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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 16 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 16 January 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 16 January 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 16 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 16 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 16 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), what conclusions were reached on company tax obstacles hindering the functioning of the internal market; and if he will make a statement.
(116221)
2
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), if he will make a statement on the conclusions reached on future work to combat tax fraud.
(116222)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), if he will make a statement on the agreement reached on the Travellers' Allowance Directive.
(116223)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), if he will make a statement on the agreement reached on an extension of the 2003 e-commerce arrangements.
(116225)
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), if he will make a statement on the conclusions adopted on reducing administrative burdens caused by requirements to report data in the European Union.
(116247)
6
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), if he will make a statement on the conclusions reached on future work to combat tax fraud.
(116249)
7
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), if he will make a statement on the European Commission's (a) presentation on its approach to and (b) conclusions on tackling barriers in the clearing and settlement industry.
(116271)
8
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), if he will make a statement on the Finnish progress report on the directive on payment services in the internal market.
(116272)
9
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 93WS, on ECOFIN (28th November), if he will make a statement on the issues discussed relating to the minimum excise rates on alcoholic beverages.
(116274)
10
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Department of Trade and Industry regarding trends in the cost of energy and fuel bills.
(114886)
11
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on employee share ownership schemes; and what estimate he has made of how many companies operate such schemes.
(114890)
12
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in preparations for his Department's implementation of the gender equality duty in April; and if he will make a statement.
(116257)
13
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the gender equality duty across his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
(116258)
14
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that all departments receive guidance on how to implement the gender equality duty with the guidance issued to departments for the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007.
(116259)
15
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department will play in promoting the gender equality duty to other Government departments as part of the public service agreement process; and if he will make a statement.
(116260)
16
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of his Department's civil servants work full-time to support the two special advisers assigned to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury; and what the pay bands are of each such civil servant.
(116053)
17
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff have left HM Revenue and Customs under (a) Compulsory Early Retirement, (b) Flexible Early Retirement and (c) Approved Early Retirement since its formation in each of the last five years, broken down by grade.
(115996)
18
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of foreign direct investment into the UK from (a) takeovers, (b) relocation of companies' head offices and (c) the creation of new businesses in the UK in 2005-06.
(110206)
19
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30th November 2006, Official Report, column 845W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the total cost to the public purse was of each foreign visit; how many staff went on each visit; and what the (a) purpose and (b) destination was of each visit.
(116202)
20
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library (a) a copy of the August 2005 HIYA! in-house magazine produced by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and (b) copies of the previous in-house staff magazines produced by the VOA from January 2003 to July 2005.
(116203)
21
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many visits representatives from the Valuation Office Agency have made to Hong Kong in the last five years; and for what purpose.
(116204)
22
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income tax has not been collected because of erroneous addressing in the last two years.
(116264)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
23
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what definition she uses of the term `affordable housing'; how many affordable homes there are in the Chelmsford local authority area; and how many there were in 1997.
(114809)
24
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many social houses there are in the Chelmsford local authority area.
(114810)
25
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the allocation to social housing in the Chelmsford local authority area was given to families and individuals who were resident outside the Chelmsford local authority area prior to an offer of housing being made in each of the last 10 years.
(114811)
26
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people (a) living within the Chelmsford local authority area and (b) living outside the Chelmsford local authority area are on the Chelmsford housing waiting list; and what the figures were in 1997.
(114812)
27
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the total value of Government equity loans to be provided as part of the Open Market HomeBuy scheme; and on what basis this estimate has been made.
(116252)
28
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the Government support to be provided as part of the Open Market HomeBuy scheme in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010; and on what basis these estimates were made.
(116253)
29
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the Government support to be provided as part of the New Build HomeBuy scheme in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010; and on what basis these estimates have been made.
(116255)
30
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the Government support to be provided as part of the Social HomeBuy scheme in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009, (e) 2010 and (f) in total to date; and on what basis these estimates have been made.
(116256)
31
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to address caste discrimination in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(110207)
32
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what meetings the Valuation Office Agency has had with representatives of the Hong Kong government's Rating Valuation Department in relation to best practice, new technology and methodologies used in the valuation of domestic properties.
(116205)
33
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much council tax has not been collected because of erroneous addressing in the last two years.
(116263)
34
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage of Ordnance Survey's turnover in the year ending 31st March 2005, excluding the National Interest Mapping Services Agreement, came from licensing its products and services to local and central government agencies and other public bodies.
(116290)
35
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Ordnance Survey has spent on legal fees in the last two years.
(116291)
36
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many lawyers have been employed as permanent staff by Ordnance Survey in the past 12 months.
(116292)
37
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Director General of Ordnance Survey takes to separate her responsibility as a vendor of services to government from her role as the Government's Geographic Information Adviser.
(116293)
38
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Ordnance Survey has spent on (a) creating and (b) maintaining addressing products in the last two years.
(116294)
39
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much local authorities have spent on (a) creating and (b) maintaining the National Land and Property Gazeteer in the last two years.
(116295)
40
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much local authorities have saved due to efficiencies resulting from their local land and property gazeteers.
(116296)
41
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of separate address datasets maintained across (a) central and (b) local government.
(116297)
42
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the National Land and Property Gazeteer is available for central government use.
(116298)
43
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the savings which might result from the use of a single master address dataset across central and local government.
(116299)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
44
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the aims of the Public Sector Information Regulations relating to maximising the re-use of public sector information and stimulation of the economy are achieved.
(116265)
45
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what action is taken against public sector information holders who breach the Information Fair Trader Scheme guidelines.
(116266)
46
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure public sector information holders offer the same terms and conditions to external licensees as those applied to their own products and services.
(116267)
47
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps have been taken in response to the Office of Public Sector Information's proposal that public sector information holders should be set timetables and goal times within which to respond to requests.
(116268)
48
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will review the Office of Public Sector Information's powers and remit.
(116269)
49
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make more stringent the requirements on public sector information holders regarding the reasons which may be given for (a) refusing a licence and (b) changing licence terms.
(116270)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
50
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will make representations to the Football Association to support Gibraltar's request to enter a team in the UEFA Cup.
(115998)
51
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much public sector spending will be required to construct the athletes' village for the London 2012 Olympics.
(116000)
52
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her evidence to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport of 21st November 2006, if she will break down into main budget headings the £400 million of expenditure she announced for an Olympic Delivery Partner.
(116001)
53
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to her evidence to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport of 21st November, if she will break down into main budget headings the extra £900 million she announced.
(116002)
54
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her current estimate is of the security budget for the London 2012 Olympics.
(116003)
55
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much public sector investment will be required to (a) build and (b) convert the broadcast and media centre for the London 2012 Olympics.
(116004)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
56
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what price premium for the Defence Training Review his Department expects to pay in return for transferring risk to the private sector.
(116273)
57
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been of (a) Project SLAM and (b) Project Allenby/Connaught in each year of the contract.
(115143)
58
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual (a) capital and (b) resource cost has been for the building and maintenance of (i) single living accommodation and (ii) service families accommodation in each financial year since 1997.
(115144)
59
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what provision there is for (a) free and (b) subsidised access to (i) television, (ii) satellite television, (iii) internet and (iv) telephones for personnel in each of the services when (A) on operations abroad and (B) in their home base; and if he will make a statement.
(115145)
60
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January 2007, Official Report, column 101W, on official engagements, what factors he took into account when deciding not to attend (a) the Defence Council Reception and (b) the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme Reception on 22nd November 2006.
(115947)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
61
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of candidates achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics in each (a) selective, (b) partially selective and (c) comprehensive local education authority in 2006, broken down (i) into (A) pupils receiving and (B) pupils not receiving free school meals and (ii) by ethnic origin of pupils.
(116200)
62
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of recent changes in educational standards at St. Peter's College, Chelmsford.
(114840)
63
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which statistics released by his Department and its agencies are classified as (a) national statistics and (b) official statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(115470)
64
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been included in each local authority's proposed rate support grant to pay for the training of educational psychologists.
(116078)
65
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils sat GCSE history in 2006 in (a) each region and (b) each local education authority; and what percentage of all GCSE pupils in each area each figure represents.
(115997)
66
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils sat AS level history in 2006 in each (a) region and (b) local education authority; and what percentage of all AS level pupils in each area those figures represent.
(116041)
67
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils sat A2 level history in 2006 in each (a) region and (b) local education authority; and what percentage of all A2 level pupils in each area each figure represents.
(116042)
68
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many history graduates entered teacher training in order to qualify as secondary school history teachers in each of the last 10 years.
(116049)
69
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils achieved an A* to C grade in GCSE history in 2006 in each (a) region and (b) local education authority; and what percentage of all GCSE pupils in each area each figure represents.
(116050)
70
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers qualified in 2005-06; and how many of those who qualified in that year have not secured teaching jobs.
(113716)
71
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 organisations which have provided informal feedback welcoming the provision in the Further Education and Training Bill.
(115624)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
72
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that farmers are aware of their obligations under the Agricultural Waste Regulations.
(116250)
73
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage public sector bodies to procure their food requirements from (a) sustainable sources and (b) local producers.
(116251)
74
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in tackling fuel poverty in households in the UK.
(114887)
75
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to preserve the long-term future of canals and waterways.
(114888)
76
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support tourism in rural areas; and what assessment he has made of the effect of cuts in spending to inland waterways on rural economies.
(116286)
77
N
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings officials of his Department have had with representatives from (a) the disposable nappy industry and (b) the Absorbent Hygiene Products Manufacture Association on diverting nappy waste from landfill.
(115146)
78
N
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to extend existing producer responsibility schemes to producers of single use products.
(115147)
79
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many single payment scheme claimants have been written to by the Rural Payments Agency (a) advising them that their claim may be adjusted and (b) to seek a refund of overpayment; and what total sum of money is being reclaimed following overpayment.
(115187)
80
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of the ECR71 software system being installed at the Rural Payments Agency; and what the cost was of the system it replaces.
(115188)
81
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions officials in his Department have had with (a) officials in the Department for Trade and Industry and (b) suppliers about the minimum level of functionality of smarter metering systems.
(116288)
82
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the implementation of the Energy Services Directive.
(116302)
83
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on electronic identification of sheep.
(116068)
84
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated cost is of implementing EU Regulation 21/2004, on electronic identification, for an average-sized (a) market and (b) slaughterhouse.
(116069)
85
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to apply for a derogation from EU Regulation 21/2004 on electronic identification.
(116070)
86
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated cost is of implementing EU Regulation 21/2004 on electronic identification on an average-sized flock of sheep.
(116071)
87
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average size of a flock of sheep is in each European Union member state.
(116072)
88
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the (a) fire and (b) environmental health services share common addresses for storage sites of hazardous waste.
(116307)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
89
N
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals for action to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the declared nuclear weapons states her Department is preparing for the Government to present to the preparatory committee meeting in May of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review.
(115891)
90
N
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make an assessment of whether Scotland would automatically assume membership of the EU should it become an independent state.
(115148)
91
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether consulates abroad record the (a) offence and (b) sentence of British prisoners convicted abroad.
(116226)
92
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether consulates abroad record the (a) name, (b) fingerprints, (c) passport number and (d) DNA of British criminals convicted abroad.
(116227)
93
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what procedure her Department has in place for the transfer of the records of British criminals convicted abroad from consulates abroad to the London Consular Division.
(116228)
94
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many referrals the Consular Department has made to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency of British prisoners (a) released and (b) deported from abroad in (i) the last 12 months and (ii) each of the last five years.
(116229)
95
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the detention of British citizens following the recent fighting in Somalia; and what plans she has to seek to effect their return to the UK.
(115585)
96
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has to press the UN for action against peace-keeping troops stationed in Southern Sudan who are alleged to have committed sexual offences.
(115586)
97
N
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Iranian nuclear programme.
(115472)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
98
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group to deliver its report to Ministers; and when she plans to make the report publicly available.
(116206)
99
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projections her Department has made of the number of cases of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile likely to arise in each quarter of each of the next two years, broken down by NHS trust; and if she will make a statement.
(116219)
100
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projection the Department has made of the change in the number of cases of MRSA likely to have occurred by April 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(116220)
101
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) MRSA and (b) Clostridium Difficile were reported in each quarter of each of the last five years, broken down by NHS trust; and if she will make a statement.
(116236)
102
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adverse reaction reports were received through the yellow card reporting system for (a) all anti-psychotic drugs, (b) traditional anti-psychotic drugs and (c) atypical anti-psychotic drugs since 31st March 2006; how many prescriptions there were for each type of drug for those aged (i) 60 to 64, (ii) 65 to 74 and (iii) 75 years and over; and if she will make a statement.
(116237)
103
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were performed within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine, (j) 10, (k) 11 and (l) 12 weeks or more of referral from a general practitioner or specialist practitioner in each quarter in each of the last five years, broken down by acute hospital trust.
(116241)
104
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations have been subject to medical deferral in each quarter of each of the last five years, broken down by acute hospital trust; and if she will make a statement.
(116242)
105
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the figures for the number of adults placed in residential care out of areas for the year 1st April 2005 to 31st March 2006 will be available.
(116243)
106
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many chiropodists were employed in the NHS in England in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement.
(116244)
107
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency re-admissions there have been to hospitals for those aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years and over in each quarter of each of the last three years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement.
(116245)
108
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years and over were treated for depression in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement.
(116246)
109
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years and over were placed on (i) general wards and (ii) specialist wards in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement.
(116248)
110
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on the potential conflict of interest in the Food Standards Agency's report Food Served to Older People in Residential Care which recommends the nutritional assessment package, Saffron Nutrition, and which was compiled by an employee of the company which produces the package; and if she will make a statement.
(116262)
111
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which statistics released by her Department and its agencies are classified as (a) national statistics and (b) official statistics; and if she will make a statement.
(115469)
112
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department has taken to reduce the number of cold-related deaths.
(114889)
113
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will introduce a sustainable service for hearing aids equal to that of independent service providers.
(116304)
114
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations her Department has received about possible closure of the Royal Surrey County Hospital.
(116254)
115
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) MRSA and (B) clostridium difficile have been reported in each hospital located within the Greater London area in each year since 2000.
(116077)
116
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulances on emergency call to a property were unable immediately to locate the right address upon arrival in the last two years.
(116305)
117
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether general practitioners and hospital computer systems share a common address base for their patients.
(116306)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
118
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted for (a) drunkenness, (b) driving after consuming alcohol and (c) causing death by dangerous driving when under the influence of drink or drugs in each year since 1997 in (i) England, (ii) each region and (iii) each London borough.
(116218)
119
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17th December 2006, Official Report, columns 831-2W, on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, when he expects the figures for correspondence from hon. Members and responses to be published on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate website; and if he will place the available figures in the Library.
(116240)
120
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which statistics released by his Department and its agencies are classified as (a) national statistics and (b) official statistics; and if he will make a statement.
(115468)
121
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7th December 2006 to the hon. Member for Newark, Official Report, column 643W, on Hizb ut-Tahir, what the reasons are for the policy; and if he will make a statement.
(116171)
122
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a police officer wearing a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protection suit will be classed as a constable in uniform.
(116201)
123
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures there are for adding military convictions which occur (a) in the UK and (b) overseas to the Police National Computer.
(116215)
124
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish the report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2005.
(116216)
125
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures there are for adding onto the Police National Computer the details of those convicted overseas and then deported to UK prisons.
(116217)
126
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals to the Serious Organised Crime Agency of British prisoners (a) released and (b) deported from abroad have been made by the Consular Division of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in each of the last five years.
(116275)
127
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his statement of 10th January 2007, Official Report, column 285, on the criminal records backlog, how many of the 260 most serious offenders entered into the Police National Computer are working with vulnerable people.
(116280)
128
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the statement of 10th January 2007, Official Report, column 285, on the criminal records backlog, how many of the 260 most serious offenders are working (i) with children, (ii) in the education system, (iii) in the NHS, (iv) with the elderly and (v) with disabled people.
(116281)
129
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his statement of 10th January 2007, Official Report, column 285, on the criminal records backlog, how many of the 260 most serious offenders now entered into the Police National Computer have re-offended since notifications were made.
(116282)
130
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the statement of 10th January 2007, Official Report, column 285, on the criminal records backlog, what estimate he has made of the number of British criminals convicted in non-Council of Europe countries who have been able to return to the UK without being registered on the Police National Computer.
(116283)
131
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his statement of 10th January 2007, Official Report, column 285, on the criminal records backlog, how many Association of Chief Police Officers staff have job responsibilities for clearing the backlog of 27,529 files; and how many had such responsibilities before 10th January.
(116284)
132
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Statement of 10th January 2007, Official Report, column 285, on the criminal records backlog, how many of the 260 of the most serious offenders whose files are on the Police National Computer the Criminal Records Bureau had checked on 12th January.
(116300)
133
N
Mr George Galloway (Bethnal Green & Bow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many black and minority ethnic Metropolitan Police officers applied for positions with the rank of Commander in the last two years; how many have been appointed to those positions; and if he will make a statement.
(114934)
134
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information was given to the Association of Chief Police Officers when they bid to become the UK central authority for the exchange of criminal records on outstanding notifications from other countries of British citizens who had committed crimes abroad.
(116105)
135
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the outstanding notifications from other countries of British citizens who committed crimes abroad were (a) notified and (b) passed to the Association of Chief Police Officers.
(116106)
136
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cause is of the delay in publishing the report into the road death pilot projects which ended in March 2005; and when he expects it to be published.
(115957)
137
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Government response to the National Audit Office report Helping victims and witnesses: the work of Victim Support (HC1212 Oct. 02), whether his Department has provided tender specifications for (a) an information pack for people bereaved by road death and (b) victim care units.
(115958)
138
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to comply with the recommendations of the National Audit Office report Helping victims and witnesses: the work of Victim Support (HC1212 Oct. 02) with respect to the provisions of the compact with the voluntary and community sector for fair access to funding and its applicability to bereaved victims' charities.
(115959)
139
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many murder and manslaughter victims have been killed by assailants previously convicted of murder or manslaughter in the last 10 years.
(115960)
140
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the causes are of the delay in publishing the report A systematic Review of the Evidence Relating to the Provision of Support for Victims and Witnesses of Crime by Dr Gillian Mezey commissioned in April 2004; and when he expects it to be published.
(115961)
141
N
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the constituent of the hon. Member for Hereford, reference J1105109 will (a) have her application finalised with the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and (b) have a National Insurance number issued to her; and if he will make a statement.
(115999)
142
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of 10th October 2006 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on behalf of Wenceslas Mwanda Baka Nzita (Home Office reference M729250).
(116224)
143
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions (a) he and (b) his predecessors have used the power to revoke British citizenship in each of the last 10 years.
(116313)
144
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons he has revoked British citizenship in the last 10 years.
(116314)
145
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures the Government is taking to maintain accurate records of prisoners within the prison system.
(116315)
146
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures his Department has in place to assess the suitability of prisoners to be placed in low security prisons.
(116316)
147
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to promote the exchange of views on sentencing policy between his Department and the Crown Prosecution Service.
(116317)
148
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how his Department plans to implement the proposed sentencing reforms set out in the report Making Sentencing Clearer; and if he will make a statement.
(116318)
149
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Child Protection Agency, police and local authorities share a common address database for their services.
(116308)
150
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminals who have absconded gave a non-existent address for residency in the last two years.
(116309)
151
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigrants awaiting deportation who have absconded gave non-existent residency addresses in the last two years.
(116310)
152
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police raids were conducted on the wrong premises as a result of an address error in the last two years.
(116311)
153
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the police and ambulance services share a common address database for their services.
(116312)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
154
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) members of the Portland Trust and (b) officials in his Department took part in his meeting of 11th October 2005 with the Portland Trust; and what the purpose of the meeting was.
(115946)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
155
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what criteria are used when determining the prescription of Reminyl to patients with Alzheimer's disease on the NHS in Northern Ireland.
(115557)
156
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the drug Reminyl is available on the NHS prescribed list of medicines for all patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease in Northern Ireland; and how many patients are being treated with the drug in Northern Ireland.
(115559)
Questions to the Prime Minister
157
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has received the report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner for 2005; and when he expects the report to be placed before the House.
(116261)
Questions to the Solicitor General
158
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Solicitor General, in what ways prosecuting authorities determine the weight which is given to (a) the national interest and (b) the rule of law when determining whether to initiate prosecutions for serious fraud.
(116289)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
159
N
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what regulations govern the employment of staff deployed by employment agencies; and what checks are undertaken to ensure that the terms and conditions of employment of such employees meet legal requirements.
(115339)
160
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints have been made to the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate under (a) Regulation 7 of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 and (b) under Regulation 9(11) of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 1976 in the last five years; how many of these complaints were upheld; and how many complaints led to prosecution proceedings.
(115995)
161
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent progress has been made on the implementation of the Energy Services Directive.
(116301)
162
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with suppliers about the minimum level of functionality of smarter metering systems.
(116303)
163
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps (a) his Department and (b) Ofgem have taken to support small businesses in the energy market.
(116238)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
164
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many crimes were reported to British Transport Police in (a) England, (b) London, (c) each London borough and (d) each London (i) underground, (ii) mainline and (iii) interchange station in relation to (A) violence against the person, (B) sexual offences, (C) theft of passenger property and (D) robbery in each of the last five years, broken down by sex of the victim; and whether the crime was reported by a member of (1) the public and (2) rail staff in each case.
(116230)
165
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2006, Official Report, column 230W, on helicopter noise, what the conclusions were of the meeting held with representatives of the London Assembly's Environmental Committee to discuss the recommendations in the committee's report, London in a spin - A review of helicopter noise; and if he will make a statement.
(116239)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
166
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what impact (a) existing and (b) forthcoming equality legislation (i) has had and (ii) will have on the status of female members of private golf clubs; and if she will make a statement.
(116287)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
167
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the value of fraudulent benefit claims which could be detected annually if a definitive national database of addresses existed.
(116285)

 
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