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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 27 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 Monday 27 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 27 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 27 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 Monday 27 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 27 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claimants in Ribble Valley constituency are receiving regular manual payments each month due to computer error; and what steps are being taken to ensure that all claimants receive regular automatic payments.
(61641)
2
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will answer Question 48439, tabled by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on 31st January 2006, on child tax credit.
(62024)
3
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the new gap year and volunteering scheme budget of £150 million will be allocated to Wales.
(61669)
4
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(61903)
5
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the current employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(61904)
6
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the arrangements proposed to exempt from value added tax new buildings for (a) city academies with community use and (b) other youth and education facilities with community use.
(61727)
7
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the costs of organised fraud of the tax credits system in each quarter from Q1 2003 to Q1 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(61854)
8
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claimants have been on the manual payments database in each quarter from Q1 2003 to Q1 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(62030)
9
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the results of the 2005 Northern Ireland tax credits Living Together pilot; and if he will make a statement.
(62031)
10
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the morale of staff working at the tax credits office; and if he will make a statement.
(62032)
11
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of staff who will be employed administering tax credits at HM Revenue and Customs for each year from 2003-04 to 2007-08.
(62033)
12
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to re-open the tax credits e-portal; and if he will make a statement.
(62035)
13
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he was first informed of organised tax credit fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(62172)
14
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he will take to ensure that there is an adequate supply of tax credit application forms in West Dorset; and if he will make a statement.
(61650)
15
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of initial applications to HM Revenue and Customs for renewal of Construction Industry Scheme Certificates since 6th April 2005 have been refused; and what the proportion was in each of the three previous financial years.
(61703)
16
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a regulatory impact assessment was completed by HM Revenue and Customs on the excluding of Appendix 4 of the May 2001 version of IR40 from the July 2003 version.
(61705)
17
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a small firms impact test was completed on the exclusion of Appendix 4 of the May 2001 version of IR40 from the July 2003 reissue.
(61706)
18
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 budget announcement of free bus travel for pensioners to passenger ferries.
(61549)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
19
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what advice members of the Better Regulation Task Force have provided to the Government; and whether the advice is published.
(61042)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
20
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what sums are due to be reimbursed to the Legal Services Commission in respect of legally-aided clinical negligence litigation in accordance with section 16 of the Legal Aid Act 1988 and sections 10 and 11 of the Access to Justice Act 1999; and if she will make a statement.
(61583)
21
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will take steps to equalise the populations of constituencies.
(61677)
22
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many cases of sexual harassment were brought in which the defendant was subsequently acquitted of all charges in England and Wales, in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) criminal justice area and (b) region.
(61891)
23
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of adverse publicity on defendants who are subsequently acquitted in sex offence cases.
(62026)
24
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the human rights implications for people accused of sex offences and subsequently acquitted who suffer adverse publicity as a result of media identification.
(62173)
25
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) routine and (b) special post-mortems were carried out by each pathologist in Haringey Coroner Services in 2005.
(61872)
26
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many pathologists were employed by Haringey Coroner Services to carry out post-mortems in 2005.
(61873)
27
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) special and (b) routine post-mortems have been carried out by the Haringey Coroner Services in each of the last five years.
(61874)
28
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in her Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62003)
29
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the current employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62004)
30
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) cases and (b) firms of solicitors are expected to be affected by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) recouping legal aid payments in financial years (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; what average amount firms of solicitors owe; what average payment solicitors have made; and after what period of time the LSC would assess a case as being too old to merit recovery of legal aid funds.
(61601)
31
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost was of the coroner's inquest into the death of James Collinson.
(62156)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
32
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action her Department is taking to promote and invest in dance; and if she will make a statement.
(61767)
33
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the procedure is for setting up a television channel on the digital network; and if she will make a statement.
(61775)
34
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on the www.ukworldheritage.org.uk site in each of the past five years; and how many hits the site received in each of these years.
(61660)
35
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to implement the Dynamic Action Plan for the EU Coordination of Digitisation of Cultural and Scientific Content.
(61637)
36
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is her policy that premises granted grandfather rights under the Licensing Act 2003 should be guaranteed extended New Year's Eve opening hours notwithstanding the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(61694)
37
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance her Department has issued in relation to New Year's Eve opening hours since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(61695)
38
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether premises which have opened since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2005 are required to request in their premises licence application extended licensing hours for New Year's Eve; and if she will make a statement.
(61696)
39
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the decontamination process to contaminated land on the London 2012 Olympic Site will (a) delay building work and (b) increase the costs; and if she will make a statement.
(61779)
40
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will ensure that one of the annual Schools Olympics is held in Wales.
(61670)
41
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the funding announcement of £34 million for a new national sports foundation will be allocated to Wales.
(61671)
42
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in her Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62005)
43
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62006)
44
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 21st March 2006, Official Report, column 201W, on the 2012 Olympics, what analysis has been undertaken of (a) the nature of the contamination and (b) the (i) type and (ii) concentrations of pollutants; what involvement local authorities have had under Part IIA of the 1990 Environment Protection Act 1985; and what soil guideline values have been used.
(61510)
45
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of the applications for casino licences under the Gambling Act 1968 in the last 10 years were made under a D2 leisure planning re-classification.
(61547)
46
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for East Devon, Official Report, column 14-15W, on gambling, if she will break down the number of applications by location.
(61548)
47
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the London Development Agency and Newsfax International with regard to the Olympic compulsory purchase area.
(61109)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
48
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to make progress in identifying a future use for the drill hall in Seaford.
(61241)
49
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.
(61044)
50
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62007)
51
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62008)
52
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2006 to Question 59698, on veterans, if he will place in the Library the minutes of the (a) Veterans' Executive Steering Group meeting on (i) 11th October 2005 and (ii) 17th January 2006 and (b) the Veterans' Forum on 6th December 2005.
(61492)
53
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green of 2nd March 2006, Official Report, column 873W, on the nuclear deterrent, when he expects the preparatory work on possible options for the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent to be completed; how many personnel are involved; and at what annual cost.
(61840)
54
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether co-operation has been restored between British forces in Multi-National Sector (South-East) and council officials in Basra and Maysan provinces in Iraq.
(61841)
55
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK reservists, and from which regiments, will be serving in Iraq in May in 2006.
(61842)
56
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what strategy is in place in Iraq to achieve the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration on non-state militia (a) nationally and (b) in Multi-National Sector (South East).
(61843)
57
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the number of (a) Shia, (b) Kurdish and (c) Sunni non-state militia in Iraq.
(61844)
58
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security internees are being held by (a) Multi-National Forces and (b) British forces in Iraq.
(61845)
59
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) serious injuries and (b) fatalities have been sustained by members of the Iraq security forces since March 2003.
(61846)
60
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the infiltration of national and local Iraqi security forces by sectarian militias.
(61847)
61
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq.
(61848)
62
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of security contractors employed by private military companies in Iraq.
(61849)
63
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the degree of ethnic and religious balance in Iraqi (a) police and (b) security forces of the (i) Ministry of Defence and (ii) Ministry of the Interior.
(61850)
64
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of illegally armed groups in Afghanistan.
(62054)
65
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the source of Taliban (a) funding and (b) weaponry.
(62114)
66
N
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the UK deployment in Afghanistan.
(60956)
67
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the existing chemical licences at (a) Royal Ordnance Chorley and (b) Royal Ordnance Bridgewater will expire.
(61599)
68
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether long-term contracts have been signed for the supply of (a) high explosives, (b) Boxen caps, (c) initiators and (d) other products made at (i) Royal Ordnance Chorley and (ii) Royal Ordnance Bridgwater; and what guarantee of security and supply is required in such cases.
(61611)
69
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have taken place between his Department and the United States Administration on the transfer of stealth technology in relation to the Joint Strike Fighter.
(62040)
70
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has discussed with the US Administration the possible cancellation of the second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter.
(62041)
71
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of possible mergers of UK shipbuilding firms; and if he will make a statement.
(62042)
72
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans are in place in relation to the possible withdrawal of the UK from the Joint Strike Fighter project.
(62043)
73
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions have taken place with other European Union governments regarding the appointment of a single official to represent the European Union in negotiations with the United States Administration on the Joint Strike Fighter.
(62044)
74
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to ensure that those functions of his Department and its associated public bodies which he plans to privatise are not undertaken by companies based in countries whose interests conflict with those of the UK.
(61723)
75
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much energy has been consumed by his Department in 2005-06; and how much was spent on energy in that year.
(61535)
76
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what incentive schemes are used to retain aircrew in the RAF.
(61536)
77
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will consider allowing members of the Reserve Forces to have the option of contributing their annual bounty payment into a reserve forces pension scheme.
(61539)
78
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria were used in deciding not to make a dedicated pension scheme available to members of the reserve forces.
[R] (61540)
79
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on the granting of posthumous pardons to soldiers of the First World War who were executed following conviction for cowardice, desertion, sleeping at posts, disobedience, throwing away arms and hitting a superior officer; and if he will make a statement.
(60978)
80
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has secured a requirement that vehicles made under the recent series of his Department's contracts with MAN of Germany will be received into the UK, checked and despatched for operational use by the customers at MAN ERF UK's Northern Regional Office and facility at Middlewich in Cheshire.
(61588)
81
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assurances were given to the MAN ERF workforce at Middlewich in relation to the operation of his Department's contract with MAN and MAN ERF UK.
(61589)
82
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the United Kingdom used Norwegian government radar equipment as part of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
(61151)
83
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the British Army has conducted an inquiry into the strength of the Badr organisation in Amal and elsewhere in South East Iraq.
(61853)
84
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the award of the contract to refit the nuclear submarine HMS Torbay to Babcock Naval Services in Scotland represents a change in policy in relation to the refit of nuclear submarines; and if he will make a statement.
(61607)
85
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much it will cost to maintain the Trident weapons system between 2007 and 2020.
(61580)
86
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost was of (a) deploying and (b) recovering troops and equipment to and from (i) Iraq and (ii) Kuwait between April 2003 and December 2005.
(61852)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
87
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers local authorities have to prohibit the use of unregistered mini-motorcycles in designated areas.
(62020)
88
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Government has spent on building social housing; and how many new social housing units were completed in each of the last 20 years.
(62115)
89
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the most recent estimate is of the cost of the regionalisation of fire control centres; and who would cover the overspend in the event of costs exceeding this estimate.
(60274)
90
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals have been made against planning decisions made by Lancashire County Council in each year since 1997.
(61643)
91
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62009)
92
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the current employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62010)
93
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which local authorities that are subject to an enquiry into affordable housing have approved an affordable housing retirement village to be built in partnership with a registered social landlord and the private sector without Housing Corporation funding.
(61546)
94
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many proposals to allow councils to set up unregistered social landlords have been made to his Department in the last five years.
(61645)
95
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to change the prudential borrowing rules to allow arm's length management organisations to borrow for housing purposes.
(61667)
96
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) reserves and (b) pre-tax financial position was of each housing association in the latest period for which figures are available.
(61668)
97
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was paid in rent into each council housing revenue account in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2005-06; how much in each year was spent on (i) council administration, (ii) housing repairs and (iii) tenant services; and what the total surplus made available to his Department was in each year.
(61697)
98
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was paid in capital grants to housing associations in each year since 2000-01.
(61698)
99
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the capital value of (a) housing association and (b) council housing stock in each year since 2000-01.
(61700)
100
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of right to buy receipts were (a) paid to his Department and (b) retained by councils in each year since 1997; and how much of the total revenue was spent on housing.
(61701)
101
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department paid to arm's length management organisations in each year since 2000; and how much is budgeted to be spent in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-0-7.
(61710)
102
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average total rent paid by council tenants was in 2004-05; and what estimate he has made of the average amount spent per council tenant on repairs and services in that year.
(61735)
103
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether there are sites within the UK which are large enough to test how various building materials react when subject to (a) explosion and (b) full scale fire tests.
(61800)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
104
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) assistant teacher and (b) head teacher posts are potentially not open to teachers who have no religious beliefs on grounds of lack of religion.
(62018)
105
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many disabled children, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, her Department expects to have attended children's centres by April 2007.
(61680)
106
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the Government plans to issue guidance to children's centres on their duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
(61681)
107
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children's centres have in place an accessibility plan.
(61682)
108
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many disabled children, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, aged under five years attending children's centres (a) have a statement of special educational needs and (b) are on early action plans.
(61683)
109
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many early years professionals employed in children's centres meet the Special Educational Needs Standard set by the Training and Development Agency.
(61684)
110
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the practice by internet businesses of charging for essays which can be used by the purchaser for assistance in securing an examination qualification; and if she will make a statement.
(61773)
111
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance is issued to social workers regarding children they identify as missing education.
(61626)
112
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21st March 2006, Official Report, column 217W, on the Education Act 2002, what plans she has to commence the provisions of Chapter 2 of the Education Act 2002 conferring exemptions related to school performance.
(61627)
113
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in her Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62011)
114
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the current employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62012)
115
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 428W, on religious services, what discussions have taken place in her Department about whether a daily act of collective worship should continue to be held in accordance with her Department's circular 1/94.
(61648)
116
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) men and (b) women are attending an adult community education course in each parliamentary constituency in Derbyshire.
(61499)
117
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of Derbyshire Learning and Skills Council's proposed funding allocation for the Adult Community Education Service in 2006-07 on the provision of services; and if she will make a statement.
(61545)
118
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adult community education learning (a) courses and (b) venues have been in operation in Derbyshire in each year since 1997; and how many she estimates will be in operation in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08 in each case.
(61581)
119
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding Derbyshire's Adult Community Education service has received in each year since 1997; and what the allocation is for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(61582)
120
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when (a) the London Borough of Hounslow education authority and (b) schools in Hounslow will receive extra funding to improve school meals.
(62118)
121
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the number of pupils reaching grades C and above in mathematics and English in the constituency of Brentford and Isleworth in each year since 2001.
(62122)
122
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of (a) A level candidates and (b) all 18-year olds in England achieved two or more grades A to E at A level in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005.
(62060)
123
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of candidates in England achieved passes at grades A* to C at GCSE in at least five subjects including English and mathematics in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(62061)
124
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when she last commissioned an audit of Kent County Council's education department.
(61103)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
125
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions the Water Saving Group has met since October 2005.
(61335)
126
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to implement the recommendations of the Wooler report into the funding of national parks.
(61602)
127
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to tackle noise pollution caused by mini-motorcycles.
(62022)
128
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Treasury colleagues on the overall sum available to her Department for flood defence works.
(61242)
129
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has carried out into the feasibility of creating a national grid of water pipes.
(61646)
130
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total budget is for the Coastal and Market Towns Initiative (a) to final report stage and (b) for the implementation stage beyond final report.
(61603)
131
N
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list towns in Devon engaged in the Coastal and Market Towns Initiative; and which have completed the process and produced a final report.
(61604)
132
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information she has received on the length of time that H5N1 was present in each infected EU country before it was discovered.
(60771)
133
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information she has received on the (a) likelihood and (b) implications of H5N1 reaching the game farms of the Loire Valley.
(60772)
134
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in her Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62013)
135
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62014)
136
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has met (a) Sir Christopher Evans and (b) representatives of Merlin Biosciences Limited in the past 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(61764)
137
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to introduce rules to regulate the amount of energy that can be used by electrical household appliances in (a) standby and (b) no load mode.
(61046)
138
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the compatability of the Department's role as the sponsoring department for the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) with the ACP's role in offering advice to other government departments.
(62045)
139
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pheasants have been imported from France in each of the last 10 years; whether bird imports are still permitted; and if she will make a statement.
(61045)
140
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether arrangements are being made for poultry producers to be compensated in the event of their flocks contracting avian influenza.
(61559)
141
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what change there has been in the level of imports of chicken in the last three months.
(61560)
142
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make representations to the European Commission for the distribution of surplus wine to pensioners rather than its conversion to bio-fuel.
(61562)
143
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's latest estimate is of the total amount of landfill capacity available in England.
(61563)
144
N
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's response was to the report on the dispersal of the invasive topmouth gudgeon, Pseudorasbora parva, in the UK: a vector for an emergent infectious disease published in 2005 by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Environment Agency.
(61570)
145
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects her Department to be in a position to publish a draft Marine Bill.
(61631)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
146
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the outcome of the Peruvian presidential election; and if he will make a statement.
(62130)
147
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Iraqi (a) officials and (b) leaders on the establishment of the new government.
(62132)
148
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the International Energy Agency on Russian energy supplies.
(62138)
149
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received concerning Russian oil and gas supplies to the EU.
(62139)
150
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of Russia's development of natural gas pipelines to China.
(62142)
151
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between China and Russia.
(62148)
152
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent agreement between China and Iran on drilling rights in Yardavaran region of Iran.
(62149)
153
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the Mercosur trade bloc on trade with (a) the EU and (b) the UK.
(62153)
154
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the timetable is for the peace agreement in Sudan to be signed.
(62157)
155
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the peace agreement in Sudan.
(62158)
156
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the UN on security in Sudan.
(62159)
157
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of levels of violence in southern Sudan.
(62160)
158
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the number of Maoist insurgents in Nepal.
(62161)
159
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on (a) the security situation, (b) promotion of democracy, (c) press freedom and (d) civil liberties in Nepal.
(62178)
160
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the planned outcomes were of the Minister of State's recent visit to Iraq; who he met during the visit; what was discussed at the meetings; and if he will make a statement.
(61771)
161
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many official holidays staff at the Department's offices in (a) Bangladesh and (b) Pakistan receive per annum.
(61576)
162
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list his official engagements undertaken on 21st March 2006; for which such engagements the ministerial car was used; and if he will make a statement.
(61579)
163
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterparts on Iran's nuclear programme.
(60968)
164
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62015)
165
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62016)
166
N
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterparts about Iran's nuclear programme.
(60954)
167
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many detainees in Iraq have been (a) charged and (b) tried and convicted of offences connected to the insurgency.
(61851)
168
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff are employed at (a) the High Commission and (b) each Deputy High Commission in India; where each is based; and what the job description is of each.
(61552)
169
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last made representations to the European Union on the continued proscription of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(61656)
170
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has met (a) Sir Christopher Evans and (b) representatives of Merlin Biosciences Limited in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(61765)
171
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Afghan government following the conviction of Abdul Rahman for the crime of apostasy.
(62055)
172
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the statement from the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief on the activities of the command headquarters of the armed forces in Iran and (b) the letter from its chairman dated 29th October 2005 addressed to the Ministry of Information, the Revolutionary Guard and the police force.
(61883)
173
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom concerning the Foreign Affairs Committee report on the Human Rights Annual Report 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(62046)
174
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the treatment of members of the Bahá'í faith in Iran; and what representations he has made to the Iranian government on this matter.
(62047)
175
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what security arrangements are in place for members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation at Camp Ashraf in Iraq.
(61661)
176
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation that have been given protected person status under the Geneva Convention at Camp Ashraf in Iraq.
(61662)
177
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Mujahedin-e Khalq since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(61663)
178
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation that have been disarmed by coalition forces in Iraq since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(61664)
179
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has assessed for the protection of Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation members at Camp Ashraf when the UK and the US disengage from Iraq.
(61665)
180
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff are employed by his Department in each UK overseas mission, excluding locally employed staff.
(61484)
181
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list all overseas property owned by his Department; what the primary purpose is of each property; and if he will make a statement.
(61485)
182
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total salary cost was for his Department's staff based overseas in the last year for which figures are available; and what the cost of locally engaged staff employed overseas by his Department was in the same period.
(61486)
183
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2006, Official Report, column 86W, on rendition, whether the requirement for permission is a legal requirement; and from which domestic and international law it derives.
(61538)
184
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the political situation in Gambia; and if he will make a statement.
(61865)
185
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ceasefire declared by ETA; and if he will make a statement.
(61866)
186
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the arrest of an Afghan citizen for converting to Christianity.
(61867)
187
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on human rights observance in Afghanistan, with particular reference to the freedom of religion.
(61868)
188
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what multilateral action he is participating in to ensure that political conflict in Palestine will not hinder effective containment and eradication of the H5N1 virus; and if he will make a statement.
(61869)
189
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received official hospitality from Canatxx Ventures Limited, Canatxx UK and its associated companies in the last four years.
(61328)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
190
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 2637W, on obesity, if she will clarify the action which the Department plans to take on the establishment of the National Partnership for Obesity.
(61753)
191
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been provided by each strategic health authority for the creation of local screening centres in advance of the implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
(61047)
192
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to extend the age range of bowel cancer screening following the implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
(61048)
193
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many testing kits the Department plans to distribute in April 2006 as part of the rollout of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
(61110)
194
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people the Department estimates will be tested for bowel cancer in each month to March 2007 following the implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
(61111)
195
N
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated average annual cost to the NHS is expected to be of a dentist operating under the new contract; whether an equivalent sum will be available to primary care trusts in respect of each NHS dentist who declines to register for NHS care under the new contract; and whether such funds will be restricted to the provision of alternative dental services.
(61612)
196
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Minister of State's Oral Statement of 20th March 2006, Official Report, column 120 and to the Answers of 14th February 2006, Official Report, column 2030W, on waiting lists/times, and 13th March 2006, Official Report, column 2030W, on waiting lists, what the evidential basis is for the statement that no-one waits more than six months for an operation.
(61038)
197
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the level of demand for NHS provision in (a) 2007, (b) 2010 and (c) 2020.
(62068)
198
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that the public consultation process strategic health authorities follow in relation to fluoridation gives equal access to information and resources for those against and in favour of artificial fluoridation of water supplies.
(62027)
199
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds she makes available to national groups who disseminate information (a) in favour of and (b) against water fluoridation.
(62028)
200
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) funded on artificial water fluoridation and (i) social inequalities and (ii) thyroid disorders in each year since 2000.
(62125)
201
Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her estimate is of the savings that would accrue to the NHS if the principle of compulsory dispensing of the cheapest generic version of all ex-patent compounds were introduced.
(61498)
202
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to promote the consumption of foods rich in the mineral selenium; and if she will commission research into raising the selenium content of British soil.
(61808)
203
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of childhood mortality in the Lancashire area; and if she will make a statement.
(61642)
204
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 2637W, on obesity, why the Government decided not to establish the proposed National Partnership for Obesity.
(61702)
205
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(61998)
206
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in her Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62017)
207
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will review the cost assumptions used in the assessment of the efficacy of erythropoietin as a treatment for cancer-induced anaemia by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(62056)
208
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the relative weighting given to (a) survival and (b) quality of life in the assessment procedures adopted by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, with particular reference to its recent recommendation to withdraw erythropoietin as a treatment for cancer-induced anaemia.
(62057)
209
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the amount of time spent undergoing blood transfusions by patients with cancer-induced anaemia as a result of the withdrawal of erythropoietin.
(62058)
210
Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the change in cost per patient as a result of the withdrawal of erythropoietin as a treatment for cancer-induced anaemia.
(62059)
211
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts for NHS surgeries have been awarded to private companies; to which companies each contract has been awarded; and where each surgery is located.
(61712)
212
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list each (a) NHS treatment centre, (b) independent sector treatment centre and (c) joint-venture treatment centre led by (i) the NHS and (ii) a private provider; which private provider is involved in each centre; and what the cost to the NHS was of establishing each centre.
(61713)
213
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff are employed at each independent sector treatment centre; and what roles they perform.
(61714)
214
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has for the expansion of independent sector treatment centres.
(61715)
215
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated at each independent sector treatment centre since each was established, broken down by type of treatment received.
(61716)
216
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of her Departmenet's budget was spent on the establishment of independent sector treatment centres in each year since 1997; what proportion of the budget for the establishment of such centres was spent on the employment of management consultants in each year; and what proportion of each budget she expects to be spent in each category in 2006-07.
(61717)
217
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what percentage of the total payment made by the NHS to private sector companies awarded contracts to operate independent sector treatment centres is accounted for by (a) the cost of the operations performed and (b) an additional premium, broken down by (i) company and (ii) centre.
(61718)
218
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the Department's budget has been allocated to the private sector for the performance of routine operations for NHS patients in each year since 1997.
(61719)
219
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the Department's total budget has been (a) spent on private sector contracts in each year since 1997 and (b) allocated to private sector contracts in 2006-07.
(61720)
220
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many routine operations have been performed by the private sector for NHS patients in each year since 1997.
(61721)
221
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in (a) Chesterfield Primary Care Trust and (b) Trent Strategic Health Authority are (i) accepting new NHS child patients, (ii) accepting new NHS adult paying patients and (iii) accepting new NHS adult payment exempt patients.
(62168)
222
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of (a) adults and (b) children in Chesterfield constituency are registered with an NHS dentist.
(62169)
223
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the three largest suppliers in financial terms to the National Health Service of (a) influenza, (b) polio, (c) BCG and (d) hepatitis B vaccines in each of the last five years.
(61707)
224
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action her Department has taken to improve primary healthcare services in Brentford and Isleworth constituency since 1997.
(62119)
225
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the average time each Trust hospital took to pay bills to outside suppliers in 2004-05.
(62067)
226
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2006, Official Report, column 143W, on Choose and Book, if she will break down the number of new bookings made via the choose and book service by (a) inpatient and (b) outpatient appointment in each primary care trust involved in the project.
(61299)
227
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on the suspension of the phase 1 clinical trial authorisation of the drug TGN 1412; and if she will make a statement.
(61262)
228
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was aware of (a) the inflammatory effect on the lymph nodes of two monkeys of the drug TGN 1412 in pre-clinical testing and (b) the adverse drug reaction seen in early human trials of the drug anti-CLTA4 antibody prior to TGN 1412 receiving its authorisation for a phase 1 clinical trial.
(61263)
229
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) considered the possibility that the drug TGN 1412 might give rise to a cytokine storm in humans prior to granting its approval to the phase 1 clinical trial authorisation.
(61264)
230
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) has submitted (a) the data supporting the phase 1 clinical trial of the drug TGN 1412 and (b) the trial protocol to an independent assessor for a second opinion on the safety of the MHRA's original clinical trial authorisation.
(61265)
231
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the trial protocol approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency stipulated in respect of the length of time between which the doses of the drug TGN 1412 should be administered to the different participants in the phase 1 clinical trial; and whether this protocol was followed.
(61266)
232
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to make an announcement on the approval of foundation status for the next tranche of NHS Trusts; what effects changes to NHS tarriffs have had on the timing of the announcement; and if she will make a statement.
(61649)
233
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time has been for patients waiting for pure tone audiometry since January 2006.
(61709)
234
N
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether provision exists for patients not able to receive timely treatment under the NHS and who paid the cost of their own treatment, to receive reimbursement of those costs.
(61722)
235
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the average waiting time from a patient being referred by a GP to an audiologist and a hearing test taking place in the last period for which figures are available.
(62053)
236
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of expenditure by the NHS is accounted for by the cost of pension provision.
(61572)
237
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual cost of pensions is for (a) general medical practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) NHS staff covered by Agenda for Change.
(61573)
238
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated increase in the level of pensions is that will be payable on retirement on average to (a) GPs as a result of the new contract, (b) consultants under their new contract and (c) other NHS staff as a result of Agenda for Change.
(61574)
239
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated additional accrued pension liability to the NHS is as a result of the (a) GPs' new contract, (b) consultants' new contract and (c) Agenda for Change.
(61575)
240
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the additional funding for the NHS in each year since 1999 has been absorbed by the increase in the cost of pensions.
(61577)
241
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the (a) mental health and (b) NHS establishments she has visited in the last six months; and on what days she visited them.
(61565)
242
Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is her policy that patients should continue to have access to pharmacists for advice and support following the enactment of the Health Bill.
(61708)
243
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to revise the rules for appointments within health bodies to ensure (a) the process is transparent and (b) those appointed have (i) suitable skills and background experience and (ii) do not have a record of financial mismanagement.
(61884)
244
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to ensure the availability of animal insulin in light of the announcement by Novo Nordisk that they intend to discontinue supply.
(61895)
245
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the contribution of (a) environmental factors and (b) longevity to the incidence of malignant disease; and if she will make a statement.
(62162)
246
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has had conducted into the possible link between industrial processes and the incidence of cancer; and if she will make a statement.
(62163)
247
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action she is taking to reduce exposure to pesticide residues in food; and if she will make a statement.
(62164)
248
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the possible risk of hormone-dependent malignancies from (a) synthetic pesticides and (b) organochlorines; and if she will make a statement.
(62165)
249
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) planned into possible enhanced risks of cancer through genetic variations interacting with environmental contaminants; and if she will make a statement.
(62166)
250
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the possible link between cancer and organochlorines in infants and young adults; and if she will make a statement.
(62167)
251
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the trend in the incidence of (a) non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, (b) breast cancer and (c) multiple myeloma in (i) men and (ii) women; and if she will make a statement.
(62170)
252
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the global trends in the incidence of cancer since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(62179)
253
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the predicted incidence of cancer in 2020 relative to current levels (a) in the UK and (b) internationally; and if she will make a statement.
(62180)
254
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why Connecting for Health has suspended its contract with ComMedica.
(61685)
255
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what target is in place for development of local improvement finance trust schemes.
(61689)
256
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirement there is on the part of a local improvement finance trust company to sign all leases before building commences.
(61699)
257
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the percentage split between the public and private sector is for each Local Improvement Finance Trust.
(61704)
258
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Local Improvement Finance Trust projects have been built; and how many of them are being leased at capacity.
(61728)
259
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which strategic health authorities make it a policy that GPs are required to sign up to the terms of the lease to occupy local improvement finance trust premises before the full business case is approved.
(61729)
260
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Minister approved the suspension of the contract with ComMedica; and if she will place in the Library the advice that Minister was acting upon.
(61730)
261
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the suspension of the contract with ComMedica has cost since 10th January.
(61731)
262
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what protocols are in place for the suspension and termination of contracts between providers and Connecting for Health.
(61732)
263
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what part of the National Programme for Information Technology ComMedica was delivering; how it was delivering that part of the programme; what alternative delivery system Connecting for Health requires; and what the bidding process will be to deliver that system.
(61733)
264
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the suspension of the contract with ComMedica on the costs and the delivery of the part of the National Programme for Information Technology for which the company was responsible.
(61734)
265
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local improvement finance trust schemes (a) have been completed, (b) have been commissioned and (c) are being constructed and established, broken down by (i) area served, (ii) value and (iii) year of completion.
(61752)
266
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the number of local improvement finance trust schemes to be built or established in each of the next three financial years, broken down by (a) area served, (b) estimated value and (c) estimated year of completion; and how many are delayed or postponed.
(61759)
267
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the costs to date of the decision of Connecting for Health to suspend its contract with Com Media; and what estimate she has made of the likely consequential costs in the next two financial years.
(61870)
268
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the length is of the lease of each local improvement finance trust company.
(61871)
269
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13th February 2006 to the hon. Member for South Derbyshire, Official Report, column 1795W, on stoma appliances, if she will summarise the views expressed during the consultation on the provision of stoma appliances and other services; what policy decision she has made on the basis of that consultation; and if she will make a statement.
(61229)
270
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on her plans to increase funding for Greater Manchester health trusts.
(61600)
271
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will put in place arrangements for screening all children for cardiac problems; and if she will make a statement.
(62037)
272
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2006, Official Report, column 464W, on influenza, what additional production capacity of influenza vaccines will the tenders give rise to in the UK; and over what timescale.
(61554)
273
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is owed to NHS trusts arising out of unpaid bills for private medical procedures.
(61556)
274
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2006, Official Report, column 139W, on advertising and marketing campaigns, what financial limits will be placed on advertising of services by hospitals.
(61557)
275
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th December 2005, Official Report, column 2726W, on public appointments, when she now expects that details of those who have been appointed by the NHS Appointments Commission will be made public.
(61558)
276
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to ensure that the skills of the full-time equivalent staff at King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst can be redeployed in the regional NHS.
(61590)
277
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken to ensure that standards of care are maintained for those NHS patients (a) being treated and (b) due to be treated at King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst.
(61591)
278
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that the local NHS has capacity to deal with the effects of the closure of King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst.
(61592)
279
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the possible closure of King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst on waiting times for patients on the waiting list for operations at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester.
(61593)
280
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions took place between representatives of local primary care trusts and officials from her Department on the future of King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst.
(61594)
281
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions were held between officials from her Department and Capio Healthcare UK on the future of King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst in the last 12 months.
(61595)
282
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists were available to NHS patients in the Chichester district on 1st April 2005; and how many she expects to be available on the date on which the new dentists' contract is to be implemented.
(61596)
283
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the funding deficits in the NHS in (a) the Surrey and Sussex and (b) Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authorities resulted in a reduction in the funding stream provided to King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst through the primary care trusts.
(61614)
284
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health trusts are meeting the 48 hour target for access to primary care practitioners.
(61329)
285
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's waiting time target is for obtaining an appointment with a general practitioner.
(61331)
286
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what type of machines in hospitals are affected by mobile telephone signals.
(61571)
287
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will reply to Question 48216, on conduct of healthcare professionals, tabled by the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough, for answer on 1st February 2006.
(59883)
288
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices are (a) treating children and (b) prepared to accept children as NHS patients in each primary care trust in England.
(61039)
289
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what capacity Dr Chai Patel has worked with her Department since 1997.
(61041)
290
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been paid out by the Macfarlane Trust since 1988; and what proportion of the Trust's total assets such payments comprise.
(61876)
291
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many haemophiliacs infected with HIV as a result of NHS blood transfusions have received payments from the Macfarlane Trust in each year since its inception in 1988; and what assessment she has made of the efficacy of the Macfarlane Trust in providing financial support in such cases.
(61877)
292
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many haemophiliacs infected with HIV are currently receiving payments from the Macfarlane Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(61878)
293
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the future of the Macfarlane Trust.
(61879)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
294
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) mini-motorcycles have been confiscated by the police and (b) fines have been issued to drivers of mini-motorcycles in (i) Dudley, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England in the last two years.
(62023)
295
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the use of voice verification for the tracking of offenders.
(61501)
296
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the Prison Service retirement age; and if he will make a statement.
(61502)
297
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) assessment he has made of and (b) research he has conducted on the role of building design in delivering resettlement programmes in prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(61503)
298
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he (a) has taken and (b) is taking to reduce the incidence of suicide in prison.
(61504)
299
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he (a) has taken and (b) is taking to ease prison overcrowding.
(61505)
300
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of expenditure on physical education in prisons was spent on (a) inmates and (b) staff in the last period for which figures are available.
(61506)
301
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact on education provision in prisons of the level of transfers of inmates between establishments.
(62124)
302
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the (a) accessibility to and (b) take-up by prisoners of higher education.
(62126)
303
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) demand and (b) supply of (i) further and (ii) higher education in each prison; what mechanisms exist to ensure that supply equals demand; and what action he is taking to increase levels of education provision in prison establishments.
(62131)
304
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of transfers between prison establishments was due to (a) re-categorisation, (b) overcrowding, (c) resettlement and (d) other reasons in 2004-05.
(62134)
305
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of transfers of inmates between prison establishments for each year since 1997, broken down by prison establishment.
(62135)
306
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1135W, on prisons, what plans he has to increase enrolment in education activities at each prison.
(62137)
307
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th March 2006, Official Report, column 2227W, on prison education, what assessment he has made of the capital requirements in each prison for the planned increase in educational enrolments; what timetable he envisages for delivery; and what interim measures he will make available to each prison.
(62140)
308
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of inmates at each prison have been enrolled in formal education activities in each year since 1997.
(62144)
309
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the provision of education at HM Prison Bullingdon.
(62145)
310
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are (a) designated and (b) deployed at (i) each prison and (ii) Prison Service Headquarters for the operation of the OASys computer system.
(62150)
311
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with providers of education in prison on increasing the (a) quality and (b) quantity of education.
(62151)
312
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have (a) studied and (b) graduated with (i) a Bachelor's degree, (ii) a Master's degree and (iii) a Doctorate in each prison establishment in each year since 1997; what plans he has to increase the higher education qualifications achieved in prisons; what timetable he envisages for the planned increases in higher education delivered in prisons; and if he will make a statement.
(62152)
313
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motoring offences were recorded in each year between 1999 and 2004 (a) in total and (b) broken down by sex.
(61686)
314
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's handling of Andre Massamba's application for asylum.
(61567)
315
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Criminal Law Revision Committee on the issue of anonymity for the accused prior to conviction in sex offence cases.
(62025)
316
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the issue of anonymity for the accused prior to conviction in the context of the trial of Michael McCartney.
(62171)
317
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will re-examine the provisions in the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 which banned media identification of sex offence defendants repealed by the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in the context of the trial of Michael McCartney.
(62174)
318
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the burden of administration affecting police activity has been minimised; whether he (a) has new proposals to reduce the burden and (b) is considering the merits of a further review; and if he will make a statement.
(61898)
319
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations he has received from people in Yorkshire supporting the police mergers.
(61675)
320
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of the proposed reorganisation of the four Yorkshire police forces.
(62127)
321
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when details of the operation of the charitable fund to help British victims of terrorism abroad will be announced.
(61784)
322
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government's £1 million endowment to the new Terrorism Relief Fund may be spent on those affected by terrorism before the establishment of the fund.
(61793)
323
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many road traffic offences were committed by vehicles that were registered at false or incorrect addresses in Ribble Valley constituency in each of the last five years; what offences were involved; what the estimated cost is of unpaid fines following such offences; and how many multiple offences were committed by the same vehicles in that period.
(61640)
324
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which pathologists in Haringey Coroner Services (a) are and (b) are not accredited by his Department; and how many of these pathologists are over the normal retirement age.
(61875)
325
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how, following the introduction of identity cards, restrictions on travel will be enforced on those who have a football banning order bur are required to remain in possession of his or her identity card for the purpose of access to certain services while in the UK.
(61655)
326
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(61999)
327
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62000)
328
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has met (a) Sir Christopher Evans and (b) representatives of Merlin Biosciences Limited in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(61766)
329
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the functions and caseload of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's work-in-progress hold.
(61153)
330
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the location is of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's work-in-progress hold.
(61154)
331
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff work at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's work-in-progress hold.
(61155)
332
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd March 2006, Official Report, column 957W, on Operation Trident, what the figures were for each London borough not referred to in the Answer.
(61609)
333
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to announce his decision on whether to restructure Hampshire Police; and if he will make a statement.
(60540)
334
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister of State for Crime, Security and Communities expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight of 15th February on the Bichard report.
(61630)
335
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the remarks of the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality, of 21st March 2006, Official Report, columns 214-15, if he will list (a) the candidates and (b) the parties responsible for the general election leaflets from which he quoted; which were the candidates' leaflets which he described as verging on the racist; if he will list the newspaper advertisements which he suggested contained misinformation and lies; and if he will correct the incorrect information to which he referred.
(61672)
336
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in (a) England and Wales and (b) Lancashire were returned to prison after violating their probation conditions in each year since 2000.
(61330)
337
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of each forensic and other outside expert contracted to assist Surrey Police in their re-opened investigation into deaths at Deepcut army barracks.
(62128)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
338
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the G8 aid pledged to the Palestinians in the light of the recent Palestinian elections.
(61860)
339
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help the Palestinian Authority establish rule of law in the Palestinian Territories.
(61861)
340
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Palestinian Authority to administer funds pledged by the G8 and EU.
(61862)
341
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what monitoring is being put in place to ensure that development funding for the Palestinians does not go to Hamas.
(61863)
342
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the merits of using non-governmental organisation funding as a means of sustaining international aid to the Palestinians.
(61864)
343
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the role of private sector initiatives as a means of sustaining international aid to the Palestinian territories.
(62048)
344
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations he has received from the Iraqi government on UK aid.
(62133)
345
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of (a) poverty and (b) income levels in Peru.
(62143)
346
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to assist Uruguay to diversify its trade.
(62155)
347
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many official holidays staff at the Department's offices in (a) Bangladesh and (b) Pakistan receive per annum.
(61578)
348
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(62001)
349
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(62002)
350
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the future programme of the Commission for Africa.
(62123)
351
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid and assistance the UK Government has provided for the current drought and famine in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.
(61690)
352
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for which multilateral institutions working in Somalia the Government provides funding.
(61691)
353
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Somalia for the purposes of taking decisions on aid.
(61692)
354
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his assessment is of the extent to which political instability in Somalia has contributed to the current humanitarian situation.
(61693)
355
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what resources his Department has allocated to assisting the government of Uganda to carry out a review of its armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(61597)
Questions to the Leader of the House
356
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Leader of the House, if he bring forward guidelines for Ministers on responding to written requests from hon. Members for meetings and information.
(61610)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
357
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average gross weekly earnings in Northern Ireland are according to the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, broken down by council area.
(61104)
358
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of the parades held in Northern Ireland on 17th March took place after the Parades Commission had indicated that discussions between organisers and those who had expressed reservations about the parades should take place.
(61105)
359
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many objections were received by the Parades Commission in advance of parades held on 17th March in Northern Ireland.
(61106)
360
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many drivers found guilty of a driving offence involving alcohol in 2005 in Northern Ireland were given custodial sentences.
(61107)
361
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will change the method of Government recruitment advertising in Northern Ireland to ensure that such job vacancies are advertised in publications read by all main sections of the community.
(61108)
362
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the recent statement by the vice-chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board regarding the policy of 50/50 recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
(61615)
363
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the change was in the number of fishing licences awarded for use in the Foyle catchment area between 1995 and 2005.
(61616)
364
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been convicted of fishing without a valid licence in the Foyle catchment area in the last three years.
(61617)
365
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on improving East-West relations between the peoples of the United Kingdom, Irish Republic, Channel Islands and Isle of Man since 14th October 2002.
(61618)
366
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people committed suicide in Northern Ireland prisons while (a) on remand and (b) serving a sentence in the last five years.
(61619)
367
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the rural planning announcement made on 16th March 2006 was first discussed internally within the Department for Regional Development.
(61620)
368
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much additional revenue he expects to be raised in Northern Ireland in each year following the decision to cease exemption for rates on vacant commercial premises.
(61621)
369
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children were statemented in each Education and Library Board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.
(61622)
370
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 9th March 2006, Official Report, column 1739-40W, on Intertrade Ireland, what steps are being taken to ensure that the workforce of Intertrade Ireland more closely reflects the community composition of Northern Ireland.
(61628)
371
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to be in a position to announce the outcome of the taskforce he established to bring forward proposals to deal with deprivation and educational under-achievement in Unionist areas.
(61629)
372
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he will provide a substantive answer to Question 36980 tabled by the hon. Member for Foyle on 7th December 2005 on the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
(61613)
373
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(61993)
374
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the current employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(61994)
375
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to ensure that the employment agencies bringing migrant workers to Northern Ireland are (a) regulated and (b) monitored in terms of employment rights and working conditions.
(61493)
376
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many hours of training police recruits in Northern Ireland receive in (a) dealing with ethnic disputes and (b) awareness of ethnic minorities.
(61494)
377
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the ethnic minority community in Northern Ireland are employed within (a) the Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) and (b) the PSNI staff support services, broken down by (i) ethnic minority and (ii) rank.
(61495)
378
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to promote recruitment to (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland, (b) the Public Prosecution Service and (c) the judiciary from ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland.
(61496)
379
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prosecutions involving harassment have (a) been initiated and (b) been successful in each of the past five years; how many of these have involved members of ethnic minorities; and what the sentence was in each case.
(61497)
380
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the percentage change was in the number of (a) postal and (b) proxy votes issued for the 2005 (i) local government and (ii) Westminster elections in Northern Ireland by comparison with each of the previous two comparable elections, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(61623)
381
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many individuals have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of electoral fraud arising out of the (i) 2005 local government elections, broken down by council area and (ii) 2005 Westminster elections, broken down by constituency.
(61625)
382
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the increased expenditure on education announced in the Budget Statement on 22nd March will be allocated to each education and library board in Northern Ireland.
(61751)
383
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff are employed by the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to answer correspondence to the Department, broken down by grade; and what the average turnaround time was for correspondence from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months.
(62029)
384
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons his Department took more than seven months to reply to the hon. Member for North Down's letter dated 1st August 2005 (TOF/353/2005).
(62147)
385
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will commission the National Foundation for Educational Research to evaluate the papers produced by Dr Hugh Morrison on alternative post-primary admissions and curriculum arrangements for Northern Ireland.
(62062)
386
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the contract awarded to the National Foundation for Educational Research to evaluate the proposed new post-primary curriculum and assessment arrangements for Northern Ireland was subject to competitive tender.
(62063)
387
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of whether (a) the Draft Education (Northern Ireland) Order and (b) the proposed new post-primary curriculum satisfied the guidelines set out in A Practical Guide to Policy Making in Northern Ireland published by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister; and if he will make a statement.
(62064)
388
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he took to consult parents on the proposed post-primary curriculum for Northern Ireland.
(62065)
389
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make it his policy to give to parents in Northern Ireland the right to determine by ballot whether selection by academic ability should continue in Northern Ireland's grammar schools.
(62066)
390
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been distributed by the Integrated Education Fund in each year since its inception.
(62050)
391
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Government has allocated to the Integrated Education Fund in each year since its inception.
(62051)
392
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the projects supported by the Integrated Education Fund in each year since its inception.
(62052)
Questions to the Prime Minister
393
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Prime Minister, whether at his meeting with the Chairman of the Wockhardt Group, Mr Habil Khorakiwala in September 2005 he discussed (a) the ongoing difficulties that Wockhardt UK have been experiencing in supplying animal insulins and (b) the potentially grave consequences for UK animal insulin users of interrupted supplies.
(61798)
394
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Prime Minister, in what capacity Dr Chai Patel has worked with the Government since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(61040)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
395
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(61995)
396
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(61996)
Questions to the Solicitor General
397
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases of sexual harassment were brought in which the defendant was subsequently acquitted of all charges in the last year for which figures are available.
(61566)
398
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Solicitor General, what the cost to the Crown Prosecution Service was of the trial of Mike McCartney.
(61890)
399
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Solicitor General, what discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the trial of Michael McCartney.
(62175)
400
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment he has made of the cost to the Crown Prosecution Service of the trial of Michael McCartney.
(62176)
401
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Solicitor General, if he will instruct the Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate to investigate the conduct of the Crown Prosecution Service in the trial of Michael McCartney.
(62177)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
402
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he takes to ensure that retailers act responsibly in the sale of mini-motorcycles.
(62019)
403
N
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to seek exemption for lead organ pipes from the proposed EU directive which would prevent their use.
(61624)
404
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the implications of the capping of natural gas prices in (a) Russia and (b) China.
(62136)
405
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what reserves of (a) natural gas, (b) oil and (c) coal the UK has.
(62141)
406
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of UK imports came from Uruguay in each of the last five years.
(62154)
407
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what total value of fines was imposed on UK companies as a result of actions in breach of telephone service rules since 2003; what maximum fine can be imposed under telephone preference rules; and what maximum fine has been imposed.
(61651)
408
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints about telephone cold calling were made against (a) the Labour Party, (b) the Conservative Party, (c) the Scottish National Party and (d) the Green Party since the introduction of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) 2003; and on how many occasions the Information Commissioner has initiated formal action in response to these complaints.
(61652)
409
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, against how many UK companies more than 50 complaints have been made under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.
(61653)
410
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many ocassions the Information Commissioner has taken against firms in breach of telephone preference service rules; and whether the Information Commissioner has taken action against firms about which he has received more than 50 complaints.
(61654)
411
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure that on (a) the restriction of hazardous substances (2002 95/EC) and (b) waste electrical and electronic equipment (2002 96/EC) prohibiting the use of lead in component manufacture do not adversely affect the organ building and repair industry.
(61801)
412
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what is the budget for (a) community and (b) domestic installations under his Department's Low Carbon Buildings Programme for 2006.
(61804)
413
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much capital grant support was allocated to micro-renewable energy installations under the Clearskies and Solar photovoltaics major demonstration programmes in 2005.
(62117)
414
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when his Department will announce the launch date for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
(62121)
415
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the economic implications of inability to trace the owners of copyright in orphan art works.
(61638)
416
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will establish a code of conduct for the use of orphan art works and their copyright.
(61639)
417
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(61900)
418
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(61997)
419
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the EU (a) committees and (b) meetings at which the decision to impose anti-dumping duties on imported shoes were made; and how the UK representatives voted on each occasion.
(61763)
420
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many telephone service providers have had more than 50 complaints made against them for potential breach of telephone preference service regulations
(61260)
421
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints have been made (a) through the Direct Marketing Association and (b) directly by members of the public against telephone service providers for potential breach of Telephone Preference Service regulations.
(61261)
422
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the staffing levels necessary to allow UK Trade and Investment staff to assume a proactive role.
(61553)
423
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the use of iTrips and similar devices; and if he will make a statement.
(61541)
424
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the use of iTrips and similar devices; and if he will make a statement.
(61542)
425
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consideration he has given to the exemption of iTrips and similar devices from the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949; and if he will make a statement.
(61543)
426
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has with the Treasury on funding for the Mill Hill Medical Research Centre.
(61608)
427
Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will publish the accounts of the Crown Post Office in Marvina Drive, Ellesmere Port for the last five years.
(61724)
428
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made towards the final establishment of an alternative disputes resolution body to enable consumers to pursue disputes with energy suppliers.
(61899)
429
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to ensure there are test facilities in the UK large enough to fire test a new form of stress laminated timber (SLT).
(61799)
430
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on jobs and investment in the UK's micro renewables sector of his Department's decision to end annual grant support to micro renewable customers from 2006 to 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(61678)
431
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will extend the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to a six year programme as set out in his Department's June 2005 Low Carbon Buildings Programme consultation document; and if he will make a statement.
(61679)
432
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Leominster of 3rd February 2006 on behalf of Mr Beach, a constituent of the hon. Member.
(62049)
433
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the (a) repair and (b) building of new lead organ pipes is included as a prohibited activity under the Directive 2002/95/EC due to be enforced from 1st July 2006.
(61043)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
434
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to take steps (a) to ban unregistered mini-motorcycles from public roads and (b) to provide safe areas for their off-road use.
(62021)
435
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has conducted on the impact on road casualties of the removal of road humps.
(61509)
436
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission research into the cost of removing all road humps in England.
(61659)
437
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of British seafarers available to provide strategic support at times of national emergency; and if he will make a statement.
(60273)
438
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK ports have an oil spill contingency plan; and how many of those plans were updated in the last five years.
(60275)
439
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what emergency coverage is available for vessels in the Irish Channel.
(60276)
440
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of local authorities that will be providing funding for the bus fare concessionary scheme of (i) up to £9,999, (ii) £10,000 to £19,999, (iii) £20,000 to £29,999, (iv) £30,000 to £39,999, (v) £40,000 to £49,999, (vi) £50,000 to £74,999, (vii) £75,000 to £99,999, (viii) £100,000 to £149,999, (ix) £150,000 to £199,999, (x) £200,000 to £299,999 and (xi) £300,000 and above.
(61687)
441
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial effects of the changes to concessionary fares upon pensioners who frequently travel across local authority boundaries.
(61688)
442
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last five years on (a) television, (b) poster, (c) radio, (d) newsprint and (e) other advertising.
(61736)
443
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been paid by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to Jodie Kidd for the recent advertising campaign on paying road tax via the internet.
(61737)
444
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train stations are operated (a) by each train operating company, (b) by Network Rail and (c) by other operators.
(61738)
445
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list railway stations which do not have (a) waiting rooms, (b) toilets and (c) disabled access, broken down by train operating company.
(61739)
446
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Vehicle and Operator Services Agency test stations are owned by the Government; what the location of each station is; how many tests each conducted in the last 12 months; and what the estimated value of each test station is.
(61740)
447
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent changes have been made to the formula for local transport plans; and if he will make a statement.
(61741)
448
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of priority bus lanes have been created in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority area.
(61742)
449
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps are being taken to encourage the use of alternative fuelled vehicles at airports.
(61743)
450
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much red diesel has been used at airports in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by airport.
(61744)
451
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on work being conducted by EC Harris for the Highways Agency to study inflation costs and predict future figures and costs for targeted programme improvement schemes; when he expects this work to conclude; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the final report.
(61745)
452
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) hackney carriage and (b) private hire drivers have been (i) stopped and (ii) suspended in each year since 1997 (A) in total and (B) broken down by local authority area.
(61746)
453
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) hackney carriage and (b) private hire vehicles have been found to be defective since 1997; and how many in each case were impounded in each year since 1997 (i) in total and (ii) broken down by local authority area.
(61747)
454
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average (a) number and (b) distance of trips as calculated by the National Travel Survey was by (i) car driver, (ii) car passenger, (iii) bus, (iv) walking and (v) other modes of transport for the purposes of (A) commuting, (B) business, (C) education, (D) escort education, (E) shopping and (F) other reasons, broken down by (1) sex and (2) those (v) under 17 years, (w) 17 to 29 years, (x) 30 to 49 years, (y) 50 to 59 years and (z) over 60 years in the latest two-year period for which survey results are available.
(61748)
455
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer to the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, of 19th December 2005, Official Report, columns 2318-19W, on road improvement costs, whether the figures for the most recent estimate or final cost of each scheme represents the amounts paid to the scheme contractors in each case; and whether the Highways Agency is liable for additional costs in each case.
(61749)
456
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer to the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, of 19th December 2005, Official Report, columns 2318-19W, on road improvement costs, how much compensation has been paid under Part One of the Land Compensation Act 1973 in each case; and what other costs in each case have been incurred by the Highways Agency which are not paid to the scheme contractor.
(61750)
457
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(61901)
458
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(61902)
459
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for implementing the appropriate technology on buses to allow pensioners to travel free on buses in Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.
(61267)
460
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects pensioners to be able to travel free within their boroughs in Lancashire.
(61268)
461
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities in Lancashire have not entered into reciprocal agreements to allow pensioners free travel across Lancashire.
(61550)
462
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if officials from his Department will meet officers of Lincolnshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to resolve issues regarding the funding and progress in respect of the A1073 Spalding to Eye improvement scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(61255)
463
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the cost implications of the timescale for making a decision on the A3 Hindhead Improvement Scheme.
(61537)
464
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the document SLC 2 relating to the Greater Western Franchise.
(61544)
465
N
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's policy is on the use of low speed limits near schools only at times of day and on days when school children are crossing local roads.
(61673)
466
N
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the use of part-time traffic light signals.
(61674)
467
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of EU Directive 2004/49/EC on heritage railways; and if he will make a statement.
(61152)
468
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps against planners and forecasters who consistently and foreseeably produce erroneous transport forecasts; and if he will make a statement.
(61598)
469
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what factors are preventing hard shoulder running being introduced on the M42 before March 2007.
(61555)
470
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what circumstances Government funding may be (a) withheld and (b) reduced when a local authority has failed to consult properly on the introduction of a local transport plan.
(61605)
471
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation a local authority is required to carry out before introducing a local transport plan.
(61606)
472
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote the use of taxi-buses.
(61726)
473
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend the free bus travel scheme announced in the budget to ferry passengers.
(61551)
474
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with GNER on the East Coast main line franchise.
(60985)
475
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the East Coast main line franchise.
(61157)
476
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many electric hybrid motor vehicles were registered in (a) London, (b) Scotland and (c) England in each of the last three years.
(61161)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
477
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what funds he plans to make available in Wales (a) to offer young people evening sports and (b) to tackle anti-social behaviour.
(61711)
478
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(61905)
479
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(61906)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
480
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on (a) the number of women brought into the United Kingdom to be sold into the vice trade and (b) improving the support and assistance for such women who agree to help the authorities in a prosecution case against those who trafficked them.
(60769)
481
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on the merits of introducing tolerance zones for prostitutes.
(60770)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
482
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by his Department on running call centres in (a) 2004-05 and (b) the first half of 2005-06, broken down by region.
(61657)
483
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) calls and (b) calls originating from (i) Edinburgh and (ii) Scotland were unanswered by his Department's call centres in (A) 2004-05 and (B) the first half of 2005-06.
(61658)
484
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on housing benefit in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year since 1997-98.
(62116)
485
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the annual increase in housing benefit if the single room rent rule for people aged under 25 years was abolished.
(62129)
486
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will answer Question 52727 tabled on 14th February 2006 by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on child maintenance.
(62038)
487
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d) 35, (e) 40, (f) 45 and (g) over 45 years old.
(61907)
488
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the contribution rate would be if the assumed rate of return was in line with current redemption yield on index-linked gilts.
(61908)
489
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he has taken to reduce unemployment in Brentford and Isleworth constituency since 2001 among (a) young people, (b) disabled people, (c) lone parents and (d) the long-term unemployed.
(62120)
490
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the backlog is of Child Support Agency cases; what plans he has to reduce the backlog; and if he will make a statement.
(61855)
491
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his target is of the proportion of resident parents who should be receiving maintenance after applying to the Child Support Agency.
(61856)
492
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the annual cost of extending the Pension Protection Fund Compensation terms to all those who have lost their occupational pensions since 1997 and whose cases are covered by the Parliamentary Ombudsman's recent report on occupational pensions.
(61857)
493
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets have been set for the Child Support Agency for each quarter from 2005 Q4 to 2007 Q4; and if he will make a statement.
(61858)
494
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he will publish Sir David Henshaw's report on the redesign of the Child Support Agency before the summer 2006 recess; and if he will make a statement.
(61859)
495
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings the Secretary of State has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer since 30th November 2005 to discuss future policy in relation to pensions; and if he will make a statement.
(62034)
496
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the real costs of running the Child Support Agency for each year from 1997-98 to 2007-08, using 2004-05 prices; and if he will make a statement.
(62036)
497
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what funding will be made available in each of the next three years for (a) New Deal for 25 plus, (b) Work Based Learning for Adults, (c) Project Work, (d) Jobsearch Provision, (e) Employment Zones and (f) other employment schemes in (i) West Sussex and (ii) East Worthing and Shoreham.
(61564)
498
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have participated in (a) New Deal for 25 plus, (b) Work Based Learning for Adults, (c) Project Work, (d) Jobsearch Provision, (e) Employment Zones and (f) other employment schemes in (i) West Sussex and (ii) East Worthing and Shoreham in each year since 1997.
(61568)
499
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on each programme to help the unemployed move back into work in each year since 1997 in (a) West Sussex, (b) East Worthing and Shoreham and (c) the UK.
(61569)
500
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much in housing benefit was paid to tenants of (a) housing associations and (b) arms' length management organisations in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the effect on costs in each year of tenants transferring from council management to registered social landlords as part of large scale voluntary transfers.
(61666)
501
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average length of time taken by the Child Support commissioners was to reach a decision on appeals placed by claimants relating to non-resident, non paying parents in the latest period for which figures are available.
(61788)
502
Jessica Morden (Newport East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures will be introduced to improve the level of Child Support payments from non-resident non paying parents.
(61896)
503
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to ensure that the Child Support Agency (CSA) takes into account previous voluntary payments to former partners in excess of CSA awards when assessing future awards.
(60984)
504
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many telephone calls were made to the Pension Credit helpline in each month from September 2005 to February 2006; how many of these calls (a) were handled, (b) received an engaged tone and (c) were abandoned; and if he will make a statement.
(61500)
505
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Torbay Unitary Authority and (b) Torbay parliamentary constituency received (i) housing benefit, (ii) income support and (iii) council tax benefit in each year since 1997.
(61511)
506
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on housing benefit for tenants in (a) council property, (b) housing association property and (c) the private sector in the last year for which figures are available.
(61561)
507
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of staging each of the National Pension Day events held on 18th March.
(61165)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
508
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government has commissioned research to investigate current mineral levels in (a) soils and (b) fresh foods; and if she will consider the merits of labelling fresh foods according to their overall mineral content.
[Transferred] (61803)
509
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will consider the merits of labelling meat and dairy produce to promote the consumption of omega 3 fats which would distinguish between ruminent animals fed predominantly fresh grass and those fed predominantly grain.
[Transferred] (61806)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
510
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the incidence of security service personnel (a) infiltrating terrorist groups and (b) colluding in paramilitary killings; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (61774)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
511
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in the case of (a) insolvency and (b) bankruptcy or liquidation, how workers' pension rank in priority for payment against payments to (i) shareholders, (ii) tax collecting authorities, (iii) staff, (iv) secured creditors and (v) unsecured creditors; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (61769)
512
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices and sub post offices there were in Haltemprice and Howden constituency in each year between 1997 and 2006.
[Transferred] (62146)
513
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many medical research facilities there are in England; and what the containment status is of each facility.
[Transferred] (61507)
514
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the need to maintain a containment 4 facility to protect staff and prevent escape of pathogens from the National Institute Medical Research site in Mill Hill; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (61508)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
515
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what powers (a) the Prison Regulator and (b) other authorities have to disqualify or penalise pension fund trustees; and in what circumstances.
[Transferred] (61770)
516
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the comments of David Norgrove, Chair of the Pensions Protection Fund and the Pensions Regulator to the Work and Pensions Committee on 22nd March 2006 that pensions is a data free zone; what action he proposes to take to improve the data held which forms the basis for decisions made on pensions; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (62039)
517
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many council tenants there were in each year since 1997; how many of those tenants were on housing benefit; what the cost of council tenants' housing benefit was in each year; and from what source the cost of such housing benefits has been met since it ceased to be a charge on housing revenue accounts.
[Transferred] (61725)

 
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