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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 18 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 18 January 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 18 January 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 18 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 18 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 18 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on (a) the progress to date and (b) the timetable for completion of the crosscutting review of mental health and employment outcomes in relation to the comprehensive spending review.
(116014)
2
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) on monitoring and review of the memorandum of understanding between SSAC and the Department.
(116635)
3
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Social Security Advisory Committee on a review of the memorandum of understanding between SSAC and the Department.
(116636)
4
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the comments of the Chairman of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) in the foreword to the SSAC 19th Stewardship Report about the timing for a review of the memorandum of understanding between SSAC and the Department.
(116637)
5
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) progress has been made to date and (b) timetable has been set for completion of the cross cutting review of the future role of the third sector in social and economic regeneration that will be used to inform the comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.
(116638)
6
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many prosecutions for carousel fraud there have been in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(116011)
7
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact on tax (a) receipts and (b) payments were the UK to move to a full system of reverse charge VAT; and what percentage would the estimated change represent of total annual VAT revenue.
(116012)
8
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the defendants in cases of carousel fraud were known to be part of organised crime gangs in each of the last five years for which records are available.
(116013)
9
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many flights were made by HM Revenue and Customs managers to (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(116572)
10
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last discussed the reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales with the Secretary of State for Wales.
(116573)
11
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what dates Ministers in his Department made official visits to Coventry in each year since 1997.
(116074)
12
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when (a) he and (b) his officials were first informed of the Consumer Price Index inflation figures to be published on 16th January.
(116630)
13
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the availability to the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England of inflation data produced by the Office of National Statistics prior to the public release of such data.
(116634)
14
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of first-time house buyers were exempted from Stamp Duty Land Tax in each year since 1997, broken down by region.
(116823)
15
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what preparatory work his Department undertook to assess the effects of the increase in passenger duty announced in the Pre-Budget Report on (a) airlines and (b) passengers.
(116574)
16
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will refuse to pay additional amounts of air passenger duty at airports after 1st February if required to do so by airlines for tickets booked before that date.
(116575)
17
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will pay the higher rates of air passenger duty announced in the pre-budget report in the 12 months after 1st February.
(116629)
18
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue air passenger duty raised in each of the last 10 years.
(117127)
19
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on carbon offsetting for air travel in the past 12 months.
(117130)
20
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultations were held with the travel industry before the announcement of the recent increase in air passenger duty.
(116911)
21
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the travel industry on the effect of the recent increase in air passenger duty on the industry; and if he will make a statement.
(116912)
22
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) births and (b) deaths there were in Chorley constituency in each year since 1997.
(117213)
23
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117089)
24
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Defence and (b) Prime Minister on additional allocations of funds for defence.
(117139)
25
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are employed to process self-assessment tax returns; and at what cost in each of the last three years.
(117145)
26
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of how much additional tax was (a) collected and (b) rebated in 2006 as a result of the self-assessment process.
(117146)
27
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether revenue from the increase in Airline Passenger Duty will be spent on tackling climate change; and if he will make a statement.
(116453)
28
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's estimate is of the rate of (a) household inflation, (b) single pensioner household inflation and (c) pensioner household inflation.
(116944)
29
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the director of the tax credit office, Preston, to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North, dated 27th November 2006, on a constituent; if he will ensure that a reply is sent; and what the reasons are for the delay in replying.
(116454)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
30
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she has estimated the average House Price Tax payment which would apply per property for people living in Altrincham and Sale West if the scheme being piloted in Northern Ireland were introduced in England.
(116695)
31
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place a restriction on the number of times a planning application can be made to develop the same site.
(115189)
32
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands have been part of the Government's decent homes scheme.
(116075)
33
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many vacant dwellings there were in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire in the latest period for which figures are available.
(117191)
34
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what provision there was of (a) social housing and (b) affordable housing in Chorley constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(117192)
35
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what temporary housing provision was made available to the homeless in Chorley constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(117193)
36
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) work related and (b) fire related injuries were sustained by Lancashire fire fighters in each of the last five years.
(117217)
37
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) disabled people and (b) people who receive disability allowance have benefited from the disabled band reduction scheme in relation to their council tax.
(116522)
38
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what capital receipts have been received by Birmingham City Council from Right to Buy sales in each year since 1995-96; what percentage has been (a) used to repay housing revenue account debt, (b) pooled and (c) available for housing investment in Birmingham; and how much financial support has been provided for Birmingham City Council's housing capital expenditure.
(116950)
39
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much housing revenue account subsidy was paid to Birmingham City Council in each year since 1995-96; what amount has been paid in housing benefit to council tenants in each year; and how this has been financed.
(116951)
40
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures she is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) her Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom she has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117078)
41
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was allocated to (a) regional assemblies and (b) Government offices for the regions for 2006-07, broken down by budget heading.
(117138)
42
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department takes to protect sporting and recreational grounds from development.
(117148)
43
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority houses were (a) demolished, (b) built and (c) sold under Right to Buy in 2006.
(116942)
44
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Buncefield oil disaster on local property values; and if she will make a statement.
(114937)
45
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures have been put in place since the Buncefield disaster to inform hon. Members about control of major accident hazard registered sites within their constituency.
(114938)
46
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures have been taken since the Buncefield disaster to ensure that local fire services are properly equipped to deal with the potential health and safety threats posed by those control of major accident hazard sites located within the area of their service coverage; and if she will make a statement.
(114939)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
47
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total liability is of judicial pension schemes.
(117098)
48
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost to the Government has been of defending refusals to provide information in response to Freedom of Information requests.
(117099)
49
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost per hour of running the magistrates courts system in England.
(117211)
50
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what measures she is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) her Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom she has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117079)
51
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the most recent timescale since the changes announced by her Department is for inquests of members of the armed forces who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(116780)
52
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many inquests remain to be heard in relation to members of the armed forces who lost their lives as a result of military duties in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan (i) since 2003 in total, (ii) in 2004, (iii) in 2005 and (iv) in 2006; and in how many cases an inquest has not been concluded a year after death.
(116781)
53
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to her Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1769W, on the Libra project, how many magistrates courts remain to be equipped; and at what rate courts are being equipped.
(116982)
54
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Carter review on the provision of legal aid.
(116939)
55
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what representations her Department has received from mental health lawyers on the reform of legal aid.
(117053)
56
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of proposed legal aid reforms on lawyers specialising in mental health law; and if she will make a statement.
(117054)
57
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Health on the effect of legal aid reforms on lawyers specialising in mental health law.
(117055)
58
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many legal aid practices specialising in mental health law there were in each year since 1997.
(117056)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
59
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that awareness of Highland 2007, the Year of Highland Culture, is raised throughout the United Kingdom.
(116899)
60
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether TV Licensing keeps up-to-date records of the legal occupiers of a property as well as whether a valid licence is held for that property.
(116954)
61
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in which part of the UK the most TV licence evaders were caught in the last 12 months; and what precentage that figure represents of all households in that area.
(116955)
62
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether TV Licensing has access to data held by other Government departments to aid them in tracking licence evaders.
(116956)
63
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what action her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) is planning to improve quality of life in Coventry, with particular reference to sporting and cultural activities.
(116073)
64
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of revenue funding for theatre has been in each financial year since 1996-97 in England.
(116680)
65
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures she is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) her Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom she has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117080)
66
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are in place for liaison between her Department and the Department for Communities and Local Government to protect sporting and recreational grounds from being developed for housing.
(117147)
67
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was allocated to the Heritage Lottery Fund from the National Lottery Distribution Fund in each of the last three years; and how much will be allocated in 2007-08.
(116919)
68
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons the listing application for Ibsley Control Tower has been referred to the Minister for Culture, the hon. Member for Tottenham, for decision; and if she will make a statement.
(116518)
69
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when a decision will be made on the listing application for Ibsley Control Tower; and if she will make a statement.
(116519)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
70
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by how much the defence budget reduced as a consequence of the 1998 Strategic Defence Review.
(116528)
71
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Chinooks are (a) in working use in the UK military and (b) operating in Afghanistan.
(116876)
72
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel in single living accommodation have (a) a television set and (b) access to Sky TV in their rooms; how many sets have been purchased for the use of service personnel in each year since 1997; and what the cost has been in each of the last 12 months.
(116642)
73
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on (a) television sets and (b) Sony Playstations for the use of service personnel in each of the last three financial years for which figures are available.
(116678)
74
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of personnel in (a) the Royal Air Force and (b) the Army worked excessive hours in each year since 2001.
(116679)
75
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on morale in the Royal Navy.
(117227)
76
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to pay the other claims for compensation to civilians interned by the Japanese associated with the class action against his Department won by Mrs Elias.
(117025)
77
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for compensation for British civilians interned by the Japanese have been made by British Jews interned in Singapore; and how many have been paid.
(117026)
78
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for compensation by British civilians interned by the Japanese have been paid under the 20 year attachment to the UK rule; how many remain to be paid; why he introduced the rule; and if he will make a statement.
(117027)
79
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made with his proposal to establish a hardship fund for British civilian prisoners of the Japanese who could not be paid compensation under the 20 year rule; how many claimants fall into this category; and what investigations are being made into their cases.
(117028)
80
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research he has evaluated on the failure rate of M85 sub-munitions; and if he will change the classification of L20A1 munitions from not dumb.
(117157)
81
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress the Government has made in phasing out its stockpiles of dumb cluster munitions; and if he will make a statement.
(117158)
82
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects A400M tactical airlift aircraft to be introduced into service.
(117044)
83
N
Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to deliver the (a) Mastiff armoured vehicles to Iraq and (b) Vector armoured vehicles to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(116782)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
84
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much he has spent on carbon offsetting for air travel in the past 12 months.
(117128)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
85
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary schools have published their disability equality schemes in accordance with the deadline of 4th December 2006.
(116826)
86
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what consultations he has undertaken on the use of wireless networking in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(116887)
87
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether his Department has published any regulations or guidelines concerning the use of wireless networking in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(116888)
88
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will issue guidance to local authorities considering putting out to tender statutory assessments of young carers.
[R] (116874)
89
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the annual budget is of Investors in People; and how many people are employed there.
(117101)
90
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what public funding has been supplied to (a) the Union Academy and (b) Union Learning; and what courses have been funded involving (i) media studies, (ii) negotiating skills and (iii) economics.
(117103)
91
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have been put on the failing list subsequent to the closure of a neighbouring school in its catchment area since May 1997.
(117105)
92
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget is of the Schools Absence Strategy; and what assessment he has made of its effectiveness.
(117106)
93
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what finances are targeted in 2006-07 to support the underachieving groups of (a) selected ethnic minorities, (b) white working class boys and (c) looked-after children identified on page 29 of his Department's annual report.
(117107)
94
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will list the National Skills academies which have been established.
(117108)
95
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget is of the Joint International Unit; and how much was spent over 2005-06 on recruiting foreign students to UK institutions.
(117109)
96
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the annual budget is of the Office for Fair Access; and how many people are employed there.
(117111)
97
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the annual budget is of the National College of School Leadership; and how many people are employed there.
(117112)
98
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether Investors in People (UK) has been awarded the Investors in People award.
(117113)
99
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what vocational skills are covered by the Centres of Vocational Excellence.
(117114)
100
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many education supervision orders were put in place for children with special educational need in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire in each of the last five years.
(117194)
101
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of children in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire with a special educational need were referred to the Special Educational Need and Disability Tribunal in the last two years.
(117195)
102
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many unauthorised absences from schools in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire there were in each year since 1997.
(117196)
103
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of families in Chorley (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up (i) free and (ii) subsidised childcare.
(117197)
104
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of schools in Lancashire likely to be (a) built and (b) refurbished through the capital spending announced in the Chancellor's public spending statement.
(117198)
105
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117081)
106
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers took early retirement in (a) Suffolk, (b) Norfolk, (c) Essex, (d) Cambridgeshire, (e) Bedfordshire, (f) Hertfordshire and (g) England in each year since 1997, broken down by type of institution.
(117032)
107
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new schools were built under the direct management of (a) his Department and (b) local authorities in each of the past 30 years.
(116929)
108
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many books have been made available for visually impaired pupils in (a) Braille, (b) audio and (c) large print format in each local education authority in the last 12 months.
(116938)
109
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has to increase the availability of school books which have been specially adapted for use by visually impaired pupils; and if he will make a statement.
(116940)
110
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) permanent and (b) temporary exclusions there were in England in each year from 2000 to 2006; and how many were as a result of (i) drug taking, (ii) drug selling, (iii) violence towards other pupils, (iv) violence towards teachers, (v) vandalism of school property, (vi) theft of school property, (vii) possession of a weapon and (viii) other reasons.
(116958)
111
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on repairing damage to schools caused by vandalism in each local education authority in each year from 2000 to 2006.
(116959)
112
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many incidents of vandalism on and in schools in England were reported in each of the last 10 years; and how many resulted in a prosecution.
(116960)
113
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many incidents involving the (a) sale and (b) use of illegal drugs on school property have been reported in each local education authority in each year since 2000.
(117140)
114
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many offensive weapons were confiscated in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the years between 2000 and 2006.
(117152)
115
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in what ways the 300th Anniversary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland will be officially commemorated in events and activities in English schools.
(116895)
116
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils in maintained schools achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE in 2006 excluding equivalents, Applied GCSE Double Awards, Media/Film/TV studies GCSE, Physical Education GCSE, Social Sciences GCSEs, Information and Communication Technology GCSE, Statistics GCSE and Humanities GCSE.
(114674)
117
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students there were with (a) special educational needs which were statemented at school and (b) unstatemented special educational needs who did not complete courses in further education colleges in each year from 1997 to 2006, broken down by local authority.
(116890)
118
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of parents making an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal saw their children assigned to (a) school action and (b) school action plus in each year since the scheme's inception.
(116986)
119
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of children in each local education authority attained five A*-C GCSEs including (a) English and mathematics, (b) English, mathematics and a science, (c) English, mathematics and a modern language and (d) English, mathematics, a modern language and a science in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(116987)
120
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many unauthorised absences were recorded at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(116988)
121
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants there were in schools in each local authority in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(116989)
122
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers took redundancy payments in each local education authority in each year from 1997 to 2006; and what the total value of redundancy payouts made in each authority was in each year.
(116990)
123
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers (a) were recruited and (b) took retirement in each year from 1997 to 2006, broken down by local education authority.
(116991)
124
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) statemented children and (b) children with special educational needs but without a statement were on dual placement in each local education authority in England in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(116992)
125
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) statemented special educational needs children and (b) children with special educational needs but without a statement there were in pupil referral units in each local education authority in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(116993)
126
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children were in (a) school action, (c) early years action, (c) school action plus and (d) early years action plus in each local education authority in each year since the scheme's inception.
(116994)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
127
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average levels of background radiation in each region were in (a) September, (b) October, (c) November and (d) December 2006.
(117072)
128
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote bio-diversity action plans; and how he plans to measure the success of their implementation.
(117132)
129
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ban the entry of cloned farm animals into the UK; what regulations he plans to put in place to control domestic production of cloned farm animals; and what consultation he proposes on this issue.
(117133)
130
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what grounds the EU has passed a permanent ban on the import of wild birds into the European Community.
(117134)
131
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) supported into measures to reduce (i) methane and (ii) carbon dioxide caused by farm animals.
(117135)
132
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has put in place to help local authorities meet higher targets for land fill diversion.
(117136)
133
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on increasing the five year periodic review cycle in respect of setting price limits for water companies; and if he will make a statement.
(116445)
134
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with EU colleagues on preventing the importation for food production of palm oil whose production has damaged the habitat of the orangutan.
(117063)
135
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117082)
136
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the costs to farmers in England of implementing the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) measures; what representations he has received on the costs; and if he will review the appropriateness of the current thresholds for the application of the IPPC measures to (a) pig and (b) poultry farmers.
(117225)
137
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a regulatory impact assessment has been carried out on the application of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control regulations to (a) pig and (b) poultry farmers.
(117226)
138
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the reasons are for the reductions in the budget of the Eastern Region Flood Defences from 2006-07 to 2007-08.
(116465)
139
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, column 1433W, on bio-fuels, what estimate he has made of how much palm oil was used for bio-fuel in 2006.
(116983)
140
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to promote the installation of smart electricity meters in private homes.
(116818)
141
N
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has contingency plans in place to ensure that coastal communities at risk from rising sea levels and flooding can access property insurance in the event of the private sector withdrawing insurance coverage.
(114936)
142
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many single farm payment (SFP) claimants in England have been fined for errors found within their completed (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 SFP forms; what the total sum is of these fines; and if he will make a statement.
(117154)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
143
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether her Department has made any recent representations to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on security sector reform.
(116844)
144
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the current political situation in Bangladesh; and if she will make a statement.
(116845)
145
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of reports that a Sri Lankan government minister was involved in disrupting a political rally by the United People's Movement in Colombo.
(116847)
146
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the case for MONUC peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the Presidential Election; and if she will make a statement.
(116848)
147
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the international donor community to increase their commitment to the Democratic Republic of Congo in light of the recent Presidential election.
(116849)
148
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the security situation in Ituri, Kivus and Katanga provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(116850)
149
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her European and US counterparts on the security situation in Somalia.
(116076)
150
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the United States on returning Hambali (Riduan Isamuddin) from Guantanamo Bay to Indonesia to stand trial for the Bali bombing.
(116446)
151
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much spending by her Department was classed as Overseas Development Assistance in each year from 2001 to 2005; and how much is projected for (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(116447)
152
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make it her policy to seek the establishment of a truth and reconciliation process in Cyprus by the EU or the Council of Europe.
[R] (116873)
153
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens are currently (a) under arrest, (b) awaiting trial and (c) serving a prison sentence outside the United Kingdom, broken down by country of arrest and home nation of residence.
(116015)
154
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action she has taken since the report by Scotland Yard into the murder of Dr Andrew Lutakome Kayiira in Uganda; and if she will make a statement.
(117060)
155
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what activities she plans under the auspices of the EU Neighbourhood Policy; and if she will make a statement.
(117061)
156
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has to invite (a) the President and (b) other Ministers from Moldova to visit the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(117062)
157
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the marketing and advertising budget of each of the UN agencies is for 2006-07.
(117095)
158
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with European Union partners about Ethiopian political development.
(117069)
159
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures she is taking to promote the employment within (a) her Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom she has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117083)
160
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by UK Trade and Investment on export support in each of the last three years; and how much has been allocated for 2007-08.
(116915)
161
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on paragraphs 12, 13, 15 and 16 of Recommendation 780 on European forces in Afghanistan adopted by the Assembly of the Western European Union on 20th June 2006.
(116631)
162
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of progress in the clearance of cluster munitions from affected areas in Lebanon; what recent representations she has made to the government of Israel to assist in the clearance of these munitions; and if she will make a statement.
(117160)
163
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made towards securing an international agreement on the explosive remnants of war with a particular focus on cluster munitions; and if she will make a statement.
(117161)
164
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January 2007, Official Report, column 13W, on the WMD dossier, whether the first draft of the Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction dossier authored by John Williams makes reference to Iraq's ability to deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.
(117162)
165
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what events her Department is planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the European Union.
(117051)
166
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the 50th anniversary of the European Union.
(117052)
167
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she had on the EU Border Agency at the recent meeting of European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council; and if she will make a statement.
(117150)
168
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Ministry of Defence on the use of the Royal Navy in tackling people smuggling and illegal immigration in (a) the Canary Islands and (b) the Mediterranean.
(117151)
169
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the Turkish Cypriot decision to open Ledra Street in central Nicosia; if she will call on the Greek Cypriot Administration to demolish the wall on its territory without precondition; and if she will make a statement.
(117076)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
170
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing waiting time measures for psychological therapies in the National Health Service.
(116107)
171
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers the Government has to ensure that strategic health authorities are adequately monitoring performance primary care trusts in their implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines.
(116980)
172
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Department has (a) spent on the FaCe It hepatitis C awareness campaign since its inception and (b) pledged to spend on the campaign in 2007-08.
(116981)
173
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library copies of submissions her Department received in response to the document A Stronger Local Voice.
(116456)
174
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from (a) organisations and (b) members of the public on the draft National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance for treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis; how many of these representations relate to the possible effect of such guidance on children and young people; and what plans she has to ask NICE to address concerns raised about the draft guidance.
(116457)
175
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the (a) safety, (b) clinical effectiveness and (c) cost effectiveness of (i) animal insulins, (ii) synthetic human insulins and (iii) analogue insulins; and whether she plans to ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to make an assessment of those treatments.
(116458)
176
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department plans to take in response to the United Nations Resolution on the threat of a diabetes epidemic.
(116464)
177
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2006, Official Report, columns 1031-2W, on the human papillona virus vaccination, what the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation Subgroup on Human Papilloma Virus will discuss when it meets on 28th February; and what further evidence the subgroup is awaiting.
(116509)
178
N
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the (a) adult and (b) child population of (i) Selby and York Primary Care Trust area, (ii) North Yorkshire Primary Care Trust area, (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iv) England was registered with an NHS general dental practitioner in 2006.
(116452)
179
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Blood Products Laboratory spent on the purchase of 24 plasma collection centres belonging to Life Resources Incorporated in the United States in the last five years; what revenue benefit to NHS Blood and Transplant these investments have produced; and what assessment she has made of the future of these facilities.
(114498)
180
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting list times for (a) patients and (b) cancer patients of Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals were in each year since 1997.
(117043)
181
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) hospitals, (b) care trusts and (c) foundation trusts in London are in budget deficit.
(116840)
182
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the effective date is for annual pay awards to her Department's staff; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last five years.
(116690)
183
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with HIV in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(116889)
184
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will bring forward proposals to use dextagoxane for the prevention of cardiac damage caused by antibiotics.
(116838)
185
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the purpose is of the high-level risk register maintained by the Departmental board and referred to in 8.6 of her annual report 2006; and how many risks are entered on it.
(117091)
186
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff work for the successor to the NHS Pensions Agency; and what its budget is for 2006-07.
(117092)
187
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the 10 largest claims awarded against her Department under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts; and what the cause of complaint was in each case.
(117093)
188
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the established purchasing price, as arranged through the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, is of (a) the most common desk top computer, (b) an office chair, (c) a can of beans, (d) a carton of photocopy paper and (e) a standard printer cartridge.
(117094)
189
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the circumstances were which led to the reported accident near misses listed in figure 8.8 of her Department's annual report 2006.
(117100)
190
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS budget was spent on (a) medicines, (b) operations, (c) staff wages, (d) administrative costs and (e) pension provision in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 2005-06.
(117102)
191
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incidents were reported to her Department's Health and Safety Incident Centre in 2005-06.
(117104)
192
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is categorised under Other Expenditure for Administration in figure 8.1 of her Department's annual report; and whether consultants are included.
(117115)
193
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say consultation process; and how much was spent on consultants.
(117116)
194
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the nature of the sponsored events provided to her Department in 2006 by (a) Club 18-30 Big Reunion and (b) Wrigleys Oral Healthcare referred to on page 156 of her Department's annual report.
(117117)
195
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases have been (a) heard and (b) approved by the Care Standards Tribunal asking for names to be removed from lists banning proximity to children.
(117118)
196
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what elements are covered by the category Other in figure 6.1, page 104 of her Department's annual report.
(117119)
197
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of figure 6.1, page 104 of her Department's annual report was spent on administration outside headquarters.
(117120)
198
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library a copy of the CD referred to in paragraph 5.576 of her Department's annual report; what the cost was of producing the CD; and what the conclusion was of the evaluation to which she refers.
(117121)
199
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of disabled children in Chorley have used respite care home placements in the last 10 years.
(117199)
200
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that medical professionals are incentivised to report under the yellow card scheme adverse drug reactions following the use of a biomedicine or a biosimilar medicine.
(117202)
201
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the European Medicines Agency on the development of guidelines for the approval of biosimilar medicines for marketing.
(117203)
202
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the European Medicines Agency to finalise guidelines for biosimilar medicines.
(117204)
203
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects publication of Volume 9a of the Rules Governing Medicinal Products in the EU.
(117205)
204
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of whether biosimilar medicines should undergo separate clinical trials from the biomedicines to which they are related by chemical structure and production method.
(117206)
205
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority on assessment applications for marketing authorisations of biosimilar medicines.
(117218)
206
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she (a) has met and (b) plans to meet the Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority to discuss protocols to ensure patients are not put at risk from adverse drug reactions as a result of interchanging similar biological medicines.
(117219)
207
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what work has been undertaken to ensure that suitable definitions and protocols are in place to ensure that similar biomedicines are safe for use by patients and are as efficacious and of as high quality as the originally marketed products.
(117220)
208
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what protocols are in place to ensure that patients are informed that their biomedicine is to be substituted by a biosimilar medicine.
(117221)
209
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of adverse drug reactions in the last period for which figures are available were attributed to biosimilar medicines.
(117222)
210
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to raise awareness amongst patients of the risks and benefits associated with biosimilar medicines.
(117223)
211
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has endorsed the EU Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use Guidelines on Similar Biological Medicinal Products.
(117224)
212
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures she is taking to promote the employment within (a) her Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom she has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117084)
213
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Public Service Agreement targets were set for the National Health Service by the Treasury and her Department since 1997.
(116824)
214
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was provided to the NHS Alliance from (a) her Department's budget and (b) the NHS budget in each financial year since 1997-98.
(116825)
215
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is her policy that pregnant mothers should have a scan at 12 weeks.
(116851)
216
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans she has in place to assist the NHS in responding to an epidemic of seasonal influenza.
(116852)
217
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescription items were dispensed by the NHS in each year since 1990; and what the total (a) gross and (b) net cost of these items was in each year.
(116853)
218
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total change in the number of beds in (a) the NHS and (b) each strategic health authority was between the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06.
(116854)
219
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer give by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. Member for Rayleigh of 8th January 2007, Official Report, columns 417-8W, on Government assets, if she will list the fixed assets disposals in her Department group in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; who each asset disposed of was sold to; what plans she has for the disposal of fixed assets in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement.
(117023)
220
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th January 2007, Official Report, column 69W, on the staff magazine, if she will place in the Library the copies of Link which have been published in each month since May 2006.
(117024)
221
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how her Department defines an acute hospital.
(117159)
222
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the minimum acceptable distance of a fully functioning acute hospital from Sellafield.
(117166)
223
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions her Department has held with other relevant Government departments concerning the role of hospitals in civil emergency planning.
(117167)
224
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the emergency healthcare needs of areas of national industrial and strategic importance.
(117168)
225
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what alternative disposal routes for radioactive hospital wastes are being considered.
(117208)
226
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much radioactive waste from hospitals in England was produced in 2006; and how much such waste, in (a) cubic metres and (b) TBq, was sent to the national low level waste repository in that year.
(117210)
227
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of doctors who have ceased to offer out of hours services as a result of changes made in pay rates offered under revised contracts.
(116896)
228
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make it her policy to support the Disabled Children (Family Support) Bill; and if she will make a statement.
(117123)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
229
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places there are in emergency housing for women in custody of the authorities who have been trafficked to the UK to work in the sex trade.
(115273)
230
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug importation detections by HM Revenue and Customs were referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) for further investigation in the last two years; and how many of those were acted upon by SOCA.
(117037)
231
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detections by HM Revenue and Customs of substantial quantities of class A drugs were referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in the last two years; how many of these cases SOCA decided not to investigate; and what the reasons for decision were in each case.
(117038)
232
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals of drug importation detections by HM Revenue and Customs were passed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency to police drug teams in the last two years; and how many of these have been acted upon.
(117039)
233
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug liaison officers transferred from HM Revenue and Customs to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 2nd April 2006; how many of these are in post; and how many drug liaison officer posts have been converted into general crime posts at SOCA.
(117040)
234
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Serious Organised Crime Agency staff have requested to return to their agencies of origin since 2nd April 2006.
(117041)
235
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what performance indicators have been set for the Serious Organised Crime Agency; and when they will be made public.
(117042)
236
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December 2006 to the hon. Member for Rayleigh, Official Report, column 1667W, on the Identity and Passport Service, if he will break down the figures by project area for 2005-06.
(116674)
237
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December 2006 to the hon. Member for Rayleigh, Official Report, column 1667W, on the Identity and Passport Service, what the reasons were for the increase in spending since 2003-04.
(116675)
238
N
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on rebranding the UK Passport Service as the Identity and Passport Service.
(116676)
239
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers were recruited to Humberside police force in each year since 2002.
(117153)
240
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to detect suspected war criminals from the Second World War attempting to enter the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(116856)
241
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what police resources are allocated to the investigation of Second World War criminals who may be resident in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(116857)
242
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress is being made in identifying former members of the SS Galizien division resident in the UK who are suspected of war crimes in the Second World War; how many former SS Galiziens are resident in the UK; how many of them (a) have been positively cleared of involvement in war crimes and (b) (i) are war crimes suspects, (ii) have been interviewed as to their possible involvement in war crimes, (iii) have known addresses and remain to be interviewed and (iv) have unidentified addresses; what steps are being taken to identify their present whereabouts; and if he will make a statement.
(116858)
243
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with the authorities in (a) the USA, (b) Germany, (c) Poland, (d) Hungary, (e) Belarus, (f) Georgia, (g) Russia, (h) Estonia, (i) Latvia, (j) Lithuania, (k) Ukraine, (l) the Czech Republic and (m) Slovakia (i) to establish best practice links and procedures with stakeholders in the prosecution of alleged Nazi war criminals and (ii) to identify alleged Nazi criminals resident in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(116860)
244
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the letter of 11th August from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the hon. Member for Hendon, what progress has been made to ascertain from the German authorities whether any German pensions paid to UK residents have been withdrawn on suspicion that the recipient was involved with war crimes in the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.
(116869)
245
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration has been given to the removal of (a) nationality and (b) residency rights of individuals suspected of involvement in war crimes in the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.
(116870)
246
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make publicly available records kept by the security service relating to Nazi war crimes and the intelligence gleaned in the interrogation of Nazi war criminals, including those records given to the Office of Strategic Services during and after the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.
(116910)
247
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, why convicted Hungarian war criminal Sandor Kepiro was allowed to enter and leave the United Kingdom in 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(116921)
248
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to contact the Director of the Zentrale Stelle der Landesjustizverwaltungen zur Aufklärung von NS-Verbrechen in Ludwigsburg, Germany for details of former German prisoners of war held in the UK who appear on the black list of special category prisoners of war and who may now be resident in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(116952)
249
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what records of former German prisoners of war (POWs) from the Second War War were maintained in the UK; what assessment he has made of their accuracy; whether such records distinguish between POWs identified as Nazi Party members or active sympathisers and others; whether records are kept of which POWs in each category remained in the UK after the general repatriation of POWs; and if he will make a statement.
(116974)
250
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to cross-check the names of former German prisoners of war still resident in the UK from the Second World War with the United Nations list of suspected war criminals.
(116975)
251
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received on people trafficking; and if he will make a statement.
(116521)
252
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British citizens convicted abroad of sexual and or violent offences have been registered on the Police National Computer with an address in Wales.
(116016)
253
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the report by Scotland Yard into the murder of Dr Andrew Lutakome Kayiira in Uganda.
(117059)
254
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for anti-social behaviour in Chorley in the last period for which figures are available.
(117214)
255
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for recruitment of community support officers in Chorley.
(117215)
256
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in (a) Chorley constituency and (b) England and Wales reported being victims of identity fraud in each of the last five years.
(117216)
257
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117077)
258
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to Question 114383, on the adequacy of written parliamentary answers, tabled by the hon. Members for Mid Worcestershire on 8th January 2007 for Answer on 11th January 2007; and what the reason was for the time taken to provide an answer.
(116520)
259
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to regulate the effect of the implementation of the Animals Scientific Procedures Better Regulation Action Plan on animal welfare.
(116926)
260
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether animal welfare stakeholders will be involved in the process of implementing the Animals Scientific Procedures Better Regulation Action Plan.
(116927)
261
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers were employed by each police authority (i) on 11th September 2001 and (ii) in each year since, broken down by (A) region and (B) police authority.
(116855)
262
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many defendants in courts in England and Wales have been sentenced to (a) a disposal under Section 190 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (b) a disposal under Section 190 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 together with a suspended sentence of imprisonment and (c) a stand alone suspended sentence of imprisonment under Section 190 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 since the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(116632)
263
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 relating to the abolition of committal for trial and the extension of Section 51 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 are planned to come into effect.
(116633)
264
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, columns 1660-1W, on child sex offenders, what information the prison IT system holds on the time served by prisoners convicted of sexual offences against children.
(116963)
265
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, columns 1660-1W, on child sex offenders, how many people were (a) sentenced to immediate custody and (b) sentenced to life or indeterminate sentence for sexual assaults against children in each of the last 10 years; and what the average sentence was over that period.
(116964)
266
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) community penalties and (b) disqualifications were imposed on people driving without insurance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(116902)
267
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for driving without insurance in each of the last five years.
(116969)
268
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many £200 fixed penalties were offered to people driving without insurance instead of a court summons in each of the last five years.
(117045)
269
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines were imposed for driving without insurance in each of the last five years; and what the average fine was in each year.
(117046)
270
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has considered the merits of the use of windscreen insurance discs to combat uninsured driving; and if he will make a statement.
(117065)
271
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action his Department has taken to ensure that anybody who is convicted of an imprisonable offence and who is a foreign national is deported.
(116943)
272
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the contract for the Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board ends; and what the process will be for renewing the contract or appointing a successor.
(116827)
273
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been subjected to disciplinary proceedings at Ashfield Young Offender Institution since 2004; and what the outcome was in each case.
(116828)
274
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child protection referrals have been made by Ashfield Young Offender Institution since 2004; and what the (a) issue and (b) outcome was in each case.
(116829)
275
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been injured in Ashfield Young Offender Institution since 2004.
(116830)
276
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of ill-discipline resulted from strip searching in Ashfield Young Offender Institution since 2004.
(116831)
277
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many young people were held in segregation in Ashfield Young Offender Institution in each month since January 2005; and how many have been so held for more than (a) seven and (b) 28 days since 2004.
(116832)
278
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times control and restraint was used in Ashfield Young Offender Institution in each month since January 2005.
(116833)
279
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on the treatment of adolescent mental health are applied in young offender institutions.
(116834)
280
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government will decide whether to sign the European Convention on Trafficking in Human Beings; and if he will make a statement.
(116908)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
281
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, when the visitors entrance to the Palace of Westminster is expected to be completed; what the reasons are for the delay in its construction; what the total cost of the project will be; whether additional costs will be incurred as a result of the delay; and if he will make a statement.
(114743)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
282
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the UK's Overseas Development Assistance is projected to come from departments other than his Department in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007; what the figures were in each year between 2001 and 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(116448)
283
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and (b) others on the destruction of the habitat of the orang utan due to the increased demand for palm oil in the UK.
(116859)
284
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total amount of food spoilage from UNICEF stocks was in 2006.
(117110)
285
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117085)
286
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who is overseeing his Department's work on climate change.
(117019)
287
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding and resources his Department has (a) provided in each of the last three financial years and (b) committed in each of the next three financial years for communities living on the chars of Bangladesh; what proportion of the funding has been spent (i) bilaterally and (ii) multilaterally; and through which organisations funding has been spent.
(117020)
288
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding and resources the Government has (a) provided in each of the last three financial years and (b) committed in each of the next three financial years for the Least Developed Country Fund of the Global Environmental Facility.
(117021)
289
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding and assistance his Department has provided to the least developed countries for writing their National Adaption Plans of Action for the Global Environmental Facility.
(117022)
290
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures his Department has put in place to provide support for the displaced Karen people on the border between Burma and Thailand.
(116278)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
291
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the religious composition is of staff (a) employed and (b) recruited over each of the last three years by the Rivers Agency in Northern Ireland.
(116459)
292
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland who have moved from other EU countries to live in Northern Ireland are regarded in determining the religious background of applicants for the purpose of the 50/50 policy.
(116460)
293
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost to the public purse was of the salary, pension, redundancy terms and other associated payments to the former Chief Executive of Translink during 2006.
(116461)
294
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost to the public purse is expected to be of the work envisaged to be undertaken at Magilligan Prison as a result of the planning application which appeared in the local press in the week commencing 8th January.
(116462)
295
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the take-up has been of the Warm Homes scheme in each Northern Ireland constituency for 2006; how many installations there have been; and what the total cost was of the work involved.
(116463)
296
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people over the age of 60 years enrolled in (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) vocational and (ii) non-vocational courses in each college of further and higher education in Northern Ireland in academic year 2005-06.
(116933)
297
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures he is taking to promote the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117086)
Questions to the Prime Minister
298
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Prime Minister, how much he has spent on carbon offsetting for air travel in the past 12 months.
(117129)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
299
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent devolution matters the Advocate General has considered.
(117228)
Questions to the Solicitor General
300
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Solicitor General, what his policy is on the prosecution of suspected Nazi war criminals resident in the UK.
(116901)
301
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Solicitor General, how many files have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service in the last five years for consideration for prosecution of suspected Second World War war crimes alleged to have been committed by UK residents; and if he will make a statement.
(116909)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
302
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what deduction for benefits in kind are permissible against the rates of national minimum wage; when they were last uprated; and by how much in each case.
(116822)
303
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he has made a decision on whether to continue funding the Low Carbon Buildings Programme beyond June 2008.
(116843)
304
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will allocate additional funding to the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
(116846)
305
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the level of competition in the retail energy market for small business consumers; and if he will make a statement.
(117165)
306
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new Post Office Card Accounts were opened in each of the last three years.
(116922)
307
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the future of post office facilities in Bingley.
(116924)
308
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Post Office has to recycle rubber bands; and what his estimate is of the number used each year.
(117137)
309
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many waste-to-energy incinerators have been built in the UK; and where they are located.
(116841)
310
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with (a) UK supermarkets, (b) ministerial colleagues and (c) others on the sourcing of palm oil imported into the UK and its effect upon the habitat of the orangutan.
(116953)
311
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with other EU member states on the sources of palm oil imported into Europe, with particular reference to the habitat of the orangutan.
(117064)
312
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to increase the business opportunities for sub post offices.
(116527)
313
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 8th November 2006, Official Report, column 1610W, on the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations, which were the companies concerned in the four instances of successful prosecutions under the Regulations; what products were involved in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(117164)
314
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate of the number of new nuclear power stations likely to be built in the near future was carried out prior to the sale of Westinghouse Engineering.
(116996)
315
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps were taken to estimate the market value of Westinghouse Engineering before its sale in 2006; and who advised the Government on the sale.
(116997)
316
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures he is taking to promote the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117087)
317
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on the Office of Communications consultation on the allocation of the radio spectrum; and if he will make a statement.
(116338)
318
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to what extent Cumbria's economic circumstances contributed to the North West's allocation of European Regional Development Fund resources from the regional competitiveness programme for the UK.
(117058)
319
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will assess the merits of introducing a cooling-off period in small business energy contracts similar to that provided to domestic customers.
(116976)
320
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what requirement there is on energy suppliers to notify their small business customers prior to automatically renewing their supply contract.
(116977)
321
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he has assessed the impact on small businesses of poor billing by energy suppliers.
(116978)
322
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will discuss with Ofgem providing small businesses with a level of protection similar to that afforded to domestic customers in respect of energy supplies through (a) industry codes of practice, (b) ombudsmen schemes and (c) a requirement on suppliers that consumers should have as long to pay back any debt as the time over which the debt has accrued.
(116979)
323
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the funding of British Nuclear Fuel's nuclear liabilities.
(117200)
324
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the latest accounts of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(117209)
325
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of fluctuations in the commercial revenues of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on its core programme of work; and what account is taken of such fluctuations when determining its budget settlements.
(116835)
326
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the commercial revenues of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the 2007-08 financial year.
(116836)
327
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the additional responsibilities proposed to be granted to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority following the recommendations of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management will be funded.
(116837)
328
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many new homes have had solar panels installed during their construction in each of the last three years; and how many of these were subsidised with public funding.
(116783)
329
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much his Department has made available for the installation of solar panels in the West Country in the last three years; what provision the Government will be making in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(116784)
330
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what grants were made available by his Department for the installation of solar panels in each of the last three years; and how many solar panels were installed in each region in the UK where Government grants were available.
(116785)
331
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to encourage the installation of solar panels in the West Country.
(116786)
332
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to promote the installation of smart electricity meters in private homes.
(116819)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
333
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many requests for access to data from the UK vehicle register have been made by private companies since 1st November 2006; and how many of these requests have been turned down.
(117073)
334
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which organisations have been given approved conditional access to data from the UK vehicle register.
(117074)
335
N
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many companies have submitted expressions of interest in bidding for the East Coast Mainline rail franchise; and when he expects to announce the identity of the shortlisted bidders.
(116451)
336
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the number of train services between Kings Cross and Shipley and Bradford which should be included in the next franchise agreement.
(116923)
337
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many railway stations in London are not fully accessible to the disabled.
(116839)
338
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications have been (a) received and (b) granted under the Access To All programme.
(116842)
339
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many roadside emergency telephones there are on the road network; and how many were (a) reported as faulty, (b) vandalised and (c) replaced in each of the last 10 years.
(117036)
340
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the New Approach to Appraisal is applied when his Department specifies and awards rail franchises.
(117124)
341
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish (a) the cost benefit analysis and (b) the appraisal summary table taking account of the five objectives outlined in the New Approach to Appraisal prepared by his Department prior to the (i) award of the Greater Western franchise, (ii) award of the South Western Trains franchise and (iii) specification for the new Cross Country franchise.
(117125)
342
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Safety Camera Partnerships accounts for 2005-06 will be published on his Department's website.
(117126)
343
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on carbon offsetting for air travel in the past 12 months.
(117131)
344
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1754W, on the East Coast Railway Line, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent rail passenger census.
(117163)
345
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Highways Agency spent on programme expenditure in Ashford's local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117057)
346
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the expenditure on road safety advertising was in each year since 1991; and how many accidents there were in each year.
(117096)
347
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the EU public private partnership concessionare is of the Galileo operational phase; how much the contract is worth; who has final operational control of the satellites in time of war; where the key equipment is based; which judiciary has jurisdiction; and if he will make a statement.
(117097)
348
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what responsibility his Department has for the renewal and maintenance of lifebelts along the River Thames.
(117149)
349
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met First Great Western to discuss train services following timetable service changes that came into force on 10th December 2006.
(117070)
350
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) additional services First Great Western plans to provide and (b) timetable amendments the company plans to make following the implementation of the new timetable on 10th December 2006.
(117071)
351
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117088)
352
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will assess the merits of establishing a system which distinguishes between Blue Badge holders who need wheelchair access and those who do not.
(116820)
353
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what limits he imposes on emissions from motor scooters; and if he will take action to remove from public roads the most polluting motor scooters.
(116946)
354
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether UK aviation authorities are obliged to collect personal data on all persons travelling on civilian flights that begin or end on UK territory.
(117141)
355
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether UK aviation authorities are obliged to collect personal data on all persons travelling on civilian flights that stopover in UK territory for refuelling or other purposes.
(117142)
356
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what personal details are collected by aviation authorities on persons travelling on civilian flights that begin or end on UK territory; how long this information is held; which body is responsible for holding this information; and which Government departments have access to this information.
(117143)
357
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether UK aviation authorities are obliged to collect personal data on (a) civilians, (b) military personnel and (c) diplomatic personnel travelling on (i) military aircraft and (ii) non-military aircraft registered to a sovereign government (1) to and (2) through the UK territory.
(117144)
358
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when work will begin on the A595 Parton-Lillyhall bypass.
(117201)
359
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the A595 Parton-Lillyhall bypass will cost; when the scheme will be completed; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the bypass on Copeland.
(117207)
360
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatal road crashes involving drivers aged (a) 17 to 20 and (b) 21 to 25 years occurred in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many (i) drivers, (ii) passengers and (iii) others lost their lives.
(117122)
361
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to bring regulations under the Traffic Management Act 2004 into force.
(116941)
362
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will write to the Chairman of BAA plc requesting him to reply to the letter of 10th October 2006 from the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling.
(115966)
363
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether vehicle tax disc reminder notices have in some cases ceased to be sent.
(116930)
364
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether penalty charge notices for failure to renew vehicle tax discs have been sent out only in certain post codes or regions.
(116931)
365
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many penalty charge notices have been automatically issued for failure to have an up-to-date vehicle tax disc to recipients in each (a) constituency and (b) county in England and Wales since November 2006.
(116932)
366
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the Civil Aviation Authority to respond to the application made by Cyprus Turkish Airlines for permission to operate direct flights between the United Kingdom and Ercan airport in Northern Cyprus.
(117075)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
367
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the number of people who receive the minimum wage in (a) Wales and (b) Swansea East.
(117066)
368
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with train operating companies about the number of services west of Cardiff Central on weekday evenings.
(117067)
369
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent representations has he made to First Great Western about overcrowding on train services between Cardiff and West Wales.
(117068)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
370
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office on policing gypsy and traveller communities.
(116526)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
371
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the contract for providers in provider-led pathways to work areas (a) will be cash-limited and (b) includes a ceiling on the number of claimants that each provider will be able to support.
(116449)
372
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Workstep places are unoccupied, broken down by location; and whether he plans to reallocate those places to providers who have already successfully filled their allocation.
(116450)
373
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will (a) put in place a mechanism for independent scrutiny of the Government's long-term review of its welfare to work strategy; and (b) if he will ensure that provision is made for third parties to contribute to the review.
(116898)
374
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time taken by the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman to carry out an investigation from receipt of the request to conclusion was in the last period for which figures are available; and what steps are being taken to reduce this period.
(116517)
375
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of children lived in workless households in Lancashire in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006; and what percentage of children lived in workless households with (i) a lone parent, (ii) at least one parent claiming incapacity benefit and (iii) at least one parent claiming an income-related social security benefit in that period.
(117188)
376
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claim pension credit in Chorley constituency.
(117189)
377
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received a community care grant in each of the last three years; and how many (a) were disabled and (b) were receiving disability living allowance.
(116523)
378
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who receive disability living allowance are also in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support, (c) housing benefit and (d) carer's allowance.
(116524)
379
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disabled people are in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support, (c) housing benefit and (d) carer's allowance.
(116525)
380
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission.
(117090)
381
Tom Levitt (High Peak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received in favour of allowing visually impaired people to access the higher rate of mobility allowance under disability living allowance; and what response he has made to such representations.
(116879)
382
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on (a) qualifications held by and (b) previous occupation of those registered as unemployed.
(116897)
383
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incidents of violence towards Job Centre Plus staff from clients receiving a decision on Social Fund Crisis funds were recorded in each year since 2003; and how many have been recorded in 2007.
(116880)
384
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incidents of violence towards Job Centre Plus staff from clients were recorded in each year since 2003; and how many have been recorded in 2007.
(116881)
385
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people work in the Benefits Simplification Unit, broken down by Civil Service grade.
(117029)
386
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations his Department has received in the last three years on the use of voice stress analysis in the investigation of suspected fraudulent (a) incapacity benefit claims and (b) other benefit claims; and if he will make a statement.
(117030)
387
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had on the use of voice stress software in the assessment of claims for compensation under schemes for which his Department is responsible in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(117031)
388
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets have been set for the Benefits Simplification Unit.
(117033)
389
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reports the Benefits Simplification Unit has published since its inception.
(117034)
390
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recommendations the Benefits Simplification Unit has made since its establishment; and how many of these have been adopted by his Department.
(117035)
391
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been undertaken by his Department of the effect of increasing charges for non-residential care services on (a) elderly and disabled people and (b) carers.
(116995)
392
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North dated 28th November 2006, on a constituent, reference PCU161195; if he will ensure that a reply is sent; and what the reasons are for the delay in replaying substantively.
(116455)
393
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to pay carers a benefit which is consistent with the minimum wage rate.
(117155)
394
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will allow people in receipt of a state retirement pension over the age of 60 to become eligible for carer's allowance.
(117156)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
395
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of young people in Chorley were unemployed in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (117190)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
396
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when the Prime Minister first undertook to bring forward a Civil Service Bill; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (116867)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
397
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Prime Minister has made to the Iraqi authorities on (a) the fairness of the trial of Saddam Hussein and (b) the use of the death sentence.
[Transferred] (116917)
398
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Prime Minister was first informed that (a) Saddam Hussein's execution would be by hanging and (b) Iraqi television would be covering the execution.
[Transferred] (116918)
399
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries' citizens require a certificate to show that they are free from TB in order to gain a UK visa; and what consideration has been given to including additional countries on the list.
[Transferred] (116653)
400
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proposals from the Presidency of the European Union she expects to be placed before the expected meetings of the (a) Heads of Government and (b) Foreign Affairs Councils of the European Union during each of the EU Presidencies in 2007.
[Transferred] (116984)
401
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the provisional dates for 2007 are of the Heads of Government Council Meetings of the European Union.
[Transferred] (116985)
402
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether her Department (a) has provided and (b) is planning to provide assistance to the EU Border Agency in its border security duties.
[Transferred] (117047)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
403
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the EU is taking to prevent further contamination of EU food and feed chains by unapproved genetically modified organisms.
[Transferred] (117048)
404
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to prevent further contamination of UK food and feed chains by unapproved genetically modified organisms.
[Transferred] (117049)
405
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Food Standards Agency is taking to prevent further contamination of UK food and feed chains by unapproved genetically modified organisms.
[Transferred] (117050)
406
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) meat produced from cloned (i) animals and (ii) birds, (b) milk and milk products produced from cloned dairy animals and (c) eggs produced from cloned birds will have to be approved under EU Regulation 1829/2003 before entering the market in the EU.
[Transferred] (116821)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
407
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the future handling of (a) prosecutions and (b) investigations now being carried out at the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland.
[Transferred] (116814)
408
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government informed any political party in Northern Ireland of its decision to abolish the Assets Recovery Agency in advance of his Written Statement to Parliament.
[Transferred] (116815)
409
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on future arrangements for liaison and co-operation between the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Republic of Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau following the abolition of the Assets Recovery Agency.
[Transferred] (116816)
410
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency will be based in Northern Ireland following the abolition of the Assets Recovery Agency.
[Transferred] (116817)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
411
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many high growth start up businesses there were in the Lancashire region in each year between 1994 and 2001; and what percentage they represented of all businesses.
[Transferred] (117212)

 
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