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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 17 October 2006

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 17 October 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 17 October 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 17 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 17 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 17 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which local authorities have been identified by the Office for National Statistics as being affected by flawed population statistics.
(94071)
2
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the International Passenger Survey cost the Government to run and analyse for each year from 2001.
(94109)
3
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what purposes mid-year population estimates are used other than for local government finance.
(94110)
4
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of extending VAT relief to church buildings which are not listed but are within conservation areas.
(94908)
5
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of extending VAT relief to church buildings which are not listed but are within conservation areas.
(94909)
6
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he approved the Market in Financial Instruments Directive; and when the initial cost benefit analysis for the Directive was completed.
(94579)
7
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of workers from the new European Union member states on the UK economy since 2004.
(94929)
8
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of individuals that have arrived in the UK from the new European Union member states since 1st May 2004 are employed.
(95006)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
9
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which Government resources are committed to the Women and Work Action Plan; who the exemplar companies associated within it are; and if she will make a statement.
(94919)
10
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made with the reform of local government finance.
(93572)
11
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total cost of the Home Information Pack Scheme has been since 1997.
(94927)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
12
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many seats were contested at the (a) last General Election and (b) 2005 local elections by (i) the British National Party, (ii) the UK Independence Party and (iii) both parties.
(93738)
13
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the average time was between a care order being made and the final placement hearing in (a) London and (b) England in the last period for which figures are available.
(94876)
14
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidance is issued to magistrates on appropriate sentencing of persistent and prolific offenders.
(94724)
15
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many prisoners have escaped from a dock in magistrates' courts in the Greater London area over the last 12 months.
(94969)
16
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many magistrates' courts clerks were (a) solicitors and (b) barristers in each of the last 10 years.
(95002)
17
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on how many occasions she has visited (a) Wales and (b) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(95009)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
18
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will assess the merits of introducing a classification system for obscene materials for print media mirroring that in place for classifying film materials.
(94905)
19
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to include art, culture, heritage and sport in the proposals for the Thames Gateway; and if she will make a statement.
(93740)
20
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) hostels, (b) bed and breakfast establishments and (c) bed spaces were registered in Bournemouth in 2005.
(94920)
21
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the extent of the availability of Freeview is in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley; and if she will make a statement.
(94474)
22
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the level of awareness of digital switchover in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley.
(94475)
23
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of households in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley have access to digital television through a roof top aerial.
(94476)
24
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by the UK Film Council in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley in each of the last five years; and which projects have been supported.
(94477)
25
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the 2012 Olympic Games on Surrey.
(94996)
26
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions she has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94962)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
27
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Armed Forces bonus scheme will also apply to (a) civil servants, (b) Territorial Army soldiers and (c) other forces' reservists serving in combat zones.
(94901)
28
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantity of military stores and equipment are being flown from the UK to Afghanistan per week, broken down by commodity.
(94870)
29
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what quantity of stores and equipment are being locally sourced in Afghanistan.
(94871)
30
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the local purchase team of the Royal Logistics Corps supplying troops in Helmand Province is located.
(94872)
31
N
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on local purchasing in theatres of war.
(94873)
32
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9th October 2006, Official Report, column 176W, on armoured vehicles, what his most recent assessment is of the annual running costs of the Warrior in wartime usage; and if he will make a statement.
(94896)
33
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9th October 2006, Official Report, column 176W, on armoured vehicles, what information his Department received about the annual running costs of the RG31 as a result of the competition in 2001 for the Future Command and Liaison Vehicle; and if he will make a statement.
(94897)
34
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what animals are being used in experiments at the Alverstoke Institute, Gosport; for what purposes they are being used; and if he will make a statement.
(94937)
35
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many goats have been used in experiments commissioned by his Department in each year since 2000; for what purposes they have been used; and if he will make a statement.
(94938)
36
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the value of the Harpoon missile as a weapon.
(94939)
37
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what circumstances surface ships would engage hostile surface forces with the Harpoon missile; and if he will make a statement.
(94940)
38
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to equip the Type-45 Destroyer with the Harpoon missile.
(94941)
39
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace the Harpoon missile.
(94942)
40
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on the Harpoon missile.
(94943)
41
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the range is of the Harpoon missile.
(94944)
42
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which ships carry the Harpoon surface-to-surface missile.
(94945)
43
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the threat from sea mines since 1998; and what the results were.
(94946)
44
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department raised from the sale of former naval vessels (a) Sandown, (b) Inverness and (c) Bridport to the government of Estonia.
(94978)
45
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the new operational bonus will be liable to (a) employee and (b) employer national insurance contributions.
(94580)
46
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether civilian personnel on operations will be eligible for the new operational bonus.
(94581)
47
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what payroll system will be used to calculate and pay the new operational bonus to personnel in the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army.
(94582)
48
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the eligibility criteria for the new operational bonus.
(94583)
49
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the first payment of the new operational bonus to be paid to armed forces personnel.
(94584)
50
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of service manpower is required for the daily operation of Trident.
(94991)
51
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the future of the UK nuclear deterrent.
(94992)
52
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the troop numbers required to allow the army to operate effectively; and whether that requirement is being met.
(94910)
53
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected date of commission is of the future aircraft carriers; and what tonnage they will be.
(94911)
54
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had on whether further (a) Type 45 destroyers and (b) Astute class submarines are required over and above those already agreed upon.
(94912)
55
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many commissioned officers were (a) female and (b) non-white in 2006.
(94913)
56
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many troops he expects to be based in Northern Ireland on operational duties in 2007.
(94914)
57
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans his Department has should the Royal Navy require two aircraft carriers for an operation whilst one is out of service for maintenance purposes once the future aircraft carriers have entered service.
(94915)
58
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's budget is for 2005-06; and how much of that budget has been allocated to current overseas deployments.
(94917)
59
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile rates per 1,000 bed days in military field hospitals (i) in total and (ii) broken down by field hospital.
(94984)
60
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94961)
61
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the Military Service Medical Corps and supporting nursing services.
(94484)
62
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the closure of military hospitals on the standard of medical support for service personnel.
(94485)
63
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the merits of opening new military hospitals.
(94486)
64
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel are on waiting lists for treatment at NHS hospitals.
(94487)
65
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what legal powers the Armed Forces have (a) to carry firearms and (b) to arrest individuals when operating in support of the police and security services on the UK mainland.
(94479)
66
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the impact of (a) extra armour and (b) other additional features on the ability of the Cougar vehicle to withstand explosive devices.
(94916)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
67
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94960)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
68
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in what ways Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service officers are held accountable for the content of their reports under the organisation's complaints policy.
(94874)
69
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has issued to school governors on whether they should consult parents before implementing a policy of taking thumb prints for library issues.
(94875)
70
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of schools which would be affected if the draft Code proposing changes to the admissions criteria in relation to the deletion of the siblings criterion is implemented in February 2007.
(94971)
71
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the expected cost is to the Exchequer per £100 of student loan advanced; and if he will make a statement.
(94950)
72
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will estimate the total value of student loans advanced for the additional top-up fee over the standard fee; what the expected cost of such loans is to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement.
(94951)
73
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many higher education institutions charged the full £3,000 fee in 2006; and what percentage of students took out fee loans.
(94952)
74
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the total annual cost of the maintenance grant payable to poorer students in each year from 2003-04 to 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(94953)
75
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to encourage the recruitment of specialist trained citizenship teachers by schools.
(94891)
76
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the Ofsted report Towards Consensus? Citizenship in secondary schools.
(94892)
77
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the quality of teaching of citizenship in schools; and what steps he is taking to improve the standard of such teaching.
(94893)
78
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many citizenship specialist trained teachers are employed in each of the local education authorities in England.
(94898)
79
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in (i) Ribble Valley and (ii) Lancashire have been taught at least one foreign language in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(94478)
80
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support his Department provides for apprenticeships and training in construction and related industries.
(94515)
81
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding is available for home schooling; and if he will make a statement.
(94728)
82
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the Government's 10-year strategy for funding nursery education on the number of places available; and if he will make a statement.
(94902)
83
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of nursery schools is (a) state-funded, (b) voluntary and (c) private; and if he will make a statement.
(94903)
84
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice has been given to education authorities on the level of grants they should provide to private sector providers of nursery education; and if he will make a statement.
(94904)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
85
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) causes, (b) extent and (c) consequences were of the recent incident of Thames Water polluting a stretch of Dagenham Brook in Waltham Forest; what remedial activity was undertaken; and if he will make a statement.
(94924)
86
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the external costs of fuels have been incorporated into the energy performance certificate energy rating price signals.
(95005)
87
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been paid to farmers in grant aid and subsidy in each year since 1997, expressed in (a) actual and (b) real terms; and what future such payments are planned, expressed in the same terms.
(94933)
88
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much grant-in-aid his Department allocated to British Waterways in each year since 1997 expressed in (a) actual and (b) real terms; and what future payments are planned, expressed in the same terms.
(94934)
89
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on inland waterways of the reduction in the budget of the Environment Agency.
(94935)
90
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment was made of the effects of the reduction in grant-in-aid for 2006-07 to British Waterways prior to the decision being made; what his most recent assessment is of the effect of the reduction; and if he will make a statement.
(94936)
91
N
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Medical and Scientific Review Panel on the ongoing investigation into the neuropsychological sequelae of organophosphate poisoning caused by sheep dip.
(93739)
92
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the occasions since he has held his present office on which he has used (a) rail services, (b) the London underground, (c) tram or light railway services and (d) buses in connection with his Ministerial duties.
(94585)
93
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94959)
94
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, by what date farmers in England are expected to receive the full balance of their 2005 Single Payment Scheme payment.
(93506)
95
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in (a) North Dorset and (b) England are yet to receive a full balance of their 2005 Single Payment Scheme payment from the Rural Payments Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(93507)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
96
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations her Department has made to the Embassy of Colombia on the concerns of British trade unions over human rights in that country; and if she will make a statement.
(94732)
97
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what policy advice her Department has offered the Embassy of Colombia related to the concerns of British trade unions over human rights in that country; and if she will make a statement.
(94733)
98
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK has taken to honour those individuals who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
(94884)
99
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the book Diplomatic Baggage by Brigid Keenan was vetted and approved by her Department before publication.
(94887)
100
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the operation of immunity from prosecution for certain sectors of society, including parts of the armed forces, in Bangladesh; and if she will make a statement.
(94888)
101
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the response by the Bangladesh authorities to the grenade attack on 21st August 2004 on Opposition leaders; and if she will make a statement.
(94889)
102
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if her Department will take steps better to co-ordinate representations from the UK, EU, US, the Commonwealth and Japan for a proper electoral process in Bangladesh; and if she will make a statement.
(94890)
103
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has made representations to the Pakistan authorities about the effect on gender equality of the Hudood Ordinance; and if she will make a statement.
(94925)
104
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) human rights, (b) the death penalty, (c) media freedom and (d) Tibet were raised during the Chinese Prime Minister's recent visit to the UK.
(94926)
105
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the recent agreement between the Pakistani authorities and militants in North Waziristan; and if she will make a statement.
(94975)
106
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the status is of the negotiated text based on the Prisoner's Accord in the Israel Palestine dispute; which parties agree to it and which do not; what steps the Government is taking to secure agreement; and if she will make a statement.
(94976)
107
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the UN publishes the latest report of the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights Mission to Western Sahara and the Refugee Camps in Tindouf; and what steps she plans to take to ensure the continuation of the role of the Special Representative for the Western Sahara.
(94143)
108
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how she expects the level of opium production in Afghanistan to change in the next 12 months.
(94970)
109
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions she has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94958)
110
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Trilateral Agreement reached between the UK, Spain and Gibraltar on 18th September will enable the 1996 Hague Convention on the International Protection of Children to be ratified by EU member states; and if she will make a statement.
(92920)
111
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of Israeli military roadblocks in the Palestinian West Bank in October (a) 2006 and (b) 2005.
(94482)
112
N
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what parts of the Palestinian West Bank are subject to Israeli restrictions which prevent access by Palestinians who are (a) non-resident and (b) not working in Israeli settlements in the area; and what percentage of the West Bank these areas represent.
(94483)
113
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will obtain from the Iraqi authorities the estimated number of those murdered so far during 2006 as a result of terrorism.
(94481)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
114
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the NHS non-administrative staff budget was in (a) 1995 and (b) 2005.
(94907)
115
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people applied in the second round for the Chairmanship of the new amalgamated Sheffield Primary Care Trust; how many were short listed; and whether the person specification required knowledge of, demonstratable commitment to, and previous experience of public service.
(95003)
116
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals applied for appointment as a non-executive board member of the new combined primary care trust in Sheffield; how many were short listed; whether the job specification required knowledge of, demonstratable commitment to, and previous experience of public service; and how many of the non-executive board members of the Sheffield Primary Care Trust live in the Brightside constituency.
(95004)
117
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her latest estimate is of the additional cost of implementing in full the recommendations of the Royal Commission on long-term care.
(94947)
118
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) administration costs and (b) total number of staff of (i) the Healthcare Commission, (ii) the Commission for Social Care Inspection, (iii) the Office of the Independent Regulator of Foundation Trusts and (iv) the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency were in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(94948)
119
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what she estimates the average cost per resident was of free nursing care for older people in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(94949)
120
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new NHS jobs have been created in physiotherapy in (a) Liverpool, (b) Wirral and (c) Cheshire in each of the last five years.
(94894)
121
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) research she has carried out and (b) assessment she has made of the effect of Agenda for Change on job and career progression opportunities for graduate and junior physiotherapists.
(94895)
122
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many jobs there are in the NHS in (a) Redbridge and (b) Waltham Forest; and how many there were in October 1997.
(94977)
123
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into radiotherapy damage as a result of radiotherapy treatment.
(94928)
124
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many strategic health authorities notified local NHS trusts (a) Medical and Dental Education Levy and (b) increment for teaching funding levels for 2006-07 after the start of the financial year; and if she will make a statement.
(94877)
125
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department spent in each NHS trust on the (a) Medical and Dental Education Levy and (b) service increment for teaching in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06; how much has been spent to date in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(94878)
126
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals have a helicopter landing pad available for use by air ambulances; and what steps are being taken to increase the number of hospitals with that facility.
(94322)
127
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost of severance packages to the NHS was in each year since 1997-98 in (a) real and (b) nominal terms; and what estimate she has made of the total cost of severance packages to the NHS in 2006-07.
(94985)
128
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her most recent estimate is of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile rates per 1,000 bed days in NHS hospitals (i) in England and (ii) broken down by NHS Trust.
(94986)
129
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the budget allocated to primary care trusts for 2006-07 was allocated to them for the purposes of (a) long-term health improvement, (b) reducing health inequalities and (c) tackling issues of public health.
(94987)
130
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to dissolve Connecting for Health.
(94988)
131
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) total number of beds and (b) number of beds per 100,000 population has been in each strategic health authority area in each year since 2002-03.
(94989)
132
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes have been made to the system of NHS resource allocation since 1997.
(94990)
133
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on (a) current and (b) future funding levels for Surrey Primary Care Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(94997)
134
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are expected to be made redundant at the Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust in the financial year 2006-07.
(94968)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
135
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of institutional racism in the police force on anti-terrorism strategies in the community.
(94906)
136
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on returning Tamil asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(94885)
137
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has received any information about a Tamil asylum seeker returned by UK authorities and subsequently killed; and if he will make a statement.
(94886)
138
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases there are where the time period for exceptional leave to remain (ELR) has expired, an application for indefinite leave to remain has been made prior to the expiry of the ELR, but where the application has not yet been determined; what the average length of time was to reach a decision upon such an application in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(94974)
139
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to implement the recommendations made by HM Inspector of Prisons in her two reports upon Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre; and if he will make a statement.
(94993)
140
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of an increase in police pay of (a) 2.2 per cent. as proposed by the Official Side and (b) of three per cent. as proposed by the staff side during pay negotiations.
(94734)
141
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police authorities have budgeted for a three per cent. increase in police pay from 1st September.
(94735)
142
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police cells will be used in Kettering for Operation Safeguard; and for how long.
(94437)
143
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the most recent forecast is of expected levels of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria following their accession to the European Union.
(94438)
144
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of criminal activity on UK-based internet auction websites.
(94922)
145
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal orders were issued in (a) Humberside and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last three years.
(93736)
146
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of (a) convicted prisoners and (b) those held on remand in prison pending trial are non-British nationals.
(94966)
147
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of people convicted in England and Wales in the last 12 months were non-British nationals.
(94967)
148
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his statement of 9th October 2006, Official Report, column 32, on the prison estate, how many category C prisoners he expects to be transferred from HMP Coldingley to open prisons.
(94972)
149
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his statement of 9th October 2006, Official Report, column 32, on the prison estate, which two women's prisons are to be re-roled to take men.
(94973)
150
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on (a) current and (b) future funding levels for Surrey Police; and if he will make a statement.
(94998)
151
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to indicate whether he will meet Surrey Police's claim for costs incurred because of the proposal to amalgamate Surrey and Sussex police forces.
(94999)
152
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners undertook treatment with the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and how many prisoners completed the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust's rehabilitation programme in England and Wales in each year.
(95000)
153
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions for (a) possession and (b) possession with intent to supply the drug crystal methamphetamine have taken place in the last six months.
(95001)
154
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the requirement is for the retention of papers relating to interviews and processing of naturalisation requests; and if he will make a statement.
(94729)
155
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria are for deciding what is operationally necessary when deciding on disposal of files on naturalisation under the Public Records Act 1958; and if he will make a statement.
(94730)
156
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions he has visited Wales in the last 12 months.
(95008)
157
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what studies the Government has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed regarding the likely effect of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants on the UK labour market.
(94930)
158
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the effect of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants on the UK skills shortage.
(94931)
159
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed on managing the migration of Bulgarians and Romanians.
(94932)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
160
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many complaints have been made by hon. Members and their staff concerning Dell supplied printers since the new IT contract came into force; how many printers have been replaced; what the cost has been of replacement printers and parts for Dell supplied equipment; and under what warranty terms these goods are supplied to the House.
(94144)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
161
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's bilateral aid to (a) reproductive health programmes and (b) HIV programmes was in 2005-06, broken down into (i) project or sector aid, (ii) programme aid, (iii) technical co-operation, (iv) grants and other aid in kind, (v) humanitarian assistance and (vi) CDC investments.
(94900)
162
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94957)
163
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes his Department are supporting to help farmers in Afghanistan switch from poppy production to other crops.
(93943)
Questions to the Leader of the House
164
N
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):To ask the Leader of the House, what plans there are to limit party political spending in individual constituencies outside the 12 months period immediately prior to a general election.
(94026)
165
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Leader of the House, what plans he has to limit the money that can be spent in election campaigns.
(94028)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
166
N
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the draft regulation proposing the exemption from the smoke-free provisions of the Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 for a designated room in a research or testing facility would enable the continuation of all research and testing undertaken by Gallaher Limited at their Lisnafillan premises.
(93880)
167
N
The Reverend Ian Paisley (North Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the (a) direct and (b) indirect effect on employment in Northern Ireland of the Lisnafillan premises of Gallaher Limited.
(93881)
168
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of school bullying in Northern Ireland have been referred to the Department of Education in the last 12 months, broken down by Education and Library Board; and what measures the Department has taken (a) to resolve each case and (b) to reduce the number of incidents of school bullying in Northern Ireland.
(94963)
169
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many violent crimes in which the victim's occupation or the victim type was given as taxi driver have been carried out in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) district command unit and (b) council area.
(94964)
170
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of domestic violence were reported to the police in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) district command unit and (b) council area.
(94965)
171
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions he has stayed overnight in Northern Ireland since the end of June 2006.
(94994)
172
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been convicted of racially-motivated crimes in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) district command unit and (b) council district.
(95012)
173
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have been the victim of racially-motivated attacks in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) district command unit and (b) council district.
(95013)
174
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff in (a) each government department in Northern Ireland, including the Northern Ireland Office, and (b) the voluntary and community sectors have participated in the Northern Ireland Best Practice Scheme in the last 12 months.
(95014)
175
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Unionists are estimated to have been living in Strabane in (a) 1993, (b) 1997, (c) 2001 and (d) 2005.
(95015)
176
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils were (a) suspended and (b) permanently excluded from school in Northern Ireland for bullying in each of the last three years.
(95016)
Questions to the Prime Minister
177
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94956)
Questions to the Solicitor General
178
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Solicitor General, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Wales and (b) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(95019)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
179
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Low Carbon Buildings Programme budget is for household installations in 2006-07; and how much of that year's funding has been allocated.
(94376)
180
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the household stream of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme is able to meet demand for grants.
(94377)
181
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the Low Carbon Buildings Programme budget for household installations is in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(94378)
182
N
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many redundancies have been notified to the Government since 1st July 2006, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(94480)
183
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people work within the (a) aerospace and defence, (b) automotive, (c) biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, (d) broadcasting, (e) chemicals, (f) computer games, (g) construction, (h) digital content, (i) electronics and IT services, (j) environmental industries, (k) information security, (l) international ICT policy, (m) manufacturing, (n) marine, (o) materials and engineering, (p) postal services, (q) publishing, (r) retail, (s) telecommunications and (t) climate change project office sectors of his Department, broken down by grade.
(94578)
184
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94955)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
185
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much freight was transported by rail through the Channel Tunnel on average in each month of the last period for which figures are available; and what estimate his Department has made of the levels of rail freight which will continue to use the Channel Tunnel after the Government withdraws its subsidies to English Welsh and Scottish Railways International on 1st December.
(94723)
186
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what projections his Department has made of the likely effect on the environment from carbon emissions that may be created should freight transported by rail through the Channel Tunnel be transported by alternative means.
(94725)
187
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the possible effect on the number of jobs in UK freight yards if subsidies for freight operating companies using the Channel Tunnel are withdrawn.
(94726)
188
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Highways Agency will publish its report on potential improvements to the A14 around Kettering.
(94727)
189
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the M1 motorway was closed on 11th September near to junction 21; why a complete closure was deemed necessary in both directions; and by whom that decision was made.
(94319)
190
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the location is of each stretch of motorway which has speed restrictions in force on a 24-hour basis to protect the workforce where the roadworks are not being carried out on a 24-hour basis.
(94320)
191
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of accidents caused on stretches of motorway (a) which are unlit and (b) with lighting since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(94321)
192
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, why no representative from East Yorkshire sits as a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Transport Board.
(94323)
193
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland and (b) Wales in the last 12 months.
(95011)
194
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will reply to the letter of 1st September from Sir Robert Atkins MEP.
(94731)
195
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many endorsements were issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to holders of foreign driving licences in each year from 2000 to 2006, broken down by the country of origin of the licence holder.
(94918)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
196
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, on how many occasions she has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(94954)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
197
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Government is spending to tackle pensioner poverty.
(94923)
198
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland and (b) Wales in the last 12 months.
(95010)
199
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals who have arrived in the UK from the new European Union member states since 1st May 2004 are claiming welfare benefits.
[Transferred] (95007)

 
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