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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 26 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 26 April 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 26 April 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 26 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 Wednesday 26 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 26 April see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what job opportunities are available with HM Revenue and Customs in Scotland for staff highly skilled in human resources.
(66375)
2
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been of (a) the integration of human resources services within the Inland Revenue and (b) their subsequent integration with HM Customs and Excise.
(66376)
3
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, why the decision was taken to restructure the human resources services of HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement.
(66377)
4
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, why the decision was made to close the Edinburgh office of the human resources service of HM Revenue and Customs.
(66379)
5
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons a Directorate of HM Revenue and Customs has not been located in Scotland.
(66380)
6
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, why HM Revenue and Customs has no human resources and learning managers in Scotland.
(66381)
7
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to retrain human resources staff within HM Revenue and Customs in Scotland following the recent reorganisation.
(66385)
8
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government is doing to ensure the effective collection of import duties at UK airports.
(66697)
9
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of when the measures set out in his speech to the UN Ambassadors on 20th April will achieve a sustainable concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
(66416)
10
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of when the Millennium Development Goals will be achieved.
(66417)
11
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what use he expects to be made of the International Finance Facility to make progress with the research, development and delivery of new vaccines and new diagnostic methods to fight malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases in the developing world.
(66343)
12
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce class 1 national insurance liability for freelance musicians; whether he is seeking to claim back payments of class 1 contributions from musicians and orchestras; and what assessment he has made of the impact of this policy on orchestras.
(66514)
13
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many communications have been received by (a) his Department and (b) the Office for National Statistics from hon. Members since 1st January 2005 on the failure of the Registrar General to transfer decennial census records for England and Wales to the National Archives not later than 30 years after their creation in accordance with the Public Records Act 1958 s.3(4).
(66496)
14
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of households in Scotland and Wales in sparsely populated areas on the same definition as that already used for England; and if he will estimate the proportion in each case of households that (a) are second homes and (b) that have access to a car.
(66546)
15
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what initiatives his Department and its non-departmental bodies support to promote (a) financial education, (b) financial advice, (c) financial inclusion and (d) financial capability; and for each initiative (i) which organisations are involved in delivering it and (ii) how much funding is provided by (A) his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (B) other Government departments, (C) the private sector and (D) the voluntary sector.
(66576)
16
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many telephone advice lines his Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and (a) how much funding is provided to each by his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66582)
17
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding was provided by Government departments and non-departmental public bodies to support initiatives to promote (a) financial education, (b) financial advice, (c) financial inclusion and (d) financial capability in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06; and how much will be provided under current spending plans in (A) 2006-07 and (B) 2007-08.
(66620)
18
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library the evidence of abuse collected by HM Inland Revenue and Customs that led to the decision to abolish the tax exemption that underpinned the home computer initiatives.
(66509)
19
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library communications from his officials to the Department of Trade and Industry on the Home Computing Initiatives relating to the abolition of the tax exemption in the Budget.
(66510)
20
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department produced a regulatory impact assessment of the abolition of the home computing initiatives tax exemption.
(66511)
21
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the use by Ministers of aircraft from 32 (The Royal) Squadron of the RAF to travel on (a) private and (b) party business is treated as a benefit in kind for tax purposes.
(66621)
22
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria the Valuation Office Agency uses to decide whether or not to classify a domestic residence as a composite hereditament.
(66234)
23
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information the Valuation Office Agency will have access to as a consequence of the implementation of the Valuebill project.
(66256)
24
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations the Valuation Office Agency has received on whether the London congestion charge zone (a) represents a national change in circumstances for the valuation of and (b) justifies amended valuations of inner London businesses for business rate purposes.
(66260)
25
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the revenue was from residential stamp duty from the (a) three per cent. and (b) four per cent. band in each year since its creation; and if he will estimate the revenue for 2006-07.
(66450)
26
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households benefited from mortgage income tax relief in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
(66451)
27
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many occupiers of domestic properties paid residential stamp duty on sale at the (a) three per cent. and (b) four per cent. rate in each year since its creation; and if he will estimate the number of occupiers paying in 2006-07.
(66452)
28
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the net revenue from council tax receipts was in (a) England and (b) Great Britain in each year since 1997-98; and if he will estimate what the revenue will be in 2006-07.
(66453)
29
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the net yield from inheritance tax in each year since 1996-97; and what the forecast for 2006-07 is.
(66650)
30
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of the one-off payment to pensioners towards their council tax bills in 2005-06; and what the estimated cost is for 2006-07.
(66652)
31
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests the Office for National Statistics has received for information under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations (PSI) 2005; and how many requests were refused (a) in whole and (b) in part.
(66653)
32
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's Data Strategy.
(66655)
33
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which representatives from the Valuation Office Agency attended the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard (PISCES) Home Information Packs workgroup meeting on 30th March.
(66656)
34
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many written representations he has received since January protesting about inheritance tax; and if he will make a statement.
(66657)
35
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will introduce the Planning Gain Supplement.
(66658)
36
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue collected from (a) stamp duty on property, (b) inheritance tax and (c) council tax in each year since 1996-97; and what his estimate is for (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08.
(66659)
37
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the basis of the estimates for council tax receipts in (a) the 2006 Budget for 2006-07 and (b) the 2005 Pre-Budget statement.
(66660)
38
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 23rd March 2006 to the hon. Member for Meriden, Official Report, column 506W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the performance appraisal system, performance rewards and performance-related pay for any staff member conducting valuations is linked to the volume, frequency, accuracy or size of the valuations.
(66673)
39
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Barker Review's inquiry into planning policy.
(66692)
40
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what changes HM Revenue & Customs have made to the tax status and liability for councillors' incomes and pensions since 2001.
(66693)
41
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of responses to the Barker Review.
(66694)
42
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cameras the Valuation Office Agency owns.
(66695)
43
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2006 to the hon. Member for Meriden, Official Report, column 1038W, on the Valuation Office Agency, when he will place a copy of the staff intranet announcement notice in the Library.
(66761)
44
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30th March 2006, Official Report, columns 1117-8W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which foreign trips staff from the VOA undertook that were funded by public funds in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(66762)
45
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations the Valuation Office Agency has received on whether the acts of terrorism of 7th July 2005 (a) represent a material change in circumstances for the revaluation of and (b) justify amended valuations of inner London businesses for business rate purposes.
(66771)
46
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to (a) calculate and (b) publish marginal tax rate tables for disabled people.
(66067)
47
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which former state-owned companies have received Crown guarantees in respect of their pension fund deficits.
(66344)
48
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the liabilities are of each company issued with Crown guarantees in respect of their pension fund deficits; and if he will make a statement.
(66351)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
49
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 29th March 2006, Official Report, column 1031W, on council tax (official residences), whether there has been a change in occupancy in any official residence activating revised guidance for Ministers on their liability for council tax on such residences.
(66768)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
50
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the Government's policy is towards the liabilities of individual members of registered political parties in circumstances of (a) liquidation, (b) bankruptcy and (c) administration of such a party.
(66675)
51
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what initiatives her Department and its non-departmental bodies support to promote (a) financial education, (b) financial advice, (c) financial inclusion and (d) financial capability; which organisations are involved in delivering each initiative; and how much funding is provided for each by (i) her Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (ii) other Government departments, (iii) the private sector and (iv) the voluntary sector.
(66579)
52
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many telephone advice lines her Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided to each by (a) her Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66584)
53
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what she expects the period of time to be between the Boundary Commission submitting its proposals for revised Westminster Parliamentary constituencies for England to her Department and laying draft Orders before Parliament.
(66249)
54
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what fee structure the Land Registry uses for those looking to buy or sell a residential property.
(66250)
55
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she expects the Boundary Commission to submit its recommendations on English boundary changes to the Department; and when she plans to lay draft Orders before both Houses.
(66448)
56
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16th February 2006, Official Report, columns 2192-3W, on council tax valuations, what plans there are to give the Valuation Office Agency continuing access to property data.
(66662)
57
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 16th February 2006, Official Report, columns 2192-3W, on council tax valuations, what Government (a) agencies or and (b) Departments will have access to data held in the Land Registry's property database on the commencement of e-conveyancing.
(66663)
58
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th April 2006, Official Report, column 43W, on harassment, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the change in (a) the number of complaints of bullying in the last year and (b) the percentage of complaints of bullying that have been upheld in the last year; what anti-bullying measures were in place in each of the last three years; and what new anti-bullying measures have been introduced following the increase in the number of upheld complaints of bullying in the last year.
(65932)
59
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many people in her Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed in the last three years as a result of a complaint against them of (i) bullying and (ii) sexual harassment being upheld.
(65933)
60
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much compensation her Department has paid out in the last three years as a result of complaints of (a) bullying and (b) sexual harassment being upheld.
(65934)
61
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th April 2006, Official Report, column 43W, on grievance procedures, how many grievances have been initiated in her Department involving (a) equality issues and (b) diversity issues in each of the last three years; and how many such procedures resulted in (i) disciplinary action and (ii) dismissal.
(65935)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
62
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 11th April 2006, Official Report, column 63W, on digital television, which organisation supplies a Television Licensable Content Service licence; what its criteria are for so doing; what criteria Ofcom uses for deciding on an application for a Digital Programme Service licence; if she will list the platform operators for carriage of a channel; whether the Government has a role in respect of the criteria for the contract; what procedures are in place to control the power of a platform operator over price for carrying a channel; whether there is an appeal process if (a) the licence applications are turned down and (b) the platform operator refuses to carry the channel; and if she will make a statement.
(66780)
63
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many telephone advice lines her Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided to each by (a) her Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66590)
64
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets her Department has set for public libraries to promote (a) diversity and (b) social inclusion.
(66290)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
65
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 18th April 2006, Official Report, column 12W, on the army, how many of each type of vehicle and aircraft are (a) operational and (b) available for immediate deployment.
(65523)
66
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 18th April 2006, Official Report, column 12W, on the army, when he expects the full Territorial Army strength of 45,590 to be attained based on current levels of recruitment.
(65524)
67
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will increase the number of British military advisors to the African Union; and if he will help with strategic transport, including helicopters, in Sudan.
(66715)
68
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has made to (a) African Union member states, (b) the United Nations and (c) NATO regarding African Union troops' rules of engagement.
(66720)
69
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the findings of the senior military officer appointed by General Sir Mike Jackson to examine the lessons from Camp Breadbasket in Iraq have been published; and if he will make a statement.
(66765)
70
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department pays a contract premium to civilian people who face daily risks when trying to deliver the reconstruction effort in troubled parts of Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(66767)
71
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) (i) vehicle armour and (ii) infantry protection has been issued and (b) tactics have been implemented to protect the UK's armed forces against improvised explosive devices.
(66280)
72
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK troops in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have been (i) injured in action, (ii) not in action and (iii) removed from active duty as a result of illness or disease.
(66281)
73
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to what extent the armed forces are co-operating with other coalition partners on tactics aimed at countering improvised explosive devices.
(66282)
74
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research has been undertaken at the Atomic Weapons Establishment into the development of a new nuclear warhead for (a) Trident and (b) a replacement deterrent.
(66283)
75
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will release the full files relating to the death of Robert Nairac in Northern Ireland in 1977.
(66347)
76
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many combat fighter aircraft are in service use by the RAF, broken down by type.
(66605)
77
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Eurofighters the UK plans to purchase; and how many will be used by the RAF.
(66606)
78
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ground attack aircraft are in service with the RAF, broken down by type; and what plans he has to replace them.
(66607)
79
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what ground attack missile capability the Eurofighter will have.
(66608)
80
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which experiments at Porton Down are undertaken only on animals; and if he will make a statement.
(66420)
81
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many animals have been used in experiments at Porton Down in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) breed and (b) procedures carried out.
(66421)
82
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what charges are levied at British bases in Germany for (a) accommodation, (b) heating and (c) lighting on (i) British troops, (ii) civil servants and (iii) schoolteachers; and if he will make a statement.
(66664)
83
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of the Vito and Krakatau subcritical tests to the US programme to sustain and improve the readiness to resume nuclear testing at the Nevada test site; and if he will make a statement.
(66676)
84
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with its counterparts in the US concerning (a) the W76-2 nuclear warhead design, (b) the Mk4A Reentry Body and (c) the Reliable Replacement Warhead project; and if he will make a statement.
(66677)
85
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on the development and production of the Mark 98 Mod 7 Fire Control System for Trident; when the system is due to enter service; what the reason is for the upgrade; and if he will make a statement.
(66678)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
86
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letter of 21st March from the hon. Member for Buckingham.
(66668)
87
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the role of electoral service organisations in overseeing ballots on council house sales to ensure propriety.
(66342)
88
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to prevent excessive land banking by housing developers.
(66426)
89
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance he plans to issue to local authorities in the sustainable communities growth areas on the provision of adequate burial spaces; and if he will make a statement.
(66648)
90
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will enable local authorities to retain the additional income raised from abolishing the council tax discount on empty homes.
(66273)
91
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) ring-fenced and (b) other funding he provides to local authorities to enable them to carry out work on bringing empty homes back into use.
(66274)
92
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to introduce city regions in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands.
(66275)
93
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many local authorities have used the discretionary powers contained in the Local Government Act 2003 to abolish the council tax discount on (a) second homes and (b) empty homes.
(66284)
94
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much additional revenue has been raised by local authorities using their discretionary power to abolish the council tax discount on second homes since 2004.
(66285)
95
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much additional income has been raised as a result of local authorities using their discretionary power to abolish the council tax discount on empty homes since 2004; to whom has this additional income been allocated; and on what it has been spent.
(66286)
96
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, from what date he intends that new developments built on behalf of public sector commissioners will be required to be constructed to the standards contained in the Code for Sustainable Homes.
(66684)
97
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress he has made towards publication of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
(66711)
98
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many telephone advice lines his Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided to each by (a) his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66591)
99
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what private sector organisations will have access to the Register of Home Condition Reports.
(66223)
100
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what targets the Government has set local authorities in each Implementing Electronic Government round with regards to the (a) National Land and Property Gazetteer and (b) Local Land and Property Gazetteer; and what the outturn results have been in each relevant year.
(66224)
101
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he plans to commemorate his anniversary of 10 years as Deputy Prime Minister.
(66225)
102
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) total budget and (b) administrative costs were of each of the government offices for the regions in each year since their creation; and what the estimated figure is for 2006-07.
(66226)
103
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the dry run for home information packs will start before the Home Information Certification Scheme is in place.
(66227)
104
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the level of participation in the dry run for home information packs (HIP) prior to June 2007; and what the legal status will be of a voluntary (a) HIP and (b) Home Condition Report.
(66228)
105
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions his Department has had with the Information Commissioner on the proposed Register of Home Condition Reports electronic database.
(66229)
106
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment his Department has made of whether mortgage lenders will be able to take part fully in the dry run of home information packs prior to June, including participating in electronic access to the Register of Home Condition Reports.
(66230)
107
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many requests Ordnance Survey has received for information under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005; and how many requests were refused (a) in whole and (b) in part.
(66231)
108
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to change the training period for Home Inspectors.
(66232)
109
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what powers the Government has to delay the implementation date of home information packs.
(66233)
110
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answers of 30th March 2006, to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath, Official Report, column 1217-8W, on local government restructuring and on ministerial meetings, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the minutes and (b) presentation notes and handouts from each of those meetings.
(66242)
111
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham of 30th March 2006, Official Report, column 1213W, on housing, if he will place in the Library (a) papers and (b) presentations that were (i) prepared and (ii) distributed in the seminar organised by his Department with the water companies and other bodies.
(66243)
112
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, with what work on intelligent speed adaptation technology on roads Ordnance Survey is assisting.
(66253)
113
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the planning decisions that he has personally (a) refused and (b) approved during his tenure as the Secretary of State in charge of planning.
(66254)
114
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, from what budget the £970 million announced in the 2006 Budget for housing will be funded; and whether it is additonal expenditure above previously announced spending plans.
(66255)
115
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the consultation for the changes to Part P Building Regulations due to come into effect in April 2006 (a) commenced and (b) finished.
(66257)
116
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to consult on the regulations to implement the Register of Home Condition Reports.
(66258)
117
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance his Department has issued on the requirement for local highways authorities to erect cycle route signs on highways; and what the date was of its publication.
(66259)
118
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average business rates liability of a small firm in England was (a) before and (b) after claiming small business rate relief in 2005-06.
(66261)
119
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many and what proportion of eligible small firms claimed small business rate relief in England in 2005-06.
(66262)
120
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the (a) timetable and (b) purpose is of regional funding allocations; and if he will make a statement.
(66263)
121
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many unique visitors the http://www.localvisionforum.net/ website has received in each month since its establishment.
(66264)
122
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the Government spent on creating the http://www.localvisionforum.net/ website.
(66265)
123
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Government's definition is of affordable housing.
(66266)
124
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes will be made to Part P building regulations in April.
(66267)
125
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what figures the Government collects in relation to participation in shared ownership and key worker schemes funded by (a) central government and (b) the Housing Corporation.
(66268)
126
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether (a) fire authorities, (b) police authorities, (c) parish councils and (d) the Greater London Authority have powers to organise and hold local polls or referendums on local issues.
(66300)
127
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what funding within his responsibilities has been allocated to the Cambridge University Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies on research into suburban development issues.
(66301)
128
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether there is a statutory definition of key worker; and what definition his Department uses.
(66302)
129
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what arrangements there are for governance and scrutiny of the New Deal for Communities programmes.
(66303)
130
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many non-domestic hereditaments were shown in the Rating List for England, under the description of communication stations, in the local authority area of (a) Brentwood and (b) Epping Forest in (i) 1998 and (ii) 2005.
(66304)
131
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the best value performance indicators that have been collected from local authorities in relation to libraries in each year since 1997-98.
(66305)
132
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Local Authorities Euro Preparation group last met.
(66306)
133
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the number of contracts Capita has with local government organisations.
(66307)
134
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the average council tax per (a) dwelling and (b) Band D in each local authority in England was in each year since 1997-98.
(66308)
135
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2006, Official Report, columns 73-4W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), if the data supplied to the VOA from the National Register of Social Housing included information on the property attributes of individual homes.
(66311)
136
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 20th January 2006, Official Report, column 1699W, on council tax, when he placed in the Library a copy of the draft letter from the Valuation Office Agency to local authorities on sharing information.
(66312)
137
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 10th March 2006, Official Report, column 1834W, on the departmental staff survey, when he will place in the Library a copy of the narrative report.
(66313)
138
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter written by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to local authority chief executives on their statutory obligations referred to in the Summary of VOA and Authorities Liaison Group Meeting of 2nd July 2003.
(66314)
139
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the communications strategy prepared by the Valuation Office Agency for the council tax revaluation in England.
(66315)
140
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to develop an electronic register of (a) licensed private rented stock and (b) licensed houses of multiple occupation.
(66316)
141
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which (a) Department and (b) agency will maintain the electronic register of Home Condition Reports; and whether the Government plans to use private contractors to develop the register.
(66317)
142
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to develop the housing data warehouse; and what sources will contribute to the database.
(66318)
143
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16th February 2006, Official Report, column 2248W, on planning, when he will place a copy of the publication referred to in the Library.
(66319)
144
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what (a) public relations, (b) marketing and (c) communication agencies his Department (i) employs, (ii) plan to employ and (iii) have employed in the last 12 months; and if he will state the purpose of each such employment.
(66320)
145
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department has allocated in funding for (a) marketing, (b) advertising and (c) publicity in relation to home information packs.
(66321)
146
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) presentation and (b) handouts produced by Diane Leggo, Director of Council Tax for the Valuation Office Agency for the lecture on 23rd November 2005 at the CPD Foundation.
(66322)
147
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which billing authority has the (a) highest and (b) lowest Band D council tax in England for 2006-07.
(66323)
148
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the police precept is on Band D bills in each police authority in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2006-07.
(66324)
149
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what revenue was raised from the police precept on council tax in 1997-98 in each police authority in England and Wales; and what the forecast is for 2006-07.
(66325)
150
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March 2006, Official Report, column 401W, on Ordnance Survey, what the nature is of the contractual relationship with Getmapping.
(66326)
151
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans the Government has to provide assistance specific to pensioners with their council tax bills in 2006-07.
(66327)
152
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's most recent staff handbook.
(66328)
153
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what obligations local authorities have to maximise the rate of return from their investments and property portfolio.
(66338)
154
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether Planning Policy Statement 3 imposes any obligation on local authorities to sell their own land to meet housing demand; and if he will make a statement.
(66339)
155
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what changes the 2006 Budget makes to the Government's targets for increasing the provision of shared ownership.
(66340)
156
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what research his Department has undertaken into the effect of a hotel, tourist or bed tax.
(66341)
157
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of the Valuebill local-egovt national project CD.
(66353)
158
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what guidance the Government has given local authorities on charging for information for inclusion in home information packs.
(66354)
159
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate the Government has made of the number of domestic properties placed on the market for sale in England in each year since 1997.
(66387)
160
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans Ordnance Survey has to make public data freely available to the public.
(66389)
161
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the Valuation Office Agency's policy is on the council tax or business rates liability of live-work units; and what changes have been made to this policy since 1997.
(66390)
162
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many households pay council tax, excluding those on 100 per cent. council tax benefit.
(66391)
163
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March 2006, Official Report, column 826W, on housing, whether the Valuation Office Agency will have access to the Register of Home Condition reports to assist them in the performance of their statutory duties.
(66397)
164
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Local Government White Paper will be published.
(66434)
165
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent guidance the Government has issued to local authorities in relation to contingency planning for local government strikes.
(66435)
166
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many man-hours have been lost as a result of recent industrial action in connection with the Local Government Pension Scheme.
(66436)
167
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which councils have stock transferred (a) some and (b) all of their council housing; and when they did so.
(66437)
168
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans his Department has to revise Planning Policy Guidance Note 13.
(66438)
169
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the new Planning Policey Statement 3.
(66439)
170
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will introduce the Valuebill project.
(66440)
171
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many (a) deliberate fires and (b) deliberate vehicle fires there were in England in each year since 1996-97.
(66441)
172
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what targets he has set for reducing the number of deliberate fires.
(66442)
173
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the average council tax per dwelling in each government office region was in England in each year since 1997-98.
(66443)
174
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many written representations he has received since January protesting about council tax; and if he will make a statement.
(66444)
175
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate his Department has made of the average amount of the compulsory insurance of last resort indemnity levy on home information packs.
(66445)
176
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much the (a) average business rates bill in England and (b) total net revenue from business rates in England was in each year since 1997-98; and what his estimate is for (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.
(66446)
177
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how long a home information pack will be valid for before its contents will have to be updated; and if he will estimate the cost of updating the pack after (a) six months and (b) 12 months.
(66447)
178
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many non-domestic properties classed as (a) hotels, (b) hostels and (c) bed and breakfast were on the Ratings List and liable for business rates in England in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(66490)
179
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what legal redress home buyers will have against inaccurate or misleading information in a Home Information Pack once the packs are introduced.
(66491)
180
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his estimate is of the median cost of a Home Condition Report.
(66775)
181
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether (a) mortgage lenders and (b) estate agents will be charged to have access to the Register of Home Condition Reports electronic database.
(66776)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
182
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many of the recommendations of the Seventh Report from the Education and Skills Committee for Session 2004-05 on Prison Education have (a) been met, (b) had no action taken in respect of them and (c) been rejected; and if she will make a statement.
(66549)
183
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate she has made of education staff turnover rates in prisons in each year since 1997.
(66551)
184
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will place in the Library copies of letters she has received about the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit.
(66671)
185
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students from other EU member states who received loans for study at a higher education institution in England defaulted on repayment of those loans in each of the last five years.
(66429)
186
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) contribution rates and (b) proposed contribution rates to the Teachers' Pension Scheme are for (i) teachers and (ii) employers; and from when the proposed rates will take effect.
(66278)
187
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment she has made of progress on the implementation of the scheme for allowing time for all teachers for planning, preparation and assessment.
(66279)
188
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the projected annual increase in cost is to local education authorities of the proposed increase in the employers' contribution to the Teachers' Pension Scheme.
(66778)
189
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what initiatives her Department and its non-departmental bodies support to promote (a) financial education, (b) financial advice, (c) financial inclusion and (d) financial capability; which organisations are involved in delivering each initiative; and how much funding is provided to each by (i) her Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (ii) other Government departments, (iii) the private sector and (iv) the voluntary sector.
(66580)
190
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many telephone advice lines her Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided by (a) her Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66585)
191
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many placements were available in 2005 in universities in England to study medicine; how many applications were made for such placements from (a) overseas students and (b) British students; and how many places were given to (i) overseas students and (ii) British students
(66611)
192
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students with four A grade A Levels were refused places to study (a) medicine, (b) dentistry and (c) veterinary science in 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(66612)
193
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding is available to ensure extended school hours are available to children in Burnley and Padiham.
(66484)
194
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what changes have occurred in the level of funding for Business Education Partnerships since the inception of the Learning and Skills Council.
(66336)
195
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the future role for Business Education Partnerships is in developing links with (a) business, (b) the wider community and (c) schools.
(66337)
196
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if she will make a statement on the recommendations submitted to her Department by the School Meals Review Panel and the School Food Trust; and what assessment she has made of the impact the recommendations would have on the soft drinks industry.
(66374)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
197
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what role Local Strategic Partnerships will have in devising climate change strategies.
(66410)
198
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) local authorities and (b) Local Strategic Partnerships have signed the Nottingham declaration on climate change.
(66411)
199
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the EU Commission's plan to merge the Waste Framework Directive with the Hazardous Waste Directive.
(66412)
200
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what response her Department has had from veterinary surgeons on their willingness to undertake pre-movement checking of cattle for bovine TB.
(66413)
201
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Wales on the incidence of anthrax; and what measures she has taken to prevent spread of the disease to England.
(66624)
202
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the threat to bio-diversity if biofuels are produced as a single crop.
(66625)
203
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the forecast annual cost is arising from the decision by her Department to pay for one pre-malevolent bovine tuberculosis test.
(66626)
204
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the enforcement of the ban on burning tallow.
(66627)
205
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the recent announcement by the EU Food Safety Authority on the long-term safety of GM crops.
(66628)
206
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the job description is of each member of the senior management team of the Rural Payments Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(66700)
207
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many outside contracts worth over £100,000 the Rural Payments Agency has awarded since 2001, broken down by (a) value, (b) recipient and (c) tender process.
(66701)
208
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what staff turnover within the Rural Payments Agency was in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(66702)
209
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff there were within the Rural Payments Agency in each year since 2001, broken down by grade.
(66703)
210
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the delays within the Single Payment Scheme on the ability of the Rural Payments Agency to deliver each of its other programmes.
(66704)
211
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the impact of the late payment of claims under the 2005 Single Payment Scheme on the competitiveness of English agricultural businesses with their counterparts in other EU countries.
(66705)
212
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) lowest, (b) highest, (c) median and (d) mean value was of the claims for the 2005 Single Payment Scheme within each of the three designated payment areas.
(66706)
213
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Rural Payments Agency made of the efficiency of the (a) historic system and (b) regional average area system of calculation for the Single Payment Scheme prior to the implementation of the Single Payment Scheme; and what what such assessment the Agency has undertaken since undertaking the implementation of the Single Payment Scheme.
(66707)
214
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claims for the 2005 Single Payment Scheme were (a) expected and (b) received in each of the three designated payment areas, broken down by value.
(66708)
215
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the extent to which the dynamic hybrid system has contributed to the delays in the Single Payment Scheme.
(66709)
216
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many small businesses her Department estimates will be declared bankrupt as a result of the late payment of claims under the 2005 Single Payment Scheme.
(66710)
217
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what processes and for what reasons the decision was reached to use a dynamic hybrid system of calculation for the single payment scheme.
(66713)
218
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her definition of the local population of Western Sahara for the purposes of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement includes illegal Moroccan settlers.
(66494)
219
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the views of the local Saharawi population on the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement; and if she will make a statement.
(66495)
220
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the environmental impact of the use of (a) reusable and (b) disposable nappies; and if she will make a statement.
(66623)
221
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the bass management plan.
(66601)
222
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is her policy under the bass management plan to provide protection for the 2002 year class in the growing season commencing in April 2006.
(66602)
223
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the responses to her consultation on proposals to increase the minimum landing size for bass.
(66603)
224
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what criteria she will base her decision as to whether to increase the minimum landing size for bass.
(66604)
225
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many telephone advice lines her Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided to each by (a) her Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66588)
226
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of (a) water shortages and (b) hosepipe bans on (i) municipal floral displays, (ii) cricket pitches and (iii) the Britain in Bloom competition.
(66240)
227
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has implemented the Labour Party's 1996 proposals on water policy.
(66241)
228
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the penalties are for a domestic householder breaking a hosepipe ban.
(66244)
229
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the provision and use of municipal domestic garden waste shredding services count towards Best Value performance indicators for recycling or composting.
(66245)
230
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) the Regulatory Impact Assessment and (b) the supplementary explanatory memorandum on the implementation of the EU INSPIRE directive.
(66272)
231
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the reservoirs which have been closed and built over since 1997.
(66449)
232
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what statutory requirements must be complied with in order to close and re-develop reservoirs.
(66489)
233
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers to the hon. Member for Meriden of 28th March 2006, Official Report, columns 844-5W, on water, if she will place in the Library a copy of the (a) joint sustainability impact study, (b) incidence effects of charging for domestic water and sewerage services (DETR, June 1998) (c) cross-Government review of water affordability (DEFRA, December 2004) and (d) current 25 year water resource plan for each water company in England.
(66792)
234
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many single farm payments awards in (a) Beverley and Holderness and (b) England have been terminated following the return of (i) an incomplete and (ii) a late application; and if she will make a statement.
(66527)
235
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the market towns which have participated in the market towns initiative; between which dates each participated; and which towns have applied for funding but have been unsuccessful.
(65951)
236
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which villages have received vital villages funding; when each received such funding; and which villages have applied for funding but have been unsuccessful.
(65952)
237
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of (a) BSE and (b) scrapie there were in 2005.
(66622)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
238
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK Government plans to commit to alleviate the security and political situation in Chad.
(66714)
239
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the application to Overseas Territories of the Kyoto Protocol and the Clean Development Mechanism, with particular reference to the possible benefits accruable from projects that reduce carbon emissions; to what extent carbon reductions associated with a project in an Overseas Territory would be eligible for carbon credits; and who would receive such credits.
(66716)
240
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to (a) Sudan, (b) the African Union and (c) the UN regarding the attack on N'Djamena.
(66717)
241
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on his position at the UN Review Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons in New York in June; whether he has discussed this matter with his US counterpart; what his understanding is of the position the US may take at the Conference; whether he has proposals to put to his US counterpart to try to influence that country's position; and if he will make a statement.
(66764)
242
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place a copy of the (a) fiscal and regulatory frameworks for the oil industry in Iraq and (b) UK paper prepared for the Iraqi Ministry of Oil on this subject in the Library; what policy the Government has on funding the Iraqi oil industry; and if he will make a statement.
(66766)
243
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department's officials have met International Tax and Investment Center representatives since March 2003; and what subjects were discussed.
(66769)
244
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department's officials have met Iraqi Ministry of Oil officials since March 2003; and what subjects were discussed.
(66770)
245
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 13th July 2005, Official Report, column 1122W, on Iraq, if he will place the written material prepared by oil advisers seconded by the Government to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in the Library.
(66779)
246
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his assessment is of trade relations with India.
(65394)
247
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how he encourages foreign business to invest in the UK.
(65395)
248
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress was made on better regulation at the recent EU Council.
(65396)
249
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the North Korean government for clemency in the case of Son Jong Nam.
(66345)
250
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of al Qaeda influence and activity in Darfur.
(66346)
251
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the provision of assistance to UK citizens in Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(66488)
252
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from his Pakistani counterparts regarding the US-India nuclear deal; and if he will make a statement.
(66237)
253
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes have been made to the rules governing the export of (a) defence equipment and (b) certain dual-use-goods by the UK to India in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(66239)
254
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government is reviewing its policy towards India's possession of nuclear weapons following the recently concluded US-India nuclear deal; and if he will make a statement.
(66537)
255
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the ability of opposition politicians in Moldova to operate without (a) intimidation, (b) harassment and (c) threats of legal action; and if he will make a statement.
(66492)
256
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the progress of the proposed UN referendum in Western Sahara of the signing by the EU of a new EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(66493)
257
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what documents (a) he and (b) his officials have received on organ harvesting in China; and if he will make a statement.
(66369)
258
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities about the allegations of (a) organ harvesting and (b) the use of organs from executed prisoners in China.
(66370)
259
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding the UK-South East Europe Forum has received (a) from (i) central and (ii) regional government and (b) via the British Council in each year since its creation.
(66310)
260
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with members of the government of Cote d'Ivoire regarding President Laurent Gbagbo's concerns of possible electoral fraud resulting from the concurrent running of disarmament and voter identification programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(66640)
261
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the current security situation in Cote d'Ivoire, (b) the projected development of the security situation in the run-up to the Presidential elections in Cote d'Ivoire, (c) the ability of the current UN peacekeeping deployment to meet the increased security demand and (d) the UN Secretary General's most recent call to the Security Council for additional troops and police; and if he will make a statement.
(66641)
262
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with members of the Turkish government regarding the murder of Ferho and Fatim Akgül in Turkish Kurdistan in March 2006; what assurances he has sought with regard to the investigation into this act; and if he will make a statement.
(66642)
263
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the allegations of the involvement of the Turkish local authorities and the Turkish armed forces in the the murder of Ferho and Fatim Akgül in Turkish Kurdistan in March 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(66643)
264
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with members of the Turkish government since January 2006 concerning allegations of violence against the Turkish population; and if he will make a statement.
(66644)
265
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department last lodged an official complaint about human rights abuses in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.
(66645)
266
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to monitor and evaluate the full adoption and implementation of the Copenhagen criteria in Turkey; what progress has been reported since Janaury 2005; what areas have been highlighted as needing more work; and if he will make a statement.
(66646)
267
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the rebel attack on 13th April on N'Djamena and (b) allegations of Sudanese involvement (i) in this action and (ii) with rebel groups in Chad; and if he will make a statement.
(66688)
268
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with members of the government of Chad on the planned presidential elections on 3rd May; what security concerns have been raised by the government of Chad; what help has been (a) offered by the UK Government and (b) accepted by the government of Chad to ensure a safe environment for the election; and if he will make a statement.
(66689)
269
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of the proposal in Cote d'Ivoire to run disarmament and voter identification programmes concurrently on the (a) security situation and (b) enfranchisement levels in the run-up to presidential elections; and if he will make a statement.
(66690)
270
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received documentary evidence from the Israeli government on potential changes to UK law on international arrest warrants.
(66291)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
271
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with (a) the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust and (b) the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital about the form of the public consultation process on the future of the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit.
(66669)
272
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place copies of letters she has received about the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit in the Library.
(66670)
273
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of private finance initiative repayments was for each health trust in each of the last five years was; and what that is as a percentage of the trust's annual income excluding land sales in each year.
(66777)
274
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she next plans to visit Coventry.
(65393)
275
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists who have signed the new NHS dental contract have given notice that they intend to resign from that contact.
(66712)
276
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th March to the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire, Official Report, column 1062W, on fluoridation schemes, if she will add hon. Members for relevant constituencies to the list of those whom strategic health authorities are advised to notify of proposals for water fluoridation.
(66348)
277
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable has been set for reviewing progress towards meeting the goal of eradicating preventable blindness under the Vision 2020 initiative; and how her Department plans to measure the progress made.
(66115)
278
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department plans to take to increase public awareness of the role an eye test plays in (a) preventing avoidable blindness and (b) diagnosing diabetes.
(66116)
279
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists have (a) signed and (b) refused to sign the new contract for NHS dentistry in the primary care trusts which serve Portsmouth; and if she will make a statement.
(66418)
280
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Portsmouth (a) were registered with dentists who have not signed and (b) are registered with dentists who have signed the new NHS contract for dentistry.
(66433)
281
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what formula her Department uses to determine the payment made to each primary care trust under Payment by Results.
(66534)
282
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the future demand for genito-urinary medicine in the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Primary Care Trust area following the introduction of the chlamydia screening programme.
(66414)
283
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the funding available to the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley NHS Trust (a) from other primary care trusts for the provision of a genito-unitary facility and (b) to fund the introduction of chlamydia screening.
(66415)
284
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to fund the MDEX consortium gene therapy clincal trials.
(66613)
285
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice she (a) has issued and (b) plans to issue to primary care trusts on the BCG vaccination screening programme in schools; and if she will make a statement.
(66649)
286
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many telephone advice lines her Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided to each by (a) her Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66586)
287
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the job titles and the salaries of employees of Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute Trust earning more than £90,000 per annum.
(66501)
288
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated costs are of the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust's 2010 Project for financial years (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09, broken down by staffing and other costs.
(66502)
289
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated level of public expenditure is for (a) Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute and (b) Sandwell Primary Care NHS trusts' 2010 project over the next three financial years.
(66503)
290
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the salary costs of the Chief Executive of Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute Trust have been in each year since 2001.
(66504)
291
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures her Department is implementing to encourage women aged between 16 and 24 to practise safer sex.
(66486)
292
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Government's policy is on care homes.
(66682)
293
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the number of places currently available at care homes in the (a) public sector, (b) private sector and (c) not-for-profit sector.
(66683)
294
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th March 2006, Official Report, column 1824W, on NHS Direct, if she will make a statement on the growth in the cost of NHS Direct.
(66722)
295
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10th March 2006, to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire, Official Report, column 1821W, on the Health White Paper, when she expects to publish the conclusions of the review announced in paragraph 3.34 of the Health White Paper and referred to in the Answer.
(66723)
296
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28th March 2006, Official Report, column 926W, on local improvement finance trust (LIFT) schemes, what progress she has made towards the targets set for LIFT.
(66724)
297
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS Direct is funded out of the connecting for health budget.
(66726)
298
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how NHS Direct generates revenue.
(66727)
299
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of (a) the number of food supplements on the market which contain boron and (b) the value of (i) wholesale and (ii) retail annual sales of such supplements; and whether she plans to have discussions with industry representatives about the potential impact of decisions by the European Union not to permit the use of boron in food supplements.
(66728)
300
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the implications for the setting of maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements of the decision of the General Food Law section of the European Union's Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 9th February not to permit the addition of boron to the list of ingredients permitted under the provisions of the Directive on Foods for Particular Nutritional Purposes; whether she plans to make representations to (a) the European Commssion and (b) the German government on this matter; and if she will make a statement.
(66729)
301
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Government policy is on boron in food supplements; and what assessment she has made of the implications of this decision for objectives for the setting of maximum permitted levels of nutrients in food supplements.
(66730)
302
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the three-year funding period for recombinant factor VII for adult haemophiliacs is due to come to an end; who is responsible for the decision on further funding; and what decisions have been made.
(66731)
303
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect of NHS primary care trust budget deficits on the funding of local area agreements with local councils.
(66287)
304
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of people with (a) a gambling addiction, (b) an alcohol addiction and (c) a drug addiction in each region in each of the last five years.
(66466)
305
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) nursing and (b) residential homes there were in (i) England and (ii) Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(66522)
306
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) orthodontic consultants and (b) fully trained specialist registrars in orthodontics there were in (a) England and (b) Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(66524)
307
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many long-term beds there were in (a) residential and (b) nursing homes in (i) England and (ii) Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(66526)
308
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average daily expenditure per patient is on food by each NHS trusts for which data is available.
(65104)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
309
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what restrictions there are on prison governors' engagement in political activity; and if he will make a statement.
(66544)
310
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inmates were detained on behalf of the Immigration Service awaiting deportation in each of the last five years, broken down by prison; what the (a) average and (b) maximum period of detention beyond completion of a sentence was in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the cost of this detention; and if he will make a statement.
(66545)
311
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) complaints, (b) investigations and (c) disciplinary actions were dealt with by governors at each London prison relating to (i) prison support staff, (ii) prison officers and (iii) prison governors in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what the average length of investigation was, broken down by grade; what proportion resulted in disciplinary action being taken, broken down by grade; and what disciplinary actions were taken, broken down by grade.
(66547)
312
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the statistical correlation between participation in education in custody and rates of reoffending upon release.
(66548)
313
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons have (a) a special educational needs co-ordinator and (b) learning support assistants.
(66550)
314
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations have been conducted into governors at each London prison in each of the last five years; what allegations have caused the investigations to be launched; what proportion of investigations concluded have recommended disciplinary action; what disciplinary action was taken in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(66552)
315
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the report of the Schito inquiry into the allocation of places at HM Prison Wandsworth.
(66553)
316
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the report of the recent performance testing exercise at HM Prison Wandsworth.
(66554)
317
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) director of personnel, (b) director of finance, (c) doctor, (d) pharmacist, (e) pharmacy technician, (f) training manager and (g) chaplain posts in the Prison Service have been advertised in each of the last 12 months; in which (i) publications and (ii) professional journals the posts were advertised; how many applications were received for each post; and what proportion of (A) applicants, (B) those interviewed and (C) those appointed were from each ethnic group.
(66555)
318
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Sheppey Offender Management Pilot.
(66556)
319
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to avoid duplication of management roles by way of the operation of prison clusters.
(66557)
320
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of staff were appointed to their preferred role as part of the Prison Service's Sheppey Improvement Team project.
(66558)
321
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of the work of the Prison Service's Sheppey Improvement Team was; and what defined output improvements were delivered.
(66559)
322
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to reduce the incidence of prisons breaching Rule 39 correspondence conditions; what estimate he has made of the number of breaches at each establishment in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(66560)
323
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the issues raised by the Tasker Inquiry.
(66561)
324
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the hon. Member for North West Norfolk's correspondence of 30th January regarding the handling of complaints by the Prison Service about prison governors.
(66562)
325
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the operational reasons were in each case for governors at HM Prison Wandsworth to travel to (a) Japan, (b) Australia and (c) Antigua to escort repatriated prisoners back to the United Kingdom in the last 12 months.
(66563)
326
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) prison officers and (b) governor grades travelling to (i) Japan, (ii) Australia and (iii) Antigua to escort repatriated prisoners back to the United Kingdom in the last 12 months.
(66564)
327
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the (a) availability and (b) take-up of correspondence courses in prisons in the last 12 months.
(66565)
328
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to improve the take-up of correspondence courses in prisons.
(66566)
329
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the prisons which the Prison Inspectorate judged as good overall in the provision of education in the last 12 months.
(66567)
330
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Prison Service Violence Reduction Strategy.
(66568)
331
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will extend the Good Again project at HM Prison Onley to other establishments.
(66569)
332
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he has taken in response to the latest report from HM Chief Inspector of Prisons into conditions at HM Prison Lincoln.
(66570)
333
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason juveniles are being detained at HM Prison Woodhill; what facilities are designated for juveniles being detained there; what plans he has to move juvenile detainees from HM Prison Woodhill; and when he plans to complete those moves.
(66571)
334
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on implementation of anti-bullying procedures at HM Prison Woodhill.
(66572)
335
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on provision for vulnerable prisoners at HM Prison Lewes of offending behaviour programmes.
(66573)
336
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of inmates at HM YOI Swinfen Hall had access to first night procedures in each year since 1997.
(66574)
337
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to improve the relationship between staff and inmates at HM Prison Leeds.
(66575)
338
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the use of the special cell at HM Prison Leeds.
(66592)
339
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to improve the physical working conditions for staff at prisons.
(66593)
340
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost will be of the Prison Service's Listen to Improve scheme.
(66594)
341
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget is available for the development of local people plans at (a) each prison and (b) Prison Service Headquarters; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure (i) efficiency, (ii) effectiveness and (iii) value for money.
(66595)
342
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how participants in the Prison Service's People Strategy will be selected.
(66596)
343
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the launch of the Prison Service's People Strategy.
(66597)
344
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the job evaluation scheme for the Prison Service in the Eastern Region.
(66598)
345
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to (a) HM Prison Service and (b) other prison operators was of litigation in each of the last five years; what proportion of actions were initiated by (i) staff, (ii) inmates and (iii) others; and what action he is taking to reduce levels of litigation arising from the operation of prisons.
(66599)
346
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Prison Service's deaths in custody initiative.
(66600)
347
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to publish monthly statistics on the detention of children for immigration purposes, including (a) overall numbers of children detained, (b) the average length of detention of children, (c) the number of asylum applications involving age dispute issues and (d) the numbers of age disputed asylum applicants who are detained.
(66665)
348
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will withdraw the UK's Reservation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
(66666)
349
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his policy on the detention of children; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which it conforms to international standards and guidelines.
(66667)
350
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent study he has made of alternatives to the detention of children that are used in other countries for the purpose of immigration control.
(66672)
351
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department is taking (a) to monitor and (b) to reduce transfers between different detention centres where transfers involve children.
(66782)
352
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy to ensure that no decision to detain for purposes of immigration control is made unless a formal age assessment has been undertaken by social services.
(66783)
353
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will establish independent age assessment dispute panels comprised of social workers, paediatricians and relevant professionals as part of his immigration detention policy.
(66784)
354
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make it his policy that assessment should be carried out to establish whether it would be better for a child to be detained with his or her family, or separated from it, as part of immigration control procedures.
(66785)
355
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that legal advice and representation are available to all who are detained for purposes of immigration control.
(66786)
356
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce a statutory time limit for the detention of children.
(66787)
357
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that welfare assessments for children who are detained are carried out after (a) seven and (b) 21 days.
(66788)
358
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that welfare assessments of detained children are undertaken by independent welfare panels.
(66789)
359
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that children subject to immigration control have their needs represented by the Commissioners for Children and Young People in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
(66790)
360
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will ensure that detained children within families about whom they are child protection concerns are not removed from the UK until those concerns have been satisfactorily resolved.
(66791)
361
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th April 2006, Official Report, column 256, on access to drugs in prison, what steps are being taken to combat access to illegal drugs in prisons.
(66687)
362
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to safeguard the UK's borders at airports.
(66698)
363
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice is given by (a) his Department and (b) the police to builders to secure their materials, tools and properties they are working on to avoid crime; and if he will make a statement.
(66774)
364
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many informers made redundant by the Police Service Northern Ireland since its creation have been recruited by MI5.
(66523)
365
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any (a) disciplinary and (b) criminal investigations are underway into the failure of MI5 to pass threat information to the Police Service Northern Ireland on a possible bombing at Omagh prior to 15th August 1998.
(66525)
366
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to ensure the sharing of information between MI5 and the Police Service Northern Ireland; and what recent steps he has taken to test these arrangements.
(66528)
367
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the possibility of establishing MI5's handling of threat information on the Omagh bombing prior to 15th August 1998.
(66529)
368
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Lancashire were given on the spot fines for being drunk and disorderly under age in the last 12 months.
(66485)
369
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many families with children detained as a family unit in centres were removed from the UK (a) as a family unit and (b) with some family members on different flights in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(66515)
370
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases where a family with children was detained some family members were removed from the UK and others remained in the UK in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.
(66516)
371
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many flights have been made to Erbil airport from the UK for the purpose of returning failed asylum seekers to Iraq in each of the last two years; how many such people have been on these flights; and how many of these were voluntary returns.
(66517)
372
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers from Iraq have had support withdrawn by the National Asylum Support Service since the commencement of flights to Erbil airport returning failed asylum seekers to Iraq.
(66518)
373
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time for an application for registration as a door supervisor with the Security Industry Authority to be processed has been since establishment of the authority.
(66519)
374
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for registration with the Security Industry Authority as a door supervisor have been (a) approved and (b) rejected since inception of the scheme.
(66520)
375
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for registration with the Security Industry Authority as a door supervisor are awaiting decision.
(66521)
376
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of nationals of the new EU member states who were working in a self-employed capacity in the UK on 31st January.
(66382)
377
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to make estimates of the number of (a) juveniles, (b) women and (c) members of ethnic minorites who will be registered on the national DNA database by 1st January 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(66383)
378
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response he has made to the report and recommendations of the Children's Commissioner on the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre; and if he will make a statement.
(66419)
379
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many telephone advice lines his Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided to each by (a) his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66587)
380
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he made of the Internet Watch Foundation's Annual Report 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(66691)
381
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to place the (a) Saved Sect and (b) al-Ghurabaa groups on his Department's list of proscribed terrorist organisations.
(66365)
382
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria the Government uses when placing groups on his Department's list of proscribed terrorist organisations.
(66366)
383
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the scale was of the inaccuracies in the racially-motivated crime statistics that caused them to be withdrawn; what the cause of the error was; and when corrected statistics will be published.
(66725)
384
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been imprisoned for non-payment of (a) business rates and (b) council tax in each year since 1997.
(66293)
385
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average Band D police precept on council tax was in each year since 1997-98 in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) England and Wales.
(66294)
386
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been for offences in relation to the non-payment of (a) business rates and (b) council tax in each year since 1997.
(66295)
387
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions there have been in relation to the re-programming of mobile telephones in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(66296)
388
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the level of mobile telephone theft in each year since 2001.
(66297)
389
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been successfully prosecuted for the false reporting of mobile telephone theft in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(66298)
390
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what access the UK Identity and Passport Service has to information held by (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the Valuation Office Agency.
(66299)
391
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees work in his Department's Respect Task Force.
(66309)
392
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of the integration of the proposed Identity Card Register with the IT systems of Government departments.
(66463)
393
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on anti-social behaviour of alcohol free zones in towns.
(66464)
394
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to extend alcohol free zones.
(66465)
395
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has received documentary evidence from the Israeli government on potential changes to UK law on international arrest warrants.
(66292)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
396
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent reports he has received of the discussions between the International Monetary Fund and the government of Iraq concerning oil policy; and if he will make a statement.
(66772)
397
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what role UK officials had in the International Monetary Fund technical assistance to Iraq on Petroleum Sector Policies, dated January 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(66773)
398
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the terms and mechanism put in place by the Reform Trust Fund to protect against the diversion of EU funding to the Palestinian Territories into terrorist activities are currently being reviewed; and if he will make a statement.
(66235)
399
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will define development support as put in place for the Palestinian people since the recent Palestinian legislative elections; and if he will make a statement.
(66236)
400
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the potential humanitarian impact of (a) the predicted eruption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia and (b) the refusal of villagers in the vicinity of Mount Merapi to evacuate; what plans his Department has drawn up to assist in the event of an eruption; and if he will make a statement.
(66505)
401
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of official efforts to evacuate the region surrounding Mount Merapi in Indonesia; what assistance has (a) sought from and (b) provided by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(66506)
402
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the ongoing dispute between the World Bank and the government of Chad regarding frozen Chadian oil royalties; what discussions he has had with members of the US Administration regarding their offer of mediation in this dispute; and if he will make a statement.
(66637)
403
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the oil revenue management measures promoted by the World Bank in Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(66638)
404
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the oil fund established by the government of East Timor and the oil revenue management measures promoted by the World Bank in Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(66639)
405
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development assistance (a) his Department and (b) the EU has provided to Ethiopia in each of the last five years.
(66487)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
406
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what targets have been set for reducing the community differentials between Catholics and Protestants in relation to (a) economic inactivity, (b) unemployment and (c) housing allocation.
(66373)
407
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether any taskforces have been established to tackle disadvantage in (a) Protestant and (b) Catholic working class areas in the last five years.
(66384)
408
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what evidence the Government bases its view that there is disproportionate poverty and disadvantage among the Catholic community.
(66386)
409
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to ensure a consistent approach to social considerations between the Procurement Board and the Strategic Investment Body.
(66388)
410
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how an equality impact assessment will be carried out in respect of (a) the programme for government and (b) the Northern Ireland budget.
(66392)
411
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the 20 most deprived wards in Northern Ireland are; and what percentage of the population of each are of (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant background.
(66393)
412
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to conduct an open recruitment competition to fill the vacancy for the Children's Commissioner for Northern Ireland.
(66394)
413
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will ensure that any future proposals which deal with the issue of `on-the-runs' will be subjected to equality impact assessments.
(66395)
414
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many security guards wearing Crown-based insignia (a) there are in and (b) have been contracted by the Civil Service, broken down by community background.
(66396)
415
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will review the neutrality of civil service uniform insignia used in Northern Ireland; and if he will seek the advice of the Equality Commission on the matter.
(66401)
416
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when action plans will be produced by departments to implement the recommendations of the Shared Future document.
(66402)
417
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much land held by Invest Northern Ireland is available for industrial use in each of Northern Ireland's constituencies.
(66403)
418
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many jobs were secured by Invest Northern Ireland, and its predecessors, for each of Northern Ireland's constituencies in each of the last 10 years.
(66404)
419
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether Invest Northern Ireland has conducted an equality impact assessment on its policy for making land available for industrial use.
(66405)
420
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the (a) Greater Shankill and (b) West Belfast Taskforce.
(66406)
421
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many flags have been taken down since the protocol on flags was agreed between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and departments; and if he will list the flags concerned, broken down by type.
(66407)
422
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to establish a public inquiry into MI5's handling of threat information on a possible bomb attack at Omagh prior to 15th August 1998.
(66423)
423
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured as a result of the Omagh bomb.
(66424)
424
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has made representations to (a) the Home Office and (b) MI5 for the head of MI5 to meet the families of the Omagh bomb victims to discuss the statement by the Chief Constable of the Police Service Northern Ireland that MI5 had threat information on a possible bomb attack at Omagh prior to 15th August 1998.
(66425)
425
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if the head of MI5 will meet the families of the Omagh bomb victims to discuss the statement by the Chief Constable of the Police Service Northern Ireland that MI5 had threat information on a possible bomb attack at Omagh prior to 15th August 1998.
(66427)
426
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the statement of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) that some threat information gathered by M15 on a possible bomb attack in Omagh prior to 15th August 1998 was only passed to the PSNI in 2006.
(66430)
427
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the dates on which MI5 passed information to the Police Service of Northern Ireland relating to a possible bomb attack at Omagh prior to 15th August 1998.
(66431)
428
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to ensure a panel of barristers is available to the Northern Ireland Administration to provide legal advice.
(66508)
429
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the Patten Report of the transfer of lead responsibility on national security in Northern Ireland to MI5; and if he will make a statement.
(66535)
430
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time is for the processing of firearm certificates by the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and what resources are available to the Chief Constable to reduce waiting times.
(66685)
431
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff in the Northern Ireland Civil Service (a) have received a written warning, (b) have received a final written warning, (c) have reached the trigger points of a written warning but have not received a written warning and (d) have reached the trigger points of a final written warning but have not received a final written warning since the introduction of the Trigger Points Prompting Consideration of Warnings for Sickness Absence on 31st March 2004.
(66686)
432
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what medical conditions are screened for in the Newborn Screening programme in Northern Ireland.
(66615)
433
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons the Newborn Screening programme does not include screening for Biotinidase deficiency.
(66616)
434
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will estimate the cost of including Biotinidase deficiency screening for new born babies in the Newborn Screening Programme in Northern Ireland.
(66617)
435
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of (a) treating and (b) educating a child with Biotinidase deficiency until (i) 16 and (ii) 18 years old in Northern Ireland.
(66618)
436
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria the UK Screening Committee uses when determing for which conditions to screen.
(66619)
437
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 13th February 2006, Official Report, columns 1533-4W, on rates, when he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the internal guidance on the assessment and valuation of domestic properties and (b) a full list of data fields relating to value significant codes and property attributes.
(66674)
438
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper produced by the Head of Rating Policy Division of the Northern Ireland Department for Finance & Personnel, on property tax reform, for the IRRV International Conference in Alicante, Spain on 24th February.
(66696)
439
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents of domestic violence have been recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, (a) in total and (b) broken down by District Command Unit; and how many victims of such incidents were (i) women in a heterosexual relationship, (ii) men in a heterosexual relationship, (iii) women in a same sex relationship, (iv) men in a same sex relationship and (v) children.
(66458)
440
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many domestic violence crimes were investigated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, (a) in total and (b) broken down by District Command Unit; and how many victims of such incidents were (i) women in a heterosexual relationship, (ii) men in a heterosexual relationship, (iii) women in a same sex relationship, (iv) men in a same sex relationship and (v) children.
(66459)
441
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were successfully prosecuted in domestic violence cases in crimes were investigated by the Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, (a) in total and (b) broken down by District Command Unit; and how many victims of such incidents were (i) women in a heterosexual relationship, (ii) men in a heterosexual relationship, (iii) women in a same sex relationship, (iv) men in a same sex relationship and (v) children.
(66460)
442
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which contracts let by his Department in each of the last three years ran beyond their original completion date; what the estimated additional cost was of the delay in each case; what company each overdue contract was with; what financial penalties were included in each contract; which financial penalties were enforced; and what the total cost was of financial penalties enforced, (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) contract and (ii) company.
(66461)
443
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are estimated to have (a) a gambling addiction, (b) an alcohol addiction and (c) a drug addiction in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) each council area in each of the last five years.
(66462)
Questions to the Prime Minister
444
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Prime Minister, how many trade deals he signed in each of the last eight years; and with which countries.
(66718)
445
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letter, dated 19th January 2006, from the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean with regard to Mr Robin Caulkett.
(65549)
Questions to the Solicitor General
446
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on the Crown Prosecution Service of the proposed reorganisation of police forces.
(66428)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
447
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the security implications of the rail transportation of nuclear waste through (a) tunnels and (b) inner city areas.
(65520)
448
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many local authorities have signed up to the Small Business Friendly Concordat; what steps are being taken by the Government to encourage local authorities to do so; and what target he has set for take up by local authorities of the Concordat.
(66609)
449
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what revenue was raised from imports into the UK in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 of (i) rice - combined nomenclature code 1006, (ii) bananas - combined nomenclature code 0803, (iii) citrus fruit - combined nomenclature code 0805 and (iv) olive oil - combined nomenclature code 1509.
(66408)
450
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the UK members of the (a) EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy committee, (b) Article 133 committee and (c) Customs Union committee.
(66409)
451
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints he has received in the last 12 months about schemes to sell properties limited to the lifetime of the residents; if he will make a statement on the regulation of such schemes; which bodies regulate them; and if he will make a statement on the period in which people buying such retirement housing may change their minds and the opportunity to take independent advice.
(66614)
452
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on delays by utility companies in providing connections to utility supplies for new developments.
(66276)
453
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what initiatives his Department and its non-departmental bodies support to promote (a) financial education, (b) financial advice, (c) financial inclusion and (d) financial capability; which organisations are involved in delivering each initiative; and how much funding is provided to each by (i) his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (ii) other Government departments, (iii) the private sector and (iv) the voluntary sector.
(66577)
454
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many telephone advice lines his Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided by (a) his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66581)
455
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the communications from his officials to HM Treasury on the home computing initiatives relating to the abolition of the tax exemption in the Budget.
(66512)
456
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost was of setting up his Department's Home Computing Initiative scheme, including consultancy and administrative costs.
(66513)
457
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions his Department has agreed to pay a fee to Vendside as part of the costs settlement for a noise-induced hearing loss claim.
(66679)
458
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) direct and (b) indirect communication his Department has had with Coal Pension Properties Ltd in the last five years.
(66680)
459
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions his Department has agreed to pay VAT as part of a costs settlement for (a) noise induced hearing loss claims, (b) vibration white finger claims and (c) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims.
(66681)
460
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which (a) areas and (b) regions are due to receive less EU structural funds over the next financial perspective than under their current allocation; and what the difference in the sums allocated is in each case.
(66251)
461
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research the Office of Fair Trading has (a) undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into (i) Home Information Packs and (ii) the electronic provision of property information.
(66252)
462
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has provided to the Cambridge University Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies on research into suburban development issues; and what research has been published.
(66661)
463
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) total budget and (b) administrative costs were of each of the regional development agencies in 2005-06; and what the estimated costs are for 2006-07.
(66781)
464
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many sub-post offices have closed in East Yorkshire since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(66533)
465
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Natural Environment Research Council science budget allocation was for each centre in each year since 1997.
(66367)
466
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the change in budget will be for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology after the Natural Environment Research Council proposed restructuring plans.
(66368)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
467
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times nuclear flasks have been transported by rail in each of the last five years.
(65521)
468
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimates the Department has made of the amount of nuclear waste that has been transported by rail in each of the last 10 years; and how much he expects to be transported by rail in the next five years.
(65522)
469
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on proposals for a high speed rail link between Scotland and England.
(66371)
470
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with what requirements private parking enfoircement companies have to comply to gain access to personal information from the Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Agency in the process of enforcing penalties for parking offences.
(66647)
471
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding the Fire Precautions (Sub Surface Railway Stations) Regulations 1989.
(66352)
472
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the (a) demand and (b) required capacity on the (i) London transport network, (ii) national rail network and (iii) road network for the 2012 Olympics; what timetable he envisages for delivering increased capacity to meet demand; what budget will be made available; and if he will make a statement.
(65701)
473
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what means he assesses the work of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch; what assessment he has made of its performance to date; whether he plans changes to the methods of assessment; and if he will make a statement.
(65702)
474
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers there have been in each region in each year since 1997.
(65703)
475
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action he is taking (a) to remove panel gapping on railway level crossings and (b) to improve level crossing safety generally; and if he will make a statement.
(65704)
476
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many telephone advice lines his Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; and how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided by (a) his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66589)
477
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of (a) the prevailing inflation rate for highways construction works and (b) the causes of the level of such inflation.
(66269)
478
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research his Department has funded on Intelligent Speed Adaptation technology on roads.
(66270)
479
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued on the requirement for local highway authorities to erect cycle route signs on highways; and on what date the guidance was published.
(66271)
480
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government last published guidelines to local authorities on parking enforcement and what the title of the publication was.
(66288)
481
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to issue revised guidelines to local authorities on parking enforcement.
(66289)
482
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department and its agencies have provided to the Cambridge University Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies on research into the Sustainability of Land Use and Transport in Outer Neighbourhoods; and what submissions it has received so far from the research body.
(66651)
483
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what average number of vehicles used the A1079 road each day in the latest period for which figures are available; how many vehicles the A1079 was originally designed to carry; and if he will make a statement.
(66530)
484
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on repairs to the A1079 road in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(66531)
485
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been on the A1079 in each of the last five years; how many resulted in serious injury; and if he will make a statement.
(66532)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
486
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much the average council tax payment per dwelling for Band D dwellings was, broken down by local authority in Wales in each year since 1997-98.
(66432)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
487
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) single and (b) couple pensioner households are receiving pension credit in each local authority area in England; what this represents as a proportion of all pensioner households; and what the average pension credit payment is in each such area.
(66538)
488
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the estimate costs are of carrying out full benefit entitlement checks for pensioners at home.
(66699)
489
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support the benefits system provides for those who become carers of vulnerable people after they themselves have passed retirement age; whether this differs from those who become carers before their age of retirement; what plans he has to change the system to improve the treatment of age carers who are over retirement age; and if he will make a statement.
(66763)
490
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much on average has been paid (a) per person and (b) to each terminally ill person from the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(66467)
491
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much (a) the largest and (b) the smallest payment has been from the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(66468)
492
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much capital investment in technology systems there has been for the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(66469)
493
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will list the main IT suppliers for the Financial Assistance Scheme; and how much has been spent with each supplier.
(66470)
494
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) people and (b) people who are terminally ill are eligible for payments from the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(66471)
495
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) people and (b) people who are terminally ill have received payments from the Financial Assistance Scheme in each month since the scheme started.
(66472)
496
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were receiving payments from the Financial Assistance Scheme on 31st May 2005; and how many he expects will be in receipt of payments on 31st December 2006.
(66473)
497
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his Department's staff are employed to administer the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(66474)
498
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total staff cost of the Financial Assistance Scheme has been, broken down by (a) managers and (b) administrative staff.
(66475)
499
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many surviving spouses of scheme members have received payments from the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(66476)
500
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much is the average amount of payment made from the Financial Assistance Scheme to surviving spouses of pension scheme members.
(66477)
501
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much is the (a) largest and (b) smallest payment made from the Financial Assistance Scheme to surviving spouses of pension scheme members.
(66478)
502
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeals have been made against a decision concerning eligibility for the Financial Assistance Scheme; and what proportion have been (a) successful, (b) unsuccessful and (c) not yet determined.
(66479)
503
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what mechanisms are in place to reclaim overpayments made by the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(66480)
504
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his latest estimate is of the average time taken to process applications to the Financial Assistance Scheme in the last 12 months.
(66481)
505
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in (a) bonus payments and (b) performance related pay to senior civil servants administering the Financial Assistance Scheme in the last 12 months.
(66482)
506
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many solvent companies have starting winding up pension schemes since 1997.
(66483)
507
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to make individual (a) directors and (b) senior managers legally responsible (i) for health and safety and (ii) in cases when an employee is killed due to negligence by such an individual; and if he will make a statement.
(66422)
508
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made in establishing the West Midlands pathfinder of the Workplace Health Connect scheme.
(66277)
509
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what initiatives his Department and its non-departmental bodies support to promote (a) financial education, (b) financial advice, (c) financial inclusion and (d) financial capability; which organisations are involved in delivering each initiative; and how much funding is provided to each by (i) his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (ii) other Government departments, (iii) the private sector and (iv) the voluntary sector.
(66578)
510
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many telephone advice lines his Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and how much funding is provided by (a) his Department and its non-departmental public bodies, (b) other Government departments, (c) the private sector and (d) the voluntary sector.
(66583)
511
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what costs were associated with setting up the Home Computer Initiatives scheme for his Department, including consultancy and administrative costs.
(66536)
512
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the basic state pension was for (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples in each year since 1997-98; and what the pension will be for each category in 2006-07.
(66246)
513
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost of council tax benefit was in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 1997-98; and what the estimated costs are for (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.
(66247)
514
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the take-up rate of council tax benefit was amongst pensioners in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.
(66248)
515
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Health and Safety Executive has issued guidelines on carrying cans of paint on buses.
(66378)
516
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what date a claim is deemed to have commenced under the teleclaiming system where (a) there is a gap between the initial telephone contact and the issuing of a claim form and (b) there is a delay to the interview date due to the need for an interpreter, advocate or other facilitator to be present.
(66068)
517
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance he has issued to his staff on making reasonable adjustments to the teleclaiming system for people with disabilities.
(66069)
518
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the teleclaiming system on claimants (a) with psychosis, (b) with other mental illnesses, (c) on low income and (d) for whom English is a second language.
(66070)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
519
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many senior Crown counsel were subsequently appointed judges in Northern Ireland in the last 30 years.
[Transferred] (66507)
520
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what charges the Land Registry will levy for the provision of information for home information packs.
[Transferred] (66654)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
521
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers (a) local authorities and (b) parish and town councils have to compel the rail authorities to keep stations and tracks free of litter.
[Transferred] (66349)
522
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance she issues on whether the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 applies to railway stations and track.
[Transferred] (66350)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
523
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what powers are available to African Union troops to capture those who are believed to be involved in acts of atrocity in Sudan; and how many such people have been (a) captured, (b) brought to trial, (c) convicted and (d) imprisoned in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (66719)
524
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to members of the African Union to increase their troop levels in Sudan.
[Transferred] (66721)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
525
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to add to the offences covered by business crime partnerships.
[Transferred] (66610)
526
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of how many people have been (a) residing illegally and (b) working illegally in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (66457)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
527
N
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the availability of Herceptin to treat early stage breast cancer in Northern Ireland.
[Question Unstarred] (64531)

 
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