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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 9 January 2007

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 9 January 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 9 January 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 9 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 9 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 9 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the mortality rate for skin cancer cases was in the UK in each year since 1996.
(113871)
2
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113874)
3
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113875)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the relationship is between the interest rates provided on the National Saving and Investments' (a) Easy Access and (b) investment savings account and the Bank of England base rate; and if he will make a statement.
(113825)
5
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the compliance costs of ensuring that owners of private pleasure craft only use rebated fuels for diesel-powered heating and lighting following the ending of that derogation.
(114122)
6
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made end of additional costs arising out of the derogation for the end of the derogation for the use of fuel used by private pleasure craft.
(114128)
7
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Government cast its vote in the 2006 Communication from the Council of Ministers on whether there should be any continuation of the derogation of fuel used by private pleasure craft under Article 19(1), third indent, of the Energy Tax Directive.
(114129)
8
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the continuing derogation of fuel used by private pleasure craft is an instrument of regional policy.
(114130)
9
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance the Treasury will give the owners of private pleasure craft to meet the compliance costs involved in the loss of the fuel tax derogation.
(114131)
10
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the special rates of tax applied to European Commission employees.
(113832)
11
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Freedom of Information applications were made to the Office for National Statistics in each month between January 2005 and November 2006 for disclosure of extracts from the 1921 Census for specific addresses in England or Wales.
(113799)
12
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 453W, on state school cadet units, on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department met (i) their counterparts from the Department for Education and Skills and (ii) other interested parties to discuss his proposals to form state school cadet units.
(112985)
13
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will answer the Questions tabled by the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean on (a) 23rd November 2006, reference 105863, and (b) 28th November 2006, reference 106097, on his visit to Iraq.
(112989)
14
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance produced by the Office of Government Commerce on the use of consultants.
(114106)
15
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the number of people on the electoral register who are not eligible to vote.
(114107)
16
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's expenditure on hospitality and entertainment was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114108)
17
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's expenditure on foreign travel (including accommodation) was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114109)
18
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in respect of how many tax exemptions his Department has made no estimate of the cost to the Exchequer.
(113805)
19
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs and the Inland Revenue spent on outside business consultancy services in each of the last three years.
(113760)
20
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many items of (a) external and (b) internal correspondence at the large processing offices of HM Revenue and Customs remain (i) unopened and (ii) unprocessed.
(113761)
21
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many customer reviews are awaiting processing at the large processing offices of HM Revenue and Customs.
(113762)
22
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many days were lost through staff sickness at the offices of HM Revenue and Customs and the Inland Revenue in each of the last three years.
(113763)
23
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was of salaries paid to officers at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d) Holyhead and (e) Porthmadog in 2005-06.
(113764)
24
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many specialist Welsh speakers are employed at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d) Holyhead and (e) Porthmadog.
(113765)
25
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total net tax revenue unpaid as a result of unprocessed HM Revenue and Customs customer reviews.
(113901)
26
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of staff at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d) Holyhead and (e) Porthmadog are employed on fixed term contracts.
(113918)
27
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will undertake research to assess the extent to which individuals understand tax self-assessment forms.
(113793)
28
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department has undertaken to simplify the tax self-assessment form.
(113794)
29
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost in time spent by (a) individuals and (b) his Department to process and complete tax self-assessment forms.
(113795)
30
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the average length of time it takes to complete a tax self-assessment form.
(113796)
31
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113824)
32
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1747W, on visits, if he will list each such visit in the last 18 months, broken down by (a) Minister and (b) tax credit facility; and when each minister last visited (i) tax credit, (ii) contact centre and (iii) IT development offices in each of the last 18 months.
(113926)
33
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HM Treasury has made of the annual net export of taxes to the rest of the UK from Greater London.
(113952)
34
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has been raised from (a) pensioners and (b) pensioners over the age of 75 arising from taxation of private medical insurance provided by their previous employers since April 2006.
(113953)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
35
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1853W, on ministerial residences, whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer had a role in the decision to refurbish the flat above 10 Downing Street.
(113949)
36
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1853W, on ministerial residences, how much public expenditure has so far been incurred in refurbishing the flat above 10 Downing Street.
(113950)
37
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what funding her Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113980)
38
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether special advisers in her Department have made use of an official car in the last 12 months, excluding travel made when accompanying a Minister.
(114019)
39
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will list the grants the Cabinet Office awarded in 2005-06, broken down by recipient.
(114090)
40
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the projected expenditure of the Central Office of Information spending on public relations, marketing and advertising is in 2006-07.
(114091)
41
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the average Exchequer contribution towards a Civil Service final salary pension is, as a percentage of pensionable salary.
(114092)
42
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Cabinet Office Precedent Book.
(114110)
43
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will make a statement on the anticipated cost and purpose of the Government's proposals to use deliberative forums to consult public opinion.
(114111)
44
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much her Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are available.
(114112)
45
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether individual departments are re-billed for the cost of the provision of official ministerial residences which are maintained by the Cabinet Office.
(114113)
46
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the Cabinet Office's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114114)
47
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the Cabinet Office's expenditure on foreign travel was, including accommodation, in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114115)
48
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether a capability review will be produced for the Department of the Deputy Prime Minister's Office.
(114116)
49
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will list the individual training courses that (a) have been and (b) are provided to Ministers by the National School of Government.
(114117)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
50
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what services provided by her Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113893)
51
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to promote the use of the English language in the UK.
(113894)
52
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much money her Department provided to local authorities to translate documents into languages other than English in each of the last five years.
(113895)
53
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her estimate is of the number of (a) documents and (b) pages of material translated into languages other than English by local authorities in each of the last five years; and what the cost of providing such translations was in each year.
(113896)
54
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of people in the UK who are unable to speak English; and what assessment she has made of the impact on integration and social cohesion of the inability of people to speak English.
(113897)
55
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions (a) she and (b) her officials have had with the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) on the MAB's participation in the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board.
(113919)
56
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Newham Council on the proposed Tablighi Jamaat Mosque in East London.
(113920)
57
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many complaints the Department has received from members of the public on commercial lease issues since March 2005.
(113922)
58
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are available.
(114080)
59
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's expenditure on hospitality and entertainment was in 2005-06.
(114081)
60
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, was in 2005-06.
(114082)
61
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Department for Communities and Local Government's expenditure on hospitality and entertainment was in 1996-97.
(114083)
62
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Department's expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, was in 1996-97.
(114084)
63
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will break down expenditure on hospitality by the Private Office of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2005-06 by main budget heading.
(114085)
64
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) she and (b) her Ministers intend to attend any of the forthcoming public meetings on the Sustainable Communities Bill.
(113726)
65
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her Department's policy to support the Sustainable Communities Bill.
(113727)
66
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many public meetings (a) she and (b) her ministers have attended on the Sustainable Communities Bill.
(113728)
67
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which Government departments contribute to the programme expenditure of each of the Government Offices for the Regions (GOR); and how much each Government department provided to each GOR in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(113729)
68
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many invitations (a) she and (b) her ministers have received to speak at public meetings on the Sustainable Communities Bill.
(113730)
69
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her Department and its executive agencies; and if she will make a statement.
(113822)
70
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the performance of local authorities in matching central government funding for disabled facilities grants.
(113779)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
71
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what documents her Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113889)
72
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, for what services provided by her Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113890)
73
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many complaints were lodged with the Information Commissioner in each month between January 2005 and November 2006 about the citing by the Office for National Statistics of Exemption 41 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in relation to requests for the disclosure of extracts from the 1921 Census records for England and Wales.
(113798)
74
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 343W and 13th December 2006, Official Report, column 1071W, on the Lord Chancellor (functions), what the estimated cost to the public purse was of each of the seven functions in the Lord Chancellor's official residence in Admiralty House; how many people attended each such function; and what the purpose was of each function.
(113946)
75
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 344W, on boundary changes, what the timetable is for laying and approving the draft Order which will implement the Boundary Commission's recommendations on new parliamentary boundaries in England.
(113947)
76
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what funding her Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113979)
77
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much her Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(113994)
78
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many Section 36 exemptions were approved by Ministers following Freedom of Information Act requests in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by department.
(113998)
79
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether special advisers in her Department have made use of an official car in the last 12 months, excluding travel when accompanying a minister.
(113999)
80
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if her Department will increase the £600 and £450 limits used for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act in line with inflation since the introduction of the Act.
(114000)
81
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether her Department's proposals to amend Freedom of Information Act regulations to allow the aggregation of requests for cost purposes will permit such aggregation if an individual makes a series of different requests under the Act on different topics.
(114001)
82
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the definition of a `campaign' is under her Department's proposals to amend Freedom of Information Act regulations to allow the aggregation of different requests in pursuance of a campaign.
(114002)
83
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, by what criteria public authorities will ascertain whether persons are `apparently acting in concert of pursuance of a campign' under her Department's proposals to amend Freedom of Information Act regulations.
(114003)
84
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether her Department's proposals to amend Freedom of Information Act regulations to allow officials of a public authority to include the costs of reading, consideration and consultation time in calculations of the appropriate limit will affect the conduct of internal reviews.
(114004)
85
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether funding from the electoral participation fund is ring-fenced.
(114005)
86
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the criteria are for local authorities to receive funds from the electoral participation fund.
(114006)
87
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of the judicial review of the Boundary Commission's recommendations for new Parliamentary boundaries in England.
(114007)
88
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the (a) destination and (b) cost to the public purse was of each of the foreign trips undertaken by junior ministers in her Department in the 2005-06 financial year.
(114008)
89
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations her Department has received on the Fifth General Review of Parliamentary Constituencies in England since the Boundary Commission submitted its final report to the Secretary of State.
(114009)
90
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Lord Chancellor has used his official residence at Admiralty House to entertain (a) Labour hon. Members, (b) Labour Party donors and (c) Labour Party officials.
(114010)
91
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Lord Chancellor has used his official residence at Admiralty House to host any Labour Party event.
(114011)
92
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether remand prisoners are eligible to vote in the constituency in which their prison is located if their last known abode was in a different constituency.
(114012)
93
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether her Department's proposals to enfranchise convicted prisoners would involve prisoners voting in the constituency where the prison is located or in the constituency of their last known abode.
(114013)
94
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the Lord Chancellor's Department's expenditure was on foreign travel, including accommodation, in 1996-97.
(114014)
95
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Government plans to remove from the Electoral Commission the function of promoting democracy.
(114015)
96
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much the Lord Chancellor's Department spent on hospitality and entertainment in 1996-97.
(114016)
97
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what her Department's expenditure was on foreign travel, including accommodation, in 2005-06.
(114017)
98
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what her Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in 2005-06.
(114018)
99
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her Department and its executive agencies; and if she will make a statement.
(113821)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
100
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what documents her Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113880)
101
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what services provided by her Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113881)
102
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding her Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113984)
103
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(114042)
104
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what co-operation there was between the US authorities and her Department before and after the conviction of Mr E. Forbes Smiley III for theft of historic maps; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of such co-operation in minimising future such thefts.
(113856)
105
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the possible implications for the security of national archives of the facts revealed in the conviction in the US of Mr E. Forbes Smiley III.
(113857)
106
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will undertake research to establish and record books containing rare and valuable maps available in generalist British archives.
(113858)
107
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her Department and its executive agencies; and if she will make a statement.
(113820)
108
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken to support the UK's independent music industry.
(114053)
109
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets she has set to ensure that the London 2012 Olympics are (a) environmentally, (b) economically and (c) socially sustainable.
(113783)
110
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of the homes on the Olympic site will meet the Government energy efficiency targets.
(113784)
111
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the accommodation to be built in the Olympic park will meet the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government's building targets for zero carbon homes.
(113785)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
112
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how each of the options outlined in the White Paper The Future of the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent was tested for viability.
(113826)
113
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Royal Navy ships will be placed into reduced readiness; and when this is expected to take place.
(113749)
114
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected expenditure on pay is for all army (a) officers and (b) other ranks in 2006-07.
(113750)
115
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there have been in-year changes to his Department's budget.
(113780)
116
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1st November 2006, what the timetable is for the completion of tests involving live goats of safe procedures for evacuating disabled submarines, with particular reference to the `safe-to-escape curve'; and if he will make a statement.
(113932)
117
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1st November 2006, what plans (a) his Department and (b) QinetiQ have for publishing the conclusions of research into safe procedures for escape from disabled submarines involving experiments on live goats.
(113933)
118
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of television advertising campaigns in 2006 in encouraging the recruitment of infantry personnel.
(112988)
119
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2006, Official Report, column 621W, on school cadet forces, what his timetable is for (a) updating the House on the proposal to create branches of the Combined Caded Force in state schools and (b) naming the schools in which pilot projects will run; and if he will make a statement.
(112996)
120
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy personnel were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid by Joint Personnel Administration in the first two months of roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the roll-out of Joint Personnel Administration to the Royal Navy.
(113297)
121
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total number of aircraft in the RAF was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006, broken down by aircraft type.
(113298)
122
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the intake has been into each infantry battalion in each of the past 12 months.
(113310)
123
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to public funds was of the telephone use of the right hon. Member for Ashfield from his official ministerial residence in Admiralty House in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(113982)
124
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113983)
125
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(114043)
126
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's expenditure was on foreign travel, including accommodation, in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114044)
127
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114045)
128
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the prospects for the use of biofuels for military aircraft.
(113771)
129
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of running each of the naval bases in the UK was in each of the last three years.
(114132)
130
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what job losses are planned at each naval base in the UK.
(114133)
131
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the purchase cost was of each ship which is (a) mothballed and (b) proposed to be mothballed; what the estimated cost of mothballing each ship is; and what the estimated cost is of returning each ship to full operational capability.
(114134)
132
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy personnel are currently serving aboard ship away from home; and what proportion of total naval personnel this represents.
(114135)
133
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on operational capability of the reduction in the order for the new Type 45 destroyer from eight to six.
(114136)
134
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of his Department's spending was allocated to procurement in each of the last 10 years; what the original budget allocation on procurement was in each of those years; and what outturn was in each year.
(114137)
135
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected spending by his Department is on the Royal Navy in each of the next five years; what assessment he has made of such spending on (a) current and (b) future operational capacity; and if he will make a statement.
(114138)
136
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of the six Type 45 destroyers to be procured by his Department; and what the estimated cost was of the eight which were originally planned to be procured.
(114139)
137
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113819)
138
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many questions tabled in Session 2005-06 for written answer by his Department did not receive a substantive answer in that Session.
(113745)
139
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what records have been kept by his Department in relation to the Number 1 Independent Infantry Company based in Malaya during the Second World War.
(113772)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
140
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 277W, on ministerial visits, what the grade was of each civil servant who accompanied him on his recent trip to the Far East.
(113945)
141
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department has spent on (a) advertising, (b) printing and (c) public relations since its creation.
(114097)
142
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether his special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity since the creation of his Department.
(114098)
143
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many of his Departmental staff have (a) resigned from his Department and (b) been allocated to a different department since its creation.
(114099)
144
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he intends to publish an Autumn Performance Report for his Department.
(114100)
145
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his Department's budget for 2006-07 is, broken down by main budget heading.
(114101)
146
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to make departmental efficiency savings.
(114102)
147
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, on what date audited accounts for his Department will be published.
(114103)
148
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether special advisers in his Department have made use of an official car since its creation, excluding travel when accompanying the Deputy Prime Minister.
(114104)
149
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will list the statutory responsibilities he holds under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975.
(114105)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
150
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what support his Department gives to schools to help immigrants' children to learn English.
(113882)
151
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113884)
152
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113885)
153
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he has taken to ensure that as many children and young people as possible take part in his Department's online children's rights survey.
(113754)
154
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new schools have been built in each UK constituency since 1997; which of these schools have a source of energy provided by on-site renewables; what definition his Department uses of (a) sustainable design, (b) zero carbon energy sources and (c) carbon footprint in relation to the design of new schools; and which technicial references were used when determining these definitions.
(113859)
155
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which construction companies have been (a) considered and (b) selected as principal partners in the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(113860)
156
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what training is provided to Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service officers; and if he will make a statement.
(113752)
157
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on training for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service officers in each year since 2000.
(113753)
158
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the policy of his Department is on the demolition of listed school premises where a school is rebuilt under (a) Building Schools for the Future and (b) the primary capital programme.
(113755)
159
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure the preservation of listed school premises.
(113756)
160
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school premises he estimates will be (a) rebuilt and (b) refurbished using funds from the primary capital programme in each of the next five years.
(113757)
161
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the policy of his Department is on (a) rebuilding and (b) refurbishing school premises.
(113758)
162
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding is available for (a) rebuilding and (b) refurbishing (i) primary and (ii) secondary school premises in each of the next five years.
(113759)
163
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114068)
164
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his Department's expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114069)
165
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding his Department has allocated to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(114070)
166
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the expenditure by his Department was on funding the supplement in The Guardian newspaper on the Information Sharing Index; and what editorial control his Department maintained over the publication.
(114071)
167
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are available.
(114072)
168
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils took further maths A-level in Camden in 2005-06, broken down by school.
(113923)
169
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113816)
170
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what response he has made to the National Audit Office's report on Sure Start Children's Centres.
(113915)
171
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received relating to the National Audit Office's report on Sure Start Children's Centres.
(113916)
172
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether his Department has had discussions with the Learning and Skills Council on the implications of the new age discrimination legislation for state-funded work-based learning, including apprenticeships; and if he will publish guidance for training providers on the effects of that legislation.
(113951)
173
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England are advertising for a headteacher.
(113718)
174
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils in England gained five A*-C grades at GCSE, excluding equivalents and Applied GCSE Double Awards, in each of the last five years.
(113719)
175
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pass mark was for Level Five in Key Stage Three tests in (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) science in each year since 1997.
(113720)
176
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pass mark was for Level Four in Key Stage Three tests in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science in each year since 1997.
(113721)
177
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pass mark was for Level Five in Key Stage Two tests in (a) reading, (b) writing, (c) mathematics and (d) science in each year since 1997.
(113722)
178
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the pass mark was for Level Four in Key Stage Two tests in (a) reading, (b) writing, (c) mathematics and (d) science in each year since 1997.
(113723)
179
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in maintained schools in England gained grade A at A-level in (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) biology and (e) modern languages in each year since 1997.
(113724)
180
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in maintained schools in England took A-levels in (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) biology and (e) modern languages in each year since 1997.
(113725)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
181
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113872)
182
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for which services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113873)
183
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of land in (a) England and (b) each EU member state is devoted to agricultural use.
(113921)
184
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to implement (a) the strategic goals of the TSE Road-map and (b) the goals relating to cohort culling in bovine animals; what recent discussions he has had with European Union counterparts on (i) the strategic goals and (ii) the goals relating to cohort killing in bovine animals; and if he will make a statement.
(113070)
185
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to public funds was of the telephone use of the right hon. Member for Derby South from her official residence in Admiralty House in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(113985)
186
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113986)
187
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper including online, advertorials and advertising features in the latest year for which figures are available.
(114039)
188
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's expenditure was on foreign travel, including accommodation, in 2005-06; and what his predecessor Department's expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, was in 1996-97.
(114040)
189
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in 2005-06; and what his predecessor Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in 1996-97.
(114041)
190
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that sales of energy-saving light bulbs are not reduced by the exemption from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive of traditional incandescent bulbs.
(113717)
191
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times the Thames Barrier has been raised in each year since its construction.
(113854)
192
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart on the use of (a) biofuels and (b) biofuel-powered vehicles.
(114119)
193
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113823)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
194
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on responsibility for the series of bomb blasts in Bangkok on 31st December 2006.
(113835)
195
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps she is taking to support United Nations personnel in Darfur; when she expects the UN to provide further (a) military advisers and (b) police advisers; and when she expects the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force to be deployed.
(113836)
196
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the governments of (a) Sudan and (b) Chad on (i) complying with bilateral agreements, (ii) securing their common border and (iii) co-operating on stabilising the region.
(113837)
197
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on recent attacks around the eastern Chadian town of Biltine and in the Ouaddei area.
(113838)
198
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to seek to ensure that all signatories adhere to the principles of the Darfur Peace Agreement.
(113839)
199
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the political situation in Turkmenistan; and what representations she has made to help to ensure (a) that elections take place and (b) that such elections are free, fair and subject to international observers.
(113841)
200
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Zimbabwean government's decision to close its remaining independent newspapers.
(113842)
201
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State made during his recent visit to Chile.
(113851)
202
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the South African government since South Africa's accession to the United Nations Security Council.
(113852)
203
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people are employed in each EU institution and agency.
(113827)
204
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether preparatory work has been undertaken on the European External Action Service since 1st June 2005.
(113828)
205
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many committees work for the EU institutions, broken down by (a) expert groups advising the European Commission on policy formation, (b) Council working groups, (c) COMITOLOGY committees, (d) committees working for the European Court of Justice, (e) standing committees in the European Parliament and (f) other committees.
(113830)
206
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's estimate is of the size of the `acquis communautaire' of the European Union in (a) pages, (b) words and (c) number of pieces of legislation.
(113833)
207
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost to public funds of the telephone use of the former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs was from his official ministerial residence in 1 Carlton Gardens in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(114073)
208
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her Department's expenditure on hospitality and entertainment was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114074)
209
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her Department's expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114075)
210
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget of the Government Hospitality Section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was in each year since 1997-98.
(114076)
211
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much her Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are available.
(114077)
212
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of 10 highest paid members of staff in her Department and its executive agencies; and if she will make a statement.
(113806)
213
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support the European Union in reducing corruption and organised crime in (a) Bulgaria and (b) Romania.
(114020)
214
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to persuade the Government of Gibraltar (a) to reform the age of consent for male homosexual acts and (b) to combat discrimination on grounds of race, disability and sexual orientation on the island.
(113914)
215
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the International Commission of Inquiry on the situation in Darfur can operate effectively.
(113802)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
216
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what ways her Department is working with the Department for Education and Skills to ensure young people are adequately informed about the causes and dangers of skin cancer.
(113861)
217
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what ways her Department is working with the Department for Trade and Industry to promote awareness of the dangers of skin cancer amongst outdoor workers.
(113862)
218
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking (a) to improve data on cancer and (b) to monitor the quality of service given to skin cancer patients.
(113863)
219
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding her Department provided for (a) skin cancer services and (b) research into skin cancer in each of the last 10 years; and what the planned funding is for the 2007-08 financial year.
(113864)
220
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to train healthcare professionals to check for signs of skin cancer.
(113865)
221
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that GPs are referring cases to dermatology services appropriately.
(113866)
222
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to control the unsupervised use of tanning beds and coin-operated tanning machines by under-16s.
(113867)
223
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness of skin cancer.
(113868)
224
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the prevalence of skin cancer cases in the UK.
(113869)
225
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what documents her Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113887)
226
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what services provided by her Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113888)
227
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what science-based studies underpinned the Food Standards Agency's food labelling traffic lights scheme; and what plans she has to extend the scheme to the catering sector.
(113786)
228
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the division of responsibililties is between her Department and the Food Standards Agency on providing policy advice to Ministers on nutrition.
(113787)
229
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the appointment of the Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency.
(113788)
230
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the division of responsibilities is between the Chair and the Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency.
(113789)
231
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the work of the Food Standards Agency.
(113790)
232
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services are provided under the routine NHS eye examination; what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of these services in assessing (a) the health of patient's eyes and (b) detecting early signs of conditions which can cause deterioration or loss of sight.
(113834)
233
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding her Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113989)
234
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's expenditure was on foreign travel, including accommodation, in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114026)
235
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's expenditure on hospitality and entertainment was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114027)
236
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(114028)
237
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria will be used to assess the UK's standing as a world centre for medical research.
(114054)
238
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will consider amending the remit of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence as part of the work being undertaken to assist in meeting the Government's target of making the UK a world-class environment for medical research.
(114055)
239
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the board members of the Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, broken down by stated party political affiliation.
(114056)
240
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many branches of (a) Burger King, (b) McDonalds, (c) Kentucky Fried Chicken and (d) other fast food outlets there are in NHS hospitals; whether any such outlets have been given exclusive food merchandising rights in that hospital; and if she will make a statement.
(113853)
241
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on the treatment and care of patients with long-term conditions.
(113906)
242
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will meet (a) NHS staff and (b) other interested parties to discuss the provision of specialist nursing services for delivering treatment and care to patients with long-term conditions.
(113907)
243
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there is a duty on local health trusts to honour written commitments to retain specialist nursing posts which have been funded by charitable organisations in return for that commitment to continue the post to which the agreement relates; and if she will make a statement.
(113908)
244
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is on the establishment of specialist nurse posts through pump-priming schemes based on funding from charitable organisations; and if she will make a statement.
(113909)
245
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her Department and its executive agencies; and if she will make a statement.
(113817)
246
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies for physiotherapists are expected in the NHS in each of the next three years.
(113738)
247
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she has on the (a) socio-economic profile, (b) ethnic origin and (c) gender of NHS trust ex-officio board directors in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(113742)
248
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) hospital and (b) primary care trust ex-officio directors are from a (i) business, (ii) accountancy and (iii) NHS background.
(113743)
249
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of physiotherapists expected to graduate in each of the next three years.
(113744)
250
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners sit on the board of the National Treatment Agency.
(113747)
251
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what grants have been allocated by her Department to the World Cancer Research Fund Ltd.
(113912)
252
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) submissions, (b) papers and (c) correspondence have been received by her Department from the World Cancer Reseach Fund Ltd.
(113913)
253
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the merits of the introduction of pin-prick blood tests for diabetes for pregnant women.
(113733)
254
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of babies who died before birth as a result of undiagnosed maternal diabetes in each of the last five years.
(113734)
255
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on extending the NHS breast screening programme to women aged 65 to 70 years; and if she will make a statement.
(113791)
256
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken by the Department to reduce the use of trans fats.
(113954)
257
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each primary care trust spent on translation services in each of the last three years.
(114046)
258
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will give local involvement networks the power to inspect and monitor the NHS.
(113521)
259
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will conduct a zero based review of the NHS IT programme.
(113522)
260
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-EU citizens used NHS services in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(114057)
261
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-EU citizens who have used NHS services have unpaid invoices outstanding relating to their treatment; what the value is of such outstanding invoices; and what procedures are in place to ensure that outstanding invoices are settled.
(114058)
262
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many females in the Berkshire West Primary Care Trust (a) under the age of 15 and (b) aged between 15 and 18 (i) had abortions and (ii) gave birth in each year since 1999.
(114059)
263
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many females in the Berkshire West Primary Care Trust (a) under the age of 15 and (b) aged between 15 and 18 were diagnosed with having sexually transmitted infections in each year since 1999.
(114060)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
264
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113891)
265
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113892)
266
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers police officers have to check motorists are driving with vision of the required standard; and what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of such powers.
(113766)
267
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists have been (a) fined, (b) awarded penalty points and (c) disqualified for driving with vision below the required standard in each police area since 1997.
(113900)
268
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reconviction rates for offenders placed under the supervison of the Probation Service were as measured over a period of two years from the start of the order.
(113917)
269
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicles were prosecuted for (a) exhaust and (b) silencer systems that make excessive noise in the latest year for which figures are available.
(114123)
270
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1949W, what the evidential basis is for believing national security could be at risk if an individual is told, on enquiry, whether a personal file exists or not.
(113925)
271
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113988)
272
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether university students will be required to register their term-time address with the National Indentity Register in addition to their vacation address.
(114030)
273
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to use local authority offices or facilities to facilitate the recording of biometric information for the identity cards programme.
(114031)
274
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many regional offices will be established to facilitate the recording of biometric information for the identity cards programme; and where the offices will be situated.
(114032)
275
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's expenditure was on foreign travel including accommodation in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114033)
276
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114034)
277
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department has spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper including online, advertorials and advertising features in the latest year for which figures are available.
(114035)
278
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many mini-motorbikes have been (a) seized and (b) crushed by local authorities since 1st August 2006, broken down by police authority; how many warnings have been issued to the riders of mini-motorbikes since 1st August broken down by policy authority; and if he will make a statement.
(114062)
279
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113815)
280
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department asked for a payout from the contractor Kalyx with regard to its contractural failures at Harmondsworth detention centre.
(114063)
281
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the contractural failures at Harmondsworth detention centre were that led to the payout from from the contractor Kalyx in September 2006.
(114064)
282
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, against what criteria his Department is entitled (a) to withhold payments from the contractor, (b) to fine the contractor and (c) to terminate the contract with the contractor with regard to the contract with Kalyx concerning Harmondsworth detention centre.
(114065)
283
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the contract with Kalyx following the incident at Harmondsworth detention centre on 29th November 2006.
(114066)
284
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what immigration policy and procedure is applicable to (a) UK couples and (b) couples where one partner is an EU citizen and the other has leave to remain in the UK who wish to bring into the United Kingdom a baby adopted in Malawi; and if he will make a statement.
(113792)
285
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 800 new immigration officers have been (a) appointed and (b) seconded from the police service; and if he will make a statement.
(113924)
286
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on the New Asylum Model target on the recruitment and training of new staff.
(114021)
287
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in tendering the contracts for the (a) refurbishment and (b) construction of the regional offices required to administer the national identity card scheme.
(113898)
288
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the locations are of the regional offices required to adminsiter the national identity card scheme.
(113899)
289
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigations his Department is carrying out in relation to the conduct of the examination of asylum applications from Uganda.
(113941)
290
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what background checks his Department carries out on prospective employees into political affiliation that may affect the conduct of their work.
(113942)
291
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when investigations into a senior caseworker's conduct of asylum applications from Uganda will be completed.
(113943)
292
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures are in place through which asylum applicants can submit complaints about officials.
(113944)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
293
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are available.
(114089)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
294
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to support the United Nations World Food Programme in Somalia to ensure that food reaches (a) Wajid, (b) Lower Shabelle and (c) the Middle and Lower Juba regions; and what representations is he making on the resumption of the use of airdrops and helicopters in Somalia.
(113843)
295
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, column 1466W, on retirement age, what tests of (a) experience and (b) evidence he will be applying to check for a negative impact on (i) performance and (ii) workforce planning as a result of removing the default retirement age; and if he will make a statement.
(113928)
296
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, column 1466W, on retirement age, what the evidential basis is for applying age-based workforce planning.
(113929)
297
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, column 1466W, on retirement age, on what grounds requests to work beyond 65 have been denied since establishment of the procedure; what criteria are used in making such decisions; and if he will make a statement.
(113930)
298
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are available.
(114086)
299
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113814)
Questions to the Leader of the House
300
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Leader of the House, what responsibilities he has for political party finance reform.
(114078)
301
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Leader of the House, what meetings he has had with Sir Hayden Phillips in the last 12 months.
(114079)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
302
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost to public funds was of the telephone use of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from his official ministerial residence in Hillsborough Castle in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(113977)
303
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's expenditure was on foreign travel, including accommodation, in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114023)
304
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114024)
305
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on advertising in the Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(114025)
306
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113811)
307
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether there are restrictions on political activity included in the contracts of additional advisers appointed to the main political parties.
(113731)
308
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether additional advisers appointed to the main political parties are eligible for (a) support from officials in, (b) accommodation in property used by and (c) office facilities provided by the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
(113732)
309
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has for the provision of a by-pass for Saintfield, County Down.
(113782)
310
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what age restrictions apply to the sport of paint-balling in Northern Ireland.
(113801)
311
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children under the age of 16 from (a) Protestant and (b) Roman Catholic community background were living in poverty in each of the last five years.
(113807)
312
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children from an (a) Protestant and (b) Roman Catholic community background left school with fewer than five GCSE qualifications at grades A to C in the last year for which figures are available.
(113808)
313
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many road traffic accidents there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; and how many in each year involved drivers from outside the UK.
(113809)
314
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils left (a) Catholic managed and (b) other managed schools with (i) less than five GCSEs and (ii) no qualifications in each of the last 10 years.
(113810)
Questions to the Prime Minister
315
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1808W, on the Downing Street Ministerial Flat, if he will break down the maintenance expenditure for 2005-06 by main budget heading.
(113948)
316
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the job titles are of each staff member employed at public expense at No. 10 Downing Street.
(113962)
317
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost was of the Downing Street Strategic Communications Unit in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06.
(113963)
318
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost was of the No. 10 Press Office in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
(113964)
319
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total staff cost of the Prime Minister's Office was in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.
(113965)
320
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the value of the annual government grant given to Chequers was in 2005-06.
(113966)
321
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the value of the government contribution to the cost of household staff at Chequers, net of VAT refunds, was in 2005-06.
(113968)
322
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) hospitality for the staff who accompanied him to his recent trip to Miami.
(113969)
323
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the guidance issued to Ministers on the use and availability of Dorneywood for government meetings and seminars.
(113970)
324
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the total cost was of official entertainment by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street and Chequers in 2005-06.
(113971)
325
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what residences have been made available to Ministers in the course of their duties; where each is; what the council tax banding of each is; and to which Minister each residence is allocated.
(113972)
326
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, how much was spent on each residence made available to a Minister on (a) council tax, (b) rent, (c) repairs and maintenance, (d) redecoration and (e) other running costs in 2005-06.
(113973)
327
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he intends to allocate Dorneywood to a senior Minister, or appropriate figure as permitted by the Dorneywood Trust Deed, as a residence for that individual.
(113974)
328
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what the role and responsibilities are of the Minister without Portfolio.
(114094)
329
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, whether special advisers in No. 10 Downing Street have made use of an official car in the last 12 months, excluding travel, when accompanying a Minister.
(114095)
330
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what No. 10 Downing Street's expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114096)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
331
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are available.
(114088)
332
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113813)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
333
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will re-commence its investigation into the admissibility of 5th Avenue Partners Limited's donations following the conviction of Mr Michael Brown.
(113956)
334
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the Electoral Commission's Public Awareness Expenditure budget was in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(113957)
335
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much the Electoral Commission spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper (including online) in the last year for which figures are available.
(113958)
336
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission undertook into political party expenditure in the last three Parliaments.
(113959)
337
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission has undertaken into the total current level of direct and indirect state funding to political parties in (a) cash and (b) non-cash terms.
(113960)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
338
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113878)
339
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113879)
340
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the possible effect of Russian membership of the World Trade Organisation on Russian trade with the (a) EU and (b) UK.
(113781)
341
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has made as part of the Doha trade talks to (a) the EU Trade Commissioner, (b) the US Trade representative and (c) the Indian government on (i) subsidy reductions for agriculture, (ii) tariff reductions in manufacturing and (iii) global market liberalisation in trade in services.
(113844)
342
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what meetings he has had on the possible accession to the World Trade Organisation of (a) Ukraine and (b) the Russian Federation.
(113845)
343
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's policy is on World Trade Organisation requests that East African Community member states commit themselves to a single trading Customs Union by 2008; and what assessment he has made of the possible impact this will have on UK trade with (a) Kenya, (b) Uganda, (c) Rwanda, (d) Burundi and (e) Tanzania.
(113846)
344
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of the China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue on trade between (a) the EU and (b) the UK and (i) the US and (ii) China.
(113847)
345
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when public consultations will be held on the National Grid's proposed gas pipeline through the Cotswolds; what assessment he has made of (a) alternative routes, (b) the depth necessary for the pipeline and (c) the possible impact of the pipline on the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and which bodies will be consulted.
(113848)
346
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effect of Vietnam's accession to the World Trade Organisation on (a) EU-Vietnamese and (b) UK-Vietnamese trade.
(113850)
347
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the £1.7 billion for the Post Office Network announced on 14th December 2006 will be spent, broken down by main budget heading.
(113910)
348
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the £2 billion investment spent on the Post Office Network since 1999 was spent, broken down by main budget heading.
(113911)
349
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113987)
350
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's expenditure was on foreign travel including accommodation in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114036)
351
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his Department's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(114037)
352
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(114038)
353
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) cost, (b) electricity used and (c) carbon emissions generated by Christmas lights.
(113855)
354
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113804)
355
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will bring forward new regulatory controls on the Christmas hamper schemes and related industries.
(113739)
356
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many surface workers have had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease health tests paid for by his Department since 1999.
(113740)
357
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many declarations of corporate hospitality, including hotel meals from companies and others involved in coal health claims, have been made by departmental staff in each year since 1999.
(113741)
358
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will assess the merits of further interim payments to coal health claimants where claims are not being settled due to action by contractors.
(113748)
359
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding has been allocated in anticipation of potential claims (a) from surface workers in the mining industry and (b) for bursitis for each of the next three years.
(113774)
360
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what checks are carried out on the (a) competence and (b) eligibility of claims handlers to act in lieu of solicitors for industrial disease claims from miners (i) prior to and (ii) since 2006.
(113775)
361
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when Stuart Bell Associates was registered as a solicitor under the compensation for miners claims handling agreement; and by whom.
(113776)
362
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has held with Venside Ltd on the release of papers relating to the industrial disease claim of Mr Stephen Todd of Bassetlaw constituency.
(113777)
363
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library copies of all papers relating to the industrial disease claim of Mr Stephen Todd of Bassetlaw constituency.
(113778)
364
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of independent retailers which have been put out of business as a result of competition from VAT free web sites; and if he will make a statement.
(114052)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
365
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on the trunk road networks in the area covered by the Government Office of the North East in the last year for which figures are available.
(113735)
366
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers used (a) Bentley, (b) Fleet, (c) Hook, (d) Winchfield and (e) Liphook railway stations in 2005-06; how many passengers he expects to use each station in each of the next 10 years; and what plans he has to change capacity at these stations.
(113797)
367
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113883)
368
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113886)
369
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in how many and what proportion of road traffic accidents exceeding the speed limit was given as a contributory factor to the incident in each of the last five years; and how many of these accidents resulted in a fatality.
(113737)
370
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current distance vision test for checking novice drivers' vision; and if he will make a statement.
(113767)
371
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure all motorists have vision of the required standard for driving safety.
(113768)
372
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of uncorrected visual impairment amongst the driving population; and if he will make a statement.
(113769)
373
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of road traffic accidents where poor vision has been a contributory factor; and if he will make a statement.
(113770)
374
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he has put in place to ensure that car owners do not alter exhaust or silencer systems after an MOT test to ensure that those systems do not break noise regulations.
(114124)
375
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will further tighten regulations 54 and 97 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 to ensure that exhaust and silencer systems remain in good working order and do not make excessive noise.
(114125)
376
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 1269W, on passenger transport authorities, if he will provide the details of each of the applications he is considering.
(113927)
377
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113978)
378
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's expenditure on foreign travel, including accommodation, was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(113991)
379
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his Department's expenditure on hospitality and entertainment was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(113992)
380
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(113993)
381
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many names and addresses of drivers the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency sold to non-governmental organisations in each of the last 12 months.
(113995)
382
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether individual departments are re-billed for the cost of their ministerial cars by the Government Car Agency.
(113996)
383
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated annual average cost to the public purse is of providing a diesel Jaguar XJ ministerial car, including associated staff and running costs.
(113997)
384
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 1269W, on the Office for Disability Issues, on what dates the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State has attended meetings of the Office for Disability Issues since its establishment.
(114067)
385
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113818)
386
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) British Airways and (b) other airlines on disability discrimination legislation and seat allocations.
(113773)
387
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Severn Bridge Toll Company to facilitate the introduction of credit and debit card payment for toll crossings on the Severn Bridge crossings.
(113751)
388
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many names and addresses of drivers were sold by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to third parties in (a) December 2005 and (b) December 2006.
(113955)
389
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of luggage thefts at Manchester Airport in each of the last five years.
(114048)
390
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to prevent theft at airports.
(114049)
391
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to co-ordinate work with police forces in order to reduce theft at airports.
(114050)
392
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to reduce incidents of luggage theft at Manchester Airport.
(114051)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
393
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are available.
(114087)
394
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(113812)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
395
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation.
(113876)
396
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.
(113877)
397
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of personal capability assessments were finalised using LiMA software in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(113516)
398
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of personal capability assessments have been overturned on appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(113517)
399
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what monitoring there has been of the LiMA system's efficiency; and what proposals there are for audits of the LiMA system.
(113518)
400
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the integration of LiMA into the personal capability assessment on the efficient provision of benefits; and if he will make a statement.
(113519)
401
N
Sir Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what effect the LiMA system has had on the revised personal capability assessment in relation to the (a) suggested changes to the increase in mental health descriptors and activities and (b) suggested changes to the physical health descriptors and activities.
(113520)
402
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the total cost of providing social security benefits to citizens from the A8 countries who (a) did and (b) did not register on the workers registration scheme in each month since May 2004.
(113829)
403
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Basic State Pension was as a percentage of national average earnings in (a) 1981, (b) 1991, (c) 1997 and (d) 2006; what percentage it is forecast to be in 2012; and if he will make a statement.
(113800)
404
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, column 1578W, at what percentage of average earnings he expects to restore the earnings link to the basic state pension.
(113931)
405
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(113981)
406
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(113990)
407
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are employed in seasonal agricultural work who are (a) on student work visas, (b) on other work visas, (c) EU citizens and (d) British citizens.
(114120)
408
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and its executive agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(113803)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
409
Mr Ian Austin (Dudley North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many diagnoses of skin cancer there were in each year since 1996.
[Transferred] (113870)
410
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which member of the Government will represent the UK at the World Economic Forum in Davos in July.
[Transferred] (113849)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
411
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total expenditure by her Office on external consultants was in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the estimated costs are for 2006-07.
[Transferred] (113967)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
412
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the estimated cost will be of the initiatives set out in the paper Reframing the Debate, prepared by the Government's Head of Communication, broken down by (a) programme, (b) staff and (c) other costs.
[Transferred] (113831)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
413
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers were found guilty of a speed limit offence in each police force area in each of the last five years; and what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average penalty imposed in each police force in each year was for such an offence.
[Transferred] (113736)
Questions to the Leader of the House
414
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will introduce a statutory cap on (a) individual, (b) trade union and (c) corporate donations to political parties.
[Transferred] (113961)
415
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to impose a statutory cap on (a) individual, (b) corporate and (c) trade union donations to political parties.
[Transferred] (114093)
Questions to the Prime Minister
416
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects the Annual Reports for 2005 of (a) the Interception of Communications Commissioner and (b) the Intelligence Service Commissioners to be published.
[Transferred] (114029)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
417
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of trends in demand for domestic grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (113902)
418
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been allocated to domestic renewable energy installations under his Department's Low Carbon Buildings Programme for (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09.
[Transferred] (113903)
419
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much has been allocated to domestic renewable energy installations since the start of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
[Transferred] (113904)
420
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much funding has been allocated to domestic renewable energy installations in the last full year of the (a) Clearskies and (b) Solar PV Major Demonstration Programmes.
[Transferred] (113905)
421
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of biomass in coal-fired power stations.
[Transferred] (114118)

 
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