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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 11 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 Thursday 11 January 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 11 January 2007


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

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


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006, Official Report, column 692W, on non-domiciliary taxation, on what date the review was announced; and when he expects to conclude the review.
(114876)
2
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115321)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the Financial Service Authority's review of training and competence requirements within the financial services industry.
(114770)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the scope of the Financial Services Authority training and competence review will include an impact assessment of examination requirements introduced in relation to mortgage sales in October 2004.
(114771)
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the range of annual charges was for (a) stakeholder and (b) non-stakeholder approved child trust fund providers in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(114772)
6
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of child trust fund accounts opened by the Government where the account may contravene the religious beliefs of the parents of the child; what steps he has taken to avoid such action; what alternative provision he has considered; and if he will make a statement.
(114773)
7
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the conclusions of Department for Work and Pensions Research Report 395: Self-employment and retirement regarding comparative perceptions of investment in bricks and mortar and in financial products and of their value as sources of income after retirement; what assessment his Department has made of the implications of these perceptions for pensions and pension reform; and if he will make a statement.
(115331)
8
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to restructure HM Revenue and Customs offices in Northern Ireland; and what he expects the effect of that restructuring to be on (a) job numbers and (b) office location.
(115264)
9
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is given pre-release access to (a) market-sensitive and (b) non-market-sensitive final statistics.
(114832)
10
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of ensuring that from April 2008 mothers-to-be will become eligible for child benefit from week 29 of their pregnancy.
(114384)
11
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what total amount has been paid to civil servants who have lost their jobs as a result of the Gershon Review.
(115309)
12
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of (a) providing and (b) subsidising supplements giving information about the work of his Department in (i) trade journals and (ii) newspapers in each year since 1997-98, broken down by supplement title.
(115096)
13
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost of advertising civil servant positions in his Department was in each year since 1997.
(115097)
14
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants are employed to work to support the Treasury's Office of Charity and Third Sector.
(115192)
15
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Policy Review Working Groups which the Prime Minister announced on 14th December 2006 will feed into the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(115193)
16
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much from the public purse was paid by his Department to Lexis Nexis Butterworths in each of the last five years.
(115203)
17
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role Rod Aldridge plays in the Office of Charity and Third Sector Finance.
(115204)
18
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Treasury's Office of Charity and Third Sector liaises with the charity v as part of its work.
(115205)
19
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was of employing staff in his Department in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.
(115206)
20
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) individuals and (b) companies have (i) donated money to and (ii) sponsored projects run by his Department where the sum provided was more than £100,000 in each year since 1997; and which projects were supported in each case.
(115207)
21
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance has been issued to staff in his Department and its agencies as part of the Lean programme on desk tidying; and if he will make a statement.
(115208)
22
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been paid to Unipart for the Lean programme by his Department and its agencies.
(115209)
23
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department and its agencies of workplace compliance legislation in the last nine years.
(115210)
24
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on The World Classroom publication published on 4th January 2007.
(115211)
25
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants from his Department worked full time to produce The World Classroom publication published on 4th January 2007, broken down by pay band.
(115212)
26
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional funding he has allocated to the Department for International Development's Global Schools Partnership programme for the 2006-07 financial year.
(115213)
27
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which is the lead team in his Department for monitoring the cost of the 2012 Olympics.
(115214)
28
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any member of staff in his Department spends more than 70 per cent. of his or her time on issues relating to the 2012 Olympics.
(115215)
29
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of staff in his Department attended meetings of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport steering group overseeing the Olympics cost review; and from which teams in his Department these staff members are.
(115216)
30
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, above what threshold expenditure by the Department for Education and Skills on the Building Schools for the Future programme must be approved by his Department.
(115217)
31
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which year is Year 1 of the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(115218)
32
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which receptions he held at Number 11 Downing Street in December 2006.
(115219)
33
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which company provides travel management services to his Department; and what the total value of the contract was in each year since 1997.
(115220)
34
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the extent to which changes in air passenger duty rates have influenced the environmental performance of the aviation industry; and on what evidence his assessment is based.
(115257)
35
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what basis it was calculated that a doubling of Air Passenger Duty would save between 0.2MtC and 0.5MtC per annum by 2010-11; and whether this methodology has been validated by market experience.
(115265)
36
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the amount of unsecured personal debt has changed in the last 20 years as a percentage of (a) average (median) income and (b) GDP.
(114971)
37
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the provision of a tax rebate for children's subscriptions to sports clubs.
(115153)
38
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many death certificates mentioning clostridium difficile as an (a) primary and (b) secondary cause of death there have been in each year since 1997.
(115026)
39
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January to Question 112990, on tax credits, by what percentage the total amount of compensatory payments in respect of tax credits altered in each of the last five years.
(115154)
40
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to ensure that (a) equality and (b) gender equality is built into the 2007 comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.
(114860)
41
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures are in place to ensure that claims for £250 payment for online completion of tax forms by employers are processed in a fair and systematic way according to the receipt dates of claims.
(115094)
42
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to ensure that the Assets Recovery Agency recovers enough assets to cover its annual budget in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(115095)
43
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Office for National Statistics plans to classify Planning Gain Supplement as a tax.
(114821)
44
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Valuation Office has a distinct Data Strategy.
(114823)
45
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated administrative yearly cost to the Valuation Office Agency is of introducing and administering Planning Gain Supplement.
(114824)
46
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in the Valuation Office Agency received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the total value was in each year of such payments.
(114825)
47
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the findings of the survey of employers commissioned by his Department from the National Centre for Social Research on estimated take-up of tax free childcare vouchers among employers and their employees.
(114440)
48
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115241)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
49
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115327)
50
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the Policy Review Working Groups announced on 14th December 2006 will publish reports of their conclusions.
(115062)
51
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when it was decided that the Government's policy review would not have a full policy working group on economic dynamism.
(115063)
52
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil servants have been allocated from (a) Downing Street and (b) the Cabinet Office to support the work of the Policy Review Working Groups announced on 14th December 2006.
(115064)
53
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether remuneration will be given to non-Ministerial members of the Policy Review Working Groups.
(115065)
54
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many times she expects each of the Policy Review Working Groups to meet before completing their work.
(115066)
55
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the terms of reference are for each of the Policy Review working groups announced on 14th December 2006.
(115069)
56
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, where meetings of the Policy Review working groups will take place.
(115070)
57
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether special advisers will support the work of the Policy Review working groups announced on 14th December 2006.
(115071)
58
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when the Policy Review working groups on (a) Britain and the World, (b) Environment and Energy, (c) Public Services, (d) the Role of the State and (e) Crime and Security last met; and who attended each meeting.
(115072)
59
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what role the Minister without Portfolio plays in the Policy Review working groups announced by the Prime Minister on 14th December 2006.
(115121)
60
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff paid for by the public purse work full-time to support special advisers for the Minister without Porfolio.
(115122)
61
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how delegates will be selected for the deliberative forums announced on 2nd January 2007 as part of the Policy Review Working Groups.
(115232)
62
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which experts have been appointed to work with the Policy Review Working Groups on (a) Britain and the World, (b) Environment and Energy, (c) Public Services, (d) the Role of the State and (e) Crime and Security.
(115233)
63
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate she has made of the total cost to the public purse of running the Policy Review Working Groups that were announced on 14th December 2006.
(115234)
64
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much in public funds has been spent on the charity v.
(115235)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
65
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115324)
66
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were sleeping rough in (a) London and (b) England in each year since 1997; and what the most recent figure is for each.
(115286)
67
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government plans to implement the recomendations of the report of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones.
(114776)
68
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will rank each English local authority by the proportion of total expenditure raised by council tax in the last 12 months.
(115067)
69
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the percentage change in central government funding provided to each local authority in England was in each year since 1997.
(115068)
70
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding each neighbourhood renewal area in England received directly from her Department and its predecessor to support regeneration projects in each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06; what funding has been allocated to each local authority for the same purpose in 2006-07 and 2007-08; to which programmes within each Neighbourhood renewal area funding has been allocated; and how much was allocated to each programme.
(114875)
71
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what opportunities exist for the inclusion of energy efficiency measures into social housing owned by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations; and what grant or other help is available from government to enhance energy efficiency in (i) new build and (ii) existing stock.
(114841)
72
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the relative levels of cost inflation experienced by local authorities in different parts of the country.
(114446)
73
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the underlying rate of inflation of local authorities' cost bases, broken down by cost base; and if she will make a statement.
(114464)
74
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assumptions her Department used regarding cost base inflation of local authorities in setting local authority grants for 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(114474)
75
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which estimate she has made of the cost to Government to date of making fire risk assessments.
(115300)
76
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which external consultants were used by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.
(115202)
77
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many vacant dwellings there were in the Eastern Region in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) local authority ward; and if she will make a statement.
(114670)
78
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Tamworth Borough Council received from central government in cash terms in each of the last six years.
(114972)
79
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to what extent chief executives of county councils are allowed to engage in party political campaigning.
(114783)
80
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidelines she has set for chief executives of county councils with respect to whether they can participate in lobbying the electorate in a referendum on unitary status and whether they are allowed to debate publicly with politicians on this subject.
(115178)
81
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the sale of the former Turner Village Hospital in Colchester.
(114595)
82
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the sale of the former Severalls Hospital in Colchester to be completed.
(114596)
83
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to include within building regulations a requirement that all new public buildings should be designed to include measures for energy-saving and energy-producing; and if she will make a statement.
(114597)
84
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what meetings she has had with representatives of Leicester City Council in the last 12 months; and who was present at each such meeting.
(114959)
85
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she expects to meet the decent homes standard in social housing by 2010; and what estimate she has made of the proportion of housing stock which will fail to meet the target.
(114715)
86
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households she expects to participate in each of (a) Social Homebuy, (b) Open Market Homebuy and (c) New Build Homebuy in each year of the proposed scheme's operations.
(114716)
87
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she has plans to issue revised planning guidance or a planning circular in respect of the public smoking ban.
(114717)
88
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many councillors there were in each local authority in England since 1990, excluding parish councillors and town councillors.
(114719)
89
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average business rates bill was in (a) England and (b) each government office region in England in each year since 1996-97; and what she estimates it will be in 2006-07.
(114720)
90
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects (a) to receive, (b) to publish and (c) to respond to the report of the Lyons Inquiry into local government finance.
(114721)
91
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what statistical measures or attributes have a role in the determination of the distribution and allocation of revenue support grant to local authorities.
(114722)
92
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether small district councils will be able to keep the committee system under the Government's proposals for further local government reform.
(114723)
93
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has for the extension of the Home Information Pack area trials; and what criteria will be used to identify locations for such extension.
(114724)
94
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost was of the extension to the Home Information Pack dry run.
(114725)
95
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what criteria the Government will adopt for approving proposals for effective community governance; and what mechanisms are in place to prevent extremist groups setting up a parish council.
(114726)
96
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason her Department's email news alert service is closing; and if she will make a statement.
(114727)
97
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent on external media trainers in the last financial year for which figures are available.
(114728)
98
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much government grant per head was received by each local authority in England, excluding education spending, in each year from 1998-99 to the most recent year for which figures are available.
(114729)
99
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what data the Valuation Office Agency is providing for the Housing Data Warehouse.
(114730)
100
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what property information attributes are held in the Housing Data Warehouse.
(114731)
101
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the budget is of the Housing Data Warehouse project.
(114732)
102
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultants have been contracted to advise on the Housing Data Warehouse project.
(114733)
103
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the research document by Henry Peterson commissioned by her Department entitled Evidence of savings, improved outcomes and good practice attributed to LAAs.
(114734)
104
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what gifts have been declared as received by her Department's special advisers in the 2005-06 financial year; when each was given and to whom; what the reason for the gift was; and what the name of the recipient was.
(114735)
105
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on foreign travel by each Minister in her Department other than the Secretary of State in 2005-06; and what the (a) purpose and (b) destination was of each journey.
(114736)
106
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the valuation tribunal service made an estimate in England of the number of council tax valuation appeals that would arise as a consequence of the council tax revaluation in England prior to its postponement.
(114742)
107
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) programme expenditure and (b) administration costs of the Government Office for London were in each year since 1996-97; and what the forecast is for 2006-07.
(114744)
108
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has for a single inspectorate of local government; and if she will make a statement.
(114745)
109
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the anticipated cost was to the valuation Tribunal Service of the council tax revaluation in England, prior to its postponement.
(114746)
110
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) purpose and (b) main areas of expenditure were of (i) the £100,000 payment to the East of England Development Agency, (ii) the £274,000 payment to the Valuation Office Agency, (iii) £7.7 million expenditure on Mapping Data and Services and (iv) the £1,160,000 transfer to the Deputy Prime Minister's Office referred to in her Written Statement of 21st November 2006, Official Report, column 23WS.
(114747)
111
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) new and (b) higher taxes which increase the costs of providing local authority services will be compensated for by additional central government funding under her Department's New Burdens principle.
(114748)
112
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the average council tax bill in England is (a) property-based and (b) service-based.
(114749)
113
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers she has to limit the increase in the Greater London Authority council tax precept in relation to the Olympic Games cost over-runs.
(114750)
114
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans (a) the Government and (b) the Standards Board have to revise the (i) Code of Conduct and (ii) other guidance to councillors on standards following the success in the High Court of the appeal by the Mayor of London against the decision of the Adjudication Panel of England.
(114751)
115
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration the Valuation Office Agency and her Department have given to the merits of moving to annual revaluations for business rates.
(114754)
116
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what use the Valuation Office Agency makes of market information units; and if she will make a statement.
(114755)
117
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) advice and (b) guidance her Department has given to local authorities on providing facilities in the local authority's buildings to trade unions (i) free and (ii) at below market rates.
(114756)
118
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Government has provided to the English Regions Network in each year since its establishment; and for what purpose.
(114757)
119
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the property attribute of Ratio of Plot Size to Area used in the Valuation Office Agency's Multiple Regional Analysis models measures (a) the plot size of the footprint of the domestic building and (b) the total floor space of the domestic building in relation to the area.
(114758)
120
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the property attribute of Area used in the Valuation Office Agency's Multiple Regional Analysis models relates to (a) the floor area of the domestic building, (b) the area of the footprint of the building and (c) the total area of the property and surrounding land.
(114759)
121
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have trained to be home information pack inspectors, broken down by local authority area.
(114760)
122
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a local authority will be able to move back to an indirectly elected model once it has opted for a directly elected mayor or executive under the Local Government White Paper proposals; and whether an authority can opt to move between directly elected models.
(114761)
123
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to increase the powers of the Valuation Office Agency to access property sales information produced since 2000.
(114822)
124
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff were employed by the Government Office for London in each year since 1996-97; and what the forecast is for 2006-07.
(114826)
125
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if comprehensive area assessments will have (a) value for money measures, (b) annual league tables and (c) star or numerically graded ratings.
(114827)
126
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has abandoned the principles of (a) double devolution, (b) neighbourhood governance and (c) earned autonomy.
(114828)
127
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the planned difference is between comprehensive performance assessments and comprehensive area assessments.
(114829)
128
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the reasons were for the movement of £274,000 of her Department's funding from voted to non-voted provision in November 2006's departmental expenditure limits and supplementary estimates.
(114830)
129
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in what circumstances PPS3 may be a material consideration in planning applications prior to 1st April.
(114831)
130
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was allocated in terms of per capita government grant to local authorities for purposes other than education in (a) 1998-99 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(114833)
131
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 170W, on council tax, what information on (a) town and (b) parish council tax precepts her Department collects for the collation of the yearly council tax datasets published by her Department each March.
(114907)
132
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 172W, on departmental travel, what the (a) destination and (b) purpose was of each of the visits abroad by staff in her Department in the last 12 months.
(114908)
133
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to her Answer of 29th November 2006, Official Report, column 745W, on hotels, which organisations have made written representations to her Department, excluding submissions sent only to Sir Michael Lyons, relating to local taxation on hotel accommodation in the last 12 months.
(114911)
134
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Ordnance Survey has provided the Valuation Office Agency with (a) aerial and (b) satellite imagery.
(114912)
135
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the expenditure of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on (a) stress audits, (b) leadership training, (c) life coaches, (d) anger management training and (e) psychologists was in 2005-06.
(114945)
136
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many development plan documents under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 have been refused by the Planning Inspectorate.
(114946)
137
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will list the plan documents which local planning authorities must produce as a result of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
(114947)
138
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) parish and (b) town councils levy a precept on council tax in England.
(115036)
139
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) parish and (b) town councils there are in England.
(115037)
140
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's estimate is of the revenue from (a) parish and (b) town council precepts on council tax in each year since 1997-98.
(115038)
141
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she has issued to arms length management organisations in the last six months on meeting Decent Homes Standard targets.
(115039)
142
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the purpose is of the Regional Co-ordination Unit's proposed Knowledge Network briefing engine for sub-national statistics; and how much it is expected to cost.
(115040)
143
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities may opt out of the proposed national minimum density target of 30 dwellings per hectare outlined in the new version of PPS3.
(115041)
144
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many reviews of (a) planning policy and (b) local government finance the Government has conducted or commissioned since May 1997.
(115042)
145
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the latest accounts produced by the English regional chambers that were produced under the Accountable Body arrangements.
(115043)
146
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities sent representatives to the meeting at her Department on 31st October 2006 on data-sharing; and what the formal title was of the event.
(115044)
147
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's most recent estimate is of (a) the number of domestic dwellings located in conservation areas in England and (b) the number of conservation areas in England.
(115045)
148
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the (a) recommendations and (b) targets in the 2000 Urban White Paper have (i) yet to be met and (ii) are no longer being pursued.
(115046)
149
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the (a) recommendations and (b) targets in the Egan Review of Skills (i) have yet to be met and (ii) are no longer being pursued.
(115047)
150
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the (a) recommendations and (b) targets in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's 2003 Sustainable Communities Plan (i) have yet to be met and (ii) are no longer being pursued.
(115048)
151
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the (a) recommendations and (b) targets in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's (i) Five Year Plan-Homes For All and (ii) Five Year Plan-people, places and prosperity (A) have yet to be met and (B) are no longer being pursued.
(115049)
152
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration the Valuation Office Agency has made of using (a) variography and (b) pictometry techniques.
(115050)
153
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what changes the Valuation Office Agency has made to the (a) number and (b) type of individual (i) value significant codes and (ii) dwellinghouse codes since the decision to delay the council tax revaluation in England.
(115051)
154
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) titles and (b) dates of publication were of the Council Tax Instructions and Advice notes and Associated Documents issued by the Valuation Office Agency to assist staff since January 2005.
(115052)
155
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps (a) the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, (b) her Department and (c) the Valuation Office Agency has undertaken since 2003 to amend the collation of local authority planning information used for the assessment of residential development.
(115053)
156
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Valuation Office Agency plans to use Automated Valuation Processes for business rates valuations.
(115054)
157
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the initial average draft value was of the coefficient applied to the variable for the FC dwellinghouse code by the Valuation Office Agency before the council tax revaluation in England was postponed.
(115055)
158
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she has given to the Housing Corporation on the terms of reference for its discussions with (a) housing associations, (b) registered social landlords and (c) arms length management organisations about the potential for stock market flotations; and if she will make a statement.
(114523)
159
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to ensure that sufficient provision is made available to Supporting People to finance support services provided by housing associations to leaseholders; and if she will make a statement.
(114870)
160
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115231)
161
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many sites (a) Kent County Council and (b) each district council in Kent has designated for gypsies and travellers.
(114442)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
162
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specific date.
(115329)
163
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the Public Records Act 1958 Instrument of Extended Retention No. 38 was last reconsidered; and when she expects it next to be reconsidered.
(115149)
164
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how soon after the transfer of the 1911 Census records for England and Wales to the National Archives the Keeper of Public Records will have a duty to make arrangements for the release of that Census under section 5(3) of the Public Records Act 1958.
(115151)
165
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which 10 (a) individual lawyers, (b) firms and (c) cases received the largest sums in legal aid in 2006; and what the sums were in each case.
(115295)
166
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the changes being made to the Very High Cost Civil Cases budget; and how such cases are identified before litigation begins.
(115296)
167
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, on how many occasions in 2005-06 the Government paid compensation for an infringement of human rights.
(115297)
168
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to paragraph 7.8 of her Department's annual report 2006, what measures her Department is taking to discourage and resist bad claims.
(115298)
169
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which external consultants were used by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.
(115199)
170
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what complaints procedure is available in respect of the handling of coal health claims by claims handlers.
(114797)
171
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what her Department's policy as the regulator of claims handlers is on the right of an individual to access to his client papers for industrial disease claims where a claims handler represents him and a Government Department is the defending party.
(114799)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
172
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115322)
173
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which external consultants were used by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.
(115200)
174
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the merits of enabling social services, children's services or health professionals to make referrals of households to the targeted help scheme for digital switchover; and whether the identification in this way of vulnerable people who should receive help under the scheme will be allowed.
(115082)
175
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the compatability of the targeted help scheme for digital switchover with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
(115083)
176
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what effect she expects reductions in the British Waterways grant to have on sport, leisure, recreation and tourism associated with Britain's canals and inland waterways.
(114960)
177
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to publish the Heritage White Paper.
(114882)
178
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will assess the cost of obtaining events licences for scout and guide premises.
(114873)
179
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her Answer of 8th January 2007, to Question 112787, on board members, which board member of the National Heritage Memorial Fund stood for election as a local councillor in 2004; and for which political party the individual was a candidate.
(114910)
180
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115249)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
181
N
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours on (a) aircraft and (b) simulators is required for each grade and type of RAF flying instructor; and what the equivalent required hours were in (i) 2000 and (ii) 1990.
(114187)
182
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency received from the US visiting forces as a stake holder customer in each year from 2000 to 2006.
(115132)
183
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115323)
184
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations have been made by the US Administration to (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department concerning allegations of bribery by BAE Systems in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(115158)
185
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department made of the economic impact of the threatened cancellation by Saudi Arabia of the Eurofighter Typhoon contract.
(115161)
186
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals were (a) detained and (b) arrested in the UK armed forces' recent raid on the Iraqi police premises in Basra; how those detained and arrested have been dealt with so far; what plans there are for dealing with those individuals; and if he will make a statement.
(115279)
187
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many works of art were stolen from his Department in each of the last 10 years; what value of art was stolen; and what measures were taken to recover it.
(115057)
188
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Aegis Security Services has been invited by his Department to tender for Government security service contracts in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq and (c) elsewhere.
(114975)
189
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Israeli airforce pilots have (a) trained and (b) refuelled in Gibraltar in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(114781)
190
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the evidential basis was for the conclusions of the HMS Sheffield Board of Inquiry that (a) (Annex A-1 para 10) neither Sea Dart nor 4.5 inch Mk 8 engaged the missile or the firing aircraft. 4.5 inch alarm procedure was not used and (b) (para 11) Weapons were neither manned nor loaded; and if he will make a statement.
(115225)
191
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 5th January 2007, Official Report, column 110W, on Thermal Imaging, what his timetable is for the delivery of additional sights to front line troops.
(115271)
192
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the EU proposal to treat all airspace above 25,000 feet as European airspace on military aviation operations by British and US forces.
(115237)
193
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the standard period of operational duty is for UK troops serving in Iraq.
(114762)
194
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the target period of rest is between operational tours for UK troops.
(114763)
195
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to provide troops on operational duties in Iraq with extended rest periods.
(114764)
196
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the standard of accommodation for UK troops serving in Iraq (a) now and (b) in 2003.
(114765)
197
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to (a) increase recruitment levels to and (b) reduce outflow from the UK's armed forces.
(114766)
198
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average period of rest between operational tours for UK troops has been in each of the last five years.
(114767)
199
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the establishment of Ministry of Defence police is in Colchester; and whether he has any plans to reduce this establishment.
(114374)
200
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels are (i) being held in and (ii) under consideration for consignment to a reduced state of readiness; and what length of time would be required for the reactivation of each such ship to rejoin the fleet.
(114286)
201
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many warships were based at (a) Devonport, (b) Portsmouth and (c) Faslane in each year since 1997.
(114287)
202
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to decide whether to order the seventh and eighth Type 45 destroyers.
(114288)
203
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 45 destroyers will typically be available for deployment at any one time if six such ships are constructed.
(114289)
204
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether agreement has been reached with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance on the cost of the Future Aircraft Carriers.
(114290)
205
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average pass rate was of the Annual Personnel Weapons test amongst part time service personnel in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(115177)
206
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what systems are in place to investigate possible cases of fraud and corruption in the special air service.
(114752)
207
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many investigations into possible fraud in the special air service have been carried out in each of the last three years.
(114753)
208
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase recruitment into the armed forces from minority ethnic communities.
(114851)
209
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115242)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
210
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, which external consultants were used by (a) his Office and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.
(115198)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
211
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what analysis of the (a) effectiveness, (b) value for money and (c) future role of Place 2B has been conducted by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(114815)
212
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects reading recovery to be rolled out to the City of Nottingham following the Chancellor's recent funding announcement.
(114816)
213
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the 10 (a) constituencies and (b) cities in which a reading recovery scheme would have the most effect.
(114817)
214
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specific date.
(115316)
215
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made in the teaching of foreign languages in primary schools.
(115289)
216
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools share a site; and what estimate he has made of how many will share a site in each of the next five years.
(114931)
217
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of schools with class sizes at Key Stage 4 of more than (a) 30, (b) 40 and (c) 50 pupils.
(114932)
218
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research his Department has commissioned into the effect of class size on attainment since 1997.
(114933)
219
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools regularly conduct lessons in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) humanities in class sizes that exceed 60 pupils.
(114941)
220
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment is made by Ofsted during its regular inspections of state secondary schools on the provision of sport.
(114942)
221
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the future of the national curriculum assessments that take place at the end of key stages.
(114964)
222
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the single level tests envisaged by the Making Good Progress consultation document are intended to (a) replace or (b) run alongside existing multi-level tests.
(114965)
223
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will set out the (a) purpose, (b) timetable and (c) other arrangements for the pilot announced in the Making Good Progress consultation document; and if he will make a statement.
(114966)
224
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, who will carry out the evaluation of the conclusions of the pilot announced in the Making Good Progress consultation document.
(114967)
225
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will ensure that the evaluation of the conclusions of the pilot announced in the Making Good Progress consultation document uses a methodology of a standard equivalent to that used in experimental research, including the use of control groups.
(114968)
226
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research his Department has funded into the Direct Instruction method of teaching since 1997.
(115061)
227
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which further education colleges are offering Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) British Sign Language beginners courses at Level One and Level Two in the 2006-07 academic year; and how many such colleges have stopped providing CACDP British Sign Language beginners courses at Level One and Level Two since his Department withdrew funding for British Sign Language classes.
(114919)
228
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many deaf tutors of British Sign Language have been made redundant due to the withdrawal of funding for British Sign Language classes in further education colleges.
(114920)
229
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will reclassify British Sign Language as a British language rather than as a learning for leisure course in further education colleges.
(114921)
230
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how allocation of the free early years entitlement to local authorities in England takes account of (a) regional and (b) local differences in the cost of providing childcare.
(114385)
231
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the evidential basis was for determining that the funding allocation for the free early years entitlement is sufficient to cover the cost nationally of 12.5 hours childcare provision for every three and four-year-old for 38 weeks a year.
(114386)
232
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research he has undertaken into to what degree university departments of (a) religious and (b) Islamic studies are funded from overseas sources; and if he will make a statement.
(114441)
233
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on (a) fee remission and (b) other areas to provide English for speakers of other languages in each of the last five years; and how much is expected to be spent in each of the next three years.
(115179)
234
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to improve the (a) accessibility and (b) affordability of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses; and if he will make a statement.
(115180)
235
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget of Partnerships for Schools is in 2006-07; how many consultants it employed in 2006; and how many people it employs.
(115306)
236
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget is of the School Food Trust in 2006-07; how many consultants it employed in 2006; and how many people it employs.
(115307)
237
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget is of Teacher's TV for 2006-07; how many consultants it employed in 2006; what its role is; and how many people it employs.
(115308)
238
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new school buildings are scheduled to open in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(115100)
239
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent on fees to (a) architects and (b) other design consultants under the Building Schools for the Future programme to date.
(115101)
240
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the (a) design and (b) construction costs of the first school to open under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(115102)
241
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which companies have been selected for the (a) construction and (b) operation of Darwen City Academy to date.
(115103)
242
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teacher exchanges with developing countries have been arranged in the last 12 months.
(115104)
243
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school contracts were signed under the Building Schools for the Future programme in 2006.
(115194)
244
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of disabled children in (a) Stockport and (b) England used respite care home placements in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2005.
(114291)
245
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of families in Stockport (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up (i) free and (ii) subsidised childcare.
(114292)
246
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government action to combat truancy since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(114293)
247
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the costs of (a) part-time and (b) full-time students to an higher education institution.
(114376)
248
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of pay increases for university staff on institutions with no full time students.
(114379)
249
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Serious Case Reviews were conducted in each year since 1996.
(114449)
250
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were referred to children's services in each year since 1996 under (a) Section 47 and (b) Section 17 of the Children Act 1989.
(114450)
251
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will publish the report commissioned by his Department on The Integrated Children's System: An Evaluation of the Practice, Process and Consequences of the ICS in CSSR's.
(114451)
252
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to Answer (a) Question 109600, on foreign language programmes, tabled on 12th December 2006 and (b) Question 108545, on the Book Share Scheme, tabled on 7th December 2006 by the hon. Member for the Vale of York.
(114818)
253
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received on his decision not to conduct a regulatory impact assessment of children's centres.
(114819)
254
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what future funding he proposes to local authorities to fund children's centres following the first year's funding.
(114820)
255
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) urban and (b) rural (i) secondary and (ii) primary schools have access to broadband-enabled internet.
(115255)
256
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his estimate is of the changes in the last five years in the number of four year degree courses available that involve the student working outside university for a year.
(115086)
257
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were excluded in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(115092)
258
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the impact of recent changes in the way schools provide cover for absent teachers on (a) supply teachers, (b) school budgets and (c) pupil performance.
(114739)
259
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether apprenticeships are available in (a) canal boat building and (b) canal and inland waterways maintenance.
(114835)
260
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to boost skills in industries and vocations associated with canals and inland waterways in each of the last five years.
(114836)
261
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the expected cost to the Exchequer of extending the entitlement to free nursery care for all three and four year olds from 12.5 hours per week to (a) 15 and (b) 20 hours per week for 38 weeks.
(114489)
262
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the expected cost to the Exchequer of extending the entitlement to free nursery care for all three and four year olds from 38 to 43 weeks a year for (a) 15 and (b) 20 hours per week.
(114490)
263
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are being taken to improve the level of achievement in GCSE Engineering; and how many candidates achieved each grade in GCSE Engineering in each of the last five years, broken down by sex.
(114872)
264
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115253)
265
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools were entered for individual science GCSEs in (a) biology, (b) chemistry and (c) physics in each year since 1997.
(115125)
266
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools were not entered for a GCSE in (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) science in each year since 1997.
(115126)
267
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of children with special educational needs have been educated at special schools in each year since 2003.
(115127)
268
N
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1863W, on foundation degrees, if he will list the interested parties in the further and higher education sectors with whom his Department held informal discussions.
(114598)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
269
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 6th November 2006, Official Report, column 697W, on Birds and Habitats Directives, when he expects the Akrotiri Peninsula and Episkopi Cliffs Important Bird Area to be designated under British Sovereign Base Area law as a special protection zone; and if he will ensure that proposed developments within the Akrotiri Peninsula and Episkopi Cliffs Important Bird Area will be subject to an assessment of the standard required for candidate special protection areas under the EC Birds Directive.
(115133)
270
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115319)
271
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on proposed additional EU legislation on illegal timber imports.
(114592)
272
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what capacity constraints he has identified affecting the UK's offshore wind turbine programme.
(114955)
273
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he plans to carry out of the effect on the use of inland waterways of the possible loss of re-fuelling points following the removal of the fuel tax derogation for private pleasure craft.
(114121)
274
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his estimate is of annual departmental emissions from air travel is, broken down by Departments.
(115099)
275
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made by the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in setting up a stand-alone organisation which will take over the management of the Real Nappy Programme when WRAP funding ends in April 2007.
(115058)
276
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what target was set by the Waste Resources Action Programme for diverting nappy waste from landfill (a) through the 25 local authorities schemes taking part in the Real Nappy Programme and (b) the Real Nappy Programme as a whole including the awareness-raising initiatives.
(115059)
277
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what volume of nappy waste was diverted from landfill (a) by the 25 local authorities schemes taking part in the Real Nappy Programme and (b) the Real Nappy Programme as a whole including the awareness-raising initiatives.
(115060)
278
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the willingness of local authorities to pay recycling and reuse credits to third parties and (b) the proportion of such applications for credits which are refused by local authorities.
(115081)
279
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will provide substantive responses to the parliamentary questions raised with his Department's Permanent Secretary in the evidence session held by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on 4th December 2006.
(115085)
280
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers are in (a) entry level stewardship schemes and (b) higher level stewardship schemes; how many in each scheme (i) received payment on the due date and (ii) are awaiting payment; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for delays in payment for each scheme.
(115256)
281
N
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, Kent; and if he will make a statement.
(114380)
282
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to reply to the letter of 11th October 2006 from the hon. Member for Warley on the Climate Change Bill.
(114948)
283
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115243)
284
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the British Greyhound Racing Board guidance on transport cage sizes for greyhounds; and if he will make a statement.
(114909)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
285
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115315)
286
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the UK's record of compliance with the 1999 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Anti Bribery Convention; and what enquiries have been made by the OECD regarding UK complaince since the beginning of December 2006.
(115164)
287
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK Government's position is on the recent US nuclear deal with India; what assessment she has made on whether the deal has any implications for nuclear proliferation; and if she will make a statement.
(115277)
288
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK Government's position is on the recent Chinese nuclear deal with Pakistan; what assessment she has made on whether the deal has any implications for nuclear proliferation; and if she will make a statement.
(115278)
289
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she was informed that the US had issued a demarche to the Chinese authorities about the recent shooting of Tibetans near to the border with Nepal.
(115332)
290
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the situation in Somalia; whether she has received reports of refugees having been denied legitimate entry into Kenya; and what discussions she has had with (a) the transitional government, (b) the government of Ethiopia and (c) representatives from the Union of Islamic Courts on an early cessation of violence.
(114126)
291
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Sudanese government on a voluntary agreement to introduce a no-fly zone in Darfur.
(114127)
292
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Aegis Security Services has been invited by her Department to tender for Government security service contracts in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq and (c) elsewhere.
(114974)
293
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has received on violence against the Tamil population in Sri Lanka.
(114740)
294
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the government of Libya since 19th December 2006 on the sentencing to death of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor in relation to children being infected by HIV.
(114779)
295
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has made representations to the Afghan government on the decision to remove the Mahammad Daud as Provincial Governor of Helmand province.
(114672)
296
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Iraqi government on the observation of the human rights of women in Iraq; and if she will make a statement.
(114768)
297
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the government of Azerbaijan on the imprisonment of Farhad Aliyev, with particular reference to his ability to receive proper medical care; and if she will make a statement.
(115181)
298
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of (a) the independence of the judiciary and (b) the ability of the political opposition to operate freely in Azerbaijan; and if she will make a statement.
(115182)
299
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the government of Sri Lanka on the human rights of the Tamil minority in that country; and if she will make a statement.
(115183)
300
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget of the Asia Task Force was for the last 12 months; what activities it has undertaken; and if she will make a statement.
(115299)
301
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many European Direct centres have been opened; where each is located; and how much in public funds has been committed to each one.
(115173)
302
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she expects the UK to be represented at (a) a meeting of the 18 EU states which have ratified the EU Constitutional Treaty to be held in Madrid on 26th January 2007 and (b) a meeting of EU states which have not ratified the EU Constititional Treaty to be held on 27th February 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(114373)
303
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she intends to reply to the letter dated 27th November 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms S. K. Singh.
(115228)
304
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she intends to reply to the letter dated 20th November 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Mohamed Sharif.
(115229)
305
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will instruct the Deputy Governor of Bermuda to place on the agenda of the Defence Board proposals to end the disparity of recruitment practices to the Royal Bermuda Regiment based on gender.
(115098)
306
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many women serve in the Royal Bermuda Regiment, in each rank.
(115117)
307
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what initiatives the government of Bermuda has taken consequent on the report she received from Colonel Baxter of the British Defence Staff, Washington DC into the Bermuda Regiment's Fitness for Role Inspection dated 29th November 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(115118)
308
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will take steps to eliminate discrimination in recruitment, training, promotion and other practices in the Royal Bermuda Regiment; and if she will make a statement.
(115119)
309
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many women in the Royal Bermuda Regiment have (a) received training in the UK, (b) been seconded to UK military units outside of Bermuda and (c) been deployed overseas (i) in each of the last five years and (ii) since the report was submitted in November 2005 by Colonel Baxter of the British defence staff into fitness for role inspection of the Royal Bermuda Regiment.
(115120)
310
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken towards an equipment replacement programme for the Royal Bermuda Regiment; and if she will make a statement.
(115174)
311
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many members of the Bermuda Regiment are in detention; and for how long in each case.
(115175)
312
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures have been taken to raise the quality of command and leadership in the Royal Bermuda Regiment since November 2005; and if she will make a statement.
(115176)
313
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much her Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115245)
314
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK Government has made to the Iraqi government in relation to its policy on the death sentence.
(115156)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
315
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specific date.
(115314)
316
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the value of taxi contracts entered into by the NHS was in each year since 2000.
(115290)
317
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the GP out-of-hours service (a) nationally, (b) in Gloucestershire and (c) in Stroud constituency.
(115032)
318
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to recruit GPs from local practices into out-of-hours work; and if she will make a statement.
(115033)
319
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many under 18 year olds were treated for alcohol-related health problems in Shropshire in each year since 1991.
(114769)
320
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of physiotherapy graduates in (a) Shropshire and (b) the West Midlands gained employment in the NHS in each year since 2001.
(114856)
321
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action she proposes to take to hold the senior management and the board at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to account should they be unable to balance the hospital's budget by March 2007.
(114883)
322
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action she proposes to take to hold the senior management and the board of the Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust should they be unable to balance the PCT's budget by March 2007.
(114884)
323
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action she proposes to take to hold the senior management and the board in the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority to account should they be unable to balance the SHA's budget by March 2007.
(114885)
324
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the PCT programme budget was accounted for by category 21 expenditure on public health in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.
(115221)
325
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of whether the conception rate for girls under 18 years of age is on course to decrease by 50 per cent. by 2010, as announced in Choosing Health in 2004.
(115222)
326
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the £50 million advertising programme announced in 2004 to tackle the rise in sexual infections has been spent.
(115223)
327
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made by the £300 million programme announced in November 2004 to modernise and transform sexual health services at a local level; and how the money has been spent.
(115224)
328
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact NHS budget deficits are having on spending on health improvement.
(115230)
329
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been invoiced by the NHS to other countries in the European Union for services received by those countries' citizens in England and Wales for the last financial period for which figures are available, broken down by country.
(115184)
330
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases there have been in the Lincolnshire Health Authority area in girls aged (a) under 16 and (b) under 18 in each year since 1999.
(115310)
331
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were carried out in the Lincolnshire Health Authority area on girls aged (a) under 16 and (b) under 18 in each year since 1999.
(115311)
332
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the 10 largest claims awarded against her Department under the Liability to Third Party Scheme are; and what the cause of the complaint was in each case.
(115312)
333
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the 10 largest claims awarded against her Department under the Property Expenses Scheme are; and what the cause of the complaint was in each case.
(115313)
334
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which external consultants were used by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.
(115195)
335
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect on training of NHS doctors and nurses of directing outpatient work towards independent treatment centres.
(114808)
336
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the board members of the Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, broken down by area of residence.
(114813)
337
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the role of the pharmaceutical industry in reaching the goal of the UK becoming a world centre in medical research.
(114814)
338
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to reduce waiting times for (a) fitting of new digital hearing aids and (b) upgrade of digital hearing aids from analogue hearing aids in (i) Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust area and (ii) all NHS trusts; and if she will make a statement.
(114671)
339
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration she has given to the merits of introducing a policy of free parking at hospitals for the next of kin, or immediate family of patients being treated.
(114973)
340
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information the Department holds on (a) chairs and (b) non-executive directors of NHS trusts.
(114377)
341
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are used to determine whether the NHS Appointments Commission is meeting the goals it was given when it was first set up.
(114378)
342
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many chief executives of (a) regional health authorities and (b) strategic health authorities renewed cars provided by their employers within two years before being made redundant since 1996; what the cost to the public purse was of providing such cars; how many such cars were purchased by employees when they were made redundant; and how much revenue was received as a result of those purchases.
(115123)
343
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many chief executives of (a) regional health authorities and (b) strategic health authorities were given pay rises within two years before being made redundant since 1996; and what average percentage increase was awarded in such cases.
(115124)
344
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's timetable is for reviewing the recommendations contained within the report of the Independent Expert Scientific Group on clinical trials.
(114855)
345
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th November 2006, Official Report, column 1830W, on influenza, which individuals are conducting the independent review of the arrangements in place for the seasonal influenza vaccination programme; when she expects the report of the review to be submitted to her Department; whether she expects to implement the findings of the review in time for the 2007-08 winter influenza immunisation programme; and if she will make a statement.
(114935)
346
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to appoint an independent adviser to implement the recommendations of the Cooksey review in respect of the drug development pathway, as stated in paragraph 3.68, pages 56-57, of the Pre-Budget Report, Cm 6984, published 6th December 2006.
(114940)
347
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the reports she received on mixed-sex wards from strategic health authorities on 11th December 2006.
(114943)
348
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2006, Official Report, column 1037-38W, on seasonal influenza, what her latest estimate is of the proportion of patients in each risk group whose health is deemed at risk from seasonal influenza who have received their seasonal influenza immunisation for the 2006-07 winter.
(114944)
349
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions the Chief Executive of the National Health Service has held with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care Services on reconfigurations of NHS services since November 2006.
(114981)
350
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been removed from the official NHS in-patient waiting list in each year since 1990.
(114982)
351
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish a national plan for audiology.
(114983)
352
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will estimate the total number of NHS staff working in the (a) acute and (b) community sectors in each year since 1997 by (i) headcount and (ii) full-time equivalent.
(114984)
353
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated annual cost is to the public purse of providing NHS Direct through Freeview.
(114985)
354
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many visits abroad were made by Ministers in each year since 1997, broken down by Minister; and what was the cost in each case.
(114986)
355
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at what cost the Wet, Soap, Wash, Rinse, Dry poster, gateway reference 7562, posted to her Department's website on 19th December 2006, was developed; how many posters will be published; and at what total cost to the public purse.
(114987)
356
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total capital value is of each local improvement finance trust scheme overseen by her Department which has reached financial close, broken down by scheme; over what period repayments will take place; and what the total cost of repayment for each such scheme will be.
(114988)
357
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of GP practices in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust were awarded (i) component one and (ii) component two of the directed enhanced service payment for implementing practice-based commissioning.
(114989)
358
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department has spent on social care recruitment campaigns in each year since 1997-98.
(114990)
359
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the difference between the (a) originally anticipated level and (b) actual level of patient charge income under new general dental services contracts and personal dental services agreements.
(114992)
360
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from primary care trusts on the levels of patient charge income for NHS dental services in the 2006-07 financial year; what the content of these representations was; and if she will make a statement.
(114993)
361
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many service users of social services departments have been in receipt of direct payments in each year since 1997; and how many adults receiving community care services provided by social services departments there were in each year since 1997.
(114994)
362
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the assumption of 2.5 per cent. for pay settlement and drift used to inform the pay, price and reform uplift to the tariff in 2007-08 was taken into account in determining the 1.7 per cent. increase in the tariff for pay; what definitions of pay settlement and drift she is using; and if she will make a statement.
(114995)
363
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to launch the communications campaign informing the public about the change to the law on smoking in public places; how much she expects to spend on the campaign in the financial year 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(114996)
364
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who in her Department has power to authorise inter-authority transfers under section 97 of the NHS Act 1977.
(114997)
365
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many inter-authority transfers took place in 2006-07 under section 97 of the National Health Service Act 1977; who the (a) transferer and (b) transferee was in each case; and what the value of the transfer was in each case.
(114998)
366
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library copies of her Department's national media coverage evaluations in each month since January 2006.
(114999)
367
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent size of the overall NHS workforce was in each year since 1979.
(115000)
368
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total estimated cost of backlog maintenance was in the NHS in each financial year since 1997-98.
(115001)
369
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate her Department has made of the appropriate rate for revascularisation procedures per million people for (a) 2007, (b) 2011 and (c) 2016.
(115002)
370
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) coronary artery bypass operations and (b) percutaneous coronary interventions took place on the NHS in each year since 2000-01 (i) in total and (ii) broken down by strategic health authority.
(115003)
371
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she intends to publish referral-to-treatment waiting times.
(115004)
372
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage change in the NHS workforce she expects to occur in 2006-07; and what size of workforce change of size is implied by this percentage in (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent terms.
(115005)
373
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to encourage strategic health authorities to reverse the recent reductions in nurse training commissions, further to her Department's third draft of the NHS Pay and Workforce Strategy, dated 27th November 2006.
(115006)
374
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was to the public purse of the research conducted by Aberdeen University into the features of doctors' and nurses' labour markets, described in paragraph 28 of her Department's third draft of the NHS Pay and Workforce Strategy, dated 27th November 2006.
(115007)
375
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to offer guarantees of employment in the NHS to students leaving healthcare-related training.
(115008)
376
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims were outstanding from (a) conditional fee lawyers and (b) NHS trades unions arising from Agenda for Change in the most recent period for which figures are available; what estimate she has made of potential liabilities arising from these claims; and if she will make a statement.
(115009)
377
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the letter from her Department's National Cancer Director on 19th December 2006, gateway reference 7605, on further details on the cancer reform strategy, what major milestones she expects to achieve as part of the strategy in 2007.
(115010)
378
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department expects to respond to the feedback from its consultation on the National Framework for Continuing Care.
(115011)
379
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust has recovered the costs from the relevant third parties for treating the patients who suffered an adverse drug reaction to the treatment TGN 1412.
(115012)
380
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget of the (a) Medical Research Council and (b) NHS research and development has been in each year from 1997-98 to 2006-07 in (i) real and (ii) cash terms; and what she expects the combined budgets to be in (A) 2007-08 and (B) 2008-09.
(115013)
381
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to establish the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research.
(115014)
382
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to establish the National Institute for Health Research as an Executive Agency of the Department of Health.
(115015)
383
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the extent to which (a) adult and (b) child social care workers have been subjected to physical or verbal abuse in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(115016)
384
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the decision to immunise poultry workers against seasonal influenza on the availability of seasonal influenza vaccines for other at-risk groups in the 2006-07 winter.
(115017)
385
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the 11 pilots to assess different models of heart attack care referred to on page 7 of the National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke's report entitled Mending Hearts and Brains, published 5th December 2006, are situated; what is being assessed at each pilot site; when the pilots were established in each case; when she expects the pilots to conclude in each case; whether she plans to establish more pilot sites; whether results from the pilots will be published; and if she will make a statement.
(115018)
386
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis was for the statement on page 6 of the National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke's report entitled Mending Hearts and Brains, published 5th December 2006, that 250 strokes could be prevented if local hospitals were bypassed; and if she will place in the Library copies of the relevant documentation.
(115019)
387
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the statement on page 10 of the National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke's report entitled Mending Hearts and Brains, published 5th December 2006, that five per cent. of patients used to die while waiting up to two years for heart operations.
(115020)
388
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the size of population a typical "super A&E" as defined by the National Director for Emergency Access on page 4 of his report Emergency access - clinical case for change, published 5th December 2006, should serve.
(115021)
389
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to improve the consistency of (a) testing and (b) reporting of cases of clostridium difficile under the mandatory surveillance system.
(115022)
390
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clostridium difficile infections there have been in England in each year since 1997.
(115023)
391
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to introduce markers of clinical severity into the mandatory surveillance system for clostridium difficile infection.
(115024)
392
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to review the guidance on the use of culture and typing within the system of mandatory surveillance for clostridium difficile infection.
(115025)
393
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis was for her statement on Sky News on 7th January 2007 that the NHS workforce would see a reduction of 18,000 jobs in the 2006-07 financial year.
(115027)
394
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how she will ensure that the gender equality duty is built into the work of the (a) Healthcare Commission, (b) Mental Health Act Commission, (c) Commission for Social Care Inspectorate and (d) other health commissions.
(114857)
395
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's priorities are for the implementation of the gender equality duty across the health sector.
(114858)
396
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how her Department plans to assist the National Health Service in preparing for coming into force of the gender equality duty.
(114859)
397
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many compulsory redundancies there were in the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) trust and (b) region.
(115084)
398
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how she expects the national delivery plan for maternity services to accommodate the different needs of rural and urban areas.
(114852)
399
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken to fund the planned expansion of Colchester General Hospital; and if she will make a statement.
(114593)
400
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much compensation has (a) been paid and (b) will be paid to the private sector consortium involved in the former Private Finance Initiative project at Colchester General Hospital; from which National Health Service budget or budgets the compensation will be paid; and if she will make a statement.
(114594)
401
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with the review of confidentiality obligations placed on health professionals as they relate to criminal investigations concerning the potential transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
(114891)
402
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what NHS (a) patient records services and (b) back office functions (i) have been and (ii) are planned to be outsourced to India; and if she will make a statement.
(114375)
403
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines are issued by her Department to GPs on the presence or absence of claimants when writing disability living allowance and incapacity benefit.
(115029)
404
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115248)
405
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent changes have occurred regarding the preference given to the employment of New Zealand doctors in the NHS.
(114285)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
406
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many and what percentage of criminal cases familial searching of the National DNA Database was conducted in 2006.
(115128)
407
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason it has been deemed necessary to co-ordinate government policy and strategy on identity management; and what benefits he expects to accrue from this decision.
(115267)
408
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on data-sharing within and across the public sector; and what safeguards are being considered to prevent misuse of data and to ensure that the privacy of the individual is not compromised.
(115268)
409
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specific date.
(115318)
410
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to determine the application of Samantha Jackson (ref 410144101) for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
(114850)
411
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for UK citizenship are expected from members of Commonwealth countries serving in the UK armed forces in the next three years.
(115287)
412
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for citizenship were received from members of Commonwealth countries while serving in UK armed forces in each of the last 10 years.
(115288)
413
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Government's policy is on access to police stations by members of the public.
(114879)
414
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the PentiP computer system is expected to be operational to process all fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder.
(114847)
415
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the estimated cost is of establishing the PentiP computer system; and what the annual cost is expected to be of maintaining the system thereafter.
(114848)
416
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements are in place to identify (a) the recipients of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) and (b) repeat offenders in receipt of PNDs.
(114849)
417
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what performance indicators his Department uses to measure the performance of the Probation Service; and what assessment he has made of recent trends in the Probation Service's performance.
(114956)
418
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) private sector organisations and (b) voluntary sector organisations have expressed an interest in undertaking work currently carried out by the Probation Service.
(114957)
419
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research was (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department in developing the business case that underpins the changes outlined in the National Offender Management Bill.
(114958)
420
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many out of time applications have been received for the family indefinite leave to remain exercise since 31st December 2004; how many such applications have been granted; and what the Government's policy is on the length of time for which out of time applications will continue to be accepted.
(115079)
421
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases have been referred to the specialist unit responsible for assessing article 8 cases from the family indefinite leave to remain exercise; and how many such cases have resulted in the granting of leave to remain.
(115080)
422
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to curtail fundraising for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam in the UK.
(114801)
423
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions have been made and (b) fixed penalty notices have been issued by each local authority in Gloucestershire for (i) dog fouling and (ii) dropping of litter in each of the last three years.
(114387)
424
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many successful prosecutions have been made for (a) illegal purchase of fireworks, (b) illegal use of fireworks and (c) use of fireworks as a weapon likely to cause human harm in each of the last two years, broken down by police authority area.
(115031)
425
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will grant non-European Economic Area students who enrolled in courses in Northern Ireland before the change in immigration rules which requires them to leave comes into force, leave to stay to complete their training.
(115260)
426
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many murders were committed by criminals out of prison on license in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(114950)
427
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will seek to amend the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 to define interpreters as regards deaf people to mean those as appropriate to the communication needs of a deaf person, to include language service professionals who are BSL/English interpreters, lipspeakers, deaf blind interpreters and speech to text reporters.
(114913)
428
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is consulting (a) deaf people and (b) language service professionals for deaf people in the review by the Office of Criminal Justice Reform of the national guidance laid down by his Department regarding all interpreters in the criminal justice system.
(114914)
429
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps police constabularies are taking to meet their duties to deaf people under the Disability Discrimination Acts and the Disability Equality Duty.
(114915)
430
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will set up a nationwide 999 text message service for deaf people who cannot telephone the emergency services.
(114916)
431
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the extent to which delays take place in police stations when a deaf detainee is being processed because of the time taken to find a British Sign Language/English interpreter or lipspeaker.
(114917)
432
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many deaf detainees were bailed due to failure to find a suitably qualified British Sign Language/English interpreter or lipspeaker in the last period for which figures are provided.
(114918)
433
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to ensure that all language service professionals attending police stations are provided with (a) the Police and Criminal Evidence Act guidelines Code of Practice A-G and (b) other essential documents of police procedure.
(114922)
434
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women from Wales are detained in prisons in England.
(115087)
435
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women were being held in prisons in Wales on 12th December 2006.
(115089)
436
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest time is for which an asylum seeker whose case is still outstanding has remained in the UK; and what the cost has been of that case.
(115301)
437
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money was spent in 2005-06 to support asylum seekers who were subsequently deported.
(115302)
438
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who failed the Life in the UK test have been allowed to become UK citizens.
(115303)
439
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will break down by country of origin the number of refugees in the Gateway Protection Programme.
(115304)
440
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrested in 2005-06 were on bail.
(115305)
441
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which external consultants were used by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.
(115197)
442
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences of (a) violence against the person, (b) theft and (c) criminal damage were committed in Stockport in each year since 1998.
(114294)
443
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vacant positions for probation officers there are in (a) Stockport and (b) England.
(114295)
444
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes took place in Peterborough City Council area in each of the last five years.
(114844)
445
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued to people (a) aged under 19 and (b) 19 years or over in each local authority in the Eastern Region in each of the last five years.
(114845)
446
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers accommodated in (a) England, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) Peterborough City Council Unitary Authority and (d) Peterborough constituency were granted (i) asylum and (ii) indefinite leave to remain in each of the last 10 years; and how many illegal immigrants who had been accommodated in each area were deported in each of the last 10 years.
(115090)
447
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there are in (a) England, (b) Staffordshire, (c) Stoke on Trent and (d) Trent Valley division.
(114969)
448
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there are in (a) England, (b) Staffordshire, (c) Stoke on Trent, (d) Trent Valley and (e) Tamworth per 100,000 head of population.
(114970)
449
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visitors were arrested for possession of contraband at each prison establishment in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(113209)
450
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many years of experience the previous Head of Operations at HM Prison Pentonville had in the operations area when appointed to the post; what training he received in (a) intelligence analysis, (b) informant handling and (c) the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(113693)
451
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which establishments members of the investigation team in respect of the allegations of staff wrongdoing at HM Prison Pentonville have been drawn; what the grades are of the team members; what positions they hold; what training has been provided to each member of the team in the areas of (a) intelligence analysis, (b) informant handling and (c) the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(113694)
452
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff searches were undertaken at HM Prison Pentonville in each of the last 12 months; how many unauthorised articles were found on staff in each case; what action was taken against staff found in possession of unauthorised articles in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(113695)
453
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether those conducting the investigation into alleged staff wrongdoing at HM Prison Pentonville have requested the involvement of the Metropolitan Police; and if he will make a statement.
(114061)
454
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there have been since 1996 for (a) the murder of a child or young person under 18, (b) the manslaughter of a child or young person under 18, (c) common assault and battery and (d) cruelty to a person under 16 where the prosecuted person had parental responsibility for the victim, or was the partner of the person with parental responsibility.
(114452)
455
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire of 6th September and 19th October 2006, on the subject of inadequate responses by his Department to written parliamentary questions.
(114383)
456
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether representatives from his Department attended the recent school summit held by the Government of the State of New South Wales.
(114803)
457
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on the use of dawn raids on asylum seekers.
(114862)
458
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultations he has had with legal advisers on the effect of dawn raids on asylum seekers on the right to family life; and what advice he has received on this subject.
(114863)
459
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what notice is given (a) before and (b) after dawn raids on asylum seekers to schools attended by the children of those asylum seekers arrested in the raids.
(114864)
460
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions over the last two years his officers were carrying out dawn raids on asylum seekers accompanied by the police; for what reasons in each case; how many police were involved in each case; and who paid police overtime in those cases.
(114865)
461
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were detained in dawn raids on asylum seekers in each of the last two years.
(114952)
462
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers were detained in dawn raids before 8:00 a.m. in each month of the last two years.
(114953)
463
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons dawn raids on asylum seeker families before 8:00 a.m. are used; and what notification is given to (a) the local police, (b) legal advisers and (c) hon. Members of the asylum seekers of those raids.
(114954)
464
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the letter of 6th September 2006 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary on the asylum application of Joseph Deele Omanga (Home Office reference 01066013), when he expects to provide a substantive response to the letter of 4th April 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(114741)
465
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115247)
466
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in London were prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year from 1992 to 2006.
(115155)
467
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions Kent Constabulary has not moved on illegally parked gypsies and travellers in each of the last two years.
(114508)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
468
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much was spent by the House authorities on (a) additional cutlery and (b) replacing missing cutlery in 2006.
(115129)
469
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reasons the chairs in Refreshment Department catering outlets in Portcullis House were recently replaced; what the cost was of the replacement; and how the old chairs were disposed of.
(115130)
470
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, which works of art were (a) acquired and (b) bought by the House authorities in 2006; and how much was paid for each item.
(115131)
471
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will discontinue its policy of not releasing details of bookings made by individual hon. Members of catering facilities.
(114786)
472
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many dinner menus have been printed by the Refreshment Department for hon. Members' private dinners in the last 12 months; and how many copies of such menus have been kept by the Refreshment Department.
(114796)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
473
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115285)
474
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to make a contribution to the UN High Commission for Refugees' emergency appeal for refugees fleeing violence in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(115275)
475
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid and assistance has been given by the Government to developing countries attempting to implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
(114777)
476
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the outcomes of each investment made by Actis since February 2004.
(114778)
477
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the cost was for the (a) production and design, including payments to Cog Design, and (b) distribution to schools of the The World Classroom publication.
(115105)
478
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many World Classrom publications have been delivered to schools in the UK to date.
(115106)
479
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many civil servants in his Department worked to produce The World Classroom publication, broken down by pay band.
(115107)
480
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when preparation for his Department's The World Classroom publication commenced.
(115108)
481
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many school partnerships have been established between UK schools and schools in developing countries in each of the last 12 months.
(115109)
482
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what date the partnership programme linking UK schools with those in developing countries began.
(115110)
483
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the £7.5 million allocated over three years for the Global Schools Partnerships programme will be spent in (a) the UK and (b) developing countries.
(115111)
484
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate he has made of the number of school-aged children in the world that are not in education.
(115112)
485
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many schools in the UK have received (a) reciprocal visit grants, (b) Global Curriculum Project grants and (c) travel grants under his Global Schools Partnerships programme to date.
(115113)
486
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value is of grants given to date under the Global Schools Partnerships programme.
(115114)
487
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which schools in the UK have received more than £2,000 under his Global Schools Partnerships programme.
(115115)
488
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with which countries schools in the UK have so far been linked under his Global Schools Partnerships programme.
(115116)
489
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the cost and benefits of water privatisation in developing countries.
(114737)
490
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115252)
Questions to the Leader of the House
491
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Leader of the House, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Office in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115281)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
492
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115284)
493
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of EU funding allocated in Northern Ireland in the period 2000 to 2006 has been (a) spent and (b) returned.
(114976)
494
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many home carers are employed in the Western Health and Social Services Board area.
(114977)
495
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions patients in the Western Health and Social Services Board area have been detained in hospital because no home carers were available in each of the last 12 months.
(114978)
496
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will introduce a permit scheme to exempt residents of Derry City Centre from new car-parking restrictions introduced under the Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development's contract with NCP.
(114979)
497
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which performance indicators under the contract between the Department for Regional Development Roads Service and National Car Parks (NCP) qualify for additional performance-related payments; and what the maximum annual amount payable to NCP is, including performance payments.
(115238)
498
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Department of Health plans to produce an inventory of services available for adults with special needs in each health trust area in Northern Ireland.
(115254)
499
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants working in Belfast are normally domiciled in Foyle constituency; and what estimate he has made of the number of cars carrying those civil servants which make the return journey between Derry and Belfast on a daily basis.
(115261)
500
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what (a) funding and (b) capacity would be required to ensure 95 per cent. of features on statutory designated sites are in, or approaching, favourable conditions by 2016.
(115262)
501
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Public Service Agreement target published by the Department of the Environment in 2003 to ensure 95 per cent. of features on statutory designated sites are in, or approaching, favourable conditions by 2013 still stands.
(115263)
502
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what consideration has been given to filling the medical professional vacancies created when non-European area students leave Northern Ireland after they complete their Foundation programme.
(115266)
503
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he plans to take to maximise the take up in Northern Ireland of the upcoming calls under the EU (a) Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and (b) Cordis Framework Programme 7.
(115269)
504
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children in Northern Ireland have been referred to the reading centre for remedial education from each parliamentary constituency.
(115270)
505
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which external consultants were used by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.
(115201)
506
N
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Draft Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order takes account of Targeting Social Need Policy.
(114381)
507
N
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Water Service will be subject to the requirements of the Draft Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order.
(114545)
508
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115250)
Questions to the Prime Minister
509
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what the terms of reference are of the Policy Review Working Groups on (a) Great Britain and the world and (b) the role of the state.
(114874)
510
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, what rules apply to the attendance at Cabinet Committees by persons other than Ministers or officials.
(114893)
511
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Office in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specific date.
(115328)
512
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of brigading government responsibilities for the agricultural industry and the environment within one Department; and if he will move responsibility for the agricultural sector to the Department of Trade and Industry.
(114782)
513
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that Ministers uphold the principle of collective responsibility.
(114991)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
514
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115326)
515
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115239)
Questions to the Solicitor General
516
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, what meetings (a) the Attorney General and (b) the Director of the Serious Fraud Office had in 2006 with (i) representatives of BAE Systems and (ii) the UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.
(115160)
517
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, what investigations into alleged bribery and corruption by BAE Systems are being undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office; which countries are involved; when the investigations are expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(115162)
518
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, what investigations into alleged bribery and corruption by companies other than BAE Systems are being undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office; which countries are concerned; when the investigations are expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement.
(115163)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
519
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Government expects to publish the forthcoming Energy White Paper.
(115073)
520
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions the Government expects to have with stakeholders ahead of the publication of the Energy White Paper.
(115074)
521
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make the distinction in the Energy White Paper between the objectives of climate change and those of security of energy supply.
(115075)
522
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Energy White Paper will discuss the role of electric heating and hot water appliances within a low carbon and sustainable energy future.
(115076)
523
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what analysis the Government has carried out of the roll out of smarter metering systems in other European countries.
(115077)
524
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what analysis the Government has (a) carried out and (b) plans to carry out on the environmental and energy benefits of smarter metering systems.
(115078)
525
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115325)
526
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding was made available to each regional development Agency from the single pot contributed to by the Department for Education and Skills, Department for Culture Media and Sport, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Communities and Local Government in each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06; and what funding has been allocated to each regional development agency for 2006-07 and 2007-08.
(114877)
527
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proposals have been made for alternative uses of the Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories site following its delicensing.
(115226)
528
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether following his December statement post offices have been identified for closure; and what strategy is in place for recommending post offices for closure.
(115227)
529
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on progress on his Department's inquiry into the collapse of Farepak; and when he expects the inquiry to be completed.
(114241)
530
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research his Department has undertaken to assess the impact of the closure of rural post offices on rural communities.
(115157)
531
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1909W, on Unions 21, what the name was of the project for which payment was made to Unions 21 under the Strategic Partnership Fund; and what the purpose was of the payment.
(115190)
532
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1909W, on Unions 21, what the name was of the conference in respect of which payment was made to Unions 21 for its attendance; and what the purpose was of the payment.
(115191)
533
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which external consultants were used by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.
(115196)
534
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what percentage of first-class letters posted in the Peterborough City Council Unitary Authority Area met Royal Mail's delivery target in the last year for which figures are available.
(114843)
535
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which coal industry co-contractors have refused to agree settlements for coal health claims.
(114788)
536
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent estimate he has made of the financial losses to individuals resulting from the collapse of Astra.
(114794)
537
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of the two meetings about the UDM/Vendside agreement between his Department and AMS Law and Moss Solicitors in 1998 and 1999.
(114795)
538
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many claims for miner's compensation have been registered by Avalon solicitors in the name of John Mann.
(114798)
539
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many coal health claims are outstanding because of delays by co-contractors; and how many such cases concern pension loss claims.
(114800)
540
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many workers have been affected by employers not paying the minimum wage in Copeland; and what estimate he has made of (a) how much money this has withheld from the local economy and (b) how much this has cost the Exchequer.
(114901)
541
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will estimate how many employers in (a) Cumbria, (b) West Cumbria and (c) Copeland have avoided paying the minimum wage since its introduction.
(114902)
542
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses went bankrupt in each of the past three years for which figures are available.
(115091)
543
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when those post offices which are to close under the existing proposals will be informed; and if he will make a statement.
(114372)
544
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the grants awarded under the Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme toward biomass generation projects; and if he will make a statement.
(114871)
545
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115246)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
546
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account is taken of whether a company is trading on green belt land when the Traffic Commissioners consider its application for renewal of its operating licence.
(115258)
547
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what circumstances the Traffic Commissioners can refuse to renew an operating licence.
(115259)
548
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the incident which caused the closure of part of the M1 on Christmas Day.
(115152)
549
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specific date.
(115282)
550
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake not to approve any franchise agreement for the East Coast Main Line which would reduce services to Durham station.
(114775)
551
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the Highways Agency's (a) capital and (b) revenue budget was spent on roads which fall completely within (i) the boundary of a single local authority and (ii) the boundary of a single regional development agency in each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06.
(114878)
552
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the future of the National Ports Council Pension Scheme.
(114774)
553
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 18th December 2006, Official Report, column 132-3WS, on the Local Transport Capital Settlement 2007-08, whether the funding of £3 billion to improve local transport outside London is included in the total of £8 billion over the five years of the local transport plan period; and whether (a) that £3 billion and (b) any part of it had previously been announced.
(114951)
554
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated to assist in ensuring that the determination of the franchise for South West Trains to Stagecoach is sustainable in the long term; and if he will make a statement.
(115150)
555
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of supplying 2,900 extra cycling spaces at stations, as referred to on page 132 of his Department's annual report 2006.
(115293)
556
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what categories of individuals are permitted to use vehicles from the Government Car Service.
(115294)
557
Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for British national sovereignty arising from the EU proposal to treat all airspace above 25,000 feet over the EU as European airspace.
(115236)
558
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue was generated from fines resulting from speed camera convictions in Cambridgeshire in the latest year for which figures are available; and what sums were passed to (a) the Consolidated Fund and (b) the Cambridgeshire Safety Camera Partnership.
(114842)
559
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents were caused by drivers failing to use headlights when road and weather conditions required their use in each of the last five years.
(114963)
560
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in each of the last five years; and what his estimate is of the likely expenditure in each of the next four years.
(115028)
561
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115240)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
562
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Office in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115283)
563
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115251)
564
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the location of the Energy Technologies Institute; and if he will make a statement.
(114047)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
565
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written questions were answered within 10 working days; and what percentage of named day questions were answered by the specified date.
(115280)
566
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will answer the Question tabled by the hon. Member for Twickenham on 17th November 2006, on bonus payments, reference 102054.
(112761)
567
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the case for information packs being provided to new carers on their rights and entitlements; and if he will make a statement.
(115276)
568
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what role the trustees of pension funds have in assisting people in accessing the Financial Assistance Scheme; and what advice his Department is making available to trustees about their role.
(115034)
569
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average time taken for applicants eligible for payments from the Financial Assistance Scheme to receive such payments following applications.
(115035)
570
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he plans to make Government information available to deaf and blind people under the Disability Equality Duty.
(114861)
571
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each local authority ward in Peterborough constituency received incapacity benefit in each year since its introduction.
(114846)
572
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each local authority ward in Peterborough constituency receive pension credit; and what the total cost was of these payments in the latest period for which figures are available.
(114853)
573
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job vacancies were notified to the jobcentre in Peterborough constituency in each month since May 1997.
(114854)
574
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid out by the Financial Assistance Scheme since its inception.
(114780)
575
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of increasing the annual Winter Fuel Payment to take account of increases in energy bills.
(114961)
576
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in Leicester South are in receipt of the winter fuel payment.
(114962)
577
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.
(115244)
578
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to assist those people with a disability who require the setting of high temperatures in their homes to fund domestic heating costs.
(115317)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
579
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are employed in the defence industry in England and Wales.
[Transferred] (115292)
580
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are employed in the defence industry in Scotland.
[Transferred] (115330)
581
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with counterparts from other NATO countries on the numbers of combat personnel in Afghanistan.
[Transferred] (115093)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
582
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to encourage the taking of courses leading to specialised diplomas in schools, higher education institutions and colleges; and what steps he is taking to improve the acceptability of such qualifications to employers.
[Question Unstarred] (114153)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
583
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to review the legislation on the control of dangerous dogs.
[Transferred] (114880)
584
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to prohibit the ownership of a dog which is out of control in private.
[Transferred] (114804)
585
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take in 2007 to reduce the import of illegal timber into the UK.
[Transferred] (114738)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
586
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on the investment climate and business confidence in the UK of the decision to halt Serious Fraud Office investigations into alleged bribery by BAE Systems.
[Transferred] (115159)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
587
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to require local authorities to publish a statement annually setting out their policies on street lighting with details of the number, age and energy efficiency of the assets; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (114834)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
588
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many appeals the Valuation Office Agency has processed in relation to the council tax revaluation in Wales; how many were allowed (a) in whole and (b) in part; and how many appeals are outstanding.
[Transferred] (114718)

 
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