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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 30 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 30 January 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 30 January 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 30 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 30 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 30 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what methodology will be used in producing the local economic impact assessments in relation to decision-making on the reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs.
(117727)
2
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the changes in carbon dioxide emissions resulting from options for the reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs offices.
(117728)
3
Mary Creagh (Wakefield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how statistical data on the (a) receipt and (b) enforcement of the national mimimum wage is (i) collected and (ii) held.
(117720)
4
N
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to encourage public authorities to award contracts to supported employers under the public procurement regulations 2006.
(112479)
5
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the tax liability is of overseas sportsmen and sportswomen whilst in the UK on their endorsement and sponsorship income.
(112512)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
6
N
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many business improvement districts have been established; and what assessment she has made of their performance.
(111422)
7
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to extend the time limits for councils to apply for unitary status under the provisions of the Government's Invitation to Councils in England; and if she will make a statement.
(117537)
8
N
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which councils have submitted bids for unitary status under the Government's Invitation to Councils in England.
(117538)
9
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will reply to the letter of 12th December 2006 from the hon. Member for Walsall North concerning a constituent.
(112508)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
10
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of defendants failing to attend magistrates' court hearings.
(112400)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
11
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department is providing for library facilities for older people.
(111569)
12
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding is available for elite sportsmen and sportswomen preparing for the (a) Beijing and (b) London Olympic Games.
(111571)
13
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made in raising the £100 million from private sponsors for elite sports announced in the 2006 Budget; and if she will make a statement.
(112511)
14
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received from UK sports bodies on the tax position of overseas sportsmen and sportswomen in regard to the tax paid in the UK on their endorsement and sponsorship income; and if she will make a statement.
(112513)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
15
N
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of the Future Carrier joint-venture project with the French government; how much money has been spent by each Government on the project; whether progress has been made in line with expected time frames; what the expected in-service date is for the first carrier; and if he will make a statement.
(112039)
16
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former members of the UK armed forces are entitled to the Veterans Badge; how many such badges have been (a) issued and (b) claimed; and if he will make a statement.
(111150)
17
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information is available on a constituency basis to identify those people who are entitled to a Veterans Badge but who have yet to claim it; and if he will make a statement.
(111151)
18
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Veterans Badges were issued in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(111152)
19
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requests for additional equipment for UK forces in Afghanistan were made by UK commanders (a) in Afghanistan and (b) in the UK in each month since January 2006; what the Government's response has been to each such request; and if he will make a statement.
(111153)
20
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) deaths and (b) non-fatal injuries caused by road traffic accidents there have been to UK troops whilst serving in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq since 11th September 2001.
(114806)
21
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK troops have died whilst serving in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq since 11th September 2001.
(114807)
22
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department of the disposal of used oil from military bases in the UK was in the last period for which figures are available.
(117700)
23
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much biodiesel was used by his Department in the last period for which figures are available; and at what cost.
(117701)
24
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much oil from military bases in the UK was used for the production of biodiesel used by his Department in the last period for which figures are available.
(117702)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
25
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of geography A-level coursework achieved a grade of between A and C during the last 10 years.
(112345)
26
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what consultation there has been with maintained schools on the abolition of coursework for geography A-level students.
(112346)
27
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when his Department expects to abolish coursework for geography A-level students.
(112347)
28
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received on plans to abolish coursework for geography A-level students.
(112349)
29
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Learning and Skills Agency spent on programme expenditure in Canterbury local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117174)
30
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the numbers of children who are classified as runaways.
(117616)
31
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations he has received on the introduction of a national information-sharing index for children; and if he will make a statement.
(117704)
32
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received on (a) section 47 core assessments and (b) the processes for investigations into perpetrators of child abuse; and if he will make a statement.
(117708)
33
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils at each secondary school in each local education authority in (a) London, (b) Birmingham, (c) Leicester, (d) Derby, (e) Nottingham, (f) Bradford, (g) Slough, (h) Bolton, (i) Rochdale, (j) Luton, (k) Bristol and (l) Blackburn and Darwen are (i) white British, (ii) black Caribbean, (iii) black African, (iv) Indian, (v) Pakistani and (vi) Bangladeshi.
(117542)
34
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of secondary age pupils in each local education authority in (a) London, (b) Birmingham, (c) Leicester, (d) Derby, (e) Nottingham, (f) Bradford, (g) Slough, (h) Bolton, (i) Rochdale, (j) Luton, (k) Bristol and (l) Blackburn and Darwen are (i) white British, (ii) black Caribbean, (iii) black African, (iv) Indian, (v) Pakistani and (vi) Bangladeshi.
(117543)
35
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average class size for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in (i) Ludlow constituency and (ii) Shropshire in each year since 1997; and what the national average was in each year since 1997.
(117774)
36
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of schools teach citizenship (a) nationally, (b) in Cumbria and (c) Westmoreland and Lonsdale.
(112483)
37
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to publish data on the destinations of learners after completion of their LSC-funded programmes for the period 2002 to 2006.
(111379)
38
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the total training costs of an advanced apprenticeship or similar Level 3 vocational qualification will be publicly funded for (a) 16 to 18, (b) 18 to 25 and (c) over 25 year olds as part of the Government's planned extension of learning entitlements to Level 3 vocational qualifications.
(111380)
39
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the success rates are for the complete framework of (a) further education, (b) adult and community learning, (c) school sixth forms and (d) work-based learning for (i) post-16, (ii) 16 to 18 and (ii) over 18 year olds for Levels 1 to 3 qualifications for each year between 2000 and 2006.
(111381)
40
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships had no work-based element spent with an employer in each year since 1997; and which apprenticeships have a work-based element where the apprentice spends on average (a) fewer than five, (b) five to 10, (c) 10 to 20 and (d) more than 20 hours per week with an employer over the same period.
(111382)
41
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of apprenticeship and advanced apprenticeship places provided an employer-based mentor for the apprentice in each year since 1997.
(111383)
42
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) children, (b) children with special educational needs but no statement and (c) children with statemented special educational needs were permanently excluded (i) from mainstream schools, (ii) from special schools, (iii) while on a dual placement scheme, (iv) while on a school action plan, (v) while on early years action plan, (vi) while on school action plus, (vii) while on early years action plus and (viii) while attending a pupil referral unit in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(117705)
43
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the (a) total special educational needs expenditure and (b) average special educational needs expenditure per pupil with special educational needs was in each local authority in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(117706)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
44
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to increase the incentives for new plantations of trees; and if he will make a statement.
(117536)
45
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of school waste was recycled in 2005-06; and what plans he has to encourage schools to recycle more waste in 2007-08.
(112348)
46
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much (a) the Environment Agency and (b) English Nature spent on programme expendiutre in Canterbury local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117177)
47
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made in encouraging Cornwall-based installers onto the Warm Front Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(117754)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
48
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made at (a) ministerial and (b) official level to the United States on the case of Jeremy Crook.
(117770)
49
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 1405W, on overseas convictions and arrests, to which agency information on foreign offences was submitted prior to the establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(117771)
50
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when (a) the transfer of heavy water and (b) the supply of (i) plutonium, (ii) uranium-235, (iii) beryllium and (iv) lithium-6 to Israel via Norway ceased.
(117768)
51
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart (a) in the US and (b) at the UN on proposed EU enlargement to the Balkans.
(117735)
52
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response she has made to the German Chancellor's recent statement on implementation of a constitution for the European Union.
(117736)
53
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the elections in Serbia and their implications for the process leading to Serbia's possible accession to the EU.
(117737)
54
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in Montenegro since its independence.
(117738)
55
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Lebanese government on securing the release of Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Schalit; and if she will make a statement.
(112397)
56
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Israeli government on securing the release of Lebanese citizens being held without trial in Israel; and if she will make a statement.
(112398)
57
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the United Nations on securing the release of (a) Israeli citizens held in Lebanon and (b) Lebanese citizens held in Israel; and if she will make a statement.
(112399)
58
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what co-ordination occurs between the British High Commissions in Australia and New Zealand on common matters affecting the region; and if she will make a statement.
(112480)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
59
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice she issues to strategic health authorities on seeking advice from expert bodies when drawing up proposals on water fluoridation in their area.
(117261)
60
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to which organisations her Department (a) provides funding for research and (b) gives expert advice to strategic health authorities on water fluoridation; what funding each of these organisations has received since 2000-01; and what funding has been allocated for 2007-08 and 2008-09.
(117262)
61
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what water fluoridation projects (a) have been developed since 2003 and (b) are in the process of being developed in the (i) East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA), (ii) East of England SHA, (iii) London SHA, (iv) North East SHA, (v) North West SHA, (vi) South Centra SHA, (vii) South East SHA, (viii) South West SHA, (ix) West Midlands SHA and (x) Yorkshire and the Humber SHA; and what (A) advice and (B) support her Department has given the strategic health authorities in drawing up these plans.
(117263)
62
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are for the National Finance Centre of NHS Professionals to go into partnership with a private company; what assessment she has made of the possibility of UK-based job losses as a result of these changes; and if she will make a statement.
(112521)
63
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the level of central Government grant to local government for social services in Canterbury local authority area was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117176)
64
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under the age of 15 years were diagnosed with diabetes in (a) the area served by Shropshire County Primary Care Trust and (b) each constituency in Shropshire in each of the last five years.
(117772)
65
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many paediatric diabetes specialist nurses were employed by Shropshire County Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years.
(117773)
66
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has had discussions with NHS trusts in Cumbria on moving towards a health managed network; and if she will make a statement.
(112482)
67
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis was for the statement by the primary care trusts of Lancashire and Cumbria that independent sector providers can provide clinical assessment treatment and support services at better value for money than existing NHS trusts.
(112518)
68
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will estimate the proportion of NHS funds provided to independent sector providers of clinical assessment treatment and support services likely to be paid out in dividends.
(112519)
69
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will consult (a) GPs and (b) other clinicians in Cumbria and Lancashire on the transfer of clinical assessment treatment and support services to the independent sector.
(112520)
70
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on incontinence (a) pads and (b) pants in each of the last five years.
(117749)
71
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many incontinence (a) pads and (b) pants were supplied by the NHS in each of the last five years; and what steps she is taking to ensure that her Department's guidance Good Practice in Continence Services is fully implemented by NHS trusts.
(117750)
72
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons she proposes to increase Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency fees above inflation; and what account was taken of the April 2006 increase in fees in making such proposals.
(112506)
73
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects (a) consultation MLX 335 on Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency fees will be closed and (b) fee levels for 2007-08 to be implemented.
(112507)
74
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the impact that the time taken by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to process applications has had on when pharmaceutical products reach the market.
(112509)
75
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Ministers have had with (a) pharmaceutical companies and (b) representative bodies on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's proposals to increase fees in April 2007.
(112514)
76
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the target savings at Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust are in the (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 financial years, broken down by workstream.
(117710)
77
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in England were (a) overweight and (b) obese in the last period for which figures are available.
(112510)
78
Mr Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th January 2007, Official Report, column 2048W, on sexual health, how many girls (a) under the age of 15 and (b) aged 15 to 18 years (i) had abortions, (ii) gave birth and (iii) were diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in Walsall Primary Care Trust area in each year between 1999 and 2005.
(117719)
79
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are plans for a clinical assessment treatment and support centre in the Morecambe/Lancaster area.
(117613)
80
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting period is for digital hearing aids in each primary care trust area.
(117792)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
81
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the police investigation into the actions of James Dawute while at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has concluded.
(117755)
82
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fully trained police officers were employed specifically in child protection work in each police force in England and Wales in each of the last four years.
(117709)
83
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reintroduce regional crime squads.
(117742)
84
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to publish the Government's evaluation of the effectiveness of crime and disorder reduction partnerships.
(117743)
85
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what qualifications are required of voluntary sector managers to run accommodation schemes for offenders.
(117787)
86
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will renew funding awarded to Langley House Trust by the Public Protection Unit.
(117788)
87
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders have committed a criminal offence whilst a resident in accommodation provided by Langley House Trust, broken down by category of offence.
(117789)
88
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of robbery reported to the police in 2006 were classified as drug-related crime.
(117790)
89
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects the application by Mr Boukhalfi (HO ref. B1050245) for indefinite leave to remain in the UK, made on 4th January 2006, to be determined.
(117544)
90
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which companies he has held meetings in relation to identity cards.
(117778)
91
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the drafts of the extradition treaty (a) submitted to the Home Office on 8th February 2002 by the United States and (b) discussed in London on 12th July 2002.
(117779)
92
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) central departmental and (b) central National Offender Management Service staff were responsible for the Probation Service in each of the last 10 years.
(117780)
93
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of abuse of the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme he identified prior to the changes to the Programme.
(117781)
94
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of age discrimination legislation on the use of an age-related points system in the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme.
(117782)
95
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal orders have been authorised in each month since April 2006.
(117783)
96
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) individuals have been dispersed and (b) under 16 year olds have been removed to their home in each month since April 2006.
(117784)
97
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many previously successful applicants to the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme he expects will be excluded by the recent changes to the scheme; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the effect on business and industry of such exclusions.
(117785)
98
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent probation officers were employed in each probation area in each of the last 10 years.
(117786)
99
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the usefulness of British Standard 7971 on requirements and test methods for police riot protection; and for what reasons his Department decided to develop other specifications.
(117791)
100
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contributions Ministers made to the drafting of the Extradition Treaty with the United States between 8th February 2002 and the signing of the treaty.
(117793)
101
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures (a) are in place at the Serious Organised Crime Agency and (b) were in place at its predecessor organisations to enter information received from Foreign Office consular staff on convictions of British citizens abroad into the Police National Computer.
(117796)
102
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many notifications (a) the Serious Organised Crime Agency and (b) its predecessor organisations received from his Department of British citizens convicted abroad in each of the last five years; and what percentage were entered on to the Police National Computer.
(117797)
103
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fixed penalty notices were issued for personal robberies in each police force area in each of the last five years.
(117798)
104
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints there were against (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers and (c) civilian staff employed by the police in each year since 2004.
(112402)
105
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information is collected about complaints made against police community support officers.
(112403)
106
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average number of minutes of phone calls which Category A prisoners may make each week.
(111864)
107
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many hit and run incidents were reported in each of the last five years; in how many of the cases (a) the driver was subsequently identified and (b) a prosecution for failing to stop at the scene of an accident was brought; and if he will make a statement.
(117745)
108
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many hit and run incidents where the driver was subsequently identified the driver was found to be (a) under the influence of (i) alcohol and (ii) drugs, (b) uninsured and (c) unlicensed in each of the last five years.
(117746)
109
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) full-time, fully trained police officers and (b) police community support officers Norfolk Constabulary had in each of the last 10 years.
(117747)
110
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the strength was of each police force in each of the last 10 years.
(117748)
111
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the prison places to be provided by the new prison HMP Kennet in Merseyside are (a) part of and (b) in addition to the 8,000 extra places promised by 2012.
(117739)
112
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were housed in open prisons in each year since 2000, broken down by (a) category recommended for each prisoner upon beginning their sentence and (b) length of sentence (i) originally handed down and (ii) remaining when transferred to open prison.
(117740)
113
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners housed in open prisons in each year since 2000 were originally convicted of (a) murder, (b) rape, (c) robbery, (d) manslaughter, (e) sexual assault, (f) non-fatal criminal assault with knives and bladed instruments, (g) possession with intent to supply drugs, (h) simple possession of drugs, (i) grievous bodily harm with intent, (j) grievous bodily harm, (k) actual bodily harm and (l) assault.
(117741)
114
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Northern Ireland Executive will have political responsibility for the Serious Organised Crime Agency in Northern Ireland after the devolution of policing and criminal justice.
(117619)
115
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct an inquiry into the Firearms Department of North Wales Police following the convictions for firearms offences of Martin Wynn Davies, William Charles Hughes and Neil Smith.
(117721)
116
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents involving the (a) sale and (b) use of illegal drugs on school property were reported in each (i) local education authority, (ii) London borough and (iii) regional police force in each year since 2000.
(117795)
117
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were breached by (a) adults and (b) children in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(112401)
118
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd January 2007, Official Report, column 1545W, on police community support officers, what evidence he has considered on the effect of the use of stab vests on the safety of employees of the police force.
(112589)
119
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Offender Management Scheme has tested any locations for new prisons suggested in the business case presented by the North Wales Criminal Justice Board.
(112515)
120
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the National Offender Management scheme is pursuing a site for a new prison in (a) South Wales and (b) North Wales.
(112522)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
121
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what percentage of lightbulbs on the House of Common estate are low energy.
(117725)
122
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what site investigation and surveys were undertaken by the House authorities prior to letting the contract for the visitor entrance.
(112123)
123
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1792W, on the visitor entrance, what extensions of time have been granted for bad weather.
(112124)
124
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1792W, on the visitor entrance, what the grounds were for the extension of time granted on the larger contract on 26th September 2006; and what additional costs are associated with this extension.
(112125)
125
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, columns 1791-2W, on the visitor entrance, how many contracts were let for the visitor entrance; what the (a) original budget price, (b) contract sum and (c) contingency sum in the contract was in each case; and what the latest forecast is of each contract.
(112126)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
126
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid has been granted by the Government for educational programmes overseas in each year since 2003.
(111909)
Questions to the Leader of the House
127
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Leader of the House, what the cost was of moving (a) his office and (b) the Office of the Deputy Leader of the House to Dover House.
(117617)
128
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Leader of the House, how much was spent on redecorating the new offices at Dover House for (a) him and (b) the Deputy Leader of the House.
(117618)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
129
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is his policy that the Serious Organised Crime Agency should come under the remit of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.
(117620)
Questions to the Prime Minister
130
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 787W, on annual reports, what the reasons are for the delays in publication of the reports.
(117794)
Questions to the Solicitor General
131
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Solicitor General, whether the Attorney General has legal powers to order (a) the Director of Public Prosecutions and (b) the Serious Fraud Office to discontinue an investigation.
(117539)
132
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Solicitor General, what account the Attorney General took of the fact that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had not completed the process of assessing all the evidence in concluding that it was in the public interest not to proceed with the SFO investigation into BAE dealings with Saudi Arabia in respect of the Al Yamamah military equipment deal.
(117540)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
133
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps (a) his Department and (b) Ofgem has taken to encourage the making clearer and more user-friendly for small business consumers of terms and conditions in energy supply contracts; and what progress has been made.
(117775)
134
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations have been held with the public about the building of new nuclear power stations.
(111570)
135
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he has had discussions with representatives from General Motors on the development of the Chevrolet Volt electric car.
(112481)
136
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post offices are required under the Government's proposed access criteria in each parliamentary constituency.
(117751)
137
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the distances referred to in The Post Office Network Consultation Document are measured as the crow flies.
(117752)
138
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to allow diversification of services in Post Office contracts; and if he will make a statement.
(117753)
139
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many post boxes were (a) removed and (b) not replaced after damage or theft by the Royal Mail in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these were at sites located in Wealden constituency.
(117699)
140
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the preparedness of companies for the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; what advice he has issued to those industries affected; and if he will make a statement.
(112204)
141
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on what date the Costa Viyella site in Worksop was acquired by the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA); what the rationale was for its acquisition; on what date it was sold; what the rationale was for its sale; how many jobs have been created at this site since EMDA acquisition; and what has been the effect on public funds in real terms of EMDA's acquisition.
(112394)
142
N
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many patents were held by (a) the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, (b) the Central Science Laboratory, (c) the Public Health Laboratory Service, (d) the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and (e) other Government laboratories in each of the last five years; and how many of these patents have been licensed.
(117703)
143
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what ongoing role the Lancaster and Morecambe Vision Board has following the production of the economic vision for Lancaster and Morecambe.
(117614)
144
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2007, Official Report, column 1616-7W, on North West regional development, for what purpose the pre-development funding for Morecambe Vision Board for 2007-08 has been allocated.
(117615)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
145
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the introduction of graduated speed reduction zones on approaches to urban areas to reduce road accidents.
(117726)
146
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Highways Agency spent on programme expenditure in Canterbury local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117175)
147
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles registered in states that joined the EU in the last five years which are in the United Kingdom.
(117777)
148
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contact has been made with the users of the Dart-Tag system as part of the consultation process on the proposed changes to the Dartford River Crossing.
(117722)
149
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many public roads in England are subject to a toll the proceeds of which do not contribute to the running costs of the road.
(117723)
150
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on the analysis by consultants of the impact of tolls on the traffic flow at the Dartford River Crossing; what assumptions were used in the analysis; and if he will make a statement.
(117724)
151
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road tunnels there are without toll booths in the UK.
(117769)
152
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend capacity at UK ports; and if he will make a statement.
(112202)
153
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has made to the European Union on the Government's policy on the European Commission Road Safety Action Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(112203)
154
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, at what stage the application for Government funding to build a parkway station at Elmbridge Court, Gloucestershire, between Gloucester and Cheltenham is; and if he will make a statement.
(112395)
155
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what factors were taken into account when deciding to exempt taxi drivers and drivers of private hire vehicles from the requirement to wear a seat belt; and if he will make a statement.
(112396)
156
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to remove the roundabouts on the A50 between the M1 and M6.
(117776)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
157
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much David Freud will be paid for conducting the review of welfare-to-work programmes.
(117799)
158
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the performance of job retention services pilot schemes for employees with mental health problems.
(117744)
159
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consideration has been given to ensuring that both indexed and frozen pensions of British nationals overseas are treated equally in respect of uprating.
(112516)
160
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to update the list of countries with which the UK has reciprocal arrangements providing for the uprating of pensions of overseas British nationals.
(112517)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
161
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the savings to the tax credits and welfare benefits system of an increase in the national minimum wage to (a) £6, (b) £6.25 and (c) £6.50 an hour.
[Transferred] (117541)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
162
N
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of costs arising from the non-appearance of defendants in magistrates' courts in 2006-07.
[Question Unstarred] (112040)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
163
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what research he has commissioned on the use of child protection registers.
[Transferred] (117707)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
164
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the wood fuel intake for the (a) Middlesbrough and (b) Lockerbie biomass energy plants is sourced from (i) existing woodlands and (ii) dedicated sources of energy crops; and what forecast he has made of trends in such sourcing over the next 10 years.
[Transferred] (117698)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
165
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made at (a) ministerial and (b) official level to the United States on the case of Jeremy Crook.
[Transferred] (117767)

 
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