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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 21 June 2006

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 21 June 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 21 June 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 21 June 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 21 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 21 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce the rate of VAT on supplies of hot meals to (a) schoolchildren and (b) pensioners.
(79303)
2
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on removing VAT on children's sunglasses; and if he will make a statement.
(79371)
3
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2006, Official Report, column 5806W, on training courses, if he will list the courses to which the Answer refers; how many people have taken part in these courses in each of the last five years; and what the cost of these courses was in each year.
(79518)
4
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was raised in stamp duty from home sales in each local authority area in England and Wales in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2005-06.
(79413)
5
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his spending plans are for the NHS in the next two years; and what he expects growth in spending on the NHS to be in each year to 2009-10.
(79613)
6
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid in inheritance tax in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
(79559)
7
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 11th July 2006, Official Report, columns 693-4W, on Ministers (tax treatment), what amount is assessed as taxable for each residence provided by or on behalf of the Government for Ministers, including those owned by charitable trusts.
(79490)
8
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the impact of the repeal of section 295 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 on the tax position of Ministers.
(79491)
9
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will lower the rate of taxation on biodiesel.
(79409)
10
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June 2006, Official Report, columns 1110-11W, on the Parliamentary Ombudsman, whether his Department has accepted recommendation 10, page 9, of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's Report `Tax Credits: Putting Things Right' of June 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(78716)
11
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have been affected by errors in administration of tax credits in each of the last three years.
(79481)
12
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in (i) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (ii) Suffolk County Council area in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age.
(79394)
13
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many properties sold in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) the Suffolk County Council area in each of the last three years attracted stamp duty at (i) zero per cent., (ii) one per cent., (iii) three per cent. and (iv) four per cent.
(79395)
14
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what arrangements he has made to attend matches at the World Cup.
(79590)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
15
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will make a statement on the recent work of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit.
(79557)
16
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will place in the Library a copy of the advertisement for the Chair of the Youth and Community Service.
(79402)
17
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what progress there has been in setting up the National Youth and Community Service.
(79403)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
18
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance will be offered by the Fire and Resilience Directorate to the owners of (a) metal reclamation yards, (b) tyre dumps, (c) timber yards and (d) other high fire risk open air premises to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
(78582)
19
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans for responsibility for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to remain with the Fire and Resilience Directorate in her Department.
(78583)
20
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent communications, public relations and marketing staff were employed by the Department and its predecessors in each year since 2001.
(79027)
21
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department receives annual reports by local strategic partnership on their (a) performance and (b) auditing of expenditure.
(79682)
22
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she is reviewing the roll-out of neighbourhood management schemes across England; and if she will make a statement.
(79233)
23
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will ask the Housing Corporation to increase its allocation under the National Affordable Housing Programme 2006-08 to the bid submitted by Housing 21 in partnership with Sunderland City Council to fund developments across the city of Sunderland.
(79507)
24
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria the Housing Corporation took into account when deciding the size of the allocation under the National Affordable Housing Programme 2006-08 scheme to the bid submitted by Housing 21 in partnership with Sunderland City Council to fund developments across the city of Sunderland.
(79508)
25
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will ask the Housing Corporation to publish in advance the guidance it will follow in future decisions under the National Affordable Housing Programme on allocation of finances to local projects, with particular reference to extra care developments.
(79509)
26
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what factors the Housing Corporation took into account when deciding not to allocate finance for plans by the Sunderland Housing Group for an extra care scheme at Houghton under the National Affordable Housing Programme 2006-08.
(79510)
27
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the allocation of resources to the bid by Housing 21 in partnership with Sunderland City Council from the National Affordable Housing Programme 2006-8.
(79511)
28
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Government has paid in subsidy to each local authority since 2002.
(79379)
29
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what costs arising from setting up of her Department have been allocated to the corporate communications budgets.
(79381)
30
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures are in place to assess compliance with building regulations.
(79382)
31
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of levels of compliance with Part L of the building regulations among building control officers; and if she will make a statement.
(79383)
32
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the number of homes built since 1997 that do not comply with environmental building regulations.
(79384)
33
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many builders have been prosecuted since 1997 for non-compliance with environmental building regulations.
(79385)
34
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of vulnerable people living in homes that fall below the decent homes standard.
(79386)
35
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much money has been allocated by the Government for local authority schemes to help improve the homes of vulnerable people living in private accommodation.
(79387)
36
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd May 2006, Official Report, column 1394W, on housing, which local authorities are able to meet the decent homes standard on the basis of Government investment; and which local authorities she expects to be unable to meet the standard without taking advantage of the additional investment options mentioned.
(79411)
37
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd May 2006, Official Report, column 1394W, on housing, what the timetable is for further bidding rounds for the investment options mentioned; and how much additional funding will be made available from central Government for each option.
(79412)
38
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will meet the hon. Member for Castle Point to discuss (a) the performance of local government officers in Castle Point, (b) their code of conduct and (c) their delivery of services to the population of Castle Point.
(79555)
39
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many cases have been decided by local authorities under section 185(4) of the Housing Act 1996 where the outcome has proved incompatible with Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, where all proceedings are complete; and if she will make a statement.
(79526)
40
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many representations she has received in respect of the decision of the Court of Appeal that section 185(4) of the Housing Act 1996 is incompatible with Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights; what plans she has to rectify the situation; and if she will make a statement.
(79527)
41
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what incentives for sustainable construction techniques in housebuilding have been introduced since 1997.
(79377)
42
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many faulty (a) fire extinguishers and (b) smoke alarms were identified in schools in the last 12 months.
(79591)
43
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of fires in (a) schools, (b) higher education institutions and (c) further education colleges in the last 10 years were set deliberately.
(79592)
44
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many emergency fire service call-outs were made to schools in each of the last 10 years.
(79601)
45
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of emergency fire service call-outs made to schools in each year of the last 10 years were on the basis of a fraudulent call.
(79602)
46
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fires there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) region and (ii) local education authority.
(79603)
47
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when elected councillors are informed by the Standards Board that a complaint has been made against them.
(79378)
48
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding will be allocated to the city regions programme.
(79438)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
49
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of provision of legal aid in Northamptonshire.
(79562)
50
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many police investigations into alleged voting irregularities in local government elections have exceeded 18 months in duration without charges being laid in the last five years; which local authorities are involved in such investigations; and if she will make a statement.
(78396)
51
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when construction work will commence on the Salisbury combined court house; and when the new building will be in service.
(79407)
52
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) the Suffolk County Council area in each year since 1997.
(79389)
53
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the recent performance of the Court Service in Suffolk.
(79392)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
54
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the final report of the House of Lords BBC Charter Review Committee, what steps she plans to take to ensure there is parliamentary scrutiny of the BBC licence fee bid.
(79521)
55
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will include in the BBC licence fee settlement ring-fenced funding (a) to cover the costs of digital switchover and (b) to help the over 75s and other vulnerable groups with the costs of digital switchover.
(79523)
56
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recommendations have been made by the Gaming Board of Great Britain on machine stakes and prize levels since 1976.
(79519)
57
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when gaming machine stake and prize levels were last increased.
(79594)
58
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which 10 tourist attractions in (a) Suffolk and (b) Bury St Edmunds constituency attracted the largest number of visitors in each year since 1997.
(79391)
59
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how her Department is monitoring the extent to which council licensing departments are applying the Licensing Act 2003 consistently and appropriately in respect of charity fund raising functions.
(79522)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
60
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mine clearance equipment is available to Light Forces; what mine clearance equipment is deployed in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; how many mine clearance projects have been completed in each of the last three years, broken down by country; and how many projects are pending, broken down by country.
(77760)
61
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Storm Shadow Air-Launched Cruise and (b) Brimstone Anti-tank Guided Missile, with particular reference to deployment in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan; and whether it is meeting military requirements.
(79539)
62
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the results of MBDA's first test firing of the Meteor Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile on 9th May; and whether the development of the Meteor Missile is on schedule.
(79542)
63
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Future Rapid Effect System programme; and whether the programme is on schedule.
(79544)
64
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of Challenger's performance in desert conditions in Iraq; and whether he has plans to (a) increase the number deployed and (b) improve performance of the Challenger in hot climates.
(79545)
65
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has discussed with the Belgian government its decision to ban cluster munitions.
(79687)
66
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with British manufacturers on the decision of the Belgian government to ban cluster munitions.
(79688)
67
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular and (b) reserve army personnel have failed to be fully paid by the Army Personnel Centre since the implementation of PAY 2000; what the total of the underpayments are; what assessment he has made of the reasons for the underpayments; whether he expects all payments to be made prior to the roll out of joint personnel administration; and if he will make a statement.
(79650)
68
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former RAF personnel (a) pensions payments and (b) redundancy payments have been missed since 20th March 2006 under Joint Personnel Administration; and how many are still awaiting payment.
(79658)
69
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints have been received from members of the armed forces about Joint Personnel Administration.
(79659)
70
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why RAF personnel were not paid correctly under Joint Personnel Administration; and what action his Department has taken to rectify that situation.
(79660)
71
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why the roll out of Joint Personnel Administration has been delayed for (a) the Army and (b) the Royal Navy; and what the expected dates are for roll out for each service.
(79661)
72
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes (a) have been made and (b) are planned to (i) concessionary travel, (ii) living allowances, (iii) other allowances and (iv) compensation for each of the armed forces as a consequence of the introduction of Joint Personnel Administration; and if he will make a statement.
(79662)
73
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) salary and (b) expense payments to serving RAF personnel have been missed since 20th March under Joint Personnel Administration; and how many are still awaiting payment.
(79663)
74
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of Joint Personnel Administration in March; and if he will make a statement.
(79664)
75
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people will be remunerated by the Joint Personnel Administration once it is fully rolled out to all services.
(79665)
76
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25th May 2006, Official Report, column 1989W, on the Iraq medal, whether any British civilian police officers have been awarded the Iraq service medal.
(79667)
77
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with which units the seven Panther command and liaison test vehicles are in service; and if he will make a statement.
(79404)
78
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the in-service date is for the Panther command and liaison vehicle; and in what order units will receive these vehicles.
(79405)
79
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when since January 2006 Ministers, officials and other employees or consultants working for his Department have (a) met and (b) had discussions with representatives of the National Trust on the northern corridor proposals for a route for the A303(T) north of Stonehenge; and if he will make a statement.
(79406)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
80
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he will be taking to encourage cross-departmental working on the future of rural post offices.
(79425)
81
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his role is in developing pension policy; and if he will make a statement.
(79483)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
82
N
Ann Coffey (Stockport):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when the guidance on the governance of children's centres will be published.
(78511)
83
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are taken to ensure that the new builds under Building Schools for the Future use energy efficient methods.
(79697)
84
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote the study of foreign languages in schools.
(79401)
85
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many university students in England were resident in Scotland in the last three academic years for which figures are available.
(79608)
86
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of half days were missed due to unauthorised absence from maintained mainstream schools in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(79388)
87
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school closures there were in each local education authority in each year since 2000; and what percentage this represented of the total number of schools in each area.
(79553)
88
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of schoolchildren took unauthorised absence from school in (a) Torbay and (b) England in 2005-06.
(79554)
89
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal injuries resulted from school fires in each year of the last 10 years.
(79593)
90
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many fires there were in (a) further education colleges and (b) higher education institutions, broken down by region in the last 10 years.
(79595)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
91
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which rivers were crossed with (a) gas and (b) oil pipelines (i) during and (ii) outside the designated winter period as part of the Sakhalin II project.
(79334)
92
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which rivers were crossed with (a) gas and (b) oil pipelines as part of the Sakhalin II project.
(79336)
93
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information he has gathered on the effect of the Sakhalin II project on salmon spawning habitat; and what action he is taking to ensure that there is no loss of such habitat as a result of the project.
(79337)
94
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which rivers were crossed with (a) gas and (b) oil pipelines on non-consecutive construction days as part of the Sakhalin II project.
(79338)
95
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the skills level in the biomass sector; and if he will make a statement.
(79485)
96
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate has been made of the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the new Centrica power plant in Devon once it is fully functioning.
(79368)
97
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by how many tonnes of carbon dioxide vehicle emissions changed after the passage of the Euro III (2000) emissions standards; and what change is expected once the Euro IV (2005) standards take effect.
(79369)
98
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many public recycling bins are available in London; and what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) maintaining, (b) emptying and (c) replacing these bins in 2006-07.
(79373)
99
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) other Member States of the European Union on proposing policy on improvements in energy efficiency.
(79683)
100
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the main barriers to the UK making more and better use of energy efficiency methods; and what steps his Department is taking with other Departments to overcome these barriers.
(79684)
101
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to encourage companies to carry out regular audits of their buildings to seek opportunities for introducing energy efficiency methods.
(79685)
102
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Rural Enterprise Scheme programme was ended; and how many applications were outstanding at that date, including those to which funding had been committed.
(79686)
103
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will provide future funding for Wheels to Work schemes in Northamptonshire.
(79556)
104
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will reply to the letter dated 12th May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms C. Greenhalgh.
(79486)
105
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote marine conservation.
(79399)
106
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) sharks and (b) dolphins were killed by British fishermen in each of the last 10 years.
(79400)
107
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the performance of employees of the Rural Payments Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(79484)
108
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what definition of significant was used when setting the aim of significantly reducing the environmental costs of domestic food transportation by 2012 in the Sustainable Food Strategy.
(79439)
109
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2005, Official Report, column 1526W, on birds, whether Essex County Council has concluded its investigation into Pegasus Birds; and if he will make a statement.
(79488)
110
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed on the (i) chemical make-up and (ii) environmental impact of aircraft trails; and if he will make a statement.
(79517)
111
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to reduce timber imports from Burma.
(79550)
112
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of grants available to home owners for solar heating; and if he will make a statement.
(79528)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
113
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the change in the volume of China's trade with Africa since 2005 and (b) its effect on (i) standards of living and (ii) democracy in those states in Africa.
(79428)
114
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the Department has received on behalf of the people of West Papua; and what representations she has made on their behalf to the government of Indonesia.
(79429)
115
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions Ministers in her Department have had with candidates for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations.
(79431)
116
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Government will be supporting any candidate in the forthcoming selection of the new Secretary General of the United Nations.
(79432)
117
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with China on the human rights records of the countries in Africa with which it trades.
(79433)
118
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the establishment of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the UN's effectiveness in upholding human rights.
(79434)
119
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the election process for members of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
(79435)
120
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was discussed at the inaugural session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
(79436)
121
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the situation in Sri Lanka following the bombing on Thursday 15th June and the subsequent government attacks on Tamil forces; and what role the UK is playing in seeking to stabilise the country.
(79370)
122
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25th May 2006, Official Report, column 1989W, on the Iraq medal, when she expects to publish the eligibility criteria for the second Iraq medal.
(79668)
123
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has held with (a) the Falkland Islands government and (b) the Argentine government on exploration for oil and gas in Falkland Islands waters.
(79698)
124
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Government policy is on supporting the Falkland Islands in their exploration for gas and oil in their territorial waters.
(79699)
125
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the British Government will play a role in supporting the secure development of oil and gas exploration facilities in the Falkland Islands waters.
(79700)
126
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had with (a) other Departments and (b) the Prime Minister's office on the exploration for oil and gas in Falkland Islands waters.
(79701)
127
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2006, Official Report, column 1274W, on the Basson/Project Cost handling strategy, how many officials there were from each Government department; and what the job title was of each one.
(79205)
128
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there is a mechanism by which Norfolk Island could petition the Government to secede as a self-governing Australian Territory and become a self-governing British Overseas Territory.
(79604)
129
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she plans to visit Norfolk Island.
(79605)
130
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on Australia's proposed changes to the governance of Norfolk Island.
(79609)
131
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has had discussions with the Australian government on the sovereignty of Norfolk Island since 2000.
(79610)
132
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will approach the Qatari authorities formally about Mr Kent Taylor, who has been unable to leave Qatar since 2001.
(79551)
133
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she last raised the case of Mr Kent Taylor with the Qatari authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(79552)
134
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she (a) last met and (b) next expects to meet with representatives of the democratically elected government of Burma.
(79546)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
135
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to extend the duty to consult under section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 to cover social care and new providers; and if she will make a statement.
(79298)
136
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to publish (a) the findings of the Foster Review and (b) recommendations for the reform of healthcare regulation.
(79299)
137
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's press release on HER2 testing dated 5th October 2005, whether it is her policy that all women diagnosed with breast cancer should be offered HER2 testing irrespective of the type of treatment being proposed in their case.
(79302)
138
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to introduce an offence for workers ill-treating or neglecting someone with mental health problems or learning disabilities in their care.
(79376)
139
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of climate change on the demand for health services.
(79417)
140
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons NHS employers are not paying the National Recruitment and Retention Premium to the Building Craft Grade; when the review of that non-payment is planned to take place; and if she will make a statement.
(78581)
141
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with diabetes in England have been provided with structured patient education in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.
(79374)
142
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts are delivering National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for structured education for people with diabetes.
(79375)
143
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were treated by the NHS for wounds caused by (a) a knife, (b) a dagger, (c) a sword, (d) other types of bladed article and (e) a firearm in each year since 1997; what proportion of the victims were (i) male and (ii) female in each category in each year; and how many in each category in each year were admitted as emergency cases.
(79600)
144
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make it a condition of NHS Direct becoming a Foundation Trust that it does not outsource to overseas call centres.
(79232)
145
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that all the organisations within the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority tackle their deficits within the timescale identified by the local operating framework.
(79651)
146
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings have taken place between the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and its constituent primary health care trusts to discuss its operating framework; and when the planned savings required of each organisation within the SHA were agreed.
(79652)
147
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will establish a departmental inquiry into the use of funds by Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority and how the planned savings expected of its constituent organisations were determined.
(79653)
148
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are minimum standards for the performance of Child and Adolescence Mental Health Services.
(79679)
149
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether redundancy arrangements for chief executives of primary care NHS trusts and strategic health authorities are published.
(79680)
150
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) primary care trusts, (b) NHS Trusts and (c) strategic health authorities which make senior managers redundant are able to reclaim some of this cost from central resources.
(79681)
151
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) on the future of Stroud Maternity Unit; and what plans she has to consult formally with the RCM as part of the ongoing review of maternity services.
(79689)
152
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has commissioned into the (a) financial viability, (b) safety and (c) efficacy of independent maternity units since 1997.
(79690)
153
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 16th June 2006, columns 1546-7W, on health care (Stroud), which primary care trusts and health trusts in the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority area are placed in which category of turnaround arrangement; and what effect placing in each category has on their expected contribution to that strategic health authority's re-balancing of funding.
(79691)
154
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether those primary care trusts and health trusts within Gloucestershire consulting on how to deal with financial deficits will get an early sight of the criteria for community services under moving care closer to home.
(79692)
155
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th June 2006, to the Question 76035, on NHS trust deficits, if she will provide the same information for (a) Cotswold and Vale and (b) Cheltenham and Tewkesbury primary care trusts.
(79693)
156
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make it her policy to allow general practitioners to prescribe Ebixa on the NHS.
(79524)
157
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent guidance she has issued to general practitioners on the treatment of Alzheimer's disease in its (a) early, (b) moderate and (c) severe stages; and if she will make a statement.
(79525)
158
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the possible impact of prohibiting Ebixa on the treatment of people in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease who have behavioural problems; and if she will make a statement.
(79532)
159
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the possible impact on carers of withdrawing Alzheimer's drug treatments; and if she will make a statement.
(79534)
160
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the new dental contracts on the provision of domiciliary dental care and the provision of dental care to people living in care homes.
(79558)
161
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to improve the provision of respite care in Peterborough constituency; and if she will make a statement.
(78037)
162
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the efficacy of the use of Docetaxel in the treatment of prostate cancer.
(79414)
163
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) professional and (b) non-professional child and adolescent mental health staff are in post in each primary care trust area; and how many were in post in each relevant health area per 100,000 population in each of the previous 10 years.
(79410)
164
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to promote early diagnosis of autism.
(79398)
165
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which jobs have been moved from non-clinical to clinical staff groups in the NHS workforce since 1997.
(79642)
166
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the written statement of 18th May 2006, Official Report, column 63WS, on NHS dentistry, how much of the capital investment for dentists is ringfenced for IT in dentistry.
(79643)
167
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable was for the NHS Pension Scheme Penserver development prior to July 2005.
(79644)
168
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the requirements of the NHS pension scheme changed during the roll-out of the Penserver development; and if she will make a statement.
(79645)
169
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether individuals receiving NHS funded continuing care will be reassessed under the new criteria.
(79646)
170
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many local authorities have undergone an independent cost of care analysis on which to base local fee negotiations with independent and third sector care providers.
(79647)
171
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Compact with the voluntary sector applies to care homes.
(79648)
172
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect of the new NHS contracts and pay deals on (a) encouraging qualified doctors and nurses (i) to stay in and (ii) to return to the NHS and (b) attempts to create a more flexible workforce with greater scope for team working and fewer barriers between different staff groups.
(79649)
173
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent posts have been moved from her Department to the private sector in each year since 1997.
(79655)
174
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the recent White Paper, what cost-benefit analysis her Department has undertaken of the proposal to move the six clinical areas into the community.
(79656)
175
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many regional NHS banks have been established since 1990.
(79669)
176
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which job codes have been moved from non-clinical to clinical staff groups in the NHS workforce since 1997.
(79670)
177
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) she and (b) her officials have had on the review of walk-in centre funding arrangements; what was discussed at each meeting; and if she will publish research her Department has (i) undertaken, (ii) commissioned and (iii) received as part of that review process.
(79671)
178
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the implementation of (a) Practice Based Commissioning, (b) Payment by Results and (c) patient choice will be audited.
(79672)
179
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisations (a) inspect and (b) regulate the care home sector.
(79673)
180
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pages of (a) guidance and (b) forms (i) her Department and (ii) its arm's length bodies sent to care homes in each year since 1997.
(79674)
181
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the average cost to care homes of mandatory regulation and inspection in the last period for which figures are available.
(79675)
182
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she was first informed that the central cost of the NHS IT programme was likely to be around £9 billion.
(79676)
183
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost was of health care procedures in (a) independent sector treatment centres and (b) on the NHS tariff in 2005-06.
(79677)
184
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether primary care trusts will be required to pay acute trusts full tariff for all the activity their patients access.
(79678)
185
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are on waiting lists for (a) heart, (b) lung, (c) liver and (d) kidney operations in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust.
(79624)
186
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Health and Social Care awards are funded by her Department.
(79625)
187
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will be liable for building maintenance and site costs at the new healthcare facility being built at Oldchurch Park, Romford.
(79626)
188
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners per head of population there are in Romford, Essex.
(79627)
189
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses will be employed in the new Oldchurch Park Hospital; and how many are employed at the existing Oldchurch Hospital.
(79631)
190
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of the new hospital at Oldchurch Park, Romford is expected to be.
(79632)
191
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average ratio of trained nursing staff to patients is in hospitals in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust.
(79633)
192
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason there are active programmes recruiting people for training as a nurse abroad.
(79634)
193
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of qualified nurses residing in England who are unemployed.
(79635)
194
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many foreign nationals were employed as nurses within the NHS in 2005-06.
(79636)
195
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of Romford constituency are waiting for operations in hospitals within the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust.
(79637)
196
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents of professional misconduct were (a) reported and (b) upheld against nursing staff trained and qualified outside the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.
(79638)
197
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the new hospital being built at Oldchurch Park, Romford to be (a) finished and (b) opened.
(79639)
198
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether nurses trained and qualified within the UK are recruited ahead of foreign nationals.
(79640)
199
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to limit the environmental impact of the construction of the new Oldchurch Hospital in Romford.
(79641)
200
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses entered full-time employment within the NHS within one year of being qualified in each year since 1997.
(79654)
201
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of those employed at the Oldchurch and Harold Wood hospitals are expected to be employed in the new healthcare facility being built in Romford.
(79657)
202
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is to the public purse of training a nurse.
(79666)
203
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of (a) children and (b) adults are (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index according to the Government's most recent health survey figures in (A) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (B) Suffolk County Council area, (C) the East of England and (D) England.
(79393)
204
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of private finance initiative projects for which her Department is responsible has been completed (a) over-budget and (b) late in each of the last five years.
(79612)
205
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed on the impact on health of the trails left by aircraft in the sky; and if she will make a statement.
(79516)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
206
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Monmouth of 12th June 2006, Official Report, column 1035W, on life sentences, what minimum term was set for each of those released.
(79535)
207
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 8th June 2006, Official Report, column 810W, for what crimes the 23 former prisoners whose life licences have been revoked were convicted; when the Probation Service lost contact with them; and if he will make a statement.
(79536)
208
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has undertaken into biometric registration and verification since December 2004.
(79547)
209
N
Ann Coffey (Stockport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the £500,000 allocated in June 2005 to fund individual support orders has been spent.
(78400)
210
N
Ann Coffey (Stockport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the formula is by which the £45 million given to the Youth Justice Board as part of its youth prevention budget is allocated to youth offending teams.
(78403)
211
N
Ann Coffey (Stockport):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many youth offending teams have submitted plans to the Youth Justice Board for 2006-07 which include provision for individual support orders in the budget; and what guidance he plans to issue to the Youth Justice Board on plans which do not include such provision.
(78404)
212
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment was made of the pilot project for fingerprint centres for recovered stolen (a) cars and (b) other moveable property; and what conclusions were reached.
(79565)
213
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the trend in the rate of knife crime among young adults; and what steps are being taken to reduce the incidence of such crime.
(78584)
214
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how many of the prisoners free on licence following sentences for sex offences his Department does not have addresses.
(79480)
215
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders on licence given permission to travel abroad in the last 12 months have (a) returned late, (b) absconded and been re-arrested and (c) absconded and not been recaptured, broken down by the type of offence for which they were convicted.
(79596)
216
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to the Probation Service in the last 12 months on whether offenders on licence should be granted permission to travel abroad.
(79597)
217
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders on licence have been give permission to travel abroad in each of the last 12 months.
(79598)
218
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made in the last 12 months to regulations governing whether offenders under the supervision of the Probation Service may travel abroad; and if he will make a statement.
(79599)
219
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications have been made since 31st December 2005 by citizens of countries to which the Government will not return failed asylum seekers for safety reasons.
(79513)
220
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of failed asylum seekers returning to their home country did so voluntarily in each month of 2006.
(79514)
221
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was from the date of receipt to the date of decision for European Community Associations Agreement immigration applications during the period 1st November 2005 to 30th April 2006; and what the target time was for decisions on such applications.
(79515)
222
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of contracted security guards that are currently working without licences.
(79301)
223
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of time taken to process licence applications for operatives working in the private security industry was from the date the application was submitted to the date the licence was issued, in each month since April 2005.
(79304)
224
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the licence applications submitted by operatives working in the private security industry (a) are currently being processed, (b) have been granted and (c) were returned to the applicants because they were completed incorrectly.
(79305)
225
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licence applications for operatives working in the private security industry were submitted (a) before and (b) after 31st October 2005.
(79306)
226
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has commissioned on crime trends in the UK following the accession of EU countries in May 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(79418)
227
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation has taken place with law enforcement professionals in the UK on the European Union pilot project on the sharing of EU citizens' criminal records; and if he will make a statement.
(79419)
228
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been given to immigration officers at UK entry ports on the entry to the UK of individuals from EU Accession Countries who have a criminal record in their own country; and if he will make a statement.
(79420)
229
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions UK officials have had with law enforcement officials in (a) Bulgaria and (b) Romania on the implications for crime and law enforcement in the UK for those countries accession to the European Union in January 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(79421)
230
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people registered under the Workers Registration Scheme have been convicted of a criminal offence since 1st May 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(79422)
231
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were detained at HMP Peterborough as at (a) 31st March 2005 and (b) 31st May 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(79423)
232
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were transferred to HMP Peterborough in the six months to 31st May; from which institutions; how many new prisoners were admitted to HMP Peterborough in the same period; and if he will make a statement.
(79424)
233
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to answer the letter of 11th May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Abdul Halim.
(79415)
234
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 27th March from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs M. Wood, transferred from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
(79487)
235
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to letters of (a) 21st December 2005, (b) 3rd February 2006 and (c) 12th May 2006 from the hon. Member for Richmond Park, regarding the immigration case of his constituent, Mrs Ifeoma Ngozi Hewlett (née Exebilo), Home Office reference number E114243.
(79307)
236
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) regular constables and (b) community support officers have been recruited to the North Yorkshire Constabulary in the last 12 months.
(79482)
237
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of reported knife crimes in Wales resulted in a conviction in each year since 1996.
(79629)
238
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2006, Official Report, columns 1036-7W, on party conference security, what the costs to public funds were of policing and general security for the (a) Labour and (b) Conservative party conferences in each year since 1992, broken down by spending at (i) national spring conferences, (ii) national autumn conferences and (iii) regional conferences.
(79339)
239
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders were found guilty of (a) drunken and disorderly behaviour and (b) drunken and aggravated behaviour in (i) England, (ii) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (iii) the Suffolk County Council area in each year since 1997.
(79396)
240
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to meet its obligations under Section 7 of the Council of the European Union's Framework Decision on combating trafficking in human beings to ensure appropriate assistance is provided for the families of child victims of trafficking.
(79229)
241
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what organisations (a) he has consulted and (b) he plans to consult (i) as part of the public consultation on human trafficking and (ii) prior to the publication of the Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.
(79230)
242
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many under 18 year olds have been identified in recent raids by Operation Pentameter; and how many of these have been subsequently referred to the Poppy Project.
(79231)
243
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the risk of identity theft when identity is requested and taken by door staff at licensed premises; and if he will make a statement.
(79529)
244
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has issued to police forces and licensees on the removal of means of identity from those seeking entrance to a licensed premises; and if he will make a statement.
(79530)
245
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the installation of CCTV cameras on levels of crime in Beverley in each of the last five years.
(79531)
246
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases of arson attacks on schools a suspect was (a) cautioned and (b) charged in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of total cases of arson attacks on schools these figures represent.
(79512)
247
N
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money was seized by the Assets Recovery Agency from those offenders charged with crimes relating to human trafficking in each year since its inception.
(78975)
248
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he knows the whereabouts of Thomas Curtis, who was convicted of murder in 1985 and may have absconded from HMP Leyhill in 1998.
(79479)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
249
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the amount of aid China distributes in relation to the size of its gross domestic product; and what discussions he has held with the Chinese authorities of its joint aid programmes.
(79427)
250
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid the UK Government plans to provide to the (a) East Timorese and (b) Indonesians following the Bali peace agreement.
(79430)
251
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the EU's aid efforts on water and sanitation.
(79560)
252
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government will contribute to the 3 diseases fund for Burma in each of the next three years.
(79548)
253
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether resources from the new 3 diseases fund for Burma will be able to reach (a) Karen, (b) Shan and (c) other internally displaced peoples; and if he will make a statement.
(79549)
Questions to the Leader of the House
254
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June 2006, Official Report, column 1057, on the funding of political parties, when Sir Hayden Phillips is expected to make his report.
(79520)
255
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make arrangements for the tabling of written parliamentary questions for answer during parliamentary recesses.
(79564)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
256
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days were lost through sickness for (a) teaching, (b) non-teaching and (c) board staff in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years.
(79408)
257
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of waste from Government departments in Northern Ireland was recycled in the last period for which figures are available.
(79537)
258
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures his Department is taking to increase the percentage of domestic waste being recycled by councils in Northern Ireland.
(79538)
Questions to the Prime Minister
259
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, which Government Ministers have responsibility for an aspect of policy on the Muslim community; what the aspect of policy is in each case; who has a co-ordinating role; and if he will make a statement.
(79489)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
260
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Government's strategy is for encouraging energy efficiency measures for those living in fuel poverty.
(79695)
261
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the cost of converting each (a) new house, (b) existing house, (c) new office and (d) existing office to photo-voltaic solar panels.
(79696)
262
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to extend support for rural post offices when the Social Network Payment ends in March 2008.
(79426)
263
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will support a sustainability and carbon impact accreditation scheme for all biomass consumed in the UK.
(79540)
264
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will ensure that energy crops continue to be a mandatory component of co-firing activity from April 2009.
(79541)
265
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will re-instate the co-firing cap to the 25 per cent. level that was in place prior to 1st April.
(79543)
266
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many small businesses that began trading since 1997 have subsequently ceased trading in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency, (b) Suffolk, (c) the East of England and (d) England.
(79366)
267
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many firms have ceased trading in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) the Suffolk County Council area in each year since 1997.
(79367)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
268
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to make a decision on the future of the Gatwick Express.
(79335)
269
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of accidents involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in the UK involved foreign-registered HGVs in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(79300)
270
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to achieve modal shift in North Northamptonshire.
(79561)
271
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people who travel by bicycle to work in London each day.
(79397)
272
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) road accident fatalities and (b) personal injury road accidents there were in (i) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (ii) Suffolk in each year since 1997.
(79390)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
273
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the effect on overall police (a) numbers and (b) funding in Wales of the proposed amalgamation of the four Welsh police forces.
(79606)
274
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of unifying the four police forces in Wales.
(79628)
275
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much has been spent so far on amalgamating the four police authorities in Wales.
(79630)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
276
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the take up of the Post Office Card Account in Northamptonshire.
(79563)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
277
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Treasury has received in rent surpluses from each local authority in every year since 2002.
[Transferred] (79380)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
278
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what procedures are in place (a) to identify and (b) to support young carers.
[Transferred] (79440)
279
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what publicly funded services exist to support families with young carers.
[Transferred] (79441)
280
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children have been identified as young carers.
[Transferred] (79442)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
281
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the effect on energy consumption of energy efficiency measures over the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (79694)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
282
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 15th June 2006, Official Report, columns 69-70WS, on Sierra Leone, who will bear the costs if Charles Taylor is sent to prison in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (79437)
283
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate she has made of the reserves of oil and gas in Falkland Islands waters.
[Transferred] (79611)
284
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential contribution of the search for oil and gas in Falkland Islands waters to the provision of energy in the UK; and whether the Government is taking action to support such exploration.
[Transferred] (79702)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
285
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what incentives are in place to encourage private homeowners to use green energy sources to power and heat their homes.
[Transferred] (79372)
286
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will arrange for a Minister in his Department to reply to the letter of 2nd May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Muhammad Islam.
[Transferred] (79416)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
287
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on housing benefit in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (79533)

 
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