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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 12 July 2006

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 12 July 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 12 July 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 12 July 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 12 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 12 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85193)
2
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85211)
3
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the Financial Secretary to provide a substantive response to the letter from the hon. Member for Billericay, dated 2nd February 2006, regarding his constituent, Mr Scoot.
(84711)
4
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the total tax receipts relating to energy in (a) 2005, (b) 2004 and (c) 2003.
(84973)
5
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether special VAT exemptions have been allowed to any non-profit-making organisations not registered as a charity in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(83967)
6
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to include a self-identification question for Somali people in the next census.
(84948)
7
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have (a) requested and (b) received assistance from the enterprise development fund in each year since 1999.
(84787)
8
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was allocated to the enterprise development fund in each year since 1999; how much has been awarded from the fund in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(84788)
9
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been allocated to regional venture capital funds in each year since 1999; and on what basis such allocations were made.
(84791)
10
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many computer learning centres have been set up in each year since 1999.
(84792)
11
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on computer learning centres in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(84793)
12
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the £20 million fund allocated to aid the start-up of high tech venture capital funds has been spent in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(84794)
13
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much high tech venture capital funds have been set up in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1999 as a result of the start-up funding announced in the 1999 Budget.
(84795)
14
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on the creation of british small business investment companies in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(84806)
15
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many British small business investment companies were created in each year since 2003.
(84807)
16
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times the Modern Apprenticeship Taskforce announced in the 2002 Pre-Budget has convened.
(84808)
17
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on the nationwide expansion of the reading training for work programme in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(84809)
18
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many young offenders have come into contact with the Reading training for work programme in each year since 2003.
(84810)
19
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the business loans and management scholarships have been allocated from the new enterprise funds in each year since 2000.
(84814)
20
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on the two new enterprise funds announced in the 2000 Budget for business loans and management scholarships for high unemployment areas in each year since their inception; and if he will make a statement.
(84815)
21
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small companies have claimed a tax rebate on the cost of purchasing computers or investing in information technology in each year since 2000.
(84816)
22
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small companies have gone online and claimed a special tax reduction in each year since 2000.
(84817)
23
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies have qualified for the 100 per cent. first-year investment allowance for moving from environmentally unfriendly to environmentally friendly technologies and processes in each year since 1999.
(84818)
24
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the conclusions were of the Task Force on Benefit Fraud announced in the 1999 Pre-Budget Report; what the recommended plan of action consisted of; and what progress has been made with its implementation.
(84819)
25
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the tax yield to the Treasury on National Lottery ticket sales has been in each year since it was launched.
(84981)
26
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether VAT is charged on the construction of sports facilities funded by the National Lottery.
(84982)
27
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether athletes funded by the National Lottery are exempt from tax and national insurance contributions on the grants awarded to them.
(84983)
28
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many advanced pricing agreements (a) have been made and (b) were in force with multinational companies in each year since 2001; and in how many cases in each year (i) enforcement action was taken and (ii) penalties were imposed in transfer pricing disputes.
(84887)
29
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which banks have signed up to be part of the network banking scheme with the Post Office.
(85137)
30
N
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his G8 colleagues on prospects for global economic growth.
(83635)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
31
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by her Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85181)
32
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many parliamentary questions tabled to her Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85199)
33
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many statutory instruments were made by (a) Government departments and (b) other UK authorities in each year from 1989 to 2005.
(84968)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
34
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden, of 27th March 2006, Official Report, column 2059W, and the Answer of 27th March 2006, Official Report, column 823W, on housing, what estimate of net migration per year forms the basis of household projections attributable to net migration.
(84859)
35
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what Government departments will have access to the Home Condition Report Register; and to what extent it is her policy to make it available for inspection under (a) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and (b) the Data Protection Act 1998.
(85041)
36
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were (a) homeless and (b) placed in emergency accommodation in (i) each of the past five years and (ii) 2006-07 to date; and how many (A) new local authority lettings, (B) new housing association lettings and (C) sales under right-to-buy took place in each borough in each year.
(84944)
37
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to issue a format for Home Condition Reports which will standardise that content within Home Information Reports.
(85138)
38
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the number of homes that have been purchased outright by occupiers of affordable housing on a shared ownership or Homebuy basis under the Common and Leasehold Reform Act 2003 in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas; and if she will make a statement.
(84966)
39
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been purchased under the Right to Buy scheme in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1997, expressed (i) in absolute terms, (ii) per 1,000 population and (iii) per 1,000 households; and if she will make a statement.
(84967)
40
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many units of affordable housing were provided in rural areas in each year since 1997.
(85130)
41
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many houses were built in rural areas in each year since 2000.
(85131)
42
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to encourage local authorities (a) to join and (b) to participate in the activities of societies and other bodies assiciated with minimum dig working.
(85029)
43
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she has taken to ensure that local authorities inform their staff of the availability of trenchless technology for underground works on council services.
(85054)
44
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there will be a public inquiry on planing for the Heysham M6 Link Road.
(85030)
45
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been allocated for housing renewal in Morecambe since 1997.
(85032)
46
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been allocated by English Partnerships to housing renewal in the West End of Morecambe under the West End Masterplan.
(85033)
47
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much in Government funds has been allocated to the Midland Hotel regeneration project.
(85034)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
48
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many (a) solicitors and (b) barristers are practising; and how many were practising in (i) 1992 and (ii) 1997.
(85155)
49
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many women practise in the legal profession; and how many were practising in (a) 1979, (b) 1983, (c) 1992 and (d) 1996.
(85156)
50
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average earnings are of solicitors; what they were in (a) 1976, (b) 1986, (c) 1996 and (d) 2000; and if she will conduct a survey of the socio-economic background of lawyers.
(85157)
51
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total average fees paid out of public funds per day for appearances in criminal and civil courts for (a) prosecution and (b) deffence barristers who are (i) Queen's Counsel and (ii) junior barristers were in the last period for which figures are available; and what the comparable figures were in (A) 1976, (B) 1986, (C) 1996 and (D) 2000.
(85158)
52
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the average annual earnings of barristers have (a) kept pace with, (b) fallen behind and (c) risen faster than inflation in each of the last five years.
(85159)
53
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by her Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85182)
54
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many parliamentary questions tabled to her Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85200)
55
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what powers will be available to local electoral registration officers under the Electoral Registration Bill to share data in drawing up election registers; if she will provide a list of the sources of data which will be able to be used under powers contained within the Bill; and if she will make a statement.
(83524)
56
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what powers are available to local electoral registration officers to share data in drawing-up election registers; if she will provide a list of sources of data which can be used; and if she will make a statement.
(83525)
57
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many magistrates' courts have closed in each year since 1980 in (a) rural areas and (b) non-rural areas; and if she will make a statement.
(84990)
58
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what progress the Government has made with its plans for consultation on alternative options for dealing with the small claims limit.
(84879)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
59
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by her Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85183)
60
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many parliamentary questions tabled to her Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85201)
61
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people (a) received free television licences and (b) evaded payment of a television licence in West Lancashire in each year since 1997.
(84892)
62
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Candidate File, if she will provide an update on progress on the procurement of no-emission vehicles for the Olympic fleet; and if she will make a statement.
[R] (84901)
63
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Candidate File, when the exchange programmes and educational scholarships for developing international companies will begin; and if she will make a statement.
[R] (84902)
64
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the waste generated during the course of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be diverted from landfill and sent for reprocessing; and if she will make a statement.
[R] (84903)
65
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department plans to publish the appraisals of the contractors in relation to the 2012 construction commitments.
(84962)
66
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which event organisers of music festivals in the summer of 2006 have signed up to her Department's code of practice on ticket touting; and if she will make a statement.
(84970)
67
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many interviews of the 1,000 per local authority have been conducted so far for Sport England's Active People Survey; and if she will make a statement.
(84972)
68
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of winning the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on sports participation among children.
(85025)
69
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to implement delivery of a zero waste games; by what criteria the level of waste will be assessed; and if she will make a statement.
(85026)
70
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking with (a) EU and (b) other countries to combat illegal betting in sport.
(84986)
71
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has held with (a) EU and (b) other countries sports ministers on tackling illegal betting from overseas on UK sporting events.
(84987)
72
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are in place to assist (a) the Gambling Commission and (b) sports governing bodies to monitor betting from overseas on sporting events that are run in the UK.
(84988)
73
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what basis the venues for the Olympics roadshow were selected.
(85042)
74
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to sponsor a future Olympics roadshow.
(85043)
75
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether there are plans to allow members of the public to stay overnight in the Royal Parks during the 2012 Olympic Games.
(84698)
76
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans there are for public events in the Royal Parks during the 2012 Olympic Games.
(84699)
77
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions have been held between her Department and representatives of the Royal Parks on use of those parks by members of the public during the 2012 Olympic Games.
(84700)
78
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions have been held on the use of Richmond Park during the 2012 Olympic games.
(84712)
79
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on the deadline for the completion of Wembley Stadium.
(85040)
80
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on which occasions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have discussed with the Deputy Prime Minister (i) the Government's policy on regional casinos, (ii) planning issues connected to regional casinos, (iii) the post-sale use of the Millennium Dome and (iv) gambling policy.
(84706)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
81
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85184)
82
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85202)
83
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of his Department's procurement policy on (a) beef and (b) lamb for members of the British armed forces serving on the Falkland Islands.
(85038)
84
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget is per person per day for meals for members of the armed forces serving in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.
(85099)
85
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many combat troops have been provided by each contributing nation to (a) Operation Enduring Freedom and (b) the International Security Assistance Force.
(84802)
86
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times armoured vehicles broke down in Iraq between January and May 2006, broken down by vehicle type.
(84803)
87
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters were in service with the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each year since 1997.
(84804)
88
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) fighter, (b) training, (c) tanker and transport, (d) reconnaissance and (e) maritime patrol aircraft were in service with the Royal Air Force in each year since 1997.
(84805)
89
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of (a) Services Sound and Vision Corporation and (b) its subsidiary British Forces Broadcasting Service in each of the last six years.
(85019)
90
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what complaint process is available to RAF personnel who experience administrative errors in the payment of wages and salary; and how complaints under the process are dealt with.
(84386)
91
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd July 2006, Official Report, column 711W, on Joint Personnel Administration, how many personnel were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid in each month since the system was initiated; and how many of those are awaiting correction.
(84590)
92
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on ensuring that employers are informed of the skills that veterans bring to the workplace.
(84822)
93
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on meeting the health needs of veterans through the NHS.
(84823)
94
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance is given to service personnel leaving the armed forces on finding appropriate housing; and what guidance has been given to housing authorities on assisting service personnel.
(84824)
95
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he takes to ensure that wrecks of merchant naval ships lost during hostilities are protected.
(84826)
96
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department is undertaking into (a) homelessness among veterans and (b) veterans in prison; and if he will make a statement.
(84827)
97
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to assist organisations that support veterans to work more effectively together; and if he will make a statement.
(84829)
98
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government regarding housing for veterans; and what plans he has to improve access to housing for (a) single veterans and (b) veterans with families.
(84830)
99
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel who served in the 1991 Gulf War have been diagnosed with mental illnesses in each year since that conflict; and how many were referred to (a) Combat Stress and (b) NHS mental health services.
(84855)
100
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the possible barriers that veterans face when attempting to access (a) housing and (b) employment on leaving the armed forces.
(84858)
101
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on extending the widow's and widower's pension under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme to post-retirement marriages; and if he will make a statement.
(84882)
102
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which countries have troops operating under the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan; how many troops they had deployed on 10th July; and what restrictions are in place on the use of these forces.
(85093)
103
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral statement of 10th July 2006, Official Report, columns 1131-48, on Afghanistan (troop levels), how many (a) attack and (b) support helicopters will be deployed as part of the additional deployment to Helmand Province; when they will arrive; and from where they will be sourced.
(85106)
104
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral statement of 10th July 2006, Official Report, columns 1131-48, on Afghanistan (troop levels), which units will be operating outside harmony guidelines as a result of the additional deployment to Helmand Province; and what the average tour gap number will be for each unit.
(85107)
105
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart regarding the draw down of US troops from Afghanistan and the security plans thereafter; and if he will make a statement.
(85109)
106
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the average extra flying hours for (a) attack and (b) support helicopters in Afghanistan since flying hours were extended; and by what methods these increased flying hours were achieved.
(85110)
107
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 10th July, Official Report, columns 1131-48, on Afghanistan (troop levels), if he will estimate the cost of the deployment of the additional force to Helmand Province; and whether the resources to fund the cost will be added to the Special Reserve established for the three year Afghan deployment.
(85111)
108
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a new strategic defence review will be conducted before the forthcoming comprehensive spending review.
(85112)
109
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms are in place for evaluation of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme; and what evaluation is made of this scheme in relation to patients suffering from mental health issues.
(85113)
110
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 10th July, Official Report, columns 1131-48, on Afghanistan (troop levels), how many extra (a) medical and (b) logistical support personnel will be deployed as part of the additional deployment to Helmand Province; and when they will arrive.
(85114)
111
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his assessment is of the impact of increased life expectancy on the integrity and affordability of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(85115)
112
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of service personnel were deployed on active duty in (a) January and (b) July of each year since 1976.
(85213)
113
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2006, Official Report, column 1708W, on the Army Continuous Attitude Survey, why the categories included in question 66 of the seventh Serving Personnel survey `I didn't believe anything would be done if I did complain' and `I thought that it would cause problems in my workplace' have been omitted from the ninth Serving Personnel survey.
(84895)
114
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent assessment is of the (a) strength and (b) fighting capability of (i) the Taliban and (ii) other illegal armed groups in Afghanistan.
(84896)
115
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the number of British troops that will continue to take part in Operation Enduring Freedom operations from 1st August 2006.
(84897)
116
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with NATO allies on the provision of additional troops and resources to the International Security Assistance Force.
(84898)
117
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the level of support for armed groups in Helmand from (a) Iran and (b) Pakistan.
(84899)
118
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he has taken (a) to assess the influence and (b) to promote the constructive engagement of (i) Iran and (ii) Pakistan in Afghanistan.
(84900)
119
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 10th July, Official Report, column 1442W, on Territorial Army (Records), what the reason is for the time taken to reply to the question.
(85119)
120
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 10th July, Official Report, column 1442W, on Territorial Army (Records), for what reason information on units to which individuals are mobilised does not include subsequent mobilisation after the initial posting.
(85121)
121
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure his Department has (a) incurred and (b) approved in respect of the upgrading or replacement of the UK's nuclear deterrent; and if he will make a statement.
(83969)
122
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is for (a) the retention in service and (b) the upgrading of Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus.
(83612)
123
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what frontline hospital ship capacity (a) is available and (b) is planned to be available to the fleet.
(83613)
124
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) additions and (b) deletions have been made within the past 12 months to the list of Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships scheduled for refitting and upgrading.
(83614)
125
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to prevent unauthorised or informal punishments of soldiers by non-commissioned officers.
(85013)
126
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many interpreters are employed by the UK military in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.
(85018)
127
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that there are more sites where close air support operations and forward air control exercises can take place.
[R] (85214)
128
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many private sites are used for military exercises in Herefordshire; and whether rent is paid for use of such sites.
(85225)
129
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many privately-owned pieces of land are used by the RAF around Ledbury, Herefordshire.
[R] (85229)
130
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what private land was used for close air support operations and forward air control exercises in the last three years; in what counties the land used was located; and whether rent was paid for the use of the land.
(85234)
131
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was paid to land owners in Herefordshire for the use of their property for RAF exercises in each of the last three years.
[R] (85238)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
132
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which (a) officials and (b) representatives of Anschutz Entertainment Group and (c) other parties with an interest in the Millennium Dome site were present at meetings during his trip to the US in July 2005.
(84704)
133
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what meetings he has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials to discuss with his colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (i) the Government's policy on regional casinos, (ii) planning issues connected to regional casinos, (iii) the post-sale use of the Millennium Dome and (iv) gambling policy.
(84705)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
134
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85185)
135
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85203)
136
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of Somali children in (a) primary and (b) secondary education in each education authority in England.
(84949)
137
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what provision his Department makes for the development of gifted and talented students.
(84800)
138
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students from the London Borough of Bexley applied for (a) university, (b) college and (c) other further education places in (i) 2003-04 and (ii) 2004-05.
(84875)
139
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on children's centres in each year since 2003.
(84789)
140
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many locally-based venture capital funds have been set up since 1999.
(84790)
141
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children's centres have been set up in each year since the 2003 Pre-Budget Report.
(84796)
142
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many young people aged between 16 and 22 years have participated in a modern apprenticeship in each year since 2002; and at what cost.
(84797)
143
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his Department's policy is with regard to (a) the (i) finger-printing and (ii) taking of (A) DNA and (B) other biometric information from children (1) under the age of 10 years, (2) between the ages of 10 and 16 years and (3) over 16 years but under 19 years without the consent of their parents or legal guardians and (b) the retention of that biometric information by Government organisations.
(85046)
144
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of vacancies for trained specialist school teachers in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) science, (d) modern languages and (e) information and communications technologies in rural areas in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(84964)
145
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) vacancies and (b) temporary replacements there were for head teachers in (i) rural and (ii) non-rural areas in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(84965)
146
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to reduce the quantity of trans fats present in school meals.
(84714)
147
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total recurrent funding per pupil was in real terms for each local education authority in each year from 1998-99 to 2006-07.
(84909)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
148
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6th July 2006, Official Report, column 1285W, on judicial review, where the information is held; and how (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public may have access to that information.
(85172)
149
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85186)
150
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85204)
151
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to encourage the use of technology to reduce carbon emissions from commercial kitchens.
(84942)
152
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has conducted into (a) carbon emissions from commercial kitchens and (b) means to reduce such emissions.
(84943)
153
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent on 16th June 2006 to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the future of Nirex and policy on the management of radioactive waste.
(84951)
154
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for a variable charge for household waste; and what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on this issue.
(85096)
155
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned into (i) the capability of farmers to continue to manage the landscape and (ii) possible further changes to the Single Farm Payment to encourage this.
(85120)
156
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department collects on the number of homes in the United Kingdom which have domestic air conditioning installed.
(84953)
157
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much water consumption per head of population was planned by each water company in 2005-06.
(84954)
158
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) letters of warning, (b) infringement notices and (c) prosecutions have been instigated by the European Commission against his Department since May 1997 in relation to environmental directives, including failure to meet transposition dates; and what the circumstances were of each case.
(84963)
159
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has commissioned on advanced coal technologies and carbon capture and storage since 1997; and what the cost was of such research.
(85228)
160
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mechanisms exist to ensure the accuracy of (a) national and (b) international reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.
(85231)
161
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the vaccination of domestic birds against avian influenza; and if he will make a statement.
(85232)
162
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Rural Payments Agency, (c) the Countryside Agency, (d) the Environment Agency and (e) English Nature have been previously employed in (i) agriculture and (ii) a related industry.
(85136)
163
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been allocated to Morecambe Sea Defence Scheme for the latest phase of work.
(85035)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
164
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by her Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85187)
165
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many parliamentary questions tabled to her Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85205)
166
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the UK Government has made to the Chinese government regarding transmission to China of the BBC World Service websites and broadcasts.
(85036)
167
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the United Nations Secretary General's withdrawal as a peace-broker within Zimbabwe.
(85037)
168
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the impact on Christians of the use of blasphemy laws in Pakistan; and what recent representations she has made on religious freedom in Pakistan.
(85103)
169
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of reports of (a) violence and (b) infringements of freedom of religion against Christians in Pakistan.
(85104)
170
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the Pakistani government on the use of blasphemy laws.
(85105)
171
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what observation of the recent elections in Mexico was undertaken by her Department (a) directly and (b) through the EU; what the cost was of (i) the observation and (ii) the UK contribution to it; where the observers were deployed; and what conclusions were reached.
(84945)
172
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has held with the governments of (a) Rwanda, (b) Uganda, (c) Congo Brazzaville and (d) Angola on (i) the security situation in Democratic Republic of Congo and (ii) the presence of non-Congolese irregular forces; and if she will make a statement.
(84947)
173
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of Somali people living in exile in (a) Ethiopia and (b) Kenya.
(84950)
174
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has (a) to encourage further peace talks at Abuja to try to resolve the Darfur crisis and (b) to make further appeals to the opponents of the Darfur Peace Agreement to sign up to the agreement.
(84504)
175
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan of the continuing conflict in Darfur.
(84505)
176
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to President Museveni of Uganda about the international implications of offering amnesty to the leadership of the Lords Resistance Army.
(84506)
177
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress she has made in persuading the unified government of Sudan on the need for UN involvement; and what assessment she has made of the prospect for Chapter 8 agreement.
(84507)
178
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the objectives of organisations opposed to the Darfur Peace Agreement and (b) their treatment of (i) internally displaced peoples and (ii) their views on compensation to those affected by the conflict.
(84508)
179
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she intervened in the case of Pastor Zhang Rongliang, sentenced to imprisonment in China.
(85128)
180
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made since January on behalf of Younis Masih, on trial for blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan.
(85139)
181
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make representations to the Chinese government on the cases of (a) Xu Shuang fu, (b) Li Maoxing and (c) Wang Jun.
(85140)
182
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate the Government has made of the number of people who may come to the UK seeking work from (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria in 2007.
(84831)
183
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has to make representations to her Russian counterpart on the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty.
(85079)
184
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has to make representations to her Russian counterpart on the Transit Protocol of the Energy Charter Treaty.
(85080)
185
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on the likelihood of the Russian Federation signing the Transit Protocol of the Energy Charter Treaty of the law passed by the Russian State Duma on Gazprom's control of gas exports from Russia.
(85081)
186
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the Russia Federation's progress towards compliance with the Energy Charter Treaty.
(85116)
187
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the British Government has made to the Russian Federation on its compliance with the Energy Charter Treaty.
(85117)
188
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the British Government has made to the Russian Federation on the Transit Protocol of the Energy Charter Treaty.
(85118)
189
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the flotation of the Russian oil company Rosneft on the London Stock Exchange; and if she will make a statement.
(84838)
190
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the recent missile testing by North Korea.
(84969)
191
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action she has taken in response to the humanitarian situation in Gaza following the recent Israeli military action.
(84958)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
192
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library the record of discussions made by her officials of her recent meeting with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church; and if she will make a statement.
(85123)
193
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has provided any funding to Abortion Rights; and if she will make a statement.
(85124)
194
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with Abortion Rights; when she last discussed abortion with representatives of Abortion Rights; whether a record was kept of discussions at such meetings; and if she will make a statement.
(85125)
195
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the abortion rate was per 1,000 women aged 15 to 49 years in each health authority in England and Wales in 2005.
(85146)
196
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of abortions were performed on pregnancies of (a) under nine weeks, (b) nine to 12 weeks, (c) 13 to 16 weeks, (d) 17 to 19 weeks, (e) 20 to 23 weeks and (f) 24 weeks and over duration in 2005.
(85147)
197
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many discharges there were from hospitals after septic abortions in 2005.
(85148)
198
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the names and addresses are of facilities approved under the terms of the Abortion Act 1967 (as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990) for (a) terminating pregnancies of 20 weeks or more duration and (b) distribution of the RU 486 abortion drug; and how many approved beds each has.
(85149)
199
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the names and addresses are of facilities for terminating pregnancy under the terms of the Abortion Act 1967 (as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990) that were closed in each of the last 12 months; and what the reason for closure was in each case.
(85150)
200
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) undertaken, (b) plans to undertake and (c) evaluated into the (i) number and (ii) age of (A) males and (B) females who have urinary reflux; and if she will make a statement.
(85151)
201
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) live births and (b) abortions there were in (i) Essex and (ii) Bedford and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority in 2005.
(85152)
202
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many eggs have been obtained from patients since the enactment of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; how many have been used for research; and how many have been used for fertility treatments.
(85153)
203
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data is collected on (a) hyperstimulation syndrome and (b) other adverse clinical effects when eggs are obtained at fertility centres.
(85154)
204
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into the reasons for trends in the abortion rate in England between 2004 and 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(85160)
205
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost was to the National Health Service of the treatment of chest diseases in each year since 1995.
(85161)
206
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions have been performed under the terms of the Abortion Act 1967 as amended by section 34 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and how many and what proportion were performed (a) in an emergency to save the life of the mother and (b) in cases of rape.
(85170)
207
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total number of abortions was in 2005 at (a) 26 weeks and (b) each week after the 26th, broken down by grounds for termination.
(85171)
208
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by her Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85188)
209
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parliamentary questions tabled to her Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85206)
210
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS Professionals is registered with the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
(84708)
211
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the market share of NHS Professionals.
(84709)
212
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who pays the superannuation of temporary staff supplied through NHS Professionals to NHS trusts.
(84710)
213
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) patients resident in Wales and (b) other patients had been waiting more than six months for an NHS in-patient operation at an English hospital at the end of June 2006.
(85012)
214
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the proportion of (a) multi-bed and (b) single-bed wards is in new build hospitals (i) constructed since 2000 and (ii) proposed in the next five years.
(85141)
215
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of research on the possible link between the level of patient harm and negative healthcare outcomes and the number of beds in wards.
(85166)
216
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria will apply to the use of capital money for the NHS; and whether capital receipts for the sale of closed community hospitals will be able to be reused in new community facilities.
(85077)
217
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of capital spending against budget for (a) Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Strategic Health Authority and (b) the Cotswold and Vale Primary Care Trust for each of the last five years.
(85078)
218
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many out-patient appointments have been booked by GPs in West Lancashire since April 2005.
(84885)
219
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the list of foods and medicines exempt from prescription charges for those with certain medical conditions will be reviewed.
(84886)
220
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of expenditure on (a) primary care and (b) hospital care was in Islington in each of the past five years; and what the estimated level is in 2006-07.
(84946)
221
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on speech and language therapy services in the London Borough of Bexley; and if she will make a statement.
(84876)
222
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to monitor the quantity and quality of single tooth dentures imported from countries outside the European Union.
(84382)
223
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect of the replacement of crowns by single tooth dentures on long-term dental health.
(84383)
224
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there was in the number of (a) single tooth dentures and (b) single tooth crowns provided during the dental contract pilot schemes between 2004 and 2006.
(84384)
225
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the number of (a) single tooth dentures and (b) single tooth crowns provided since the introduction of the new dental contract.
(84385)
226
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th May 2006, Official Report, column 634W, on the choose and book system, what central departmental budget has been set for the (a) choice and (b) choose and book expected costs (i) for administrative and other staff, (ii) incurred by consultants and acute trusts, (iii) for other computer software and hardware not directly associated with the NHS Connecting for Health Agency and (iv) for other administrative infrastructure for each year the programme is budgeted to operate.
(85217)
227
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June 2006, Official Report, column 321W, on choose and book, what information she collects from (a) primary care trusts, (b) acute trusts and (c) strategic health authorities on their allocation of budgets for choose and book.
(85218)
228
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what specialist myalgic encephalomyelitis/encephaliopathy and chronic fatigue syndrome services are being provided under the Public Patient Initiative; and if she will make a statement.
(84860)
229
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to provide therapists in Norfolk to provide psychological therapies for depression.
(84861)
230
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that NHS employees are informed of the health needs of (a) war pensioners and (b) veterans.
(84825)
231
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which health service facilities in the geographical area covered by the new Strategic Health Authority for the South West (a) she and (b) her Ministers plan to visit; and when.
(84856)
232
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to change the powers of local authority overview and scrutiny committees; and if she will make a statement.
(84857)
233
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance she has issued to NHS foundation trusts on provision of practical and clinically safe medical care in a community setting.
(85094)
234
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Department's recommended criteria are for the categorisation of the level and extent of care required by each recipient in relation to social services care provided by local authorities.
(84878)
235
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) overall cost and (b) cost per head of population in each area is of the reorganisation of the primary care trusts in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England; whether this cost is to be met from (A) existing budgets and (B) new allocations; and if she will make a statement.
(84881)
236
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosecutions there have been under the General Food Regulations 2004 for not informing the competent authorities of non-compliance with food safety requirements set out in article 14 of the EC regulations 180/2002; how many of these have resulted in convictions; what penalties have been imposed; which competent authority brought each case; and if she will make a statement.
(84991)
237
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clerical and administrative staff have been allocated lower pay bands as a result of Agenda for Change.
(84877)
238
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures her Department is taking to improve the safety of women patients in NHS mental health accommodation.
(84801)
239
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th July 2006, Official Report, column 1220W, on gender dysphoria, what the locations are of centres providing gender reassignment surgery that have treated NHS patients.
(85227)
240
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is on the future provision of specialist myalgic encephalomyeltis and encephalopathy services by primary care trusts.
(85020)
241
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether funding for specialist myalgic encephalomyeltis and encephaliopathy (ME) services is contained within the baseline budgets of primary care trusts; and what assessment she has made of the impact of the forthcoming restructuring of primary care trusts on the continued funding for specialist ME services.
(85021)
242
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of (a) the impact of any reduction in myalgic encephalomyeltis and encephaliopathy (ME) services on the continued viability of whole service provision to people with ME and (b) the availability of other treatments by non-specialists to mitigate such reductions.
(85022)
243
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the contribution made by specialist myalgic encephalomyeltis and encephaliopathy services to the public and patient involvement initiative.
(85023)
244
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has for the future of the Health Screening Unit at Heathrow Airport.
(85223)
245
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has undertaken of the requirement for health screening of visitors entering the UK via Heathrow Airport.
(85224)
246
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people arriving at Heathrow Airport were identified by the Heathrow Health Screening Unit as having tuberculosis in each of the last five years.
(85230)
247
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the levels of resources allocated to the Health Screening Unit at Heathrow Airport is planned to change.
(85235)
248
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will assess the merits of banning the sale of food containing hydrogenated fats.
(84713)
249
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will introduce regulations requiring fast food outlets to publish nutritional information about their products in an easily accessible and public form.
(84715)
250
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will assess the merits of making the traffic light system for nutritional information on food packaging compulsory for all forms of packaged food.
(84716)
251
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the voluntary traffic light system for nutritional information on food packaging.
(84717)
252
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of rural households had access to primary health care facilities within 4km, not including mobile provision and branch services, in each year since 1997.
(85132)
253
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of parishes in (a) rural and (b) urban areas have a pharmacy.
(85133)
254
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment of health needs in rural areas is undertaken by (a) her Department and (b) primary care trusts.
(85134)
255
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how she assesses the needs of the rural population in making funding allocations within the NHS.
(85135)
256
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is made available to the public by the NHS on the incidence of genetic disorders for children of closely related parents; and if she will make a statement.
(85017)
257
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account was taken by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence of the opinion of health professionals on the efficacy of Alzheimer drugs when drawing up its recommendations.
(85212)
258
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) general practitioner surgeries and (b) single-handed general practitioner surgeries there were in each (i) region and (ii) health authority in each year since 1997.
(84910)
259
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) under and (b) over the age of 18 years were admitted to hospital for alcohol-related problem in each year since 1997 for which figures are available, broken down by (i) region, (ii) health authority and (iii) primary care trust.
(84911)
260
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make an assessment of recent research by the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina on a possible link between the MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children; and if she will make a statement.
(84799)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
261
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sum remains unpaid for parking fines incurred by those with diplomatic immunity during each of the last three years; and how much, and what proportion, is owed by each diplomatic mission accredited to the Court of St. James.
(85142)
262
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons have been victims of violent death since 1st January 2006; and how many victims of violent death there were between 1st January and 10th July in each of the last 10 years.
(85143)
263
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers were (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of driving without insurance in each year since 1980.
(85144)
264
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many terrorist attacks have been thwarted in (a) the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police areas of London, (b) Manchester, (c) Liverpool, (d) Newcastle and (e) the United Kingdom since 11th September 2001; how many (i) males and (ii) females were subsequently (A) prosecuted and (B) convicted of terrorist offences; and if he will make a statement.
(85145)
265
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85189)
266
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85207)
267
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals are detained at (a) Highdown and (b) Downview prisons; when these detainees are due to be released; and how many will be considered for deportation.
(84101)
268
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the foreign nationals detained at (a) Highdown and (b) Downview prisons on 1st July 2005 had been released by 1st April 2006; and how many of those released have subsequently been deported.
(84102)
269
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions he has made for people to register biometric passports.
(84904)
270
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department has provided for Somali community groups in each of the past five years; what support is planned for 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(84957)
271
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget is per person per day for meals for prison inmates.
(85100)
272
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the daily food budget is per person for asylum seekers in asylum seeker detention centres.
(85101)
273
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of asylum seekers was to each local authority in 2005-06; and what estimate he has made of the cost to each local authority in 2006-07.
(85028)
274
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have absconded from each open prison in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and how many abscondees from each prison were foreign nationals.
(85127)
275
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been in relation to the touting of tickets to England World Cup 2006 matches (a) in England and Wales and (b) via internet sites based in England and Wales; how many of these have resulted in convictions; and if he will make a statement.
(84971)
276
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in prison (a) have mental health problems, (b) are veterans and (c) are veterans with mental health problems; and if he will make a statement.
(84854)
277
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young offenders there were in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(84888)
278
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's budget is for rehabilitation programmes for youth offenders in 2006-07.
(84889)
279
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to resume removals to Somalia.
(84811)
280
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost of processing an asylum application, including support, is according to the most recently available figures.
(84812)
281
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Somali nationals arriving on flights from (a) Nairobi and (b) Addis Ababa claimed asylum at Heathrow in 2005.
(84813)
282
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to Question 25122, on Immigration and Nationality Directorate caseworkers, tabled by the hon. Member for Battersea for answer on 3rd November 2005.
(84837)
283
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many rural areas had a permanently staffed police station in each year since 1997.
(85216)
284
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parenting orders have been made in each year since they were introduced, and how many have been breached in each year, broken down by local authority area.
(84912)
285
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions for drink-driving resulted in custodial sentences in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority.
(84913)
286
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the detection rate for (a) rape and (b) other sexual offences was in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(84914)
287
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for delays in processing online passport applications; and what average time a person applying online waited for the delivery of their new passport in the last 12 months.
(84907)
288
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the regional data in the accession monitoring report has been collected; and whether the data can be disaggregated to show how many accession state citizens are employed in individual towns and cities.
(84961)
289
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer Question 70884, tabled by the hon. Member for Islyn on 10th May, on funding to support the merger of police forces in Wales.
(84798)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
290
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85190)
291
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85208)
292
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on using public affairs and public relations agencies in each of the last two years; and on what projects in each case.
(84820)
293
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control since it entered into force on 27th February 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(84873)
294
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what action the Government is taking to help reduce tobacco use in the developing world.
(84874)
295
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions his Department has had with the World Health Organisation on access to clean water and sanitation in (a) Tunisia, (b) Cameroon and (c) Tanzania.
(83970)
296
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK international development strategies of EU Economic Partnership Agreements.
(85126)
297
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the extent of child labour in (a) Mexico, (b) Belize, (c) Argentina, (d) Bolivia, (e) Brazil, (f) Chile, (g) Columbia, (h) Cuba, (i) Ecuador, (j) El Salvdor, (k) Guatemala, (l) Guyana, (m) Haiti, (n) Honduras, (o) Nicaragua, (p) Panama, (q) Paraguay, (r) Peru, (s) Surinam, (t) Uruguay and (u) Venezula; and if he will make a statement.
(84883)
298
David Tredinnick (Bosworth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to improve access to clean water and sanitation in the developing world.
(84880)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
299
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85180)
300
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85198)
301
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to publish the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's guidance on abortion in Northern Ireland; which (a) individuals and (b) organisations were involved in drawing up the draft guidance; what the timetable is for the consultation; and if he will make a statement.
(85219)
302
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will bring forward legislation to make abortion the responsibility of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(85220)
303
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department gave to the Belfast Brook Advisory Centre in each year since its opening; and what the rates of sexually transmitted infections were in Northern Ireland in each year over the same period.
(85221)
304
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the Members of the Working Party on guidance on abortion in Northern Ireland are; what relevant specialist qualifications each holds; what the career of each has been to date; what criteria were used in selecting them; how many and what percentage are on the public record as (a) supporting and (b) opposing abortion; when the Working Party has met; what the (i) location and (ii) duration of each meeting was; whether a record of each meeting was kept; who attended each meeting; if he will list public meetings organised by the Working Party; who addressed each meeting; at what cost; who attended each public meeting; whether a record of each public meeting was kept; what the cost was of each public meeting, broken down by (A) administrative costs, (B) costs of refreshments and (C) other costs; and if he will make a statement.
(85222)
305
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions during 2005 landfill sites in Northern Ireland were found to contain hazardous or toxic materials for which they were not approved.
(84753)
306
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is taking (a) to inform users of beta-blockers of the proposed gradual withdrawal of this drug without causing distress or anxiety and (b) to ensure that general practitioners withdraw beta-blockers gradually from patients with high blood pressure.
(84941)
307
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people prescribed beta blockers in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months have ailments other than high blood pressure.
(84974)
308
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients prescribed beta blockers for high blood pressure in Northern Ireland are over the age of 55; and if he will make a statement.
(84975)
309
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland were prescribed beta blockers for high blood pressure in the last 12 months, broken down by board area.
(84976)
310
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost has been of beta blockers in the Northern Ireland health budget in each of the last three years.
(84977)
311
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the potential effects on costs arising from the transfer of patients from using beta blockers to other drugs available for high blood pressure; and how long the transfer will take to implement.
(84978)
312
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have experienced (a) side effects and (b) life-threatening side effects as a direct result of being prescribed beta blockers for high blood pressure in each of the last five years, broken down by board area.
(84979)
313
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the use of funds to encourage the removal of murals from gable walls in (a) Loyalist and (b) nationalist areas; by whom the funds will be administered; and who the representatives will be from the communities taking part in the exercise.
(85049)
314
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many women over the age of 55 years are undergoing IVF treatment on the NHS in Northern Ireland; and if he will estimate the average cost of each programme of treatment.
(85050)
315
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision he has made to assist families affected by suicides within the (a) East Belfast, (b) North Down and (c) Ards/Castlereagh area of Strangford; and if he will make a statement.
(85051)
316
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which areas will be targeted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to test the SPECS3 cameras to apprehend speeding cars; and if he will make a statement.
(85052)
317
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the Stephen Murtagh case.
(85057)
318
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers are allocated to the Ards area of Strangford.
(85089)
319
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the decision to allow civil partnership couples the right to adopt children in Northern Ireland.
(85090)
320
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what precautions will be put in place by social services when children are placed for adoption in civil partnership settings.
(85091)
Questions to the Prime Minister
321
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will raise the issue of the Russian Federation's level of compliance with the Energy Charter Treaty and its Transit Protocol with President Putin at the forthcoming G8 Summit in St Petersburg.
(85092)
322
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with Sir John Bourn on matters concerning the behaviour of Ministers; and if he will make a statement.
(85015)
323
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Prime Minister, what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Mr Philip Anschutz and (ii) representatives of Anschutz Entertainment Group.
(84905)
324
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with Anschutz Entertainment Group on its development of the Millennium Dome site and surrounding land.
(84906)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
325
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85177)
326
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85195)
Questions to the Solicitor General
327
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85176)
328
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Solicitor General, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85194)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
329
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85178)
330
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85196)
331
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people have received the minimum wage in West Lancashire in each year since it was introduced.
(84891)
332
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on employment in (a) Blaenau Gwent and (b) other local economies of the closure of local post offices.
(84952)
333
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, from which (a) ministerial colleagues, (b) hon. Members and (c) members of the House of Lords he received a submission to the Energy Review; and what criteria were adopted in deciding which of these submissions were posted on the Energy Review pages of his departmental web site.
(85048)
334
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effects on pensioners of the discontinuation of the sale of television licences in post offices.
(85098)
335
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will establish an enquiry into (a) wholesale energy prices, (b) the level of competition in the UK energy market and (c) the impact of energy prices on manufacturing industry.
(85097)
336
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the progress of the talks that started on 4th July on the Peugeot car manufacturing operation in Ryton.
(84232)
337
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions have taken place between Ministers and officials from his Department and Royal Mail on shares being made available in Royal Mail.
(84980)
338
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much gas his Department estimates the UK will import from Russia in (a) 2006, (b) 2010 and (c) 2020, (i) as a percentage of total consumption and (ii) in cubic metres; and what percentage of that gas his Department estimates will be (A) produced by Gazprom and (B) transported through Gazprom's pipeline network.
(85082)
339
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the security of gas supply to the UK of the law passed by the Russian State Duma on Gazprom's control of gas exports from Russia.
(85083)
340
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his assessment is of the impact on UK businesses of the proposed amendments to Russia's Subsoil Law on foreign participation in Russian oil and gas projects.
(85084)
341
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his assessment is of the impact on security of energy supplies to the UK of the Russian Federation's (a) level of compliance with the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty and (b) policy on the Transit Protocol to the Energy Charter Treaty.
(85085)
342
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on UK investments in Russia of the Russian Federation's level of compliance with the Energy Charter Treaty.
(85086)
343
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has made to his Russian counterpart regarding security of British investments in Russia.
(85087)
344
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to make representations to his Russian counterpart about the proposed amendments to Russia's Subsoil Law on foreign participation in Russian oil and gas projects.
(85088)
345
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made when benchmarking UK performance of the proportion of (a) energy and (b) electricity in other EU countries which is supplied from renewable sources.
(84956)
346
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will assess the risk to the public caused by the cracking of the graphite bricks in the core of the advanced gas cooled reactors; what assessment he has made of (a) the reasons for the cracking and (b) whether the cracking will worsen; and if he will make a statement.
(85024)
347
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what publicly (a) funded and (b) administered support schemes for renewable energy research, development and generation have been available since 1995; and how much was allocated to each programme in each year.
(85233)
348
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will answer Question 72393, on an appeal to the Information Tribunal, tabled on 16th May 2006 by the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare.
(85173)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
349
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) road bridges and (b) rail bridges in (i) Southend-on-Sea, (ii) Essex, (iii) Hertfordshire and (iv) the Metropolitan Police area of London have been (A) rebuilt and (b) renewed in each of the last five years.
(85162)
350
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many roadside checks have been carried out on defective brakes during each of the past 24 months; what the nature is of such tests; and what conclusions he has drawn from the results.
(85167)
351
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what safety considerations are taken into account when choosing Government vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(85168)
352
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has for improving the A127; what improvements have been made to the A127 between Basildon and Southend-on-Sea during 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(85169)
353
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85179)
354
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85197)
355
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much nuclear material is typically transported in a nuclear transport vessel; and what assessment he has made of the impact on the marine environment in the event of an accident or attack causing all such material to leak into the sea.
(84863)
356
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to encourage the use of public transport by bus in Coventry South.
(83971)
357
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many asylum seekers have applied for (a) full and (b) provisional driving licences in the last year for which figures are available.
(85102)
358
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what facilities there are at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the return of original documents by secure delivery.
(85163)
359
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what facilities there are for non-UK nationals to obtain a driving licence from a local Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
(85164)
360
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to improve rail services between Swindon and Westbury and at intermediate towns to provide transport alternatives for the new housing planned in the area.
(84821)
361
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for publicising the new regulations on the use of child seats in cars.
(84828)
362
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy to prevent coaches from using high occupancy vehicle lanes.
(84832)
363
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the high occupancy vehicle lane on the M1 will be the (a) outside and (b) inside lane of the motorway.
(84833)
364
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when driver cards for digital tachographs will be available in the UK.
(84834)
365
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to exempt coach companies organising tours lasting more than one week from the rule that requires drivers to have one day off in seven; what representations have been made to him by trade unions about the rule; and if he will make a statement.
(84835)
366
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6th July 2006, Official Report, column 1268W, on freight containers, what proportion of the containers in use on the UK's roads will be affected by these changes.
(84862)
367
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorists have been caught speeding in the roadworks on the slip road of Junction 7 of the M56 since 2001; and what total amount of fines they have paid.
(84884)
368
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the Department was of the most recent inquiry into the toll levels on the Clifton Suspension Bridge; how many people lodged objections which led to the calling of that inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
(85044)
369
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the preliminary assessment letter he sent to the Prime Minister following his appointment as Secretary of State.
(85045)
370
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 6th July 2006, Official Report, column 1267W, on detrunking, what additional funds have been provided to each local authority in the 2006-07 financial year to meet the cost of maintaining the detrunked roads; what proportion of that authority's total allocated funds for its local transport plan the additional amount represents; and if he will make a statement.
(85047)
371
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reason is for the delay in his reply to the letter of 24th April 2006 from Wiltshire County Council about rail services in Wiltshire.
(85215)
372
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 6th July 2006, Official Report, column 1272W, on staff absenteeism, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the average cost of an employee's absence between 2003 and 2004.
(85226)
373
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, why his Department decided to pursue a timetable specification that does not accord with the findings of the Bristol/Bath to South Coast Study.
(85237)
374
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he issues to local authorities on checking compliance by bus companies with the arrangements for concessionary fares.
(84959)
375
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has undertaken on the (a) number and (b) length of bus routes serving general hospitals in each local authority which draw down a budget for concessionary fares.
(85027)
376
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work he has commissioned on the development of a high speed rail link from London to Scotland.
(85236)
377
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will increase the discretion to local highways authorities in respect of the installation of national speed limit signs at the end of any zone where a lower speed limit is in operation.
(84960)
378
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) rural and (b) urban households which have access to a regular bus service.
(85129)
379
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the East Coast Main Line south of York will be operating at full capacity when additional train paths are allocated to GNER on the Leeds to London section; and if he will make a statement.
(85014)
380
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will require holiday boat companies to display on all vessels a copy of the current Boat Safety Scheme certificate; and if he will make a statement.
(85056)
381
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by the Highways Agency in using trenchless technology for cabling, ducting and underground service installation in each year since 2001; and what proportion this represents of the overall spending for this work in each year.
(85053)
382
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, to what extent the Highways Agency uses minimum dig or trenchless technology when undertaking works for the installation of cables, ducts and underground services on the road network; and what technology it uses.
(85055)
383
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has granted funding to the Heysham M6 Link, subject to planning approval.
(85031)
384
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his most recent estimate is of the percentage of left-hand drive vehicles on British roads; what estimate he has made of the proportion of road accidents which involved left-hand drive vehicles in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(84836)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
385
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85192)
386
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85210)
387
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 5th July 2006, Official Report, column 798, on NHS operations, on what date figures showed that 768 Welsh patients had been waiting for more than six months for treatment in an English hospital.
(85165)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
388
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if she will introduce legislation making it illegal for sporting bodies in the UK to award prize monies which are different for men and women.
(84890)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
389
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what occasions a statutory instrument sponsored by his Department has been reported by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments as defective since October 2005.
(85191)
390
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10th July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and (b) three weeks for a reply; and what the reason for the delay was in each case.
(85209)
391
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Mr Bill McGraf, now deceased, a constituent of the hon Member for Birkenhead who lived in Well Lane Flats, Birkenhead, was in receipt of carer's allowance.
(84752)
392
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will publish the feasibility reports on identity cards following the Information Commissioner's decision reference FS50083103.
(84989)
393
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to tackle the perceived stigma of claiming benefits by people in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.
(84955)
394
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what special considerations are given to women wearing the veil regarding their suitability for employment when they apply for jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(85016)
395
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action he is taking to respond to the findings of his Department's research into the Pathways to Work pilots relating to the impact of the policy on those who report having one health problem of mental illness.
(84387)
396
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to review (a) the contract with Atos Medical Services as part of the Welfare Reform Programme and the Disability Equality Duty scheme and (b) the training requirements for Atos medical staff.
(84388)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
397
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to raise standards for installation and servicing of oil-fired equipment.
[Transferred] (85122)
398
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what building regulations are in place to ensure that new houses built in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England use environmental protection and conservation techniques.
[Transferred] (84893)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
399
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what Royal Commissions there are; how many there were in (a) 1976, (b) 1986, (c) 1996 and (d) 2000; and what the expected duration of each existing Commission is.
[Transferred] (85239)
400
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many members there are on each Royal Commission; how many members on each are paid; and what the (a) total and (b) average remuneration is.
[Transferred] (85240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
401
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her German counterpart on ensuring that adequate vetting procedures are in place to ensure that the Afghan police are not infiltrated by the Taliban.
[Transferred] (85108)
402
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what quantity of opium has been seized by the Afghan Special Narcotics Force since May 2005; and what the procedure is for the disposal of opium.
[Transferred] (84894)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
403
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of legal fee liability upon the prosecution of food and drink companies by competent authorities under the General Food Regulations 2004; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (85039)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
404
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the implications of the decision of Oxfam to close two of its offices in Darfur because of the lack of security there; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (85095)

 
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