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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 13 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.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 13 December 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 13 December 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 13 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 Wednesday 13 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 13 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths there were in the last 12 months from (a) heart disease, (b) cancer, (c) motor-neurone disease and (d) AIDS.
(109266)
2
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many excess winter deaths there were in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(108109)
3
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the main causes of death were for (a) males and (b) women in West Chelmsford constituency in each year since 1996.
(108549)
4
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for (i) chronic lung disease, (ii) coronary heart disease and (iii) cancer in West Chelmsford constituency in each year since 1996.
(108550)
5
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) deaths and (b) births there were in West Chelmsford constituency in each year since 1996.
(108551)
6
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the market effects of the Progressive Beer Duty on stimulating and encouraging growth for the brewery businesses of cask-conditioned beer.
(109111)
7
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what response he has made to the representation made to him by a number of breweries enclosed in the letter to him from the right hon. Member for Witney dated 20th February on the impact of the Progressive Beer Duty on their business.
(109112)
8
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions it is estimated will be saved as a result of the rise in (a) fuel duty and (b) airport passenger duty announced in the pre-budget report.
(109153)
9
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent by his Department on external legal advice in each of the last five years.
(109093)
10
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much time officials from his Department have spent in (a) Israel and (b) the Occupied Palestinian Territories on official business in each of the last three years; and at what cost.
(108947)
11
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will consider the merits of extending tax relief for childcare vouchers to cover the care of adults; what assessment he has made of the potential effect of this change on the employment of (a) carers, (b) older workers and (c) women in the workplace; and if he will make a statement.
(109264)
12
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the amount of programme contingency to be included in the revised 2012 Olympic budget; and which Department will have responsibility for setting the level of programme contingency.
(109164)
13
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on responsibility for cost overruns relating to the 2012 Olympics; and which Department holds overall responsibility for any such overruns.
(109165)
14
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the cost threshold beyond which Treasury consent must be given for projects to be implemented; and what that cost threshold is.
(109166)
15
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Treasury will hold and administer the programme contingency fund to be included in the final Olympic budget.
(109180)
16
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs's Prosecution Office expects to publish its resource accounts for 2005-06.
(109186)
17
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total cost of his Department's review of security and counter-terrorism across Government.
(109187)
18
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials from his Department have been appointed to liaise with the Home Office review of the UK's counter-terrorism capacity, broken down by grade.
(109188)
19
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials from his Department are employed in his Department's review of security and counter-terrorism across Government; and how many officials have been seconded to the review from other government departments, broken down by department.
(109189)
20
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) official and (b) Minister is leading his Department's review of security and counter-terrorism across Government.
(109190)
21
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department's review of security and counter-terrrorism across Government is considering (a) plans for ensuring essential supplies and services in the event of an emergency and (b) policy on protective and other security measures to counter the threat of terrorism in the United Kingdom and to British interests overseas.
(109191)
22
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 721W, on Departmental Staff, whether individual teams in his Department keep records of the number of away days; and if he will estimate the cost of obtaining away days for one team.
(109192)
23
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 719W, on Departmental expenditure, what his Department's staff subsistence costs were from travel (a) abroad and (b) in the UK in each year since 1997.
(109193)
24
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 719W, on Departmental Expenditure, what the costs of travel and subsistence were for (a) HM Customs and Revenue, (b) the Royal Mint and (c) the Office for National Statistics in each year between 1997-8 and 2003-04.
(109194)
25
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which members of the Council for Science and Technology presented the report Technology Matters to him in February 2000.
(109196)
26
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many candidates were considered for the position of Chairman of the Social Investment Taskforce.
(109200)
27
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date Sir Ronald Cohen was appointed to the Social Investment Taskforce; and what (a) salary and (b) expenses he has been paid since his appointment.
(109201)
28
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many candidates were considered for the position of Chairman of the Commission on Unclaimed Assets.
(109202)
29
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date Sir Ronald Cohen was appointed to the Commission on Unclaimed Assets; and what (a) salary and (b) expenses he has been paid since his appointment.
(109203)
30
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 727W, on Ministerial travel, which publication lists the overseas visits of (a) the Paymaster General, (b) the Financial Secretary and (c) the Economic Secretary; and if he will make a statement.
(109204)
31
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost to public funds is expected to be of the 2006 children's charity party at Number 11 Downing Street; and what the cost was for the party in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.
(109205)
32
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date Sir Christopher Evans was appointed to his Department's independent review into stem cell research.
(109222)
33
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether Gavin Kelly is (a) an interim special adviser in the place of the reduced duties of Dr Wood and (b) a permanent addition to the Council of Economic Advisers.
(109224)
34
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 722W, on External Employment Notices, and 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 486W, and the Prime Minister's written statement of 24th July 2006, Official Report, column 90WS, on special advisers, if he will publish an updated list of the salaries of all his Council of Economic Advisers.
(109225)
35
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he attended in an official capacity the launch party for the charity on youth volunteering `v' on 8th May.
(109226)
36
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he intends to seek parliamentary approval for the £600 million increase to the defence budget announced in his pre-budget report 2006 speech.
(108766)
37
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Statement on the Pre Budget Report 2006, whether the £600 million additional expenditure to fund operations in Afghanistan and Iraq is additional to the expenditure increase in the Winter Supplementary Estimates.
(108873)
38
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, why the figure for planned defence expenditure in the resource budget in 2007-08 set out in the Pre Budget Report 2006 is lower than that set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review 2004.
(108876)
39
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of contingent liabilities to the Exchequer arising under FRS17.
(109351)
40
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any corrupt data has been detected on the computer systems of HM Revenue and Customs.
(109038)
41
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any corrupt data has been detected on his Department's computer systems.
(109052)
42
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rates of (a) male and (b) female economic activity were in each local government ward in Milton Keynes in each year since 1979.
(109058)
43
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many cases tax credit has been found to have been overpaid to individuals in Na h-Eileanan an Iar in each of the last three financial years; and in how many of these cases the overpayment has been contested by the claimant.
(109252)
44
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Trade and Industry on the conclusions of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property; and if he will make a statement.
(109174)
45
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he plans to make to the European Commission's review of the Copyright Directive.
(109179)
46
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to make a formal response to the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property; and if he will make a statement.
(109184)
47
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employer end of year tax returns were not processed on time in each of the last five years.
(109139)
48
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the tax office closure programme on future processing levels of employer end of year tax returns.
(109140)
49
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reliability rate of the PAYE computer system used by his Department.
(109141)
50
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultations there have been with staff on the training to be offered to staff seeking redundancy in his Department; and what the deadlines are for staff responses.
(109142)
51
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will consider redundancy terms equivalent to those offered by the Department for Work and Pensions for workers affected by the tax office closure programme.
(109145)
52
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the functional literacy rates of those claiming tax credits; what provision is made for services for these clients; and if he will make a statement.
(109146)
53
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what training courses have been specified by his Department for staff seeking retraining in preparation for the tax office closure plan; if he will consider including additional courses in the list; and if he will make a statement.
(109170)
54
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of lean working practices introduced by his Department.
(109171)
55
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average amount of time spent was by HM Revenue and Customs' staff in dealing with telephone calls in the last period for which figures are available.
(109250)
56
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints he received about the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) in the last 12 months; what representations he received on the accountability of the FOS to the Financial Services Authority; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the FOS in dealing with complaints; and if he will make a statement.
(109293)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
57
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many of the Cabinet Office's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in that period.
(109215)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
58
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the balance struck in the syllabus for national occupational standard for domestic energy assessors between health and safety and other issues.
(109305)
59
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of care responsibilities on women in work; whether she has made an assessment of the merits of an employer-supported care voucher scheme, similar to that in operation for childcare, to enable carers better to manage work and caring; and if she will make a statement.
[R] (109291)
60
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of her Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109216)
61
N
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many unoccupied homes there were in (a) Somerset and (b) England in each month of each of the last five years.
(109004)
62
N
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homeless families there were in (a) Somerset and (b) England in each month of each of the last five years.
(109007)
63
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equality has attended meetings of the Office for Disability Issues since its establishment.
(108988)
64
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the working group of practitioners led by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors referred to in the Official Report, 11th January 2006, column 400, has published its guidance for right to buy valuations.
(109167)
65
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to bring social housing up to the decent homes standard.
(109101)
66
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made with the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations; and if she will make a statement.
(109043)
67
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, from which organisations (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have received representations on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.
(109044)
68
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):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 Milton Keynes.
(109057)
69
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much in capital receipts from the sale of council houses in South Manchester under the right to buy legislation has (a) been retained by central Government and (b) been returned to the local authority (i) since the right to buy legislation was introduced and (ii) since 1997.
(109073)
70
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Government has received in capital receipts from the sale of council houses in South Manchester under the right to buy legislation (a) since the right to buy legislation was introduced and (b) since 1997.
(109074)
71
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid to arms-length management organisations (ALMOs) in each year since 2000; how much is expected to be paid in each year up to 2010; how many applications for ALMO status are pending; how much is expected to be paid to those applications pending; how many ALMOs have announced they cannot meet the Decent Homes Target by 2010; how much ALMOs have inherited in housing debt; and what plans she has for the development of ALMOs.
(109303)
72
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the housing debt of local authorities is treated when they (a) opt for large scale stock transfer and (b) set up an arms-length management organisation; how much debt has been transferred from local authorities as a result of such transfers since 1997; what interest is paid on debt which is managed in that way; who pays the interest on that debt; whether liability for the debt remains in the public sector borrowing account; and what assets stand as security on the debt.
(109304)
73
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, further to her Answer of 7th November 2006, Official Report, column 978W, on housing, how much extra investment per dwelling is required to give local authorities the same level of investment per dwelling as under stock transfer; and by how much this sum is greater than if the local authority brought the houses up to decent homes standard.
(109347)
74
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bristol East of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 706W, on housing, what proportion of each category of housing stock was empty as at October 2005 in the South West, broken down by local authority.
(109389)
75
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what work her Department is undertaking with local authorities to encourage people to stand for election.
(109113)
76
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have challenged the population estimates used in calculating the 2007-08 local government funding settlement.
(109359)
77
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority population estimates used in the calculations to inform the 2007-08 local government funding settlement have been more than 5,000 people lower than official estimates of the population in those authorities.
(109360)
78
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many cases have been referred to the Local Government Ombudsman in each year since 1976; how many cases were completed in each year; and if she will make a statement.
(109308)
79
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many cases are being investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman; and if she will make a statement.
(109309)
80
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average length of time taken was for a case to be investigated by the Local Government Ombudsman in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(109310)
81
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many caseworkers are employed by the Local Government Ombudsman; and if she will make a statement.
(109311)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
82
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the last five years.
(109102)
83
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many of her Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109214)
84
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total liability to her Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public-private partnerships and (b) public finance initiative contracts.
(109297)
85
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by her Department; what assets were transferred to the private sector as part of each deal; what the value of these assets was; what the total cost is of each contract; and what estimate was made of the cost to her Department of traditional procurement over the life of each contract.
(109340)
86
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many orders for supervised contact were made by the courts in the last year for which figures are available; and how many orders named venues run by charitable or voluntary organisations as the point at which contact should take place.
(109151)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
87
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to ensure that digital television coverage extends to (a) the whole of Blaydon constituency and (b) Crawcrook village.
(109185)
88
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of materials and waste associated with the development of the Olympic site she plans to be moved by water.
(107060)
89
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the announcement on funding for the Bow Locks to the Prescott Channel is due to be made.
(107061)
90
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109103)
91
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what role (a) town and (b) parish councils have in making representations to a licensing authority in respect of an application pertaining to their local area; and on what grounds a licensing authority may reject such representations.
(108270)
92
N
Mr Don Foster (Bath):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 Olympic and Paralympic Games, whether VAT costs for the Olympics were mentioned in (a) the 2002 ARUP London Olympics 2012 Costs and Benefits report, (b) the 2003 PricewaterhouseCoopers London 2012 Costs and Benefits report, (c) the 2004 PricewaterhouseCoopers Olympic Cost Review and (d) the advice provided in the Olympic report by KPMG.
(108944)
93
N
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she was first informed that the inclusion of VAT would affect the Olympic budget; by whom she was so informed; and on what date this occurred.
(108992)
94
N
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made against the national target on physical exercise set out in the 2002 Game Plan report published by the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit; and if she will make a statement.
(108993)
95
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what definitions of moderate physical activity were used in (a) the Government's Game Plan 2002 and (b) Sport England's Active People survey 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(109261)
96
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date Sir Ronald Cohen took up his position on the Board of the British Museum; and what expenses he has claimed since his appointment.
(109197)
97
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of her Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109213)
98
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she is planning to put in place to combat performancing enhancing drugs use in the 2012 Olympic Games.
(109306)
99
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she is planning to encourage engagement with the 2012 Olympics from countries with historically low participation rates.
(109316)
100
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to focus on ethnic minorities under the School Sport Partnerships programme.
(109329)
101
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library a list of all arts projects funded from public money in the last year for which information is available.
(109331)
102
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who elected the board of Culture West Midlands when it became a company limited by guarantee.
(109332)
103
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was incurred by her Department in re-assessing pensions liabilities under FRS17, as referred to on page 60 of the departmental annual report for Sponsored Bodies.
(109350)
104
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) use and (b) cost has been of her Department's accommodation in Woburn Place since May 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(109352)
105
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to whom the land which belonged to Kensington Palace Gardens was sold; whether construction is permitted on the land; when it was originally acquired; and whether the relevant royal authorities were consulted on reintegrating the land into the Gardens estate.
(109353)
106
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on progress with her Department's plans to sell the Tote.
(109354)
107
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many archaeological and historic sites in private ownership her Department has been notified of which have been (a) seriously damaged and (b) destroyed in the last 12 months.
(109355)
108
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to page 107 of her Department's annual report, what the (a) value and (b) previous use was of (i) the land due to be sold off to the north of the British Library and (ii) the five residential properties in Windsor; and if she will make a statement.
(109356)
109
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was of Culture Online in 2005-06; and how many hits it has had in the last 12 months.
(109357)
110
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the uncommitted balance is of (a) the Lottery Fund and (b) the New Opportunities Fund.
(109361)
111
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding her Department provided to the South Bank Centre in 2005-06, broken down by main budget heading.
(109362)
112
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average time was to deliver Lottery funds from the time of receipt of application in the last period for which figures are available.
(109363)
113
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was of sending the Culture West Midlands delegation to Brussels; and who was on the delegation.
(109365)
114
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the projected cost to the public purse of Wembley National Stadium was (a) at the outset of the project, (b) in 1995, (c) in 2000 and (d) in 2005; and what the most recent total projected cost of (i) the project and (ii) the associated public realm improvements are.
(109366)
115
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost was of rebranding Culture West Midlands.
(109367)
116
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how funds raised by the Horserace Betting Levy Board were spent in 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.
(109368)
117
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many historical sites were destroyed during construction projects in each year since May 1997.
(109369)
118
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the Football Licensing Authority's seminar on the possibility of weapons of mass destruction being used at major sporting venues was dedicated to potential (a) atomic, (b) biological and (c) chemical incidents.
(109370)
119
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was of departmental training and equipment in Health and Safety DSE, referred to on page 108 of her Department's annual report; what equipment was used; and if she will make a statement.
(109371)
120
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been awarded to staff members in special bonuses in the last year for which figures are available; what provision was made for this expenditure; and if she will make a statement.
(109372)
121
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on development of (a) an advisory committee and (b) a policy on historic ships; and whether (i) the acquisition of new vessels and (ii) the support of privately-owned vessels are covered by the policy in its current state of development.
(109374)
122
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the (a) return and (b) net economic impact from funding for film production in the UK for each type of subsidy given.
(109388)
123
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much VisitBritain spent on promotion, broken down by target audience.
(109394)
124
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress her Department has made towards equality of access to sport for men and women.
(109257)
125
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to encourage a continued public service commitment in the independent broadcasting sector.
(109258)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
126
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109104)
127
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109212)
128
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many letters of condolence he sent to the next of kin of personnel who have died in service in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year between 2001 and 2005; and how many he has sent in 2006.
(105699)
129
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research and modelling his Department is undertaking of future mental health outcomes for personnel deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq; what assessment he has made of the risk of these personnel developing mental health conditions; and if he will make a statement.
(108874)
130
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by his Department; what assets were transferred to the private sector as part of each deal; what the value of these assets was; what the total cost is of each contract; and what estimate was made of the cost to his Department of traditional procurement over the life of each contract.
(109341)
131
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any difficulties have been experienced in obtaining spare parts for the Royal Air Force's fleet of Tristars.
(109048)
132
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries UK troops were deployed in each year since 1976; against which countries they were deployed during that period; and what assessment he has made of the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons in each such conflict.
(109398)
133
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships for the Royal Navy his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) decommissioned in each year since 1997, broken down by type.
(109251)
134
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on psychological rehabilitation of ex-servicemen in each year since 1997.
(109060)
135
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the equipment available to the armed forces in Afghanistan.
(109114)
136
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he estimates the eligibility for the UK Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge will be extended beyond 31st December 1969.
(109078)
137
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have (a) applied for and (b) received the UK Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge.
(109079)
138
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the waiting time is from application to receive a UK Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge.
(109080)
139
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women have received the UK Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge in each year since its introduction, broken down by branch of the armed forces.
(109081)
140
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the target strength was for the infantry (a) as a whole and (b) for the Scottish infantry for the years ending 31st March (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003, (iv) 2004, (v) 2005 and (vi) 2006; what the actual strengths were in each case in each year; what the original recruiting target was for each of these years in each case; and whether the target was revised.
(107868)
141
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the original recruiting targets for the (a) infantry and (b) Scottish infantry were achieved.
(107869)
142
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recruiting targets for the (a) infantry and (b) Scottish infantry have been set for the year ending 31st March 2007; and what recruitment has been to date in 2006-07.
(107870)
143
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of each Scottish infantry battalion (i) is and (ii) was at 1st April 2006; and what the forecast is for 31st March 2007 in each case.
(107871)
144
N
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers from Scottish regiments left the Army in each month since 1st April 2005; and how many have applied to leave during 2006-07 to date.
(107872)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
145
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent by his Department on external legal advice since its establishment.
(109105)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
146
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the reason is for the delay in the publication of the notes of the meeting of the Third Sector Forum for Children and Young People's Services on 17th July; how the Forum plans to communicate the decisions made at its meetings; when the minutes of the meeting of 23rd October will be available; and if he will make a statement.
(109144)
147
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109106)
148
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109211)
149
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 28th November 2006, Official Report, column 509W, on the Private Finance Initiatives, and the table deposited in the Library, what the (a) total cost of repayments and (b) period of repayments is for each project listed.
(109223)
150
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total liability to his Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and (b) public finance initiative contracts.
(109299)
151
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by his Department; what assets were transferred to the private sector as part of each deal; what the value of these assets was; what the total cost is of each contract; and what estimate was made of the cost to his Department of traditional procurement over the life of each contract.
(109339)
152
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families has attended meetings of the Office for Disability Issues since its establishment.
(108989)
153
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was allocated by his Department and bodies for which it is responsible to fund centres run by charitable and voluntary organisations where supervised contact takes place in the last year for which figures are available.
(109150)
154
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2006, Official Report, column 237W, on Building Schools for the Future, how many proposals submitted under the Building Schools for the Future Programme have been returned to local authorities for further clarification; which local authorities were involved; and what clarification was requested in each case.
(109168)
155
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2006, Official Report, column 237W, on Building Schools for the Future, what proportion of proposals submitted under Building Schools for the Future returned to local authorities for further clarification (a) included and (b) did not include an academy in their proposals.
(109169)
156
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students opted to study a foreign language at (a) A level and (b) degree level in each of the last five years.
(109045)
157
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the calorific content of drinks to be provided in schools under the new schools food regime.
(109050)
158
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of (a) 18 and (b) 19 year olds from Milton Keynes attended university courses in each year since 1997.
(109055)
159
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):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) secondary schools in Milton Keynes in each year since 2000.
(109056)
160
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of newly qualified (a) secondary and (b) primary school teachers who had not taken up full-time teaching posts one year after qualification in each of the last five years, broken down by region.
(108409)
161
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people are in their final year of training to become (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers.
(108410)
162
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the average cost of installing a sprinkler system in a new school; what this represents as a percentage of total building cost; and if he will make a statement.
(108990)
163
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received from (a) industry and (b) fire chiefs on sprinklers in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(109003)
164
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the implementation of the law on smacking.
(109076)
165
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of his Department's mail is shipped using private companies; and what the cost has been over the last 12 months.
(107902)
166
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of paragraph 2.13 of the draft schools admission code on siblings and selective schools on schools in (a) Herefordshire and (b) elsewhere.
(108945)
167
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the intended consequence is of paragraph 2.13 on siblings and selective schools of the draft schools admission code.
(108946)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
168
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(109183)
169
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of recent reductions in British Waterways' budget on (a) canal maintenance and (b) the number of people employed by British Waterways.
(108271)
170
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109107)
171
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for a new animal welfare label.
(109307)
172
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors underlay his Department's decision to recommend a move away from a legislative approach towards an approach based on the delivery of outcomes through other means in the consultation on the Animal Welfare Delivery Strategy.
(109323)
173
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to support the European Commission's proposal to extend the length of time for the ban on the import of captive live birds.
(109324)
174
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on implementing his pledge to enable each school child to visit a farm.
(109336)
175
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109210)
176
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department provides (a) to the highway authorities to maintain rights of way and (b) for maintenance of coastal access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(108875)
177
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Department has spent on research into global warming in 2005-06; and on what projects money has been spent.
(109334)
178
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by his Department; what assets were transferred to the private sector as part of each deal; what the value of these assets was; what the total cost is of each contract; and what estimate was made of the cost to his Department of traditional procurement over the life of each contract.
(109338)
179
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of previously outstanding payments under the single farm payment scheme have been paid in full in North Yorkshire since 31st March 2005.
(109229)
180
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of implementing each of the provisions of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.
(109230)
181
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers there are for local authorities to raise funds to implement the provisions of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(109231)
182
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many penalty fines have been imposed on local councils in North Yorkshire under the provisions of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.
(109233)
183
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures he proposes (a) to improve and (b) to tighten enforcement of checks on imports of illegally harvested timber; and if he will make a statement.
(109227)
184
Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs to reply to the letter dated 8th November 2006 on Backdale and Wagers Flat from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire.
(109149)
185
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage other government departments to adopt a policy of switching off computers at night.
(109077)
186
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria he took into account in setting the minimum cage measurements for the transportation of animals; and whether the measurements comply with International Air Transport Association guidelines.
(109345)
187
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which EU member states have been making (a) partial and (b) full single farm payments since 1st December; and if he will make a statement.
(109348)
188
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claimants in England have been paid (a) partial and (b) full 2006 single farm payments since 1st December; what percentage this figure represents of total claimants; and if he will make a statement
(109349)
189
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were trained under the Rural Development Programme in the UK in 2003; what the average cost was per person of that training; and whether he has made an assessment of the average cost per person of such training in other EU member states in that period.
(109390)
190
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the extent to which other European Union member states have delayed the implementation of their rural development programmes from 2007 to 2013; and if he will make a statement.
(109391)
191
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what liaison there was between different divisions in his Department in drawing up the (a) Animal Health and Welfare Strategy and (b) first indicators on animal welfare.
(109392)
192
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional (a) staff and (b) other resources he plans to put in place to deal with applications for support under the Rural Development Programme between 2007 and 2013.
(109393)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
193
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the effect on her Department's costs has been of the closure of the British embassy in Antananarivo in 2005; and how much income was received from the sale of the embassy (a) property and (b) chattels.
(109082)
194
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation the UK has in Madagascar.
(109083)
195
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of United Nations reports that the Karuna Group in Sri Lanka is recruiting child soldiers; and what steps she is taking to seeks to stop the practice.
(109084)
196
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to (a) the EU and (b) her counterpart in Beijing on China's fulfilment of its World Trade Organisation commitments.
(109088)
197
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of anti-conversion laws in (a) Malaysia, (b) Indonesia, (c) Pakistan and (d) India; and what assessment she has made of the recent development of women's rights in each of these countries.
(109089)
198
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support the United Nations resolution to send troops to Somalia to support the Somali government.
(109090)
199
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109108)
200
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions the UK has been fined by the EU in the last five years; and how much this has amounted to in each such year.
(109260)
201
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she plans to re-open an embassy in Madagascar following the decision of the Madagascan authorities to open an embassy in London.
(109327)
202
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of her Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109209)
203
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what items were included under the heading Antiques and Works of Art in Table 11 of her Department's Annual Report 2006; what the 10 most expensive purchases were in this category during the period covered by the report; and if she will make a statement.
(109386)
204
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps she has taken to encourage the Sri Lankan government to cease the indiscriminate bombing of civilians.
(109064)
205
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken to encourage the Sri Lankan government to open the A9 road to the Jaffna Peninsular.
(109065)
206
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the government of Pakistan on the establishment of a permanent extradition treaty.
(109115)
207
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the prospects of the government of Ethiopia handing back the offices of the Ethiopian Bible Society to their original owner.
(109267)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
208
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence's decision about Alimta is communicated to mesothelioma sufferers as soon as it is known.
(109066)
209
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence is expected to reach its decision on whether Alimta should be approved for use in the NHS.
(109067)
210
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on carbon credits by the NHS in the last year.
(109096)
211
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109109)
212
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the number of cognitive behavioural therapists employed by NHS trusts in each year since 2004.
(108949)
213
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if her Department will set waiting time targets for pyschological services.
(108950)
214
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made in the health effects of care responsibilities; what assessment she has made of the merits of an employer-supported care voucher scheme to help alleviate such potential effects; and if she will make a statement.
[R] (109290)
215
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of her Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109208)
216
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's report of 5th December on the clinical case for reconfiguration in the context of heart disease and stroke services, how many hospitals in each of the strategic health authorities will provide the highest level of emergency diagnostic and treatment services for heart attack and stroke patients; and what assessment she has made of the effect of the proposed reconfiguration of accident and emergency departments on the future resources of ambulance trusts.
(109384)
217
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's report of 5th December on the clinical case for reconfiguration in the context of heart disease and stroke patients, how many hospitals she expects to provide an (a) 24 hour emergency angioplasty service, (b) 24 hour thrombolysing service for patients with cerebral vascular embolism and (c) 24 hour diagnostic scanning and other services to support these procedures.
(109385)
218
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's report of 5th December on the clinical case for reconfiguration in the context of heart disease and stroke services, what extra spending would be required to improve available services in accident and emergency departments to bring the required number of hospitals up to the proposed level of emergency treatment capacity.
(109395)
219
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's report of 5th December on the clinical case for reconfiguration in the context of heart disease and stroke services, what would be the (a) fewest locations it would be safe to provide and (b) most accident and emergency departments her Department considers to be feasible with full 24 hour per day emergency diagnostic and treatment facilities for heart attack and stroke patients.
(109396)
220
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's report on 5th December on the clinical case for reconfiguration in the context of heart disease and stroke services, what the proposed maximum pain to treatment time is for (a) heart attack and (b) stroke patients.
(109397)
221
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the aim is of the network of healthy living centres; what the costs of the centres were in 2005-06; and what analysis she has undertaken of their effectiveness.
(109364)
222
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for how many babies born at Doncaster Royal Infirmary compensation was paid for brain damage in each year between 1980 and 1989.
(109054)
223
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investigations have taken place in the NHS into the research practices of Dr David Southall.
(109163)
224
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether GPs will have a choice on whether to send patients to an NHS hospital or through the capture, assess, treat and support system to independent treatment centres when referring them for treatment.
(109117)
225
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the current average waiting time is for an outpatient appointment at (a) Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital and (b) Preston Hospital.
(109118)
226
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts in the North West on the second wave of independent treatment centres.
(109119)
227
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care Services has attended meetings of the Office for Disability Issues since its establishment.
(108986)
228
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations the Food Standards Agency has received following its notification on 21st November to interested parties that the European Commission is not intending to extend the deadline for the use of ingredients under Commission Directive 2004/6/EC until such time as the European Food Safety Authority has completed its consideration of the dossiers submitted in relation to those ingredients; what assessment she has made of the impact of the Commission's decision on the specialist food products sector; whether she plans to make representations to the European Commission in relation to the decision; which ingredients are affected by the decision; and if she will make a statement.
(109138)
229
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has commissioned into links between obesity and cancer; and if she will make a statement.
(109041)
230
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has commissioned into the (a) prevalence, (b) effects and (c) causes of dehydration amongst (i) schoolchildren and (ii) adults.
(109046)
231
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has commissioned into links between sugar intake and body weight amongst (a) schoolchildren and (b) adults.
(109047)
232
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the costs to the NHS attributable to conditions caused by (a) excess weight and (b) obesity.
(109051)
233
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has commissioned into the sources of free sugar intake amongst (a) schoolchildren and (b) adults.
(109288)
234
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many intermediate beds are available per thousand population in each county in England.
(109287)
235
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken to improve the quality of care delivered by (a) health visitors, (b) district nurses and (c) child psychologists in the last five years.
(109061)
236
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the qualifications required to carry out the roles of (a) health visitor, (b) district nurse and (c) child psychologist have changed since 1997.
(109062)
237
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the roles of (a) health visitors, (b) district nurses and (c) child psychologists working within the NHS have changed since 1997.
(109063)
238
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) chairmen and (b) chief executives of local primary care trusts have made declarations to her Department that they have made donations to the Labour Party; and if she will make a statement.
(109313)
239
N
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether people with Parkinson's disease will be entitled to free anti-influenza innoculations in 2006-07.
(105542)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
240
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence underlay the decision by HM Prison Service to provide industrial and agricultural grades with a £350 recruitment and retention payment; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the payment on recruitment and retention.
(108767)
241
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls he plans to put in place to ensure that building workers coming from Bulgaria and Romania under the highly skilled migrant workers programme have the requisite skills.
(108768)
242
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls will be put in place to ensure that low skilled workers from Bulgaria and Romania permitted to enter the UK to work in agriculture and food processing are restricted to that type of work.
(108769)
243
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls will be put in place to ensure that skilled workers from Bulgaria and Romania entering the UK will be employed only where there are no suitable UK applicants.
(108770)
244
N
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what controls will be put in place to ensure that Bulgarian and Romanian self-employed workers seeking work in the UK (a) in the construction industry and (b) in other sectors meet the criteria of being genuinely self-employed.
(108771)
245
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109110)
246
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions there are (a) to limit and (b) to prohibit the sharing of cells by prisoners in each prison; and whether there has been any change to those provisions since 2001.
(109049)
247
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of retaining DNA samples linked to the National DNA Database in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by police force.
(109248)
248
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to victims of domestic forced labour in England and Wales.
(109177)
249
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will commission research into (a) forced labour and (b) forced domestic work in England and Wales.
(109178)
250
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum registration cards were issued in each month since July 2006.
(109234)
251
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers who have exhausted all appeals were registered with local authorities' support teams on 30th November 2006.
(109235)
252
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 777W, how many hours of police staff time were used in (a) organising and (b) manning the Metropolitan police traffic operational command unit's exhibit at the Miles Per Hour 2006 show at Earl's Court.
(109172)
253
N
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding his Department gave to the Refugee Council in each of the last five years.
(108991)
254
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many on-the-spot fines were imposed for fireworks offences in November 2006, broken down by local authority.
(109373)
255
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with racially aggravated offences in each English region in each of the last five years.
(109040)
256
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on support for the victims of crime in each year since 1997.
(109042)
257
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what expenditure by the Thames Valley Police was under the headings of (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.
(109059)
258
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of procedures used to track sex offenders released in the community; and if he will make a statement.
(109116)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
259
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the possible implications of the closing of Red Cross offices in Burma for Red Cross projects funded by his Department.
(109143)
260
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what impact the recent coup in Fiji will have on aid projects funded by the UK; whether he has considered cancelling aid; and if he will make a statement.
(109085)
261
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the recent outbreak of malaria in Jamaica.
(109086)
262
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on providing support for the victims of the tsunami.
(108272)
263
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109097)
264
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109207)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
265
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109098)
266
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109217)
267
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total liability to his Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and (b) public finance initiative contracts.
(109302)
268
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by his Department; what assets were transferred to the private sector as part of each deal; what the value of these assets was; what the total cost is of each contract; and what estimate was made of the cost to his Department of traditional procurement over the life of each contract.
(109343)
269
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many consultation exercises have been undertaken by each department in the Northern Ireland Office in the last (a) six months and (b) 12 months; and what the cost was of the exercises.
(109071)
270
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been allocated for consultation exercises by each department in the Northern Ireland Office in 2006-07.
(109072)
271
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the budget for further education was in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.
(109147)
272
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the budget for further education in Northern Ireland is for 2007-08.
(109148)
Questions to the Prime Minister
273
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Prime Minister, what the names of the guests were who attended official dinners at No. 10 Downing Street in November 2006.
(109195)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
274
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109100)
275
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the effective date is of the annual pay award for staff in his Office; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last five years.
(108948)
276
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109218)
Questions to the Solicitor General
277
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Solicitor General, what the total liability to the Law Officers' Departments would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and (b) public finance initiative contracts.
(109300)
278
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Solicitor General, what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by the Law Officers departments; what assets were transferred to the private sector as part of each deal; what the value of these assets was; what the total cost is of each contract; and what estimate was made of the cost to the Law Officer's departments of traditional procurement over the life of each contract.
(109342)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
279
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, why household grants for all micro-renewable energy systems will be ended in 2008.
(108518)
280
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures in the Government's micro-generation strategy will provide from summer 2008 the equivalent capital support to a householder wishing to install micro-generation equipment as the current grant levels available under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
(108519)
281
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the budget required to meet household demand for grants in full under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-8 and (c) 2008-09.
(108520)
282
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) the United Kingdom conduct, on average, less than (i) 10, (ii) 50, (iii) 100, (iv) 200 and (v) 500 transactions a week; and how many conducted over 500 transactions per week.
(109175)
283
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps (a) his Department and (b) Ofgem have taken to prevent mis-selling to small businesses in the energy market.
(109292)
284
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' proposals for the creation of a single market for goods, services, capital and labour.
(109087)
285
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109091)
286
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of care responsibilities on the work-life balance for employees and (b) the merits of introducing employer-supported adult care voucher schemes.
(109265)
287
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date Sir Ronald Cohen was appointed to his Department's UK Competitiveness Committee; and what (a) salary and (b) total expenses he has been paid since his appointment.
(109198)
288
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date Sir Ronald Cohen was appointed to his Department's Tech Stars Steering Committee; and what (a) salary and (b) expenses he has been paid since his appointment.
(109199)
289
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109220)
290
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent in relation to the collapse of MG Rover, broken down by main budget heading.
(109314)
291
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the 20 largest by value projects were funded through the research councils in 2005-06.
(109315)
292
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been spent on the International Subscriptions (non-proliferation), broken down by main budget heading.
(109317)
293
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent on the Export Licensing via Internet Service Project, broken down by main budget heading.
(109318)
294
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the Department has spent making progress towards departmental carbon emission targets.
(109319)
295
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many times the Department has been sued by employees since 2001; on how many occasions cases have been referred to ACAS in the same period; and how much the Department has spent on compensation in such cases in each category.
(109320)
296
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the Department has spent on implementing equality legislation since May 1997; and how many related staff posts have been created in that period.
(109321)
297
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what occasions the National Consumer Council has challenged Government decisions in the courts since May 1997, in cases where all proceedings are complete.
(109322)
298
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research projects related to the impact on climate change of energy have been funded by his Department in 2005-06; and at what cost.
(109333)
299
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research projects have been undertaken by the National Consumer Council funded from the public purse since May 1997; and at what cost.
(109335)
300
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what overseas offices regional development agencies have in place; how much each cost in 2005-06; and where each is located.
(109387)
301
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the height above sea level is of the nuclear power facility sites at (a) Berkeley, (b) Bradwell, (c) Calder Hall, (d) Capenhurst, (e) Chapelcross, (f) Dungeness A, (g) Hinkley Point A, (h) Hunterson A, (i) LLW Repository, (j) Oldbury, (k) Sellafield, (l) Sizewell A, (m) Trawsfynydd and (n) Wylfa; and if he will make a statement.
(109053)
302
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, from which budget the building of maintenance of flood defences to protect nuclear power stations is met; what the cost of (a) building and (b) maintaining flood defences to protect nuclear power stations was in each year since 1990; how such costs are taken into account when assessing the economic viability of nuclear power stations; and if he will make a statement.
(109255)
303
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether any corrupt data has been detected on his Department's computer systems.
(109039)
304
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much his Department plans to allocate to the Royal Society international fellowship scheme in each of the next five years.
(109068)
305
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many foreign students he expects to take part in the Royal Society international fellowship scheme.
(109069)
306
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which areas of science will be covered by the Royal Society international fellowship scheme.
(109070)
307
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will appoint to the Council for Science and Technology a member who represents the natural sciences.
(109346)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
308
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109092)
309
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of gross domestic product was allocated to his Department in each of the last five years.
(109256)
310
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109221)
311
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish (a) the cost benefit analysis and (b) the Appraisal Summary Table taking account of the five objectives outlined in the New Approach to Appraisal prepared by his Department prior to (i) the award of the Greater Western franchise, (ii) the award of the South Western Trains franchise, (iii) the specification for the new Cross Country franchise and (iv) recent announcements by the Association of Train Operating Companies of fare increases.
(109246)
312
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the New Approach to Appraisal is routinely applied when his Department specifies and awards rail franchises.
(109247)
313
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what effects on costs does he expect as a result of the reorganisation of the Major Projects Division of the Highways Agency.
(109249)
314
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total liability to his Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and (b) public finance initiative contracts.
(109301)
315
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by his Department; what assets were transferred to the private sector as part of each deal; what the value of these assets was; what the total cost is of each contract; and what estimate was made of the cost to his Department of traditional procurement over the life of each contract.
(109344)
316
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State attended meetings of the Office for Disability Issues since its establishment.
(108987)
317
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to dissuade train operating companies from rescheduling timetables so as to reduce calls by peak-time commuter trains at rural or non-urban stations; and what assessment he has made of the effect on the volume of road traffic of such changes to timetables.
(109253)
318
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements are in place to monitor the performance against targets of train operating companies with regard to their management of over-crowding on (a) all weekend services and (b) weekend (i) intercity and (ii) cross-country services.
(109254)
319
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what mechanism is used to consider consent for new oil handling facilities within harbour authority areas.
(109259)
320
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many claims have been made against each authority in respect of reimbursement claims under the Travel Concession Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(109328)
321
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the (a) drink-driving limit and (b) penalties for exceeding the limit in each EU country.
(109075)
322
N
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what tests were applied in judging the viability of the Fareham-Gosport-Portsmouth Light Rapid Transit scheme; and by what measures the scheme fell short of each such test.
(105541)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
323
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much was spent by his Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109094)
324
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109219)
325
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will assess the merits of making an annual statement on the implications of the Government's legislative programme for matters that fall within the enhanced legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales.
(109228)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
326
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many inspectors were employed by the Health and Safety Executive in each year between 1996 and 2006; and how many are expected to be employed in the years (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.
(109152)
327
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.
(109095)
328
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) lost time accidents and (b) fatal accidents there were in the oil and gas industry in the UK Contintental Shelf in each of the last 10 years.
(109358)
329
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were employed at each Jobcentre Plus in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(109325)
330
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what basis payments are made to each of the private sector companies contracted to recover benefit overpayments.
(109326)
331
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been made of the effects of an employer-supported care voucher scheme on his Department's targets to improve the employment of people aged over 50 years; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (109289)
332
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen computers and laptops in this period.
(109206)
333
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total liability to his Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and (b) public finance initiative contracts.
(109298)
334
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by his Department; what assets were transferred to the private sector as part of each deal; what the value of these assets was; what the total cost is of each contract; and what estimate was made of the cost to his Department of traditional procurement over the life of each contract.
(109337)
335
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the ministerial group overseeing the Office for Disability Issues has met; who was present at each meeting; and what was discussed at each meeting.
(109005)
336
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what role was played by Mind in the development by his Department of the two-day learning event for advisers on working with customers with a mental illness referred to in the Answer of 31st October 2006, Official Report, columns 263-4W, on Jobcentre Plus; and if he will make a statement.
(109330)
337
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of his Department's mail is shipped using private companies; and what the cost has been over the last 12 months.
(107903)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
338
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on UK finances of proposals to reduce the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (109262)
339
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from (a) trade union and (b) business interests in Northern Ireland on proposals to reduce the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (109263)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
340
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much has been spent by her Office on external legal advice in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (109099)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
341
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether, under the 2001 Water Order, park home site owners may charge maintenance costs in advance of maintenance on water and sewage systems being carried out; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (109173)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
342
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the (a) categories and (b) levels of domestic forced labour in England and Wales.
[Transferred] (109176)
Questions to the Leader of the House
343
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Leader of the House, which representatives of each of the three main political parties had discussions with Sir Hayden Phillips during November and December.
[Transferred] (109312)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
344
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the median income was in each region in the UK in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what estimatehe has made of the number of children who lived in households with income of less than 60 per cent. of the regional median, in each region, during that period.
[Transferred] (109236)

 
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