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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 30 March 2006

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 30 March 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 30 March 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 30 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 30 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 30 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whom he consulted before reducing value added tax on emergency contraception; and if he will make a statement.
(62872)
2
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of tax levels on economic growth.
(62543)
3
N
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the level of transparency of the classification of public sector bodies' debt.
(62331)
4
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the abolition of the home computing initiatives on its digital strategy; and what further steps the Government is taking to increase access to computers and improve IT skills.
(62730)
5
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average levels of personal debt of those aged 25 to 35 were in each of the last two years for which figures are available.
(62681)
6
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on tax revenue in the financial year 2006-07 of the decisions (a) to remove the 0 per cent. starting rate of corporation tax, (b) not to up-rate the corporation tax thresholds in line with inflation and (c) the removal of the tax exemption for employer-provided laptop computers.
(62450)
7
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many temporary national insurance numbers have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 1997; and what proportion of these have been for tax credit purposes.
(62544)
8
N
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the funding he has allocated for youth volunteering.
(62344)
9
N
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Department for Trade and Industry on developing micro-finance programmes tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs.
(62342)
10
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his announcement in the Budget of a new venture between police, football clubs and community groups, what funds he is making available in Wales for that purpose.
(62703)
11
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with the Department of Trade and Industry on his plans to abolish Home Computer Initiative tax relief.
(62657)
12
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment was made of the likely effects on (a) businesses and (b) users before the decision was made to abolish the Home Computer Initiative scheme.
(62658)
13
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria he used in deciding that the abolition of Home Computer Initiative tax relief should have immediate effect.
(62690)
14
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of defence spending was for (a) the UK and (b) each of the other members of the EU in each of the last two years for which figures are available; and what those figures represent as a percentage of gross domestic product.
(63061)
15
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers living in (a) Kingston upon Hull North constituency and (b) Kingston upon Hull pay income tax at (i) the basic rate and (ii) the higher rate.
(62860)
16
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average earnings of full-time employees in the constituency of Kingston upon Hull North were in April of each year since 2000.
(62861)
17
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the population of each ward in Kingston upon Hull North constituency based on (a) the 2001 Census, (b) electoral rolls and (c) health service users; and what projections he has made for the next five years.
(62862)
18
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of census figures for Kingston upon Hull North constituency in each of the last two censuses; and if he will make a statement.
(62863)
19
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases of forged tax credits which resulted in prosecution have been reported to Jobcentre Plus in Hull in the past 12 months.
(62864)
20
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to announce the pay increases to be awarded to (a) doctors and dentists and (b) nurses in the 2006-07 financial year; and whether he intends these pay increases to be phased over the course of the financial year.
(62723)
21
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were employed by (a) the tax credits office and (b) the tax credits hotline in each month from September 2005 to March 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(62787)
22
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claims in payment have been stopped since June 2004 because of fraud or suspected fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(62788)
23
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many referrals were received by HM Revenue and Customs' Special Compliance Office and Criminal Investigations in respect of tax credit fraud in the period from April 2005 to February 2006.
(62789)
24
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claims for tax credits for severely disabled adults were made in each month from January 2004 to February 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(62790)
25
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many joint claims for tax credits have been terminated and replaced by two single claims in each quarter since April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(62791)
26
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish the figures for credit overpayments in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(63039)
27
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many prosecutions there have been for (a) tax credit fraud and (b) tax credit fraud over £250,000 in each month since January 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(63040)
28
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the number of staff at the (a) Department of Work and Pensions and its agencies and (b) his Department and its agencies who have had their identities used in tax credit fraud since 1st January 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(63041)
29
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the cost of tax credit fraud in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 to date and (d) 6th April 2005 to 30th March 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(63042)
30
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the value of overpaid tax credits written off in each month from October 2005 to February 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(63043)
31
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the total costs of tax credit (a) administration and (b) write offs of overpayments since April 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(63044)
32
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters were received by HM Revenue and Customs between April 2003 and February 2006 on tax credits; and if he will make a statement.
(63045)
33
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons he abolished the Home Computing Initiative in advance of the earliest date originally indicated.
(62948)
34
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which factors led him to conclude that suppliers in the Home Computing Initiative should not be given greater notice of the decision to terminate the scheme at the end of the 2005-06 financial year.
(62949)
35
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will discuss with the chief executive of the Office of Fair Trading what arrangements can be made to ensure an orderly run-down of the Home Computing Initiative.
(62950)
36
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he made of the impact on (a) employers and (b) users before deciding to abolish the Home Computing Initiative.
(62951)
37
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, (b) the Office of Fair Trading and (c) representatives of the computer industry about his decision to abolish the Home Computing Initiative.
(62952)
38
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which 25 constituencies had the highest percentage of part-time workers at the latest date for which figures are available, listed in descending order; and how many part-time workers there were in each of those constituencies.
(62654)
39
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the mortality rates for (a) chronic lung disease, (b) cancer and (c) coronary heart disease were in (i) Cleethorpes constituency, (ii) Grimsby constituency, (iii) Scunthorpe constituency and (iv) Brigg and Goole constituency in (A) 1997 and (B) 2004.
(62655)
40
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Written Answer of 23rd March 2006, Official Report, column 505W, on HM Revenue and Customs, what the reasons were for HM Revenue and Customs' decision to close its Basingstoke office; and what the findings were of assessments of the likely impact of the closure on (a) residents, (b) local businesses and (c) others in Basingstoke, with particular reference to equality impact assessments.
(62600)
41
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the (a) initial set up costs and (b) annual administration costs to (i) HM Revenue and Customs, (ii) other Government departments and agencies and (iii) businesses if the Scottish Parliament varied the basic rate of income tax under section 73 of the Scotland Act 1998.
(62927)
42
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether, in Table 1.10 and Tables 8.10 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2005, Cm 6521, the capital includes the capital expenditure elements of private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts.
(63046)
43
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many outstanding cases of tax credit overpayment his Department is pursuing; and if he will make a statement.
(62971)
44
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultations took place before his decision to terminate the Home Computer Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(62393)
45
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62807)
46
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many bills were issued in the last year for which information is available for national insurance contributions which had remained unpaid for more than six years; and what was the total value of such bills.
(62401)
47
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will provide a substantive reply to Question 58890 tabled by the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight on 13th March 2006 on tax credits.
(62649)
48
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with operators in the energy market on the proposed disposal of the Government's stake in British Energy.
(62550)
49
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what total resources will be allocated to the National Institute for Health Research in each of the first three years after it is established.
(62954)
50
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the expected cost is of merging the Medical Research Council and the NHS Health and Research Delivery Group.
(62955)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
51
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 17th March 2006, Official Report, column 2550W, on Hannington radio station, if he will list the (a) public and (b) private sector companies and organisations engaged in broadcasting and associated activities.
(63084)
52
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the membership of the Cabinet Office Strategy Board; and what its current work programme is.
(63126)
53
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he will answer Question 43872 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 16th January on local authority pandemic plans.
(62665)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
54
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how many pipe organs there are in the Church of England.
(62549)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
55
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average time between a death in custody and the (a) commencement and (b) conclusion of the coroner's inquest was in each county in each year since 1997.
(62774)
56
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the (a) use of and (b) available capacity at Woolwich Crown Court.
(62775)
57
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who determines the location of a hearing in court for a criminal hearing; what assessment is made of transportation needs for such a hearing; what criteria are used to determine the location of a hearing; and what account is taken of the costs incurred.
(62783)
58
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many cases of sexual harassment were brought in the West Midlands in which the defendant was subsequently acquitted of all charges in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by criminal justice area.
(62682)
59
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62800)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
60
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to enable the Union Flag to be flown on public buildings owned by local authorities on any day of the year.
(62953)
61
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment has been made of availability of Lottery funding and grants for projects not related to the Olympics for each year up to 2012 for each London borough; and if she will make a statement.
(63104)
62
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much private investment has been secured for the establishment of the National Sports Foundation; and if she will make a statement.
(62932)
63
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much private investment has been secured for SportsMatch for each year since its creation; and if she will make a statement.
(62933)
64
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the value for money of public private partnerships to regenerate grassroots sports facilities; and if she will make a statement.
(62934)
65
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations her Department has received on public private partnerships to regenerate grassroots sports facilities; and if she will make a statement.
(62935)
66
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken to encourage (a) independent schools, (b) private companies and (c) other non-public bodies to allow the community use of their sports facilities; and if she will make a statement.
(62936)
67
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, by what criteria the location of the annual Schools Olympics will be determined; and if she will make a statement.
(62937)
68
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what sports will be included in the Schools Olympics; and if she will make a statement.
(62938)
69
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to reimburse schools competing in the Schools Olympics for the costs of (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) subsistence arising from the event; and if she will make a statement.
(62939)
70
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has held with representatives of (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools on the (i) timing of and (ii) choice of sports to be included in the Schools Olympics; and if she will make a statement.
(62940)
71
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total value of the corporate sponsorship of Olympic sports has been at (a) elite and (b) grassroots level in the UK in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(62941)
72
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the total value of corporate sponsorship of Olympic sports at (a) elite and (b) grassroots level in the UK in each year until 2012; and if she will make a statement.
(62942)
73
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Olympic Trust Fund will receive from (a) the Exchequer, (b) the National Lottery and (c) private sources; and if she will make a statement.
(62943)
74
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many children's hospices received lottery funding in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(62722)
75
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to obtain sponsorship for expenditure on events for the Queen's 80th birthday.
(62963)
76
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans are in place to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
(62964)
77
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what events are planned to celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.
(62965)
78
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to improve transport access to the 2012 Olympic site; and what funding will be required to do so.
(63006)
79
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking abroad to encourage foreign tourism for the Queen's 80th birthday celebration.
(63027)
80
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to increase tourism to Windsor Castle.
(63028)
81
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people visited Windsor Castle in each of the last eight years.
(63029)
82
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006, Official Report, column 2196W, on the British Museum, what the reasons were for the changes in spending between 2001 and 2005.
(63135)
83
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62799)
84
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contracts her Department has signed with Capita Group plc in each year since 1997.
(62710)
85
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the dates of her meetings with foreign casino operators and their representatives.
(62711)
86
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many properties (a) owned and (b) managed by English Heritage (i) the Secretary of State, (ii) the Minister for Sport, (iii) the Minister for Culture and (iv) the Minister for Media and Tourism have visited in an official capacity in the last five years.
(62712)
87
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which services that the BBC proposes to offer will be subject to (a) a market impact assessment and (b) the public value test.
(62815)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
88
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
(62871)
89
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the co-ordinates were of the location of HMS Kent on 26th January; whether there were any other vessels operating in this area at the same time; and whether anti-submarine sonar was being used.
(62704)
90
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units in the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force, (c) Army and (d) Department are involved primarily in activities related to military intelligence; and how many (i) military and (ii) civilian personnel serve in each such unit.
(63085)
91
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evaluations of UK military aid and training to Colombia have been undertaken; and what criteria have been applied in them.
(62701)
92
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the replacement costs of military equipment damaged and destroyed in Iraq since the start of the war (a) in total and (b) for (i) tanks and other armoured vehicles, (ii) aircraft and (iii) helicopters; and whether these costs are included in the net additional costs of operations in Iraq.
(62189)
93
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what penalties were incurred by QinetiQ for failure to pay the 2004-05 repayments on the loan referred to on pages 5 and 6 of the National Audit Office's Audit of Assumptions for Budget 2006.
(62398)
94
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what rights of appeal are available to parties to the Board of Inquiry into the USAF F-15 accident in Scotland on 26th March 2001.
(62826)
95
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reason was for the amount of time taken for completion of the Board of Inquiry into the USAF F-15 accident on 26th March 2001.
(62827)
96
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date briefing of the next-of-kin of the pilots on the contents of the Board of Inquiry into the USAF F-15 accident in Scotland on 26th March 2001 commenced; and upon what date it was completed.
(62828)
97
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops are deployed in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.
(62402)
98
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on co-operation with Pakistan on defence issues.
(62403)
99
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of low frequency active sonar by naval and survey ships on marine mammals.
(63049)
100
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for the Far East Prisoner of War ex gratia payment have been rejected on the grounds that the claimant was not interned in a qualifying camp.
(62538)
101
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the camps in which civilians and military personnel must have been interned to be eligible for the Far East Prisoner of War ex gratia payment; and what criteria were used to determine the qualifying camps.
(62539)
102
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for the Far East Prisoner of War ex gratia payment have been paid to claimants who were interned in Red Cross and Church Homes.
(62540)
103
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March 2006, reference 60973, how many (a) letters, (b) emails and (c) petitions he has received in each year since 1992 which support the argument that posthumous pardons should not be granted to those soldiers executed in the First World War; and how many signatures were on each petition.
(62616)
104
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62798)
105
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the new establishment figure is for the Territorial Royal Army Medical Services.
(62637)
106
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from each of the 14 Territorial Army infantry regiments are signed up for Civil Contingency Reaction Force duties.
(62638)
107
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will break down by rank the 900 personnel reduction in Territorial Army infantry.
(62639)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
108
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the circulars his Department issued to local authorities in each year since his Department was established.
(62869)
109
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what requirements there are for planning authorities to take account of available water resources when determining planning applications for incinerators, with particular reference to East Sussex; and what opportunity exists for the views of water supply companies to be considered in such cases.
(63152)
110
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to increase provision of affordable homes through shared equity housing in (a) Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency over the next five years.
(62644)
111
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of shared equity housing there are in (a) Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency; and what share the purchasers receive of these houses.
(62645)
112
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many units of social housing have been made available in (a) Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency since 1980; and how many are planned for the next five years.
(62646)
113
Ed Balls (Normanton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of families in (a) the Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency own their own homes.
(62647)
114
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the change in the whole-time equivalent number of staff, including education staff, employed by (a) local authorities in England and (b) City of York Council has been in (i) absolute and (ii) percentage terms since April 2003.
(62865)
115
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much was spent by (a) local authorities in England and (b) City of York Council on employing staff, including education staff, in (i) 2002-03 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available; and what the change in expenditure on staff has been (A) at constant prices and (B) as a percentage of 2002-03 expenditure.
(62866)
116
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate his Department has made of housing growth in Coventry over the next 10 years.
(62684)
117
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when his Department's consultation on proposed improvements to the procedure for making Article 4 Directions is expected to take place.
(62959)
118
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 20th December 2005, Official Report, column 2832W, on permitted development rights, whether he plans to hold a consultation on the Lichfield and Partners report on the Operation of Permitted Development Rights (2003); whether the Department plans to comment formally on the report; to what purpose the report (a) has been and (b) is planned to be put; and what the cost of the Lichfield and Partners review and report was.
(63037)
119
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will introduce measures to speed up the procedures for considering retrospective planning applications.
(62740)
120
N
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Borough of Runnymede to absorb new development (a) after the implementation of the Thames Basin Heaths special protection area and (b) whilst respecting existing metropolitan green belt and flood plain designations.
(62420)
121
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the values were for (a) the Assumed National Council Tax before floors and ceilings and (b) Council Tax at Standard Spending in each year since 1997-98; and for what reason these figures have increased at a rate beyond that of inflation.
(63131)
122
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures he plans to adopt to encourage the incorporation of (a) photovoltaic cells and (b) solar panels in new residential developments.
(63067)
123
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the expected performance against the target to deliver a 40 per cent. increase in the energy efficiency of new homes on 2002 levels; and what estimate he has made of the impact of non-compliance with revised building regulations on expected performance.
(63038)
124
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62797)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
125
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13th March 2006, Official Report, column 1860W, on child abuse, who was commissioned by the Department to report on the scale of alleged child abuse related to witchcraft practices.
(61636)
126
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will provide for initiatives in schools to educate children and young people about the risks of driving mini-motorcycles.
(63163)
127
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent discussions have taken place between Ministers and (a) the Learning and Skills Council, (b) the Sector Skills Development Agency, (c) Investors in People and (d) the Learning and Skills Development Agency on improving contacts with Parliamentarians.
(62726)
128
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action her Department is taking to ensure (a) the continued operation of and (b) continuing public funding for Education-Business Partnerships.
(62727)
129
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people under the age of 30 were participating in higher education in each year since 1995; how many are expected to do so in each year to 2015; and what these figures represent as a proportion of the relevant age cohort.
(62728)
130
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people (a) entered, (b) completed and (c) were participating in modern apprenticeships in each quarter in the past three years, broken down by level.
(62729)
131
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the planned basis is for the distribution of existing and additional funding announced in the Budget for personalised learning in 2006-07; whether local education authorities will decide their own local allocation scheme to schools; and whether local education authorities will be allowed to levy (a) brokerage payments and (b) service level agreement deductions from the funding they will receive.
(63074)
132
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people in Coventry South went on to higher education in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; and what proportion went to university.
(62687)
133
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will take steps to replace the adult education courses available to Bath residents which have been lost as a result of her Department's reallocation of funding priorities towards 16 to 19 year olds.
(62944)
134
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will include lip-reading courses in the list of courses for which full fee remission can be claimed by education providers.
(62945)
135
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many different adult education courses were offered in Bath in each year since 1997; how many adults in Bath registered for an adult education course in each year; and how much was spent by the Government on adult education provision in Bath in each year.
(62946)
136
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what additional funding is available for schools entering into full federation with another school.
(62925)
137
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures the Capital City Academy in Brent is taking to raise its standards; and if she will make a statement.
(62926)
138
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on funding for the transport element of the Increased Flexibility Programme.
(63053)
139
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of students attending (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge universities in the last year for which figures are available previously attended a (i) state grammar school and (ii) maintained school.
(62709)
140
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the annual average per capita expenditure was in (a) state schools for all (i) five to 19 year olds, (ii) five to 11 year olds, (iii) 11 to 16 year olds and (iv) 16 to 19 year olds and (b) state grammar schools for all (A) 11 to 16 year olds and (B) 16 to 19 year olds in England in the last year for which figures are available.
(62956)
141
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how she proposes to apply the exemption from value added tax for new buildings for (a) city academies with community use and (b) other youth and education facilities with community use; and if she will make a statement.
(62601)
142
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support she (a) is giving and (b) plans to give to local education authorities to develop phonics in primary schools.
(62839)
143
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the recall of funding promised for science laboratories.
(62969)
144
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department has allocated to raising the number of A-level students in small sixth-form schools in the last three years.
(62970)
145
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in secondary schools there have been in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the last 10 years.
(62976)
146
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of the funding required to include optional harder questions in A-level testing.
(62977)
147
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many expulsions there have been from secondary schools in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the last 10 years.
(62978)
148
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to combat cyber-bullying among school children.
(62980)
149
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour took place in universities in (a) Havering, (b) Greater London and (c) England in each of the last 10 years.
(62983)
150
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to improve A-level results of inner-city students.
(62984)
151
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to reduce truancy.
(62985)
152
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many foreign students have travelled to England for university education in each of the last 10 years.
(62986)
153
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many English students have travelled outside the UK for university education in each of the last 10 years.
(62987)
154
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students from (a) Romford, (b) Havering, (c) Greater London and (d) England received the full of university grant in each of the last five years.
(62988)
155
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to decrease drop-out rates in universities.
(62989)
156
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to encourage students to pursue vocational diplomas.
(62990)
157
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62796)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
158
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the rat population in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England in each of the last fifteen years for which information is available.
(62887)
159
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to reduce the rodent population in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) Greater London and (iv) England.
(62888)
160
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the annual volume of water typically required to enable a household waste incinerator to operate.
(63153)
161
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to extend the chewing gum pilot schemes to the rest of England and Wales; and what estimate she has made of the costs of so doing.
(63097)
162
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what private sector funding her Department has received towards the cleaning up of chewing gum in public streets and buildings.
(63099)
163
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received from Wrigley UK Ltd regarding Government-sponsored chewing gum cleaning campaigns.
(63100)
164
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of how much local government spent on cleaning up chewing gum (a) in 2005 and (b) in the last 10 years.
(63101)
165
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the minimum permitted distance is for a landfill site from residential properties in England; and what the shortest distance is that a landfill site is situated away from such properties.
(62841)
166
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve the level of efficiency in processing Single Farm Payment payments and receipts; and if she will make a statement.
(63055)
167
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many payments have been made by the Rural Payments Agency to farmers in (a) mid-Bedfordshire, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) the UK in each year since 2000; and if she will make a statement.
(63056)
168
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average waiting time was for farmers who are entitled to Single Farm Payment payments from the Rural Payments Agency in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(63057)
169
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis amongst cattle; and if she will make a statement.
(63058)
170
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research the Government has conducted into links between badgers and the spread of tuberculosis to cattle; and if she will make a statement.
(63064)
171
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of travelling circuses in the UK.
(63072)
172
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's strategy for minimising the environmental impact of the disposal of unwanted mobile telephones.
(62856)
173
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which companies have been given Government grants to make their packaging more environmentally friendly; and how much each was given.
(62831)
174
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding the Waste and Resources Action Programme has received from the Department in each year since its creation.
(62832)
175
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents of fly-tipping have (a) been reported and (b) led to a prosecution in (i) North East Lincolnshire and (ii) North Lincolnshire since April 2004.
(62656)
176
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department has undertaken into the use of electric shock collars on animals in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(62672)
177
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to start the consultation into prohibiting the use of certain animal species in travelling circuses; whether the consultation will be open for public comment; if she will list the organisations she plans to consult; and which species she plans to include in proposals for the consultation.
(62673)
178
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether foreign workers employed in the agricultural sector are entitled to NHS treatment; and to what statutory employment rights such workers are entitled.
(62960)
179
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether employment legislation in the agricultural industries applies to (a) seasonal workers and (b) foreign workers.
(62961)
180
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her most recent estimate is of the number of people in illegal employment in the agricultural industries.
(62962)
181
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 16th March 2006, Official Report, columns 104-05WS, on the single payment scheme, whether the outgoing chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency will receive a payment on leaving his post.
(62548)
182
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she expects to complete the single farm payments for financial year 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.
(62395)
183
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62795)
184
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made in seeking to exempt bee medicines from the prescription only medicine requirement of Council Directive 2001/82/EC.
(62743)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
185
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th March 2006, Official Report, column 2462W, about the Holy See, if he will place in the Library (a) a copy of the internal review of the Embassy in 2005 and (b) copies of correspondence between his Department and the Holy See about the relocation of the British Embassy; and if he will make a statement.
(62683)
186
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek to obtain from the Swedish government as much information as is in their possession about the case of Mr Raoul Wallenberg.
(63054)
187
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the individuals who are not UK citizens who, since May 2005, have been awarded honours, indicating in each case the (a) date of announcement, (b) honour in question and (c) reason for the award.
(63154)
188
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has asked the Austrian Presidency to invite a representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights in Colombia to make a presentation on that Office's recommendations to the EU Council of Ministers in advance of the UN Human Rights Commission meeting on that country.
(62702)
189
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) unilateral and (b) multilateral action the Government plans to take to encourage the Colombian government to implement a legal framework which (i) conforms to international standards and (ii) is in line with UN recommendations.
(62739)
190
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to work with (a) civil society and (b) the Catholic Church to monitor the conduct of elections in Colombia, with particular reference to the Presidential elections in May.
(62741)
191
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken (a) while President of the EU and (b) subsequently to ensure mid-term monitoring of the implementation of the UN Commission on Human Rights' recommendations to the Colombian government.
(62745)
192
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the EU is taking, further to the Council conclusions of 3rd October 2005, to ensure close monitoring of the implementation of UN recommendations on Colombia.
(62746)
193
Mr David S. Borrow (South Ribble):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Written Statement of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 38WS, on rendition allegations (inquiries), if he will name the individuals involved in the two cases in 1998 where the British Government agreed to a request from the US authorities to render a detainee through UK territory or airspace; and through which UK airports they were transferred.
(62721)
194
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the Nigerian government on a proposed amendment to the Constitution which will allow President Obasanjo to seek a third Presidential term; and if he will make a statement.
(62824)
195
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what parts of the draft EU Constitution the Government supports.
(62742)
196
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to assist the government of Nigeria in apprehending Charles Taylor, former Head of State of Liberia.
(62816)
197
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Written Statement of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 38WS, on rendition allegations (inquiries), if he will name the individuals involved in the two cases in 1998 where the British Government agreed to a request from the US authorities to render a detainee through UK territory or airspace; and through which UK airports they were transferred.
(63076)
198
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the Commonwealth Observer Group report on the elections in Uganda on (a) the environment in which the elections were held, (b) whether there was a clear distinction between the ruling party and the state, (c) the use by the ruling party of public resources, (d) media coverage, (e) alleged harassment of the main opposition Presidential candidate and (f) allegations of use by the ruling party of financial and material inducements.
(62659)
199
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the prospects for multi-party democracy in Uganda of the nomination of senior army officers to sit and vote in the next multi-party parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(62660)
200
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the comments by Ugandan President Museveni that the UK is responsible for (a) the war in the north of Uganda and (b) the 12-hour power cuts due to load-shedding; and if he will make a statement.
(62661)
201
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with President Museveni of Uganda following his election victory; and if he will make a statement.
(62662)
202
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Ugandan authorities following (a) the killing of three Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters in Bulange, (b) the firing of tear gas at FDC supporters in Lugogo and (c) the driving of armoured personnel carriers through a FDC election rally in Mukono; and if he will make a statement.
(62663)
203
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability of President Museveni to deal effectively with (a) corruption, (b) rural poverty and (c) HIV/AIDS in Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(62664)
204
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability of the press to operate freely in Uganda; what assessment he has made of the position in Uganda of (a) BBC reporter Will Ross, (b) the Economist reporter Drake Blake, (c) the Gulu FM Radio Station and (d) Uganda Observer reporter Ibhrahim Nganda; and if he will make a statement.
(62671)
205
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the climate for investment in Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(62724)
206
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he has and (b) his officials have had with (i) the Attorney General and (ii) his officials regarding the Serious Fraud Office investigations into the activities of BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia.
(63086)
207
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the contacts his Department has had with the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba.
(63030)
208
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list his meetings with US Administration official Caleb McCarry; and what the subjects of each meeting were.
(63031)
209
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the (a) state of and (b) prospects for the UK's relations with Cuba; and what his present policy is on Cuba.
(63032)
210
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his position will be on Cuba in the European Union's review of its common position on that country.
(63033)
211
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to promote closer cultural, sporting and trading links with Cuba.
(63034)
212
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March 2006, Official Report, columns 423-4W, when he expects to be able to disclose full details of the grounds on which his Department is making a claim against Capgemini.
(62617)
213
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March 2006, Official Report, column 575W, on PRISM IT systems, whether all the posts referred to in the answer can now (a) access their suppliers and (b) approve purchases; whether the software rules granting access to accounting processes have been rectified in all cases; and if he will make a statement.
(62618)
214
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March 2006, Official Report, column 574W, on PRISM, what share of the responsibility he considers (a) his Department and (b) the supplier had for not anticipating the problems faced by posts using satellite communications; and if he will make a statement.
(62625)
215
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) diplomatic staff and (b) locally engaged staff are based in (i) Alicante, (ii) Barcelona, (iii) Bilbao, (iv) Ibiza, (v) Las Palmas, (vi) Malaga, (vii) Palma, (viii) Seville and (ix) Tenerife.
(62641)
216
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to encourage national governments to sign the second optional protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture; and if he will make a statement.
(62859)
217
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether local community leaders in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, have made representations to the British Embassy in Afghanistan regarding the non-payment of compensation for poppy eradication.
(62476)
218
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether cheques drawn on a British Government funded account at a local bank in Lashkar Gar, Afghanistan have been returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.
(62478)
219
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Queen has to visit (a) Commonwealth nations and (b) Overseas Territories.
(62967)
220
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) Spain and (b) Gibraltar concerning the treasures of HMS Sussex.
(62973)
221
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in talks with Spain and Gibraltar regarding the Gibraltar constitution.
(62974)
222
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to attract businesses to (a) the Isle of Man and (b) UK Overseas Territories.
(62975)
223
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what visits have been made by members of the Royal Family to (a) Canada, (b) Australia, (c) New Zealand, (d) Gibraltar and (e) the Falkland Islands in the last five years.
(63026)
224
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 13th March 2006, Official Report, column 1892W, on Ascension Island, what the reasons were for the changes in the numbers of entry permits granted between 1999 and 2005.
(63137)
225
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62794)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
226
N
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of visiting dental services that will be affected by the new dental contract in (a) England and (b) London.
(54621)
227
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department spent producing the 2006 edition of the School Nurse: Practice Development Resource Pack; which organisations her Department consulted prior to publication; and if she will make a statement.
(62880)
228
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the main changes between the 2001 and 2006 editions of the School Nurse: Practice Development Resource Pack; and if she will make a statement.
(62881)
229
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to whom copies of the 2006 edition of the School Nurse: Practice Development Resource Pack were sent; at what cost; and if she will make a statement.
(62882)
230
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department has spent on research into premature births in each year since 1996; and how much she plans to spend in each of the next five years.
(62886)
231
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the retail price of emergency contraception was in each year since 2002; and how much valued-added tax was charged on the price in each year.
(63047)
232
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many injuries treated in emergency departments were recorded as resulting from not wearing protective headgear while driving mini-motorcycles in (a) Dudley, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in the last two years.
(63166)
233
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effect of exposure to chemicals in the causation of cancer, with particular reference to pesticides.
(62705)
234
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the extent to which there is a correlation between the incidence of cancer and the prevalence of chemical use.
(62706)
235
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th March 2006, Official Report, column 1818W, on departmental advice, if she will place in the Library the letter to strategic health authority chief executives from the Office of Strategic Health Authorities.
(62396)
236
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical negligence cases were closed by the NHS Litigation Authority in 2005; how many of these cases were funded by (a) legal aid, (b) conditional fee arrangements and (c) private means; and how many cases in each category of funding resulted in (i) an award of damages and (ii) a settlement involving an agreement to pay damages.
(62399)
237
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the Prison Service about the treatment of inmates with long-term mental health problems.
(62773)
238
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to increase mental health provision for those detained in prison with severe mental health problems.
(62776)
239
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the nursing vacancy levels were at each prison in each of the last 12 months.
(62782)
240
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that there is sufficient BCG vaccine available to inoculate teenage children; and if she will make a statement.
(62825)
241
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at which board meeting of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire the issuing of the Service and Financial Recovery Workforce Changes Consultation Document was (a) discussed and (b) approved.
(62642)
242
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in recruiting a new Chairman for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
(62643)
243
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost is in the financial year ended 31st March (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 of the employment of turnaround teams and external accountancy and management advice for the 18 NHS trusts named in her announcement of 25th January 2006.
(62889)
244
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the estimated costs of the turnaround teams in the NHS in North Staffordshire will be borne by (a) the Department, (b) the Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority and (c) the relevant NHS trusts.
(62890)
245
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated costs are of the employment of turnaround teams in the NHS in (a) North Staffordshire and (b) the area of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority.
(62891)
246
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role she expects the accountancy firm Deloittes to perform at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire during 2006.
(62892)
247
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to conclude the service level agreements with local health commissioning bodies for the year ending 31st March 2007.
(62893)
248
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the University Hospital of North Staffordshire will be required to include the cost of redundancies from its financial recovery plan in the savings it needs to make to restore its reserves into surplus.
(62894)
249
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the redundancy costs attributable to the service and financial recovery workforce changes at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire will be met by (a) the Department, (b) the Strategic Health Authority and (c) the hospital.
(62895)
250
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the redundancy costs of the implementation of the service and financial recovery workforce changes at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
(62896)
251
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made by (a) the Department, (b) the Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority and (c) the University of North Staffordshire Hospital of the proportion of the hospital's increase in staffing levels since 1999 which has been necessary to meet national performance targets.
(62897)
252
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the joint audit letter and commentary prepared by the Audit Commission and Bentley Jennison in 2005 on the financial situation and governance at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
(62898)
253
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the review carried out by (a) Ernst and Young and (b) the Department's turnaround team into the forecast deficit of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for the year ending 31st March 2006.
(62899)
254
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role she expects the board of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority and its successor body to play in (a) approving the budget of and (b) monitoring the performance of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for the year ending 31st March 2007.
(62900)
255
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the board of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire formally to agree a budget for the year ending 31st March 2007.
(62901)
256
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the change in the estimated cost of the Fit for the Future project at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire since November 2002.
(62902)
257
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the Full Business Case for Fit for the Future presented by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
(62903)
258
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial estimates have been made by (a) the Department, (b) the hospital, (c) Bentley Jennison, (d) Ernst and Young, (e) the financial turnaround team, (f) the Shropshire and Staffordshire Health Authority and (g) the Audit Commission of the inefficiencies attributable to split site working between the City General and Royal Infirmary sites at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
(62904)
259
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is accounted for by each element which makes up the total planned savings at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire over the next two years.
(62905)
260
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is accounted for by each element which makes up the estimated gap between income and expenditure at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for the year ending 31st March 2007.
(62906)
261
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total accumulated (a) revenue costs and (b) capitalised costs have been to (i) the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and (ii) Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority of the Fit for the Future Project under the private finance initiative.
(62907)
262
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will ensure that future funding for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire covers in full the financial effects of (a) the new consultants' contract, (b) the implementation of the Working Time Directive for Junior Doctors, (c) Agenda for Change and (d) the Clinical Negligence Scheme premium.
(62908)
263
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her estimate is of the difference between the costs to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire of and the funding made available by the Department for (a) the new consultants' contract, (b) the implementation of the Working Time Directive for Junior Doctors, (c) Agenda for Change and (d) the Clinical Negligence Scheme premium.
(62909)
264
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the estimated deficits incurred by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in the year ending 31st March 2006 attributable to the introduction of the Payment by Results policy.
(62910)
265
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the loss of income by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in the year ending 31st March 2006 attributable to the RSA Cardiac contract loss.
(62911)
266
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated loss of income to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire is from work contracted out to independent sector treatment and diagnostic centres in the year ending 31st March 2006.
(62912)
267
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is accounted for by each element making up the estimated loss of Service Level Agreement income to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for the year ending 31st March.
(62913)
268
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated actual income is of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for the years ending 31st March (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007, (d) 2008 and (e) 2009.
(62914)
269
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who at the Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority (a) had prior sight of and (b) approved the issue of the Service and Financial Recovery Workforce Changes Consultation Document issued by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
(62915)
270
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Service and Financial Recovery Plan for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire was (a) considered and (b) approved by the Board of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority.
(62916)
271
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the audit letter sent by the Audit Commission to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in respect of its review of the hospital's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31st March 2005.
(62917)
272
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish (a) the written audit questions asked by the Audit Commission of the statutory financial statements prepared by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for the year ended 31st March 2005 and (b) the replies given by the hospital.
(62918)
273
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who carried out the external audit of the accounts of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire on behalf of the Audit Commission for the year ended 31st March 2005.
(62919)
274
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected deficit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for the year ending 31st March 2006 was in (a) its monthly financial monitoring returns to her Department and (b) financial returns made to her Department by the Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority in each month since April 2005.
(62920)
275
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the Department has not funded in full the financial effects at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire of (a) the new consultants' contract, (b) the implementation of the Working Time Directive for Junior Doctors, (c) Agenda for Change and (d) the Clinical Negligence Scheme premium in the 2005-06 financial year.
(62921)
276
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will ask the Audit Commission to publish its review into the financial situation of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire as a public interest report when it is completed.
(62922)
277
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the Audit Commission to complete its review of the financial situation at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
(62923)
278
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the date of appointment was of each executive and non-executive director of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
(63050)
279
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures have been taken to publicise the discontinuation of E111 forms; and if she will make a statement.
(63065)
280
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which of the primary care trusts in the West Midlands have informed her of plans to make redundancies; and (a) how many and (b) in what locations redundancies have been proposed.
(62650)
281
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department plans to roll out the screening programme for bowel cancer (a) across England and (b) to the West Midlands.
(62651)
282
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which operational areas of her Department's work are being reviewed under the contestability process.
(62680)
283
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals she identified before the introduction of payment by results as being at risk of deficits as a result of its introduction; and what percentage deficit she expected for each one.
(62679)
284
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to produce a stroke strategy.
(62545)
285
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the stroke strategy will include proposals to ensure that stroke patients are given a scan as soon as possible.
(62546)
286
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) nought to six, (b) seven to 11, (c) 12 to 15, (d) 16 to 18, (e) 19 to 21 and (f) 22 to 25 years in (i) the North East, (ii) the Tees Valley and (iii) each Parliamentary constituency in the North East have been diagnosed with asthma in each year since 1997.
(62833)
287
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many places are available on NHS dentists' lists in (a) the North East, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(62834)
288
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) the Tees Valley have moved to the private sector in each year since 1997.
(62835)
289
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) budget of the Medical Research Council and (b) the NHS research and development budget has been in each year since 1997-98 in (i) real and (ii) nominal terms.
(63109)
290
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons a year in which there was an influenza epidemic was chosen as the basis for comparison with the winter of 2005-06 in her Department's Winter Report 2005-06.
(63110)
291
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her latest estimate is of the number of GP practices engaged in practice-based commissioning (a) in total and (b) broken down by strategic health authority; and if she will make a statement.
(63111)
292
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage pay rise in (a) cash and (b) real terms has been awarded to (i) doctors, (ii) dentists and (iii) nurses in each year since 1997.
(63112)
293
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th March 2006, Official Report, column 1812W, on the Choose and Book System, how many bookings were made through the Choose and Book system in each month between July 2004 and July 2005, broken down by geographical area; and how many bookings were made through the (a) directly and (b) indirectly bookable service in each month since July 2005, broken down by geographical area.
(63117)
294
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South of 20th March 2006, Official Report, column 175W, on section 64, when the central budget review will be completed.
(63119)
295
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the NHS colorectal screening programme will not now start on 1st April; when she expects the programme to start; and if she will make a statement.
(62462)
296
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding she has made available for the NHS colorectal screening programme; when the funding will start; and if she will make a statement.
(62463)
297
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what risk assessment she has undertaken of the outsourcing of the NHS Logistics Authority to DHL/Novation.
(62190)
298
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investigations are undertaken as part of the evaluation of companies bidding for government contracts in the Department; and whether criminal investigations in (a) the UK and (b) other countries are taken into consideration.
(62191)
299
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations she has received on the funding of children's hospices; and if she will make a statement.
(62752)
300
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have visited children's hospices on official business in each of the last five years; and which hospices were visited on each occasion.
(62753)
301
N
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many responses were received to the consultation on the proposal to merge ambulance services in the West Midlands; how many of these responses were (a) in favour and (b) against the merger; and which responses in each category were from elected councils.
(62426)
302
N
Mr John Maples (Stratford-on-Avon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when it was decided to advertise for the post of directors of the proposed new West Midlands Ambulance Trust; and why the post was advertised before the consultation process on the merger of the ambulance trusts had ended.
(62427)
303
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what process is used to commission PET scans for patients; and if she will make a statement.
(62707)
304
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many PET scanners there are in England; and where they are located.
(62708)
305
Mr Paul Murphy (Torfaen):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are applied when deciding which patients receive PET scans.
(62814)
306
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many urgent care centres have intensive care beds.
(62417)
307
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) fully equipped ambulances and (b) ambulance personnel there were in Lancashire in each year since 2004.
(62418)
308
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many urgent care centres there are in England; and how many were previously general hospital accident and emergency departments.
(62419)
309
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients died in ambulances operated by the Lancashire Ambulance NHS Trust on its way to a hospital accident and emergency department in each year since 2000.
(62818)
310
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accident and emergency departments are designated as major trauma centres; and if she will make a statement.
(62819)
311
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62793)
312
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many organisations receive grants through the Opportunities for Volunteering scheme; how many (a) clients and (b) volunteers they include; and when she expects to determine their grants for 2006-07.
(62444)
313
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis the number of people registered with a dentist will be recorded following changes to the system for such registration.
(62676)
314
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to educate Hertfordshire GPs about the terms of the Medicine Use Review; and if she will make a statement.
(61780)
315
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures she has introduced in Hertfordshire to encourage greater collaboration between GPs and pharmacists; and if she will make a statement.
(61781)
316
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 14th March 2006, Official Report, column 2194-5W, on immunisation, if she will place in the Library a copy of the analysis referred to in her Answer.
(62397)
317
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many calls to NHS Direct were (a) received, (b) handled and (c) abandoned in each year since 1999-2000; and how many and what percentage of calls that were handled were redirected to other services.
(62596)
318
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients whose operations were cancelled with less than 24 hours notice have been (a) offered a new date within 28 days and (b) offered a choice of treatment at a different hospital in each quarter since April 2002, broken down by NHS trust.
(62597)
319
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what initial estimate was made of the cost to the NHS of (a) the new contract for consultants, (b) the new contract for GPs and (c) the Agenda for Change reforms in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; and what her latest estimate is of the costs in each case.
(62598)
320
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) the target level of funding and (b) the proposed accrual level of funding for each primary care trust in Essex is for (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(62817)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
321
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his Department will monitor implementation levels by retail newsagents of the new code of practice published by the National Federation of Retail Newsagents relating to the display of magazines and tabloid newspapers which contain adult material.
(63105)
322
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices have been issued to (a) males and (b) females in relation to the illegal use of fireworks in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex since the relevant legislation was introduced.
(62873)
323
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the operation of section 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1998.
(62874)
324
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces in England and Wales offer drivers the option of attendance at a speed awareness workshop or refresher driving course as an alternative to prosecution.
(62875)
325
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the future of his Department's former headquarters in Queen Anne's Gate.
(62883)
326
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) support services and (b) training are available to help children of school age who have been convicted of a crime in (i) the Southend West constituency, (ii) Essex County Council, (iii) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (iv) England and Wales.
(62884)
327
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what processes are in place to inform prisoners of reasons why home detention curfews are refused; and if he will make a statement.
(62885)
328
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which probation centres Ministers in his Department have visited in each year since 1997; and for what purposes.
(63059)
329
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which drug rehabilitation centres Ministers in his Department have visited in each year since 1997; and for what purposes.
(63060)
330
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons Ministers in his Department have visited in each year since 1997; and for what purposes.
(63073)
331
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the compatibility of DNA databases in England and Wales with those in (a) Scotland and (b) Northern Ireland; and what procedures need to be followed for making samples held by the police in one part of the UK available to police in another part.
(63095)
332
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many DNA profiles are held on the National DNA database, broken down by ethnic origin.
(63096)
333
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason volunteers to the DNA database are not permitted subsequently to have their samples destroyed.
(63139)
334
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he has collected on the percentage of the population in each (a) EU and (b) G8 country upon whom a DNA profile is held by the relevant national authority.
(63142)
335
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of DNA profiles held in England and Wales relate to individuals who have been (a) convicted of a recordable offence, (b) charged with a recordable offence and (c) arrested but subsequently released without being charged, broken down by ethnic origin in each case.
(63144)
336
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of chance matches of DNA samples from degraded or limited samples; and if he will make a statement.
(63146)
337
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the length of time a DNA (a) sample and (b) profile can be kept in respect of an individual who has (i) been convicted of a serious or sexual crime, (ii) been convicted of a recordable offence other than a serious or sexual crime and (iii) not been convicted of a recordable offence.
(63149)
338
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether DNA (a) samples and (b) profiles are kept after the individuals from whom they have been taken have died.
(63150)
339
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the countries to whom DNA data collected in the UK has been sent; and how many pieces of data were sent to each in each year in which such data was sent.
(63157)
340
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has ruled out use of DNA material as part of his proposed identity card scheme.
(63158)
341
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the merits of the practice in Scotland where an individual's profile is removed from the DNA database following acquittal.
(63159)
342
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines have been issued to the public by the police for chewing-gum related offences in 2006; and how many were issued in the last 10 years.
(63098)
343
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with stakeholders regarding the future funding of the work of Business in Prisons; and if he will publish the notes of the meetings.
(62732)
344
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the contribution made to offender resettlement by the Business in Prisons organisation.
(62733)
345
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Prison Service Plus 2 programme.
(62734)
346
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his proposals for a new 'employability contract' for sentenced offenders.
(62735)
347
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates at each prison establishment have left prison without accommodation in each of the last 10 years.
(62736)
348
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the consistency of first night programmes across the prison estate.
(62754)
349
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend access to offending behaviour programmes for those in custody.
(62755)
350
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the recent change in the level of provision of outdoor activities for inmates at HMP Belmarsh.
(62756)
351
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of vulnerable inmates are sex offenders.
(62757)
352
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the prisons which house vulnerable inmates.
(62758)
353
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average weekly number of (a) receptions and (b) discharges at each prison was in each year since 1992; what assessment he has made of the impact of prison overcrowding on this number; and if he will make a statement.
(62759)
354
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of access to pharmaceutical services at HMP Belmarsh.
(62760)
355
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of incentive and earned privileges programmes on the prison estate.
(62761)
356
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 library services on the prison estate.
(62762)
357
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many warnings for bullying were issued to (a) governors, (b) officers, (c) other staff, (d) convicted inmates, (e) immigration detainees and (f) those held on remand at each prison in each of the last 36 months.
(62763)
358
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the reliability of the statistics for the incidence of bullying in each prison.
(62764)
359
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of (a) inmate access to listeners and (b) demand for listeners at each prison within the prison estate.
(62765)
360
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many listeners there are at each prison; how many are designated as foreign nationals; and if he will list the nationalities of listeners at each prison.
(62766)
361
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 segregation unit facilities for mentally ill inmates at each prison.
(62767)
362
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the cell facilities within segregation units at each prison; what assessment he has made of the use of each of these cell facilities at each establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(62768)
363
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received regarding the future funding of Business in Prisons.
(62769)
364
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on changes in access for inmates to the gardens at HMP Belmarsh; what impact those changes have had on the availability of horticulture qualifications for inmates at the prison; what alternative arrangements will be made available to enable inmates to acquire such qualifications; and on what timetable.
(62770)
365
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the role of employer coalitions in the criminal justice system.
(62771)
366
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the local procurement options open to prison governors.
(62772)
367
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to encourage more people aged under 30 years of age to become members of independent monitoring boards at prisons; what mechanisms exist to monitor progress; and how many members under 30 years of age have left independent monitoring boards in each of the last five years.
(62777)
368
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Independent Monitoring Board members at each prison are (a) under 30 years of age, (b) between 30 and 40 years of age, (c) between 40 and 50 years of age, (d) between 50 and 60 years of age, (e) between 60 and 70 years of age and (f) over 70 years of age.
(62778)
369
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many governor grade staff in HM Prison Service are in their current appointment as a consequence of (a) open competition and (b) managed moves; and if he will list those in post through managed moves.
(62779)
370
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of inmates' (a) access to and (b) use of acupuncture at each London prison.
(62780)
371
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the availability of drugs in the voluntary drug testing unit at each prison.
(62781)
372
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the costs of transporting inmates from HMP Belmarsh to (a) Woolwich Crown Court and (b) the Central Criminal Court; and if he will make a statement.
(62784)
373
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on access to (a) social visits and (b) legal visits in the High Security Unit at HMP Belmarsh.
(62785)
374
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of foreign nationals' access to language line in the Segregation Unit at HMP Belmarsh.
(62786)
375
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Learn 2 Earn project at HMP Wandsworth; and what plans he has to extend the scheme.
(63118)
376
N
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on education facilities at HMP Belmarsh.
(62448)
377
N
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the education (a) provision and (b) facilities at HMP Belmarsh.
(62449)
378
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding the Probation Service received in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(62719)
379
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the future of the Probation Service.
(62720)
380
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations have (a) opened and (b) closed in each police force area in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (63062)
381
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in each London borough on 31st March (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(63063)
382
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional probation staff will be recruited (a) during the financial year 2006-07 and (b) in each of the following five financial years to deal with the impact of Custody Plus on caseloads.
(63078)
383
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many trained probation officers were in post in each year since 2002.
(63079)
384
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many support staff in the Probation Service were in post in each year since 2002.
(63080)
385
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many throughcare cases held by the Probation Service in England and Wales (a) have not been allocated to a named probation officer and (b) are held nominally by a senior probation officer.
(63081)
386
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates were being held in open conditions who had previously been Category A or Category B prisoners on 31st December of each of the last 10 years.
(63082)
387
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the estimates of additional probation staff needed to implement the Criminal Justice Bill 2003 contained in explanatory notes published on 21st November 2002 remain valid.
(63083)
388
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many former police officers (a) above and (b) below the age of 65 have had their injury on duty pension reviewed since the implementation of Annex C of Home Office Circular 46/2004; and how many in each category have subsequently had their entitlement withdrawn.
(62731)
389
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received on the detaining of children in immigration detention centres.
(62667)
390
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children are being held in detention for immigration purposes, broken down by age.
(62668)
391
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time a child was detained for immigration purposes in a detention centre was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(62669)
392
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest time a child presently detained for immigration purposes has been held; what the longest period a child has been so held since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(62670)
393
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for alternatives to detention for children in immigration cases; and if he will make a statement.
(62725)
394
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will respond to requests from the European Scrutiny Committee to clarify his policy towards Eurojust guidelines as to which jurisdiction should prosecute; and if he will make a statement.
(62686)
395
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of local authorities have anti-social behaviour officers.
(62551)
396
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research has been conducted on a system of licensing for the possession of knives in public places; and if he will make a statement.
(62553)
397
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the number of asylum seekers resident in (a) the constituency of Clwyd West, (b) the County Borough of Conwy and (c) the County of Denbighshire whose applications have not yet been determined.
(63052)
398
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review the inclusion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the list of Proscribed Organisations in Schedule 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in March 2001.
(63113)
399
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the reasons for including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the list of Proscribed Organisations in Schedule 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in March 2001.
(63114)
400
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the number of unregistered door supervisors and security guards operating in (a) each English region and (b) the Tees Valley.
(63132)
401
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.
(62404)
402
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether general aviation reports held by (a) local police special branch and (b) Home Office immigration authorities indicate that non-American nationals were on board registered aircraft (i) N8068V landing at RAF Northolt on (A) 15th May 2004 and (B) 17th May 2004, (ii) N129QS landing at Stansted on 23rd February 2005, (iii) N970SJ landing at Luton on (A) 4th September 2003 and (B) 5th February 2004, (iv) N368CE landing at (A) Stansted on 6th May 2004 and (B) Luton on 17th June 2003 and (v) N2189M landing at Prestwick on (A) 18th January 2004 and (B) 25th May 2004.
(62603)
403
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether general aviation reports held by (a) local police special branch and (b) Home Office immigration authorities indicate that non-American nationals were on board registered aircraft N313P landing at (i) RAF Northolt on (A) 19th October 2003, (B) 22nd October 2003, (C) 29th October 2003, (D) 1st December 2003, (E) 3rd December 2003 and (ii) RAF Brize Norton on (A) 17th October 2003 and (B) 12th December 2003.
(62604)
404
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether general aviation reports held by (a) local police special branch and (b) Home Office immigration authorities indicate that non-American nationals were on board registered aircraft N379P landing at (i) RAF Northolt on (A) 18th October 2002, (B) 16th January 2003, (C) 24th February 2003, (D) 28th February 2003 and (ii) RAF Brize Norton on 20th November 2003.
(62605)
405
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether general aviation reports held by (a) local police special branch and (b) Home Office immigration authorities indicate that non-American nationals were on board registered aircraft N85VM landing at (i) Luton on (A) 26th December 2001 and (B) 12th November 2002, (ii) Edinburgh on 25th November 2002, (iii) Glasgow on 3rd March 2003 and (iv) RAF Leuchars on (A) 14th October 2001, (B) 5th October 2002 and (C) 20th September 2003.
(62606)
406
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sexual harassment cases have been recorded in secondary schools in (a) Romford, (b) Havering, (c) Greater London and (d) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(62979)
407
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the change in the levels of crime on university campuses in the UK (a) since the coming into force of the Licensing Act 2003 and (b) in each of the last 10 years.
(62981)
408
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals who appear on the Sex Offender Register have worked in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) universities in each of the last 10 years.
(62982)
409
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drink-driving arrests there have been in (a) Romford and (b) Havering in each of the past 10 years.
(62992)
410
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders will be participating in Clean Up Week 2006.
(63007)
411
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of Clean Up Week 2006 in Romford and Havering.
(63008)
412
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to increase the number of sexual assault referral centres.
(63009)
413
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-UK citizens have been arrested for sexual misconduct in each of the last eight years in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) England and Wales.
(63010)
414
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the expected effects on community policing of combining police constabularies.
(63012)
415
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the expected effect of combining police forces.
(63013)
416
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated cost will be of combining constabularies in England and Wales.
(63014)
417
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the net change in numbers of jobs consequent on combining police forces in England and Wales.
(63015)
418
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals already listed on the Sex Offender Register were subsequently arrested for another sexual offence in each of the last 10 years.
(63016)
419
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made following raids on nightclubs in (a) London, (b) Havering and (c) England and Wales in each of the last seven years.
(63017)
420
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nightclubs in (a) London, (b) Havering and (c) England and Wales have been raided by police for drugs in each of the last seven years.
(63018)
421
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made for possession of cannabis in each of the last 10 years in (a) Romford, (b) Havering, (c) Greater London and (d) England and Wales.
(63019)
422
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals who had spent time in a youth detention centre subsequently offended as an adult in each of the last 10 years.
(63020)
423
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals from (a) Romford and (b) Havering were in (i) secure training centres, (ii) local authority secure children's homes and (iii) young offender institutions in each of the last 10 years.
(63021)
424
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were sentenced to terms in (a) secure training centres, (b) local authority secure children's homes and (c) young offender institutions in each of the last 10 years.
(63022)
425
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were imprisoned in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.
(63023)
426
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will estimate the funds saved through the use of unpaid work by offenders in each of the last 10 years.
(63024)
427
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals have been convicted of murder whilst on probation in each year since 1997.
(63025)
428
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2006, Official Report, column 73W, on illegal immigration, what the reasons were for the changes between 2003 and 2005.
(63136)
429
N
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether security guards who have applied for but not received their Security Industry Authority identity cards will be allowed to work.
(62432)
430
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62792)
431
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants have been (a) detained and (b) arrested by the police in the last 12 months, broken down by police force area.
(62713)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
432
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many water saving devices (a) have been and (b) are due to be installed in the House of Commons estate; and what the type of device is in each case.
(62737)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
433
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action his Department has taken in response to the Report of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women; and if he will make a statement.
(62698)
434
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what definition he uses of reproductive rights as set out in the United Nations Report of the Fourth World Conference on Women 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(62699)
435
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department provided to the World Health Organisation for the publication Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems; and if he will make a statement.
(62700)
436
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on medicinal aid to developing countries since 1997.
(61786)
437
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of the UK's gross domestic product was given to foreign aid and development in the 2004-05 financial year; and what the total monetary figure was.
(63134)
438
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the progress of the UK's support for the Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka strategy.
(63115)
439
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution the UK is making towards the efforts to destroy landmines in Sri Lanka.
(63116)
440
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on aid policy to Afghanistan.
(63138)
441
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to his Answer of 27th March 2006, Official Report, column 626W, on Nepal, whether a company has been appointed as management contractor; and what the contractor's responsibilities will be.
(62461)
442
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the British Government has honoured agreements reached with farmers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, regarding the payment of compensation in return for the eradication of poppy crops.
(62477)
443
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to improve his Department's performance in providing access to clean water and sanitation in the developing world.
(62972)
444
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62805)
445
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the United Nations concerning the provision of aid in drought stricken regions of Tanzania.
(63133)
Questions to the Leader of the House
446
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Leader of the House, to how many Acts of Parliament the Queen has given Royal Assent in each of the last eight years.
(62966)
447
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Leader of the House, how many television sets are in operation in his Office (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building used by his Office; and how many television licences are held by his Office.
(62804)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
448
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects the multi-storey car park at Abbey Street in Coleraine to be (a) completed and (b) open.
(62620)
449
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 21st March 2006, Official Report, column 211W, on secondary schools, what is the age of the main buildings of Coleraine College.
(62621)
450
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what nursing care is provided on weekdays between 6 pm and 9 am for cancer patients using the Belfast City Hospital Patient Hotel in Belfast.
(62622)
451
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Department for Regional Development spent on (a) the acquisition and (b) the spreading of road salt and grit in each of the last three years.
(62623)
452
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions the President of the Irish Republic has paid official visits to Northern Ireland in each of the last two years; and which official UK representative met her on each visit.
(62624)
453
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people over the age of 85 years in Northern Ireland (a) there were at the end of 2005 and (b) there are expected to be at the end of 2015.
(62820)
454
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many live births there were in Northern Ireland in 2005; and what the estimated figure is for 2015.
(62821)
455
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was claimed in compensation for injuries caused to pedestrians in Northern Ireland from the Department of Regional Development in each year between 1995 and 2005.
(62822)
456
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was claimed in compensation by patients due to maladministration by the NHS in Northern Ireland in each year between 1995 and 2005.
(62823)
457
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his plans to improve cross-border cooperation and harmonisation of services will include consideration of household benefits available to retired workers in the Republic of Ireland.
(62696)
458
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what projects originally funded by the Executive Programme Funds Children's Fund are operating; what provision will be made to allocate resources to those projects from the £14.6 million voluntary children's funding package announced on 6th March; how those resources will be allocated; and what the timescale is for allocation.
(63120)
459
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will carry out an assessment of paediatric gastroenterology service (a) provision, (b) standards and (c) needs in Northern Ireland.
(63121)
460
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the number of jobs likely to be affected by the end of PEACE funding; and what steps each Department is taking to ensure that work and services provided through PEACE funding can be sustained in the long-term.
(63122)
461
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many casual workers have been employed by the Northern Ireland Civil Service in each of the last four years.
(63123)
462
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many casual workers in the Northern Ireland Civil Service who had been employed for under two years had their employment terminated in each of the last four years.
(63124)
463
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which local councils in Northern Ireland have anti-social behaviour officers.
(62552)
464
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what research has been conducted on a system of licensing for the possession of knives in public places; and if he will make a statement.
(62554)
465
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62803)
466
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Government is taking to help first-time house-buyers in Northern Ireland.
(62648)
Questions to the Prime Minister
467
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.
(62870)
468
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) special advisers and (b) officials who contribute to his answers to written parliamentary questions.
(63127)
469
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what internal reorganisation of staff has taken place in Downing Street since May 2005; and if he will publish the staffing structures and lines of accountability in operation.
(63143)
470
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place an organogram of his Office in the Library.
(63148)
471
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, how many people work in the Political Operations section of his Office; and how many of those are paid by the Labour Party.
(63151)
472
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Prime Minister, how many television sets are in operation in his Office (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building used by his Office; and how many television licences are held by his Office.
(62802)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
473
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will assess the merits of devolving to the Scottish Parliament responsibility for setting time in Scotland.
(62929)
474
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62810)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
475
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the contracts won in 2004-05 by British companies from (a) China, (b) Japan, (c) Turkey, (d) the Far East and (e) the Middle East following the Duke of York's travels for UK Trade and Investment.
(63156)
476
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment on pipe organ (a) building and (b) maintenance; and if he will make a statement.
(61296)
477
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the policy of the Government is on the production of energy from geothermal sources.
(62829)
478
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices have closed in the West Midlands since 1997.
(61789)
479
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the level of UK trade with China.
(61790)
480
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the level of UK trade with India.
(61791)
481
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the level of UK trade with Russia.
(61792)
482
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will introduce proposals to require the registration of the name and address of owners of pay as you go mobile telephones.
(62738)
483
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) destination, (b) date and (c) purpose was of each overseas visit made on official business by each Minister in his Department since May 2005.
(62541)
484
N
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to announce his decision on the proposed Belvedere waste to energy incinerator; and if he will make a statement.
(62447)
485
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions the Department has had with the Treasury on the abolition of Home Computing Initiative tax relief.
(62453)
486
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost was to the Department of offering its staff participation in the Home Computing Initiative.
(62454)
487
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to publish the report commissioned from the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils regarding the development of a strategy for future access to neutron facilities.
(63077)
488
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his statement during the debate on 14th March 2006, Official Report, column 1303, on gas supply and demand, what the source was of the statement that Germany's wholesale gas prices have increased by 80 per cent.
(62677)
489
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his statements during the debate on 14th March 2006, Official Report, column 1303, on 16th February 2006, Official Report, column 1551 and on 12th January 2006, Official Report, column 486, on gas supply, how he calculated the figures regarding the costs of energy to British and German industry.
(62678)
490
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the North West Development Agency has to assist businesses to cope with the Climate Change Levy, with particular reference to the textile industry.
(63035)
491
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the proximity is in metres of the proposed Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm to the nearest shipping lane.
(62924)
492
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial support his Department is giving to the development of tidal power.
(63068)
493
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consideration his Department has given to extending the Renewables Obligation beyond 2027.
(63069)
494
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects his Department to announce its response to the strategy set out in the United States Global Nuclear Energy Partnership proposals.
(63070)
495
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures his Department has adopted to support the development of marine turbine power generation technology.
(63071)
496
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he plans to implement the principal provision of the Easter Act 1928; and why the Government has not implemented the provision since 1997.
(61807)
497
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much electricity has been (a) generated and (b) consumed in the North East in each year since 1997.
(62830)
498
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will meet the Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to discuss the implications for the OFT of the termination of the Home Computing Initiative in the Budget.
(62947)
499
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reasons he has reduced the budget of the Equal Opportunities Commission.
(63102)
500
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the budget is for the Equal Opportunities Commission for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(63103)
501
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to achieve equal pay for equal work in the Civil Service.
(63167)
502
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Oral Answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire of 23rd March 2006, Official Report, column 399, whether (a) individual pipe organ manufacturers must apply for an exemption and (b) the industry may apply for an exemption as a whole; and what information he has provided to the industry.
(62718)
503
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 obligations, what legal advice he was given regarding the powers available to him other than under the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 to make transfers from the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation Fund to the consolidated fund.
(63048)
504
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether his Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.
(62928)
505
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the procedure is for renewing expired licences for open-cast mining in South Lanarkshire.
(62930)
506
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether (a) Poniel, (b) Auldton and Rougham Woods and (c) Mainshill Woods hold licences for open-cast mining in Lanarkshire.
(62931)
507
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March, Official Report, column 636W, on arms exports, when the goods in question were sent; and when they arrived in Iraq.
(62599)
508
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the impact of EU legislation on lead pipe organs; and if he will make a statement.
(62394)
509
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62809)
510
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what requirements there are on development agencies allocating contracts for Business Links brokerage models to ensure that they conform to the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 in their (a) recruitment, (b) subcontracting, (c) membership of boards and (d) customer service.
(63106)
511
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what penalties there are for contractors breaking the statutory requirements of the Business Links service.
(63107)
512
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how his targets on diversity and equality apply to contractors to the Business Links scheme.
(63108)
513
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent estimate he has made of the market value of the Government's stake in British Energy.
(62542)
514
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the market value of the Government's stake in British Energy of the Energy Review's possible conclusions on whether the UK (a) should and (b) should not build new nuclear power stations.
(62547)
515
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Budget Statement of 22nd March 2006, Official Report, column 300, what are the other energy assets referred to; and what estimate he has made of their value.
(62619)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
516
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the operation of the (a) Motorways Traffic (England and Wales) Regulations 1982, (b) Motor Vehicles (Speed Units on Motorways) Regulations 1973 and (c) Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1996.
(62876)
517
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the seat belt wearing rate was in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) the Metropolitan Police Area of London (i) in the last period for which figures are available and (ii) in each month since 1990.
(62877)
518
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of vehicles driving with defective (a) brakes, (b) brake lights, (c) head lights, (d) tail lights and (e) side lights; and if he will make a statement.
(62878)
519
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will introduce a system for regulating the driving of mini-motorcycles by young people.
(63164)
520
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will report on the environmental impacts taken into account by the Royal Family in determining their mode of transport in the annual report on the grant-in-aid for Royal travel by air and rail.
(63140)
521
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to page 103 of The Grant-in-aid for Royal Travel by Air and Rail, Annual Report 2004-05, how many and what percentage of the Royal Household were of ethnic minority origin in 2004-05; and what positions each held.
(63141)
522
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the use of the Queen's helicopter by members of the Royal Family for private purposes.
(63145)
523
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the occasions in 2004-05 when the Royal Train was used other than by members of the Royal Family.
(63147)
524
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the arrangement for free bus travel for pensioners from 2008 will include arrangements for pensioners in border areas to travel into Scotland.
(62694)
525
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been allocated to providing enhanced CCTV to railway stations across the country; and when these funds are likely to become available.
(62857)
526
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will reconsider the proposed timetable for trialling new security technologies on mainland railway stations.
(62858)
527
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to deal with imported cars licensed in EU countries displaying out of date number plates and thereby avoiding enforcement action after road traffic offences.
(62744)
528
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on amending (a) the London Local Authority Act 2000 and (b) the Road User (Charges and Penalty) Regulations 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(62695)
529
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the change in the economic costs of traffic congestion in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(62689)
530
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which cities have applied for funding to establish a congestion charging scheme.
(62691)
531
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase penalty fares on public transport.
(62692)
532
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Institute of Civil Engineers on improvements to the management of transport infrastructure projects; and when such discussions took place.
(62693)
533
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which driving whilst smoking is dangerous.
(63128)
534
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road deaths have been attributed to drivers (a) using their mobile phones, (b) smoking, (c) speeding and (d) not wearing seatbelts in each year since 1997.
(63129)
535
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures the Department takes to identify drivers who drive whilst (a) on mobile phones, (b) not wearing seatbelts and (c) speeding.
(63130)
536
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to receive the report into the inquiry into the Humber Bridge tolls; and if he will make a statement.
(62652)
537
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which statutory tolled bridge crossings offer concessions for public transport vehicles; and what the level of the concession is in each case.
(62653)
538
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent changes have been made to the interest paid on the debt on the Humber Bridge; and if he will make a statement.
(62674)
539
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received in relation to the level of Humber Bridge tolls.
(62675)
540
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the measurement of speeds by speed cameras, with particular reference to motorcycles; and if he will make a statement.
(62855)
541
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to increase the proportion of long-distance trains that run on time.
(62968)
542
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drink-driving accidents there were in (a) Romford and (b) Havering in each of the past 10 years.
(62991)
543
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to increase speeds on long-distance rail trips in order to reduce travel time.
(62993)
544
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost has been of adding runways to UK airports in each of the last 10 years.
(62994)
545
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to reduce automobile use and increase the use of public transportation.
(62995)
546
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to build further car-share lanes.
(62996)
547
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost is of establishing the new car-share lane on the M1.
(62997)
548
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the new car-share lane on the M1.
(62998)
549
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on security at each London airport in each of the last 10 years.
(62999)
550
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average number of vehicles using the M1 each day was in the last period for which figures are available; and how many vehicles the M1 was originally designed to carry.
(63000)
551
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many railway crashes there have been in each of the last 10 years.
(63001)
552
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many individuals flew out of each UK airport in each of the last 10 years.
(63002)
553
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money was spent on building new roads in (a) Romford and (b) Havering in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(63003)
554
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on repairing roads in (a) Romford and (b) Havering in each of the last 10 years.
(63004)
555
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money was spent on repairing railways in (a) Romford and (b) Havering in each of the last 10 years.
(63005)
556
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62808)
557
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what submissions he has received from the independent consultative committee on Nottingham East Midlands Airport in relation to the airport authority's 10-point plan to reduce noise from its operations.
(62602)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
558
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will place in the Library his letter to the Home Office on the proposed police reorganisation in Wales.
(62697)
559
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62806)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
560
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of retirement pension in Easington constituency use Post Office card accounts.
(62957)
561
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Easington constituency in receipt of benefits have access to a bank account.
(62958)
562
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the Department was of offering its staff participation in the Home Computing Initiative.
(62455)
563
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will answer Question 47250 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 26th January on learning disability.
(62666)
564
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures his Department employed at the time of the launch of the Post Office Card Account to alert (a) customers and (b) sub-postmasters to the fact that it was intended to be phased out in 2010.
(63066)
565
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what average period a person aged (a) 16 to 20, (b) 21 to 25, (c) 26 to 35, (d) 35 to 50 and (e) 50 plus claimed jobseeker's allowance before gaining employment in the last period for which figures are available.
(62837)
566
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency are claiming jobseeker's allowance; and what the percentage difference is from the same period in each year since 2001.
(62838)
567
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people used a Post Office Card Account to access (a) pension credit and (b) child benefit in each of the three years.
(62867)
568
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many specialist (a) disability employment advisers and (b) non-disability employment advisers (i) have been employed by Jobcentre Plus in each of the last three years and (ii) are expected to be employed in each of the next three years.
(62868)
569
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the consultation deadline for the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare is being extended to take account of the fact that it was not available in accessible format for disabled people until 28th February; and if he will make a statement.
(63075)
570
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of implementing the Ombudsman's recommendations set out in his report Trusting in the Pensions Promise.
(62321)
571
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office building in the Department; and how many television licences are held by the Department.
(62801)
572
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Scotland are in receipt of long-term incapacity benefit, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(62811)
573
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Scotland use a Post Office Card Account to receive their pension, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) constituency.
(62812)
574
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Scotland are in receipt of pension credit, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) constituency.
(62813)
575
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the (a) public documents, (b) web pages and (c) standard letters sent to hon. Members and constituents in which he has referred to the interim nature of the Post Office Card Account and which were published before 1st October 2005; which referred to a date by which the Post Office Card Account would be withdrawn; and if he will place copies in the Library.
(62400)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
576
N
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to promote investment in business in the UK.
[Question Unstarred] (62323)
577
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the unemployment rate for (a) men and (b) women in (i) England, (ii) the North East, (iii) the Tees Valley and (iv) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency was in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (62836)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
578
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether he plans to issue an updated version of the Guide to the Centre of Government.
[Transferred] (63125)
579
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on what Government (a) top delivery and reform priorities and (b) targets for the Delivery Unit is presently focussing.
[Transferred] (63160)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
580
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females were convicted of driving a vehicle with defective (i) brakes, (ii) brake lights, (iii) head lights, (iv) tail lights and (v) side lights in (A) Southend, (B) Essex and (C) England and Wales in each year since 1996.
[Transferred] (62879)
581
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce controls on the sale of mini-motorcycles for use by young people.
[Transferred] (63165)
582
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the average fine paid by individuals who received (a) a fixed penalty and (b) a notice of intended prosecution for speeding offences and requested their case appear before a court was higher than that of those who did not make such a request in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (62854)
Questions to the Leader of the House
583
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Leader of the House, under what circumstances Ministers are permitted to release material to media outlets in advance of a statement being made to Parliament, when the House is sitting.
[Transferred] (63155)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
584
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) the Tees Valley under the age of 25 have declared themselves bankrupt in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (62840)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
585
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding mechanism covers the 60 per cent. of Royal travel not covered by the grant-in-aid for Royal travel by air and rail.
[Transferred] (63094)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
586
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):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, (c) registered social landlord property and (d) private sector housing in Coventry in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (62685)
587
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what role the Parliamentary Ombudsman will play in negotiations on failed occupational pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred][Transferred] (62340)

 
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