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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 27 June 2006

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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 27 June 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 27 June 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 27 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 Tuesday 27 June of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 27 June see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs officers are located in each office in Wales.
(80437)
2
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many seizures of (a) illegal firearms, (b) drugs and (c) cigarettes have been made in Wales in each of the last five years.
(80438)
3
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs staff were located in Wales in each of the past five years; which HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales closed in each of the past five years; and when each closed.
(80439)
4
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs staff are allocated in Wales to work on stopping smuggling of (a) tobacco products, (b) drugs and (c) firearms.
(80440)
5
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what coastal cover is being provided by HM Revnue and Customs in Wales; and how many HM Revenue and Customs officers are allocated to coastal patrols in Wales.
(80441)
6
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role is played by special advisers in answering Parliamentary questions asked of his Department.
(80652)
7
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on the establishment of the national youth volunteering service; and if he will make a statement.
(80524)
8
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date he plans to publish the HM Revenue and Customs Spring Departmental Report; in which month the Spring Report was published in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(80010)
9
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances a parent would be eligible to claim the childcare element of working tax credit if the childcare professional employed was (a) a family member and (b) resident in the family home.
(80847)
10
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that relatives who care for children in their own home are eligible for working tax credit.
(80848)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
11
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) physical and (b) verbal assaults there have been on local authority employees in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) employment type and (ii) region.
(80866)
12
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd May 2006, Official Report, columns 1387-8W, on brownfield development, what the figures are for 2005 as derived from the Land Use Change Statistics 21.
(80712)
13
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2006, Official Report, column 1744, on brownfield development, if she will break down the South East Region figures for 2004 by local authority area.
(80713)
14
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the provision of affordable housing for key public sector workers in Coventry South.
(79822)
15
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what role is played by special advisers in answering Parliamentary questions asked of her Department.
(80656)
16
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to reply to Question 64451, on the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, tabled on 12th April by the hon. Member for Bassetlaw.
(80867)
17
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on social housing in Islington in each year between 1979 and 2006, broken down by source.
(80876)
18
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the Sustainable Development Commission's Mainstreaming Sustainable Regeneration report; and what action has been taken to implement its recommendations.
(80858)
19
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many meetings officials from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister held with Swindon borough councillors in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.
(80859)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
20
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the reasons are for the delay in answering Parliamentary Questions (a) 74493 tabled on 24th May 2006, (b) 65241 tabled on 19th April 2006, (c) 65227 tabled on 19th May 2006 and (d) 74469 tabled on 24th May 2006 by the hon. Member for Lewes; and when she expects to answer them.
(80657)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
21
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will announce her decision on whether the application for listing for part of the Eveline Lowe School in Bermondsey, London SE1 has been granted.
(80751)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
22
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will answer Question 53690, tabled on 16th February, Question 70034, tabled on 9th May, and Questions 70033 and 70145, tabled on 10th May, by the hon. Member for Forest of Dean.
(80284)
23
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British troops killed and injured in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Sunday 11th June were evacuated by air or land; and if he will make a statement.
(80526)
24
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British soldiers have served in Iraq over the last three years.
(80854)
25
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Alan Garwood's successor as Head of Defence Export Services is expected to be named; when he or she will take up the appointment; and if he will make a statement.
(80855)
26
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what impact he expects negotiations with the US Administration on the transfer of technology and software for the Joint Strike Fighter to have on the Future Aircraft Carrier Project.
(80723)
27
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with the US Defense Department on sharing of (a) stealth technology and (b) flight control software for the Joint Strike Fighter project.
(80724)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
28
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what role is played by special advisers in answering Parliamentary questions asked of his Department.
(80654)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
29
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the Uplands Reward Scheme provides for (a) appropriate staffing levels and (b) appropriate levels and mix of stock to maintain the integrity of the Uplands.
(80701)
30
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of accuracy in field mapping by the Rural Payments Agency; and what measures his Department is undertaking to improve accuracy.
(80702)
31
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of farms had not had their single farm payments validated on the latest date for which figures are available.
(80703)
32
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to continue to process all applications for the Rural Enterprise Scheme, Processing and Marketing grant that are received up until 30th June; what the status is of the bid from Perry's Cider of Dowlish Wake, Ilminster; and if he will make a statement.
(80008)
33
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what grants for rural businesses will be administered by the regional development agencies from 2007; what details have been made available on these schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(80009)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
34
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her Department's policy is on Guantánamo Bay; and if she will make a statement.
(79823)
35
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will urge the authorities of the People's Republic of China to bring the detained British journalist Mr Ching Cheong to a fair and public trial as soon as possible; and if she will request the Chinese authorities to ensure that (a) the trial is held in public and (b) Mr Ching has legal representation.
(80857)
36
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the allegation that Chinese-supplied weapons have been discovered in Darfur; and if she will make a statement.
(80521)
37
N
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress with the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement.
(80225)
38
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information was (a) shared between (b) supplied to and (c) given by those attending the ad hoc meeting held on 13th January 2006 to discuss the Basson/Project Coast handling strategy; what other (i) documents and (ii) knowledge are held by the UK Government about Project Coast; and if she will make a statement.
(79315)
39
N
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the role of the European Court of Justice.
(80523)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
40
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role is played by special advisers in answering Parliamentary questions asked of her Department.
(80653)
41
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 24th May 2006, Official Report, column 1477, what new NHS facilities were included in the cost of £32 million quoted by the Prime Minister.
(80283)
42
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the establishment of cadet training in the Ambulance Service; and if she will make a statement.
(80525)
43
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her oral statement of 7th June 2006, Official Report, columns 260-61, on NHS Performance, what progress she has made in looking into the possible closure of Worthing Hospital's accident and emergency department; and whether she plans to discuss this with the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority.
(80727)
44
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contribution the Department made to the two documents recently produced by Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority on the future configuration of local health services.
(80732)
45
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research (a) the Department and (b) the NHS (i) has carried out and (ii) is planning into travelling times for patients to hospitals in the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority area.
(80733)
46
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) meetings and (b) discussions her Department has had with representatives of the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority in the last 12 months; and whether changes in services provided at Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust have been discussed.
(80734)
47
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases there have been of inaccurate (a) medication and (b) diagnosis following the outsourcing of patients' correspondence to non-EU countries.
(80817)
48
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what audit safeguards are in place to monitor the outsourcing of patient correspondence to non-EU countries.
(80818)
49
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in (a) England, (b) South East England and (c) Kent have outsourced the typing of patients' correspondence to agencies outside the EU.
(80819)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
50
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) rape crisis and (b) sexual assault recovery centres supported by his Department there are in England and Wales; and where they are located.
(80735)
51
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding for (a) rape crisis and (b) sexual assault recovery centres his Department has provided in each financial year since 1997.
(80736)
52
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) purpose is and (b) objectives are of (i) rape crisis and (ii) sexual assault recovery centres funded by his Department.
(80737)
53
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role is played by special advisers in answering Parliamentary questions asked of his Department.
(80655)
54
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) police units were deployed from (i) Surrey Police, (ii) Metropolitan Police and (iii) Kent Police at the incident in the vicinity of junctions eight to 10 of the M25 and its subsequent closure on 9th June.
(79314)
55
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 30th March 2006 on behalf of Mrs Fadumo Mohd Sharif-Said, Home Office reference S1175012, acknowledged on 5th May 2006, reference B8779/6.
(80860)
56
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests have been made as a result of Operation Pentameter; what the countries of origin are of those (a) arrested and (b) trafficked; and if he will make a statement.
(80658)
57
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set up a national police task force to tackle trafficking of (a) women for the sex trade and (b) children used for (i) begging, (ii) child labour and (iii) as prostitutes.
(80659)
58
N
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which procedures animals may be subject over the course of a two-year carcinogenicity study; and what the severity is of each procedure.
(80442)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
59
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which Northern Ireland departments use renewable energy for some of their energy requirements.
(80875)
60
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the incineration of (a) municipal and (b) industrial waste is eligible for funding under the Environment and Renewable Energy Funding package.
(80877)
61
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, why the knife amnesty in Northern Ireland was not extended in line with the amnesty in England and Wales; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Northern Ireland knife amnesty.
(80522)
62
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 16th June 2006, Official Report, column 1778W, on the Historical Enquiry Team (HET), what progress has been made on the HET's investigation into the murders of Robert and Thomas Dobson; and if he will make a statement.
(80581)
63
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing in Northern Ireland an assault, rape, counselling, health centre similar to ones in other parts of the UK.
(80207)
64
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of forensic medical examination fees for sexual offence cases in Northern Ireland was in each of the past five years.
(80208)
65
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2006, Official Report, column 1146W, on children (Strangford), if he will break down the number by electoral ward.
(80209)
Questions to the Prime Minister
66
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Prime Minister, on which dates since February 2006 he has visited British soldiers injured in Iraq; and what locations were visited on each occasion.
(80691)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
67
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2006, Official Report, column 1748W, on the Rural Post Office Network, why he is not working to a specific timetable for the consultation on the future of the rural post office network.
(80868)
68
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2006, Official Report, column 1576W, on the Business Review, what (a) financial and (b) non-financial key performance indicators companies will be required to use when reporting on their relationships with suppliers in the Business Review; what estimate he has made of how many companies will be required to report on their relationships with overseas suppliers under the provisions of Clause 399 of the Company Law Reform Bill; what types of information companies will be required to include in their reports on relationships with overseas suppliers within the Business Review; what the provisions are of the Company Law Reform Bill which will oblige companies to include information on relationships with suppliers; whether he plans to introduce statutory guidance on what types of information on supplier relationships must be included in the Business Review; and if he will make a statement.
(80865)
69
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he plans to take to deal with the fraudulent sale in the UK of World Cup tickets; and if he will make a statement.
(80778)
70
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff were responsible for approving applications for arms exports in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(80764)
71
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many staff are tasked with monitoring compliance of UK (a) companies and (b) citizens in relation to UK arms export regulations.
(80765)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
72
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate how many bottles of water were dispensed to motorists who were trapped on the M25 on 9th June following the incident in the vicinity of junctions eight to 10 as the subsequent closure of the motorway; and if he will make a statement.
(79312)
73
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total duration in hours was of closures of the M25 (a) clockwise and (b) anti-clockwise in each of the past six months; and if he will make a statement.
(79313)
74
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what lessons relating to (a) evacuation of the motorway, (b) minimising the jam of vehicles and (c) other related matters were drawn from the incident in the vicinity of junctions 29 and 31 of the M25 on 17th March 2004; to what extent these lessons were applied to the incident on the M25 between junctions 8 and 10 on Friday 9th June 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(79473)
75
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) supply to the hon. Member for Thurrock a copy of the full report into the incident between junctions 29 and 30 of the M25 on the 17th and 18th March 2004 which was prepared by Mr Paul McCreevy, M25 Route Manager North at the Highways Agency.
(79474)
76
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average time was for which motorists were detained on the M25 on Friday 9th June following the incident in the vicinity of junctions 8 to 10 and subsequent closure of the motorway; what the maximum length of time was for which motorists were so detained in the (a) clockwise and (b) anti-clockwise direction; and if he will make a statement.
(79475)
77
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the hold-up of traffic flows on the M25 consequent on the accident in the vicinity of junctions 29 and 31 on 17th March 2004; what the maximum length in miles was of the resulting traffic queues; what the duration was of the hold-up; what actions were taken by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) Essex and Kent Police (i) to advise motorists of the hold-up and (ii) to ameliorate the delay and congestion; at what time each such action was taken; and why the answers to these questions were not supplied in the executive summary of the report by Mr Paul McCreevy into the incident placed in the Library and supplied to the hon. Member for Thurrock following his Question answered on 24th March 2004, Official Report, column 982W, on the M25.
(79476)
78
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated number is of (a) vehicles and (b) passengers who were trapped on the M25 on 9th June following an incident in the vicinity of junctions 8 to 10; and if he will make a statement.
(79623)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
79
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many plastic folder-style pension credit wallets have been printed by the Pension Service.
(80874)
80
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will reply to the letter on widowers' claims sent to him by Guy Dodd Solicitors on 14th June.
(80763)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
81
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the position of those who have acquired property on Ascension Island.
[Question Unstarred] (80214)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
82
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the implications for British and other foreign investment in Outer Mongolia of the recent introduction in that country of an excess profits windfall tax; and if he will take steps to impress upon the Mongolian authorities the importance of retaining a stable, reasonable, competitive, consistent and predictable tax regime for foreign companies investing in Mongolia.
[Transferred] (80856)

 
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