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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 28 March 2006

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 28 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 28 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 28 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 28 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 28 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit awards which had been terminated mid-year due to the return of an incomplete renewals form were subsequently found to be due to the unsuccessful scanning of the form by HM Revenue and Customs in the last period for which figures are available.
(62074)
2
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many and what proportion of cases where a tax credit award was suspended due to the return of an incomplete tax credit renewals form HM Revenue and Customs (a) attempted to contact the claimant concerned for the missing information and (b) was successful in obtaining the information necessary for the completion of the renewal form in the last period for which figures are available.
(62079)
3
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit awards were terminated following the return of an incomplete tax credit renewal form in each year since 2003.
(62080)
4
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households have moved from having a tax credit award to no form of tax credit award mid-year; and what the reasons are for this occurring.
(62081)
5
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what response he made to the proposal from the Italian Finance Minister that he support a statement condemning economic nationalism and protectionism.
(62078)
6
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the changes to vehicle excise duty announced in the Budget.
(62089)
7
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the decision announced in the Budget to freeze air passenger duty.
(62090)
8
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the decision announced in the Budget to increase duty on liquid petroleum gas and natural gas from 1st September 2006.
(62091)
9
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the levels of personal debt were in each of the last two years for which figures are available.
(61112)
10
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civic penalties have been issued for failure to provide information to the Valuation Office Agency for business rates valuations since they were introduced; what average penalty has been levied; and what the estimated aggregate revenue from the penalties has been.
(62281)
11
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what means an individual can appeal against the imposition of a civic penalty for failure to provide information to the Valuation Office Agency for business rates valuations.
(62282)
12
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes have been made since 1997 to the Valuation Office Agency's (a) powers and (b) policy on revaluing, re-assessing or re-classifying a domestic hereditament or composite hereditament after a material change to a property.
(62285)
13
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) VO 7746 and (b) VO 7747 letters were issued by the Valuation Office Agency in (i) England and (ii) Wales in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(62286)
14
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many domestic properties in England have photographs allocated to the address by the Valuation Office Agency as part of their council tax valuation records.
(62288)
15
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's (a) best practice guide and (b) Certificate of Value manual on the taking and adding of photographs for valuation purposes.
(62296)
16
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has paid to EDS in each year since 1997; and what role EDS plays in providing services to the VOA.
(62297)
17
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date HM Revenue and Customs published Tax Bulletin 79; and what changes the bulletin made to eligibility for tax relief under section 336 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003.
(62298)
18
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date HM Revenue and Customs published the guidance in the Employment Income Manual section EIM32760 which was superseded by Tax Bulletin 79.
(62299)
19
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the estimated payments under private finance initiative contracts contained in Table C19 of the Budget of March 2006 are included in Department Expenditure Limits and fall within the Barnett formula; and what percentage of such payments will be allocated to the Welsh Assembly budget under the Barnett formula calculations for comparable expenditure.
(62083)
20
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent targets he has set for trade with (a) China and (b) India.
(62255)
21
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list (a) financial institutions and (b) private equity houses with which he has discussed the sale of the Tote.
(62082)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
22
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what additional costs were incurred in each month from September 2004 until the 2005 General Election in respect of extra (a) ministerial salaries and costs, (b) staff salaries and costs and (c) other associated costs as a result of the appointment of a separate Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; and whether and on what date this information has previously been disclosed.
(60893)
23
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will place in the Library a copy of the revised guidance from the Cabinet Secretary to ministers on payment of council tax on official residences.
(62215)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
24
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps (a) the Government and (b) local authorities take to prevent electoral fraud relating to votes by (i) post, (ii) proxy and (iii) polling stations in the names of deceased persons.
(62300)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
25
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is her intention to sell the Tote to a horse racing trust or similar horse racing body.
(61776)
26
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that the horse racing industry will continue to benefit from profits made by the Tote when she sells that organisation.
(61777)
27
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the sale of the Tote.
(61778)
28
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many new licences have been granted in Swindon under the Licensing Act 2003; and what percentage were 24-hour licences.
(62252)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
29
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) strategic, (b) cost and (c) legal implications of stationing US interceptor missiles in the UK.
(62220)
30
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with NATO allies on the basing of US interceptor missiles in European states.
(62221)
31
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) viability and (b) merits of UK participation in a ballistic missile defence system.
(62222)
32
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the procedural requirements are for the transfer of a prisoner detained by UK forces in Afghanistan to the Afghan authorities.
(62223)
33
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date he expects all Iraqi combat battalions to be capable of carrying out independent operations.
(62224)
34
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are being taken by the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to achieve a secure operating environment for non-governmental organisations.
(62225)
35
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the work programme of the European Defence Agency is; what the cost has been since it was established; what the UK's contribution has been; and if he will make a statement.
(61586)
36
N
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what army regulations determined the obligation of the army to complete basic training for servicemen referred to in his Department's Answer of 7th June 2004, Official Report, column 215W.
(61881)
37
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Human Rights Act 1988 applies at UK bases used by United States forces, including bases in UK Overseas Territories.
(62243)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
38
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what account is taken of existing residents' right to privacy in assessing planning applications for new developments.
(62233)
39
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the implications for tourist businesses of the Lyons Inquiry recommendation that people staying in hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation should pay a bed tax; and what assessment he has made of the representations on this recommendation from the tourist industry.
(61894)
40
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much each London local authority spent on maintaining pavements in each year since 1997.
(61885)
41
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much each London local authority spent on compensation for injuries caused by damaged pavements in each year since 1997.
(61886)
42
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much each London local authority spent on consultation on controlled parking zones (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) in each month since May 2003.
(61887)
43
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much each London local authority spent on public relations and advertising (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) in each month since May 2003.
(61888)
44
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) unsuccessful and (b) successful planning appeals have been made against (i) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and (ii) Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council in each year since 2000.
(62199)
45
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate his Department has made of housing growth in (a) the county of Greater Manchester, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough and (c) Tameside Metropolitan Borough in each year to 2010.
(62200)
46
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to introduce an (a) elected and (b) appointed structure of county-wide governance for Greater Manchester; and if he will make a statement.
(62201)
47
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was spent on housing benefit for tenants in (a) council property, (b) housing association and registered social landlord property and (c) private sector housing in (i) Tameside and (ii) Stockport in each year since 2001.
(62242)
48
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what information is required to be supplied to his Department by the Fire and Rescue Authorities in England under the Fire Precautions Act 1971 (as amended) and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended).
(61892)
49
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many prohibition notices were issued by the fire and rescue services in England in accordance with Regulation 12 of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended) and section 10 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971 (as amended) in each year since 1997, broken down by issuing authority.
(61893)
50
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on dealing with multiple planning applications for the same site; and if he will make a statement.
(62206)
51
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 24th November 2005, Official Report, column 2238W, on London governance, when he expects to publish the outcome of his consultation; and whether he plans to do so before the London local elections.
(62207)
52
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 13th March 2006, Official Report, column 1956W, on planning (schools), how many planning appeals the Planning Inspectorate considered in the most recent year for which figures are available in relation to planning applications made by schools.
(62208)
53
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9th March 2006, Official Report, column 1753W, on local government wages, what additional payments central Government has made to local authorities to compensate for their extra costs as a result of the increase in the employer rate of National Insurance.
(62236)
54
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether a domestic property is revalued for council tax purposes on (a) the purchase of a freehold by a leaseholder, (b) the extension of the duration of the lease of a leasehold property, (c) the purchase of a council house under the Right to Buy and (d) the purchase of a housing association property under the Right to Acquire.
(62256)
55
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department has made of future trends in the number of planning applications for new casinos under the Gambling Act 2005.
(62257)
56
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department paid for the full page advertisement feature in Regeneration and Renewal magazine of 17th March.
(62258)
57
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions his Department's working group on the changeover to the euro met in 2005.
(62259)
58
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the total central government grant to English regional chambers will be for 2006-07.
(62262)
59
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what formula is used to calculate the council tax and business rates liability for a composite hereditament.
(62263)
60
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the W.S. Atkins report on the compatibility of IT systems in his Department with the introduction of the euro; and how much the report cost.
(62267)
61
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the 30 volunteer local authorities his Department worked with to develop detailed euro changeover plans.
(62268)
62
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of change of use planning applications made in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) for premises that were previously categorised as in (i) domestic and (ii) business use.
(62279)
63
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Local Government Pension Scheme will participate in the Pension Protection Fund.
(62280)
64
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average rateable value was per square metre in 2005 following revaluation of bulk class hereditaments in (a) England and (b) each Government Office Region.
(62284)
65
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library copies of the responses to his Department's consultation on Houses in Multiple Occupation and Selective Licensing Draft Regulations.
(62287)
66
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the Government has made of the number of domestic leases extended in duration by leaseholders in each of the last five years.
(62289)
67
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what central direct funding his Department has provided to each local authority (a) neighbourhood and (b) community warden scheme since 1997.
(62290)
68
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many requests his Department has received for information under the environmental information regulations since their introduction; and what proportion (a) have still to be processed, (b) were refused outright, (c) were granted in part, (d) were fully met as part of the original request, (e) were refused initially and granted in whole or in part under internal review and (f) have been referred to the Information Commissioner on appeal.
(62291)
69
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many Home Information Pack inspectors have been trained to date.
(62292)
70
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers county councils have to hold a local referendum on a local issue across the county area; and which tier of government would pay for the cost of the referendum.
(62293)
71
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he has in place to regulate the level of parish precepts on council tax.
(62306)
72
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average parish precept in England was in each year since 1997-98; and what the estimated figure is for 2006-07.
(62307)
73
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many requests his Department has received for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since its introduction; and what proportion of those requests (a) have still to be processed, (b) were refused, (c) were partly refused, (d) were fully answered, (e) were refused initially and granted in whole or in part under internal review on appeal and (f) have been referred to the Information Commissioner.
(62308)
74
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Government's plans for local government restructuring involve potential changes to the boundaries of existing unitary authorities.
(62309)
75
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Communications Plan for the introduction of the euro.
(62310)
76
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which Minister in his Department is responsible for policy relating to the introduction of the euro.
(62311)
77
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of social housing have been purchased under the Right to Acquire in England in each year of its operation.
(62315)
78
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the building targets set for each local authority under the (a) Regional Planning Guidance and (b) Spatial Strategy for each Government Office region.
(62316)
79
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of a local government strike on the provision of local services.
(62318)
80
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his Department plans to give local planning authorities the powers to require that an energy audit should be submitted with major planning applications.
(62186)
81
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to introduce energy use as a factor for local planning authorities to consider when determining planning applications.
(62187)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
82
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people in (a) Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency went on to higher education in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005; and what proportion of these attended universities in West Yorkshire.
(62246)
83
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools and colleges in (a) Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency take (i) students and (ii) students and parents for visits to local universities; and what plans there are to extend the service.
(62247)
84
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effects of involving parents in post-16 career and education decisions.
(62248)
85
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average debt incurred by students on leaving university was in the last year for which figures are available; what the average time taken to pay off the debt has been to date; and what assessment she has made of the impact of the student loan scheme on the application for university places from children from working class homes.
(62313)
86
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of the impact of interest payable on unpaid student loans on the ability of graduates to repay loans.
(62314)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
87
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions in each of the last five years her Department has been the cause of infringements in the implementation of European Union law; and if she will make a statement.
(61587)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
88
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much is owed to the UK in reparations following the Second World War, broken down by debtor country.
(62275)
89
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on (a) dialogue with and (b) funding of the incoming Hamas-led government in the Palestinian Territories; and if he will make a statement.
(62218)
90
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) British and (b) EU officials have had with representatives of Hamas since January 2006.
(62219)
91
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether station heads in Iraq have advised his Department that shipments of arms exported to Iraq from the United Kingdom may have been diverted to Al-Qaeda operatives.
(61882)
92
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Eritrea about expulsion of United Nations negotiators from that country; and if he will make a statement.
(61772)
93
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what he assesses to be the British national interest in the Middle East.
(61768)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
94
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had on reforming the (a) arrangements for and (b) approach to dealing with complaints within the NHS.
(62072)
95
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to improve the information available to the public (a) on medical negligence matters via the NHS litigation authority website and (b) on the credentials of members of relevant advisory panels.
(62077)
96
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims were made against the NHS Litigation Authority on behalf of severely disabled children in each year from 2001 to 2005.
(62084)
97
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has (a) to ensure that cancer patients are made aware of benefits to which they may be entitled at each stage of the patient journey and (b) to provide training for healthcare professionals to play a signposting role for patients about benefits to which they may be entitled; and whether there is a timetable for (i) drawing up and (ii) implementing such plans.
(61889)
98
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 8th March 2006, Official Report, column 813, what the evidential basis is for the Prime Minister's statement that no-one waits more than six months for an operation.
(62087)
99
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adults and (b) children on average were registered with an NHS dentist in West Chelmsford constituency in (i) 2000 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(61049)
100
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in West Chelmsford constituency on average were registered to carry out NHS work in (a) 2000 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(61050)
101
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on NHS general dental services in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area in (a) cash and (b) real terms in (i) 2000 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available.
(61156)
102
N
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public consultation process will be undertaken by strategic health authorities proposing new or extended water fluoridation schemes; and if she will make a statement.
[R] (62070)
103
N
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the strategic health authorities that have commenced consultation with (a) the public, (b) other stakeholders and (c) water companies on commencing artificial fluoridation of water supplies.
[R] (62071)
104
N
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to water companies on the legal situation should a strategic health authority request a water fluoridation scheme.
[R] (62073)
105
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of Greater Manchester's primary care trusts met the 48-hour target for access to GPs in the latest period for which figures are available.
(62228)
106
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the financial situation of the merged Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Ambulance Trust; and what her assessment is of the impact of the Trust's financial situation on ambulance services in Gloucestershire.
(61632)
107
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has for (a) formal consultation, (b) informal consultation and (c) parliamentary scrutiny of the new proposals to amend the Mental Health Act 1983.
(62214)
108
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients waited more than 17 weeks for an outpatient appointment in the constituency of Brentford and Isleworth in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(62209)
109
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are waiting for operations in the constituency of Brentford and Isleworth; and if she will make a statement.
(62210)
110
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the compatability with the Human Rights Act 1998 of the Health Bill with reference to its proposed prohibition of smoking in public places.
(62253)
111
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment her Department has made of the length of time it is appropriate for mentally ill patients to be detained without leave to appeal against their detention.
(62240)
112
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to conduct a consultation exercise on her new mental health proposals prior to their publication; and what consideration she has given to those who will be consulted.
(62245)
113
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role her Department has played in the six month trial at St George's psychiatric hospital in Stafford into ways of treating people who self-harm; and if she will make a statement.
(62270)
114
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many morning-after pills have been distributed by the St Albans Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years.
(62205)
115
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on Government support for those who are diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and their families.
(62188)
116
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to increase the number of consultants and nurses qualified to diagnose and treat myasthenia gravis.
(62192)
117
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to increase awareness of myasthenia gravis in the medical profession.
(62193)
118
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) her Department has and (b) its agencies have (i) assessed and (ii) plans to assess the effect that placing a legal maximum limit on the occurrence of transfats in food would have on the reduction of health inequalities.
(62185)
119
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd March 2006, Official Report, column 915W on health reform in England: update and next steps, whether the Tariff will apply to a patient requiring acute services for a potentially terminal illness, as opposed to palliative care for a patient in whom the same illness has progressed beyond a point where acute services can reasonably be expected to contribute to the patient's recovery; and whether it will be (a) the patient's GP, (b) the hospital consultant and (c) the primary care trust which makes the judgement that acute, rather than palliative care is required for a patient at any stage of the patient's care.
(62229)
120
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on the decision of the Food Standards Agency to revise targets for salt levels in food.
(62226)
121
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much salt was consumed on average per person in each year from 1997 to 2005.
(62227)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
122
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers have received Section 4 hard cases support for a period of over (a) one month, (b) three months, (c) six months, (d) nine months and (e) 12 months in the last five years.
(62230)
123
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the age limits for possible jury service; and if he will make a statement.
(62231)
124
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received on increasing the upper age limit for jury service.
(62232)
125
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on anonymity for the accused in sexual harassment cases.
(61533)
126
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd March 2006, Official Report, column 954W, on DNA profiles, if he will break down by (a) police force area and (b) ethnic origin those who have a DNA profile on the National DNA Database and whose ethnic origin is known.
(61897)
127
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the Question 35283 from the hon. Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey, tabled on 1st December 2005 and Question 54807, tabled on 24th February 2006.
(62184)
128
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were deployed in Brentford and Isleworth constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005.
(62211)
129
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to undertake further research into the proportion of the prison population that have (a) learning disabilities, (b) mental health problems and (c) learning disabilities and mental health problems; and if he will make a statement.
(62241)
130
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Written Statement of 20th March 2006, Official Report, columns 6-7WS, on Police Force Restructuring, what reasons underlay his decision not to restructure Hampshire Police; and if he will make a statement.
(61307)
131
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are employed by the Security Industry Authority to process licences.
(62260)
132
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) licence applications were received and (b) licences were issued by the Security Industry Authority in each of the last five months for which figures are available.
(62261)
133
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met the Security Industry Authority; and what was discussed at the meeting.
(62264)
134
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether employers in the security industry will be able to (a) employ staff and (b) use contractors who have applied for a licence to the Security Industry Authority but who have not yet received a licence.
(62265)
135
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether security industry workers who have applied for a licence to the Security Industry Authority but who have not yet received one will be able to continue in their employment.
(62266)
136
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average wait for a licence issued by the Security Industry Authority has been since licensing was introduced.
(62301)
137
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licence applications were held for processing by the Security Industry Authority on 1st March.
(62302)
138
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licence applications had been processed by the Security Industry Authority by 1st March.
(62303)
139
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of persons engaged in the security industry (a) requiring a licence and (b) in receipt of a licence.
(62304)
140
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will provide substantive answers to Questions 46163 and 46160 tabled by the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid Kent on 24th January 2006 for answer on 30th January 2006.
(61805)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
141
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of EU agricultural policies on people in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.
(62088)
142
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the Government has committed to provide to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN in each of the next three years; what funding it provided to the Agency in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(62212)
143
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, with particular reference to meeting the millennium development goals.
(62213)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
144
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding has been allocated for the agri-environment programme in 2006-07; and how much has been spent on the programme to date.
(62075)
145
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of the effect on the construction and aggregates industry of changes in the roads maintenance budget.
(62085)
146
N
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has been made of the impact of Draft Planning Policy Statement 14 on small rural building contractors.
(62086)
Questions to the Prime Minister
147
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the meetings his Adviser on Government Relations has had with (a) Capita, (b) organisations acting on behalf of Capita and (c) Mr Rod Aldridge in the last 18 months; what the purpose of the meeting was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(61410)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
148
N
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what action his Department is taking through its Paris office to facilitate the release of the consignment of shoes for the Bacup Shoe Company of Rossendale, which has been impounded by French customs
(62069)
149
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what matters in respect of nuclear reprocessing are on the agenda for the meeting of G8 energy ministers in Moscow on 16th March; and if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) post on his Department's website the papers distributed for the Moscow meeting.
(59159)
150
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the EU Commission on exempting electronically motored pipe organs from the EU Directives on restrictions on hazardous substances and waste electrical and electronic equipment.
(61880)
151
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions the Information Commissioner has followed an initial warning with the imposition of a fine under telephone preference service regulations.
(62237)
152
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many letters the Information Commissioner's Office has sent to date to (a) companies that have had in excess of 50 complaints made against them under telephone preference service regulations and (b) to companies breaching telephone preference service regulations.
(62238)
153
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what process was used to grant the contract to manage the telephone preference service registers to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA); and if he will place in the Library correspondence between his Department and the DMA on the matter.
(62269)
154
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what advice his officials give to householders applying for capital grants under his Department's Solar Photovoltaics Major Demonstration Programme.
(62195)
155
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total number of accredited installation companies was under his Department's Clearskies and Solar Photovoltaic Major Demonstration programmes in (a) March 2003, (b) March 2004, (c) March 2005 and (d) March 2006.
(62196)
156
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Low Carbon Buildings Programme will meet the demand for household renewable energy grants.
(62197)
157
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the timetable for full liberalisation of the postal market.
(61584)
158
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, with which other European Union member states he has discussed the liberalisation of postal markets across the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(61585)
159
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 9th January 2006, Official Report, column 290W, on non-fossil fuel and renewables obligation, whether there have been any transfers from the Non-fossil Fuel Obligation Fund to the Consolidated Fund other than that made on 14th July 2004; and what plans there are to make transfers.
(62271)
160
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the action to be taken by the Serious Organised Crime Agency to combat international cyber crime.
(62317)
161
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the cost of cyber crime to UK business.
(62319)
162
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the budget will be for domestic installations under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; and on what date the Low Carbon Buildings Programme will be launched.
(61676)
163
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the amount of foreign direct investment has been into the UK in each year since 1997 (a) including and (b) excluding mergers and acquisitions.
(62244)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
164
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the merits of the provisions contained in the Harbours Bill.
(60277)
165
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many kilometres of lanes have been added to the Highways Agency network in each year since 1997; and what the cost per kilometre was in (a) cash and (b) real terms.
(62181)
166
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list each motorway and trunk road building project undertaken since 1997; and what the (a) tender cost and (b) outturn cost was in each case.
(62182)
167
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorway and trunk road building projects there were between 1988 and 1997; and what the total cost was in (a) cash and (b) real terms.
(62183)
168
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many SPECS cameras are in place; and how many orders have been placed by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) Safety Camera Partnerships for additional cameras to be delivered in the next 12 months.
(62239)
169
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for the roll-out of smartcard technology for travel on (a) buses, (b) trams and (c) metro systems outside London.
(62198)
170
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive on congestion charging in Greater Manchester.
(62202)
171
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities in North West England have entered into reciprocal agreements to allow pensioners free travel across district and county borders.
(62203)
172
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many railway stations in the county of Greater Manchester do not have disabled access; and if he will make a statement.
(62204)
173
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of cyclists who use the railway network daily in each region; what action he is taking to encourage more cyclists to make part of their longer journeys by train; what improvements in facilities for cyclists using the rail network are planned; and if he will make a statement.
(61113)
174
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what mechanisms are in place to measure congestion on the road network; and if he will make a statement.
(61114)
175
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the public sector organisations that have access to personal data held within the Oyster Card database.
(62294)
176
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people killed in road accidents on roads maintained by local authorities in the last year for which figures are available.
(62295)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
177
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 895W, on council tax, how many photographs of domestic properties were taken by the Valuation Office Agency during the council tax revaluation in Wales.
(62216)
178
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March 2006, Official Report, column 1640W, on council tax, whether the Valuation Office Agency took photographs of domestic properties for the council tax revaluation in Wales.
(62234)
179
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 9th March 2006, Official Report, column 1640W, on council tax, how many cameras the Valuation Office Agency purchased for use in the council tax revaluation in Wales.
(62235)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
180
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit recipients are in receipt of earned income.
(61051)
181
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit recipients are in receipt of incapacity benefit at (i) the short term lower rate, (ii) the short term higher rate and are terminally ill, (iii) the short term higher rate and are not terminally ill and (iv) the long term rate.
(61052)
182
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of raising the disabled person disregard for housing benefit and council tax benefit to £82.
(61053)
183
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the disabled person disregard to all recipients of incapacity benefits.
(61054)
184
N
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's estimate is of the annual net cost, after deducting payment of tax and reduced payments of means-tested benefits, for the next 40 years of replacing the lost pensions of surviving members of pension schemes which started winding-up between April 1997 and April 2005.
(61794)
185
N
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the evidential basis was for the figure of £15 billion as the cost to the public purse in the Government's response to the recommendation of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report, Trusting in the Pensions Promise.
(61795)
186
N
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the annual cost for the next 40 years of paying financial assistance scheme benefits to all members of final salary pension schemes which started winding-up without sufficient funds to cover all its pension liabilities between April 1997 and April 2005.
(61796)
187
N
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the gross annual cost of restoring pensions in full to all those covered by the Parliamentary Ombudsman's report, Trusting in the Pensions Promise.
(61797)
188
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he will publish the Government's full response to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's report Trusting in the Pensions Promise before the summer recess.
(62276)
189
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he next plans to review the level of funding for (a) the Financial Assistance Scheme and (b) the Pension Protection Fund.
(62312)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
190
Peter Law (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the merits of the public funding of political parties.
[Transferred] (62320)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
191
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what primary legislation introduced since 1997 has amended rules or procedures on business rates.
[Transferred] (62283)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
192
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, where the 250 after-school science clubs announced in the Budget will be located.
[Transferred] (62254)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
193
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations govern the distribution of free newspapers on the street; and what guidance she has produced for local authorities on this issue.
[Transferred] (62305)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
194
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on Blue Badge entitlement for those diagnosed with myasthenia gravis.
[Transferred] (62194)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
195
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions in the last 12 months his Department checked the immigration status of applicants for national insurance numbers; and how many applications were refused as a result.
[Transferred] (62274)

 
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