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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 14 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 Thursday 14 December 2006
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 14 December 2006


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 14 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 Thursday 14 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 14 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Statement of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 432, what youth unemployment was in Wellingborough constituency in 1997; what youth unemployment is now in Wellingborough constituency; and on what basis the figures were calculated.
(109240)
2
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Statement of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 432, on what basis the claimant count in Wellingborough constituency in October 2006 of 1,535 was calculated; and whether the figure was seasonally adjusted.
(109242)
3
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Statement of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 432, what adult unemployment in Wellingborough constituency was (a) in 1997 and (b) December 2006; and on what basis these figures were calculated.
(109243)
4
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Statement of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 432, on what basis the claimant count in Wellingborough constituency in May 1997 of 1,856 was calculated; and whether this figure was seasonally adjusted.
(109244)
5
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the review of individual HM Revenue and Customs offices will begin; and whether any redundancies are expected to occur at these offices in advance of the review concluding.
(109824)
6
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, where queries regarding National Compliance and Risk Assessment accounts within HM Revenue and Customs for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will be dealt with following the review of HMRC offices.
(109825)
7
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the disparity in house prices between the North and South of England on the British economy.
(109594)
8
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many searches were made by customs officers in each of the last five years; how many seizures of money were made; and how much money was seized.
(109675)
9
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) bond scheme will be available for individual citizen contribution.
(108764)
10
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) pensioners and (b) children taken out of poverty as a result of the measures taken by his Department in each of the last five years.
(108765)
11
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors were taken into account when deciding that duty rates for liquid petroleum gas (lpg) should be increased by more than the rate of increase for (a) petrol and (b) diesel in the pre-budget report; and what estimate he has made of the likely effect of this policy on demand for lpg vehicles in the next five years.
(108676)
12
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) inward investment to and (b) the competitiveness of the City of London of HM Revenue and Customs' policy change in July 2006 to withdraw the right of claimants from outside the European Union in the financial services and insurance sectors engaged in the supply of services to non-EU customers to recover VAT incurred on goods and services from UK suppliers.
(109593)
13
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost is of the increase of the tax credit income disregard from £2,500 to £25,000 in each financial year between 2006-07 and 2010-11 expressed in terms of entitlement.
(107521)
14
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on (a) television advertisements, (b) radio advertisements, (c) public awareness campaigns and (d) other advertising and marketing campaigns on tax credits between 1st January and 1st October 2006.
(109241)
15
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on income tax levels of a halt to Government borrowing from the national insurance fund.
(109481)
16
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what the revenue raised from gilts purchased using the surplus in the national insurance fund is spent; and if he will make a statement.
(109484)
17
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109541)
18
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department receives in taxation of other Government departments; and what the cost of administering this is.
(109446)
19
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide the ranking covering financial management and delivery planning referred to in the first indent of box 7C of the Department for International Development's annual report page 200, for each Government Department.
(109453)
20
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from which private sector companies employees have been seconded to his Department in the last 12 months.
(109493)
21
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to paragraph 6.4 of his Departmental Report, CM 6830, how many staff reductions have taken place.
(109494)
22
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much oil and gas reserves previously under UK jurisdiction are outside UK territorial waters following the cessation of sovereignty of Rockall; and what the estimated value is of these reserves.
(109496)
23
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many consultants have been employed by the Office of Government Commerce in the last 12 months; and at what cost.
(109497)
24
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of the consultants identified on page 107 of his 2006 Departmental Report; what work they undertook; and if he will make a statement.
(109499)
25
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was of staff recruitment campaigns in his Department for the last 12 months.
(109500)
26
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was of salaries for new staff in his Department in the last 12 months.
(109501)
27
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in which areas his Department was measured as below average in the Employers' Forum Disability Standard 2005.
(109502)
28
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the end-life total debt is associated with Government gilts issued since May 1997.
(109503)
29
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average public expenditure was per head in each region in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(109554)
30
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total tax credit overpayments has been; what the total value of the overpayments is; and how much of the overpayments has been written off.
(109562)
31
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what cultural goods have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(109563)
32
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HM Revenue and Customs' performance has been against its targets on (a) combating drug smuggling and (b) productivity gains; and if he will make a statement.
(109564)
33
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the revenue has been from the (a) public and (b) private sector from the climate change levy.
(109565)
34
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on advertising (a) tax credits and (b) the child trust fund.
(109566)
35
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of child trust fund accounts have not been opened.
(109567)
36
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what events have been organised by the Smith Institute and hosted by his office since May 1997.
(109568)
37
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the private sector share is of the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions.
(109574)
38
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what legal advice his Department has sought on whether allowing tax exemptions for certain religious believers establishes a legal precedent which would enable other religions to seek exemptions in the future.
(109719)
39
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what incentives for payroll giving will be in place after 31st December 2006.
(109465)
40
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has received representations on the ability of managers of building societies to remove the charitable assignment of benefits at their discretion.
(109474)
41
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss the possible funding mechanism for the Crossrail project.
(109800)
42
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed on each pay grade in his Department; and what changes he expects to the number and percentage at each grade over the next three years.
(109156)
43
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his tax office closure plans on the administration of tax credits.
(109157)
44
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed in each tax office in each region of the UK; and what changes he expects to the number and percentage employed in each region over the next three years.
(109158)
45
N
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value is of (a) land and (b) buildings disposed of by his Department in each of the past 10 years.
(109159)
46
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to publish a formal response to the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property.
(109613)
47
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on (a) total public expenditure and (b) expenditure on benefits since March 2004 of the incorporation of hedonics into the determination of the retail price index.
(109587)
48
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much VAT was reclaimed by public sector educational bodies in each of the last five years.
(109776)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
49
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what her Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109546)
50
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total amount was of additional costs listed in Regulatory Impact Assessments of Government legislation in the 2005-06 parliamentary session.
(109498)
51
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many foreign nationals have attended the National School of Government, broken down by country; what the cost to public funds was; and if she will make a statement.
(109559)
52
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will break down by main budget heading the budget line Advising Government Centrally on Publicity Matters and Associated Non Cash Items identified in the Cabinet Office annual report; and whether consultants were employed to work in this area of the Cabinet Office's work.
(109560)
53
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will break down by main budget heading the budget lines (a) Supporting the Prime Minister, (b) Supporting the Cabinet, (c) Strengthening the Civil Service, (d) the Office of Public Sector Information, (e) ERM project and (f) Independent Offices identified in the Cabinet Office annual report; and what the budget was for each category in 2005-06.
(109561)
54
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 189W, on renewable energy, what plans her Department has to increase the amount of energy acquired from renewable sources.
(109787)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
55
Ms Celia Barlow (Hove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many incidents on or near water were attended by the fire service in each year since 1994; and how many people were rescued by the fire service on or near water in each year.
(109656)
56
Ms Celia Barlow (Hove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many special service incidents involving the rescue or release of people from industrial or other machinery were attended by the fire service in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(109657)
57
Ms Celia Barlow (Hove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many special service incidents, including those not specified, were attended by the fire service in each year since 1994.
(109658)
58
Ms Celia Barlow (Hove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the percentage of battery operated smoke alarms which did not operate in dwelling fires in each year since 1994.
(109659)
59
Ms Celia Barlow (Hove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were killed in dwelling fires in each fire authority in each year since 1994.
(109660)
60
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her latest estimate is of the number of (a) private sector and (b) affordable homes needed in the Chelmsford Local Authority area to meet housing demand; and how she calculates housing demand.
(108553)
61
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of how local authorities used the revenue resulting from the ending of the second home council tax discount in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(109663)
62
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the Local Government Finance Settlement 2007-08.
(109697)
63
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect on local council budget plans for 2007-08 of the provisional financial settlement announced on 28th November.
(109755)
64
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what factors she took into account when deciding to implement a 2.7 per cent. increase in the East Devon District C Revenue support grant.
(109155)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
65
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans she has to implement the Law Commission's recommendation to update the Limitation Act 1980 with respect to child abuse cases.
(109400)
66
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will take steps to bring the UK into conformity with Article 17 of the European Social Charter.
(109530)
67
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what her Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109548)
68
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 655W, on departmental studies, at what (a) staff grade and (b) cost threshold external studies can be commissioned independently by officials within her Department; and how many members of staff there are at that grade.
(109439)
69
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 656W, on procurement projects, how many project managers there are in her Department.
(109440)
70
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 657W, on renewable energy, what plans her Department has to increase the amount of energy acquired from renewable sources.
(109789)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
71
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent representations she has received on the digital switchover.
(109696)
72
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 597W, on procurement projects, what facilities management services provision she is referring to.
(109436)
73
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 number of civil servants who worked on the 2012 Olympics bid from across Government departments; and at what cost they were employed in this area.
(109457)
74
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 597W, on procurement projects, who the recipients were of the funding for the (a) Olympic Games Impact Study of Ceremonial Requirements, (b) non-departmental public bodies' programmes, (c) validation of Olympic Games costs study, (d) culture online feasibility study, (e) project management training, (f) BBC consultancy requirement, (g) study to identify the priorities of local communities, (h) the provision of a skill audit solution and (i) management of a 360-degree feedback system; and what the purpose of each project was.
(109485)
75
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the budget is of the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(109516)
76
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which projects have been funded to date by the Cultural Leadership Fund; what the cost has been of administering that fund; what the cost was of the Call for Ideas; how many responses were received; who the Core Group of Stakeholders were which co-launched the appeal; and if she will make a statement.
(109518)
77
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 597W, on procurement projects, for which projects funding to Touchstone Change Management Consultancy was made.
(109527)
78
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 597W, on procurement projects, who the recipients were of the funding for the Evaluation of National Regional Museums.
(109528)
79
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 597W, on procurement projects, who the recipients were of the funding for the reviews of (a) public libraries standards and (b) BBC News Digital Services.
(109529)
80
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of National Lottery grants awarded since May 1997 have funded areas outside the original remit of the Lottery.
(109571)
81
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions have taken place on involvement of the Millennium Dome site in 2012 Olympics planning.
(109572)
82
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was of the summer 2006 Olympic Roadshow.
(109573)
83
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to date has been of her Department's survey Taking Part; and how many responses to the survey her Department has received.
(109576)
84
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to the public purse was of subsidising the artwork Naked Man on Breakwater Wrapped in Lightbulbs featuring on pages 10-11 of her Department's Annual Report 2006.
(109578)
85
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the projected operational life is of the Olympic Stadium.
(109579)
86
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what seminars have been hosted by her Department in the last 12 months.
(109580)
87
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to date has been of the think tank established within her Strategy Division; and which non-civil servants participate in its work.
(109581)
88
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to date has been of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.
(109582)
89
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the role of the Humanitarian Assistance Unit is; on what basis the unit is located in her Department; what projects the unit has funded to date; and if she will make a statement.
(109583)
90
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which British films her Department has funded since May 1997; and which of these made a box office profit.
(109584)
91
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost has been of the National Lottery Promotions Unit since 1997.
(109585)
92
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many bed and breakfast establishments in England and Wales are licensed to serve alcohol.
(109463)
93
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the chairman of the BBC on the future of the television licence.
(109619)
94
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether a person who owns a black and white television set and a digital set-top box needs to purchase a colour television licence.
(101365)
95
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many individuals purchased black and white television licences in each ITV television region between 1st December 2005 and 1st December 2006.
(108763)
96
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made with remediation work on the contaminated land on the Olympic site; what the role is of the Olympic Delivery Authority in the remediation process; and what role the London Development Agency is taking in the process.
(109720)
97
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the cost of remediation on the Olympic site.
(109721)
98
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of the construction area of the Olympic Stadium has been investigated for contamination; what was discovered in each area which has been examined; and what techniques for remediation will be applied by the London Development Agency.
(109722)
99
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the revised budget for the London 2012 Olympics will be published.
(109799)
100
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the results were of the most recent Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links survey of improvements in opportunities in PE and school sport for disabled young people.
(109614)
101
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will undertake an audit of disabled pupils' participation in PE and sport.
(109615)
102
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how she plans to use the information gathered in the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links survey in relation to gifted and talented pupils to support the Paralympics in London 2012.
(109616)
103
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what systems are in place for (a) disabled children and (b) those newly acquiring a disability to gain access to sport (i) in school and (ii) in the community; and what assessment she has made of the extent to which those systems are adequate to meet the medal aspirations for the Paralympics in London 2012.
(109617)
104
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the new cultural test for British film on the number of British films produced each year.
(109650)
105
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding was granted by her Department to the British Film Institute in each year since 1997.
(109651)
106
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what Government support was given to the British Film Institute Imax cinema in each year since 1999.
(109652)
107
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of independent cinemas which have closed in each year since 1997.
(109653)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
108
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the availability of (a) project management and (b) nuclear decommissioning expertise between (i) 2007 and 2012, (ii) 2013 and 2017 and (iii) 2018 and 2024 on projects related to Trident.
(109486)
109
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what targets have been set for savings by the Meteorological Office; and what assessment he has made of the implications of savings measures for the office's climate change research programme.
(109487)
110
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why the information on boarding school allowances paid to members of the armed forces, broken down by rank, which could not be made available to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South due to disproportionate cost, as referred to in the Answer of 6th November 2006, Official Report, column 801-2W, on boarding school allowance, could be supplied in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 of 1st September 2005, reference 090717-002; and if he will make a statement.
(109480)
111
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109539)
112
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2006, Official Report, column 362W, on EU co-operation, if he will place in the Library a copy of the UK response to the Headline Goal Questionnaire; and if he will make a statement.
(109519)
113
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department plans to provide from April 2007 onwards to enable bereaved families to visit the graves overseas of family members who died while in the armed services.
(109820)
114
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department (a) provides directly and (b) gives to third parties for the provision of welfare support services for ex-service personnel.
(109821)
115
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) funding and (b) other support his Department gives to employers in supporting the UK's reservists.
(109822)
116
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officers and (b) soldiers are in receipt of (i) benefits and (ii) tax credits in (A) 1, 2, 3 PARA, (B) 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, (C) 1st and 2nd Battalion the Royal Green Jackets, (D) 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, (E) 9/12 Lancers and (F) 1st and 3rd Regiments Royal Horse Artillery.
(109792)
117
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2006, Official Report, column 813W, on service personnel (Priory Clinic), how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks were referred to the Priory Clinic in each of the last 12 months.
[R] (109812)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
118
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109542)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
119
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of (a) 18 year olds and (b) 19 year olds from West Chelmsford constituency attended university courses in each year since 1996-97.
(108552)
120
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109553)
121
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost to date has been of the Bookstart programme; and what titles have been distributed.
(109517)
122
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students are studying for foundation degrees; and at which institutions.
(109525)
123
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which providers have been awarded Train to Gain contracts in each region; what the value is of each contract; and if he will make a statement.
(109526)
124
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, from which private companies staff in his Department have been seconded.
(109570)
125
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school playing fields there were in (a) May 1997 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available.
(109575)
126
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if his Department will take steps to ensure that the funding agreements for future city academies can be amended to bring them into line with updates to his Department's model funding agreement; and what recourse would be available to him if a sponsor refused to agree to such amendments.
(109717)
127
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, why the legislative provisions relating to (a) the composition and operation of the governing body under Chapter 1 of Part 3 of the Education Act 2002, (b) Freedom of Information and the general provision of information to parents and (c) human rights applying to maintained schools do not apply in the same way to city academies.
(109718)
128
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many further education colleges receive funding directly from the Higher Education Funding Council.
(109731)
129
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of further education colleges which have the expertise and infrastructure to offer foundation degree courses.
(109732)
130
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what consultations he has undertaken on the provisions in the Further Education Training Bill [HL] that will allow further education colleges to offer foundation degree courses.
(109733)
131
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of allowing further education colleges to offer foundation degree courses on universities that also offer such courses.
(109734)
132
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on foreign language programmes on (a) television and (b) radio; and what the implications will be for foreign language channels on the radio post-digital switchover.
(109600)
133
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils in further education in Lincolnshire received the educational maintenance allowance in each year since 2004.
(109634)
134
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding has been made available for the provision of further education in (a) absolute terms and (b) per head of population in (i) Lincolnshire, (ii) Nottinghamshire, (iii) Derbyshire, (iv) Leicestershire, (v) Rutland and (vi) Northamptonshire in each year since 1997.
(109635)
135
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adults participated in further education in (a) Lincolnshire, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) Derbyshire, (d) Leicestershire, (e) Rutland and (f) Northamptonshire in each year since 1997.
(109636)
136
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have commenced and subsequently withdrawn schemes for fingerprinting children in the last three years.
(109814)
137
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools fingerprint children for administrative purposes, broken down by education authority; and if he will make a statement.
(109815)
138
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what advice his Department gives to schools on consultation of parents on fingerprinting children at school for administrative purposes.
(109817)
139
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools in Castle Point (a) fingerprint and (b) have previously fingerprinted school children for administrative purposes.
(109818)
140
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of school children who are fingerprinted by schools for administrative purposes.
(109819)
141
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the (a) performance and (b) impact of Dartington College of Art.
(109399)
142
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will urge the Higher Education Funding Council for England to continue to provide financial support at the present level to Dartington College of Art on the Dartington Estate near Totnes until 2014.
(109401)
143
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will take steps to initiate talks between the Trustees of Dartington Trust and the Governors of the Dartington College of Art to broker a solution to the current financial difficulties relating to the future of the college; and if he will make a statement.
(109402)
144
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in England select a proportion of their pupils on the basis of (a) aptitude, (b) ability and (c) a combination of both in each local education authority area.
(108951)
145
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what modelling exercise has been carried out on the potential effects of paragraph 2.13 of the draft schools admissions code on school admissions.
(108995)
146
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he has taken to remedy the (a) administrative problems at and (b) problems caused for customers by the new Student Finance Direct body.
(109794)
147
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, from which organisations he has received representations since the publication of the Further Education and Training Bill on the granting to further education institutions of the power to award foundation degrees.
(109661)
148
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which organisations were consulted prior to the publication of the Further Education and Training Bill on the granting to further education institutions of the power to award foundation degrees.
(109662)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
149
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who the manufacturers were of the (a) mobile telephones and (b) computer equipment supplied to his Department since January 2006.
(109125)
150
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will undertake an evaluation of the costs and benefits of introducing pre-movement testing prior to 42 days for bovine TB.
(109641)
151
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will discuss with the British Potato Council the Government's plans to allow trials of GM potatoes.
(109642)
152
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors were taken into account when deciding to end the funding for the scheme set up to help tenant farmers to seek the means to diversify.
(109643)
153
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to make a statement on whether the national flock shows evidence of BSE.
(109644)
154
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures he has put in place to stop the importation of illegal timber.
(109645)
155
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has put in place to ensure that owners of dogs with naturally bobbed tails will not be prosecuted under Section 6 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
(109646)
156
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) examined into the animal welfare issues related to the operation of electric shock collars on (i) dogs and (ii) other animals.
(109647)
157
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Department of Health on the possible health consequences of farmers using organophosphates.
(109648)
158
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109538)
159
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much total allowable catch previously under UK jurisdiction is outside UK territorial waters following the cessation of sovereignty of Rockall.
(109495)
160
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the measures taken by the Marine Fisheries Agency to manage UK fishing fleet capacity referred to on page 177 of his Department's annual report were; what the cost of the measures has been to date; what measure is used of their effectiveness; and if he will make a statement.
(109520)
161
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when experiments on controlling cattle TB badger by culling were first begun by his Department; how many badgers have been culled to date; and what the cost of such culls has been.
(109521)
162
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made to date of the total cost to the farming industry of implementing fallen stock disposal regulations.
(109522)
163
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what culls have been conducted by his Department since May 1997; what (a) costs were involved and (b) compensation was paid in each case; and how many animals were killed in each case.
(109523)
164
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of funding received from the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the validation of foundation degrees is retained by each awarding university; and if he will make a statement.
(109524)
165
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2006, Official Report, column 220W, on renewable energy, what plans his Department has to increase the percentage of electricity acquired from renewable sources.
(109788)
166
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Rural Payments Agency has established a separate team to process outstanding claims in respect of 2005-06 single farm payments.
(109472)
167
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many false positive results were obtained from tests for bovine tuberculosis in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) in the first six months of 2006.
(109476)
168
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the payment of re-use credits by local authorities following the guidance issued to local authorities by his Department in April.
(109780)
169
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the implications are for flood defences in North Yorkshire of the recent changes to his Department's allocation of funds to the Environment Agency.
(109618)
170
N
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the pallet flood defences for the Wribbenhall side of the River Severn at Bewdly were acquired; when they were deployed; for what reasons they were not deployed (a) on and (b) leading up to the flooding on 10th December 2006; what arrangements are in place to inform householders of (i) flood risks and (ii) flood protection deployment; and for what reason householders were not informed of the situation on 10th December 2006.
(109238)
171
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction of forecast volume of available supplies of UK sourced softwood on (a) the wood panel industry and (b) other biomass using industry; and if he will make a statement.
(108762)
172
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of Natural England's budget has been allocated to the Species Recovery Programme; and how much English Nature allocated to the programme in 2005.
(109123)
173
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that the budget allocated to the Species Recovery Programme will be sufficient to ensure the continued funding of programmes to reverse the decline in numbers of England's animals, plants and fungi.
(109124)
174
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department has spent on initiatives to educate (a) farmers and (b) vets to recognise the clinical signs of biosecurity threats and infectious diseases in livestock in each year since 2000.
(109595)
175
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to detect and identify pathogens that pose threats to livestock in the United Kingdom.
(109597)
176
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there is a national response plan in the event of attack on the United Kingdom food supply chain.
(109598)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
177
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what access to consular services is available to Simon Mann, who is in prison in Zimbabwe.
(109181)
178
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which important constitutional implications arising from the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe would give rise to a commitment to holding a referendum.
(109239)
179
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the nuclear capability of the Democratic Republic of North Korea; and if she will make a statement.
(109714)
180
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the number of refugees from Zimbabwe entering (a) Botswana, (b) the Republic of South Africa, (c) Mozambique and (d) Zambia in the last 12 months.
(109725)
181
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the UN Human Rights Council's decision to hold an emergency session on the ongoing conflict in Darfur; what representations she will be making to the session; and what reports she has had from the UK Ambassador at the United Nations on this issue.
(109726)
182
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate she has made of the amount of coca planted near the border of Colombia and Ecuador by rebels and drug traffickers in the last 12 months; what action the UK Government is taking to assist in reducing this figure; and what assessment she has made of Ecuadorian opposition to recent Colombian eradication efforts.
(109756)
183
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many multilateral negotiating fora the UK participates in with the aim of seeking multilateral disarmament; and what progress has been made towards nuclear disarmament in these fora.
(109488)
184
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the German Foreign Ministry on the EU Constitution.
(109795)
185
N
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Israeli government on the use of (a) anti-personnel landmines and (b) cluster munitions in Southern Lebanon.
(109126)
186
N
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make an assessment of Israel's compliance with international humanitarian law in its use of (a) anti-personnel landmines and (b) cluster munitions in civilian areas in Southern Lebanon.
(109127)
187
N
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will attend the meeting of states party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons in Oslo in February.
(109128)
188
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 661W, on departmental studies, at what (a) staff grade and (b) cost threshold external studies can be commissioned independently by officials within her Department; and how many members of staff there are at that grade.
(109438)
189
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which consultants received funding from the total indicated in the pie chart on page 75 of her Department's annual report.
(109456)
190
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what events were (a) organised and (b) postponed under the Radical Middle Way Roadshow initiative; and what the cost was in 2005-06.
(109458)
191
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of the Government Hospitality Advisory Committee for the Purchase of Wine was in 2005-06.
(109459)
192
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the purpose was of the expenditure denoted in relation to (a) Reuniting Europe, Table 15 and (b) Universal Postal Union, Table 18 of her Department's 2006 annual report.
(109460)
193
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the multilateral process led by the Norwegian government to negotiate a prohibition on cluster munitions outside the framework of the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons.
(109130)
194
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the government of Israel on the resumption of the transfer of Palestinian tax and customs revenues.
(109757)
195
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Report of the National Audit Office Review of the Handling of Staff Grievances at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
(109182)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
196
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health trusts are using NHS Professionals; and how many of those that were previously using NHS Professionals have stopped doing so.
(109268)
197
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what performance targets have been set for NHS Professionals.
(109269)
198
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS Professionals plans to increase the fees it charges to NHS trusts.
(109270)
199
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what audit procedures are in place (a) to monitor the performance of NHS Professionals and (b) to ensure that all staff supplied by NHS Professionals to hospitals undergo the same recruitment checks, training and occupational health checks that are required of private recruitment agencies.
(109271)
200
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding from her Department NHS Professionals received in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, broken down by (i) staff salaries, (ii) recruitment costs, (iii) infrastructure and premises costs, (iv) marketing and advertising costs and (v) other costs.
(109272)
201
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that patients in (a) Essex and (b) mid-Essex are not delayed in (i) getting on a waiting list and (ii) receiving treatment in the last quarter of 2006-07 because they are smokers; and if she will make a statement.
(109120)
202
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is Government policy to treat smokers and non-smokers differently (a) when placing them on a waiting list for non-emergency treatment and (b) in respect of the length of time it takes to receive such treatment; and if she will make a statement.
(109121)
203
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that smokers and non-smokers are not treated differently when placed on a waiting list for non-emergency treatment in (a) Essex and (b) mid-Essex in the last quarter of 2006-07.
(109131)
204
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding is being provided by her Department to Bournemouth in 2006-07 to help individuals with HIV and AIDS; and whether this funding is ringfenced.
(104986)
205
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many internal reviews of the prescription charging system have been carried out since 1997; and what the outcome has been of each.
(109489)
206
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will initiate a full-scale review of the costs and benefits of (a) alternative systems to the existing prescription charging system and (b) the abolition of prescription charging altogether.
(109490)
207
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what principles underpin the existing exemptions from prescription charging.
(109491)
208
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations govern the prescription of drug treatments to people in (a) early and (b) late stages of Alzheimer's disease.
(109479)
209
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what her Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109551)
210
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have died while on waiting lists for treatment in the last 12 months, excluding causes of death not related to the condition giving rise to the treatment.
(109558)
211
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what efficiency savings the Human Tissue Authority have made as a result of the Gershon Review; and if she will make a statement.
(109569)
212
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to review the way the system of resource accounting and budgeting is applied to NHS trusts.
(109630)
213
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many infant deaths per 1,000 live births there were in each three-year period since 1978 to 1980 in (a) England and (b) amongst the routine and manual groups used for the purposes of assessing progress towards her Department's target to reduce health inequalities.
(109632)
214
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the minimum time is following delivery of a baby that a mother should be discharged.
(109664)
215
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2006, Official Report, column 858W, on NHS redundancies, when she expects to publish the NHS financial performance report for the third quarter of the 2006-07 financial year.
(109665)
216
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2006, Official Report, column 856W, on NHS continuing care, how many people were in receipt of NHS continuing care on 31st March 2006 in each primary care trust in England per (a) 10,000 weighted heads and (b) 10,000 unweighted heads.
(109666)
217
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department has spent on (a) television and (b) radio advertising in each year since 1997-98 in (i) real and (ii) nominal terms.
(109667)
218
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2006, Official Report, columns 920-1W, on NHS foundation trusts, whether she plans to have any discussions with Monitor on the number of compulsory redundancies made by NHS foundation trusts in the first six months of 2006-07.
(109699)
219
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, columns 565W, on prescriptions, how many prescriptions were issued in each month between February 2005 and November 2006.
(109700)
220
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 568W, on school nurses, when the decision was made that the Choosing Health commitment would require the majority of school nurses to have a school nursing qualification by 2010.
(109701)
221
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of surviving haemophilia sufferers who have been infected with contaminated blood.
(109464)
222
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any patient surveys have been undertaken on the usefulness to NHS patients of notices sent to them on forthcoming treatments.
(109477)
223
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the (a) progress with and (b) future development of her Department's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.
(109728)
224
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate her Department has made of the number of therapists required to implement National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on psychological therapies.
(109729)
225
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to fulfil the commitment in the Our Health, Our Care, Our Say white paper to introduce statutory regulation for psychological therapies.
(109730)
226
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account was taken of the European Parliament resolution on improving the mental health of the population during the conduct of the national confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental illness.
(109796)
227
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2006, Official Report, columns 377-8W, on community treatment orders, what she has received so far; what is still awaited; and when she expects to receive the full report.
(109798)
228
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) health visitors and (b) community nurses there are in each primary care trust in England.
(109654)
229
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether primary care trusts are required to ring-fence funding for the provision of (a) health visitors and (b) community nurses.
(109655)
230
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, columns 560-1W, on infectious diseases (border control), where immigrants entering the UK other than at Heathrow and Gatwick are referred for chest X-rays.
(109811)
231
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to introduce screening for medium chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase deficiency.
(109813)
232
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, columns 560-1W, on infectious diseases (border control), how many immigrants were referred for radiography in each year for which figures are available, broken down by point of entry.
(109816)
233
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to inform patients of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust whose waiting times have been extended by the manipulation of waiting time figures of the options for redress available to them.
(109716)
234
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected cost is of the clinical coding audit programme in 2007-08.
(109611)
235
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the performance of AG Care London in the provision of services for vulnerable people in Brixham since the award of their contract by the Torbay Primary Care Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(109375)
236
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to detect and identify pathogens that pose threats to livestock in the United Kingdom.
(109596)
237
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inspectors are employed by her Department to inspect food entering the UK from abroad.
(109599)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
238
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits carrying an entitlement to settlement in the UK were issued to non-EU citizens in each year since 1992.
(109793)
239
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of injury to young offenders were recorded in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) institution and (b) type of injury.
(109586)
240
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those resident at the Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre on 29th November 2006 have (a) been bailed, (b) been transferred to (i) other immigration detention centres, (ii) secure prison accommodation, (iii) open prison accommodation and (iv) police cells and (c) remained resident at Harmondsworth since that date.
(109588)
241
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has carried out biometrics trials as referred to in Procurement Strategy Market Soundings Update published by his Department in December 2005; and if he will publish the results when the trials are complete.
(109601)
242
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration detainees held other than at Harmondsworth and assessed as (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high risk were bailed as a result of the disturbances at Harmondsworth on 30th November; and with how many the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has now lost contact.
(109602)
243
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the results of internal inquiries into disturbances at Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre before 29th November.
(109603)
244
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his written statement of 30th November 2006, Official Report, column 115WS, on Harmondsworth, what assessment he has made of the (a) reasons for and (b) effect of the delay in the arrival of the Prison Service Tornado teams until 6 am.
(109604)
245
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct an inquiry into the disturbances at Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre on 29th November.
(109605)
246
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what total payout from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority he has budgeted for in each of the next five years.
(109606)
247
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his written statement of 27th November 2006, Offical Report, column 82WS, on local policing, what representations were made by (a) individual chief police officers, (b) the Association of Chief Police Officers, (c) individual police authorities and (d) the Association of Police Authorities on the number of police community support officers needed for the neighbourhood policing project; and if he will place such representations in the Library.
(109607)
248
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the conclusions of assessments of the pilot projects of the Single Non-emergency Number; and what plans he has to reinstate the rollout of the number nationwide.
(109608)
249
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the private contractor running Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre is financially liable for (a) damage caused to the facility in the disturbances on 29th November and (b) costs incurred by the Home Office in bringing the disturbances under control.
(109609)
250
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were on duty at Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre on (a) 28th and (b) 29th November; and how many (i) Home Office and (ii) police staff were used to bring the disturbances under control.
(109610)
251
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young offenders were subject to a strip search in each of the last five years, broken down by institution; and if he will make a statement.
(109620)
252
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of Operation Safeguard was in 2006.
(109621)
253
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the results of the latest Prison Service staff survey.
(109622)
254
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has issued to prison officers in the last 12 months on the relative benefits of (a) methadone prescription and (b) detoxification for heroin addicts.
(109668)
255
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were extradited to the UK from the United States for child kidnapping in each of the last 20 years.
(109669)
256
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many searches were conducted by police officers in each of the last five years; how many seizures of money were made; and how much money was seized in each year.
(109670)
257
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the admissibility in court of telephone intercept evidence collected by foreign law enforcement agencies.
(109671)
258
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people housed in approved premises are categorised as (a) high and (b) very high risk; and if he will make a statement.
(109672)
259
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases involving foreign prisoners claiming to be wrongfully detained after the end of their sentence have been settled (a) out of court and (b) in court in each of the last two years, broken down by the month in which they were settled.
(109673)
260
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of the damage to Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre during the disturbances on 29th November.
(109676)
261
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the private contractor running Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre will reimburse his Department for the costs of handling press enquiries in relation to the disturbances on 29th November.
(109677)
262
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding has been provided to the Together Action Areas designated in October 2004; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the project in each of the designated areas.
(109678)
263
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to improve the provision of alcohol rehabilitation for offenders.
(109679)
264
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers were planned to be delivered in each police area under the target to introduce 24,000 officers; and how many will be delivered in each area under the plan for 16,000.
(109680)
265
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the contract to run the Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre includes provision for his Department's press office to deal with press enquiries on behalf of the contractor (a) at all times and (b) in response to specific events.
(109681)
266
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what payments his Department has made to security firms for (a) detention and (b) escort services provided to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate since 2005-05, broken down by services provided (i) in England and Wales and (ii) involving escort work overseas; which 10 businesses were paid the greatest amount for such service in that period; and what the amount was in each case.
(109723)
267
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many DNA profiles on the DNA database as a result of investigations by (a) the police and (b) security services.
(109590)
268
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many DNA profiles were recorded on the national DNA database in each of the last two years.
(109591)
269
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was for a police check to be completed through the Criminal Records Bureau in the last period for which figures are available.
(109592)
270
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many extra staff have been recruited to his Department to operate the New Asylum Model.
(109461)
271
Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will consider the merits of allowing failed asylum seekers who are too frightened to agree to support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to continue to receive support from the National Asylum Support Service.
(109724)
272
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to abolish all forms of corporal punishment of children.
(109478)
273
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109552)
274
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances an investigation can arise into an individual observed as living beyond his identifiable means.
(109443)
275
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who have (a) claimed asylum in and (b) been removed from the UK since May 1997 have been deported once already.
(109455)
276
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2006, Official Report, column 899W on Departmental energy, what the figure 62,505,257 kWh represents as a percentage of the total amount of energy consumed by the Home Office; and what plans his Department has to increase the amount of energy acquired from renewable sources.
(109785)
277
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to review the proscription under the Terrorism Act 2000 of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (Mojahedin-e Khalk) in the light of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in case T-228/02.
(109775)
278
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place to identify whether an applicant for asylum has been tortured.
(109473)
279
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidelines he has issued to his officials for time taken in responding to hon. Members' letters; and what the performance was against those guidelines in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(109761)
280
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of alcohol-related violence took place in (a) England and Wales, (b) the Kent Police Force area and (c) the North Kent Basic Command Unit in each of the last five years.
(109633)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
281
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the conditions in temporary camps housing Maoist sympathisers in Nepal.
(109727)
282
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the (a) Ministry of Defence and (b) Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the banning of cluster munitions.
(109790)
283
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has carried out of the effect on civilians in developing countries of cluster munitions which failed to explode during action subsequently exploding; and whether any assessment has been carried out on the effect on children in particular.
(109791)
284
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109547)
285
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the impact of investigations into the local housing budget locally on budgetary aid to the government of Montserrat.
(109451)
286
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK aid distributed by third party agencies was spent on administration in the last period fo which figures are available.
(109452)
287
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff days overseas were lost due to movement restrictions for security purposes in 2005-06.
(109454)
288
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if the Government will support the Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill introduced in the House of Lords on 23rd November.
(109129)
289
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what audit arrangements are in place to assess the use of donated funds by the African Union Mission (AUM) in Sudan; and what assessment he has made of the effect of financial oversight on the AUM's financial management of resources in Sudan.
(109482)
290
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the African Union's (AU) capacity to (a) manage and (b) apply effectively funding from the UN for its mission in Darfur; whether the AU troops in Darfur have been paid for the last six months; and what prospects there are for such payments over the next six months.
(109483)
Questions to the Leader of the House
291
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109545)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
292
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the contract was awarded for the installation of CCTV cameras at the Diamond in Portstewart; and when the decision was taken to tender for the contract.
(109823)
293
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109550)
Questions to the Prime Minister
294
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the 10 Downing Street Children's Pack; and what the cost was per pack in 2005-06.
(109556)
295
N
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Prime Minister, what progress has been made on proposals for a UN convention on the rights of disabled people as referred to in the Answer of 25th March 2002, Official Report, column 618W, on Rehabilitation International's Charter (for the Third Millennium); what contribution the UK Government has made to this process; and when he expects to be in a position to sign such a convention.
(109237)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
296
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109543)
297
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what hospitality events were held at Dover House pursuant to Paragraph 3.12 of the annual report of the Advocate General.
(109555)
Questions to the Solicitor General
298
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases of litigation on behalf of foreign prisoners claiming to be wrongfully detained after the end of their sentence have been dealt with by the Treasury Solicitor in the last two years; and how many such cases are ongoing.
(109674)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
299
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if the Government will assess the merits of mandating a minimum level of functionality for smart metering under (a) the Energy End Use and ESCO Directive and (b) future energy efficiency commitment schemes.
(109637)
300
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government is considering using its forthcoming Energy White Paper to propose requiring the introduction of smart metering with a minimum level of functionality.
(109638)
301
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions the Government has had with stakeholders on smart metering systems.
(109639)
302
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government has examined the effectiveness of smart metering systems in other European markets.
(109640)
303
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109540)
304
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the purpose was of the expenditure in relation to (a) the Gambia and (b) Dornier aircraft referred to in Table B4 of his Department's annual report; and if he will make a statement.
(109435)
305
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the policy advisers listed on page 219 of his Department's annual report are consultants; and if he will make a statement.
(109441)
306
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many long-term jobs were created over 2005-06 by each of the regional development agencies.
(109442)
307
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the purpose was of the (a) smart metering, (b) microgeneration, (c) power train, (d) European Home Leisure Accident Surveillance Survey, (e) national minimum wage and EC directives, (f) external legal fees and (g) Cambridge/Massachusetts Institute of Technology expenditure itemised in Annex B1 of his Department's annual report.
(109444)
308
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was allocated to the support of UK business in 2005-06.
(109447)
309
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contribution his Department has made to the appointment of women to the judiciary, as referred to on page 55 of his Department's annual report; and at what cost.
(109448)
310
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what contribution his Department has made to the Gender Equality Steering Group against domestic violence, as referred to on page 54 of his Department's annual report; and at what cost.
(109449)
311
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what purpose the expenditure in Uganda referred to in Table B4 of his Department's annual report was made.
(109450)
312
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, why his Department does not have a ministerial representative on the ministerial group which oversees the Office for Disability Issues.
(108994)
313
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices in each London borough are planned to be closed under the most recent reorganisation proposals.
(109698)
314
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether UK Trade and Investment staff overseas have a role in the formulation of trade policy; and if he will make a statement.
(109623)
315
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by UK Trade and Investment in each South American country; and how many such staff are expected to be employed in each country in each of the next three financial years.
(109624)
316
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction of forecast volume of available supplies of UK sourced softwood on the Government's policy on co-firing as part of the Energy Review; and if he will make a statement.
(108761)
317
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 14W, on coal industry compensation, what the proposals were which his Department put to claimants' solicitors for the compensation of surface workers for exposure to dust which were rejected; on what date those proposals were put to the claimants' solicitors; and on what date they were rejected.
(109466)
318
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 14W, on coal industry compensation, what steps his Department took in relation to the minute which had been submitted to Parliament on 10th July 2000 following receipt of the medical advice suggesting that surface workers exposed to dust should not be compensated.
(109467)
319
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 14W, on coal industry compensation, on what date his Department received medical advice that surface workers should not be compensated for exposure to dust; and on what date Ministers were informed of the receipt of that advice.
(109468)
320
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, to Question 107112, Official Report, column 14W, on coal industry compensation, what the evidence that had been collated at that time was.
(109469)
321
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 14W, on coal industry compensation, why the decision was taken to submit a minute to Parliament before the medical advice sought on 19th June 2000 had been received.
(109470)
322
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 14W, on coal industry compensation, on what date Ministers were informed that medical advice was being sought on compensation for miners for exposure to surface dust; and if he will make a statement.
(109471)
323
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 14W, on coal industry compensation, whether Ministers were given a written submission informing them that medical advice was being sought.
(109475)
324
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the quantity and quality of uranium supplies in the period 2010 to 2050.
(109462)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
325
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Bus Services Operator Grant 80 per cent. diesel fuel duty rebate on biofuel uptake.
(109122)
326
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to extend the National Cycle Network.
(109589)
327
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the system for transfer of cases for consideration of prosecution via electronic link from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service; when he first became aware of difficulties with the system; and if he will make a statement.
(109629)
328
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109544)
329
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what effect the Sassar worm has had on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's electronic mapping system.
(109797)
330
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people travelled on public transport in London in each of the last 10 years.
(109758)
331
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money his Department spent on each form of public transport in Essex in each of the last 10 years.
(109759)
332
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the overall percentage rise in train ticket prices has been in Essex in the last 10 years.
(109762)
333
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many increases in train ticket prices there were in Essex in each of the last 10 years.
(109763)
334
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has to prevent ship-to-ship transfers of oil and other substances in UK territorial waters; and if he will list the occasions on which each such power has been used in the last five years.
(109693)
335
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what sanctions are available to enforce the regulatory regime for ship-to-ship transfers of oil (a) in statutory harbour areas and (b) elsewhere in UK territorial waters.
(109695)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
336
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109549)
337
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 599W, on departmental studies, what the purpose of each project listed was.
(109437)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
338
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the Senior Civil Service.
(109537)
339
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the additional cost to his Department has been to date of compensating personnel for changes in taxation rates in relation to pensions in 1997-98.
(109445)
340
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will break down by main budget heading the (a) Corporate and Shared Services, (b) Public Corporations, (c) Childrens' Benefits and (d) Grants to Independent Bodies budgets listed on pages 146-48 of his 2006 departmental annual report.
(109504)
341
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of litigation have been brought against (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Health and Safety Commission since May 1997; and what damages have been paid.
(109505)
342
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many accidents have taken place on the premises of (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Health and Safety Commission since May 1997.
(109506)
343
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many accidents involving members of (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Health and Safety Commission have taken place since May 1997.
(109507)
344
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost was of the recent Health and Safety Executive campaign targeting (a) back pain and (b) tripping accidents.
(109508)
345
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost was of the Health and Safety Executive enforcement communications strategy referred to on page 103 of his 2006 departmental annual report.
(109509)
346
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost was of the recent Health and Safety Executive Fit Out Phase campaign.
(109510)
347
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost was of the recent Health and Safety Executive campaign to manage work-related stress.
(109511)
348
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what office space in his Department has been disposed of as part of the Gershon Review.
(109512)
349
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what expenditure has been made by his Department to conform with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
(109513)
350
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) costs and (b) liabilities are relating to his Department's Private Finance Initiative contract with Land Securities Trillium; and if he will make a statement.
(109514)
351
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the change has been in his Department's IT workforce since the Gershon Review; and how many of the IT posts have been outsourced.
(109515)
352
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to encourage disclosure of disability by public sector employees; and what the cost of such steps was in 2005-06.
(109557)
353
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many injuries were reported to enforcing authorites by industry in the North West in each year since 1997, broken down by region and local authority.
(109715)
354
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young people between 16 and 25 years are not in work, training or education in each local authority area in England and Wales.
(109649)
355
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of lone parents who have had contact with an Employment Zone adviser have moved into work in (a) London and (b) Great Britain.
(108877)
356
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evaluation his Department has undertaken of the effectiveness of (a) Employment Zone provision for lone parents and (b) the New Deal for lone parents.
(108878)
357
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the cost per job placement of (a) Employment Zone provision for lone parents and (b) the New Deal for lone parents.
(108879)
358
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the backlog is for dealing with new cases at Basildon Jobcentre Plus; and if he will make a statement.
(109760)
359
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) issue a temporary and (b) reissue her former temporary national insurance number to Mrs Suzan Sampson of South Brent, Devon to enable her to apply for a state pension.
(109376)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
360
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average (a) male and (b) female life expectancy at birth was in each three-year period since 1978 to 1980 in (i) England and (ii) the fifth of local authorities with the lowest life expectancy at birth.
[Transferred] (109631)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
361
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, from which private companies employees have been seconded to the Prime Minister's Office in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (109492)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
362
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 185W, on renewable energy, what figure this represents as a percentage of total kWh used by her Department; and what plans her Department has to increase the amount of energy acquired from renewable sources.
[Transferred] (109786)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
363
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of artwork commissioned by the Government Art Collection for installation in the new Home Office building.
[Transferred] (109577)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
364
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government plans to accept the recommendation of the Gowers Review on extending sound recording term of copyright.
[Transferred] (109612)

 
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