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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 31 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 Wednesday 31 January 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 31 January 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 31 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 31 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 31 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely change in the UK's annual carbon emissions by 2010 resulting from (a) each of the measures announced in the Pre-Budget Report designed to impact on emissions and (b) all measures announced in the Pre-Budget Report taken collectively; and if he will make a statement.
(117911)
2
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many notices warning of legal proceedings if payment is not made have been sent to individuals claiming tax credits who are in dispute with HM Revenue and Customs.
(117995)
3
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the levels of (a) fraud, (b) customer error and (c) official error relating to tax credits in each year since 2001 in (i) percentage terms and (ii) cash terms; and if he will make a statement.
(117936)
4
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have received overpayments of tax credits in Morecambe and Lunesdale since the beginning of the scheme.
(118017)
5
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of the banking industry on the impact of excessive bank charges on social exclusion among low income families.
(112459)
6
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) mean and (b) median household size was of households where the head of the household was aged (i) 18 to 25, (ii) 25 to 30 and (iii) 18 to 30 years old in (A) 1985, (B) 1990, (C) 1995, (D) 2000 and (E) 2005.
(117851)
7
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) mean and (b) median household size was of households where the head of the household was a citizen of a recently acceeding EU country in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(117853)
8
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) mean and (b) median household size was of households where the head of the household was aged (i) 30 to 40, (ii) 40 to 50, (iii) 50 to 60, (iv) 60 to 70 and (v) 70 and over in (A) 1985, (B) 1990, (C) 1995, (D) 2000 and (E) 2005.
(117854)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
9
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what procedures are used to appoint members of the Duchy Council; and if she will make a statement.
(112463)
10
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the cost was of the IPSOS Mori research undertaken as part of the Policy Review on Public Services that was published on 15th January 2007.
(117859)
11
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many virtual seminars have taken place to date as part of the Government's policy review.
(117860)
12
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many webchats have taken place to date as part of the Government's policy review.
(117861)
13
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the cost has been to date of the IPSOS Mori contract as part of the Government's policy review.
(117862)
14
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which companies administer the policy review's (a) email alerts and (b) policyreview.org.uk website; and how much has been paid from the public purse to each company.
(117866)
15
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Prime Minister's announcement on 16th January 2007 on the six policy review working groups, who will chair the review of Economic Dynamism.
(117877)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
16
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to specify a role for alcohol reduction strategies in local area agreements.
(117940)
17
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister spent on photography in 2005-06.
(117958)
18
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether an adoption agency expressing a preference to place a child with (a) a black or Asian family, (b) a family of a specific faith and (c) a heterosexual couple would constitute discrimination under the Government's proposed equality legislation.
(117924)
19
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether draft equality legislation or proposals will be presented for scrutiny to the Communities and Local Government Committee.
(117929)
20
Dr John Pugh (Southport):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to make further entries under Part 1, section 10(2) of the Equality Act 2006.
(117937)
21
N
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) names, (b) length of service, (c) relevant experience and (d) organisational affiliations are of the current Commissioners of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
(117545)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
22
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the legal basis is for applying a standard research fee to Freedom of Information applications for census records.
(117934)
23
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans she has for the renewal of the Public Records Act 1958 Instrument of Extended Retention No. 38 of July 1996 as it refers to RG 15 and RG 16.
(117998)
24
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the completeness of archived census records.
(118001)
25
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that people living in houses of multiple occupation receive information on being included on the electoral register.
(118014)
26
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what additional funding is provided to local authorities with large numbers of houses in multiple occupation to compile the electoral register.
(118015)
27
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much each local authority in Lancashire spent per head of population on compiling the electoral register in each of the last five years.
(118016)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
28
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what modifications she is considering to the current law on pub and club opening hours; and what has prompted her to consider modifications.
(117971)
29
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will answer parliamentary questions (a) 108185, on the recruitment of the Chairman of the BBC Trust, tabled on 6th December 2006, and (b) 108992, on the Olympic budget, tabled on 8th December 2006, by the hon. Member for Bath; and what the reasons are for the time taken to reply.
(117872)
30
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people in Warrington North received a free television licence in the latest year for which figures are available.
(117993)
31
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the security costs for the Olympics site in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009.
(117760)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
32
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on negotiations towards agreement pursuant to Article 6 of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, on nuclear disarmament measures; and what assessment he has made of the key obstacles to such negotiations.
(117839)
33
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the RAF has placed an urgent operational requirement for all Hercules aircraft to be fitted with explosive suppressant foam.
(117912)
34
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Hercules aircraft have been fitted with foam protection to their fuel tanks; what the timetable is for the fitting of explosive suppressant foam to the rest of the fleet; and if he will make a statement.
(117914)
35
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Hercules aircraft accepted from the contractor after being fitted with foam protection to their fuel tanks (a) were ready for active service and (b) required repairs due to fuel leaks.
(117932)
36
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what purpose a UK foam protected Hercules aircraft is stationed in the United States; and if he will make a statement.
(117933)
37
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to determine whether the device recently discovered in Streatham Park Cemetery is an unexploded bomb dating from World War Two.
(117913)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
38
Ms Dawn Butler (Brent South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what legacy he expects the Government to leave at the end of the commemorations of the bicentenary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.
(117867)
39
N
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent steps he has taken to co-ordinate Government policy on increasing the sustainability of public procurement.
(111289)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
40
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils completed Learning and Skills Council-funded programmes in London in each of the last five years.
(118007)
41
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will publish the report commissioned by his Department entitled, Getting It. Getting It Right; and if he will make a statement.
(117959)
42
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many English for Speakers of Other Languages courses were delivered at trade union learning centres in the last period for which figures are available; and what discussions he had had with trade unions about the impact of the ending of fee remission for those courses at such centres.
(117874)
43
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the impact on workplace safety of the ending of fee remission for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses.
(117875)
44
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the effect on community cohesion of the ending of fee remission for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses.
(117876)
45
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what his timetable is for implementing the provisions of the Children and Adoption Act 2006.
(117957)
46
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the provision of secondary sector mainstream support for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder.
(117888)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
47
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of hosepipe bans on the horticulture and gardening industry.
(118036)
48
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will exempt those using efficient water saving irrigation methods from hosepipe bans.
(118037)
49
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met representatives from the British Retail Consortium in the last 12 months.
(117938)
50
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK's policy is on the proposed ban on Canadian seal products currently before the EU.
(117939)
51
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the change in average sea levels in the Bournemouth area has been over the last 25 years; and what change is forecasted over the next 25 years.
(117931)
52
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans there are to improve sea defences at Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth.
(117935)
53
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) correspondence and (b) other communications (i) he, (ii) other ministers and (iii) officials had with the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) on CoRWM recommendation 2 (1), on the security vulnerability of above ground nuclear waste stores against terrorist threats, before preparing the reply to this recommendation published in the Reponse to the Report and Recommendations from the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) by the UK Government and the devolved administrations on 25th October 2006.
(117997)
54
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ban the (a) sale and (b) importation of foie gras; and if he will make a statement.
(118039)
55
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account his Department takes of the use of forced labour in the farming of imported food, with particular reference to the possible role of trafficked children in harvesting cocoa beans; and if he will make a statement.
(118040)
56
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January 2007, Official Report, column 271W, on Departmental property, if his Department will discuss with Guildford Borough Council placing tree protection orders on the trees on the Guildford site where the trees border Merrow Downs, nearby homes and the allotments.
(117837)
57
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January 2007, Official Report, column 271W, on Departmental property, what (a) environmental and (b) biodiversity considerations are taken into account when his Department disposes of surplus land and buildings.
(117838)
58
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will launch a public awareness campaign to encourage people to walk rather than using their cars for environmental reasons.
(118025)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
59
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the government of Burma on the treatment of the Christian community in Burma.
(117930)
60
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on trafficked children being compelled to work harvesting cocoa beans; and if she will make a statement.
(118000)
61
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she expects to reply to the letter dated 23rd December 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Yasir Zulfiqar.
(117835)
62
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she expects to reply to the letter dated 15th December 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Brother E. Egan.
(117836)
63
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with EU colleagues on (a) the restrictions on agricultural products in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership agreements and (b) a potential review of the restrictions; and if she will make a statement.
(117961)
64
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress was made during the recent talks between officials of the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) towards advancement of an EU/GCC free trade agreement; and if she will make a statement.
(117962)
65
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) Germany, (b) France and (c) the USA on Iran's (i) potential to launch rockets into space and (ii) plans for an inter-continental ballistic missile.
(118019)
66
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her latest estimate is of the number of Iraqi civilians killed by the regime of Saddam Hussein; and if she will make a statement.
(111154)
67
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on how many occasions since 2004 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department met Mohammed Dahlan; and where and when each meeting took place.
(117941)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
68
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts operate community blood test clinics.
(118046)
69
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts have moved blood testing services from community-based clinics to hospital facilities.
(118047)
70
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust on the provision of blood test clinics.
(118048)
71
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers she has to intervene to prevent hospitals from charging patients and public excessively for the use of telephones; and on how many occasions she has exercised those powers.
(117717)
72
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints she has received on the issue of hospitals charging excessively for the use of telephones by patients and public.
(117718)
73
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what investigations into the safety of meat from cloned animals are being undertaken by (a) the UK and (b) the EU.
(117966)
74
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the next round of funding for delivering drug treatment strategies as part of the public health programme is expected to be announced.
(117968)
75
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to persuade primary care trusts to give alcohol reduction strategies a higher priority in their funding.
(117969)
76
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with the consultation on stoma care and urology care services; how many (a) individuals and (b) organisations have responded; what account has been taken of the potential impact of change on users, with particular reference to proposals on the direct supply of appliances and ancilliary items; and if she will make a statement.
(117970)
77
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many physically disabled young adults live in care homes designed for (a) the elderly and (b) other care groups.
(117758)
78
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2007, Official Report, columns 1418-9W, on NHS finance, what she expects the (a) remit, (b) function and (c) activity of the NHS Bank to be; and if she will make a statement.
(117757)
79
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) her Department and (b) NHS Identity has spent on licensing fonts since 1997.
(117878)
80
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical assessment, treat and support services are operated by (a) NHS hospitals and (b) primary care trusts; and what the average through-put of patients was in each location in the latest period for which figures are available.
(117996)
81
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of midwives required to meet the target of every pregnant woman having access to her own designated midwife.
(118002)
82
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwifery vacancies there are in (a) Staffordshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.
(118003)
83
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to reduce the number of hours maternity units close due to vacant posts.
(118004)
84
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many home births there were in England in each of the last six years.
(118005)
85
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors were taken into account in setting the target of 32 births per year for midwives.
(118006)
86
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is on the number of visits a pregnant woman should receive from a midwife before a home birth.
(118010)
87
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints have been received by the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency about dermal fillers in the last five years; and what investigations have been undertaken by the agency as a result.
(117964)
88
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to regulate the use of dermal fillers.
(117965)
89
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which scientific advisory committees will examine applications for the import of cloned meat products for food and food ingredients; and which committee will provide advice to Ministers on whether to approve applications.
(117916)
90
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th January 2007, Official Report, column 694W, on Colchester General Hospital, when she expects to make an announcement on the reasonableness of the compensation claim submitted by AMEC and its consortium partners in respect of bidding costs incurred on the cancelled private finance initiative scheme for a project at Colchester General Hospital.
(117756)
91
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many 15 to 18 year olds in Nottingham Primary Care Trust area (a) had abortions and (b) were diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in each of the last five years.
(117973)
92
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether an assessment has been made by her Department comparing the expected costs of clinical assessment, treat and support services in Cumbria and Lancashire and the development or reconfiguration of existing local NHS services.
(118009)
93
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the change in numbers of referrals to rheumatology departments in Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust following the introduction of clinical assessment, treat and support services.
(118018)
94
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether rheumatology services in Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust met the 18 week referral target in the last period for which figures are available.
(118020)
95
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect on the revenues of NHS hospital services of the introduction of clinical assessment, treat and support services.
(118021)
96
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there are per head of population in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale, (b) Lancashire and (c) England.
(118022)
97
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the effect on levels of employment in the NHS in Lancashire and Cumbria of the introduction of clinical assessment, treat and support services.
(118027)
98
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she expects the public to be given the opportunity to comment on the involvement of the independent sector as part of the Cumbria/Lancashire clinical assessment, treat and support service public consultation.
(118030)
99
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the projected (a) capital and (b) revenue costs of the clinical assessment treatment and support services in (i) Cumbria and (ii) Lancashire over the first 12 months of operation.
(118035)
100
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical psychologists for adult mental health services there are in East Lancashire.
(117922)
101
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's target is for the number of clinical psychologists per head of population.
(117923)
102
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will write to primary care trusts to remind them that access to homeopathy in the NHS should continue to be an option for all patients.
(118038)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
103
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Iraqi refugees there were in the UK in each year since 2000.
(117886)
104
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Iraqi nationals applied for asylum in the UK in each year since 2000; how many (a) were granted asylum or leave to remain in the UK, (b) left the UK voluntarily and (c) were deported in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(117887)
105
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whom he consulted on the compatibility of the Serious Crime Bill with the European Convention on Human Rights before 17th January.
(112404)
106
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost of operational surveillance by the police of suspected perpetrators of serious and organised crime was in each of the last five years.
(112405)
107
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Serious Organised Crime Agency to tackle level 2 crime.
(112406)
108
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make individual support orders a compulsory component of anti-social behaviour orders.
(112407)
109
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department collects data on the (a) age, (b) ethnicity, (c) criminal record and (d) educational record of each person subject to an anti-social behaviour order.
(112408)
110
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures he will put in place to help vulnerable foreign nationals who have difficulty travelling register for a biometric immigration document.
(117840)
111
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at what locations foreign nationals will be entitled to register their biometric information for a biometric immigration document.
(117841)
112
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to use (a) proximity and (b) RFID chips in biometric immigration documents.
(117842)
113
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what biometric information he will require from foreign nationals registering for a biometric immigration document.
(117843)
114
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what fee he plans to charge for foreign nationals to register for a biometric immigration document; and whether fees will recover the full administration costs of the system.
(117844)
115
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost of registering foreign nationals already resident in the UK for a biometric immigration document.
(117845)
116
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what deadline he plans to set for the registering of foreign nationals for a biometric immigration document.
(117846)
117
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of foreign nationals legally resident in the UK, broken down by category of leave to live in the UK.
(117847)
118
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of foreign nationals legally resident in the UK who (a) have stayed and (b) intend to stay for more than six months.
(117848)
119
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the average cost of prosecuting an individual for possession of cannabis in the latest period for which figures are available.
(117849)
120
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) estimate of the number and (b) assessment of the causes his Department has made of technical failures of the tags used in the Home Detention Curfew Scheme in the last five years.
(117857)
121
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedure exists for (a) reporting and (b) identifying the causes of technical faults in tags used in the Home Detention Curfew Scheme.
(117858)
122
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists have attended speed awareness courses as an alternative to receiving a fine and endorsement for speeding.
(117864)
123
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much additional funding he plans to make available to Bournemouth on the granting of respect status.
(117733)
124
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are employed by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to process legacy cases.
(117972)
125
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures he has put in place at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to track progress on outstanding legacy cases.
(117978)
126
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Warrington North have been issued with a free passport.
(117992)
127
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to prevent people driving without insurance in (a) Lancashire and (b) England.
(118012)
128
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the maximum penalty is that can be imposed on a motorist driving (a) without insurance and (b) without a valid driving licence.
(118013)
129
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum cases from Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency were processed by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in the last 12 months.
(118023)
130
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will launch a public awareness campaign to encourage people to walk more for health reasons.
(118024)
131
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale and (b) Lancashire for driving without insurance in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2006.
(118028)
132
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Morecambe and Lunesdale are on the sex offenders register.
(118029)
133
Sir George Young (North West Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has approached the Scottish Executive for assistance in relieving overcrowding in prisons in England and Wales.
(117884)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
134
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many Iraqi refugees there are in (a) Egypt, (b) Lebanon and (c) each state bordering Iraq; how much the Government has allocated for assisting these refugees in 2006-07; if the Government will increase the money allocated for this purpose; and if he will make a statement.
(117885)
135
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department gives (a) directly, (b) through the EU and (c) through the UN to assist with the cost of democratic elections in developing countries.
(117915)
136
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in how many locations in Iraq the World Food Programme has dispersed food in each of the last three years.
(117868)
137
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) emergency health kits, (b) surgical kits and (c) additional health kits procured by the World Health Organisation in Iraq using British aid funding in each year since 2003.
(117869)
138
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of children in Iraq who have received immunisations in each year since 2003 as a result of British aid money given to the United Nations Children's Fund.
(117870)
139
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has channelled through the (a) Red Cross, (b) World Food Programme, (c) United Nations Children's Fund and (d) World Health Organisation to be spent in Iraq in each year since 2003.
(117871)
140
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Iraq who have received food aid as a result of the UK's contribution to the World Food Programme in each year since 2003.
(117873)
Questions to the Leader of the House
141
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will ensure that the debates on the draft order implementing the Boundary Commission's recommendations on new Parliamentary boundaries take place in April 2007.
(117880)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
142
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how long the consultation period was on the Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2007; in what media outlets notice of the consultation process was carried; and how many responses were received to the consultation.
(117994)
143
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the punctuality record of Translink service number 11 to Comber was in each of the last three years.
(117729)
144
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how old the Translink vehicles operating the number 11 service to Comber are.
(117730)
145
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the level of absenteeism was of Translink staff working on the number 11 service in the past 12 months.
(117731)
146
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints Translink has received about the number 11 service to Comber.
(117732)
Questions to the Prime Minister
147
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Prime Minister, on how many occasions since 2004 (a) he and (b) officials in his Department met Mohammed Dahlan; and where and when each meeting took place.
(117942)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
148
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Electoral Commission has undertaken on the amount of expenditure by political party accounting units with expenditure below £25,000 a year.
(117883)
149
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what recent assessment the Speaker's Committee has made of (a) whether the Electoral Commission is fit for purpose and (b) the Commission's ability to manage a UK-wide referendum.
(117910)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
150
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria will be applicable to the award of financial grants to companies from the successor to the Bio-Energy Capital Grant Scheme.
(117856)
151
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance his Department has issued on encouraging full participation of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries at the EU-ACP negotiations.
(118041)
152
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which (a) agencies and (b) regulatory bodies reporting to his Department were (i) established, (ii) abolished, (iii) merged and (iv) renamed in each year since 1999.
(117917)
153
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total UK gas storage capacity was on 1st January in each of the last 30 years for which records are available.
(117918)
154
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost was of maintaining his Department's websites in 2005-06; and how many visits each website received during this period.
(117919)
155
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average working hours were for staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of the executive agencies for which he has responsibility in each year since 2001.
(117920)
156
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent on artwork by his Department in each year since 1997.
(117921)
157
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what opinion polls of (a) his Department and (b) the public his Department has commissioned in the last two years; and what the (ii) cost and (ii) purpose was of each poll.
(117925)
158
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total cost was of advertising positions in his Department in each year since 1997.
(117926)
159
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what conferences have been funded in whole or in part by his Department in the last 12 months; how many people attended each; and what the cost of each conference was to his Department.
(117927)
160
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total costs were of (a) providing and (b) subsidising supplements which promote or detail the work of his Department in trade journals and other newspapers in each year since 1997-98, broken down by the title of the supplement funded.
(117928)
161
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how often the Nanotechnology Issues Dialogue Group meets; and what advice it has given the Government on the strategic direction of Government policy on nanotechnology.
(118031)
162
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to encourage universities (a) to engage in the nanotechnology debate and (b) to carry out nanotechnology research activities.
(118032)
163
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that it funds research that complements other research going on around the world.
(118033)
164
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in what ways the independent regulatory review the Department commissioned to identify regulatory gaps has informed the Government's approach to nanotechnology.
(118034)
165
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the estimated expenditure is on the Trade Union Modernisation Fund over the lifetime of the fund.
(117879)
166
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 816W, on trade union funding, what the (a) amount and (b) purpose was of each grant.
(117881)
167
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 816W, on trade union funding, how much is expected to be given to trade union led projects in (a) the remainder of the 2006-07 financial year and (b) 2007-08.
(117882)
168
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the North West Regional Development Agency allocated to each constituency in the North West in each of the last five years.
(118026)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
169
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the regional funding allocation process that included regional priority road schemes in 2006 is to be repeated in (a) 2007-08 and (b) future years.
(117963)
170
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government spent on bus services in the West Midlands in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.
(112263)
171
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his estimate is of the change in the price of train fares in the West Midlands over the past three years.
(112264)
172
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many schools in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands have taken part in the Travelling to School scheme.
(112265)
173
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there are plans to extend the Sustainable Travel Demonstration Town scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(112266)
174
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles there are in each road tax classification in the London Borough of Bexley.
(118008)
175
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what revenue funding arrangements each public transport authority in the South East outside London concluded with (a) Stagecoach, (b) Arriva, (c) Transdev and (d) Firstbus prior to the passing of the statutory provision for concessionary fares; and if he will make a statement.
(117999)
176
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving buses there were in Staffordshire in each of the last five years.
(118011)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
177
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the successful input of minicom prefix numbers into standard forms for telephone numbers on websites run by (a) commercial and (b) Government organisations.
(117855)
178
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on refunding bank penalty charges which have arisen as a result of benefit payments being late because of an error on the part of his Department in each year since 2001.
(117759)
179
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the levels of (a) fraud, (b) customer error and (c) official error in (i) attendance allowance, (ii) carer's allowance, (iii) basic state pension, (iv) bereavement benefit, (v) industrial injuries benefit, (vi) maternity allowance, (vii) severe disablement allowance, (viii) the Social Fund, (ix) widow's benefit, (x) winter fuel payments, (xi) income support, (xii) incapacity benefit, (xiii) disability living allowance, (xiv) jobseeker's allowance, (xv) housing benefit, (xvi) pension credit and (xvii) council tax benefit in each year since 2001 in (A) percentage terms and (B) cash terms; and if he will make a statement.
(117960)
180
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have not received a state retirement pension payment to which they are entitled since 1st January 2007 in each region of the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(117546)
181
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many state retirement pension applications are waiting to be processed; and if he will make a statement.
(117547)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
182
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what controls govern the importation of embryos from cloned animals.
[Transferred] (117967)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
183
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records she maintains of British citizens deported from abroad to the UK by other countries.
[Transferred] (117850)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
184
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which police force areas speed awareness courses are offered to speeding motorists as an alternative to a fine and endorsement.
[Transferred] (117863)
185
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of speed awareness courses.
[Transferred] (117865)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
186
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the median income for a (a) man and (b) woman aged (i) 21 to 25, (ii) 25 to 30, (iii) 30 to 40, (iv) 40 to 50, (v) 50 to 60, (vi) 60 to 65, (vii) 65 to 75, (viii) 75 to 85 and (ix) over 85 was in each year since 1980.
[Transferred] (117852)

 
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