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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 23 February 2007

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Friday 23 February 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 23 February 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 23 February 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 Friday 23 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 23 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of HM Revenue and Customs' handling of the complaint of Mr J. A. Smith of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the compensation offered to Mr Smith.
(123274)
2
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last reviewed the wording of HM Revenue and Customs' standard letter SA251; and for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs sends such letters to individuals from whom it also requires a tax return.
(123276)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25th January 2007, Official Report, column 1986W, on insurance policies, how many hon. Members have contacted him about non-advised insurance sales; and if he will make a statement.
(123490)
4
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the level of bank charges.
(123374)
5
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir James Crosby is being paid to produce his report on identity management.
(123221)
6
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of staff in his Department worked to support Sir James Crosby's Public-Private Forum on identity management as at 8th February 2007; and what the pay band was of each such staff member.
(123222)
7
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Kate Barker was paid to conduct the Barker review of land use planning.
(123223)
8
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of each report produced as part of the Barker review of land use planning were (a) printed and (b) distributed.
(123224)
9
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were involved in the design, publishing, printing and distribution of each report of the Barker review of land use planning.
(123225)
10
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) commissioning and developing, (b) publishing and printing, (c) distribution and (d) other media costs were of the Barker review of land use planning.
(123226)
11
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Andrew Gowers was paid to conduct his review of intellectual property.
(123228)
12
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of each report produced as part of the Gowers review of intellectual property were (a) printed and (b) distributed.
(123229)
13
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were involved in the design, publishing, printing and distribution of each report of the Gowers review of intellectual property.
(123230)
14
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) commissioning and development, (b) publishing and printing, (c) distribution and (d) other media costs were for the Gowers review of intellectual property.
(123231)
15
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir David Cooksey was paid to conduct his review into health research funding.
(123232)
16
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of each report produced as part of the Cooksey review were (a) printed and (b) distributed.
(123233)
17
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were involved in the design, publishing, printing and distribution of each report of the Cooksey review.
(123234)
18
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) commissioning and development, (b) publishing and printing, (c) distribution and (d) other media costs were for the Cooksey review.
(123235)
19
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of each report produced as part of the Leitch review of skills were (a) printed and (b) distributed.
(123236)
20
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were involved in the design, publishing, printing and distribution of each report for the Leitch review of skills.
(123237)
21
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) commissioning and development, (b) publishing and printing, (c) distribution and (d) other media costs were for the Leitch review of skills.
(123238)
22
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sandy Leitch was paid to conduct his review of skills.
(123240)
23
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) commissioning and development, (b) publishing and printing, (c) distribution and (d) other media costs were for the Eddington transport study.
(123243)
24
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were involved in the design, publishing, printing and distribution of each report for the Eddington transport study.
(123244)
25
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of each report published as part of the Eddington transport study were (a) printed and (b) distributed.
(123245)
26
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir Rod Eddington was paid to conduct his transport study.
(123246)
27
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children were eligible to receive a child trust fund voucher in each quarter since April 2005.
(123250)
28
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much John Baker was paid to conduct his review Realising the Economic Potential of Public Sector Research Establishments.
(123283)
29
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir Nicholas Goddison was paid to conduct his review Securing the Best for our Museums.
(123284)
30
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Richard Lambert was paid to conduct his review of business-university collaboration.
(123285)
31
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Hon Mr Justice Butterfield was paid to conduct his review of criminal investigations and prosecutions conducted by HM Customs and Excise.
(123286)
32
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir Gareth Roberts was paid to conduct his review Set for Success.
(123287)
33
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Derek Wanless was paid to conduct his review Securing our Future Health - Taking a Long-term View.
(123289)
34
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Paul Myners was paid to conduct his review of institutional investment.
(123290)
35
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Don Cruickshank was paid to conduct his review of banking services in the UK.
(123291)
36
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Derek Wanless was paid to conduct his review Securing Good Health for the Whole Population.
(123292)
37
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Alan Wood was paid to conduct his review of European public procurement.
(123293)
38
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Lord Penrose was paid to conduct the Equitable Life inquiry.
(123294)
39
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much David Miles was paid to conduct his review of the UK's fixed rate mortgage market.
(123295)
40
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Kate Barker was paid to conduct her review of housing supply.
(123296)
41
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Christopher Allsopp was paid to conduct his review of statistical requirements for monetary and wider economic policy making.
(123297)
42
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir Michael Lyons was paid to conduct his review of public sector relocation.
(123298)
43
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Teresa Graham was paid to conduct her review of the small firms loan guarantee.
(123299)
44
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Paul Myners was paid to conduct his review of the governance of life mutuals.
(123308)
45
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir Derek Morris was paid to conduct his review of the actuarial profession.
(123309)
46
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir John Pattison was paid to conduct his high-level review of stem cell research.
(123310)
47
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir George Cox was paid to conduct his review of creativity in business.
(123311)
48
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Professor Cave was paid to conduct his independent audit of spectrum holdings.
(123312)
49
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of each report produced to date as part of the Lyons inquiry into local government were (a) printed and (b) distributed.
(123313)
50
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were involved in the design, publishing, printing and distribution of each report to date of the Lyons inquiry into local government.
(123314)
51
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) commissioning and development, (b) publishing and printing, (c) distribution and (d) other media costs were for the Lyons inquiry into local government.
(123315)
52
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Sir Nicholas Stern was paid to conduct his review of the economics of climate change.
(123316)
53
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of each report published to date as part of the Stern review of the economics of climate change were (a) printed and (b) distributed.
(123317)
54
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were involved in the design, publishing, printing and distribution of each report for the Stern review of the economics of climate change.
(123318)
55
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) commissioning and development, (b) publishing and printing, (c) distribution and (d) other media costs were for the Stern review of the economics of climate change.
(123319)
56
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid to Lord Davidson to conduct his review of implementation of EU legislation.
(123320)
57
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many copies of each report produced to date as part of the Davidson review of implementation of EU legislation were (a) printed and (b) distributed.
(123321)
58
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies were involved in the design, publishing, printing and distribution of each report of the Davidson review of implementation of EU legislation.
(123322)
59
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) commissioning and development, (b) publishing and printing, (c) distribution and (d) other media costs were for the Davidson review of implementation of EU legislation.
(123323)
60
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Phillip Hampton was paid to conduct his review of regulatory inspection and enforcement.
(123324)
61
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a full copy of the HM Treasury Staff Survey 2006.
(123336)
62
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Financial Reporting Advisory Board's position on moving off-balance sheet private finance initiative projects onto balance sheet.
(123338)
63
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Financial Reporting Advisory Board's report on private finance initiative accounting will be published.
(123339)
64
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what internal guidance the Treasury issues to staff to assist them in purchasing and procurement decisions; and if he will place a copy of such guidance in the Library.
(123340)
65
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many events his Department held in conjunction with the Smith Institute as part of the (a) Gowers, (b) Leitch, (c) Cox, (d) Cave and (e) Stern reviews.
(123341)
66
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether responses to consultations as part of the (a) Gowers Review, (b) Leitch Review, (c) Cox Review, (d) Cave Review and (e) Stern Review were received from the Smith Institute.
(123342)
67
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many seminars held by the Smith Institute have been attended by Ministers in his Department acting in an official capacity in the last 12 months.
(123343)
68
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether sales of assets to (a) English Partnerships and (b) from one Government department or public sector body to another are included in Table B21 of his Pre-Budget Report.
(123344)
69
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether sales of assets by English Partnerships are included in Table B21 of his Pre-Budget Report.
(123345)
70
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recommendations the Financial Reporting Advisory Board has made regarding Technical Note 1 of the Treasury's Accounting Guidance.
(123346)
71
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Financial Reporting Advisory Board's position on the Government's estimate of its liabilities, including under the private finance initiative.
(123351)
72
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what percentage of children whose parents did not open child trust fund accounts in 2005 HM Revenue and Customs has opened accounts.
(123527)
73
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which financial services provider HM Revenue and Customs uses when it opens child trust fund accounts for children whose parents do not open accounts on their behalf; and what the interest rate was on such accounts for each quarter in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.
(123530)
74
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2007, Official Report, column 1032W, on ministerial visits, for what reason he will not publish the cost of the visit of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury to Israel and the Palestinian Territories on 19th and 20th December 2006; whether this information was recorded by the Department; and if he will make a statement.
(123616)
75
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February 2007, Official Report, column 1134W, on the Smith Institute, which charities applied to hold events at No. 11 Downing Street in each year since 1996 but had their request turned down.
(123617)
76
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2007, Official Report, column 737W, on departmental staff, if he will redact the personal information and place redacted copies of the staff magazine in the Library.
(123618)
77
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what procedures people are able to apply to be removed from the tax credit register.
(123120)
78
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of the Treasury working papers relating to the fiscal impact of people choosing to take alternatively secured pensions rather than traditional annuities which were used during the production of the Pensions White Paper.
(123168)
79
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library copies of proposals submitted in response to the HM Revenue and Customs Angels and Dragons internal communications initiative.
(123366)
80
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how vacancies on his climate change taskforce were advertised; and if he will make a statement.
(123381)
81
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the report by the Financial Reporting Advisory Board on assumptions used in his Department's accounting standards, including Technical Note 1.
(123027)
82
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was of producing the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review website; and how much was accounted for by (a) design, (b) hosting, (c) external consultancy and (d) civil servants' time.
(123076)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) remit and (b) salary is of his special adviser Gila Sacks; and if he will make a statement.
(123095)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board's meeting with Treasury representatives on Monday 13th February 2007.
(123096)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made by his Department in contributing to the International Finance Facility beyond the commitments to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation.
(123098)
86
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his comments in Progress Magazine in February, what the evidential basis was for his statement that there are more al-Qaeda cells in Africa than any other part of the world.
(123108)
87
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many users have played the interactive game on the Comprehensive Spending Review website since its launch.
(123113)
88
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests received by his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were responded to substantively within (a) 20 days, (b) 60 days, (c) 90 days and (d) 180 days; how many requests were outstanding (i) nine months and (ii) 11 months after first receipt; and what the reason is for the delay in each case.
(123161)
89
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the Sandstorm Report which was prepared before the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
(123162)
90
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department expects to make a definitive reply to Professor Prem Sikka of University of Essex's request made on 13th March 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for publication of the Sandstorm Report relating to the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; and what the reason is for the delay in responding.
(123163)
91
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2007, Official Report, column 226W, on British food, from which countries meat sourced from outside the UK and used in buildings occupied by his Department was sourced; and what percentage of the total each country of origin represented.
(123371)
92
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has to encourage home-working.
(123599)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
93
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who her Department's national strategic partners are; how much funding has been allocated to each; and what the purpose is of each partnership.
(123061)
94
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what items were covered by the 18(b) Intra-Government Balances as referred to on page 54 of the Cabinet Office's Resource Accounts 2005-06.
(123377)
95
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what public expenditure was on the Exchange Rate Mechanism project in 2005-06, broken down by main budget heading.
(123382)
96
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2007, Official Report, column 876W, on the budget, what activities are covered under the budget headings referred to; and what income was generated in the last period for which figures are available.
(123383)
97
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how the donated asset reserve of her Department was reduced, as referred to on page 58 of her Department's latest annual resource accounts.
(123384)
98
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much money from the public purse (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) No. 10 Downing Street gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary, SI Events Limited, in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123114)
99
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what criteria were used to assess the websites reviewed as part of the transformational government strategy; how many such websites have been designated for (a) closure and (b) continued existence, broken down by principal reason in each case.
(123414)
100
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when she plans to publish the conclusion of the capability review of the Department of Health.
(123138)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
101
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her most recent estimate is of the number of people sleeping rough in (a) Wellingborough and (b) Northamptonshire.
(123451)
102
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she has plans to change the definition of brownfield land.
(123029)
103
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of how much local authority spending was (a) ring-fenced, (b) for statutory purposes and (c) discretionary in each year since 1997.
(123154)
104
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost was to the public purse of placing households in temporary leasehold accommodation in each year since 1997.
(122933)
105
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many permanent dwellings were completed by registered social landlords in (a) Camden and (b) London in each year since 1990-91.
(122934)
106
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many permanent dwellings were completed by councils in (a) Camden and (b) London in each year since 1990-91.
(122935)
107
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has (a) to complete and (b) to publish the second UK compliance report under the European Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities.
(123432)
108
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of including Cornish people within the terms of the European Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities.
(123433)
109
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what criteria her Department determines which (a) racial, (b) ethnic, (c) linguistic, (d) religious and (e) other groups in the UK the European Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities applies to.
(123435)
110
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) planned and (b) actual timetable was for the publication of the report on UK compliance with the European Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities.
(123436)
111
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2007, Official Report, columns 286-7W, on the homebuy scheme, how many Government equity loans provided as part of the Open Market Homebuy scheme have been allocated to individuals.
(123033)
112
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2007, Official Report, columns 286-7W, on the homebuy scheme, what estimate her Department has made of the total value of the private sector equity loans.
(123034)
113
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of local authority charges for their searches in relation to the implementation of home information packs.
(123259)
114
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with local authority representatives on changes to the prescribed fee for personal services; what changes to the fee are planned; for what reasons; and if she will make a statement.
(123266)
115
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the implications for competitveness of local authorities service provision; and if she will make a statement.
(123267)
116
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the Office of Fair Trading's options for pricing access to local authority search information.
(123337)
117
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have given to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123112)
118
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to publish the conclusions of her inter-departmental taskforce on the improvement of energy performance in existing buildings.
(123271)
119
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will estimate (a) the number of properties in local council or housing association ownership covered by district heating schemes and (b) the difference in energy use per inhabitant of properties covered by such schemes by comparison with other housing.
(123531)
120
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the estimated cost to the public purse is in 2006-07 of the promoting cohesion through effective media management programme run under the auspices of the Institute of Community Cohesion; what other public funding has been allocated to that Institute in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.
(122726)
121
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what advice her Department gives to local authorities on planning for sport and active recreation.
(123081)
122
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much Nottingham City Council spent on temporary accommodation in each of the last five years.
(123553)
123
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much central Government received from Nottingham City Council by way of (a) capital receipts from council house sales and (b) rent receipts in each of the last five years.
(123573)
124
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many housing association properties (a) available for rent and (b) in shared equity schemes there were in Milton Keynes in each year since 1992.
(123543)
125
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will answer the letter of 8th May 2006 from the hon. Member for Chichester on behalf of his constituent Stephen Crossley.
(123256)
126
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many units of social housing were available in the Cannock Chase district in (a) 1997 and (b) the last 12 months.
(123534)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
127
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many legally aided clinical negligence cases were closed in 2006; and how many of those cases resulted in (a) an award of damages and (b) a settlement involving an agreement to pay damages or compensation.
(122703)
128
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many of the legally aided clinical negligence cases which were closed in 2006 proceeded beyond the investigation stage; and how many of those resulted in (a) an award of damages and (b) a settlement involving an agreement to pay damages or compensation.
(122704)
129
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many of the legally aided clinical negligence cases which were closed in 2006 and which did not proceed beyond the investigation stage resulted in (a) an award of damages and (b) a settlement involving an agreement to pay damages or compensation.
(122705)
130
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, under what statutory provisions local authorities charge the public for access to public documents they hold.
(123270)
131
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123107)
132
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) staff pay in her Department compared to equivalent grades in other departments and (b) the likely effect of the new pay system on this situation.
(123119)
133
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will assess the effect of the introduction of performance-related pay for staff in her Department on the operation of the judicial system.
(123153)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
134
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many personnel were involved in detecting those avoiding payment of television licence fees in Northern Ireland in (a) 2002 and (b) 2007.
(122689)
135
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what programmes (a) her Department and (b) other bodies for which she is responsible are undertaking to promote the take-up of sport amongst the Chinese community.
(123242)
136
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful bids for (i) National Lottery and (ii) Big Lottery Fund awards have been made from organisations located in Haltemprice and Howden constituency over the last three years; and what value of award was made to each successful bid.
(123570)
137
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people received a free television licence in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.
(123395)
138
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government intends to proceed with a bill to give powers to knock down all or part of the Commonwealth Institute.
(122677)
139
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 26th January 2007, Official Report, column 2057W, on departmental fixed assets, what the methodology was for valuing the three properties in Windsor; and what the floor area of each used building is.
(123405)
140
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost was of producing the Feasibility Study into Hosting the World Cup; and how much was accounted for by (a) report costs, (b) printing and design, (c) staff time and (d) research.
(123104)
141
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123106)
142
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Health on that Department's proposed obesity action plan.
(123077)
143
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the most recent estimate is of the contribution of (a) sporting and (b) broader leisure activities to the UK economy.
(123078)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
144
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which (a) Ministers, (b) members of the Intelligence and Security Committee and (c) other hon. Members have visited (i) RAF Menwith Hill, (ii) RAF Molesworth, (iii) RAF Lakenheath, (iv) RAF Mildenhall, (v) RAF Croughton, (vi) RAF Fairford, (vii) RAF Fylingdales and (viii) RAF St Mawgan since January 2000; and what the date was of each such visit.
(122920)
145
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he expects (a) the project to safeguard a number of files which had been stored in the Old War Office Building and were affected by asbestos to be completed and (b) (i) documents relating to the visit to London in 1974 of the then Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, and (ii) all other affected documents to be released.
(123455)
146
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the long-term effects of physical training on the joints of servicemen are better understood; and if he will make a statement.
(123254)
147
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the (a) average and (b) total annual cost of the (i) maintenance, (ii) storage and (iii) transportation of bearskin headpieces.
(123268)
148
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make estimate the cost of equipping a member of the (a) Line Regiment, (b) Guards Division and (c) Horse Guard with their full equipment.
(123269)
149
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel were qualified to drive minibuses in 1997; how many are currently qualified; and if he will make a statement.
(123082)
150
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123105)
151
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made towards ceasing the storage and distribution operations at the military base in Stafford; and what alternative uses he proposes for the storage and distribution facilities there.
(123044)
152
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for locating additional military units at the military base in Stafford.
(123045)
153
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made in establishing a new Signals Regiment at the military base in Stafford.
(123046)
154
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many suicides there have been in the British Army since 2001.
(123348)
155
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are in place to enable troops serving abroad to cast their votes in (a) local and (b) national elections.
(123072)
156
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what police checks are carried out on army recruits from Commonwealth countries.
(122696)
157
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will establish background police checks on army recruits from the Commonwealth.
(122697)
158
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will remove Zimbabwe from the list of countries given Commonwealth status for army recruits.
(122699)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
159
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on his place of official residence during the periods for which he has assumed the Prime Minister's responsibilities.
(123083)
160
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether he discussed with officials his conversations with Philip Anschutz.
(123084)
161
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123111)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
162
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will publish his Department's submission to the German EU Presidency on the creation of a compendium of good practice for higher education, as cited in Prospects for the EU in 2007, Cm 7024.
(123517)
163
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on the design and printing of the pack Building for Skills.
(122685)
164
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was allocated per capita by his Department to pupils in (a) City of London, (b) the London Borough of Bexley and (c) England in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; and what formula was used for such allocations.
(123592)
165
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, at how many (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools teachers receive police escorts to enter or leave school premises, broken down by local education authority.
(123049)
166
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Ludlow constituency have a teacher with a formal qualification to teach history.
(123053)
167
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of students gained (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five GCSEs of each grade in each year since 1996; how many gained no GCSEs; and how many gained five or more GCSEs of which one was (i) mathematics and (ii) English.
(122725)
168
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 705W, on language courses, how many schools published in the Secondary School Achievement and Attainment Tables are (a) special schools and (b) independent schools.
(123177)
169
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 705W, on language courses, how many (a) special and (b) independent schools entered no pupils for a GCSE in (i) history, (ii) geography and (iii) a modern foreign language in each year since 1996.
(123178)
170
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 696W, on GCSEs, if he will list the maintained mainstream schools where no pupils were entered for a GCSE in (a) a modern foreign language, (b) history and (c) geography in 2006.
(123179)
171
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 696W, on GCSEs, how many 15 year olds attended the maintained mainstream schools where no pupils were entered for a GCSE in (a) a modern foreign language, (b) history and (c) geography in 2006.
(123180)
172
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 696W, on GCSEs, how many 15 year olds attended the (a) special and (b) independent schools which entered no pupils for a GCSE in (i) history, (ii) geography and (iii) a modern foreign language in 2006.
(123181)
173
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on secondary education: curriculum, what steps he expects schools to take to evaluate the effectiveness of any innovative curriculum plan they adopt.
(123300)
174
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on secondary education: curriculum, in what way removing overlap and highlighting connections between subjects will create time for teachers to personalise their teaching.
(123301)
175
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on secondary education: curriculum, how he plans to assess whether schools are (a) providing effective catch-up lessons where needed and (b) creating opportunities for pupils to deepen and extend their learning where they have particular interests and aptitudes.
(123302)
176
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether he plans to make (a) providing catch-up lessons where needed and (b) creating opportunities for pupils to deepen and extend their learning where they have particular interests and aptitudes compulsory elements of the National Curriculum.
(123303)
177
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on secondary education: curriculum, what the key elements of curriculum content that have stood the test of time are.
(123304)
178
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether the programme of study in Science at Key Stage 4 will adopt the common format of the new programmes of study.
(123305)
179
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether cross-curricular themes will be a statutory part of the National Curriculum.
(123306)
180
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, columns 709-10W, on secondary education: curriculum when he plans to consult on the guidance for teachers on tracking the progress of pupils and on how they grasped the key concepts and skills in each curriculum subject.
(123307)
181
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will assess the effectiveness of the consultation on the secondary curriculum.
(123446)
182
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether usability testing was conducted on the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority secondary curriculum review website among (a) parents, (b) pupils, (c) school governing bodies, (d) teachers and (e) headteachers.
(123447)
183
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority took steps to ensure the materials on the curriculum review website were written in plain language.
(123448)
184
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority made of who is likely to be affected by the proposed secondary programmes of study.
(123450)
185
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many complaints from students were received by (a) the Learning and Skills Council and (b) the Learning and Skills Council South East in each year since 2003.
(123528)
186
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he plans to monitor the use to which schools put the supporting materials to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority secondary curriculum review if implemented.
(123550)
187
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many hours of training on average were undertaken by participants in the Train to Gain programme.
(123390)
188
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of participants in the Train to Gain programme received no training as a result of first stage assessment.
(123391)
189
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of participants in the Train to Gain programme have received training of more than (a) 60 hours, (b) 70 hours and (c) 100 hours.
(123392)
190
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of the Train to Gain programme budget has been spent on (a) training, (b) accreditation and (c) skills brokers.
(123393)
191
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship frameworks (a) do and (b) do not stipulate a technical certificate as a mandatory requirement.
(123394)
192
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123088)
193
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of children leaving full-time education in (a) all North East constituencies and (b) the rest of the UK went on to a place at university in each of the last five years.
(123429)
194
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to improve front-line services provided by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.
(123378)
195
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will take steps to increase recruitment into the social care workforce.
(123379)
196
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will publish the business case for the recommendations contained in the report Organising for Quality produced by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.
(123385)
197
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what he expects the effect of the recommendations contained in Organising for Quality to be upon the budget of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in each of the next two financial years.
(123389)
198
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will increase the staff capacity in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service for services in (a) public and (b) private law.
(123398)
199
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on what evidential basis he expects the recommendations contained in the report of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Organising for Quality to improve services for children and families.
(123415)
200
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme his Department offers local authorities on (a) community use of school facilities and (b) planning for community sporting need.
(123079)
201
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what account is taken of potential community use in consideration of funding for under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(123080)
202
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many independent schools there were in each year since 1997.
(123184)
203
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children aged five to 16 years were educated in independent schools in each year since 1997.
(123190)
204
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 9th February 2007, Official Report, column 1111W, on home education, which organisations and individuals his officials have consulted in drafting guidelines for local authorities on elective home education.
(123039)
205
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils gained five A*-C grades at GCSE including mathematics, English, science, history and geography in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(123054)
206
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils gained five A*-C grades at GCSE including mathematics, English, geography, modern languages and double science in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(123055)
207
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils gained five A*-C grades at GCSE including mathematics, English, history, geography, modern languages and double science in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(123056)
208
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils gained five A*-C grades at GCSE excluding mathematics, English, history, geography, modern languages and double science in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(123057)
209
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils gained (a) no GCSEs at grades A*-C, (b) one GCSE at grades A*-C, (c) two GCSEs at grades A*-C, (d) three GCSEs at grades A*-C and (e) four GCSEs at grades A*-C in each local authority in 2006.
(123058)
210
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the per capita funding was for children with (a) statements and (b) special educational needs without statements in each local authority in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(123059)
211
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students in maintained schools achieved (a) an A grade and (b) grades A to C in further mathematics A-level in the last 12 months.
(123554)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
212
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what material is included within his Department's definition of agricultural waste.
(123192)
213
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of agricultural waste was (a) landfilled, (b) recycled, (c) re-used and (d) incinerated in the latest period for which figures are available.
(123193)
214
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what material is included within his Department's definition of commercial waste.
(123194)
215
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of commercial waste was (a) landfilled, (b) recycled, (c) incinerated and (d) re-used in the latest period for which figures are available.
(123195)
216
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of mining and quarry waste was (a) landfilled, (b) recylced, (c) incinerated and (d) re-used in the latest period for which figures are available.
(123197)
217
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what materials are included within his Department's definition of industrial waste.
(123198)
218
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of industrial waste was (a) landfilled, (b) recycled, (c) incinerated and (d) re-used in the latest period for which figures are available.
(123199)
219
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of construction and demolition waste was (a) landfilled, (b) recycled, (c) incinerated and (d) re-used in the latest period for which figures are available.
(123200)
220
N
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the UK target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent. by 2050 was first adopted; and what the result was of each review of the target since that date.
(122931)
221
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent reports the Environment Agency has produced on the potential risk of a breach of flooding into Christchurch Bay from the sea.
(122571)
222
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to what projects the IT cash losses referred to on page 87 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2005-06 related.
(123399)
223
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to what (a) purposes and (b) projects the fruitless payments referred to on page 87 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2005-06 related.
(123400)
224
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123089)
225
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential (a) environmental and (b) public health consequences of (i) storm-related and (ii) sea-related flooding of a (A) nuclear power plant and (B) radioactive waste storage site.
(123412)
226
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what unit cost was given to carbon in estimates of the social costs of carbon calculated by (a) his Department and (b) Sir Nicholas Stern's review; and if he will make a statement.
(123434)
227
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the EU Laying Hens Directive will come into force.
(123349)
228
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much waste was disposed of at Newton Longville landfill site in the last 12 months from areas other than Milton Keynes; and from which local authority areas that waste originated.
(123397)
229
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the increases required in flood defence expenditure to meet the effects of climate change over the next (a) 10 and (b) 50 years; and if he will make a statement.
(123288)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
230
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she expects the complete opening of EU energy markets to be achieved by 1st July.
(123449)
231
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what she expects the (a) budget and (b) location of the new autonomous European Research Council to be; what she expects the UK contribution to be to the Council's budget; and how many and what percentage of staff she expects to be UK citizens.
(123457)
232
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's role is in taking forward the East African Migration Routes Initiative.
(123499)
233
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what definition she uses of flexicurity as cited in Prospects for the European Union in 2007, Cm 2024.
(123508)
234
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the Chinese contribution to the Sudanese peace process; and if she will make a statement.
(123042)
235
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the situation in eastern Chad; and if she will make a statement.
(123043)
236
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will extend the Ponsonby Rule to apply to all international treaties; and if she will bring forward proposals for the referral by the House of all such treaties to the relevant select committee for scrutiny and report where appropriate.
(122700)
237
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK Government's policy is on (a) uranium enrichment and (b) plutonium production by foreign countries; and if she will make a statement.
(123328)
238
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on establishing mechanisms to assess the number of refugees in Tindouf camps in Algeria.
(123619)
239
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she made to the government of Afghanistan on the (a) appointments of and (b) subsequent conduct of provincial governors and police chiefs in each of the last two years.
(123547)
240
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the names are of Kazakhstan's honorary consuls in the UK since 2002; and where each honorary consul was located.
(123249)
241
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Thai counterpart on runway safety at Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi airport.
(123087)
242
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have given to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123090)
243
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the UK has taken since July 2005 to promote regional economic cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours; and if she will make a statement.
(122927)
244
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the (a) composition, (b) objectives and (c) cost of the proposed EU police mission to Afghanistan.
(122929)
245
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the proposed EU police mission to Afghanistan is expected to commence; and whether the UK will be contributing to the mission.
(122930)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
246
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rules apply to (a) consultants and (b) general practitioners working within the NHS in respect of the receipt by them of (i) gifts from drug companies and (ii) attendances at seminars or similar events outside the UK, where such events are financed by drug companies.
(122918)
247
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the drug budget for the NHS was in each year from 1997 to date, broken down by (a) the acute trust sector, (b) general practitioners and (c) other sectors.
(122919)
248
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2007, Official Report, columns 403-4W, on community hospitals, if she will list the six bids to the capital investment fund for community hospitals which were either withdrawn, refused or have outstanding queries.
(123539)
249
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the public purse was of hearings held by the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Chiropractic Council in the latest period for which figures are available.
(122772)
250
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) primary care trusts and (b) NHS trusts ask patients to pay (i) wholly or (ii) in part for treatment with (A) Macugen and (B) Lucentis; what her policy is on such payments; and if she will make a statement.
(122775)
251
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when there was last a national target for the level of administrative costs in the NHS; and what that level was.
(123115)
252
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the net cost or benefit to the UK was of reciprocal arrangements for reimbursing the costs of treatment of EU citizens treated in other member states (a) in total and (b) in respect of each member state in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(123506)
253
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) 15 to 19 year olds and (b) adults over the age of 19 years in the Havering Primary Care Trust area were (i) diagnosed with and (ii) tested for sexually transmitted infections in each of the last five years.
(123585)
254
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the number of primary care trusts who have diverted funds that were allocated for sexual health care.
(122681)
255
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ring-fence funds allocated for sexual health care.
(122682)
256
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to answer Question 112026, tabled on 24th January 2007 by the hon. Member for Twickenham, on representations from professional bodies about proposals in the Foster Review.
(123030)
257
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) NHS prescriptions and (b) NHS prescription items were issued in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) those attracting a charge and (ii) those receiving an exemption.
(122683)
258
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) NHS prescriptions and (b) NHS prescription items were issued under an exemption in each of the last 10 years, broken down by reason for exemption.
(122684)
259
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the pooled treatment budget for NHS drugs is in London, broken down by primary care trust.
(123587)
260
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting times for digital hearing aid (a) assessment and (b) fitting are in London, broken down by primary care trust.
(123588)
261
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) drugs and (b) treatments are not available on NHS prescriptions in England that are available in other parts of the UK.
(123590)
262
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the primary care trusts in London which have chairmen appointed on a temporary basis.
(123591)
263
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners who sold their homes to pay for their stay in a care home in each year since 1997.
(123461)
264
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what relevant representations she has received from the Independent Age charity on home care policy for pensioners.
(123472)
265
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been referred to district and community nurses in Shropshire in each year since 1997.
(123051)
266
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) district and (b) community nurses have been employed by Shropshire primary care trust in each year since 1997.
(123052)
267
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the (a) budgets and (b) tariffs of the choose and book initiative were set; and what mechanisms are in place (i) to monitor, (ii) to audit and (iii) to assess the initiative's performance by (A) primary care trusts and (B) the Department.
(123571)
268
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of the (a) introduction and (b) roll-out of the (i) Choice and (ii) Choose and Book system.
(123607)
269
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms she has put in place to measure the change in the overall administrative burden of managing referrals referred to in the Answer of 13th June 2006, Official Report, column 1152W, on the Choose and Book system.
(123608)
270
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to assess the value for money achieved by (a) Choose and Book, (b) Choice and (c) whole direct enhanced service system.
(123615)
271
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated total staff pensions liability is of the NHS Pensions Agency.
(123375)
272
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's risk register.
(123387)
273
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123091)
274
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bedside patient telephone units are provided by hospitals in each primary care trust in England.
(123428)
275
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with (a) the Department for Education and Skills and (b) the Learning and Skills Council on ways to reduce the number of healthcare staff without a level 2 qualification.
(123402)
276
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that health authorities and trusts collect adequate data on the involvement of staff in work-based learning.
(123403)
277
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that rates of participation in work-based learning are consistent across the different grades of NHS staff.
(123404)
278
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pieces of correspondence were received by her Department on the subject of the future of the Royal Surrey Hospital during (a) November 2006, (b) December 2006 and (c) January 2007.
(123182)
279
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the lifetime contract value is of the National Programme for Information Technology, broken down by major cost area; and how much has been spent in each cost area.
(123183)
280
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th November 2006, Official Report, columns 1824-5W, on independent treatment centres, what the utilisation rate of independent sector treatment centres was in each month since June 2006.
(123032)
281
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will break down the efficiency savings in each workstream referred to in the Answer of 26th October 2006, Official Report, column 2087W, on the Efficiency Review, by area of savings.
(123038)
282
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trusts have received an improvement notice as a result of failure to comply with the Code of Practice since October 2006.
(123062)
283
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time has been for a (i) magnetic resonance imaging, (ii) computerised tomography, (iii) non-obstetric ultrasound, (iv) barium enema, (v) DEXA scan, (vi) cardiology - echocardiography, (vii) cardiology - electrophysiology, (viii) peripheral neurophysiology, (ix) colonoscopy, (x) flexi sigmoidoscopy, (xi) cytoscopy and (xii) gastroscopy test in each month since January 2006.
(123063)
284
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress she has made towards meeting the commitment contained within the Labour party 2005 election manifesto to double spending on palliative care services.
(123064)
285
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attendances there were at type 1 accident and emergency departments in each quarter since the quarter ending June 1997; and how many patients were admitted to hospital through type 1 accident and emergency departments in each quarter.
(123065)
286
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of a link between contract cleaning services and levels of hospital-acquired infections in hospitals; when the assessment was made; and if she will make a statement.
(123066)
287
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to introduce a constitution for the NHS, as stated in the letter from the Minister of State for Delivery and Reform, published to her Department's website on 31st January 2007; whether the NHS constitution will be enshrined in statute law; what assessment she has made of the merits of an NHS constitution; and if she will make a statement.
(123067)
288
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the letter from the Minister of State for Delivery and Reform to her, published on her Department's website on 31st January 2007, whether paramedics are expected to take all patients from 999 calls to accident and emergency.
(123068)
289
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts operate referral management schemes; what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of such schemes; what safeguards she has put in place to ensure that referral management schemes operated by the independent sector do not compromise the care offered to patients; whether referral management schemes have the statutory authority to override GP referrals; and if she will make a statement.
(123069)
290
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bookings were made through the Choose and Book system in each month since July 2004 (a) through the directly bookable service and (b) through the indirectly bookable service (i) in total and (ii) broken down by primary care trust; and what percentage of the total number of GP referrals made in each month these figures represent.
(123070)
291
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total overall funding allocation to primary care trusts was in each year since 2002-03; and what proportion of the total NHS budget this represented in each year.
(123071)
292
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's total expenditure on centrally funded (a) initiatives, (b) services and (c) special allocations was in each year since 1997-98; and what anticipated expenditure is in 2006-07.
(123122)
293
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attendances at type 1 accident and emergency departments there were in each year since 1997, broken down by NHS organisation.
(123123)
294
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many press briefings have been held by her Department since May 2005; what the subject of each press briefing was; and whether representatives of (a) the Daily Mail, (b) the Daily Express and (c) the Daily Telegraph were invited in each case.
(123124)
295
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria her Department is using to decide which of the national projected revascuarisation rate scenario models will be used within the NHS to achieve an appropriate rate by 2015.
(123125)
296
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which groups of workers would be eligible for anti-viral prophylaxis in (a) an outbreak of avian influenza and (b) an influenza pandemic; and if she will make a statement.
(123126)
297
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many courses of oseltamivir have been used in the prophylaxis of poultry workers and others potentially exposed to avian influenza in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.
(123127)
298
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the proportion of poultry workers which were immunised against seasonal influenza in the latest period for which figures are available.
(123128)
299
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) titles and (b) values are of the programmes which were transferred from her Department's central budget to the NHS budget in each year since 1997.
(123129)
300
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will assess the outcome of her policy to ensure that overspending NHS organisations achieve run-rate balance in March 2007 by (a) health economy and (b) individual NHS organisations; and whether she monitors the monthly income and expenditure of NHS organisations forecasting deficits in 2006-07.
(123130)
301
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many medicines were reclassified from prescription-only status to over-the-counter status in each year since 2002-03; and whether it remains her policy to aim for 10 such reclassifications to take place in any given year.
(123131)
302
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the 500 primary care centres which have been built since 1997, as stated on page three of her Department's National Director for Primary Care's report, Keeping it personal - clinical case for change, published on 5th February.
(123132)
303
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department maintains a three-month stock of routine use vaccines.
(123133)
304
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Director for Children, Young People and Maternity Services was first asked to produce her report (a) Making it better for children and young people and (b) Making it better for mother and baby, published on 6th February.
(123134)
305
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Director for Primary Care was first asked to produce his report Keeping it Personal: clinical case for change, published on 5th February.
(123135)
306
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioner consultations took place in each year since 1997-98.
(123136)
307
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of primary care trusts is participating in the chlamydia screening programme; and when she expects 100 per cent. geographical coverage to be achieved.
(123137)
308
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for delaying the publication of the NHS workforce census.
(123139)
309
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients accessed primary care dental services in each quarter since the quarter ending June 2004 (a) in England and (b) broken down by primary care trust area.
(123140)
310
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) HIV, (b) chlamydia, (c) gonorrhoea, (d) syphilis, (e) genital warts and (f) genital herpes there have been in England since 1997, (i) in total and (ii) broken down by (A) strategic health authority area and (B) primary care trust area.
(123141)
311
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish an updated contingency plan on pandemic influenza.
(123142)
312
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultant-to-consultant referrals there were in 2005-06, broken down by primary care trust.
(123143)
313
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many outpatient did-not-attends there were in each quarter since the quarter ending June 1997 (a) in England and (b) broken down by NHS organisation; and what proportion this represented in each quarter.
(123144)
314
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many claims for clinical negligence there were against the NHS in each year since 1995; and what percentage of these claims were successful in each year.
(123145)
315
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost to the NHS was of successful claims for clinical negligence in each year since 1995-96 in (a) nominal and (b) real terms.
(123146)
316
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what average pay per head of NHS staff in England was in each year since 1997; and what the average paybill per head was for each NHS organisation in England in the latest year for which figures are available.
(123147)
317
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bed days were occupied by patients with long-term conditions in each year since 1997-98.
(123148)
318
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the average cost of providing care to a patient who has been admitted to hospital via a type 1 accident and emergency department.
(123149)
319
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the emergency spell differential tariff rate in controlling levels of emergency admissions.
(123150)
320
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why the consultation on the 10 core principles for those providing care to patients which her Department launched on 11th December 2006 differ from those on the NHS website at http://www.nhs.uk/England/AboutTheNhs/CorePrinciples.cmsx.
(123151)
321
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost was per call for dealing with calls to NHS Direct in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(123152)
322
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2007 to the hon. Member for Birkenhead, Official Report, columns 402-3W, on aneurysm screening, what assessment she has made of the cost of establishing a national screening programme for men aged 65 and over for abdominal aortic aneurysms.
(123156)
323
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, columns 36-7W, on emergency bed days, for what reasons she has not published data relating to 2005-06; and if she will publish this data.
(123157)
324
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2007, Official Report, column 1756W, on revascularisation, what assessment she has made of the likelihood of each scenario; on what criteria she bases this judgement; and when she expects to take a final decision on which scenario is used for planning purposes.
(123486)
325
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions since October 2004 matrons have exercised their authority to withhold payment for cleaning services by the process set out in the Matron's Charter.
(123487)
326
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Statement by the Minister of State for Public Health, Official Report, columns 125-126WH, on infertility treatment, what funding she is providing to Infertility Network UK to conduct the work she has commissioned; what areas she expects to be covered by Infertility Network UK in the course of their work; when she expects the work to be completed; whether she plans to publish a report on the work completed; whether she plans to publish an interim report; and if she will make a statement.
(123496)
327
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, purusant to the Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, columns 1719-20W, on NHS expenditure, whether her Department has discussed the consistency of methodology for calculating health expenditure per capita with officials from the Welsh Assembly Government.
(123529)
328
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid in bonuses to staff in her Department in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-01 and (e) 2002-03; and how many staff qualified for bonuses in each year.
(123606)
329
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding (a) Cumbria Primary Care Trust and (b) each other primary care trust in the North of England has been allocated for cancer treatment in 2006-07.
(123257)
330
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projection she has made of the total implementation cost of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.
(123117)
331
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors were taken into account in choosing Ipsos MORI to provide the NHS's GP patient survey into hospital choice.
(123118)
332
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are to increase the number of NHS dentists and oral health specialists operating in the Leeds area.
(123327)
333
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the proposed independent sector treatment centre in Bocking, Braintree on the future of the proposed community hospital on the site of St. Michael's Hospital, Braintree.
(123425)
334
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions have taken place between her Department and the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust on the location of the proposed independent sector treatment centre in Bocking, Braintree.
(123426)
335
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation with Mid Essex Primary Care Trust took place before the announcement of Mercury Health as the preferred bidder for the provision of an independent sector treatment centre in Bocking, Braintree.
(123427)
336
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has for introducing (a) a formal training and (b) a formal accreditation for cosmetic surgeons; and if she will make a statement.
(122686)
337
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many long-term health problems caused by unsuccessful cosmetic procedures were treated by the NHS in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(122687)
338
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hairdressers and beauty therapists are licensed to inject customers with Botox; and if she will make a statement.
(122688)
339
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the setting up of clinical assessment, treatment and support clinics in Lancashire and Cumbria will improve accessibility for patients.
(123260)
340
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the need for the clinical assessment, treatment and support scheme in Lancashire and Cumbria was first identified; and how the need was tested and assessed.
(123261)
341
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has been made of the impact of clinical assessment, treatment and support services on local health economies.
(123262)
342
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many paramedics there were in each year since 2000; and what the projected numbers are in each year to 2010.
(123263)
343
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) GPs in Lancashire and Cumbria will be able to choose not to refer patients and (b) patients in that area will be able to choose not to go to a clinical assessment, treatment and support service.
(123329)
344
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the quality of the treatment in a clinical assessment, treatment and support clinic will be recorded and assessed.
(123330)
345
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Netcare will be paid over its five year contract to deliver clinical assessment, treatment and support services in Lancashire and Cumbria.
(123331)
346
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what interaction GPs will have with healthcare professionals staffing clinical assessment, treatment and support schemes in Lancashire and Cumbria.
(123332)
347
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, from where staff working in clinical assessment, treatment and support service clinics in Lancashire and Cumbria will be recruited.
(123333)
348
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff, and at what grades, will be employed by Netcare in Lancashire and Cumbria to deliver the clinical assessment, treatment and support service contract.
(123334)
349
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who will draft and agree the protocols under which the staff employed in Lancashire and Cumbria by Netcare will work.
(123335)
350
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were born in NHS maternity units in Leicestershire in each year since 1997.
(123185)
351
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were in training in Leicestershire teaching hospitals in each year since 1997.
(123186)
352
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were employed in the NHS in Leicestershire in each year since 1997.
(123191)
353
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications were considered before the selection of a preferred provider for the independent sector treatment centre at Basildon, Essex.
(123024)
354
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation was held prior to the decision on a preferred provider for the independent sector treatment centre for Basildon, Essex; and if she will make a statement.
(123025)
355
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13th February 2007, Official Report, column 41W, on the Healthy Start scheme, what arrangements she has made to monitor retail participation in Healthy Start.
(123031)
356
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research is sponsored by her Department to assess the effectiveness of dichloroacetate in attacking cancer cells.
(123532)
357
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what entitlement there is for disabled children to have aids and equipment provided for them by primary care trusts.
(123533)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
358
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps were taken by the Professional Standards Unit within the service in relation to staff conduct at HM Prison Pentonville.
(123460)
359
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether issues of professional standards in relation to the conduct of staff at HM Prison Pentonville arising from the recent investigation have been brought to the attention of Ministers for decision; and if he will make a statement.
(123463)
360
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps the Prison Service Management Board has taken to prevent prison staff corruption; and if he will make a statement.
(123466)
361
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who was responsible for authorising the bonus payments for staff made as a consequence of the performance test bid at HM Prison Wandsworth; and if he will make a statement.
(123467)
362
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he holds on the political affiliations of prison staff; what regulations govern the membership of political and other organisations by prison staff; and if he will make a statement.
(123468)
363
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were housed in police cells during the recent activation of Operation Safeguard; and if he will make a statement.
(123469)
364
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances a Prison Service manager would qualify for receipt of required hours addition allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(123470)
365
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will investigate the payment of required hours addition allowance to non-operational grades within the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(123471)
366
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the recommendations of the joint study by HM Prison Service and the Metropolitan Police Service on preventing corruption in the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(123473)
367
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made by the inquiry into staff conduct at HM Prison Pentonville.
(123474)
368
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration he has given to the merits of the regulation of professional standards within HM Prison Service (a) centrally and (b) independently; and if he will make a statement.
(123475)
369
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who is responsible within HM Prison Service for anti-corruption policy development and practice; and if he will make a statement.
(123476)
370
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what anti-corruption training is provided to employees of HM Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(123477)
371
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role is played by HM Prison Service Professional Standards Unit investigation support section in investigations into professional standards issues within prison establishments; and if he will make a statement.
(123478)
372
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) roles and (b) responsibilities are of HM Prison Service Professional Standards Unit intelligence section; and if he will make a statement.
(123479)
373
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff are appointed within HM Prison Service with dedicated responsibility for professional standards issues; what training and resources were made available to those in this post for 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
(123480)
374
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to provide independent investigative quality control for investigations into professional standards amongst staff in HM Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(123481)
375
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the anti-corruption hotline within HM Prison Service in contributing to the tackling of professional standards issues.
(123482)
376
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to encourage joint working between police and HM Prison Service to prevent corruption within prison establishments; and if he will make a statement.
(123483)
377
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what processess and procedures are employed by those conducting professional standards inquiries in HM Prison Service when interviewing witnesses and suspects; and if he will make a statement.
(123484)
378
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms exist to ensure that resources available to HM Prison Service to address problems of staff corruption are allocated efficiently; and if he will make a statement.
(123485)
379
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on the proposal for an enhanced role for the EU borders agency Frontex.
(123495)
380
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on the proposed transposition of the Treaty of Prum into EU law; and if he will make a statement.
(123501)
381
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what policy guidelines have been issued by his Department to the Prison Service on sickness and absence; and what the average number of days lost per Prison Service employee through sickness and absence was in the last year for which figures are available.
(123275)
382
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the proposed division of assets in respect of the national offender management trusts will be; and whether the proposed trusts will be empowered to hold reserves.
(123277)
383
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he last met the Director General of the Prison Service to discuss the staffing of the Prison Service.
(123280)
384
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the pension arrangements for chief officers in the Probation Service are; and what plans he has for the future of such arrangements following the creation of the national offender management trusts.
(123281)
385
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library summaries of the principal responses to his Department's consultation on the creation of national offender management trusts.
(123282)
386
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people against whom removal proceedings were commenced were detained in an immigration centre prior to their removal in each month of the last two years; and what percentage this represents of the total number of people against whom removal proceedings were commenced in each month.
(123535)
387
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with how many people against whom removal proceedings had commenced the Immigration and Nationality Directorate lost contact in each month of the last two years; and what percentage this represents of the total number of people against whom removal proceedings were commenced in each month.
(123572)
388
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners whose automatic release date has already passed were detained in (a) prison service accommodation and (b) other custody facilities on the most recent date for which information is available.
(123574)
389
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the costs of rolling out biometric readers for identity cards across the public services.
(123575)
390
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for further legal sanctions against anti-social vehicle behaviour; and if he will make a statement.
(123241)
391
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests his Department has received from intercept checks on telephone and e-mail in each of the last 11 years.
(122702)
392
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library a copy of the last six editions of his Department's staff magazine.
(123569)
393
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the expected outturn against planned expenditure is of (a) the National Probation budget for 2006-07 and (b) the budget of each probation area for 2006-07.
(123187)
394
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a waiting list for offenders sentenced by the courts with a condition of attendance at domestic abuse programmes.
(123188)
395
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vacancies for (a) probation officers and (b) probation service officers there were for each probation area on the latest date for which figures are available.
(123189)
396
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) stop and account and (b) stop and search forms were completed by each police force in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.
(122932)
397
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Irish nationals living in Northern Ireland will be required to carry a UK identity national card once they are introduced.
(123500)
398
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding and resources have been provided to the Probation Service following the increase of non-custodial sentences being imposed by the courts due to prison overcrowding.
(123613)
399
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123110)
400
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, how many of the 80 places available are occupied; and how many were occupied on the last day of each month since January 2005.
(122838)
401
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, how many hours on average young offenders spent out of their rooms in a 24 hour period in the latest period for which figures are available.
(122839)
402
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, what the annual sickness rate amongst staff was in the last period for which figures are available.
(122840)
403
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, how many members of staff have resigned since January 2005.
(122841)
404
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, how many staff were in post in the last day of each month since January 2005; and what the proposed establishment level was on each date.
(122842)
405
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library the custody records and schedules of items seized in the recently completed investigations into the cases leading to the convictions of Martin Wynn Davies, Charles Hughes and Neil Smith.
(123540)
406
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to extend restraining orders to cover cases of (a) assault, (b) threats to kill and (c) witness intimidation.
(122695)
407
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to prevent prisoners sending threatening letters to the victims of their crimes.
(122698)
408
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) burglaries, (b) acts of violence against the person, (c) sexual offences, (d) vehicle crimes, (e) property crimes and (f) acts of vandalism there were in communities of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants in each year since 1997.
(123536)
409
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether members of the (a) Royal Military Police and (b) Ministry of Defence Police have access to the National Police Computer in respect of (i) military personnel, (ii) family members of military personnel and (iii) civilians.
(123368)
410
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the establishment of combined police stations for civilian police, Ministry of Defence Police and Royal Military Police.
(123401)
411
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what regulations apply to policing operations in non-military areas carried out by the Ministry of Defence Police and the Royal Military Police (a) in partnership with the civilian police and (b) with no involvement by the civilian police.
(123416)
412
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer the letter to him of 25th January 2007 from the hon. Member for Castle Point.
(123026)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
413
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost is of the statue of Baroness Thatcher unveiled in the Members' Lobby.
(122722)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
414
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department provides to reproductive health programmes in South Asia.
(123040)
415
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to tackle sexual violence in (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) Uganda and (c) Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(123041)
416
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much he has allocated to the provision of security by private contractors for those implementing reconstruction, humanitarian and community relations programmes in Iraq; and what proportion of total expenditure on such programmes provision for security represents.
(123593)
417
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the projected spending on educational programmes by his Department is for each year until 2015.
(123251)
418
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of his Department's spending on educational programmes is undertaken through international institutions.
(123252)
419
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's spending on educational programmes was in each year since 2000, broken down by country.
(123253)
420
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how his Department monitors progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals on education; and if he will make a statement.
(123350)
421
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much development aid was provided to China in 2005-06.
(123386)
422
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123092)
423
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding his Department provided for the Skills for Development programme in each year since 2000.
(123099)
424
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made on Gleneagles targets for treating HIV/Aids in Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(123589)
425
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what UK aid has been allocated to refugees from Darfur in Chad.
(123610)
426
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of progress towards meeting the Gleneagles targets for treating HIV/AIDS in Africa; and if he will make a statement.
(123612)
427
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in developing the Afghan civil service; and what assistance the UK has provided for this work.
(122928)
Questions to the Leader of the House
428
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Leader of the House, what guidance he has given to Government departments on unanswered Parliamentary Questions in the last 12 months.
(123116)
429
N
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Leader of the House, what range of numbers of electors an elected member of the Lords will represent under his proposals for reform of the House of Lords; what the range is of the number of electors represented by hon. Members; whether elected Members would have the same freedom as hon. Members to make representations on behalf of their constituents; and whether those elected would have Parliamentary expenses to enable them to employ staff to help them with constituency work.
(122773)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
430
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many homeowners in Northern Ireland he estimates will have requested water meters to be installed by the end of April.
(122690)
431
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps Invest Northern Ireland is taking to ensure that the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington during July is utilised to secure an increase in potential inward investor visits to all parts of Northern Ireland.
(122691)
432
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many private sector jobs were created in Northern Ireland between 2001 and 2006; and how many were in the (a) Belfast travel to work area and (b) rest of Northern Ireland.
(122692)
433
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in identifying sporting talent from Northern Ireland in the run up to the Olympic Games 2012.
(122693)
434
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Freedom of Information requests have been received by each Northern Ireland Office (a) department or (b) agency since the Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force; and how many of those requests were (i) agreed and (ii) denied.
(123452)
435
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the access of people with disabilities to public services in Northern Ireland.
(123453)
436
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were on housing waiting lists in each housing executive district in each of the past 18 months; how many people in each district have been waiting (a) less than six months, (b) six to 18 months, (c) 18 to 24 months and (d) over 24 months for housing.
(123454)
437
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many visits Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) made to prison establishments in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and which such establishments HMCIP visited over that period.
(123456)
438
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many visits Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) made to police establishments in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and which establishments HMIC visited over that period.
(123458)
439
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children in each education and library board area were receiving special educational needs assistance in each of the past six years; and what funding was made available by his Department for special educational needs assistance over the same period.
(123459)
440
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many firearms certificate applications were made in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district command unit area in each of the past three years; and how many of those applications were (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful.
(123488)
441
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers have been involved in training Iraqi police personnel since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, broken down by grade.
(123489)
442
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people have applied for a postal vote in each Northern Ireland constituency for the forthcoming election to the Assembly; and how many applied for such a facility in (a) the last general election and (b) previous Assembly election.
(123491)
443
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Workplace 2010 scheme in Northern Ireland; and what estimate his Department has made of the costs of implementing the scheme.
(123492)
444
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are registered to vote in each Northern Ireland constituency for the forthcoming election to the Assembly; and how many were registered for (a) the last general election and (b) previous Assembly election.
(123493)
445
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has (a) to pilot and (b) to introduce a road pricing scheme in Northern Ireland; and what research his Department has undertaken in relation to the feasibility of such a scheme in Northern Ireland.
(123494)
446
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average Police Service of Northern Ireland response time was to (a) emergency and (b) non-emergency calls in each district command unit in each of the past five years for which figures are available.
(123498)
447
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on housing prisoners from England and Wales in Northern Ireland.
(123502)
448
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of prison places in Northern Ireland were occupied in each of the past five years, broken down by prison establishment.
(123503)
449
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average age of retirement for prison officers in Northern Ireland was in each of the past six years.
(123504)
450
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Home Office in relation to the operation of the national identity card scheme in Northern Ireland; and what estimate he has made of the resources needed to operate the scheme in Northern Ireland.
(123505)
451
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many pupils in each education and library board area were excluded (a) temporarily and (b) permanently from school for violent behaviour in each of the last five years.
(123507)
452
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will list the occasions on which he has met the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable in each of the past three years.
(123509)
453
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) British subjects, (b) Irish citizens and (c) people with dual British-Irish nationality there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(123511)
454
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of household recycling schemes in Northern Ireland; and what recent discussions he has had with local councils on this issue.
(123512)
455
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of dentists in each local health trust area were accepting NHS patients in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(123513)
456
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many mixed sex wards are in operation within the health service in Northern Ireland; and in which hospitals.
(123514)
457
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland took a career break in each of the last five years, broken down by grade; how many of those involved have since returned to work; what the Police Service of Northern Ireland's policy is on career breaks; when it was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement.
(123515)
458
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding was made available by his Department to the Clifton Special School in each of the past five years; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the current funding allocated to the School.
(123518)
459
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent estimate he has made of the number of illegally-held weapons in circulation in Northern Ireland.
(123538)
460
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the reasons are for the number of adolescent in-patients in adult mental health wards within the Western Health and Social Services Board; and for what reasons numbers have persisted.
(123609)
461
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what proportion of rateable premises are without a mains water supply in each (a) Parliamentary constituency and (b) district council area in Northern Ireland.
(123611)
462
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what provision is in place to ensure equity of access within the extended schools programme for pupils attending rural schools.
(123614)
463
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123093)
Questions to the Prime Minister
464
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Prime Minister, what the evidential basis is for his statement to the House of 21st February 2007 that Al Qaeda commenced its activities in Iraq in 2002.
(123196)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
465
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123094)
Questions to the Solicitor General
466
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Solicitor General, which Ministers he consulted in relation to the case of the investigation of BAe Systems by the Serious Fraud Office; and what discussions he had with other Ministers on the case prior to it being discontinued.
(123413)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
467
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will make a statement on the donation made by T-Systems to the Labour Party registered 17th July 2006 as recorded by the Electoral Commission.
(123097)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
468
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what factors were taken into account in deciding to change the level of the minimum wage paid to those aged under 22 years; and if he will make a statement.
(123364)
469
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received from employers on the impact of age discrimination regulations on employers' enhanced redundancy schemes.
(123396)
470
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the UK objectives are in (a) the development of consumer policy at EU level and (b) the simplification of the regulatory framework of EU consumer protection law.
(123516)
471
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects arrangements to be completed for the transfer of the administrative location of the Office for Civil Nuclear Security to the Health and Safety Executive.
(123437)
472
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what financial losses arose from the failed private finance initiative for the National Physical Laboratory.
(123388)
473
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have given to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123102)
474
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will prohibit electricity token meter back-charging; and if he will make a statement.
(123430)
475
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether EU rules allow the Crown stamp to be used alongside the CE stamp on pint glasses.
(123541)
476
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the Government has to remove the Crown stamp from pint glasses.
(123542)
477
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions the Government plans to have with representatives of the electrical industry on implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.
(123410)
478
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps the Government plans to take on the implementation of Article 13 of the Energy Services Directive after the metering and billing consultation.
(123411)
479
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of Ofgem's proposal for an alternative to the renewables obligation scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(123273)
480
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with Ofcom on its plans for fostering competition in the market for business and small and medium-sized enterprises communications services as part of its policy objectives for 2007 and 2008.
(123431)
481
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to abolish mandatory retirement ages.
(123347)
482
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to reply to Question 121265, tabled by the hon. Member for Sunderland South on 8th February.
(123073)
483
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects regulations to reduce the costs of mobile phone calls across EU borders to come into effect.
(123406)
484
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what post office closures are planned in Herefordshire.
(123594)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
485
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the mobile compliance device acquired by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency; how much the equipment has cost; and what plans he has for its future use.
(123171)
486
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation he has undertaken on the implementation of private hire legislation as applied to local authority operators in London.
(123586)
487
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has commissioned a study on the cost and feasibility of widening the A1 New Tyne Crossing from four to six lanes.
(123272)
488
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which countries have put in bids for the Galileo satellite navigation project.
(123596)
489
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made at a European level on the Galileo satellite navigation project.
(123597)
490
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department will reply to the letter dated 10th January 2007 from Mr Terry Holt, the Secretary of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Rail Action Committee, on the East Midlands Rail Franchise.
(122701)
491
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consideration his Department has given to extending the remit of Kickstart capital support to cover community rail initiatives.
(123255)
492
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with UK-based airlines on runway cracks at Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi airport.
(123086)
493
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123101)
494
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that there will be a physical link between the West Coast Main Line and the North London extension of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
(123047)
495
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will commission a new assessment of the (a) social, (b) economic and (c) environmental costs and benefits of running regional Eurostar rail services.
(123048)
496
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what increase in rail passenger numbers is projected for South West Trains over the next 10 years; and how much the Government is investing in related infrastructure over the same period.
(122118)
497
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will arrange for his Department to inspect the UK's fleet of Volvo buses consequent on the evidence regarding their susceptibility to engine surges given in the case of Henvey at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court; and if he will make a statement.
(123326)
498
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what basis his Department determined the level of train services required in Service Level Commitment 2 for the Greater Western Franchise relating to services to Twyford, Maidenhead and the Henley and Bourne End branch lines.
(123544)
499
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which (a) passenger groups, (b) user representatives and (c) other bodies were consulted on the content of Service Level Commitment 2 for the Greater Western Franchise prior to finalising that document.
(123545)
500
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of passenger numbers using (a) individual train services and (b) individual stations on the services run by FGW Link prior to finalising Service Level Commitment 2 for the Greater Western Franchise.
(123546)
501
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment of maximum passenger capacity was made prior to finalising Service Level Commitment 2 for the Greater Western Franchise.
(123548)
502
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what surveys his Department has undertaken on the views of commuters on the FGW Link services; and if he will publish the results of those surveys.
(123549)
503
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions were held between his Department and FGW following representations on the December 2006 timetable for services (a) to Maidenhead and Twyford and (b) on the Henley and Bourne End branch lines; and what changes to the proposed services were considered as a result.
(123551)
504
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what modelling work (a) has been and (b) continues to be undertaken by his Department on train passenger numbers and service usage (i) on commuter services and (ii) on commuter services serving Twyford, Maidenhead and stations on the Henley and Bourne End branch lines.
(123552)
505
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the shared priorities for policing UK airports between the British Transport Police and geographical forces are; and what consultation he has held with stakeholders on such priorities.
(123265)
506
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review security arrangements following the fog experienced at UK airports prior to Christmas.
(123278)
507
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to introduce a pilot scheme for road charging in Norfolk; and if he will make a statement.
(122694)
508
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what targets he has set for reducing vehicle excise duty evasion.
(123438)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
509
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123103)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
510
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many client referrals were made from jobcentres to training providers who have won contracts for the provision of basic skills under Learning and Skills Council funding in each of the last six months.
(123155)
511
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how he expects survivors' benefits to be arranged as an aspect of the personal accounts in the planned pension reform; in what circumstances, and to whom a survivor's benefit will be paid; under what circumstances it would not be paid; what would happen to an individual's personal account money in those circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
(123227)
512
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his oral statement in response to an intervention by the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead of 16th January 2007, Official Report, columns 668-9, on the Pensions Bill, if he will ensure that personal accounts in which individuals are auto-enrolled are by default subject to lifestyling; and if he will make a statement.
(123239)
513
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many appeal tribunals there were on winter fuel payment application refusals in each of the last three years; and how many appeals were upheld.
(123598)
514
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what existing arrangements are for contracting and national insurance rebates to employers and employees; what arrangements for rebates will be after the passing of the Pensions Bill; and whether this issue is under review.
(123264)
515
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether years of national insurance credits or contributions prior to 2010 will be counted at their full value towards the 30 year full basic state pension or discounted.
(123369)
516
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff are employed in each of the six Child Support Agency call centres.
(123159)
517
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he intends, under the system proposed in the White Paper `A new system of child maintenance', that child maintenance cases where both parents' names appear on the birth certificate will be given priority over cases where the father is unknown.
(123160)
518
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact on the pension fund of an individual on median earnings saving in the proposed personal accounts aged (a) 25, (b) 35 and (c) 45 in full-time employment contributing to an exempt employer scheme of a waiting period of (i) three months, (ii) six months, (iii) nine months and (iv) 12 months where the individual changes employer in line with the average frequency in (A) the retail sector and (B) the hospitality sector.
(123164)
519
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of homes in each Government office region which had not received leaflets on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning by December 2006.
(123165)
520
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to seek to reverse the decline in the proportion of his Department's employees who are disabled.
(123166)
521
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the expenditure has been on (a) managing his Department's corporate identity and (b) branding in each year since 1997-98.
(123167)
522
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with which organisations he has held discussions on the introduction of seasonal grants for families on low incomes.
(123169)
523
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what methodology his Department uses to assess the contribution of faith-based groups to the delivery of welfare and the preparation for work in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(123170)
524
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of carbon monoxide awareness week held in December 2006.
(123174)
525
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what events were organised during carbon monoxide awareness week in December 2006; where each event took place; how many people attended each event; and how many scheduled events were cancelled.
(123175)
526
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the 10 most common reasons were for stopping provision of (a) income support and (b) contribution-based jobseeker's allowance for people without accommodation in each of the last five years; and how many people had such provision stopped for each reason in each year.
(123176)
527
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made.
(123100)
528
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on making winter fuel payments to pensioners living outside the UK in each year since such payments were introduced, broken down by country of recipients' residence.
(122926)
529
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of households of working age adults with no one in work in each year since 1977-78; what projection he has made of that percentage in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123595)
530
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria were used to decide which jobcentres will offer interviews for applicants for national insurance numbers; and for what reason some jobcentres cannot conduct such interviews.
(123407)
531
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people from (a) Aylesbury constituency, (b) Aylesbury Vale District and (c) Buckinghamshire have been interviewed by Jobcentre Plus in connection with an application for a national insurance number in each of the last five years.
(123408)
532
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the maximum (a) time and (b) distance that applicants for a national insurance number are expected to travel in order to attend an interview at a jobcentre.
(123409)
533
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to re-instate the link between pensions and earnings.
(123248)
534
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has discussed (a) the traffic light grading of Parliamentary Questions and (b) unanswered Parliamentary Questions in the last 12 months.
(123121)
535
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) total and (b) full-time equivalent Child Support Agency staff were engaged in processing (i) old scheme and (ii) new scheme maintenance claims in each month of the last two years for which figures are available.
(122921)
536
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) old scheme and (b) new scheme Child Support Agency cases were cleared in each month of the last two years for which figures are available.
(122922)
537
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Child Support Agency staff have received guidance on the prioritisation of the Agency's caseload by age of case; and if he will make a statement.
(122923)
538
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his assessment is of the levels of (a) delays in payments and (b) loss of child maintenance parents with care have experienced as a result of inaccurate maintenance assessments in each month over the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(122924)
539
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of child maintenance claims were cleared within 18 weeks during the last six months for which the Child Support Agency was accepting applications to the old scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(122925)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
540
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many 18 to 22 year olds are in paid employment.
[Transferred] (123370)
541
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the District Valuation Office uses information from (a) estate agency records including interior photographs and (b) other sources to obtain details about domestic properties.
[Transferred] (123279)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
542
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff are employed in her European Secretariat; and what mechanisms are in place for liaison between the secretariat and officials responsible to the Minister for Europe.
[Transferred] (123376)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
543
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which groups are (a) defined and (b) awaiting determination as (i) racial and (ii) ethnic groups under the Race Relations Act 1976; when the definition of each such group was completed; and what (A) criteria and (B) process were used in determining such definitions.
[Transferred] (123464)
544
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) Welsh and (b) Irish people meet the definition of racial groups under the Race Relations Act 1976; and what definition her Department uses of the term (i) racial and (ii) ethnic.
[Transferred] (123465)
545
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what distance is required between wind turbines and footpaths and bridleways.
[Transferred] (123258)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
546
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Government funding has been given to the Film Club further to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement on 15th February.
[Transferred] (123109)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
547
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he intends to take to achieve active citizen engagement on taking forward policy on climate change as referred to in his paper presented on Her Majesty's Government Policy Review to the Liaison Committee on 6th February.
[Transferred] (123462)
548
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many crimes were reported on farms in England and Wales in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) type of crime and (b) county; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (123537)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
549
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many council staff in Shropshire will be trained to enforce the smoking ban in bars, restaurants and shops; and how much money has been allocated for this training.
[Transferred] (123050)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
550
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizenship ceremonies have taken place in Northern Ireland since their introduction; and how many people who have become British citizens have had such a ceremony, broken down by nationality of origin, in each case.
[Transferred] (123497)
551
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications were processed in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; how many of those applications were (a) granted and (b) refused; and what the average time taken to process passport applications in Northern Ireland was over this period.
[Transferred] (123510)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
552
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure the enforcement of age discrimination regulations for (a) young and (b) older workers.
[Transferred] (123365)
553
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his estimate is of the compliance costs to date of employers in (a) the private sector and (b) the public sector of complying with the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations.
[Transferred] (123172)
554
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what his assessment is of rates of compliance with the provisions of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations by employers in (a) the private sector and (b) the public sector.
[Transferred] (123173)
555
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what projects have been funded by the Union Modernisation Fund; and how much was awarded in each case.
[Transferred] (123367)
556
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what account he takes of the political funding activities of trades unions in awarding funds from the Union Modernisation Fund.
[Transferred] (123380)
557
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the energy requirements of (a) analogue and (b) digital television systems.
[Transferred] (123424)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
558
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will arrange for the Health and Safety Executive to inspect the UK's fleet of Volvo buses consequent on the evidence regarding their susceptibility to engine surges given in the case of Henvey at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (123325)

 
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