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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 21 March 2006

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 21 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 21 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 21 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 21 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 21 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on imposing a tax on high fat foods; and if he will make a statement.
(60655)
2
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reform the Financial Services Authority; and what estimate he has made of the costs.
(59630)
3
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the regulation of the financial services industry.
(59631)
4
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Financial Services Authority has spent on public relations in the last five years.
(60067)
5
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funds have flowed to the Consolidated Fund from the Non-fossil Purchasing Agency's surpluses; and what he estimates that income to be by 2010.
(60573)
6
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what statistics the Government collects on effective marginal taxation rates.
(60603)
7
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government collects information on the number of hours worked by recipients of tax credits.
(60604)
8
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government (a) publishes and (b) produces graphs showing effective marginal taxation rates against gross earnings.
(60605)
9
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of each social security and tax credit payment was as a percentage of gross domestic product in each year since 1997.
(60613)
10
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the take-up rate of each category of tax credit was in each year since 1997.
(60615)
11
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the tax and national insurance incentives for employer-supported childcare since April 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(60628)
12
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Stroud constituency used a Post Office Card Account to access (a) child benefit, (b) child tax credits and (c) other tax credits in the latest period for which figures are available.
(59882)
13
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to introduce an air ticket levy to provide funding for international development projects.
(60591)
14
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people in London who had a mobile phone in each year since 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(60564)
15
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households contained (a) no, (b) one and (c) two earners in each year since 1981.
(60267)
16
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the five year survival rate for prostate cancer patients is in each (a) region and (b) strategic health authority.
(60153)
17
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of alleviating the financial deficits in primary care trusts from the sums available in the National Insurance Fund above the statutory minimum reserve.
(60641)
18
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what multiple of the minimum working balance of the National Insurance Fund he considers necessary to retain in support of state pensions and the National Health Service.
(60642)
19
Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the implementation of the EU Directive on Insurance Mediation on the ability of the freight forwarding sector to provide marine insurance.
(60567)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
20
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the costs were of having the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the hon. Member for Darlington, as an additional Cabinet Member between 8th September 2004 and 6th May 2005.
(60587)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
21
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she plans to take alternative measures before section 122 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 is brought into force; and if she will make a statement.
(60283)
22
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she plans to submit the Government's legislation on legal reform for pre-legislative scrutiny in the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee.
(60654)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
23
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was collected in public library fines in each London borough in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(60556)
24
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the recent decision by the Office of Communication to award the new FM radio contract for Plymouth to Diamond FM, an Australian based company in preference to bids from local companies; and whether she plans to intervene.
(60074)
25
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what powers she has to set aside or amend decisions made by the Office of Communications on the awarding of FM radio contracts.
(60076)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
26
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many persons in the Defence Intelligence Staff have been found to have taken actions without proper authorisation in each year since 1997.
(60174)
27
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanism his Department has in place to identify actions taken by the Defence Intelligence Staff without approval from (a) Ministers and (b) the Chief of Defence Intelligence where such approval is required.
(60199)
28
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's target is for paying invoices to contractors; and what percentage of bills were paid on time in the last period for which figures are available.
(60578)
29
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria he uses to decide whether potential contractors are a bad financial risk.
(60579)
30
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the reliable replacement warhead at Aldermaston; and if he will make a statement.
(59380)
31
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which alternative systems will be considered as options for the next generation of the nuclear deterrent in respect of (a) platforms and (b) missiles.
(59381)
32
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received on US missile systems likely to be available to the United Kingdom when the existing Trident fleet is decommissioned.
(59382)
33
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of each main option for the next generation of the nuclear deterrent.
(59383)
34
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his intention that any successor to Trident should be capable of use in a sub-strategic role; and if he will make a statement.
(59384)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
35
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will introduce a national quality control system under Part L of the building regulations.
(60570)
36
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to ensure compliance with Part L of the building regulations.
(60571)
37
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will introduce measures to improve training for building control officers in the (a) public and (b) private sector on Part L of the building regulations.
(60572)
38
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much funding for housing each London Borough has received in each financial year since the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 came into force; and if he will make a statement.
(60542)
39
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many applications for funding under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 within each London borough have been (a) successful, (b) refused and (c) put on the waiting list; and if he will make a statement.
(60543)
40
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many affordable homes have been (a) started and (b) completed in the last five years in each London borough; and if he will make a statement.
(60544)
41
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many fire-related deaths there were in dwellings in each London constituency in each year since 2000.
(60545)
42
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what consultations have taken place on the role of flood reports in home information packs.
(60643)
43
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many deaths there were in dwelling fires in each fire and rescue services area in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
[R] (59386)
44
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many calls there were to each fire and rescue service in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
[R] (59387)
45
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the (a) past, (b) present and (c) future utilisation of the specialist skills of the Mines Rescue Service by fire and rescue services; and if he will make a statement.
(60262)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
46
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what date she expects to publish the study into child abuse in England linked to belief in witchcraft.
(59938)
47
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many households have (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five or more secondary schools within (i) two, (ii) three and (iii) six miles of their homes.
(56915)
48
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether her Department is on target to meet the 2004 Spending Review target to reduce the number of its civil service posts to 1,960 by 2007-08.
(60623)
49
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps her Department has taken to realise total annual efficiency gains of at least £4.3 billion by 2007-08.
(60624)
50
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school children in each London constituency (a) receive free school meals and (b) pay for school meals, broken down by school.
(60550)
51
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what her Department's target is for paying invoices to contractors; and what percentage of bills were paid on time in the last period for which figures are available.
(60574)
52
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria she uses to decide whether potential contractors are a bad financial risk.
(60582)
53
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support the Learning and Skills Council offers to adults who have held a Level 2 qualification for more than 20 years and who wish to study for a new qualification at the same level but in a different subject area.
(60263)
54
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many meetings of the Learning and Skills Council's management group were attended by representatives of other organisations for the purpose of sharing ideas on learning and skills policy and delivery in the last year for which figures are available; and what the names were of the organisations.
(60264)
55
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what systems are in place in the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to ensure that national, regional and local plans are adjusted to take account of research findings about learning and skills commissioned by (a) the LSC and (b) other organisations.
(60265)
56
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what systems are in place to enable good practice in one Learning and Skills Council (LSC) area to be shared with other local LSCs outside their region.
(60266)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
57
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) the National Environment Research Council, (b) the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and (c) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the implications for environmental protection of the decision to withdraw funding from the Freshwater Bioligical Association Library and the Kritsch Collection.
(60365)
58
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the change has been in the level of (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) carbon dioxide emissions from (i) aviation and (ii) shipping from the UK since 1990.
(60569)
59
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many households in England were in the sparsely populated area analysed by the Countryside Commission in its recent report, the State of the Countryside; how many of those households were second home owners; and how many of those households that were not second home owners had access to a vehicle.
(60586)
60
Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2006, Official Report, column 11W, on wild bird imports, what her policy is on making permanent the EU's temporary ban on the import of all wild birds.
(60566)
61
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research projects her Department and its predecessor has commissioned since 1997; and what are the names of the organisations contracted to carry out each piece of work.
(60577)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
62
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanism his Department has in place to identify actions taken by MI6 staff without Ministerial approval where such approval is required.
(60176)
63
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of India regarding (a) the position of women within society, (b) gender equality and (c) the treatment of victims of rape and sexual violence.
(59385)
64
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Minni Minawi and (b) Abdul Wahid al-Nur factions of the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army.
(60598)
65
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he has received on the government in Khartoum's approach to (a) the extension of the African Union mission and (b) the deployment of a UN mission in Darfur.
(60599)
66
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Minister of State will reply to Mr Peter Bashford's letter of 20th July 2005.
(60528)
67
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK had an obligation to inform the European Union of the decision to withdraw its monitoring presence from the jail in Jericho; and whether the UK informed the EU in advance of the decision.
(60143)
68
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the most recent assessment his Department has made of the security of the UK monitors at Jericho Prison was in relation to (a) the prisoners, (b) the Palestinian prison and security forces, (c) other Palestinian groups, (d) Israeli forces and (e) others; and whether these assessments were different from those made 12 months previously.
(60156)
69
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to satisfy himself that there was no advance discussion between the US and Israeli administrations on the withdrawal of the (a) US monitors and (b) UK monitors from Jericho Prison.
(60171)
70
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Written Statement of 14th March 2006, Official Report, column 95-6WS, on the Jericho Monitoring Mission, at what time the (a) US and (b) UK monitors left the precincts of Jericho Prison on 14th March.
(60173)
71
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the government of Indonesia in regard to the impending execution and the manner of the trial of Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus Da Silva and Marinus Riwu; and if he will make a statement.
(60524)
72
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; what issues were discussed; and what representations he has made to him about the treatment of religious minorities in Indonesia.
(60525)
73
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Ministers from his Department attending the Interfaith Dialogue Conference in Indonesia in July 2005 raised concerns about the trial and sentencing to death of Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus Da Silva and Marinus Riwu; and if he will make a statement.
(60526)
74
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Indonesia has ratified the United Nations International Covenants on (a) Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and (b) Civil and Political Rights.
(60527)
75
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) meetings and (b) telephone conversations took place during October to December 2002 between British officials and (i) US and (ii) Gambian officials where matters relating to (A) Bisher al Rawi, (B) Wahab al Rawi and (C) Jamil el Banna were discussed; and what matters were discussed on each occasion.
(60601)
76
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what correspondence has been exchanged between British officials and (a) Gambian and (b) US officials where matters relating to (i) Bisher al Rawi, (ii) Wahab al Rawi and (iii) Jamil el Banna were mentioned.
(60602)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
77
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultants were hired to work in her Department in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.
(60626)
78
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of whether her Department is adequately updating its information and communications technology infrastructure in line with the Gershon Report's recommendations.
(60627)
79
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether dentists withdrawing from the NHS are required to repay any of the costs of their training; and if she will make a statement.
(60597)
80
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to promote a co-ordinated approach to the identification and treatment of Irlen syndrome.
(60136)
81
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) hospital-acquired infection and (b) MRSA have been recorded in hospitals in each London constituency in each of the last five years, broken down by age of patient.
(60546)
82
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been taken to assist carers of patients with advanced Alzheimer's disease in each London constituency; and if she will make a statement.
(60547)
83
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pre-payment certificates for prescriptions have been issued in London in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(60558)
84
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much H5N1 vaccine is to be stockpiled in London; and if she will make a statement.
(60559)
85
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for those referred for treatment by GPs in (a) each London primary care trust and (b) each London health authority was in each year since 1996; and if she will make a statement.
(60560)
86
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the latest financial position is of each (a) London health authority and (b) London primary care trust; and if she will make a statement.
(60562)
87
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's target is for paying invoices to contractors; and what percentage of bills were paid on time in the last period for which figures are available.
(60575)
88
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) hospital-based orthodontic consultants and (b) orthodontic specialists there were in the NHS in England in each year since 1997.
(60576)
89
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria she uses to decide whether potential contractors are a bad financial risk.
(60580)
90
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pharmacies have been awarded contracts on the basis of 100 hour opening since the control of entry regulations on pharmacy were amended; and what steps she has taken to ensure that all such pharmacies maintain public access for 100 hours a week.
(60584)
91
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many official visits each Minister in her Department has made to (a) dental practices, (b) opticians, (c) pharmacies, (d) general practitioner surgeries, (e) care homes, (f) community hospitals, (g) genito-urinary medicine clinics, (h) ambulance trusts, (i) mental health trusts, (j) rehabilitation services and (k) stroke units since May 2005; and what the purpose was of each visit.
(60585)
92
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department (a) has approached and (b) plans to approach the Treasury for a release of additional funds from the sums available in the National Insurance Fund above the minimum working balance to alleviate financial deficits in primary care trusts.
(60640)
93
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the mental health trusts which are operating restrictions on recruitment.
(60541)
94
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the NHS tariff for 2006-07; and what methodology was used for its calcuation.
(60645)
95
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans her Department has for reforming the process of treatment of mental illness in prisons; and if she will make a statement.
(60637)
96
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has evaluated concerning the effects on people with mental illnesses of being in prison; and what assessment her Department has made of that research.
(60638)
97
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17th January 2006, Official Report, column 1296W, on departmental funding, if she will break down the figures given for funding provided to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain into (a) grant in aid and (b) payments for (i) rights and (ii) services in each of the last three years.
(60075)
98
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions her Department has had with Swale Primary Care Trust on (a) the Local Plan with respect to the proposed increase in housing numbers and (b) the future develoment of the Chestnuts Surgery in Sittingbourne.
(60532)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
99
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many laptop computers have been lost (a) temporarily and (b) permanently by MI5 employees in each year since 1997.
(60172)
100
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received in the last 12 months on identity fraud and theft.
(60644)
101
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to deport Shingaradazo Mudgyima, alias Sheena Daniels.
(60151)
102
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Sentencing Guidelines Council's recommendations regarding the shortening of future sentences for rape and other sex offences.
(59388)
103
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has for shortening future sentences for rape and other sex offences.
(59389)
104
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to announce (a) the successful applicant for the contract for the network of passport offices and (b) the (i) locations of the offices and (ii) other terms of the contract.
(60588)
105
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in each London borough on 31st March (a) 2005, (b) 2000 and (c) 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(60551)
106
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passports have been (a) lost and (b) stolen in London in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(60555)
107
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been stopped and issued with a Rec. 61 form by the police force in each London borough since its inception, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) police station.
(60557)
108
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) percentage and (b) numerical change in stops and searches has been in each London borough police force since 7th July 2005 broken down by ethnicity; and if he will make a statement.
(60561)
109
N
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the modalities are for hon. Members to submit evidence to Lord Carlile for his review of the definition of terrorism; and if he will make a statement.
(60170)
110
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Sustainable Training and Employment Partnerships resettlement project; what plans he has to extend the scheme; and what assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of the project.
(59937)
111
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanism the Government will adopt to equalise the council tax precepts in Wales to take into account the proposed merger of the four Welsh police forces.
(60356)
112
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the cost of the proposed police restructuring in Wales will be met by (a) his Department and (b) existing police authorities.
(60363)
113
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had on the potential dismissal of workers in the private security industry on 20th March 2006 due to licences not being issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) by that date; and what steps he has taken to prevent such an occurrence.
(60529)
114
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences have been issued to personnel working in alarm control centres; and how many SIA licence applications are yet to be processed.
(60534)
115
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government is making representations to other governments to suspend the Schengen Agreement for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
(60348)
116
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions the Government has had with other governments on policing the borders of Germany during the 2006 FIFA World Cup; what the outcome of these discussions was; and if he will make a statement.
(60349)
117
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many summonses were issued in Swindon as a result of (a) test-purchase operations and (b) visits for selling alcohol to people already under the influence of alcohol between 12th November 2004 and 24th December 2005.
(60639)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
118
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department provides to help tackle the poverty of street children in (a) Honduras and (b) Guatemala.
(59751)
119
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid has been given to Indonesia through (a) the Global Opportunities Fund, (b) the Global Conflict Prevention Fund and (c) other sources of Government funds in the last 10 years; and whether conditions relating to (i) the promotion of religious tolerance, (ii) equality under the law and (iii) openness and transparency of government were attached to that funding.
(60523)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
120
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision is made in schools in Northern Ireland for children who have sight loss.
(60609)
121
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland who suffer from sight loss are (a) unemployed and (b) on incapacity benefit.
(60610)
122
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils in (a) schools and (b) special needs education in Northern Ireland are assessed as (i) partially-sighted and (ii) totally blind.
(60611)
123
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils in Northern Ireland assessed as blind left school with (a) five or more and (b) no GCSE passes in each of the last three years.
(60612)
Questions to the Prime Minister
124
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Written Statement of 15th December 2005, Official Report, column 173WS, on the Wilson Doctrine, when he expects to make a further statement.
(60533)
125
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, what the basis was for his statement to the Liaison Committee on 8th February that international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions needs to be agreed by 2012 to avoid an ecological tipping point on climate change.
(60620)
126
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he discussed (a) the prospects of Pakistan joining the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and (b) Iran's compliance with the NPT during his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart on 6th March.
(60622)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
127
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the amount of grant funding to be allocated to solar photovoltaic technologies in 2006-07 from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
(60362)
128
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with (a) the National Environment Research Council and (b) the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology on their decision to withdraw funding support for the Freshwater Biological Association Library and the Kritsch Collection.
(60366)
129
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total amount of grant funding spent under the Solar photovoltaic Major Demonstration Programme was in 2004-05.
(60368)
130
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of the decision to abolish mandatory operating and financial reviews (OFRs) on investor confidence and (b) the extent to which OFRs encourage investment in the shares of UK companies.
(60629)
131
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to liberalise the energy market.
(60630)
132
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of the UK's energy supply was derived from coal-fired power stations in each of the last 10 years.
(60632)
133
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government plans to take to promote the inclusion of carbon capture and storage technology as a means of yielding carbon credits.
(60633)
134
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to limit the scale of the liability to be borne by the public purse in respect of British Energy's nuclear liabilities.
(60634)
135
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to counter volatility in the energy market.
(60635)
136
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the reasons were for his decision to increase the maximum fine that is able to be imposed under breaches of telephone preference service rules.
(60636)
137
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to respond to the Post Office's report on Innovative Ways of Providing Post Office Services in Rural Areas; and what assessment he has made of the merits of a hub and spoke structure in some parts of the rural network.
(60590)
138
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with Royal Mail on performance in delivery of mail in London; and if he will make a statement.
(60548)
139
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices were in operation in each London constituency in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(60549)
140
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many trading standards investigations were carried out in each London borough in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(60554)
141
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the systems compatibility of large base-load power generation plants with small-scale micro-generation power systems.
(60618)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
142
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Highways Agency has plans to seek compulsory purchase orders on properties along the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.
(59641)
143
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the draft orders for the proposed A21 upgrade.
(60066)
144
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the Government's road building programme.
(59881)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what terms and conditions apply to curtailment of the contract for the rail regulator.
(60600)
146
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) incidents of and (b) prosecutions for (i) vandalism and (ii) trespass on (A) railway lines and (B) underground lines in London by (1) adults and (2) juveniles there were in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(60563)
147
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to allow Network Rail to finance capital projects beyond the existing Government indemnity; and if he will make a statement.
(59934)
148
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 on the operation of railway services; and if he will make a statement.
(59935)
149
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve the marketing of railway services.
(59936)
150
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the work of the Parking and Travel Appeals Service.
(60146)
151
Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15th November 2005, Official Report, column 1141W, on motorcycle licences, what progress has been made towards political agreement with EU partners on the proposed new European Community Directive on driving licences, with particular reference to the proposals for new requirements in respect of motorcycles.
(60565)
152
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many flight paths to major UK airports which serve international carriers take aeroplanes over built-up areas.
(59793)
153
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the use of brand advertising on motorway signage.
(60166)
154
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria the Department used in deciding to specify in the Greater Western Franchise (a) a reduction in the frequency and (b) an increase in the journey time of trains between (i) London and Exeter and (ii) London and Plymouth; how many trains under the new schedule will reach (A) Exeter in two hours or under and (B) Plymouth in three hours or under from London; and how many did so under the (1) current schedule and (2) 1994 schedule.
(60179)
155
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what public consultation the Department undertook in designing the timetable to and from the West Country set out in the Greater Western Franchise.
(60180)
156
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria the Department used in deciding to specify in the Greater Western Franchise that the first train from London to Totnes should not arrive before midday on weekday services.
(60181)
157
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria the Department used in deciding to specify in the Greater Western Franchise that trains between London and the West Country must call at Reading, with particular reference to (a) the Golden Hind and (b) the Cornish Riviera Express.
(60183)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
158
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what procedures he has put in place to ensure those aspects of energy and transport policy not devolved to the Welsh Assembly are delivered in a way compatible with the energy and transport strategies of the Welsh Assembly.
(60621)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
159
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the Government (a) defines and (b) measures severe poverty; and if he will make a statement.
(60606)
160
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what methodology was used to produce the charts of income distribution for the total population published in each edition of Households Below Average Income; and whether corresponding figures and charts are available for particular sectors of the population.
(60607)
161
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the take-up rate of each category of means-tested benefit was in each year since 1997.
(60614)
162
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is the Government's intention that eventually all distinctions should be abolished between the benefits paid to people who are capable of work and those who are incapable of work.
(60625)
163
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what advice is provided to those interested in switching from the Post Office Account Card to direct payment into a bank account; and whether particular banks are recommended by the telephone operators on the advice line to those enquiring about switching to direct payment.
(60631)
164
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, why the contract for the Post Office Card Account between the Department and Post Office Limited prohibits the Post Office from (a) publicising the benefits of the card and (b) marketing its use without the approval of the Department.
(60589)
165
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people living in London who have a private pension; and if he will make a statement.
(60553)
166
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's target is for paying invoices to contractors; and what percentage of bills were paid on time in the last period for which figures are available.
(60581)
167
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria he uses to decide whether potential contractors are a bad financial risk.
(60583)
168
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the longest period was between a claim for attendance allowance being approved and the first payment being made in the last year for which figures are available.
(60531)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
169
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what statistics the Government collects on the distribution of earned income excluding tax credits.
[Transferred] (60616)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
170
N
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the work of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit.
[Question Unstarred] (59773)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
171
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation his Department had at the NATO forum on energy security technology held in Prague on 22nd to 24th February; and if he will place in the Library copies of all presentations made which were relevant to United Kingdom energy security.
[Transferred] (60619)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
172
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many food providers failed environmental health inspections in the last 12 months in each London borough; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (60552)
Questions to the Leader of the House
173
N
Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):To ask the Leader of the House, whether Evesham Technology made a bid to supply hon. Members with their computing needs.
[Transferred] (60364)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
174
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what evaluation processes he plans to use to assess the contents and conclusions of the report, Is Nuclear the Answer?, published by the Sustainable Development Commission on 6th March.
[Transferred] (60617)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
175
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of household income came from (a) tax credits, (b) means-tested benefits, (c) other benefits, (d) earned income excluding tax credits and (e) other sources in each year since 1997, broken down by income quintile or decile.
[Transferred] (60608)

 
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