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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 20 April 2006

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 20 April 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 20 April 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 20 April 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 20 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 20 April 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, if he will make a statement on the operation of section 5 of the Non-Parochial Registers Act 1840.
(64882)
2
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855.
(64883)
3
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Census Act 1920.
(64884)
4
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953.
(64885)
5
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Registration Service Act 1953.
(65041)
6
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the operation of section 5 of the Public Expenditure and Receipts Act 1968.
(65042)
7
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the operation of section 18 of the Marriage Act 1970.
(65043)
8
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with businesses in Southend West constituency before he made the decision to abolish the Home Computer Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(65044)
9
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been saved by the abolition of the Home Computer Initiative; and if he will make a statement.
(65045)
10
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to the EU Commissioner for External Trade on (a) his decision to impose duties on imports of shoes from China and Vietnam, (b) the current discussions on imports of furniture from Asia and (c) the current talks in the Doha trade round; and if he will make a statement.
(64672)
11
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met the EU Commissioner for External Trade; how many times in the last 12 months he has met him; when he next expects to meet him; and if he will make a statement.
(64677)
12
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor bodies spent on consultants in (a) each year between 1997 and 2000-01 and (b) 2005-06.
(64812)
13
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what suggestion schemes are available for employees of HM Revenue and Customs to pass on their ideas; and what rewards are given for suggestions implemented.
(64817)
14
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what systems are in place to collect tax from foreign contractors used for work on the 2012 Olympics.
(64818)
15
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the likely effect of putting out to private tender certain functions of HM Revenue and Customs.
(64819)
16
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what performance related pay is given to HM Revenue and Customs employees.
(64820)
17
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken (a) to identify and (b) to combat tax credit fraud; and how much was spent on such steps in the last year for which figures are available.
(64821)
18
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax credit fraud has been perpetrated by HM Revenue and Customs' employees; and how many HM Revenue and Customs' employees have been prosecuted for tax credit fraud.
(64822)
19
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are on the unexpected payments worklist for credits; how many people in HM Revenue and Customs are working through this list; and how many people on this list have been taken to court.
(64823)
20
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he has put in place to ensure value for money from the operation of the Financial Services Authority.
(64931)
21
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role the Financial Services Authority has in improving consumer understanding of financial matters.
(64932)
22
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what public participation in its operation the Financial Services Authority provides for.
(64933)
23
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the budget surplus or deficit was, excluding expenditure on investment, for each financial year from 1997-98 to 2005-06 as a percentage of gross domestic product.
(64593)
24
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of whether his fiscal golden rule would have been complied with had the assessment of the economic cycle not been altered in (a) July 2005 and (b) December 2005.
(64594)
25
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many new cases of lung cancer there have been in each of the last six years, broken down by region.
(64614)
26
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make representations to the EU to enable him to introduce a zero rate of VAT on sun lotion.
(64776)
27
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether air passenger duty is payable on Ministerial flights on official business.
(64968)
28
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of business investment was as a percentage of gross domestic product in (a) the UK, (b) Germany, (c) France, (d) the US and (e) other OECD countries in each of the last 10 years.
(64796)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
29
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what training judges receive on consistency in sentencing; what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to encourage consistency in sentencing; and if she will make a statement.
(64597)
30
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the operation of Section 60 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997.
(65028)
31
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the sum spent in 2005 on trials and hearings in magistrates' courts that did not go ahead.
(64847)
32
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure the implementation of the recommendations made by the National Audit Office on reducing waste and delay caused by ineffective hearings and trials in magistrates' courts.
(64849)
33
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what measures she plans to take to prevent HM Courts Service staff moving cases between courtrooms at short notice.
(64850)
34
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she plans to establish small prosecution case management teams, made up of designated caseworkers, administrative staff and lawyers responsible for reviewing and presenting cases from a single police division as recommended by the National Audit Office.
(64852)
35
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she plans to take to improve communications between the Crown Prosecution Service, courts, police and defence lawyers to improve the efficiency in the prosecution of cases.
(64856)
36
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans she has to improve the effectiveness and usefulness of pre-trial reviews in Magistrates' court cases.
(64857)
37
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans she has to ensure each magistrates' court appoints a full-time case progression officer to identify cases that require more work before they are ready for trial.
(64858)
38
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she plans to take to increase the number of cases presented to magistrates' courts by designated case workers.
(64859)
39
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans she has to develop procedures to identify and prioritise (a) cases with short adjournment dates, (b) cases requiring medical evidence and (c) other urgent and high-risk cases to ensure that they are ready when they come to court.
(64860)
40
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the evidence of her Department's Permanent Secretary on 28th February 2006 to the Constitutional Affairs Committee, what assessment she has made of the potential administrative impact on her Department of releasing information collected in the 1911 census.
(64789)
41
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the Legal Services Commission last funded an alleged victim of abuse by social services to bring their case to court; and how many cases funded by the Legal Services Commission relating to abuse by social services failed to reach court in each of the last five years.
(64887)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
42
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what definition her Department uses of the music industry; under what legislation the music industry is regulated; and if she will make a statement.
(64663)
43
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Exchequer funding forms part of the funding package for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.
(65040)
44
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what direct funding the Royal Ballet received from (a) central Government and (b) Government agencies in 2005-06; and how much such funding is planned for 2006-07.
(64646)
45
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Royal Ballet has received from (a) central Government and (b) Government agencies to take the company abroad on tour in each of the last eight years.
(64647)
46
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many times (a) ITV and (b) Channel 4 have exceeded agreed limits for the quantity and length of advertisement breaks on television in each of the last eight years.
(64648)
47
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 27th February 2006 to the honourable Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford, Official Report, column 221W, on television licences, when her Department will publish the expert analysis it has commissioned from PKF; and if she will make a statement.
(64598)
48
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost has been of the Millennium Dome to public funds in each year since its inception.
(64942)
49
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the millennium projects with a capital cost in excess of £25 million; and what the (a) deficit and (b) surplus was of each project for each financial year since 2000.
(64943)
50
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many new licences have been granted in (a) Richmond upon Thames and (b) Kingston upon Thames under the Licensing Act 2003; and what percentage were 24 hour licences.
(65069)
51
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with football (a) authorities and (b) clubs on tackling homophobia.
(64619)
52
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact on problem gambling of new casinos established under the Gambling Act 2005.
(64613)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
53
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made by his Department of the long-term effect on (a) servicemen and (b) their offspring of exposure to radiation in connection with nuclear testing on Christmas Island in 1958.
(64605)
54
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the risks associated with the use of DDT in nuclear testing conducted by his Department.
(64797)
55
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his planned land quality assessment programme is for sites within the Cotswold District.
(64649)
56
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many of his Department's sites within the Cotswold District land contamination assessments have been undertaken; and what the findings were in each case.
(64650)
57
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his communication strategy is for providing information to the public on sites of concern in the Cotswold District, with particular reference to Aston Down; and what steps his Department has taken to prevent public access to such sites.
(64651)
58
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many time UK personnel have undertaken unarmed aerial vehicles strikes in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since military operations began; and if he will make a statement.
(63805)
59
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd February 2006, Official Report, columns 704-5W, on Iraq, how many soldiers treated following service in Iraq had (a) physical injuries and (b) a mental illness.
(64653)
60
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research has been conducted since December 2004 to establish the number of UK depleted uranium shells recovered from (a) UK waters and (b) overseas waters.
(64604)
61
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish the findings of the Depleted Uranium Oversight Board.
(64621)
62
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of depleted uranium shells on soldiers; and if he will make a statement.
(64760)
63
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment the Defence Radiological Protection Services has made of uranium in urine of military personnel and civilian employees of his Department on operations where there is a potential for exposure; and if he will make a statement.
(64761)
64
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding has been received by the Gulf Veterans' Medical Assessment Programme in each year since 1993.
(64762)
65
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans have voluntarily presented themselves to the Gulf Veterans' Medical Assessment Programme in each year since 1993.
(64763)
66
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision he makes for airport landing charges in the fees charged to other Government departments for use of the Queen's Flight.
(64791)
67
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what adjustment he has made to the price charged to other Government departments for the use of the Queen's Flight as a result of recent increases in fuel costs.
(64798)
68
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which organisation took over the functions previously carried out by the Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre.
(64688)
69
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the operational criteria are for decisions on whether submarines should berth at Southampton rather than Portsmouth; and if he will make a statement.
(64778)
70
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times Royal Navy submarines have docked at Southampton in each of the last five years.
(64779)
71
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests for Internal Reviews of Requests for Information he has received in each of the last three years; and how many were completed within 40 working days of receipt of the application.
(64781)
72
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for responding to Mr D Laybourne's request for an Internal Review of Request for Information (Departmental reference 27-01-2005-154135-006); and what the reasons are for the delay in responding to this request beyond the deadline given by his Department on 1st February 2006.
(64782)
73
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what infrastructure is necessary to deal with effluent from nuclear powered submarines around Z berths; and what the (a) capital and (b) running costs are.
(64783)
74
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of radioactive pollution on foreshores close to the locations of Z berths (a) in Portsmouth harbour and (b) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.
(64784)
75
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2005, Official Report, column 505W, on Southampton Docks, what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of the Z berth in Southampton hosting a visit from a Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine, with particular reference to reactor cooling water discharges; and if he will make a statement.
(64785)
76
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much defence (a) equipment, (b) training and (c) other support has been given to the government of Colombia in each of the last three years.
(64786)
77
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his definition is of a defensive aids suite, with particular reference to the A400M.
(64792)
78
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it takes to switch a defensive aids suite between A400M airframes; and what the cost is.
(64827)
79
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the IRCM ALQ 157 as a defensive aids suite; and if he will make a statement.
(64828)
80
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of flights out of RAF Northolt was accounted for by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in each of the last three years.
(64966)
81
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost was of the Queen's Flight in each of the last four financial years; how much of these costs were (a) fixed and (b) variable; and how many miles were flown by the Queen's Flight in each year.
(64790)
82
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions British Embassy staff in Washington have had with members of the US Congress on defence technology and related matters in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(64607)
83
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to deploy Royal Air Force Jaguar aircraft to Kandahar; and if he will make a statement.
(64793)
84
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the role of the Jaguar aircraft in Royal Air Force service will be after April 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(64794)
85
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timescale is for the (a) Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft and (b) Nimrod MRA4 programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(64795)
86
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many qualified pilots in the Royal Air Force are posted to (a) a flying post on a squadron and (b) a non-flying post.
(64608)
87
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many appointments of one to five star General rank there are in his Department, broken down by service; and how many are (a) gapped and (b) unfilled, broken down by service.
(64609)
88
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many appointments of one to five star General rank are (a) command and (b) staff appointments, broken down by service.
(64610)
89
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the last Type 23 Frigate is expected to leave service.
(64611)
90
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 23 Frigates will be fitted with Sonar 2087; and what the total cost of the project is expected to be.
(64612)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
91
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the weekly amount paid in each local authority towards adults in (a) residential homes and (b) nursing homes was in each of the last six years.
(64767)
92
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of transactions in the residential property market where the lender will require a separate valuation inspection following the introduction of home information packs.
(64944)
93
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many commercial insurers have agreed to provide professional indemnity insurance in relation to the contents of home information packs.
(64945)
94
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of new housing built on brownfield sites in the 12 months to 1st April was built on garden or playing field sites.
(64947)
95
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on what basis the Government estimated the cost of abortive property transactions in the residential property market at £350 million per annum; and how many transactions were assessed to arrive at this figure.
(64948)
96
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who will own a title to a home information pack once it is undertaken.
(64949)
97
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, who will be liable for the costs of a new local authority search for a home information pack if the property for sale is still on the market after the search has been deemed out of date.
(64950)
98
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment has been made of the impact on competition within the estate agent sector of the introduction of home information packs.
(64951)
99
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment on the aesthetic quality of homes built under the Government's Sustainable Communities Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(64952)
100
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the failure of property transactions in the residential market; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for the failure to complete transactions after an offer was accepted.
(64961)
101
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment has been made of the change in the amount of garden space in urban and suburban areas since May 1997.
(65062)
102
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to increase the amount of Housing Corporation funding available to private developers to provide affordable housing.
(65063)
103
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been allocated to raise public awareness of the home information pack scheme; and how it will be spent.
(65064)
104
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which consumer associations have made representations to the Department in favour of the introduction of home information packs.
(65065)
105
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many home inspectors have completed their training to provide home condition reports; and how many inspectors he estimates will need to have qualified to ensure an effective introduction of the home information pack scheme.
(65071)
106
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps have been taken to ensure independent monitoring of the pilots of home information packs by those with no financial interest in the production of packs.
(65072)
107
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what benchmarks have been established to measure the effectiveness of the pilots for home information packs.
(65073)
108
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, where the proposed pilots for home information packs will take place.
(65074)
109
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to publish the (a) criteria and (b) guidance on sequential development tests for planning applications for large warehouse complexes, with particular reference to the South East of England; and if he will make a statement.
(64780)
110
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many ballots on large scale voluntary transfers of council houses (a) were held in 2005 and (b) have been held in 2006; what the result was of each ballot; and how many houses were involved in each ballot.
(64679)
111
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) sources of income and (b) percentage of income derived from each source for each of the Government Offices of the Regions in each year since their creation.
(64953)
112
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the annual expenditure has been of each of the Government Offices of the Regions in each year since their creation.
(64954)
113
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the annual income has been of each of the regional chambers in each year since their creation.
(64955)
114
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the annual expenditure has been of each of the regional chambers in each year since their creation.
(64956)
115
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the annual income has been of each of the Government Offices of the Regions in each year since their creation.
(64957)
116
Mr Robert Syms (Poole):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) sources of income and (b) percentage of income derived from each source for each of the regional chambers for each year since their creation.
(64958)
117
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of Home Information Pack inspectors who will be required.
(64665)
118
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the likely impact on (a) house supply and (b) house prices if sellers are required to produce a Home Information Pack.
(64666)
119
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, for what period of time a Home Information Pack will be valid.
(64667)
120
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact on local biodiversity of increased house building in East Cheshire.
(64904)
121
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to ensure timely development of infrastructure to keep pace with housing construction in (a) the Borough of Macclesfield and (b) Cheshire.
(64905)
122
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities where housing has been built on disused anhydrite mines.
(64695)
123
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities in England have applied to English Partnerships for funding to investigate the stability of anhydrite mines.
(64696)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
124
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average starting salary was for newly qualified teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Essex in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(64986)
125
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have visited in each month since 1997; for what purposes in each case; if she will list the (i) date, (ii) time, (iii) location and (iv) duration of each meeting; and if she will make a statement.
(64987)
126
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will list the towns in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) the European Union that she has visited in an official capacity in each month since 1997; what the purpose was in each case; what the (i) date, (ii) time, (iii) location and (iv) duration was of each meeting; if she will place in the Library the text of any speech made; and if she will make a statement.
(65003)
127
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in what languages other than English examinations may be taken; and how many students took examinations in a language other than English in each of the last eight years.
(64816)
128
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases of serious plagiarism by under-graduate and post-graduate students were reported in the latest academic year for which data are available, broken down by university; and how many students had their degree consequently (a) withheld and (b) withdrawn.
(64929)
129
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made in resolving the dispute with the Chinese Government over the terms of the standard letter of no objection for intercountry adoption; and if she will make a statement.
(64834)
130
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether she plans (a) to establish a separate team and (b) to employ consultants to promote trust schools.
(64683)
131
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the powers of the sponsor will be in relation to trust schools; and what the equivalent powers are in relation to academies.
(64686)
132
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much her Department has spent to date to promote academies; and how many people are employed (a) in her Department and (b) as consultants for that purpose.
(64687)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
133
N
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether the development of the Scout Moor windfarm will meet the provisions of the Commons Bill in respect of the protection of and public access to common land.
(63419)
134
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether seizures of wild birds illegally imported into the UK have increased since the introduction of the EU ban on the import of live captive birds.
(64975)
135
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government will be making representations for an extension of the EU ban on the import of live captive birds beyond 31st May.
(64976)
136
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the results from Exercise Hawthorns will be made know.
(64866)
137
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to increase the take-up of the National Equine Database.
(64867)
138
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has made for a ban on the import of captive wild birds.
(64868)
139
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has begun field trials of badger body snares.
(64938)
140
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what frequency of inspections will be studied in her Department's study of badger body snares.
(64939)
141
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what behavioural and physical data will be collected in her Department's study of badger body snares.
(64940)
142
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department's study of badger body snares is scheduled to end; and when its conclusions will be made available to the public.
(64941)
143
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which EU states are in favour of co-existence between GM and non-GM crops; and what clarification of the position was achieved at the recent Vienna Conference.
(65058)
144
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what Government support has been given to the farming industry to assist the resumption of beef exports.
(65059)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farm holdings there were in the UK in each of the last 20 years.
(65060)
146
Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will put the evidence accumulated from Government sponsored cattle post-mortems in cases of suspected bovine tuberculosis in the public domain to facilitate the tracing of the source of the infection.
(64928)
147
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what occasions she has travelled on the Queen's Flight since 2002; what the (a) departure point, (b) destination, (c) distance travelled and (d) cost was of each flight; how many (i) other ministers and (ii) officials travelled on the same flight; how the costs are calculated; and on what basis decisions are made on whether such flights are cost effective.
(64606)
148
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Minister for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for North Essex dated 17th November 2005 concerning the Chappel Memorial Green Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(64886)
149
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of the methodology used in collecting samples for testing for avian influenza.
(64711)
150
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons Herefordshire Council has not received funding from the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund; and if she will make a statement.
(64601)
151
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures she has put in place to assist rural constituencies in meeting waste management targets.
(64602)
152
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how she plans to prevent commercial waste being transferred into domestic waste streams; and when she plans to set recycling targets for local authorities for commercial waste.
(64603)
153
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the levels of (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) greenhouse gas emissions were in the UK in each year since 1990; what the percentage change was in each year on (i) 1990 and (ii) 1997 levels; and what the breakdown in each year in emissions was between (A) industry, (B) transport, including separately (1) cars, (2) planes, (3) households, (4) the commercial sector, (5) the service sector and (6) other sources.
(64384)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
154
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the occasions on which (a) the UK has voted against and the US has voted for and (b) the UK has voted for and the US has voted against the adoption of measures at the United Nations since 1997.
(64992)
155
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made by the Government regarding the imprisonment of Craig Alden in Brazil; and if he will make a statement on the UK Government's position on the case.
(64969)
156
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the decision of President Yoweri Museveni to send Ugandan troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(64632)
157
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Nepal.
(64633)
158
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the King of Nepal on the current instability in Nepal.
(64634)
159
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the actions of Maoist insurgents in Nepal; and what assessment he has made of the implications of such actions for British-Nepalese relations.
(64635)
160
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of (a) extortions and abuses perpetrated by Maoist insurgents in Nepal and (b) the importation of explosives and detonators into Nepal by such insurgents.
(64636)
161
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assurances the King of Nepal has given to (a) the UK Government and (b) the European Union that the elections to be held in Nepal in 2007 will be held on a free and fair basis; and what assessment he has made of the powers the King is likely to relinquish to any freely elected party.
(64637)
162
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he plans to take towards ensuring that the elections to be held in Nepal in 2007 are free and fair.
(64638)
163
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is prepared to take if the elections to be held in Nepal in 2007 are not conducted on a free and fair basis.
(64639)
164
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which international observers he expects to take part in the elections in Nepal in 2007 to ensure that they are free and fair; what action he plans to take to ensure that such observers take part in the election; and what representations he has made to the King of Nepal on the participation of observers.
(64640)
165
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the peace talks in Abuja.
(64641)
166
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) financially and (b) military (i) unilateral and (ii) multilateral assistance the UK Government is prepared to give to enforce peace agreement for Darfur.
(64642)
167
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency plans the UK Government has for the absence of a peace agreement for Darfur.
(64643)
168
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the UK Government (a) is taking and (b) is prepared to take to uphold the United Nations mandate in Sudan.
(64644)
169
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK Government has made to the African Union on upholding the United Nations mandate in Sudan.
(64645)
170
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Russian Government about discrimination against and persecution of Hindus in Moscow.
(64708)
171
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the human rights situations pertaining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with particular reference to the treatment of human rights activitists in Katanga province.
(64917)
172
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will intercede in the case of (a) Fabianus Tibo, (b) Domingus da Silva and (c) Marianus Riwu in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
(64918)
173
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is giving to establish (a) legal systems and (b) an independent judiciary in the Sudan.
(64919)
174
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of South Sudan on the presence of Lord's Resistance Army militia in Cuba.
(64920)
175
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in Chad; and what discussions he has had with representatives of the rebel army.
(64991)
176
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times he was notified by the US Administration that flights ordered by the Central Intelligence Agency would be landing in the UK in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.
(64777)
177
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with (a) the Secretary of State for Defence and (b) others about (i) human rights and (ii) the personal security of trade unionists in Colombia.
(64787)
178
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Colombia about the murder of trade unionists in that country; and if he will make a statement.
(64788)
179
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Indonesia regarding the impending executions of (a) Fabianus Tibo, (b) Domingus da Silva and (c) Marianus Riwu in Sulawesi; and if he will make a statement.
(64814)
180
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made regarding the recent arrest of Bria Mackosso and Christian Mounzeo in the Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.
(64815)
181
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's position relating to the proposed referendum on independence in Montenegro.
(64830)
182
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the future governance of Kosovo.
(64831)
183
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the movement of people in and out of Kosovo since the commencement of NATO action there.
(64832)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
184
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals officials in the Department have visited since 1997; for what purpose in each case; if she will list the (a) date, (b) time and (c) duration of each visit; and if she will make a statement.
(64590)
185
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list neonatal units in England which regularly use a pain tool to assess chronic pain in infants; and if she will make a statement.
(64656)
186
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what definition of a low birth-weight baby the Department uses; and if she will make a statement.
(64657)
187
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has conducted into experience of pain in premature babies; and if she will make a statement.
(64658)
188
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) undertaken and (b) assessed on the capability of newborn infants to display (i) behavioural, (ii) physiological and (iii) metabolic signs of pain and distress; and if she will make a statement.
(64659)
189
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the towns in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) the European Union that she has visited in an official capacity in each month since 1997; what the purpose was in each case; what the (i) date, (ii) time, (iii) location and (iv) duration was of each meeting; if she will place in the Library the text of any speech made; and if she will make a statement.
(65002)
190
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the financial position of Coventry Primary Care Trust.
(64709)
191
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what pay banding district community midwives have been awarded under Agenda for Change in (a) Newcastle, (b) Blackpool, (c) Leeds, (d) Lambeth, (e) Southampton, (f) Bristol and (g) Swansea.
(64775)
192
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on NHS dentistry in the Barnet Primary Care Trust area in 1997; how much has been allocated for 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(64706)
193
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists are practising in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster; and how many of these have not signed the new NHS dental contract.
(64684)
194
Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the representations received by Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority from organisations and individuals who supported (a) a single East Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) and (b) two PCTs within East Sussex to include a separate PCT for Hastings and Rother.
(64664)
195
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list reviews the Department is undertaking of private finance initiatives projects; and whether she expects the review to affect the timescale for the project in each case.
(64592)
196
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of lupus there have been in Norfolk in the last five years.
(64655)
197
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will ask the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence to issue guidance on the use of intraperitoneal chemotherapy for patients with stage 3 ovarian cancer; and what assessment she has made of the potential impact on survival rates in England of such treatment.
(64842)
198
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on the granting of product approval of cannabis-based medicine.
(64764)
199
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist neurological nurses there have been for Parkinson's disease in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) region and (b) primary care trust area.
(64765)
200
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care homes registered as catering for the needs of (a) people aged over 65 with mental illness and (b) people aged between 18 and 65 with mental illness there were in each of the last six years.
(64766)
201
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of people aged 65 years and over who suffered from a sensory impairment in each of the last six years, broken down by sense.
(64768)
202
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) care homes were registered for sensory impairment for elderly people and (b) places were available in such care homes in each of the last six years, broken down by local authority.
(64769)
203
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received fully funded NHS continuing care in each year since 2002, broken down by strategic health authority; and if she will make a statement.
(64770)
204
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the consultation by the Food Standards Agency on natural mineral water, spring water and bottled drinking water will be completed.
(64771)
205
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what specification applies to UK natural mineral waters that wish to carry the claim that they are suitable for infant feeding.
(64772)
206
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were performed in each health trust in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(64981)
207
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the targets are for units of dental activity for 2006-07, broken down by primary care trust.
(64982)
208
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists signed the NHS General Dental Services contract in dispute, broken down by primary care trust.
(64983)
209
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4th April 2006 to Question 59146 on the National Blood Service, what estimate the National Blood Service has made of the number of calls made from call centres in her Department in 2004-05 using predictive dialling; and how many such calls resulted in silent calls.
(64848)
210
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual (a) mean and (b) median net income of general practitioners has been in each year since 1997.
(64851)
211
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the revenue allocation per head of population is for each primary care trust in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2006-07; and what the outturn figures were in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06.
(64853)
212
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has undertaken into potential health risks associated with living in close proximity to high voltage electricity grid overhead cables.
(64854)
213
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the countries whose ministers or officials have expressed an interest to her in modelling their healthcare system on the National Health Service in the last 12 months.
(64855)
214
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding her Department has given to the British Fluoridation Association in the last five years for which data is available.
(65066)
215
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of Greater London's primary care trusts met the 48-hour target for access to GPs in the latest period for which figures are available.
(65067)
216
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are waiting for operations in the boroughs of (a) Richmond upon Thames and (b) Kingston upon Thames; and if she will make a statement.
(65068)
217
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to update the leaflets on the health risks of mobile telephones and mobile telephone base stations published by her Department.
(64843)
218
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether EU doctors appointed under new work permit regulations will have to take (a) the International English Language Testing System examinations and (b) an equivalent test of proficiency in English.
(64654)
219
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trainee doctors from (a) Pakistan, (b) India, (c) other Commonwealth countries, (d) EU countries and (e) European Economic Area countries work in the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust.
(64662)
220
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS will pay the work permit charges of trainee doctors from the Commonwealth.
(64675)
221
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trainee doctors from (a) Pakistan, (b) India, (c) New Zealand and (d) South Africa are working in hospitals in England.
(64678)
222
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from the British Medical Association (BMA) on the new regulations on work permits for trainee doctors; and how many of the BMA's proposals she accepted.
(64710)
223
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of dentists have signed the new NHS contract in each primary care trust in (a) Lincolnshire, (b) Doncaster, (c) Hull, (d) East Yorkshire, (e) Wakefield, (f) Rotherham, (g) Sheffield and (h) Leeds.
(64997)
224
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation she held with (a) the British Medical Association, (b) organisations representing immigrant doctors and (c) hospital trusts on the recent changes to immigration rules affecting doctors.
(65014)
225
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS trusts will have to take to ensure that no EU or EEA applicants are available for doctors posts, with particular reference to the advertisement of posts.
(65024)
226
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the new recruitment process for overseas doctors will be put in place; and when examinations will be held overseas as part of its arrangements.
(65025)
227
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to issue final guidance for the NHS on work permits, categories and the detailed operation of the new immigration rules.
(65029)
228
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the new immigration regulations on the provision of locums.
(65030)
229
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations have been held with the Community Relations Council on the implications of the new immigration rules for the employment of Commonwealth doctors, with particular reference to those from Pakistan and India.
(65031)
230
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether hospitals employing large numbers of Commonwealth doctors will be allocated extra funding to pay for new work permits.
(65033)
231
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what demonstration of a lack of suitable EU or EEA nationals for vacant medical posts NHS trusts will have to make before they can consider international medical graduates from other countries; and whether work permits will be issued to non-EU and non-EEA nationals (a) before application, (b) on application and (c) on appointment.
(65039)
232
John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the major capital investment projects at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust approved by the Department of Health since 1997.
(64915)
233
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cars have been provided for the senior management in each of the last five years of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority; and what the (a) year, (b) make, (c) model and (d) cost per annum was in each case.
(64717)
234
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's strategies are for supporting older people with dementia to live independently at home.
(64707)
235
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in North Dorset constituency have declined the NHS dentist contract; and if she will make a statement.
(63222)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
236
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances a person charged with an offence under section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 would not be prosecuted; and if he will make a statement.
(64680)
237
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions under section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 were dropped because the alleged offender lived overseas in each year since 1996.
(64681)
238
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females driving an emergency vehicle received a notice of prosecution for committing an offence under section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 in (i) Southend-on-Sea, (ii) Essex, (iii) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (iv) England and Wales in each year since 1996.
(64682)
239
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) probation offices, (b) prisons and (c) drug rehabilitation centres officials in his Department have visited since 1997; and for what purposes in each case.
(64690)
240
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many speed camera tickets have been cancelled in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Southend because the driver could show he was attending an emergency in each year since 1997.
(64691)
241
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 118 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
(64697)
242
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had during the last two years with the Sentencing Guidelines Council on the consistency of sentencing; what the (a) date, (b) time, (c) location and (d) duration was of each meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(64698)
243
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the punishments available for those found guilty of (a) attempting to pervert and (b) perverting the course of justice.
(64700)
244
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the fixed penalty was for a contravention of section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 in each year since the Act came into force.
(64701)
245
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females convicted of an offence under section 14 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 have been fined the maximum amount in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by age.
(64702)
246
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the fixed penalty was for a contravention of (a) section 33A of the Road Traffic Act 1972 and (b) section 14 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each year since 1983.
(64703)
247
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females were imprisoned for failure to pay a fixed penalty as a result of their committing an offence under section 14 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each of the last two years for which figures are available, broken down by age.
(64704)
248
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons aged (a) 11 to 15, (b) 16, (c) 17 and (d) 18 years were (i) prosecuted for and (ii) convicted of a criminal offence in (A) Southend-on-Sea, (B) Essex, (C) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (D) England and Wales in each year since 1990.
(64705)
249
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists stopped for breaking the speed limit in 2004 in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (e) England and Wales received a (i) warning and (ii) caution.
(64752)
250
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females (i) were found guilty of and (ii) pleaded guilty to complicity in or assisting (A) a suicide and (B) infanticide in (1) Southend-on-Sea, (2) Essex, (3) the Metropolitan Police area of London, (4) Hertfordshire and (5) England and Wales in each year since 1983.
(64753)
251
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy that a photograph of the alleged speeding vehicle should be sent at the same time as the summons; and if he will make a statement.
(64755)
252
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward proposals that the courts impose a fine or community sentence as the first option for offences under Section (a) 18 and (b) 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861; and if he will make a statement.
(64863)
253
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce legislation to define domestic violence; and if he will make a statement.
(64880)
254
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward a national domestic violence training programme for Crown Prosecution Service staff; and if he will make a statement.
(64881)
255
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women were killed by a current or former male partner in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(64989)
256
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of calls to the police for assistance in (a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) Essex, (c) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (d) England and Wales were to incidents of domestic violence in each of the last 10 years.
(64990)
257
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the towns in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) the European Union that he has visited in an official capacity in each month since 1997; what the purpose was in each case; what the (i) date, (ii) time, (iii) location and (iv) duration was of each meeting; if he will place in the Library the text of any speech made; and if he will make a statement.
(65001)
258
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the likely impact of the Sentencing Guidelines Council on the size of the (a) probation and (b) prisons case load over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(65005)
259
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the occasions in each of the last three years when he has proposed to the Sentencing Guidelines Council (a) that sentencing guidelines and (b) allocation guidelines be framed or revised by the Council (i) in respect of offences or offenders of a particular category and (ii) in respect of a particular matter affecting sentencing.
(65008)
260
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances an offender found guilty of an offence under Section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 would be released from prison without (a) consultation with the police and (b) supervision; and if he will make a statement.
(65009)
261
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 38 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001.
(65036)
262
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 sections 4, 4A, 4B and 4C of the Theft Act 1968.
(65037)
263
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to use the photographs taken by speed cameras to (a) detect and (b) prosecute those seen committing an offence under (i) section 14 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and (ii) the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(65048)
264
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what definition of purposeful activity in prison he uses; when it was last amended; what plans he has to make further amendments; and if he will make a statement.
(65052)
265
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the use in British courts of evidence obtained by torture or forcible methods overseas; and if he will make a statement.
(64996)
266
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under 18 years are detained in each adult prison.
(64935)
267
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people under 18 years are currently detained under Immigration Act powers.
(64936)
268
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to review current reservations to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to the detention of under 18 year olds.
(64937)
269
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many protests have been granted permission by the police under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 since it came into force.
(64833)
270
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what priority the new regulations on work permits for trainee doctors will give (a) British, (b) EU and (c) European Economic Area doctors over Commonwealth doctors; why the regulations were introduced; why doctors were not consulted about the regulations; and what discussions he has had with the Department of Health on the issue.
(64661)
271
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the new regulations on work permits for non-EU doctors on the (a) numbers and (b) quality of doctors recruited from the Commonwealth.
(64668)
272
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether trainee doctors from the Commonwealth will require work permits before they can be interviewed and short listed for medical jobs.
(64674)
273
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether spending by the Forensic Science Service on DNA tests in murder cases is subject to a cash limit.
(64685)
274
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases in which proceedings are complete the Forensic Science Service has (a) lost and (b) misinterpreted evidence since 2000; and how many cases were not proceeded with as a result.
(64689)
275
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether doctors with existing leave under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme will require work permits under the new arrangements.
(65013)
276
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what period of grace he proposes for doctors already in the UK under the new work permit regulations.
(65015)
277
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he held with (a) the British Medical Association, (b) organisations representing immigrant doctors and (c) NHS hospital trusts on the recent changes in immigration rules and their impact on doctors; and what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Health.
(65016)
278
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what period of grace will be allowed to senior house officers in training in the NHS before they are asked to leave on the grounds of an expired visa.
(65021)
279
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether jobless doctors already in the UK will be able to apply for Tier 1 status.
(65023)
280
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long doctors of overseas origin who are UK graduates will be allowed to complete their foundation training before they are sent home.
(65026)
281
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to issue full guidelines on work permits, categories and the detailed operation of the new immigration rules.
(65027)
282
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations have been held with the Community Relations Council on the implications of the new immigration rules for Commonwealth doctors and their prospects for employment and training.
(65032)
283
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether international medical graduates taking a medical job in the UK can switch the basis of their stay if they have (a) postgraduate leave, (b) leave as a visitor and (c) leave as a dependent of another migrant.
(65034)
284
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether doctors with a work permit who change employers as part of their training programme will require a new work permit; and whether the new job is contestable by EU or EEA nationals.
(65035)
285
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response he has made to the request of the British Medical Association for a period of grace for international medical graduates already in the UK in relation to the relevant changes in immigration rules.
(65055)
286
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking (a) to protect the position of and (b) to encourage the employment of medical graduates from the Commonwealth in the NHS from adverse effects of the new work permit requirements.
(65056)
287
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from the BMA on the new regulations on work permits for trainee doctors.
(65057)
288
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has given to West Yorkshire Police on the provision of 24-hour helpdesk services at Otley Police Station.
(64406)
289
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors underlay the decision to close the 24-hour helpdesk at Otley Police Station.
(64407)
290
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effects that the proposed closure of the 24-hour helpdesk at Otley Police Station will have on the residents of Otley, with particular reference to those without adequate access to public transport necessary to reach easily the nearest police station.
(64408)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
291
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, on how many occasions the parliamentary network has been inaccessible from (a) the parliamentary estate and (b) remote locations in the last 12 months; and what plans the Commission has to ensure service improvements.
(64962)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
292
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21st March 2006, Official Report, column 182W, on abortion and poverty, what terms and conditions were set in requesting the International Planned Parenthood Federation to produce the booklet Death and Denial: Unsafe Abortion and Poverty; how many copies his Department obtained; to whom they were sent; how much was spent on (a) postage and packing and (b) officials' time in dealing with the publication; and if he will make a statement.
(64622)
293
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21st March 2006, Official Report, column 182W, on abortion and poverty, how (a) hon. Members, (b) members of the House of Lords and (c) members of the public are able to obtain copies of the booklet Death and Denial: Unsafe Abortion and Poverty; and if he will make a statement.
(64623)
294
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21st March 2006, Official Report, column 182W, on abortion and poverty, whom he consulted before requesting the International Planned Parenthood Federation to produce the booklet Death and Denial: Unsafe Abortion and Poverty; what views were expressed; and if he will make a statement.
(64758)
295
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21st March 2006, Official Report, column 182W, on abortion and poverty, when the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the foreword to the booklet Death and Denial: Unsafe Abortion and Poverty was drafted; by whom; and if he will make a statement.
(64759)
296
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the percentage of Ugandans who lived in poverty in (a) 2001 and (b) 2004.
(64589)
297
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK development aid was provided (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally to ensure better and more transparent government in fledgling democracies in 2005-06.
(64625)
298
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid will be provided (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally to promote and further democracy in 2006-07.
(64626)
299
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much each country in receipt of funds through the Rights, Democracy and Inclusion Fund has received in each of the last three years.
(64627)
300
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures are in place to assess the effectiveness of funds allocated through the Rights, Democracy and Inclusion Fund.
(64628)
301
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the stability of the Government of Nepal for the purpose of channelling aid to the Nepalese people.
(64629)
302
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid was allocated to Nepal in each of the last three years.
(64630)
303
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he plans to reduce aid allocation to Nepal.
(64631)
304
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what total aid budget has been allocated to (a) Tanzania, (b) Nepal, (c) Ethiopia, (d) Venezuela and (e) Peru by the UK for 2006-07; and what percentage each figure represents of each country's GDP.
(64813)
305
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of Uganda's budget in the last year for which figures are available was (a) donor sponsored and (b) sponsored by the UK.
(64825)
306
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of the total Ugandan budget British aid represented in (a) 2001 and (b) 2004; and how much total aid Uganda received in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2004.
(64826)
307
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the government of Sudan on attitudes towards women with particular reference to (a) assaults on women, (b) rape and (c) female genital mutilation.
(64930)
308
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the contribution of the funds allocated to the Ugandan Ministry of Defence's strategic defence review to the reduction of poverty in that country.
(64844)
309
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions the Department has allocated funds to assist strategic defence reviews in the last nine years.
(64845)
310
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the aid allocated to the Ugandan strategic defence review was spent, broken down by budget heading.
(64846)
311
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has given in overseas development aid excluding debt relief in each of the last 10 years; what percentage of UK gross domestic product these payments constituted; and if he will make a statement.
(64652)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
312
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effects on Northern Ireland of UK membership of the EU since 1997.
(64599)
313
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases were dealt with by patient advocates during 2005 at each of Northern Ireland's acute hospitals.
(64910)
314
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions police were called to deal with unruly or violent behaviour at accident and emergency departments in each of Northern Ireland's acute hospitals in each of the last three years.
(64911)
315
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints were received during the first month of operation of the Metro bus service in Belfast.
(64912)
316
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public land in Northern Ireland, has been transferred to the private sector in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available; and at what cost.
(64977)
317
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dead (a) wild and (b) domesticated birds have been tested for avian influenza in Northern Ireland in each of the past 12 months.
(64978)
318
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the development of independent sector treatment centres in the NHS in Northern Ireland.
(64979)
319
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many operations were carried out in independent sector treatment centres in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by type.
(64980)
320
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Government plans to implement the Code of Sustainable Building in Northern Ireland.
(64600)
321
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what changes have been made to the proposed pupil profile at Key Stage 3 to take account of responses of teachers involved in trialling the profile.
(64615)
322
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the religious composition is of (a) the staff and (b) the board of Intertrade Ireland.
(64616)
323
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of Intertrade Ireland.
(64617)
Questions to the Prime Minister
324
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the occasions on which he has visited Australia in an official capacity since 1997; what the purpose of the visit was in each case; what the (a) date, (b) time, (c) location and (d) duration was of each meeting held during each visit; and if he will make a statement.
(64993)
325
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, how many people have been employed by the Number Ten Events and Visits Office since May 1997, broken down by grade; and if he will make a statement.
(64994)
326
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the (a) grade and (b) duties of each official accompanying him on overseas visits since May 1997; and what the costs associated with such staff were in each case.
(64995)
327
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the towns in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) the European Union that he has visited in an official capacity in each month since 1997; what the purpose of each visit was; what the (i) date, (ii) time, (iii) location and (iv) duration was of each meeting; if he will place in the Library the text of any speech made; and if he will make a statement.
(64998)
328
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the occasions when he has addressed a meeting of the United Nations in each year since 1997; if he will place in the Library the text of the speech made; and if he will make a statement.
(64999)
329
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the occasions when he has chaired a meeting of the United Nations in each year since 1997; what the subject under discussion was; if he will place in the Library the agenda and other papers considered at the meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(65000)
Questions to the Solicitor General
330
Vera Baird (Redcar):To ask the Solicitor General, whether he plans to provide Crown prosecutors with electronic equipment to enable them to update the case management system at court as recommended in the National Audit Office report, HC 798 2005-06.
(64862)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
331
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the price of a (a) first class and (b) second class stamp has been in each year since 1976.
(65017)
332
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to link increases in postal charges to the performance of Royal Mail; and if he will make a statement.
(65018)
333
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the operation of the Industrial Diseases (Notification) Act 1981.
(65019)
334
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) purposes and (b) objectives are of the £5 million grant to Nova Energy; and what assessment he has made of the potential impact of this expenditure on the conservation of energy.
(64714)
335
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the terms of reference are of (a) Technology and Engineering in Schools Strategy and (b) Engineering Education Alliance; who the members are; and what assessment he has made of its effectiveness to date.
(64716)
336
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has made to the EU Commissioner for External Trade on (a) his decision to impose duties on imports of shoes from China and Vietnam, (b) the current discussions on imports of furniture from Asia and (c) the current talks in the Doha trade round; and if he will make a statement.
(64673)
337
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he last met the EU Commissioner for External Trade; how many times in the last 12 months he has met him; when he next expects to meet him; and if he will make a statement.
(64676)
338
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information and assistance his Department provides to vulnerable groups to assist them in selecting electricity, water and gas suppliers.
(64620)
339
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what response he has received from the pipe organ industry following his Department's offer of assistance with a formal application under article 5.1b for the exemption of new pipe organs from the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive.
(64861)
340
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which Minister in his Department has responsibility for issues relating to World Heritage Sites.
(64829)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
341
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex of (i) fixed speed cameras and (ii) mobile speed cameras; what criteria he uses to assess effectiveness; and if he will make a statement.
(64595)
342
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he has issued on the minimum number of persons that must have been killed or seriously injured at a given site before (a) a fixed speed camera and (b) a mobile speed camera is installed; and if he will make a statement.
(64596)
343
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has undertaken into the effects of speed cameras on drink driving levels; and if he will make a statement.
(64669)
344
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he has issued on the speed at which a speed camera is triggered; and if he will make a statement.
(64670)
345
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much and what percentage of fines in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex for a contravention of Section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, went to (i) HM Treasury and (ii) each local speed camera partnership in each of the last three years for which information is available.
(64671)
346
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on road safety of speed cameras in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex between 1994 and 2006; what (i) long-term trends and (ii) seasonal variations have been recorded; and if he will make a statement.
(64694)
347
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received from the emergency services about the removal of (a) speed humps and (b) pinch points on the road network in (i) Southend-on-Sea, (ii) Essex, (iii) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (iv) England; and if he will make a statement.
(64754)
348
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of speed cameras on roads in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England; and if he will make a statement.
(64756)
349
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support he has (a) given and (b) plans to give to seat belt sheriff campaigns; if he will make it his policy to support such campaigns; and if he will make a statement.
(64757)
350
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what percentage of fixed speed cameras located on roads in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex had a (i) 30 mph and (ii) 40 mph speed limit in each year between 1990 and 2006.
(64869)
351
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of installing a speed camera in Southend-on-Sea in the last period for which figures are available; and what the figures were in each year since 2000.
(64870)
352
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex for speed camera sites have been made on which a final decision on whether installation will be allowed remains pending; and if he will make a statement.
(64871)
353
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many proposals for speed cameras in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex have been (i) approved and (ii) rejected by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the proposed location was in each case.
(64872)
354
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Essex police about changing the number of (a) fixed and (b) mobile speed cameras in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex; and if he will make a statement.
(64873)
355
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the types of (a) fixed and (b) mobile speed cameras used in (i) Southend, (ii) the Metropolitan Police area and (iii) Essex.
(64874)
356
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department is undertaking into accidents around speed camera sites in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England; and if he will make a statement.
(64875)
357
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the potential for temporary blinding of drivers driving at night by (i) forward facing and (ii) rear facing speed camera flashes; and if he will make a statement.
(64876)
358
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether further speed cameras are planned for each side of the (a) A127 and (b) A13 between the M25 and Southend; and if he will make a statement.
(64877)
359
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether mobile speed cameras are planned for each side of the (a) A127 and (b) A13 between the M25 and Southend; and if he will make a statement.
(64878)
360
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the National Parking Adjudication Service will have in place the appeals process relating to bus lane and tramway enforcement in England outside London; and if he will make a statement.
(64864)
361
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to replace rail services with bus services on the (a) Par to Newquay, (b) Liskeard to Looe, (c) Totnes and Ivybridge to Plymouth, (d) Chippenham to Frome and (e) Severn Beach routes.
(64774)
362
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people killed in road accidents on roads maintained by Richmond upon Thames Local Authority from 1998 to the last year for which figures are available.
(65070)
363
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislation to ban smoking while driving.
(64618)
364
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the planned timetable for the publication of the review of the Aviation White Paper will be affected by the postponement of the consultation on railway alternation at Heathrow Airport.
(64865)
365
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the road accident statistics which are used to decide on the positioning of mobile speed cameras in Warwickshire were last updated.
(64773)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
366
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance has been given to jobcentres, including Jobcentre Plus Partnerships, on the restricting of references to a geographical area to meet the requirements of race relations legislation.
(64824)
367
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has paid the Winter Fuel Payment automatically to anybody who is not in receipt of another form of benefit since 2000-01.
(64916)
368
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people his Department estimates were entitled to receive their Winter Fuel Payment but did not do so in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (e) 2005-06.
(64921)
369
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people his Department estimates did not receive their backdated Winter Fuel Allowance for 2005-06 consequent on his Department's ruling that claims had to be made by 30th March 2006 for this winter.
(64922)
370
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of appeals for back payment of Winter Fuel Payments were successful in each year from 2002 to 2005.
(65054)
371
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the appropriateness and accessibility of disability living allowance application forms for under 16 year olds.
(64712)
372
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress is being made in simplifying the disability living allowance claim form for under 16 year olds.
(64713)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
373
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the proposed planning aid supplement will be retained by the local authority in which the development to be taxed takes place.
[Transferred] (64946)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
374
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact on the property market of the introduction of home information packs.
[Transferred] (64927)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
375
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the climate change review.
[Question Unstarred] (63737)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
376
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 19 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980.
[Transferred] (64591)
377
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost has been of removing protestors from road protest sites in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Southend on Sea in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (64660)
378
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the LT1 20.20 mobile speed camera is used by (a) the police in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex and (b) the Metropolitan Police area; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (64692)
379
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent research has been carried out on the impact of atmospheric conditions on the accuracy of speed cameras; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (64693)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
380
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether he has measured the effects of the Electoral Commission's advertising campaign to raise electoral registration levels.
[Transferred] (64715)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
381
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the operation of section (a) 22A and (b) 27A of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.
[Transferred] (65038)

 
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