constituency who were in receipt of carers' allowance in each of the last five years.
(59980)
299
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Bridgend constituency have ceased to receive carers' allowance having reached pensionable age in each of the last five years.
(59981)
300
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of incapacity benefit in the Bridgend area were supported to return to work as a result of the Pathways to Work pilot in that area.
(60046)
301
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether UK citizens who have paid the necessary national insurance and taxes in the UK and are resident in Spain are entitled to receive a full state pension; what other benefits and services they are entitled to; and if he will make a statement.
(59421)
302
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many medical appeals concerning individuals diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis were heard in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.
(59914)
303
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis are in receipt of disability living allowance (DLA); and how many such individuals were refused DLA in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.
(59915)
304
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his oral Answer of 13th March 2006, Official Report, column 1139, if he will list the 25 accounts from which those in receipt of pensions or benefits can access their cash at post offices.
(59766)
305
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the role of voluntary groups and volunteering in helping move people from benefits into work.
(60011)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
306
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the delivery of reform of public services.
[Deferred from 20th March 2006] (59873)
307
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which local authorities have undertaken practical tests of their contingency plans; and what assessment he has made of the outcomes.
[Transferred] (59979)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
308
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) restaurants, (b) hotels and (c) guest houses will no longer receive rural rate relief as a result of the Licensing Act 2003 (Consequential Amendment) (Non-Domestic Rating) (Public Houses in England) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/591); what the average value of the rate relief was in each category in the latest period for which figures are available; what assessment of the impact of the change on each category of business has been made; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (59841)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
309
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people from Northern Ireland he estimates to be living illegally in the United States.
[Transferred] (59817)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
310
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of European Court of Justice ruling 2006/C 36/16, OJ 11th February 2006, upon UK businesses; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (59809)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
311
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency have lost their driving licence as a result of obtaining the maximum number of penalty points in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (59924)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
312
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has commissioned a report on the 1998 Omagh bombing; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (59896)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
313
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many (a) Ministers, (b) regional development agencies and (c) trade delegations from the UK have visited India in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (59884)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
314
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what funding has been allocated in flood defence works by each local authority along the South Wales coast between Newport and Llanelli in each year between 1995 and 2005.
[Transferred] (59993)

 
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