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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 11 December 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 Monday 11 December 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 11 December 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 11 December 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 Monday 11 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 11 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what targets his Department sets for local authorities.
(108559)
2
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent by his Departments and their associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reports of headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108340)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much efficiency savings have been made in his Departments and their associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon Review; and if he will make a statement.
(108347)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 30th November 2006, Official Report, column 836W, what factors were taken into account in deciding not to pass the effects of the Bank of England interest rate rise of 9th November 2006 on to National Savings and Investment customers with (a) investment accounts and (b) easy access savings accounts; and if he will make a statement.
(108379)
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the legal basis was for HM Revenue and Customs' policy change in July 2006 to refuse the right of claimants from outside the European Union in the financial services and insurance sectors, engaged in the supply of services to non-EU customers, to recover VAT incurred on goods and services from UK suppliers.
(108535)
6
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the written ministerial statement made by the Paymaster General on 6th December 2006, Official Report, columns 14-15WS, on tax credits, what assessment he has made of the staffing implications of introducing an enhanced manual process to identify cases where a restriction is appropriate.
(108785)
7
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the effective pay award date is for staff in (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs; and what the actual implementation date was in each case in each of the last five years.
(108293)
8
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108196)
9
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was to the public purse of running the National Savings and Investment Department in the last complete financial year (a) before and (b) after the public private partnership.
(108231)
10
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the pension liability is for state employees; and what it was in May 1997.
(108240)
11
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the implementation in the UK of Commission Directive 2006/70/EC, on Politically Exposed Persons; which categories of people would be covered; to what extent former and serving (a) Cabinet members, (b) Ministers, (c) civil servants, (d) European Commissioners, (e) state employees and (f) hon. Members and their relatives are covered; and what correspondence he has exchanged with the House authorities on this directive.
(108374)
12
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the studies undertaken by his Department on the costs and benefits of EU membership; how many were (a) begun, (b) completed and (c) terminated before completion; and what the reason was for the termination of each which was terminated early.
(108381)
13
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the merits of (a) reducing and (b) removing VAT on the sale of energy saving lightbulbs; and if he will make a statement.
(108234)
14
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether options are available to (a) non-religious people and (b) people of religions other than Plymouth Brethren who seek to opt out of annuities.
(108311)
15
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the provision of alternatively secured pensions with human rights legislation.
(108312)
16
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanisms are in place to prevent abuse of alternatively secured pensions; and what evidence of such abuse he has collected.
(108313)
17
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what religions other than Plymouth Brethren qualify for alternatively secured pensions.
(108314)
18
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has issued to tax accountants as to how they certify clients' religious objections to annuities.
(108315)
19
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons were for HM Revenue and Custom's recent change of policy on the right of companies from outside the European Union in the financial services sector engaged in the supply of services to non-EU customers to recover VAT incurred on goods and services from UK suppliers; what representations he has received from industry on the change; what discussions he had with industry prior to the change; and what estimate he has made of the net annual change in revenue to the Exchequer which will result.
(108565)
20
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to the computer systems of HM Revenue and Customs (a) were detected and (b) succeeded in each of the last five years.
(108318)
21
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to his Department's computer systems (a) were detected and (b) succeeded in each of the last five years.
(108319)
22
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any of the (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data of HM Revenue and Customs is stored with online data storage providers.
(108327)
23
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any of his Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored with online data storage providers.
(108328)
24
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any of his Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored outside the United Kingdom.
(108334)
25
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any of the (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data of HM Revenue and Customs is stored outside the United Kingdom.
(108335)
26
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many compensation payments were made by the tax credits section of his Department in each month from May to October 2006; what the total value of such payments was in each quarter since April 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(108275)
27
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of the £25,000 earnings disregard on tax credit payments is estimated to be in terms of (a) Exchequer effect and (b) increased entitlement between 2003-04 and 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(108276)
28
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions his Department has used regarding its ability to recover tax credit overpayments when estimating the Exchequer effect of increasing the tax credits disregard to £25,000 per annum; and if he will make a statement.
(108277)
29
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what gross domestic product per capita was in each local authority area in (a) 1979, (b) 1992, (c) 1997 and (d) the latest year for which figures are available.
(108167)
30
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rates of (a) male and (b) female economic activity were in each local authority ward in Darlington in each year since 1979.
(108168)
31
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are receiving working tax credits in each local authority ward in Darlington; and what the total cost was of these payments in the latest period for which figures are available.
(108220)
32
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on research and development tax credits in each year since its introduction, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) region.
(108828)
33
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how many people receive no more than the minimum wage, broken down by local authority area.
(108834)
34
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of (a) the function of supplier accreditation services and (b) the development of a centrally administered list of qualified suppliers by the Office of Government Commerce; and if he will make a statement.
(108670)
35
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent meetings he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs officials on the budget for British Waterways.
(108692)
36
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely change in revenue between 2005-06 and 2006-07 as a result of stamp duty thresholds for (a) 3 per cent. duty and (b) 4 per cent. duty on residential properties remaining unchanged.
(108215)
37
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the likely annual reduction in revenue which would result from a zero per cent. stamp duty rate for zero carbon homes, based on the current numbers of zero carbon homes.
(108222)
38
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the responses to the Treasury's Planning Gain Supplement consultation paper.
(108316)
39
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for how long the time limited zero per cent. stamp duty rate for zero carbon homes will apply.
(108317)
40
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many single parents there were in Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(108466)
41
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount of VAT collected from buildings used for educational purposes in each local authority in each year since 1997.
(108524)
42
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount of VAT levied under the Building Schools for the Future programme in each year since the programme was established; and how much he estimates will be levied in each of the next three years.
(108526)
43
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidelines HM Revenue and Customs has provided to local authorities on Building Schools for the Future and VAT; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each set of guidelines.
(108530)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
44
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what targets her Department sets for local authorities.
(108561)
45
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 18W, on the European Union, whether the European Commission has provided the Government with any information on the cost of European regulation to UK businesses.
(108556)
46
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much in compensation payments was paid by her Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108210)
47
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the Government's policy is on press officers participating in blogs.
(108368)
48
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2006, Official Report, column 890W, on ministerial residences, which contractors were commissioned to refurbish the flat above 10 Downing Street since 31st March 2006.
(108427)
49
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much council tax is being paid on the empty ministerial residence in Admiralty House; and which Government Department is meeting the cost.
(108467)
50
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 767W, on Parliamentary Questions, if she will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance in use in her Department on 6th December 2006 on (a) answering Parliamentary questions for written answer and (b) procedures for handling Freedom of Information Act requests.
(108472)
51
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2006, Official Report, column 594W, on departmental staff, if she will list the training courses available to Cabinet Office (a) staff and (b) ministers.
(108473)
52
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the Labour Party makes a financial contribution to the cost of any Government special adviser.
(108478)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
53
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will visit Wellingborough to discuss the provision of infrastructure for the development that is taking place in the area.
(108422)
54
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what amount has been spent by her Department and its associated public bodies to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs are included in the calculation of the headline efficiency savings; and if she will make a statement.
(108172)
55
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what efficiency savings have been made in her Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon initiative; and if she will make a statement.
(108239)
56
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what projections she has made of the number of additional households there will be in each region in the period 2003 to 2026; how many of these additional households she expects to be as a result of migration in each region; and what assessment she has made of the impact of migration on housing demand and infrastructure on London and the South East.
(108820)
57
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with local authorities on planned new social housing in Coventry.
(108414)
58
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many targets set by her Department were met by Coventry City Council in the last year for which figures are available.
(108415)
59
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she has had any discussions with the Commission for Racial Equality on bringing forward amendments to equality legislation to allow positive discrimination.
(108554)
60
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what programmes her Department operates to provide particular provision in rural areas; and what the cost of such programmes is expected to be in 2007-08.
(108253)
61
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much in compensation payments was paid by her Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108209)
62
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many members of staff from her Department who are seconded to the Deputy Prime Minister's Office were awarded a bonus for their work in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(108492)
63
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information she holds on the provision of public toilets in (a) Gateshead East and Washington West, (b) the North East and (c) England; and if she will make a statement.
(108238)
64
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the consultation paper on the findings of the review of the Disabled Facilities Grant to be published; what the reasons are for the delay; and if she will make a statement.
(108246)
65
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria will be used to judge applications for unitary council status.
(108424)
66
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will call in for her consideration the application from Severn Waste for the construction and operation of a co-mingled waste recycling plant at Norton in Worcestershire.
(108156)
67
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the assets of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund.
(108241)
68
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on planning guidance policy 3 in relation to building on brownfield sites.
(108809)
69
N
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which were the 10 best performing arm's-length management organisations in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what the surplus of each was over that period.
(107943)
70
N
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to review keyworker shared ownership housing schemes managed by housing associations.
(105294)
71
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) cash and (b) percentage change in funding was for (i) Leicestershire County Council and (ii) Charnwood Borough Council in each year since 1997.
(108911)
72
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was payable in grants to (a) Leicestershire County Council and (b) Charnwood Borough Council by her Department in each year since 2001.
(108918)
73
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which ministers in her Department have visited Leicester in the last year; and where they visited in Leicester.
(108690)
74
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many vacant dwellings there are in Sandwell.
(108920)
75
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she expects the proposed town council for Brixham to be established before 1st April 2007 as referred to in a letter from the Chairman of the Electoral Commission to the hon. Member for Totnes of 27th April 2006.
(108817)
76
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about local authorities deriving income from contracts with mobile phone companies to erect masts in schools.
(104983)
77
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much income was derived by local authorities from mobile phone companies in each of the last three years.
(104984)
78
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to allocate funding to residents' associations for the purpose of forming property companies to purchase properties in order to tackle anti-social behaviour.
(108624)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
79
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what efficiency savings have been made in her Department and agencies as a result of the Gershon review; and if she will make a statement.
(108360)
80
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent by her Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been taken account of in reporting of headline efficiency savings; and if she will make a statement.
(108361)
81
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who the members are of the Boundary Commission for England; what qualifications are required for appointment to the Commission; and what criteria are used to appoint members.
(108431)
82
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what programmes her Department operates to provide particular provision in rural areas; and what the cost of such programmes is expected to be in 2007-08.
(108252)
83
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations she has received in the last 12 months from (a) the Federation of Family History Societies, (b) the UK Centre for Census Access Studies and (c) others on the 100 year census closure rule; and if she will make a statement.
(108290)
84
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the projected timescale is for conducting the outstanding inquests for deaths of service men and women in Iraq which occurred before 16th May; what arrangements have been made for inquests into those deaths which occurred on or after 16th May; and if she will make a statement.
(105689)
85
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much in compensation payments was paid by her Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108201)
86
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, columns 346-7W, on the Knowledge Network, what the functions of (a) Forward Look and (b) the CCS Cross-Government exercise database are; and if she will make a statement.
(108417)
87
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 344W, on postal votes, whether her Department plans to invite local authorities to apply to pilot all-postal voting methods in future elections.
(108457)
88
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 343W, on the Lord Chancellor (functions), how many functions the Lord Chancellor has held at his official residence in Admiralty House since taking up residence; and at how many of those functions staff from her Department assisted.
(108476)
89
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which Government Department is paying the council tax bill on the Lord Chancellor's ministerial residence in Admiralty House.
(108480)
90
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which central government department granted the lowest percentage of Freedom of Information Act requests in full in the most recent quarter for which figures are available.
(108483)
91
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether local authorities will be compensated for the new burdens introduced under the Electoral Administration Act 2006.
(108485)
92
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the timetable is for representatives from her Department to meet the delegation from the Council of Europe to discuss election fraud.
(108486)
93
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans her Department has to consult the public on its plans to amend Freedom of Information Act regulations.
(108487)
94
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 764W, on litigants in person, what reasons the Civil Procedure Rule Committee gave for keeping the rate at which litigants in person can claim costs at its 1995 level.
(108808)
95
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether her Department is considering proposals to give magistrates (a) the authority and (b) the training to deal directly with children within the family courts system; and if she will make a statement.
(108456)
96
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether it is her Department's policy not to consider any proposals for reform of family courts which contravene the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
(108695)
97
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, why the web page of the Office of Public Sector Information relating to UK Statutory Instruments which apply exclusively or primarily to Northern Ireland has not been updated since 24th April 2006.
(108267)
98
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, why the web page of the Office of Public Sector Information on 2005 Statutory Instruments relating exclusively or primarily to Northern Ireland has not been working; and if she will make a statement.
(108268)
99
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what her plans are to increase diversity of membership among the magistracy in Lancashire.
(108557)
100
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many military deaths from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan remain to be dealt with by the Oxfordshire Coroners Court.
(108171)
101
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, who the members of the Freedom of Information Users Group are; and what the declared political affiliation is of each member.
(108250)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
102
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to be able to make a definitive statement on the future of the Tote.
(108034)
103
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the number of households that will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in each parliamentary constituency in Devon and Cornwall.
(108647)
104
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by her Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reporting headline efficiency savings; and if she will make a statement.
(108356)
105
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much efficiency savings she has made in her Department and its associated public bodies; and if she will make a statement.
(108357)
106
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many remote gaming operators have been prosecuted for breach of section 42(1)(c) of the 1968 Gaming Act in the last 12 months; what charge was brought in each case in which all proceedings are complete; and on what date each charge was brought.
(108280)
107
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps Ofcom is taking to inform the public of the cost of 0871 numbers.
(108538)
108
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) schedule and (b) consultation process is for the regulation of 0871 numbers; and if she will make a statement.
(108542)
109
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultation her Department is undertaking in connection with Olympic training camps.
(108628)
110
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultation she has undertaken regarding the proposed Olympic equestrian venue at Greenwich Park; and if she will make a statement.
(108629)
111
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Government has given to each Olympic training camp, broken down by sport.
(108630)
112
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many members of staff are working on the recruitment of the Chairman of the BBC Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(108183)
113
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for the recruitment of a Chairman of the BBC Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(108184)
114
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the scrutiny arrangements put in place for the recruitment of the current Chairman of the BBC Governors will be followed for therecruitment of the Chairman of the BBC Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(108185)
115
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many senior positions in non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible are vacant; and if she will make a statement.
(108186)
116
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made in its review of the Guidance issued to Licensing Authorities on the discharge of their functions under the Licensing Act 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(108187)
117
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had any discussions with local authorities on the effect of the Licensing Act (2003) on public performances of (a) religious carols and (b) secular Christmas songs; and if she will make a statement.
(108677)
118
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's target time is for filling vacant senior positions in non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible; and if she will make a statement.
(108678)
119
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her latest estimate is of the maximum cost of the 2012 Olympics.
(108188)
120
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the art exhibitions, including performance art, sponsored by public bodies for which her Department is responsible over the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost was in each case.
(108307)
121
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she plans to take to increase the medal take by British athletics during the 2012 Olympics; and at what estimated cost.
(108308)
122
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which consultants have worked on the 2012 Olympics to date; and what the project task and cost was in each case.
(108309)
123
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to renovate the Buxton Memorial Fountain in Victoria Tower Gardens.
(108369)
124
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from members of the music industry in favour of the extension of the 50 year copyright rule.
(108386)
125
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 99-100W, on the 2012 Olympics, on what date the report by KPMG was completed and presented to her Department.
(108098)
126
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 99-100W, on the 2012 Olympics, what mention the report prepared by KPMG made of VAT costs for the Olympics.
(108102)
127
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 99-100W, on the 2012 Olympics, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by KPMG.
(108103)
128
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Government Department or agency holds overall responsibility for meeting cost overruns in the delivery of the 2012 Olympics.
(108540)
129
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her estimate is of the number of households that will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in (a) Gateshead East and Washington West, (b) the North East and (c) England.
(108237)
130
N
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to use Lilleshall National Sports Academy in Shropshire as a regional training facility for the 2012 Olympics.
(105303)
131
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria she plans to use to decide the location of the UK School Games up to 2012.
(108899)
132
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) Government and (b) Opposition right hon. and hon. Members Sport England has (i) mentioned on its website and (ii) invited to the launch of events where it is one of the sponsors since the start of 2006.
(107947)
133
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which ministers in her Department have visited Leicester in the last year; and where they visited in Leicester.
(108691)
134
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library copies of the applications for membership of each lottery board of each of their members.
(107873)
135
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications were received for membership of the Big Lottery Board; how many candidates were short-listed; how many were interviewed; and how many were appointed, broken down by declared membership of each political party in each case.
(107874)
136
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of digital switchover on energy consumption levels.
(108441)
137
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of changes in the number of theatres since 1997.
(108162)
138
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of her Department's funding for art galleries was received by galleries outside London in the last perioid for which figures are available.
(108164)
139
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of art galleries which are receiving funding from her Department are outside London in 2006-07.
(108166)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
140
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by his Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reporting headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108351)
141
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much efficiency savings have been made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon review; and if he will make a statement.
(108353)
142
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what breeds of horses are used by the Household Cavalry.
(108278)
143
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the effective pay award date is for his Department's staff; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last five years.
(108294)
144
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed by each Defence Export Services Organisation office outside the UK.
(108631)
145
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which states were identified as priority or key markets in the most recent Strategic Market Analysis carried out by the Defence Export Services Organisation.
(108632)
146
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals among those killed by British forces in Afghanistan over the past 12 months were (a) militants and (b) civilians.
(108650)
147
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the results of the British strategy in Afghanistan.
(108819)
148
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of service education allowances in 2006-07; and what estimates he has made of the cost in future.
(108291)
149
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in service education allowances between 2001-02 and 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(108396)
150
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reason is for the difference between the figure for the number of service children covered by continuity of education allowance in the spring term at 2004-05 given in the Answer of 6th November 2006, Official Report, columns 801-2W, on boarding school allowance, and that given in a Freedom of Information request dated 1st September 2005, reference 25-08-2005-090717-002.
(108419)
151
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the specified operational locations are for the operational allowance; and what methodology was used to identify them.
(105691)
152
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution his Department makes to the (a) formulation and (b) implementation of the Government's energy security policy.
(108891)
153
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the 13 practical steps toward nuclear disarmament referred to on page 13 of the White Paper CM6994, in respect of which of these steps progress has been made; and if he will make a statement.
(108787)
154
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are times when more than one Trident submarine is on deterrent patrol; and if he will make a statement.
(108788)
155
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are times when Trident submarines are deployed with fewer than 48 warheads; and if he will make a statement.
(108789)
156
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Trident submarines are routinely loaded with their full complement of 16 missiles; and if he will make a statement.
(108790)
157
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the implications are for the number of deployed warheads of the announcement in the White Paper CM6994 that the stockpile of operationally available warheads will be reduced from 200 to 160; and if he will make a statement.
(108791)
158
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many warheads in the stockpile of operationally available warheads will be dismantled as a result of the reductions in the stockpile announced in the White Paper CM6994; and if he will make a statement.
(108792)
159
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the United Kingdom's Negative Security Assurance to non-nuclear weapons states applies in relation to the circumstances in which the United Kingdom might use its nuclear weapons; and if he will make a statement.
(108794)
160
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the United Kingdom's nuclear doctrine includes a sub-strategic element; and if he will make a statement.
(108795)
161
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether each Trident submarine is deployed with a sub-strategic capability; and if he will make a statement.
(108796)
162
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list those consulted on the estimate of procurement timeframe for the programme to build new Vanguard-Class ballistic missile submarines; and if he will make a statement.
(108797)
163
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the procurement timeframe is for the programme to build new Vanguard-Class ballistic missile submarines; at what stage he expects main gate approval; and if he will make a statement.
(108798)
164
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) planned service life at construction and (b) actual service life was for each decommissioned nuclear submarine that has been in service with the Royal Navy.
(108805)
165
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why the planned service lives of HMS (a) Trafalgar, (b) Turbulent, (c) Tireless, (d) Talent and (e) Triumph were extended; and why the planned service lives of HMS (i) Torbay and (ii) Trenchant were reduced.
(108806)
166
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of developing a new design of submarine reactor with a passive cooling system that could function without relying on cooling pumps.
(108807)
167
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected total cost is of the capital programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment from 2005 to 2025.
(108856)
168
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected average annual cost is of operating the Atomic Weapons Establishment from 2007 to 2055.
(108857)
169
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department expects to complete the major capital programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.
(108858)
170
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for ensuring an adequate supply of tritium to maintain the UK's nuclear weapons' capability until 2055; and what the projected cost is of these plans.
(108859)
171
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for ensuring an adequate supply of highly enriched uranium to fuel four replacement ballistic missile submarines; and what the projected cost is of these plans.
(108860)
172
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has for the construction and operation of a facility to fabricate the fuel rods for four replacement ballistic missile submarines; and what the projected cost is of these plans.
(108861)
173
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to carry out an upgrade and refurbishment of the Trident warhead in the next five years.
(108880)
174
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the replacement ballistic missile submarines will use the PWR2 reactor.
(108881)
175
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected cost is of developing a new submarine reactor to replace the PWR2.
(108882)
176
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes he plans to make in (a) the number of nuclear warheads carried on the submarine on patrol, (b) the total number of nuclear warheads deployed at sea on three submarines and (c) the number of operationally available warheads which are stored on land when three submarines are fully armed.
(108883)
177
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected costs are of (a) submarines, (b) tactical weapon systems and (c) strategic weapons systems' equipment for replacement ballistic missile submarines on the basis of a fleet of four submarines.
(108884)
178
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected costs are of (a) missiles and (b) strategic weapons systems equipment for a successor missile system to Trident on the basis of a fleet of four submarines.
(108885)
179
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what process was followed in (a) proposing and (b) developing the idea to award journalists Iraq campaign medals; how many have been (i) accepted and (ii) declined; and whether any precedents exist.
(108378)
180
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected cost is of training to fill the shortfall in minibus drivers for the armed forces.
(108380)
181
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) newspapers, (b) broadcasters and (c) news agencies whose journalists were given an Iraq campaign medal by his Department.
(108384)
182
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many mobile phone masts have been placed in Territorial Army barracks; what funds have been received in recompense; and what use has been made of those funds.
(108385)
183
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Iraq campaign medals have been awarded without clasp to journalists; and if he will make a statement.
(108412)
184
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 27th January 2005, Official Report, columns 539-40W, on UK liaison officers with Eurocorps, if he will place in the Library a list of the reports from liaison officers.
(108521)
185
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to his Department's computer systems have (a) been detected and (b) succeeded in each of the last five years.
(108323)
186
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any of his Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored with online data storage providers.
(108337)
187
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any of his Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored outside the United Kingdom.
(108392)
188
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any corrupt data have been detected on his Department's computer systems in the last 12 months.
(108471)
189
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) performance and (b) operational reliability of Tristar aircraft in service with the Royal Air Force.
(108709)
190
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on the Territorial Army in the last period for which figures are available; and what percentage that figure represents of total defence spending in that period.
(108646)
191
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in settling the level of pay for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in its 2006 pay review process.
(105256)
192
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why the 2006 pay review for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary was not carried out in July 2006.
(105257)
193
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected date is for the completion of the 2006 pay review for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
(105258)
194
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the factors enabling United States Ohio-class Trident submarines to have longer in-service lives than United Kingdom Vanguard submarines; and what lessons can be drawn from them for the benefit of the future nuclear deterrent.
(105755)
195
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of (a) whether Vanguard submarines have typically operated (i) at a higher level of intensity and (ii) for longer periods at sea than United States Ohio-class Trident submarines and (b) the effect of those factors upon the differential in-service lives of those submarines.
(105756)
196
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what he expects the projected in-service dates to be for each of the proposed new Trident submarines.
(107860)
197
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of adopting existing submarine-launched cruise missiles to carry nuclear warheads.
(107861)
198
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential (a) advantages and (b) disadvantages of a nuclear deterrent of nuclear cruise missiles carried on submarines.
(107862)
199
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many departmental computer stations were affected in April and May 2004 by the Sasser worm.
(108707)
200
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much it cost to clean the departmental computer stations affected by the Sasser worm in April and May 2004.
(108708)
201
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding on the logistical support to the Estonian company participating in the International Security Assistance Force mission within the British Task Force.
(108423)
202
N
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that kinetic military technology is developed through the Defence Industrial Strategy.
(105296)
203
Angus Robertson (Moray):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what manning changes there were in his Department's staff in Scotland in each quarter since 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(108465)
204
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many notifications have been sent by Afghan forces to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the transfer by UK armed forces to Afghan authorities of persons detained in Afghanistan since the signature of the MOU.
(108816)
205
N
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been paid in the form of compensation by HM Armed Forces in each year since 1997, broken down by service; and for what reasons compensation has been paid.
(105526)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
206
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the percentage of people living in rural areas who are within one mile of a post office; and how many lived within one mile in 1997.
(108654)
207
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much in compensation payments has been paid by his Department since its establishment; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108213)
208
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his statement of 21st November 2006, Official Report, column 30WS, on departmental expenditure limits 2006-07, whether his administration budget includes provision for (a) the cost of his official residence in Admiralty House, (b) the cost of his foreign travel, (c) the cost of his travel within the UK and (d) the cost of his ministerial car.
(108420)
209
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which notices of external employment have been given by his Department's special advisers since his Department's creation.
(108477)
210
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which gifts have been given by his Department to third parties since its establishment; on what date each was given; what the reason was for giving each gift; and what the name was of the recipient.
(108489)
211
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will publish the invitation list for his Department's Christmas party.
(108490)
212
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what the budget is for his Department's Christmas party.
(108491)
213
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the gifts received by each of his special advisers from third parties which have been declared to his Department since its establishment; and on what date each was given.
(108493)
214
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues from the Department for Education and others on co-ordination of Government policy on schools.
(108810)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
215
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of applications at the age of transfer from primary to secondary education for a place at secondary school did not result in the pupil concerned being placed in their first choice of secondary school in each local education authority in the last year for which figures are available.
(107966)
216
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of (a) White British, (b) Black Caribbean, (c) Black African, (d) Indian, (e) Pakistani, (f) Bangladeshi and (g) other ethnic groups who were entitled to free school meals attained no recognised qualifications at school leaving age in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by sex.
(107967)
217
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils attending each of the 25 schools achieving the (a) highest and (b) lowest percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs in 2005-06 were entitled to free school meals.
(107968)
218
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of pupil numbers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the next 10 years.
(107969)
219
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what efficiency savings have been made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon review; and if he will make a statement.
(108366)
220
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent by his Department and its associated public bodies on achieving Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs are accounted for in the reports of headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108367)
221
N
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions his officials have had with Southampton City Council on a competition to provide new schools under the provisions of the Education Act 2006; what form the discussions took; and on what dates they took place.
(108179)
222
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of maintained secondary schools used (a) AQA, (b) Edexcel, (c) OCR exam boards for (i) GCSE and (ii) A level mathematics examinations in 2005.
(108195)
223
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, to which cities he expects the Teach First scheme to expand by 2009-10; and if he will make a statement.
(108413)
224
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools fall within each percentage point in terms of the proportion of pupils attending the school who have special educational needs.
(108835)
225
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of each grade was awarded at GCSE in each year since 1996.
(108836)
226
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils achieved (a) level 4 at key stage 2 and (b) level 5 at key stage 3 for each subject as the result of a borderline check in each year since 1996.
(108837)
227
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools were entered for a GCSE in both history and geography in each year since 1996.
(108838)
228
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools did not enter any pupils for a GCSE in (a) history, (b) geography and (c) a modern foreign language in each year since 1996.
(108839)
229
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 134W, on Schools Admissions, what estimate he has made of the number of partially-selective schools that will be permitted to continue to give priority to siblings under the proposed Schools Admissions Code; on what grounds an adjudicator may decide under the Code to allow partially-selective schools to give priority to siblings; whether it is his policy that an adjudicator should only grant permission to deviate from good practice guidance under the Code in exceptional circumstances; and what research his Department has conducted on the effect on giving siblings priority at partially-selective schools.
(108932)
230
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 134W, on school admissions, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of pupils at partially selective schools who were admitted (i) on the grounds of sibling priority, (ii) on the grounds of sibling priority where the sibling attending the school had been admitted on the grounds of ability or aptitude and (iii) who were admitted neither on the grounds of ability or aptitude nor sibling priority.
(108935)
231
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what programmes of support his Department makes available to rural areas; and what the cost of such programmes is expected to be in 2007-08.
(108248)
232
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the children's centres in (a) Aylesbury, (b) Beaconsfield, (c) Buckingham, (d) Chesham and Amersham and (e) Wycombe constituency.
(107864)
233
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108199)
234
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many of the physical assaults in London schools in the last year for which figures are available resulted in (a) injury, (b) a criminal case and (c) damages paid by the school to the victim.
(108464)
235
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what sub-categories of exclusions are included in the figure listed under Other for exclusions in London referred to in his Answer of 18th April 2006, Official Report, columns 176-8W.
(108474)
236
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has issued to his special advisers concerning alterations to their duties during the campaign for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.
(108488)
237
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 30th October 2006, Official Report, column 209W, how much of the £5.5 billion his Department allocated for schools capital expenditure in 2005-06 was spent.
(108539)
238
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what factors were taken into account when deciding that his Department's model funding agreement for city academies would not require academies to be treated in the same way as maintained schools with regard to (a) the provisions of section 52 of the Education Act 2002 relating to discipline, exclusions and appeals, (b) the provisions of sections 495 to 498 of the Education Act 1996 relating to complaints to the Secretary of State, (c) the provisions of Part 3 of the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 and (d) the provisions of Part 4 of the Education Act 1996 relating to special educational needs.
(108031)
239
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which clauses of his Department's model funding agreement for city academies are open to negotiation with any potential sponsor; and what the scope of such negotiations may be.
(108032)
240
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether his Department has rejected an expression of interest in a potential city academy since the introduction of these academies.
(108475)
241
N
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether his Department has rejected a potential sponsor of a city academy since the introduction of those institutions.
(108481)
242
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his most recent estimate is of the number of adults in the workplace without a first full Level 2 qualification, broken down by (a) Learning and Skills Council and (b) local education authority; and if he will make a statement.
(108113)
243
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what Government spending was on further education in the most recent period for which figures are available broken down by (a) Learning and Skills Council and (b) local education authority; and if he will make a statement.
(108114)
244
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage sporting activity amongst young disabled people in schools.
(108426)
245
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average processing time is for applications made via the on-line system used by the Graduate Teacher Training Registry.
(108799)
246
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, by what means other than the on-line system used by the Graduate Teacher Training Registry for teacher training applications potential applicants can apply.
(108800)
247
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the on-line system used by the Graduate Teacher Training Registry for teacher training applications.
(108801)
248
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the percentage take-up of places is in each childcare facility in East Worthing and Shoreham.
(108443)
249
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how his Department plans to work with voluntary sector providers of speech and language support to ensure high quality provision in all children's centres.
(108444)
250
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether children's centres will be able to apply for support from his Department for (a) service delivery and (b) speech and language support as part of the children's centres rollout.
(108445)
251
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support will be available to local authorities which identify a need for increased language support in children's centres; and if he will make a statement.
(108446)
252
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children in England with (a) communication disability and (b) impoverished speech and language skills; and if he will make a statement.
(108447)
253
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether (a) partners within a local area agreement and (b) local strategic partnerships will be required to assess the requirements for speech and language support in their area; and if he will make a statement.
(108448)
254
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether local authorities have a duty to calculate the number of children in their area with a communication disability.
(108449)
255
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects the next children's centres to open.
(108543)
256
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects the bursaries for looked after children to be made available.
(108544)
257
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) children and (b) schools received resources from the bookstart scheme.
(108545)
258
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether incentives are included in the Building Schools for the Future programme to promote (a) ecologically-friendly building designs and (b) methods to conserve energy and reduce carbon production.
(108326)
259
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of pupils received free school meals in each local authority area in (a) 1979, (b) 1992, (c) 1997 and (d) the latest year for which figures are available.
(108165)
260
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what approvals his Department has given for capital expenditure on (a) schools and nurseries and (b) colleges in Darlington since 1997.
(108169)
261
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school admission appeals there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area.
(108825)
262
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff were employed in Darlington Local Education Authority schools in each year since 1992.
(108826)
263
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was allocated to (a) primary and (b) secondary schools per pupil in Darlington in each year since 1979.
(108827)
264
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many apprenticeships there were in Darlington in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(108829)
265
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will identify the proportion of pupils achieving five A*-C GCSE grades in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local education authority.
(108840)
266
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) cash and (b) percentage change in funding per pupil in each Leicestershire school was in each year since 1997.
(108906)
267
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the future funding of the Children's Fund.
(108852)
268
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which Ministers in his Department have visited Leicester in the last year; and where they visited in Leicester.
(108686)
269
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will take urgent steps to ensure that vulnerable young people at Thorncross Young Offender Institute continue to receive their entitlement to services under the Children Act 1989 after March 2007.
(108182)
270
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which Government Ministers have attended meetings of the UK Youth Parliament since January 2005.
(108223)
271
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of (a) 18-year olds and (b) 19-year olds from Beverley and Holderness attended university courses in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(108460)
272
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) rural and (b) urban (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (1) Cornwall, (2) the South West and (3) England there were in each year since 1979.
(108719)
273
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what definition he uses for (a) rural and (b) urban (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools.
(108720)
274
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which rural (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have closed in Cornwall since 1997.
(108721)
275
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the percentage of schools in England and Wales which have access to broadband internet.
(108160)
276
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, with whom responsibility lies for (a) setting the conditions for BBC Jam and (b) monitoring compliance with those conditions; and if he will make a statement.
(108854)
277
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Focus Care initiative.
(108710)
278
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that companies contracted to carry out the Building Schools for the Future programme recruit under 25 year-olds previously not in employment, education or training (NEETs); and how many former NEETs are working for companies on such contracts.
(108260)
279
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils gained 5 A*-C grades including (a) vocational equivalents and (b) applied GCSE double awards in each year since 1997.
(108261)
280
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils achieving two or more passes at A-level or equivalent left school for (a) further education, (b) higher education, (c) unemployment, (d) employment and (e) other destinations in each year since 1997.
(108262)
281
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether meeting the BREEAM environmental standard is one of the criteria for spending on school infrastructure under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(108297)
282
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools' buildings in England meet the BREEAM environmental standard.
(108298)
283
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what environmental criteria are applied to schools' bids under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(108299)
284
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had on VAT and the Building Schools for the Future programme since the programme's inception.
(108527)
285
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether VAT costs are included in the total budget for the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(108529)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
286
N
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will meet representatives from the wood panel industry to discuss forecasts of softwood availability.
(107520)
287
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by his Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reports of headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108342)
288
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much in efficiency savings has been made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon Review; and if he will make a statement.
(108345)
289
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what net reduction in carbon dioxide emissions he expects to result from the entry of aviation into the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(108287)
290
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who the members are of the England Implementation Group looking at the animal health and welfare strategy.
(105466)
291
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors were taken into account when deciding on the length of the consultation on the draft Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations and the draft Docking of Working Dogs' Tails (England) Regulations.
(105467)
292
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will estimate how many veterinary surgeons are willing to undertake tail docking.
(105468)
293
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108207)
294
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 306W, on the Rural Payments Agency, how many of the Single Payment Scheme cases which are difficult to resolve are due to (a) partnership disputes, (b) liquidation and (c) divorce; and what assessment has been made of the merits of providing for additional compensation in these instances.
(108279)
295
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of ECJ Case C-184/06 on (a) UK total allowable catch and (b) fish stocks.
(108292)
296
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total liability to his Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts.
(108376)
297
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will assess the merits of subsidising the cost of energy saving light bulbs for low-income households; and if he will make a statement.
(108190)
298
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether steps are being taken to restrict the sale of non-energy efficient incandescent light bulbs in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(108191)
299
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to introduce more rigorous standards for reducing energy waste from light bulbs; and if he will make a statement.
(108194)
300
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to ensure that all Government buildings and departments replace standard light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs; and whether an estimate has been made of potential savings from such a policy.
(108236)
301
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made towards the target of ensuring that every home switches at least three bulbs to energy saving bulbs; and what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that people on low incomes are able to make this switch.
(108247)
302
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Christmas trees which were recycled in each of the last three years; and whether his Department provides support to local authorities for the recycling of Christmas trees.
(108180)
303
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Christmas cards that were recycled in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(108181)
304
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to make to tackle bovine TB in (a) England and (b) Shropshire.
(108933)
305
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken within its budget to plan for the possibility that the European Commission disallows any or all of the £131 million reimbursment potentially affected by the delays in processing of single farm payments at the Rural Payments Agency.
(108218)
306
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the contribution to waste streams of shelf-ready packaging; and what discussions he has had with retailers about shelf-ready packaging.
(108651)
307
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the relocation and closure of the offices of his Department located at Epsom Road, Merrow, Guildford; what procedures his Department will follow on the disposal or sale of land where the offices are located; and if he will make a statement.
(108652)
308
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average annual rainfall was in (a) Ely and (b) Cambridgeshire in each of the last 20 years.
(108393)
309
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual average temperature was of (a) Ely and (b) Cambridgeshire in each of the last 20 years.
(108394)
310
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average annual hours of sunshine were in (a) Ely and (b) Cambridgeshire in each of the last 20 years.
(108395)
311
N
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure local authorities keep bridleways accessible, signposted and maintained.
(105295)
312
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of the presence of MRSA in pigs in (a) the UK and (b) imported pork; and if he will make a statement.
(108853)
313
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what regulations govern the production of organic food; and if he will make a statement.
(108152)
314
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on biodiversity in the tropics of the use of palm oil in biofuel production.
(108251)
315
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations his Department has received on the application of Registration, Education and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) regulations to (a) trichloroethylene, (b) chromium, (c) nickel, (d) beryllium, (e) kevlar, (f) cadmium, (g) biocides used in the manufacture of high performance materials and (h) other specialist substances; and if he will make a statement.
(108897)
316
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that Mrs G Bidwell, a constituent of the hon. Member for Northavon, receives outstanding single farm payments due to her and compensation for the delays in payment.
(107858)
317
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Environmentally Sensitive Area payments have been delayed due to remapping in line with single farm payment areas.
(108193)
318
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sampling points the Environment Agency used for sampling pesticide in water in each year from 2002 to 2006.
(108233)
319
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, why the recent guidelines from his Department on transporting greyhounds were issued on British Greyhound Racing Board paper.
(108401)
320
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the possible implications for (a) animal welfare standards and (b) farmers' competitiveness of differences in the four devolved areas of the United Kingdom between rural development programme schemes in respect of animal welfare promotional measures.
(108531)
321
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the livestock indicators relating to animal welfare launched by his Department on 24th November are intended to allow progress in each devolved area of the United Kingdom to be measured (a) separately and (b) on a United Kingdom-wide basis.
(108533)
322
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the draft Animal Welfare Delivery Strategy takes account of the delay in implementing the England Rural Development Programme 2007 to 2013 announced on 1st November.
(108614)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
323
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will list the countries she has identified as having conducted experiments using polonium 210.
(107895)
324
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has had discussions with the government of Rwanda on (a) the rights of opposition politicians, (b) the proscribing of political prisoners and (c) the imprisonment of opposition politicians.
(108640)
325
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the level of (a) political and (b) press freedom in Rwanda.
(108641)
326
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effects of tensions between ethnic groups in Rwanda on stability in that country.
(108643)
327
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the post-genocide reconciliation project in Rwanda.
(108644)
328
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Government of Fiji since the military coup.
(108645)
329
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the political stability of Bangladesh.
(108722)
330
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received from the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh on the implications of Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh for the political situation.
(108723)
331
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the observance of the human rights of gay men in Iraq.
(108724)
332
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the government of Thailand on the treatment of Burmese refugees.
(108725)
333
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will move the British Embassy in Burma to the capital in Naypyidaw.
(108726)
334
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contact the British embassy in Burma has had with the Union Solidarity and Development Association in the past year.
(108727)
335
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Union Solidarity and Development Association on the political situation in Burma.
(108728)
336
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the outcome of UN Envoy Ibrahim Gambari's recent visit to Burma.
(108729)
337
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the regime ruling Burma on the detention of (a) Min Ko Naing and (b) other student leaders.
(108730)
338
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether discussions on a replacement for the UN special envoy to Burma have taken place at the UN; and which candidates have been put forward by the UK Government.
(108731)
339
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the governments of (a) Cuba and (b) Venezuela on the UN General Assembly resolution on Burma.
(108732)
340
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the government of Rwanda on (a) good governance and (b) respect for the human rights of opposition politicians.
(108734)
341
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the government of Niger about (a) the status of women and (b) female genital mutilation.
(108741)
342
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of her Department's Band C Assessment and Development Centres (ADC) in each of the last four years; and how much was paid to consultants involved in ADCs in each year.
(108896)
343
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many candidates in her Department have gone through the Band C assessment and development centres whilst on temporary promotion to Band C in the last four years; and how many (a) passed and (b) failed, broken down by sex.
(108898)
344
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the Vietnamese government on the treatment of Protestants in the northern mountainous region; and if she will make a statement.
(108671)
345
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by her Department in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reports of headline efficiency savings; and if she will make a statement.
(108343)
346
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much efficiency savings have been made in her Department as a result of the Gershon Review; and if she will make a statement.
(108346)
347
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what visits the Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for Trade and Industry) made on his visit to India and Pakistan; what representations he made regarding anti-conversion laws; and what meetings he held with (a) Indian and (b) Pakistani trade representatives.
(108281)
348
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the package of aid offered by the United States to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the liklihood of the DPRK (a) returning to the Six Party Talks and (b) dismantling nuclear equipment and technology; and what representations she plans to the to the DPRK to encourage that country to dismantle its weapons technology.
(108506)
349
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of this year's opium production in Afghanistan; how many metric tonnes of opium were produced in Afghanistan in each of the last three years; how much she estimates has been produced to date in 2006-07; whether there has been an increase in production in (a) Helmand and (b) Oruzgan; and whether these figures meet London Compact benchmarks for eradication.
(108534)
350
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she plans to make to the new special representative for Timor-Leste; what assessment she has made of the recent situation in Timor-Leste; and if she will make a statement.
(108537)
351
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of newly instituted anti-terror measures in Sri Lanka on the conflict in Sri Lanka; and if she will make a statement on the state of the current ceasefire in Sri Lanka.
(108656)
352
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps she is taking to promote peace and democracy in Somalia; what representations she has made to (a) the United Nations and (b) the Ethiopian government on this issue; and what assessment she has made of the proposed UN resolution to partially lift the arms embargo on Somalia to allow for regional peacekeepers.
(108887)
353
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the security situation in the Central African Republic is a consequence of the fighting in Sudan and Chad; what plans she has to try to prevent a further spread of the violence; and if she will make a statement.
(105525)
354
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials from her Department are based in (a) Israel and (b) the Occupied Palestinian Territories on a (i) temporary and (ii) permanent basis; and what the length of service in each location is of each official.
(108263)
355
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what visits Ministers and officials from her Department made to (a) Israel and (b) the Occupied Palestinian Territories in each of the last 12 months; and if she will list the Ministers and officials involved in each case.
(108264)
356
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions Ministers and officials from her Department have had with Ministers and officials from the Department for International Development on development assistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and if she will list the Ministers and officials involved in each case.
(108265)
357
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the effective pay award date is for her Department's staff; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last five years.
(108295)
358
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the human rights situation in Guatemala.
(108416)
359
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of the eradication of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.
(108649)
360
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her policy is on independence from Indonesia for West Papua; and if she will make a statement.
(108289)
361
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 EU-Russian relations on energy.
(108886)
362
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with other Departments on UK energy security priorities under the German presidency of the Council of the European Union.
(108888)
363
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her objectives are on energy security during the German presidency of the Council of the European Union.
(108889)
364
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who the UK members are of the European Commission's High Level Advisory Group on Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities and their Full Participation in the Labour Market; what the mission statement is of the Group; how much in expenses claims have been made by UK members of the Group; and what the agenda has been of each meeting.
(108154)
365
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was paid in compensation payments by her Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108205)
366
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the application of her Ethical Foreign Policy initiative in the course of 2006.
(108373)
367
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on progress made by (a) the European Anti-Fraud Office and (b) the case of illegal exports to Iraq during the previous regime, as referred to on page 125 of the European Court of Auditors' Report for 2003.
(108383)
368
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what equipment was gifted to the Palestinian Authority as referred to in Unprinted Command Paper 15 of session 2005-06; what their whereabouts are; and if she will make a statement.
(108388)
369
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what equipment was gifted to the Palestinian Central Intervention Force as referred to in Unprinted Command Paper 11 of session 2004-05; what their whereabouts are; and if she will make a statement.
(108389)
370
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to whom her Department sent copies of Unprinted Command Paper 72 of session 1999-2000, on Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties.
(108390)
371
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the plans of Government Communications to appoint a European Union press co-ordinator in each Government department.
(108494)
372
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to her Department's computer systems have (a) been detected and (b) been successful in each of the last five years.
(108322)
373
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any of her Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored with online data storage providers.
(108338)
374
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any of her Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored outside the United Kingdom.
(108391)
375
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any corrupt data have been detected on her Department's computer systems.
(108470)
376
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the government of Nigeria on the arrangements which are in place to ensure that the (a) forthcoming elections in that country and (b) voter registration system to be used are fair; and if she will make a statement.
(105684)
377
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries are covered by the BBC World Service.
(108158)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
378
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of hospital admissions were caused by side effects from prescribed medication in each of the last three years; and what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of treating patients affected by such side effects in each year.
(108642)
379
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in England routinely screen for alcohol intake patients admitted to the hospital.
(108672)
380
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the number of patients in the (a) early and (b) late stages of Alzheimer's disease who will be affected by the recommendations set out in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease; and how many such patients there are estimated to be in each primary care trust.
(108625)
381
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the savings to the NHS budget that are likely to be made following the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease; what savings are estimated to be made in each primary care trust; and if she will make a statement.
(108626)
382
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 548W, on dentistry, if she will list the (a) most common reasons for primary care trust income being below expected levels and (b) options available to trusts in taking corrective action.
(108802)
383
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 548W, on dentistry, when her Department expects to reclaim from primary care trusts underspends from their 2006-07 NHS dentistry budget allocations.
(108803)
384
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 6th December 2006 to Question 102331, on dentistry, how many individual dental patients were recorded in each month of 2006-07 for which figures are available; and what receipts from dental charges were in each month.
(108818)
385
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much in efficiency savings has been made in her Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon Review; and if she will make a statement.
(108339)
386
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by her Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reporting headline efficiency savings; and if she will make a statement.
(108348)
387
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what population figures for the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne were used as the basis for allocating resources to the Newcastle Primary Care Trust in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07; and what figure will be used for the basis of allocation in 2007-08.
(108666)
388
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Answer of 5th December 2006, Official Report, column 389W, on speech therapists, how many speech therapists there are in each strategic health authority per head of general population.
(108786)
389
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence she has examined on the interference caused by mobile phones to hospital equipment.
(108895)
390
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local stakeholders are required to be consulted on the need for each elective independent sector treatment centre; and what the timetable is for the update of her Department's analysis and reconfirmation of support by the local strategic health authority before the final business case approval and contract signature of each centre, as referred to in paragraph 66 of the Government Response to the Health Committee's Report on Independent Sector Treatment Centres, Cm 6930.
(108176)
391
N
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken to ensure that primary care trusts in Hampshire will not be required to fund any shortfall in the number of patients referred to the proposed Southampton Independent Sector Treatment Centre.
(108177)
392
Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what risk assessment she has carried out of the financial effect on the local health economy of the proposed independent sector treatment centre in Southampton; and if she will place a copy of the assessment in the Libary.
(108178)
393
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received regarding proposed reductions in NHS community services in the London Borough of Bexley.
(108564)
394
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures complainants should follow when complaining about a particular NHS consultation before complaining to the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman.
(108397)
395
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she intends to refer Sprycel (Dasatinib) to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for a health technology appraisal.
(108507)
396
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is given to primary care trusts on making available to patients drug treatments which are licensed but are not yet a part of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's work programme.
(108508)
397
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account is taken of the size of the patient population affected by a disease when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence decides which topics to select for consideration.
(108509)
398
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which EU countries (a) have and (b) have not phased out the use of CFC-based metered dose inhalers (MDIs); and what discussions her Department have had with those countries which have phased out MDIs on disseminating best practice.
(108855)
399
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to phase out the use of CFC-based metered dose inhalers.
(108892)
400
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance she has issued on the use of the Memory Mental State Examination by health professionals when prescribing drug treatments to people with Alzheimer's disease.
(108288)
401
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many memory clinics there are in England; and what assessment she has made of these services since the issuing of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease.
(108418)
402
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid in compensation payments by her Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108211)
403
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) amount and (b) type of radiation has been discovered during investigation into polonium traces; and what radiological restrictions (i) were applied by the emergency services in this case and (ii) are applied in accidental releases of polonium.
(108370)
404
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions her Department has had with the University Hospital of North Staffordshire on the employment of Dr David Southall.
(108099)
405
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for the incorporation of special case files into medical records at North Staffordshire NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital; and if she will take steps to ensure full integration of the records.
(108101)
406
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of health promotion initiatives since the abolition of the Health Development Agency in 2005.
(108399)
407
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on temporary (a) medical and (b) non-medical agency staff in each trust area within the East of England Strategic Health Authority area in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(105259)
408
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any of her Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored with online data storage providers.
(108331)
409
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any of her Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored outside the United Kingdom.
(108400)
410
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any corrupt data have been detected on her Department's computer systems.
(108469)
411
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts within the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority have a lung cancer multi-disciplinary team (MDT); how frequently each of these lung cancer MDTs meet; how many cases of lung cancer have been discussed by each MDT in the last year; and of these lung cancer MDTs, how many are regularly attended by (a) a thoracic surgeon, (b) a lung cancer specialist nurse, (c) a respiratory physician, (d) a clinical oncologist and (e) a medical oncologist.
(108567)
412
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of recent trends in MRSA cases in Shropshire hospitals.
(108425)
413
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to tackle MRSA; and if she will make a statement.
(108438)
414
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to shorten the waiting times for patients to receive digital hearing aids from the NHS.
(108324)
415
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the waiting times for patients to receive new digital hearing aids from the NHS.
(108655)
416
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the notices of external employment given by her special advisers in the past 12 months.
(108616)
417
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department uses an internal (a) traffic light and (b) colour coded system to answer written parliamentary questions; and whether her Department grades or classifies written parliamentary questions according to their political sensitivity.
(108618)
418
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to introduce a system of payment by results for mental health services.
(108619)
419
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the average daily calorific intake of a (a) male and (b) female (i) aged 11 and under, (ii) aged 12 to 17 and (iii) aged 18 and over in each year since 1997.
(108620)
420
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the proportion of newly qualified nurses entering the NHS in each year since 1997 with a (a) diploma qualification and (b) degree qualification.
(108621)
421
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost was of training each (a) doctor, (b) nurse, (c) physiotherapist and (d) speech and language therapist for the entire period between entering onto a degree or diploma course until full registration, inclusive of tuition, bursary and salary support costs in the last period for which figures are available.
(108622)
422
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department publishes an in-house staff magazine.
(108623)
423
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 439W-40W, on cancer/heart disease (mortality rates), if she will estimate how many lives were saved by the reduction in (a) cancer and (b) cardiovascular disease mortality rates between 1989 and 1996.
(108668)
424
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the (a) psychiatrists and (b) organisations which have made representations to her expressing their support for the Mental Health Bill.
(108242)
425
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings have been held between the Director for Mental Health Services and (a) Labour, (b) Conservative and (c) Liberal Democrat hon. Members.
(108243)
426
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are diagnosed with schizophrenia.
(108244)
427
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many homicides have been attributed to people (a) diagnosed with schizophrenia and (b) receiving treatment for schizophrenia in each of the last 10 years.
(108245)
428
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 789W, on audiology services, what steps she plans to take to ensure that local commissioners use funding procured through the independent sector treatment centre programme for audiology procurement; and what factors were taken into account when deciding that the funding for additional audiology pathways was not to be ring-fenced.
(108411)
429
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the conclusion was of the report which her Department commissioned to look at international experiences of implementing community treatment orders.
(108450)
430
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which countries were investigated in the course of the preparation of the report which her Department commissioned to look at international experiences of implementing community treatment orders; and how those countries were chosen.
(108451)
431
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who within her Department has seen the findings received so far from the report which her Department commissioned to look at international experiences of implementing community treatment orders; and what discussions have taken place in the Department on those findings.
(108452)
432
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the implications for the Mental Health Bill are of the report which her Department commissioned to look at international experiences of implementing community treatment orders.
(108453)
433
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children under the age of five are on NHS speech and language therapy waiting lists.
(108454)
434
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) paid to the Community Service Volunteers in the 2006-07 financial year; and what the figures were in 2005-06.
(108455)
435
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for delivering funds to Community Service Volunteers' Capital Volunteering project which her Department has allocated.
(108694)
436
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what sources were used for the report her Department commissioned to examine international experiences of implementing community treatment orders.
(108824)
437
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the effect on hospital bed usage has been of the introduction of the Community Matron Scheme.
(108846)
438
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average allocation of funding for education and training was within NHS trusts in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(108301)
439
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nursing posts are being held open within the NHS.
(108302)
440
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 352W, on the information prescription, in which geographical areas she expects trials to take place.
(108440)
441
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is on the appointments panel for the commercial director of the Department.
(108664)
442
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the move of the Department's commercial director to a private sector appointment is subject to any (a) Civil Service rules and (b) contractual obligations aimed at preventing (i) conflicts of interest and (ii) unfair advantage.
(108711)
443
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Department's outgoing commercial director will be involved in the appointment of his successor; and what Civil Service rules apply.
(108712)
444
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure on (a) implementation and (b) reward payments for directed enhanced services has been since they were instituted.
(108713)
445
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust was paid during her suspension; whether she received a (a) pay rise and (b) bonus in that period; and what severance package she has been awarded.
(108714)
446
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to ensure accuracy and probity in the reporting of the performance of NHS organisations against targets; and what sanctions exist to deter abuse of performance measures.
(108715)
447
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the efficacy of air purifiers as a mechanism for combating hospital infections; and if she will make a statement.
(105683)
448
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the terms under which funds will be allocated to support the community hospital programme to be determined; and if she will make a statement.
(105685)
449
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on the planned reduction in funds provided by the West Essex, Mid Essex and North East Essex Primary Care Trusts; and if she will make a statement.
(105540)
450
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) people aged under 25 years and (b) higher education students applied for assistance with their health costs through the HC1 form in 2005; and how many people from each category received such help.
(108687)
451
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department's revenue was from prescription charges paid by people (a) under 25 years and (b) over 25 years in the latest year for which figures are available.
(108688)
452
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Union of Students will be consulted as part of the review into prescription charges; and what the timescale is for the review.
(108693)
453
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she met (a) the Chief Executives of (i) NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority and (ii) East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust and (b) their predecessors in each year since May 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(108461)
454
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials in her Department have had with officials in the Department for Work and Pensions on the provision of advice on financial support for cancer patients in NHS hospitals.
(108697)
455
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the effect on road traffic levels of hospital reconfiguration.
(108442)
456
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of providing (a) drugs and (b) other treatments approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the last year for which figures are available.
(107859)
457
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts within the South Central Strategic Health Authority have a lung cancer multi-disciplinary team (MDT); how frequently each MDT met in each of the last two years; how many cases of lung cancer have been discussed by each team in the last 12 months; and how many of the teams are regularly attended by (a) a thoracic surgeon, (b) a lung cancer specialist nurse, (c) a respiratory physician, (d) a clinical oncologist and (e) a medical oncologist.
(108673)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
458
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken by his Department to improve facilities and services, including medical support and counselling for asylum applicants who have been victims of rape in their country of origin.
(108742)
459
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what systems have been put in place by his Department to assess the safety and well being of failed Darfuri asylum applicants who are returned to Sudan.
(108743)
460
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets his Department sets for local authorities.
(108560)
461
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of costs to Essex Police arising from the proposals of the police force mergers; how much Essex Police Force has applied for in compensation; and how much money they have received from his Department.
(105001)
462
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the original predicted cost was for the (a) CJS Exchange, (b) EDRM, (c) Adelphi, (d) Immigration and Nationality Directorate's Points based system, (e) Mycroft, (f) NSPIS Case and Custody, (g) IMPACT Nominal Index, (h) Cross Regional Information Sharing Project (CRISP), (i) WITR, (j) WISP, (k) Warnings Index Portfolio, (l) Identity Management, (m) ePassports, (n) Biometric residence permits, (o) IBIP, (p) e-Borders procurement, (q) CIDTR, (r) identity cards, (s) CID and (t) NOMIS IT projects.
(108115)
463
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much in efficiency savings was made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon Review; and if he will make a statement.
(108358)
464
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent by his Department and agencies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs were included in reports of headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108359)
465
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Immigration and Nationality Directorate makes of whether children seeking asylum in the UK are economic migrants.
(108436)
466
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the proposed reform of the asylum system for unaccompanied asylum seeking children will take into account the (a) legal services, (b) mental health and (c) other needs of those children.
(108437)
467
N
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last reviewed the (a) number of staff and (b) frequency of deployment of immigration and passport control staff at sea-port and rail terminals in relation to airports; and if he will make a statement.
(105163)
468
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the circumstances were of the licence breaches which necessitated 12 level three offenders and 51 level two offenders under the multi-agency public protection panel and multi-agency risk assessment conference management being returned to custody in South Wales in 2005-06.
(108428)
469
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is issued by his Department to (a) multi-agency public protection panels with regard to the supervision of level three offenders and (b) multi-agency risk assessment conferences with regard to the supervision of Level two offenders.
(108429)
470
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigations took place following the serious sexual or violent offences commited by the one level three offender and the four level two offenders managed by multi-agency public protection panels and multi-agency risk assessment conferences in South Wales which resulted in charges being brought in 2005-06; and what the conclusions were of each investigation.
(108430)
471
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences were committed by people who were on bail in each of the last five years.
(108555)
472
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the capacity of each prison was in each of the last five years.
(108784)
473
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the prison population was of each prison in each of the last five years.
(108793)
474
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of offenders convicted in 2005 of (a) violent offences, (b) theft and handling of stolen goods, (c) burglary, (d) fraud and forgery, (e) criminal damage and (f) drugs offences have a profile on the National DNA Database.
(108679)
475
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of the prison population has a profile on the National DNA Database.
(108680)
476
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of offenders convicted of an offence in each year since 1995 have their profile on the National DNA Database.
(108681)
477
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to Parliamentary Question 107352 on Abid Javaid, tabled by the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden for answer on 4th December 2006.
(108804)
478
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the individuals detained for a period of (a) 27 and (b) 28 days under the Terrorism Act 2006 after 8th August 2006 were subsequently charged with a criminal offence under the Act.
(108822)
479
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the individuals arrested and detained since 1st August 2006 under the Terrorism Act 2006 for a period of up to and including 28 days have since been re-arrested.
(108823)
480
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to police forces on the retention of personal samples of individuals who are arrested but not subsequently charged with any offence.
(108434)
481
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the effective date is for the annual pay award for his Department; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last five years.
(108296)
482
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many victims there were of (a) unlawful wounding and (b) wounding with intent, broken down by age of the victim in each of the last five years.
(108536)
483
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many and what percentage of cases in which an arrest was made on the basis of DNA evidence was the DNA evidence found to be mistaken or false, since the establishment of the National DNA Database.
(108546)
484
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stop-and-searches have been made under article 60 (1) (b) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 as amended by the Knives Act 1997 in each year since the entry into force of the Knives Act 1997; and how many of those stop-and-searches (a) in England, (b) in London, (c) in the Haringey basic command unit lead to an arrest.
(108627)
485
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the requirement to speak English for those seeking indefinite leave to remain in the UK will apply to individuals coming into the UK through arranged marriages.
(105687)
486
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research into the use of high-powered microphones on CCTV cameras at the 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement.
(108744)
487
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) foreign nationals, broken down by nationality and (b) UK citizens were held in each prison in Kent on 30th November 2006.
(108815)
488
Patrick Hall (Bedford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects Mr Gurdev Singh to be returned to India in accordance with the assurance given by his staff to the Immigration Court at Newport (Gwent) on 21st September.
(108541)
489
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 405W, on police, what the total police officer strength was in each year since 1997 for (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; and what the foot/car/beat police officer strength was for (i) England and (ii) Gloucestershire in each year for which data is available.
(105688)
490
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the proposed EU legislation for the development of the Visa Information Service; and what its legal base is.
(108173)
491
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the arrest rate was for crimes reported (a) as committed by a burglar, (b) as committed by an armed robber, (c) as a cause of aggravated assault and (d) by a drug dealer in the last period for which figures are available; and what the rate was in 1997.
(108189)
492
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108204)
493
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors were taken into account when deciding not to include optimism bias adjustments in scheme benefit analyses of the proposed identity card project; what effect optimism bias adjustments would have on the analyses based on Treasury baseline principles; and if he will make a statement.
(108214)
494
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the areas of London where standard operating procedure for police officers is to patrol (a) in multiples, (b) with protective armour, (c) with special incapacitants and (d) with armed response on-call.
(108305)
495
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average sentence tariff was of (a) a burglar, (b) an armed robber, (c) a cause of aggravated assault and (d) a drug dealer in the last period for which figures are available; and what it was in 1997.
(108306)
496
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables operate under private sponsorship arrangements.
(108310)
497
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to alter the (a) salaries of, (b) number of support staff available to and (c) office space provided to his special advisers in the next 12 months.
(108497)
498
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether UK citizens will be charged under the proposed National Identity Card scheme for requiring a new card due to (a) accidential loss of a card, (b) change of address and (c) theft of a card.
(108502)
499
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the merits of introducing differential sentencing discounts for guilty pleas made (a) before trial and (b) at trial.
(105690)
500
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the merits of a mandatory scheme for regulating the behaviour of wheel clamping operators (a) on private land and (b) elsewhere; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing regulations.
(108841)
501
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the number of individuals (including operators and managers) (a) operating as wheel clampers and (b) holding a valid Security Industry Authority vehicle immobiliser's licence; and if he will make a statement.
(108842)
502
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Obscene Publications Act 1959 applies to internet websites offering pornographic material, with particular reference to child protection on the internet; and if he will make a statement.
(108336)
503
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure by the Cambridgeshire Constabulary was under the headings (a) non incident linked paperwork, (b) checking paperwork (supervisory), (c) robberies, (d) house burglaries and (e) violent crime identified by the recent Activity Based Costing review for 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.
(105260)
504
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to his Department's computer systems have (a) been detected and (b) succeeded in each of the last five years.
(108321)
505
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what extent the National Security Co-ordination Centre shares information with its counterparts in other countries.
(108325)
506
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any of his Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored with online data storage providers.
(108330)
507
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any of his Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored outside the United Kingdom.
(108332)
508
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any corrupt data have been detected on his Department's computer systems.
(108468)
509
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of prison receptions for (a) men and (b) women were fine defaulters in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(108558)
510
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that children and young people held in prisons have adequate access to (a) physical exercise and (b) outdoor activities.
(108696)
511
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the Home Office pilot studies of face-to-face support for road crash victims.
(108716)
512
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support services are available for road crash victims.
(108717)
513
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Prison Service staff attended the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre after 28th November to assist in dealing with the incident which occured there on that date.
(108282)
514
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of seconding prison staff from gaols in England and Wales to attend the incident at the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre on 28th November; and whether he plans to recoup the cost from the company which runs the centre.
(108283)
515
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of co-ordinating the Gold Command Centre in connection with the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre incident on 28th November.
(108284)
516
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees have been removed from Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre following the incident on 28th November; and where they have been accommodated.
(108285)
517
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to request compensation from the company running the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in connection with the incident on 28th November; and what provisions exist for his Department to impose fines for such incidents.
(108286)
518
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what early warning system the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre uses in relation to potential cyber-terrorism.
(108702)
519
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether data is shared between the Serious Organised Crime Agency's e-crime unit and the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre.
(108703)
520
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where his Department's computer (a) data and (b) back-up data is physically stored.
(108704)
521
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the critical national infrastructure is monitored on a 24-hour basis by National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre staff.
(108705)
522
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) hours of operation and (b) levels of staffing per shift are of the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre computer specialists helpdesk.
(108706)
523
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the staff of the National Infrastructure Co-ordination Centre are employed full-time.
(108894)
524
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were submitted in each year between 1997 and 2005; how many are awaiting a decision; and if he will make a statement.
(108653)
525
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice or guidelines his Department has issued to local police forces on the working relationship between the police force and media professionals.
(108458)
526
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 777W, on leave to remain, what the date of application was in respect of the last case of a claim for extension of discretionary leave to remain decided upon by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each week from the week commencing 30th October 2006.
(108566)
527
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which places of detention on the prison estate have (a) seconded, (b) designated and (c) appointed a (i) full-time and (ii) part-time foreign national prisoner co-ordinator or equivalent post; and which foreign national prisoner co-ordinators are available to non-governmental organisations working on prisoner welfare matters.
(108225)
528
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Irish nationals are held in each place of detention on the prison estate.
(108226)
529
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the responsibilities and job content are of a foreign national prisoner co-ordinator; and if he will place an example of a job description in the Library.
(108227)
530
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time spent in prison was for those (a) convicted of murder and (b) serving all other life sentences in each of the last 10 years.
(108847)
531
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time spent in prison was for those convicted of burglary in each of the last 10 years.
(108848)
532
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of people convicted of (a) burglary and (b) violence against the person were sent to prison in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of these were sent to prison for their first offence.
(108849)
533
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are serving prison sentences, broken down into the number of times thay have been in prison.
(108850)
534
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time spent in prison was by those convicted of violence against the person in each of the last 10 years.
(108851)
535
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Ministers in his Department have visited Leicester in the last year; and where they visited in Leicester.
(108684)
536
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in Thames Valley Police have been (a) breathalysed, (b) arrested for drunk driving and (c) given a caution for drink driving in each of the last three years.
(108821)
537
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of drug offences in the Humberside Police Authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(108462)
538
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of crime in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England and Wales was drug-related in each year since 1995.
(108254)
539
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1991; and how many there were per 100,000 of the general population in each area in each year.
(108255)
540
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of all offences committed in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England were drug offences in each year since 1995; and how many such offences were recorded in each area in each year.
(108256)
541
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police stations there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) Devon, (c) the South West and (d) England in each year since 1995.
(108257)
542
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to permit captains to officiate at weddings on British registered ships.
(108900)
543
N
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been paid in the form of compensation by HM Prison Service in each year since 1997; and for what reasons.
(105527)
544
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines he gives to police authorities on their vehicle procurement decisions.
(104985)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
545
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many requests for information the House authorities have received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from (a) hon. Members and (b) others since 1st January 2005; and how many of the requests were (i) fully met, (ii) met in part and (iii) not met in each case.
(107896)
546
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will take steps to replace standard light bulbs throughout the House of Commons estate with energy saving light bulbs; and if he will commission an estimate of the likely savings in (a) energy cost and (b) energy usage which would result from such a policy.
(108235)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
547
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government has spent on projects promoting human rights in Burma in each of the past five years.
(108733)
548
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps have been taken by his Department to foster civil society groups within Rwanda.
(108735)
549
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of the outcome of the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions talks with pharmaceutical companies on the availability of affordable HIV/AIDS treatments in (a) developing countries and (b) least developed countries.
(108736)
550
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of corruption amongst public agencies in Iraq on the effective distribution of development aid.
(108737)
551
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the government of Zimbabwe on increasing women's access to sanitary products.
(108738)
552
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK development aid programme in Angola.
(108739)
553
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the government of Angola about (a) good governance and (b) probity of public agencies.
(108740)
554
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in what ways his Department will work with (a) other donor agencies and (b) international finance institutions to meet the two targets agreed at the recent Microcredit Campaign Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia relating to (i) extending credit for self-employment and other financial services to the world's poorest families and (ii) ensuring such families cross the $1 a day threshold by 2015.
(107857)
555
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what efficiency savings have been made in his Department as a result of the Gershon review; and if he will make a statement.
(108362)
556
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent by his Department in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been accounted for in reporting of headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108363)
557
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions Ministers and officials from his Department have had with Ministers and officials from (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) the Treasury, (c) No. 10 and (d) other Departments on development assistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
(108232)
558
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was paid in compensation payments by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108200)
559
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidance he has issued to his special advisers concering alterations to their duties during the campaign for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.
(108498)
560
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans he has to alter the (a) salaries of, (b) number of support staff available to and (c) office space provided to his special advisers in the next 12 months.
(108499)
561
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the sum required by the African Union Mission in Sudan for salaries and allowances for its troops in October and November 2006 he expects to be covered by the direct funding supplied by his Department; and how much has been supplied by other donors.
(108890)
562
N
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid the Government has given to help the government of the Philippines to help the families of the victims of the recent typhoon.
(105304)
Questions to the Leader of the House
563
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Leader of the House, how much the contract for IT support for hon. Members cost in each of the last five years.
(105464)
564
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Leader of the House, which company holds the contract to provide IT support for hon. Members.
(105465)
565
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Leader of the House, how much in compensation payments was paid by the Privy Council Office in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108197)
566
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Leader of the House, what plans he has to alter the (a) salaries of, (b) number of support staff available to and (c) office space provided to his special advisers in the next 12 months.
(108505)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
567
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much inefficiency savings has been made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon review; and if he will make a statement.
(108349)
568
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been invested by his Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reporting headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108350)
569
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what he estimates will be the final total expenditure on the Historic Enquiry Team.
(108159)
570
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to achieve his Department's target of a reduction in reconviction rates; and if he will make a statement.
(108161)
571
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was paid by the Northern Ireland Compensation Agency to people who had been convicted of paramilitary activity in 2005-06; and to whom awards were made.
(108174)
572
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was paid in compensation payments by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108203)
573
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what role was undertaken by the casuals referred to on page 142 of the Department's annual report.
(108375)
574
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidance he has issued to his special advisers concerning alterations to their duties during the campaign for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.
(108495)
575
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to alter the (a) salaries of, (b) number of support staff available to and (c) office space provided to his special advisers in the next 12 months.
(108496)
576
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the budget of the Environment and Heritage Service will be set aside to meet the costs of Areas of Special Scientific Interest designations in Northern Ireland in the next financial year.
(108150)
577
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in the review of environmental governance in Northern Ireland; when he expects the review to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(108157)
578
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the budget of the Environment and Heritage Service was set aside to meet the costs of designated areas of special scientific interest in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.
(108175)
579
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the consultation paper on the Irish language agreed at St Andrew's will be published.
(108224)
580
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to publish the Irish Language (Northern Ireland) Bill.
(108228)
581
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was collected in household rates in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what the average paid per household was in that period.
(108843)
582
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of how much he expects to be collected in household rates in Northern Ireland in each of the next three years under the new rating system; what he expects the average sum per household to be; and if he will make a statement.
(108844)
583
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average house price is in Northern Ireland.
(108845)
584
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average daily passenger numbers were for each Goldliner Express bus route to Belfast in each month in the last three years.
(108893)
Questions to the Minister without Portfolio
585
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister without Portfolio, how many special advisers paid from public funds are working for her.
(108479)
Questions to the Prime Minister
586
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was paid in compensation payments by his Office in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108206)
587
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, on which occasions items on the donated asset reserve held by his Office have been used.
(108229)
588
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, how items on the donated asset reserve held by his Office are stored; where they are stored; and if he will make a statement.
(108230)
589
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, how many civil servants have requested permission under business appointments rules to join a consultancy firm on their departure in the 2005-06 financial year.
(108387)
590
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, what mechanism is in place in his Office for making decisions on whether to retain locally items from the donated asset reserve; and who makes those decisions.
(108503)
591
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 329W, on Downing Street (functions), which political events were hosted at Downing Street in each year since May 1997; and how much was paid by the Labour Party to meet the costs of each event.
(108421)
592
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the statutory responsibilities are of the Deputy Prime Minister under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975.
(108500)
593
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what financial transfers were made from other Government Departments to the Deputy Prime Minister's Office following the machinery of Government changes.
(108501)
594
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received calling for the abolition of the post of Deputy Prime Minister.
(108504)
595
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Prime Minister, how much public money has been spent on maintaining his website in each year since it was set up; and if he will make a statement.
(108459)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
596
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will discuss with the Royal Mail issuing a stamp commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union.
(108930)
Questions to the Solicitor General
597
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Solicitor General, when a decision is expected in respect of the police report submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service in the case of Martin Allen.
(107894)
598
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Solicitor General, how much in compensation payments was paid by the Law Officers' Departments in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108212)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
599
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what factors affected the decision on the period of office of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission on his recent reappointment.
(108482)
600
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what powers the Electoral Commission has (a) to inspect local authorities' electoral registration departments and (b) to set targets for those departments.
(108484)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
601
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether each domestic dwelling has a right to be connected to an electrical supply.
(108831)
602
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in what circumstances a utilities company may impose a compulsory wayleave in order to provide an electrical supply to a resident who is not so connected.
(108832)
603
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on action to ensure each pensioner has access to an electrical supply.
(108833)
604
N
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will meet representatives from the wood panel industry to discuss the lower forecasts of softwood availability.
(107519)
605
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Unfair Commercial Protection Directive will affect rogue traders.
(108303)
606
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance he has issued on the effect of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive on the powers conferred on officers by the (a) Trade Descriptions Act 1968 and (b) Consumer Protection Act 1987.
[R] (108304)
607
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will reply to letters of (a) 15th May 2006 and (b) 28th November 2006 from the hon. Member for Billericay on the EU Directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances.
(108300)
608
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets his Department sets for local authorities.
(108562)
609
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received to repeal or amend the Pedlars Act 1871; and if he will make a statement.
(107995)
610
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much inefficiency savings has been made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon Review; and if he will make a statement.
(108354)
611
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent by his Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reporting headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108355)
612
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of towns with a population of 15,000 or more have no post office.
(108104)
613
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make representations to UK credit card companies to cease the practice of issuing unsolicited cheques to account holders.
(108435)
614
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the Government has spent on nanotechnology research in the last five years.
(108402)
615
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the outcome of government spending on nanotechnology research in the last five years.
(108403)
616
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money the Government plans to spend on nanotechnology in the next five years; and how this funding programme will be structured.
(108404)
617
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to increase public engagement in the nanotechnology debate.
(108405)
618
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to commission further work on the regulation of nanotechnology.
(108406)
619
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will set up a strategy group to supervise the implementation of the Government's nanotechnology strategy.
(108407)
620
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what UK Government policy is on nanotechnology; and what resources are available to implement the policy.
(108408)
621
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost of statutory paternity pay was in each year since 2003-04; and if he will estimate the cost in each year from 2006-07 to 2009-10.
(107865)
622
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information is (a) exchanged, (b) stored and (c) passed on to non-EU countries in connection with Regulation (EC) No. 2006/2004; what right of access individuals have to data on themselves so held; which agencies are expected to seek access to such data; what the aim is of the legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(108155)
623
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108198)
624
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the (a) function, (b) constitution and (c) budget of the EU Gas Co-ordination Group is for 2006-07.
(108371)
625
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many public buildings have (a) solar panels and (b) wind turbines.
(108377)
626
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support was provided to Cramlington Land Partnership by the Government in 2005-06; and what the nature was of the land that the Partnership developed in relation to this funding.
(108382)
627
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to encourage businesses to replace standard light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs; and what estimate he has made of the potential energy saving for businesses in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Gateshead East and Washington West of making such a change.
(108192)
628
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) has taken to prevent the sale of second hand gas cylinders on internet auction sites; if he will bring forward regulations to restrict those sales; and what representations he has received on the sale of those cylinders on eBay.
(108151)
629
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to the computer systems of Companies House have (a) been detected and (b) succeeded in each of the last five years.
(108320)
630
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether any of his Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored with online data storage providers.
(108329)
631
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether any of his Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored outside the United Kingdom.
(108333)
632
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what support for trial schemes his Department has given to extraction of national coal reserves through Underground Coal Gassification; and what assessment his Department has made of the merits of such extraction.
(108934)
633
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the East of England Development Agency has provided additional funding to the East of England Tourist Board for (a) the latter half of 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(108274)
634
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will provide guidance to trading standards officers to ensure consistent implementation of the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988; and if he will make a statement.
(108669)
635
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the use of imperial units after 31st December 2009.
(108249)
636
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people lived in fuel poverty in Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(108463)
637
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 15W, on the Companies Bill, what estimate he has made of the difference in savings to business between the point at which they were assessed as a result of discussions with businesses in the course of developing the Companies Bill and the Bill as it received Royal Assent.
(105754)
638
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on small businesses of recent rises in energy prices; and if he will make a statement.
(108928)
639
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the total amount spent by (a) small and (b) medium-sized businesses on gas and electricity in each of the last three years.
(108929)
640
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to secure stricter performance and service quality targets from internet service companies providing a migration access code for those customers wishing to change internet providers.
(108639)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
641
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when a decision is expected to be made on the scheme to increase railway capacity by 75 per cent. at Reading Station.
(107978)
642
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent by his Departments and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included in reports of headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108341)
643
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much efficiency savings have been made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon Review; and if he will make a statement.
(108344)
644
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many overseas residents on (a) leisure and (b) business trips transferred or transited at Heathrow Airport to (i) an overseas destination and (ii) another destination in the UK in 2005.
(108522)
645
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) transfer and (b) transit passengers used Heathrow Airport in 2005.
(108523)
646
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many overseas residents on (a) leisure and (b) business trips to the UK arrived at Heathrow Airport in 2005.
(108525)
647
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK residents on (a) business and (b) leisure trips to (i) other parts of the UK and (ii) overseas arrived at Heathrow Airport in 2005.
(108528)
648
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many UK residents on (a) leisure and (b) business trips transferred or transited between domestic and overseas flights at Heathrow Airport in 2005.
(108532)
649
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many regions have licensing conditions which make requirements in relation to full disability access taxis.
(108682)
650
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on implementation of taxi accessibility regulations under Part 5 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; what the timescale was for the Government's policy formulation on this policy; and what steps he has taken to secure implementation of the regulations.
(108683)
651
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the likely financial impact of the implementation of taxi accessibility regulations under Part five of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, on the taxi trade; and whom his Department has consulted on the implementation of the regulations.
(108689)
652
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the Network Rail services into London Bridge of the extension of the East London Line in 2010.
(108432)
653
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consideration he has given to the improvement of local rail services in South East London following the transfer of Eurostar services to St Pancras in 2007.
(108433)
654
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the condition of the track on the performance of the North Kent rail services on 7th December; and if he will make a statement.
(108811)
655
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on the performance of North Kent rail services; and if he will make a statement.
(108812)
656
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to public funds was of upgrading the infrastructure on the North Kent rail lines in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(108813)
657
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the performance figures were for North Kent rail services for the four week periods covering (a) October and (b) November; what the figures were for the same periods in 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(108814)
658
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent representations he has received on fare increases on the Kent Integrated Franchise for 2007.
(108563)
659
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of rail passengers from Scotland and the North West whose journeys continue beyond Birmingham.
(108398)
660
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the 10 longest running sets of Highways Agency roadworks are in England.
(108901)
661
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department estimates for planning purposes the number of passengers using the East Coast main line GNER services.
(108902)
662
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many seats there are in a GNER Mallard standard class carriage.
(108903)
663
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the five most overcrowded train services were outside London in the last 12 months.
(108904)
664
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the most overcrowded train was on the East Coast main line in the last 12 months.
(108905)
665
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers have been (a) physically and (b) verbally assaulted in each of the last 10 years.
(108907)
666
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many station platforms have been temporarily closed due to overcrowding in each of the last five years.
(108908)
667
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much (a) the Highways Agency and (b) each local authority has (i) been allocated and (ii) spent on road maintenance in each of the last 10 years.
(108909)
668
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many train services were cancelled mid-journey because they were overcrowded in the last 12 months.
(108912)
669
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average response time was for British Transport Police officers to attend railway stations without a permanent police presence in each of the last 10 years.
(108913)
670
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many unmanned railway stations there are.
(108914)
671
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) guns and (b) knives have been confiscated by British Transport Police in each of the last 10 years.
(108915)
672
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers there were in each of the last 15 years.
(108916)
673
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many security guards are employed on the railways.
(108917)
674
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how his Department measures overcrowding on buses.
(108919)
675
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what major transport projects have been approved in the last 12 months, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(108921)
676
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of railway track have been replaced in each of the last 10 years.
(108922)
677
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers have been removed from trains for threatening staff or other passengers in each of the last 10 years.
(108923)
678
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers have been removed from trains for being drunk in each of the last 10 years.
(108924)
679
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many community rail line designations have been made.
(108925)
680
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities underspent on their road maintenance budgets in 2004-05; and by how much each authority overspent.
(108926)
681
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on whether Eurotunnel should charge rail freight operators using the Channel Tunnel only the costs of running services through it and in line with the principles set out in EU Directive 2001/14.
(107863)
682
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the price range was of a (a) 1st class, (b) 2nd class and (c) sleeper return train ticket between London and Edinburgh in each year since 1997; and what the rail subsidy from the public purse was in each year.
(108372)
683
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Home Office on the provision of face-to-face support for road crash victims.
(108718)
684
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December, Official Report, column 229W, on exhaust emissions: Dartford , if he will publish the latest (a) survey of air quality in toll booths and (b) comparison of the survey with the Health and Safety Executive's Occupational Exposure Standards.
(105524)
685
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what approvals his Department has given for expenditure in Darlington since 1997.
(108170)
686
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his plans are for future capacity on the Waterloo to Reading railway line.
(108698)
687
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated premium payment to the Exchequer is by South West Trains over the life of its franchise.
(108699)
688
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to change the (a) rolling stock and (b) engines on the Waterloo to Reading railway line; and whether older trains are to be re-introduced on this line.
(108700)
689
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the safety of the Cotswold National Trail route where it crosses the A417; and if he will make a statement.
(105686)
690
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend free bus travel to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(108153)
691
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 412W, on fares technology, whether he expects smart card schemes outside London to be compatible with the Transport for London Oyster card.
(108927)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
692
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.
(108202)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
693
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Ms Ros Altmann has been retained as a pensions adviser to the Government.
(108830)
694
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what efficiency savings have been made in his Department and agencies as a result of the Geshon review; and if he will make a statement.
(108364)
695
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent by his Department and agencies on achieving Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs are accounted for and included in the reports of headline efficiency savings; and if he will make a statement.
(108365)
696
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff of each executive agency or department responsible to him were (a) on fixed-term appointments or (b) agency workers in each of the last three years; and what percentage of total staff these represented.
(108665)
697
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what negotiations he has entered into with employee and employer organisations concerning Section 67 of the Pensions Act 1995; and what plans he has to allow employers and trustees of pension funds to negotiate downwards what they pay existing pensioners.
(108266)
698
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what programmes his Department operates to make particular provision in rural areas; and what the cost of such programmes is expected to be in 2007-08.
(108258)
699
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.
(108208)
700
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he is taking to encourage (a) employers with existing occupational pension schemes to maintain them and (b) those without such schemes to introduce them.
(108615)
701
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors he took into account when setting the period of four weeks for paying pension credits into pensioners' bank accounts while they are out of the United Kingdom.
(108931)
702
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many housing benefit claims were subject to each rate of non-dependent deduction in 2004-05; how many claimants at each rate lived in (a) council housing, (b) registered social landlord housing and (c) the private rented sector; and what percentage of total housing benefit claims each group represents.
(108216)
703
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of housing benefit claims were subject to a non-dependent deduction for which the claimant was (a) registered disabled, (b) over 60 years old, (c) in receipt of income support or jobseeker's allowance and (d) a lone parent in 2004-05.
(108217)
704
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each local authority ward in Darlington received incapacity benefit in each year since its introduction.
(108163)
705
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are receiving pension credit in each local authority ward in Darlington; and what the total cost was of these payments in the latest period for which figures are available.
(108221)
706
N
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the recent Social Security Commissioners' ruling on housing benefit on registered social landlord tenants with learning difficulties.
(107945)
707
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the eligibility for winter fuel payments received by those over 60 to (a) those in receipt of the higher or middle rate of disability living allowance care component, (b) those in receipt of the support component of ESA and (c) those receiving the severe disability premium or enhanced disability premium.
(108259)
708
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which Ministers in his Department have visited Leicester in the last year; and where they visited in Leicester.
(108685)
709
Ian Stewart (Eccles):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the September and October child support payments due to the parent with care Child Support Agency reference 324807264125 will be paid; what the reasons are for the length of time which has been taken to pass this money to the parent with care; and what steps the Agency is taking to ensure that such delays do not occur in the future.
(108439)
710
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress has been made in identifying an effective method of measuring the take-up of disability benefits.
(108701)
711
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost to the Government is of the Motability scheme.
(108219)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
712
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the numbers of employees who were employed on (a) short-term contracts, (b) fixed-term appointments and (c) on an agency supply basis in each region in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2005, broken down by (A) full-time and (B) part-time workers.
[Transferred] (108667)
713
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of excess deaths resulting from summer heatwaves in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (108617)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
714
N
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to improve the welfare package for injured service personnel.
[Question Unstarred] (105395)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
715
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the development of a new British nuclear deterent on nuclear proliferation in (a) Asia, (b) Africa and (c) the Middle East.
[Transferred] (108648)

 
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