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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 10 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 Wednesday 10 January 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 10 January 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 10 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 Wednesday 10 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 10 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114604)
2
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the implementation phase of the HM Revenue and Customs regional review programme to begin for the Outer London cluster; and if he will make a statement.
(114642)
3
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made (a) in respect of the HM Revenue and Customs regional review programme of the proportion of the headcount reduction and (b) the savings which will result from the reduction by (i) 2008 and (ii) 2010 which will fall within each of the six areas which make up the Outer London cluster; and if he will make a statement.
(114643)
4
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the headcount in the HM Revenue and Customs regional review programme for the Outer London cluster used are in each of the six areas which make up the cluster; and if he will make a statement.
(114644)
5
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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.
(114168)
6
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints have been received from county councils concerning losses in theoretical grants due to the 2006-07 changes to the Prudential Code; and if he will make a statement.
(114317)
7
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations the European Commission has made to the Government on the fuel taxation regime for recreational aviation.
(114591)
8
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many estates in Tamworth constituency paid inheritance tax in each of the last five years.
(114254)
9
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent on working tax credit for families living in Tamworth constituency in each year since its introduction.
(114255)
10
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Tamworth constituency are in receipt of working tax credit; and what the average weekly payment is for such families.
(114256)
11
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how much in additional tax revenue would be received if long-term irregular migrants working in the UK were subject to regularisation schemes; and if he will consider introducing regularisation schemes for those migrants.
(114309)
12
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much debt is owed by (a) low and (b) lower middle income country governments to the UK through (i) the Export Credits Guarantee Department, including debts that have been rescheduled after Paris Club agreements and (ii) HM Treasury, broken down by country.
(114485)
13
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was received by the Government from (a) low and (b) lower middle income countries in 2005-06 on debts owed to (i) the Export Credits Guarantee Department, including debts that have been rescheduled after Paris Club agreements, and (ii) HM Treasury, broken down by country; and how much is expected to be received in each category in 2006-07.
(114487)
14
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much debt relief and cancellation in terms of (a) flow relief and (b) stock cancellation has been granted by the Government since 2004 on debts of (i) low and (ii) lower middle income countries owed to (A) the Export Credits Guarantee Department, including debts that have been rescheduled after Paris Club agreements, and (B) HM Treasury, broken down by country.
(114488)
15
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) plays in Scotland; and what services the VOA provides to agencies in Scotland.
(114344)
16
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Valuation Office Agency publishes an autumn performance report.
(114345)
17
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Office for National Statistics has made of the difference in the estimated number of households in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) each Government Office for the Regions in England on the basis of (i) the figures provided by the 2001 Census and (ii) the number of domestic dwellings on council tax/domestic rates valuation lists.
(114367)
18
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the (a) consultation process, (b) further publications, (c) introduction of legislation and (d) ratification and implementation in relation to planning gain supplement.
(114368)
19
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research projects have been (a) initiated and (b) commissioned by the Valuation Office Agency in the last five years.
(114369)
20
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many photographs are stored on the Valuation Office Agency's central database.
(114371)
21
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, columns 1731-2W, on departmental expenditure, what the reasons were for the change in the Valuation Office Agency's expenditure on vehicle maintenance between 2004-05 and 2005-06.
(114541)
22
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2006, Official Report, column 845W, on planning gain supplement, when the responses to the consultation paper will be placed in the Library.
(114542)
23
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will evaluate the effect of import duties applicable to materials used by candlemakers on the competitiveness of the UK candlemaking industry; and if he will make a statement.
(114586)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114619)
25
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many letters were received by her Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if she will make a statement.
(114668)
26
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 520W, on the Duchy Council, what guidance has been issued regarding appointments to the Duchy Council in respect of professional background.
(114215)
27
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many Government publications published by The Stationery Office are available in foreign languages; and what the cost was of such publications in the last year for which figures are available.
(114231)
28
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 347W, on special advisers/consultants, how many mobile telephones are provided to special advisers in (a) Downing Street and (b) the Cabinet Office.
(114307)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
29
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114600)
30
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many letters were received by her Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if she will make a statement.
(114664)
31
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on the proposed exemption of members of the armed forces serving overseas from paying council tax.
(114416)
32
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate she has made of the amount of money spent on interpreters by local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(114227)
33
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate she has made of the amount of money spent by local authorities on providing information in foreign languages; and if she will make a statement.
(114228)
34
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes there are in Bournemouth; and how many there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.
(113702)
35
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage increase in Local Government Settlement (a) above and (b) below inflation was awarded to each local authority in Cumbria for 2007-08.
(114421)
36
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to increase the local government settlement awarded to South Lakeland District Council for 2007-08.
(114423)
37
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans her Department has to review local government settlements; and if she will make a statement.
(114439)
38
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the ratio between central Government funding and council tax revenue for Tamworth Borough Council was in each of the last eight years.
(114263)
39
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many gay and lesbian couples have registered a civil partnership since their inception in (a) the North East, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
(114319)
40
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what temporary housing provision was made available to the homeless in (a) City of York Council (b) Harrogate Borough Council and (c) Hambleton District Council in each of the last three years.
(114454)
41
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what provision of (a) social housing and (b) affordable housing was in (i) City of York Council (ii) Harrogate Borough Council and (iii) Hambleton District Council in each of the last three years; and what the provision was in 1996-7.
(114455)
42
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's definition is of previously residential land; and whether it includes the whole curtilage of a previously domestic property.
(114347)
43
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated sale price is of the (a) affordable and (b) market-priced homes in each of the Design for Manufacture competition areas.
(114348)
44
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has in relation to the number of (a) inspection regimes and (b) inspectorates that regulate local government.
(114361)
45
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to recommend, commission or request strategic reviews of Green Belt boundaries following the publication of the Barker Report on land use planning.
(114362)
46
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Valuation Office Agency's definition is of a dwellinghouse.
(114363)
47
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects properties in the Design for Manufacture competition areas to go onto the market.
(114394)
48
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost is of exempting members of the armed services serving abroad on active duty and not living in departmental accommodation from having a council tax liability in England.
(114395)
49
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the plot size of a domestic dwelling's (a) building and (b) curtilage around the building is entered as numeric data in the Valuation Office Agency's multiple regression formulas in its Automated Valuation Model for council tax valuations.
(114396)
50
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the data provided to the Valuation Office Agency by Rightmove.co.uk includes the provision of photographs of properties.
(114397)
51
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what different property attributes are provided by local authorities to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to assist VOA listing officers in maintaining council tax lists.
(114398)
52
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what different types of property attributes the Valuation Office Agency is supplied with under its property data deal with Rightmove.
(114399)
53
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what data the Valuation Office Agency has (a) provided to and (b) received from Ordnance Survey in the last two years.
(114401)
54
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the evidence given before the Communities and Local Government Committee (HC 106-ii) on 4th December 2006, if she will place in the Library a copy of the new guidance she has issued to senior civil servants on answering parliamentary questions.
(114402)
55
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the average council tax figures calculated by her Department use the (a) mean and (b) median measure.
(114403)
56
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests her Department and the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received since inception of that legislation that were (a) subject to internal review, (b) appealed to the Information Commissioner and (c) appealed subsequently to the Information Tribunal, broken down by (i) topic and (ii) conclusion.
(114404)
57
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse was of commissioning Robert Tym and Partners to produce a report on the South East Plan for the examination in public.
(114405)
58
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the recommendations of the report by Robert Tym and Partners were on the South East Plan in relation to (a) building numbers of new dwellings and (b) Green Belt protection.
(114406)
59
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who will conduct the independent review of the incentives and barriers to serving on councils.
(114407)
60
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the remit of the independent review into the incentives and barriers to serving on councils will include reviewing the salaries paid to councillors.
(114408)
61
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what property attributes and datasets the Valuation Office Agency's Market Comparable Reporting Tool licensed from Rightmove holds.
(114409)
62
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding her Department has provided from the public purse towards the training of home inspectors.
(114410)
63
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many home information pack training courses have been subsidised from the public purse.
(114411)
64
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what training (a) material and (b) manuals are available for Valuation Office Agency staff on its intranet.
(114424)
65
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Valuation Office Agency's Automated Valuation Model uses Computer Mass Assisted Appraisal techniques or technology.
(114425)
66
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether special advisers in her Department or its predecessor have made use of an official car in the last year, excluding travel when accompanying a Minister.
(114426)
67
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether indirectly elected local authority leaders will be able to be removed from full council by a motion of no confidence under her Department's proposals for reform of local governance.
(114434)
68
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to amend (a) Planning Policy Guidance Note 2 (PPG2), (b) Planning Policy Statement on town centres (PPS6) and (c) regional spatial strategies in relation to the Green Belt in response to the Barker report on land use planning.
(114435)
69
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average employer contribution is, as a percentage of pensionable salary, towards a local government pension scheme final salary pension.
(114436)
70
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what reductions in inspection have been implemented for (a) good and (b) excellent councils since the introduction of comprehensive performance assessment.
(114437)
71
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) destination and (b) cost to the public purse was of each foreign trip undertaken by junior Ministers in her Department and its predecessor in the 2006-07 financial year.
(114438)
72
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding her Department has provided for high-security safe rooms to be built in the homes of victims of domestic violence.
(114475)
73
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect on (a) rough sleeping and (b) homelessness of the influx of people from (i) A8 countries and (ii) outside the EU.
(114505)
74
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures are in place (a) to maintain and (b) to audit the accuracy of her Department's estimates of rough sleeping.
(114507)
75
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to what Parliamentary procedure she expects the Orders by which the Secretary of State may introduce local government restructuring to be subject.
(114509)
76
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the Valuation Office Agency's Intranet HR Learning Pages and Training Events catalogue.
(114510)
77
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to review Planning Policy Guidance 8, on masts.
(114511)
78
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) staff, (b) contractor and (c) consultant new and replacement permanent building passes were issued by her Department and its predecessor for London HQ buildings in 2005-6.
(114513)
79
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding her Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.
(114515)
80
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to publish an (a) Green and (b) White Paper on local government following the publication of the Lyons Inquiry into local government.
(114517)
81
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to implement the recommendations of the Civil Service Capability Review of her Department on equality and diversity amongst staff.
(114518)
82
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) purpose, (b) function and (c) budget of the new Places database is.
(114520)
83
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what targets have been set for the number of high-security safe rooms to be built in the homes of victims of domestic violence over the next five years.
(114524)
84
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1814W, on Energy Performance Certificates, what the basis is for expecting the price of certificates to vary according to the location of a property.
(114543)
85
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1814W, on Energy Performance Certificates, what estimate her Department has made of the (a) average cost, (b) minimum cost and (c) maximum cost of a certificate.
(114544)
86
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 699W, on departmental staff, whether any staff in the ministerial office of the Deputy Prime Minister received a performance-related bonus in 2005-06.
(114565)
87
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 698W, on consultants, if she will place in the Library the report produced for her Department by McKinsey & Co. on communications.
(114566)
88
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13th December 2006, Official Report, column 1131W, on the Green Belt, how many hectares of Green Belt land had Green Belt designation removed in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(114567)
89
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2006, Official Report, column 904W, on special advisers, what the difference is between a special adviser and a policy adviser; and how many (a) special advisers and (b) policy advisers are employed by her Department.
(114569)
90
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2006, Official Report, column 906W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the total spend with CLT was in each year since CLT signed the contract with Capgemini; and what the forecast expenditure is for 2007-08.
(114570)
91
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2006, Official Report, column 906W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if she will place in the Library the last edition produced of the Agency's Training and Development (Human Resources) Manual.
(114571)
92
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 475W, on the Valuation Office Agency, from what data sources the Agency obtained information to assist the application of dwellinghouse codes for conservatories to domestic properties.
(114572)
93
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 474W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if she will give a current example of a code EF (a) functional factor and (b) economic factor associated with dwellings that have value significance.
(114573)
94
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 474W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if she will give an example of a feature associated with a dwelling currently coded with WK that has value significance.
(114574)
95
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 474W, on the Valuation Office Agency, how many domestic properties in (a) Solihull and (b) Birmingham are classified with the FC code.
(114575)
96
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirement is made by (a) planning legislation and (b) building regulations for developers to provide secure letter boxes for communal blocks of residential accommodation; and if she will make a statement.
(114552)
97
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have made formal bids to become a unitary authority in the last six months.
(114556)
98
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many high hedges appeals have been made under Section 71 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003; and how many have been upheld in favour of the appellant.
(114558)
99
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will estimate the percentage of planning consents granted for public buildings in the past 12 months which incorporated design measures for energy-saving and energy-producing; and if she will make a statement.
(114559)
100
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 474W, on the Valuation Office Agency, from which sources the Agency obtains information on the presence of bathrooms in new or altered properties.
(114456)
101
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2006, Official Report, columns 463-64W, on EU Directive 2002/91/EC, whether the (a) European Commission and (b) European Parliament produced an impact assessment for the Directive.
(114457)
102
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the written statement of 21st November 2006, Official Report, column 23WS, on departmental expenditure limit 2006-07, if she will break down the (a) component parts and (b) purpose of the £1.36 million of expenditure on the development of English regions.
(114458)
103
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of zero-carbon homes in England.
(114459)
104
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations the Audit Commission has made to (a) her Department and (b) Sir Michael Lyons' review on reform of local government finance.
(114460)
105
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government has plans to allow local authorities to charge local residents for (a) pest control, (b) hedge cutting, (c) CCTV provision, (d) graffiti and fly-posting removal and (e) pre-application planning advice.
(114461)
106
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local government staff, excluding police officers, teachers and firefighters, were employed by local authorities collectively in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(114462)
107
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate she has made of the number of trained home inspectors needed each year to produce the expected volume of (a) energy performance certificates (EPC) and (b) the non-EPC element of voluntary home condition reports once home information packs are operational.
(114463)
108
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost is of her Department's Open Space Works programme.
(114470)
109
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether provisions in the contract between Cole Layer Trumble and her Department prevent discussion in public by the company on its (a) Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal and (b) Automated Valuation Model products and assistance.
(114471)
110
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the suspension of the two consultants employed by her Department in relation to the regulation of home inspectors; and what communications her Department has had with the (a) Office of Government Commerce and (b) National Audit Office on the matter.
(114491)
111
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many home inspectors (a) are fully qualified, (b) are in training and (c) have withdrawn from training.
(114493)
112
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria local authorities should apply in (a) designating an area with Conservation Area status and (b) removing such designation.
(114494)
113
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Sir Michael Lyons will receive additional remuneration following the decision to postpone his report's publication to March 2007.
(114495)
114
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether any of the special advisers employed by her Department have registered external employment.
(114496)
115
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on her Department's review of guidance to local authorities on the secondary use of personal information for the collection and administration of council tax.
(114497)
116
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's latest estimate is of net migration (a) per year and (b) over the next 20 years into (i) each Government Office region in England and (ii) England.
(114499)
117
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what use the Valuation Office Agency is making of its Automated Valuation Model in its current valuation exercise; and whether the Agency is using the model for valuing domestic properties when (a) the property is sold, (b) a new property is built and (c) the property is valued after a material change at the request of the owner.
(114530)
118
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria must be met for a potential home inspector to be classified as in training under her Department's definition.
(114531)
119
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for (a) a white paper, (b) primary legislation and (c) secondary legislation on planning reform following the publication of the Barker report.
(114577)
120
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the minimum amount of time is that must pass before the £200 penalty charge for marketing a home without a Home Information Pack can be repeated if there is an ongoing breach.
(114578)
121
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether financial incentives are being provided to estate agents to participate in the Home Information Pack dry run in each of the pilot areas.
(114579)
122
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Government will publish its response to the Barker report on land use planning.
(114580)
123
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on products from Ordnance Survey in each year since 1997-98.
(114581)
124
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the net yield from business rates was in England in each year since 1996-97; and what it is expected to be in 2006-07.
(114582)
125
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library the internal guidance used by the Valuation Office Agency on the measurement of floor space of domestic properties for council tax valuation purposes.
(114583)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
126
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many fines were imposed as a consequence of the non-payment of a penalty notice for disorder in the last three years for which figures are available; and what proportion of such fines have not been paid in full.
(114506)
127
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114599)
128
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many letters were received by her Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if she will make a statement.
(114663)
129
Ms Dawn Butler (Brent South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of (a) any alternative fee systems and (b) graduated fee systems for legal aid; and if she will make a statement.
(114534)
130
Ms Dawn Butler (Brent South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the introduction of fixed fees for legal aid on (a) people from ethnic minorities, (b) people with disabilities and (c) young people.
(114535)
131
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many courts have television displays available in the courtroom for video imagery and evidence to be used; and if she will make a statement.
(114226)
132
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she intends to respond to the recommendations in the Clementi Report; and what measures she plans to put in place to promote the work of smaller firms of solicitors.
(114175)
133
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of firms of solicitors closing over the last three years; and if she will make a statement.
(114176)
134
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of British citizens living abroad who are no longer entitled to vote in UK parliamentary elections.
(114359)
135
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will publish the representations her Department has received from the BBC on plans to change the regulations governing Freedom of Information Act fees.
(114172)
136
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many requests (a) her Department and (b) the Legal Services Commission has received in the last 12 months for publication of the final report of the monitoring and evaluation study of the Public Defender Service.
(114177)
137
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on what date her Department plans to publish the final report of the monitoring and evaluation study of the Public Defender Service; and if she will make a statement on the reasons for the time taken to complete this work.
(114178)
138
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much the Public Defender Service cost in each year since inception; how many (a) qualified lawyers and (b) other staff the Service has employed in the same period; how many cases the Public Defender Service has handled in the same period; and what the average cost was per case.
(114179)
139
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether data were collected on the average travel times of prospective users of magistrates' courts when re-locations were considered; and if she will make a statement.
(114180)
140
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many magistrates' courts were capable of undertaking criminal proceedings in cases which would require imprisonment upon conviction in each year since 1997.
(114181)
141
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many magistrates' courts were capable of undertaking family proceedings in each year since 1997.
(114182)
142
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what changes were made to magistrates' training (a) within the last 12 months and (b) in each year since 1997.
(114183)
143
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what training is provided to (a) prospective and (b) sitting magistrates.
(114184)
144
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006 to the hon. Member for Warrington North, Official Report, column 343W, on magistrates, how many magistrates in the county of Cheshire do not live within their local justice area.
(114302)
145
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what progress has been made towards the creation of a supreme court.
(114261)
146
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Government plans to restrict representatives at employment tribunals to members of the legal profession; and if she will make a statement.
(114313)
147
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Government plans to restrict to members of the legal profession the ability to provide advice on employment law; and if she will make a statement.
(114314)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
148
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114606)
149
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on the use of unsolicited mobile telephone text messages for which people are charged; and if she will make a statement.
(114648)
150
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many letters were received by her Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if she will make a statement.
(114662)
151
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications for funding to (a) the National Lottery, (b) BIG and (c) Reaching Communities were refused in each of the last two years for which figures are available; and what percentage of applications were refused in each year.
(114352)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
152
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114605)
153
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many letters were received by his Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if he will make a statement.
(114661)
154
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to report to the House on the outcome of the discussion with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the proposed exemption of members of the armed forces serving overseas from paying council tax.
(114415)
155
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are plans to change the colours of smoke used by the RAF's Red Arrows Display Team.
(113703)
156
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget is of the RAF's Red Arrows Display Team in 2006-07; and what the planned budget is for 2007-08.
(113704)
157
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many performances in (a) the UK and (b) abroad the RAF's Red Arrows Display Team participated in during 2006.
(113705)
158
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK (a) forces and (b) intelligence played a role in the capture of (i) Saddam Hussein and (ii) co-defendants of Saddam Hussein.
(114529)
159
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Cougar/Mastiff armoured vehicles were fully operational in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan on 1st January; and what his estimated timetable is for delivery of the remaining vehicles.
(114588)
160
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the first batch of (a) uparmoured FV430s and (b) Vector armoured vehicles to be fully operational in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan; and what his estimated timetable is for the delivery of the remaining vehicles.
(114589)
161
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries British military attachés are posted; and what plans he has to change the number of such posts.
(114590)
162
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Type 22 and (b) Type 42 frigates are in operation with the Royal Navy; and how many will be in operation in 2009-10.
(114326)
163
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many lieutenant commanders there are in the Royal Navy; how many there were in 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(114327)
164
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reason was for the delay in holding the first Joint Consultative Committee meeting between the Gibraltar Services Police Staff Association and the Local Command; if he will place a copy of the minutes of the meeting of 11th December 2006 in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(113707)
165
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will meet the Gibraltar Services Police Staff Association to discuss the contents of their letter of 15th December 2006 to the Head of Human Resources, Chief of Joint Operations, Northwood HQ; and if he will make a statement.
(113710)
166
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Armed Forces are serving abroad on active duty, including reserve forces; and what their average length of duty overseas is.
(114334)
167
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November 2006, Official Report, column 1502W, on weaponry, which of the weapons listed are capable of being physically carried by personnel in theatre on foot.
(114631)
168
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th November 2006, Official Report, column 605W, on army recruitment, what the outflow was from the Regular Army for each of the last 12 months broken down by (a) rank of officer and (b) other ranks.
(114632)
169
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited to (a) the Royal Navy and (b) the Royal Air Force in each of the last 12 months; and how many of these recruits have become operationally available.
(114633)
170
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of recruits for (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force passed their basic training to become operationally available in each of the last five years.
(114634)
171
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will consider awarding the South Atlantic Medal to all servicemen and women who served on HMS Ledbury, HMS Brecon and RMS St Helena during the Falklands campaign of 1982; and if he will make a statement.
(114585)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
172
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114610)
173
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many letters were received by his Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if he will make a statement.
(114660)
174
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his Answer of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 1304W, on his Ministerial website, how many of the visits to his website were from non-government domains.
(114308)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
175
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that children who are permanently excluded from schools in Northamptonshire receive alternative educational provision.
(114492)
176
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on progress on the establishment of the Youth Opportunity Card.
(114482)
177
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114609)
178
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many letters were received by his Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if he will make a statement.
(114667)
179
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent by each local education authority on interpreters in the last year for which figures are available.
(114208)
180
N
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of non-prescribed courses in higher education were funded by the Local Skills Council in each of the last five years.
(113708)
181
N
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will assess the merits of transferring the responsibility of funding non-prescribed courses of higher education in further education colleges from the Learning and Skills Council to the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
(113709)
182
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will take steps to ensure that more accommodation options are available to young people making the transition from local authority care to independent living.
(114280)
183
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which non-caloric drinks will be available in schools apart from water under the new school food regime.
(114303)
184
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether intense sweeteners will be included in any of the food and drink that will be available in schools under the new school food regime.
(114304)
185
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he has been informed of any incidents of schools excluding fruit juices from the provision of available drinks on the grounds of high caloric intake.
(114412)
186
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the effect on the weight of children of school age of replacing one caloric beverage a day with a sugar-free equivalent.
(114413)
187
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria will be used for assessing the effectiveness of the new school food policies; against what benchmarking evidence progress will be measured; over what timescale the policy's effectiveness will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement.
(114414)
188
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he plans to issue guidance to schools about drug education programmes offered by Narconon.
(114245)
189
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made on the formation of the University of Cumbria; and how many students he expects to enrol in the first year.
(114649)
190
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made on the establishment of the Nuclear Skills Academy.
(114651)
191
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the proposals for a new Academy school in North Copeland.
(114652)
192
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on secondary school reorganisation in North Copeland.
(114653)
193
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in Copeland have participated in the Sure Start and Early Years programmes since their introduction; what targets are used to monitor the effects of the programmes; and what performance has been against those targets.
(114659)
194
Mr Ian Taylor (Esher & Walton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, why prospective school governors are required to provide details of their ethnic origin.
(114466)
195
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of children with (a) statements and (b) non-statemented special educational needs in mainstream (i) maintained schools and (ii) maintained special schools took unauthorised absence from school in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(114549)
196
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils taking unauthorised absence from mainstream maintained schools between 1997 and 2006 had (a) statemented and (b) non-statemented special educational needs.
(114550)
197
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) community schools, (b) voluntary aided schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools and (d) foundation schools have been granted Building Schools for the Future funding; and how many of these are (i) special schools, (ii) specialist schools and (iii) grammar schools.
(114551)
198
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the criteria are for schools' eligibility for Building Schools for the Future funding.
(114637)
199
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has to make personal, social and health education a statutory part of the National Curriculum; and if he will make a statement.
(114587)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
200
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fixed penalty fines for litter offences were issued by each local authority in England in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(114328)
201
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114608)
202
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to reduce the number of abandoned cars; and if he will make a statement.
(114646)
203
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many letters were received by his Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if he will make a statement.
(114666)
204
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the EU banana import regime discriminates on the Latin American agricultural sector.
(114195)
205
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of complaints from (a) Ecuador, (b) Colombia and (c) Panama against the EU to the World Trade Organisation on the European banana import regime; and what steps he expects to be taken as a consequence of these complaints.
(114204)
206
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the net change in the use of energy likely to result from the Freshwater Fish Directive; and what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of the change in energy usage as a result of the implementation of the directive.
(114223)
207
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) homes and (b) gardens were flooded with sewage in each of the last five years.
(114224)
208
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pensioners in Hendon have participated in the Warm Front scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(114275)
209
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made with the work of the Waste and Resources Action Programme on the collection and recycling of batteries; and if he will make a statement.
(114236)
210
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentives are provided by his Department to encourage manufacturing companies to switch from virgin pulp to recovered paper.
(114189)
211
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the environmental and climate change implications of transporting large amounts of recovered paper to China.
(114190)
212
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of the increased export of UK recovered paper to China on the WRAP target for an additional 220,000 tonnes a year of increased recyclate use by the UK manufacturing sector by March 2008.
(114191)
213
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased export of UK recovered paper to China on companies which have already switched from using virgin pulp to recovered fibre.
(114192)
214
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action he is taking to ensure that the South East Plan will be consistent with the assessment of resources under the River Basin Management Plan.
(114193)
215
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of properties in (a) local council and (b) housing association ownership covered by district heating schemes; what assessment he has made of the energy use per inhabitant of such properties in comparison with other forms of housing; what plans he has to take steps (i) to improve and (ii) to promote the energy efficiency of such properties; and if he will make a statement.
(114194)
216
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to encourage the collection of high grade recovered paper from (a) offices and (b) schools and universities.
(114198)
217
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what tonnage of recovered paper was exported to China in each year since 2000.
(114199)
218
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the percentage of households that use energy saving light bulbs; and what plans he has to increase this proportion.
(114257)
219
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tests for TB have been carried out on badgers in the last 12 months.
(114472)
220
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion on average of the costs of the installation of a £700 boiler through the Warm Front initiative he would expect (a) the scheme and (b) the householder to pay.
(113696)
221
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks are made on the labour charges of Warm Front contractors.
(113697)
222
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what average proportion of a Warm Front grant was spent on labour costs in the last 12 months.
(113698)
223
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many quotations for boiler replacements under the Warm Front initative exceeded the individual grant available in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.
(113699)
224
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who audits the Warm Front initiative on behalf of his Department; and when an audit last took place.
(113700)
225
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to announce a timetable for secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(114521)
226
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence he will present to support the extension of the UK derogations from the EU Rabies Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(114522)
227
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to introduce the fisheries quota management rules for 2007.
(114318)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
228
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114607)
229
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters were received by her Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if she will make a statement.
(114665)
230
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she expects the Intergovernmental Authority on Development regional peace keeping force to Somalia to be deployed; and which countries are expected to provide the peacekeepers initially.
(114200)
231
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made in response to calls from Somalia's interim President for a speedy deployment of international peacekeepers; what discussions she has had with (a) the UK Ambassador to the UN, (b) her counterparts from Security Council nations, (c) the British Embassy in (i) Addis Ababa and (ii) Asmara and (d) British High Commission in Nairobi.
(114201)
232
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the outcome of recent talks between representatives of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) government and Laurent Nkunda; and what recent steps she has taken to secure a peaceful end to conflict in DRC.
(114202)
233
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made on the restoration of democracy to the authorities in Fiji; what representations she has made on the case for elections to be held; and what discussions she has held with the (a) British High Commission, Suva and (b) British High Commissioner, Canberra.
(114203)
234
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has received recent reports of activity of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist organisation in the Philippines.
(114205)
235
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has received a report of the outcome of the meeting of the Somalia International Contact Group in Nairobi.
(114206)
236
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made urging Somalia's neighbour states to respect Somali sovereignty.
(114207)
237
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the East Timorese government on the findings of the Independent Special Commission of Inquiry report; when she expects the report's findings to be implemented; and what reports she has received from the UK Ambassador to the United Nations on East Timorese government proposals for reparation for victims of violence and the establishment of independent oversight covering the police and armed forces.
(114209)
238
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of civilian deaths arising from the recent conflict in Sri Lanka; what action she is taking to encourage dialogue between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; and what assessment she has made of the current status of the 2001 ceasefire agreement.
(114210)
239
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of Pakistan's proposals to fence and mine the Afghan-Pakistani border; and what assessment she has made of the potential effect of this policy on insurgents operating in Pakistan.
(114211)
240
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN) members on a charter for the Association; what assessment she has made of the potential effects of the proposal to change ASEAN's policy of non-interference in the domestic affairs of member countries; and what assessment she has made of the potential impact of this on (a) regional relations in South East Asia and (b) the Burmese regime.
(114212)
241
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has made in support of the ASEAN proposed convention on counter-terrorism; and what steps she is taking to call for (a) improved cooperation among ASEAN members, (b) sharing of intelligence and counter-terrorism training and (c) improved efforts to stop terrorism financing.
(114213)
242
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the UK has had with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on extradition arrangements; what agreements are in place with the UAE; whether these are covered by the Extradition Act 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(114188)
243
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to which foreign governments the UK Government has made representations since 1st May 1997 on the application of the death penalty.
(114528)
244
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the spraying of herbicides on opium crops in Afghanistan.
(114301)
245
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which UK (a) embassies and (b) high commissions cases involving the fraudulent diversion of public funds were discovered in 2006; and on what dates the discoveries were made.
(113711)
246
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) embassies and (b) high commissions were visited by her departmental internal audit teams in 2006; and on what dates such audits were carried out.
(113712)
247
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, why Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth; under what conditions or circumstances that country would be readmitted; and if she will make a statement.
(114185)
248
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will meet Dr Kizza Besigye while she is in Uganda for the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
(114331)
249
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will request a special session at the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda to discuss human rights in Uganda; and if she will make a statement.
(114332)
250
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the report by HE Sir Ketumile Masire, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group on Uganda in relation to the forthcoming meeting of Commonwealth heads of government in that country; and if she will make a statement.
(114533)
251
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date her Department received the Report of the National Audit Office of 4th December 2006, into Handling Staff Grievances at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and what the reason was for the delay in placing the report (a) on her Department's intranet site and (b) in the Library.
(113706)
252
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the establishment strength of the Bermuda Regiment is, broken down by (a) full-time officers and soldiers, indicating those seconded from other regiments and units, (b) part-time officers and soldiers and (c) conscripts.
(114296)
253
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many conscripts from the Bermuda Regiment have served outside Bermuda since 2000.
(114297)
254
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many women serve in the Bermuda Regiment; and how many of those were conscripted.
(114298)
255
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what Orders in Council relating to the law in overseas territories she plans to bring forward during 2007; and if she will specify the purpose and overseas territory concerned in each case.
(114329)
256
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions since 2000 a leg brace has been used in respect of a Bermuda Regiment conscript; and for what purpose.
(114330)
257
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of conscripts to the Bermuda Regiment did not respond to their conscription call-up in each year since 2000.
(114343)
258
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many persons have submitted requests for the disclosure of personal data held by her Department in the past two years under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998; and how many of these requests were from serving or former staff of her Department.
(114364)
259
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many persons have submitted requests for the disclosure of personal data held by her Department in the past two years under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998; how many were complied with within the 40 day statutory period; how many requests remain outstanding; and for what duration in each case.
(114365)
260
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) the decision of the Governor of Bermuda to continue conscription to the Royal Bermuda Regiment for males and (b) its impact on the UK Government's policies on (i) ethical foreign policy, (ii) equality policies and gender discrimination and (iii) UK equality legislation on the action of her Department's stewardship of Overseas Territories.
(114366)
261
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the right to freedom of speech and expression in Singapore.
(114536)
262
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the government of Singapore on the application of freedom of speech, association and assembly in Singapore.
(114537)
263
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the detention of Dr Chee Soon Juan and other Singapore Democrat Party members by the government of Singapore.
(114538)
264
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the use of the death penalty in Singapore; and what representations she has made to the government of Singapore on the use of the death penalty.
(114539)
265
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the British Academy on the work of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq.
(114350)
266
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has received on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq; and what assessment she has made of its role.
(114351)
267
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has raised the case of the death of John Foulkes in Malta with the authorities in that country.
(113939)
268
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance has been provided to Emily Foulkes of Sittingbourne and Sheppey constitutency in relation to the death of a family member in Malta.
(113940)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
269
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had been waiting more than six months for an NHS operation at an English hospital at the latest date for which figures are available.
(114519)
270
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the occupancy rate is of primary care healthcare facilities constructed by local improvement finance trusts in (a) London and (b) England outside London, broken down by primary care trust.
(114504)
271
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114614)
272
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the savings to the NHS budget that are likely to be made following National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on drug treatments since its inception, broken down by individual guidance type; and if she will make a statement.
(114639)
273
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice her Department has issued to hospital trusts on dealing with public protests about service reductions; and if she will make a statement.
(114640)
274
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions her Department has given to the Programme Steering Group responsible for reviewing the Better Healthcare, Closer to Home proposals; and if she will make a statement.
(114641)
275
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on the establishment of LINks; and if she will make a statement.
(114647)
276
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters were received by her Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to within (a) 10 and (b) 20 days of receipt; how many were answered after 20 days from the date of receipt; and if she will make a statement.
(114669)
277
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated from the budget of each London primary care trust to the London Strategic Health Authority in each year since 2005.
(114173)
278
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many London primary care trusts (PCTs) have outstanding loans from her Department; and how much each such PCT has repaid to her Department in (a) principal and (b) interest payments in each year since 1997.
(114174)
279
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on interpreters in the last year for which figures are available.
(114220)
280
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the amount of money spent by the NHS on providing information in foreign languages; and if she will make a statement.
(114229)
281
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of Barnet Primary Care Trust area received (a) outpatient and (b) inpatient treatment in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 2005-06; how many have received each type of treatment in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(114267)
282
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were treated at Edgware Walk-in-Centre in each of the last five years; how many have been treated there in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(114268)
283
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have contracted MRSA at Barnet Hospital in the 2006-07 financial year; what the figures were for 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.
(114269)
284
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of Barnet patients' appointments have been made through Choose and Book in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(114270)
285
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) inpatients and (b) outpatients were treated at (i) Barnet Hospital, (ii) the Royal Free Hospital and (iii) the Northwick Park Hospital in (A) 1996-97 and (B) 2005-06; how many have been treated at each hospital in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(114271)
286
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Barnet residents (a) received (i) a cataract operation, (ii) a heart operation and (iii) a cancer operation in (A) 1996-97 and (B) 2005-06 and (b) have received each type of operation in 2006-07; what the average waiting time was for each operation in each year; and if she will make a statement.
(114272)
287
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) average and (b) longest time for which a Barnet resident (i) waited for an (A) MRI and (B) CT scan in (1) 1996-97 and (2) 2005-06 and (ii) has waited for each type of scan in 2006-07; how many patients had each type of scan in each year; and if she will make a statement.
(114273)
288
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the present position is concerning the redevelopment of Northwick Park Hospital.
(114274)
289
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of health service staff in England have been (a) notified of their pay band under Agenda for Change and (b) assimilated into the new pay structures.
(114429)
290
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's strategic priorities are for the mental health services; and if she will make a statement.
(114356)
291
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total spending on mental health was in each year since 1997; and what proportion of total health spending this represented.
(114357)
292
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is on the use of Macugen; and what the estimated annual cost of dosage per case is.
(114527)
293
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her assessment is of the health risks related to exposure to (a) potassium hydroxide, (b) manganese dioxide, (c) zinc mercury, (d) lead dioxide, (e) metallic lead, (f) dilute sulphuric acid, (g) silver oxide, (h) mercuric oxide, (i) sodium hydroxide, (j) lithium and (k) lithium perchlorate; and if she will make a statement.
(114322)
294
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her assessment is of the health risks related to exposure to (a) propylene carbonate, (b) dimethoxyethane, (c) thionyl chloride, (d) lithium aluminium chloride, (e) bromine chloride, (f) sulphuryl chloride, (g) sulphur dioxide, (h) acetonitrile, (i) lithium bromide, (j) carbon monoflouride, (k) lithium tetroflouroborate, (l) gamma-butyrol actone, (m) iodine, (n) silver chromate and (o) vanadium pentoxide; and if she will make a statement.
(114323)
295
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her assessment is of the health risks related to exposure to (a) lithium hexafluorophosphate, (b) lithium hexaflouroarsenate, (c) copper oxide, (d) copper oxyphosphate, (e) copper sulphide, (f) lead sulphide, (g) iron sulphide, (h) dioxolane, (i) iron disulphide, (j) lead bismuthate, (k) bismuth trioxide, (l) cobalt dioxide, (m) copper chloride and (n) carbon; and if she will make a statement.
(114324)
296
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her assessment is of the health risks related to exposure to (a) nickel hydroxide, (b) nickel oxide, (c) potassium hydroxide, (d) metal hydrides, (e) cadmium, (f) cadmium salts, (g) nickel salts, (h) cobalt salts, (i) lithium salts, (j) ammonium chloride and (k) zinc chloride; and if she will make a statement.
(114325)
297
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department plans to undertake a disability impact assessment as part of its current review of prescription charging policy.
(114431)
298
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether disabled people will be involved in the review of prescription charging policy.
(114432)
299
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that policy on prescription charges complies with the disability equality duty.
(114433)
300
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was allocated to Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Primary Care Trust in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each of the last five years.
(114252)
301
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost per hour is for parking at hospitals in (a) England, (b) the Midlands and (c) Staffordshire.
(114262)
302
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to reduce waiting times in audiology services.
(114473)
303
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated to (a) research in audiology and (b) new audiology equipment in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) each of the next two financal years.
(114540)
304
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has commissioned into the link between a high intake of fruit juices and obesity.
(114299)
305
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged between five and 11 years were overweight or obese in each year for which figures are available since 1985.
(114300)
306
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the link between obesity and (a) diabetes type II and (b) free sugar intake in liquid form.
(114310)
307
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of sugar substitution in addressing obesity; and if she will make a statement.
(114311)
308
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research she has commissioned into the link between obesity and cancer in (a) adults and (b) children.
(114312)
309
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has given financial support to drug education or treatment programmes by Narconon during the last five years.
(114233)
310
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in reducing (a) total cholestorol and (b) low density lipoprotein cholestorol levels amongst patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease in England; and if she will make a statement.
(114417)
311
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will consider adopting the recommendations of the Joint British Societies guidelines on the prevention of cardiovascular disease in clinical practice in relation to (a) total cholestorol levels and (b) low density lipoprotein cholestorol levels for higher risk patients; and if she will make a statement.
(114418)
312
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations she has received on the future of accident and emergency facilities.
(114355)
313
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the funding provided to local authorities to support the implementation of smoke-free legislation set out in Local Authority Circular LAC 2006(17) includes provision for potential increased costs of street cleaning.
(114336)
314
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommended transfer time is for women in labour to a consultant-led maternity unit.
(114650)
315
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many transfers of women in labour from the Maternity Unit of the West Cumberland Hospital to the Cumberland Infirmary have taken place in the last two financial years.
(114654)
316
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account is taken of (a) service accessibility, (b) socio-economic indicators, (c) clinical need, (d) the advice of health professionals and (e) the wishes of service users in the siting of acute hospital services.
(114655)
317
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department's delivery plan for maternity services will be (a) completed and (b) published; and what consultation on the plan has taken place with the relevant professional medical bodies.
(114656)
318
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether hospital service reconfiguration consultations will take future population trends into account.
(114658)
319
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people receiving treatment following the illegal use of heroin are required to pay for their prescriptions; and if she will make a statement.
(114553)
320
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the National Health Service spent on the purchase of heroin for medicinal purposes in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(114554)
321
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what source of supply the National Health Service uses to acquire heroin for medicinal purposes; whether the supply is sufficient to meet demand; and if she will make a statement.
(114555)
322
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received treatment following the illegal use of heroin in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(114557)
323
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies there are in the NHS for (a) neurologists, (b) neuro nurses and (c) neuro associated nurses; and if she will make a statement.
(114562)
324
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will make an announcement on the establishment of independent treatment centres in Essex.
(114563)
325
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirement is made of independent treatment centres to contribute towards the training costs incurred for staff previously employed by the National Health Service.
(114564)
326
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that those provided with wheelchair services prior to March 2005 can be issued with replacement wheelchairs to at least the same specification when their criteria remain unchanged and do not meet the revised criteria set out in Version 005 of the Health Care Standards for Wheelchair Services under the NHS published in March 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(114636)
327
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many fillings were undertaken by NHS dentists in the Torbay Primary Care Trust area in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(114465)
328
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS budget was spent on the promotion of improved dental/oral hygiene in 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.
(114467)
329
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that dentists are paid a fee for each filling they undertake on the NHS dental tariff; and if she will make a statement.
(114468)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
330
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of anti-social behaviour orders issued since April 2006 have had an intervention order attached to them.
(114476)
331
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individual support orders were issued in each year since May 2004.
(114477)
332
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of anti-social behaviour orders issued since May 2004 have had an individual support order attached to them.
(114478)
333
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the take-up of individual support orders (a) prior to and (b) since June 2005.
(114479)
334
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of (a) public awareness of unpaid work carried out by offenders complying with the terms of community sentences and (b) public engagement in selecting the work to be undertaken by offenders pursuant to community sentences.
(114480)
335
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the trial to assess different models of conditional cautions in seven criminal justice areas.
(114481)
336
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend the use of penalty notices for disorder amongst 10 to 15 year olds in areas beyond the six pilot areas.
(114500)
337
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) have been issued to 10 to 15 year olds in each of the six pilot police force areas in respect of (a) behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others or using threatening words of behaviour, (b) drunk and disorderly behaviour in a public place, (c) destroying or damaging property up to the value of £500, (d) retail theft under £200, (e) sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years of age, (f) selling alcohol to a drunken person, (g) breach of a fireworks curfew, (h) being drunk in a highway or consuming alcohol in a designated place and (i) other offences; and how many such PNDs were (i) paid within 21 days, (ii) contested in court and (iii) registered as fines against the parent of the recipient.
(114501)
338
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people aged (a) 16-17, (b) 18 to 24 and (c) 25 years and above who have received a penalty notice for disorder committed a further offence within a period of 12 months.
(114502)
339
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department has issued to police forces on the use of penalty notices for disorder in preference to other means of disposing of a particular offence.
(114503)
340
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114613)
341
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for net migration to the UK of the possible accession by Turkey to the EU.
(114525)
342
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the replies of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1944W, on asylum seekers, what factors led to the modification of the family indefinite leave to remain exercise by the replacement note of 12th June 2006; what steps were taken to publicise this change; and if he will make a statement.
(114532)
343
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were carried out by people who had absconded from prison in each of the last five years.
(114225)
344
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent by each police force on interpreters in the last year for which figures are available.
(114232)
345
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in each London borough in each of the last four years; how many have been breached in each case; how many breaches have resulted in a period of detention or imprisonment in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(114264)
346
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the single non-emergency telephone number to be introduced in London; and if he will make a statement.
(114265)
347
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total Government grant to the Metropolitan Police was for (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
(114266)
348
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, column 1690W, on wheel clamping, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the licensable Vehicle Immobilising (VI) population in possession of a VI licence; what assessment he has made of the methodology used by the Security Industry Authority in estimating the total licensable VI population; and if he will make a statement.
(114346)
349
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Tamworth constituency reported being a victim of identity fraud in each of the last five years.
(114253)
350
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action (a) a commissioning authority and (b) a lead investigator should take upon becoming aware of a personal conflict of interest within the investigation being conducted under Prison Service Order 1300; and if he will make a statement.
(112890)
351
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures exist within HM Prison Service to deal with staff who deliberately withhold information from disciplinary investigations; what the responsibilities are of the investigating officers in such circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
(112891)
352
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the current financial position is of HM Prison Service; what the final financial position is expected to be at the end of the 2006-07 financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(112892)
353
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Phoenix computer system for HM Prison Service has been delayed; who is responsible for the implementation of the system; when he expects the system to become operational; and if he will make a statement.
(112893)
354
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effects of introducing licensed and regulated brothels in certain areas.
(114315)
355
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the police in upholding the Hunting Act 2004 since its introduction; and if he will make a statement.
(114321)
356
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outgoing requests for mutual legal assistance from the UK have been transmitted to (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Chile, (c) Romania, (d) Tanzania and (e) South Africa as part of investigations into BAe Systems.
(114239)
357
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the originating legal authority in the UK was of each outgoing mutual legal request relating to BAe Systems; what the date was of each request; to which country each request was sent; and how long it took for each request to be completed and returned to the originating authority.
(114240)
358
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have introduced controlled drinking zones.
(114342)
359
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there will be a charge to register a second residence with the National Identity Register.
(114370)
360
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners that take drugs; what percentage of the prison population this represents; what the corresponding estimated figures were for 1997 and 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(114560)
361
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks are in place at British borders to prevent escaped prisoners from leaving the UK; and what further steps he plans to take to prevent escaped prisoners leaving the UK.
(114242)
362
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations have been made to foreign police authorities to further the recapture of escaped prisoner Mark Ryder.
(114243)
363
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of how the convicted prisoner Mark Ryder, who escaped from HMP Highpoint, was able to leave the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(114244)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
364
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114612)
365
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of the additional resources provided by the United States to Somalia on the situation in that country; and what steps his Department is taking to support development and peace-keeping efforts in Somalia.
(114197)
366
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money has been allocated to clean water initiatives in Africa in each of the last four years.
(114259)
367
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the amount of UK bilateral aid allocated to infrastructure projects in each year since 1997.
(113934)
368
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much debt is owed by (a) low and (b) lower-middle-income country governments to the UK through (i) the CDC group and (ii) his Department, broken down by country.
(114483)
369
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been received by the Government from (a) low and (b) lower middle income countries on debts owed to (i) the CDC group and (ii) his Department in 2005-06; and how much is expected to be received in each category in 2006-07.
(114484)
370
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much debt relief and cancellation in terms of (a) flow relief and (b) stock cancellation has been granted by the Government since 2004 on debts of (i) low and (ii) lower middle income countries owed to (A) the CDC group and (B) his Department, broken down by country.
(114486)
371
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme in Indonesia since 2000; and what plans there are to extend the programme beyond 2006.
(114277)
372
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding and resources his Department committed to combat illegal logging in Indonesia in each of the last three financial years; how much has been allocated for each of the next three financial years; how much of that funding and resources (a) was channelled and (b) will be channelled (i) bilaterally and (ii) multilaterally; and through which multilateral agencies aid (A) has been and (B) will be channelled.
(114279)
373
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department is providing to facilitate the creation of public partnership bodies in the water industry in developing countries to improve access to clean water.
(114584)
Questions to the Leader of the House
374
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Leader of the House, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114611)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
375
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people had been waiting more than six months for an NHS operation in Northern Ireland at the latest date for which figures are available.
(114514)
376
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114615)
377
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of health service staff in Northern Ireland have been (a) notified of their pay band under Agenda for Change and (b) assimilated into the new pay structures.
(114427)
378
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has taken to address concerns expressed by trade unions on the implications of Agenda for Change for health service staff in Northern Ireland; and if the DHSSPS will meet unions to discuss these concerns.
(114428)
379
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children in the Foyle constituency were assessed by an educational psychologist in each of the last five years.
(114430)
380
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter of 28th December 2006 to the Policing and Justice sub-committee of the Transitional Assembly.
(113701)
381
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many training days were delivered at divisional level by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service during 2005-06.
(114221)
382
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many training days were delivered by the Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre at (a) Boucher Road, Belfast and (b) Westland Road, Belfast in 2005-06.
(114222)
383
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) work-related and (b) fire-related injuries were sustained by Northern Ireland firefighters in each year since 2000-01.
(114234)
384
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effect on firefighters' safety of the shortfall in planned real-fire training reported by the Northern Ireland Audit Commission.
(114235)
385
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the presence of (a) a wind turbine and (b) solar panels on a domestic property will affect the assessment of its capital value by the Valuation and Land Agency for rates valuation purposes.
(114337)
386
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many households in Northern Ireland are on the valuation list for domestic rates.
(114338)
387
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many households in Northern Ireland have a personal financial liability for domestic rates (excluding those on 100 per cent. benefit) under (a) the 2006-07 domestic rates system and (b) the new 2007-08 domestic rates system.
(114339)
388
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Valuation and Land Agency's Automated Valuation Model uses Computer Mass Assisted Appraisal (a) techniques and (b) technology.
(114340)
389
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of (a) the average domestic rates paid per household and (b) the total net revenue from domestic rates for 2006-07.
(114341)
Questions to the Prime Minister
390
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Prime Minister, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114618)
391
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Prime Minister, for which jobs people are given honours automatically by convention; and if he will make a statement.
(114230)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
392
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114617)
393
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether introducing (a) new council tax bands and (b) a council tax revaluation in Scotland, would be a reserved matter.
(114333)
394
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what criteria he uses to determine which responses to freedom of information requests are made available on his Department's website.
(114281)
Questions to the Solicitor General
395
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Solicitor General, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114616)
396
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Solicitor General, if he will undertake a review of the implications for national security of each serious fraud case at the earliest feasible stage.
(114353)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
397
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114621)
398
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the recent meeting of trade ministers of India and Mauritius on prospects for (a) a comprehensive economic co-operation partnership agreement, (b) the World Trade Organisation negotiations and (c) (i) Indian and (ii) Mauritian trade with the (A) UK and (B) EU.
(114196)
399
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has made to energy retailers requesting that they reduce prices in line with falling wholesale costs of energy on world markets; and if he will make a statement.
(114276)
400
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how local communities will be consulted on individual instances of proposed post office closures.
(114422)
401
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices there were in the parliamentary constituency of Bishop Auckland in each year since 1997.
(114284)
402
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with representatives of the electrical industry regarding the implementation of the Energy End Use Directive, with particular reference to the issue of smart metering.
(114237)
403
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the projected (a) total budget and (b) administration costs of each regional development agency is for 2007-08.
(114335)
404
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) regulatory and (b) self-regulatory protection is afforded to (i) domestic and (ii) small business consumers in the energy market.
(114282)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
405
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114620)
406
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the value of the Irish Subsidy component of the light dues system in (a) 2006-07 and (b) future financial years.
(114217)
407
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met Irish Ministers to discuss the renegotiation of the 1985 Agreement on the funding arrangements for the Commissioners of Irish Lights; when he expects these negotiations to reach a conclusion; and if he will make a statement.
(114218)
408
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on progress on abolishing the Irish subsidy component of the light dues system.
(114219)
409
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will bring forward secondary legislation on permit regulations under the Traffic Management Act 2004.
(114400)
410
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on overstay charges for utility companies in relation to works undertaken on minor roads.
(114419)
411
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultations he has undertaken with local authorities on future fee levels for permit schemes for streetworks; and if he will make a statement.
(114420)
412
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish annual data for the consumption of fuel by (a) train and (b) freight operating companies.
(113935)
413
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated consumption of fuel by (a) UK hauliers and (b) foreign registered hauliers on UK roads was in the last year for which figures are available.
(113936)
414
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of overseas registered lorries using the UK road system in each of the last five years.
(113937)
415
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, further to his announcement of 19th December 2006, on Thameslink, how many people are employed on the project team; and what the expected annual cost is of the team.
(113938)
416
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the £8 billion announced on 18th December 2006 will be allocated to local transport authorities in each year covered by the allocation.
(113975)
417
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the £3 billion announced on 18th December 2006 for the local transport capital settlement includes the £1.6 billion from the previous year.
(113976)
418
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to increase the number of toll roads in (a) Staffordshire and (b) the Midlands.
(114258)
419
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to reduce congestion on the roads serving (a) East Midland and (b) Birmingham airports.
(114260)
420
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the introduction of hard shoulder running on the M42, with particular reference to road safety.
(114238)
421
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what regard he will have to the Visioning and Backcasting for UK Transport Policy report published in 2005 in relation to his decision-making for the M6 widening proposals between junctions 11A and 19, with particular reference to the policies that will be necessary to meet the Government's targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
(114278)
422
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what traffic calming measures are available to tackle speeding by motorcycle traffic.
(114169)
423
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on road safety of permitting 16 year olds to drive 50cc motorcycles.
(114170)
424
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the merits of raising the age at which 50cc motorcycles can be driven on the road to that for other motorised vehicles.
(114171)
425
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been in each of the last five years involving 16 year olds driving 50cc motorcycles.
(114186)
426
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the security costs were for each UK international airport in each of the last three years; and with whom responsibility lies for meeting those costs.
(113713)
427
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to make available a synopsis of the Boys Smith report on airport security.
(113715)
428
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the experimental use of the hard-shoulder on the M42 motorway as an additional lane for moving traffic.
(114561)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
429
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114603)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
430
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114601)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
431
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of levels of performance of Jobcentre Plus offices in (a) Wellingborough and (b) Rushden.
(114516)
432
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) over six months old.
(114602)
433
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each region and (c) each London borough did not receive the full child support payments to which they were entitled in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(114645)
434
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people elected not to claim their state old age pension in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(114349)
435
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the earnings and income ratio between the 95th and 5th percentile points were for (a) male, (b) female and (c) all workers in each of the last 20 years.
(113714)
436
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of (a) a public sector pension and (b) a state pension live abroad, broken down by country of habitation.
(114358)
437
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to change the qualifying dates for winter fuel payments; and if he will make a statement.
(114305)
438
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the role to be played by the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service under future arrangements for child support.
(114354)
439
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who made a new claim for Jobseeker's Allowance in the most recent year for which figures are available were in work (a) six months and (b) one year later; and how many there were (i) in total, (ii) aged 25 to 49 and (iii) aged over 50 years.
(114622)
440
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who made a new claim for Incapacity Benefit in the most recent year for which figures are available in (a) Pathways to Work pilot areas and (b) other areas were in work (i) six months and (ii) one year later; and how many there were (A) in total, (B) aged 25 to 49 and (C) aged over 50 years.
(114623)
441
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who reached the first anniversary in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance in the most recent year for which figures are available were in work (a) one year and (b) two years later; and how many there were (i) in total, (ii) aged 25 to 49 and (iii) aged over 50 years.
(114624)
442
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who reached the first anniversary in receipt of Incapacity Benefit in the most recent year for which figures are available were in work (a) one year and (b) two years later; and how many there were (i) in total, (ii) aged 25 to 49 and (iii) aged over 50 years.
(114625)
443
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people ending a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance of duration of (a) three to six, (b) six to 12 and (c) 12 months or more in the most recent year for which figures are available moved back into work; and how many there were (i) in total, (ii) aged 25 to 49 and (iii) aged over 50 years.
(114627)
444
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who left (a) Jobseeker's Allowance and (b) Incapacity Benefit in the most recent year for which figures are available made a subsequent claim for the benefit within a year (i) in total, (ii) aged 16 to 24, (iii) aged 25 to 49 and (iv) aged 50 years to state pension age.
(114628)
445
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who left Jobseeker's Allowance in the most recent year for which figures are available claimed Incapacity Benefit within a year (a) in total, (b) aged 16 to 24, (c) aged 25 to 49 and (d) aged 50 years to state pension age.
(114629)
446
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people who left Incapacity Benefit in the most recent year for which figures are available claimed Jobseeker's Allowance within a year (a) in total, (b) aged 16 to 24, (c) aged 25 to 49 and (d) aged 50 years to state pension age.
(114630)
447
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for disability living allowance were received in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and what percentage of applications was approved.
(114548)
448
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for disability living allowance were received in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 on grounds of mental health; and what percentage of applications was approved.
(114576)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
449
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women were (i) International Labour Organisation (ILO) unemployed, (ii) economically inactive and wanting work and (iii) economically inactive and not wanting work in each year since 1997; and how many were (A) aged 50 to 54, (B) aged 55 to 59, (C) aged 60 to 64 and (D) aged over 65 years.
[Transferred] (114626)
450
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many births there were in 2005-06 at (a) the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven and (b) the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
[Transferred] (114638)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
451
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether her Department has commissioned research on the number of people who watch the community channel.
[Transferred] (114447)
452
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what her estimate is of the number of people who watched the community channel in each of the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (114448)
453
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much public funding has been provided for the community channel in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (114453)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
454
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the treatment of eagle owls used in fox hunts; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (114316)
455
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the numbers of foxes (a) hunted by dogs then shot and (b) hunted using a bird of prey since the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (114320)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
456
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK Government has made to the government of Iraq on the circumstance of the application of the death penalty in respect of (a) Mr Saddam Hussein and (b) other convicted Iraqi prisoners.
[Transferred] (114526)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
457
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was transferred to other European Union governments to cover the cost of medical care for British expatriates in each year since 2001.
[Transferred] (114360)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
458
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of irregular migrants working in the UK.
[Transferred] (114306)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
459
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries have signed up to Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Partnership Agreements; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (114283)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
460
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Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on securing support from Sinn Fein for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the courts in Northern Ireland.
[Question Unstarred] (113216)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
461
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans his Department has put in place to ensure full compliance with EU Directive 2002/96/EC, on waste electric and electronic equipment, with regard to disposing of the equipment which will become redundant following digital switchover.
[Transferred] (114214)
462
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the cost of disposing of the electrical and electronic equipment that will become redundant following digital switchover.
[Transferred] (114216)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
463
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department plans to take to facilitate easier training updates for British workers in the offshore industry in respect of health and safety and job competency during periods when workers are unemployed.
[Transferred] (114635)

 
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