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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 26 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 26 February 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 26 February 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 26 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 Monday 26 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 26 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has identified any proposals for tax harmonisation in Europe, as referred to on page six of Prospects for the EU in 2007, Cm 7024, which would not harm UK interests.
(123521)
2
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter of 22nd November 2006, from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford (Ref. 2006/11 008756), on Dr Kent; what the reasons are for the time taken to reply; and if he will make a statement.
(122283)
3
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations (a) he and (b) (i) other Ministers and (ii) officials in his Department have received from the Pensioners Action Group on lost pensions.
(123859)
4
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Lord Sainsbury is being paid to conduct his review of science and innovation policies.
(123247)
5
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answers of 8th February 2007, Official Report, column 1134W and 1st February 2007, Official Report, column 412W, on the Smith Institute, how many events were held by the Smith Institute at Number 11 Downing Street in each year since 1997.
(123620)
6
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate his Department has made of the impact on tax revenue receipts from other gambling activities of the existence of the National Lottery since its creation; and if he will make a statement.
(123858)
7
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many girls (a) under the age of 15 and (b) aged 15 to 18 years gave birth in each year between 1999 and 2005.
(123934)
8
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria will be used in decision-making on the restructuring of HM Revenue and Customs offices.
(123736)
9
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the cost of his Department's review of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.
(123838)
10
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many job vacancies there are for positions in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in North Nottinghamshire and North East Derbyshire.
(123841)
11
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on external consultants in the 2006-07 financial year.
(123842)
12
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of operating the Mansfield Taxation Office located at Chaucer House, Mansfield in each of the last three years.
(123844)
13
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the additional (a) travel, (b) relocation and (c) other costs which will be incurred as a result of the closures of local tax offices in (i) Mansfield, (ii) Burton Alfreton and (iii) Derby.
(123846)
14
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on that Department's contingent liabilities for provisions for disallowance arising from Common Agricultural Policy schemes, notably the single farm payment; and if he will make a statement.
(123938)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
15
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in the City of Durham have reached the decent homes standard.
(123653)
16
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands are on housing waiting lists.
(122286)
17
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration her Department gave to the application on behalf of the Cornish for inclusion in the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
(123757)
18
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) her Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(123932)
19
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's estimate is of the (a) population, (b) number of households and (c) average household size in each standard Government region in each year since 2003; and what her Department's latest estimate is in each case for each year until the last year of the planning horizon used by the Department.
(123832)
20
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average response time to each type of call for each fire and rescue service in the North West was in the last period for which figures are available.
(123829)
21
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) demographic data and (b) assumptions were used to inform her Department's estimate of the number of houses needed in the revision to the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy; and if she will make a statement.
(123696)
22
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many Green Goddesses remain operational in the London area.
(123819)
23
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Department has to introduce retained firefighters in London
(123820)
24
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what provision the Department has made to provide fire and rescue cover in the event of a firefighter strike.
(123821)
25
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage of personnel in the London Fire Service are members of the Fire Brigades Union.
(123943)
26
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's policy is on the construction of new high rise buildings in cities.
(123745)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
27
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what distinct constitutional status applies to (a) Cornwall, (b) the Isles of Scilly, (c) the Cornish people, (d) the Duchy of Cornwall, (e) the Council of the Isles of Scilly, (f) Cornish stannary organisations and (g) any other Cornish or Duchy based institution which does not apply to England.
(123754)
28
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what (a) treaties, (b) Acts of Parliament, (c) regulations and (d) statutory instruments provide distinct status to (i) Cornwall and (ii) the Isles of Scilly which does not apply to England.
(123755)
29
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many coroners there were in England and Wales in each year since 2001, broken down by district; and if she will make a statement.
(123921)
30
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the percentage of coroners' inquests which are attended by a pathologist; and if she will make a statement.
(123924)
31
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) her Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(123928)
32
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether her Department's proposals for two-year jail sentences for individuals who steal or illegally trade in personal information will apply to paper-based manual records.
(123666)
33
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the implementation of new measures to promote service voting.
(123667)
34
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans the Government has to use the Government Connect network for CORE data transactions.
(123668)
35
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the CORE database will have the functionality to support individual electoral registration.
(123669)
36
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of individual electoral registration on the ability of the CORE keeper to detect potential fraud.
(123670)
37
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the CORE information system will have the flexibility to allow linkages to other databases and data-matching should future Govenment policy and legislation allow.
(123671)
38
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which central Govenment departments and agencies will have access to the CORE database.
(123672)
39
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether CORE will be able to cross-match data to identify duplicate registrations.
(123673)
40
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications of the recent report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life on the Electoral Commission on her Department's plans to designate the Electoral Commission as the CORE keeper.
(123674)
41
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the submission by the Council of Circuit Judges to her Department's consultation on increasing penalties for deliberate and wilful misuse of personal data.
(123675)
42
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of people prevented from voting in a polling station due to postal vote fraud in the 2006 local elections.
(123676)
43
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether her Department collects information from local authority returning officers on (a) irregularities with postal votes and (b) personation.
(123677)
44
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2007, Official Report, column 878W, on elections: pilot schemes, for what reasons local authorities with past histories of holding pilot schemes have been funded to repeat the pilot schemes.
(123761)
45
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6th February 2007, Official Report, column 881W, on the Lord Chancellor: functions, what the (a) purpose and (b) occasion was of the seven functions that were funded through the public purse.
(123762)
46
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, why her Department discontinued the Operation Payback campaign to tackle offenders who do not pay fines.
(123773)
47
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the voting rights of convicted prisoners in Scotland in UK Parliamentary elections following the recent Scottish Court of Session ruling.
(123774)
48
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many electoral petitions have been submitted since 1st January 2007, and what the details are of each case in respect of which no arrangements have been made for a court hearing.
(123855)
49
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she plans to take steps to amend electoral law following the comments of Election Commissioner Judge Richard Mawrey on signs of postal voting fraud in the May 2006 local elections in Tower Hamlets.
(123897)
50
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which Deputy Lords Lieutenant have been appointed since 1997.
(123904)
51
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, why the right hon. Member for Leicester East was informed by her Department that responsibilities for the appointment of Lords Lieutenant has been passed to the Office of the Prime Minister.
(123905)
52
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many legal aid firms her Department has listed since 2003.
(123962)
53
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when the Secretary of State last met Baroness Usha Prasha to discuss judicial appointments.
(123963)
54
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many of the judicial appointment commission staff are secondees from her Department.
(123964)
55
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what compensation was given to the immediate former chief executive officer of the Legal Services Commission on her retirement.
(123965)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
56
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) her Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(123923)
57
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Arts Council of England has provided to the IPPR or IPPR Trading Ltd in each year since May 1997; and what the purpose was of such funding.
(123894)
58
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Countryside Agency has provided to the IPPR or IPPR Trading Ltd in each year since May 1997; and what the purpose was of such funding.
(123895)
59
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the British Library has provided to the IPPR or IPPR Trading Ltd in each year since May 1997; and what the purpose was of such funding.
(123896)
60
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Heritage Lottery Fund has provided to the IPPR or IPPR Trading Ltd in each year since its creation; and what the purpose was of such funding.
(123898)
61
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding Ofcom has provided to the IPPR or IPPR Trading Ltd in each year since its creation; and what the purpose was of such funding.
(123899)
62
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) recordings and (b) transcripts were made of the public evidence sessions held by the Casino Advisory Panel with casino licence bidders.
(123641)
63
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the evidential basis was for the Casino Advisory Panel's assessment of the effect of regional casinos on urban areas.
(123643)
64
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library copies of the Casino Advisory Panel's (a) conflict of interest and (b) hospitality registers.
(123644)
65
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it would be permissible for a casino to be located in Manchester in a location other than that in East Manchester considered by the Casino Advisory Panel.
(123645)
66
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which people were informed of the Casino Advisory Panel's (CAP) decision to nominate Manchester as a location for a regional casino prior to the publication of CAP's final report.
(123647)
67
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what visits the Casino Advisory Panel members made to casinos in other countries in each of the last two years; and which of those visits were to casinos which operated machines classified in the UK as category A machines.
(123657)
68
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will place in the Library the minutes of the Casino Advisory Panel meeting of 19th January 2007.
(123658)
69
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what expertise regarding the social impact of casinos members of the Casino Advisory Panel were required to demonstrate before appointment to the Panel.
(123659)
70
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what international examples were drawn on by the Casino Advisory Panel in the process of making their decision on proposed casino locations.
(123660)
71
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the purpose was of the Casino Advisory Panel's commissioning of a research paper.
(123661)
72
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) first asked for their budget for 2006 to be determined; and on what date she informed CAP of its 2006 budget.
(123662)
73
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) requested money specifically for research on the social impact of gambling; and whether CAP's budget determined by the Secretary of State included an element for such research.
(123663)
74
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department spent on consultants in each of the last five years.
(123967)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
75
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's definition is of military overstretch in peacetime.
(122578)
76
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on the provision of security services by private contractors in Iraq; and what proportion of his Department's spending in that country such expenditure represents.
(123698)
77
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many operational allowance tax-free bonuses have been paid to those entitled having completed six-month tours in each month since the announcement by the Secretary of State on 10th October 2006; and what the total value was of such bonuses.
(123678)
78
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officers who attended the Higher Command Staff Course in each year between 1997 and 2006 remained in the armed services 12 months later; and how many are still in the armed services.
(123750)
79
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which month annual bounties were paid to serving members of the Territorial Army in respect of service in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(123751)
80
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which month annual bounties will be paid to serving members of the Territorial Army in respect of service in 2006-07.
(123752)
81
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what representations he has received on the public consultation on the White Paper The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent.
(122588)
82
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123922)
83
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his assessment is of the effect of the Drivers' Hours and Rest Time Regulations on Territorial Army manpower and effectiveness.
(123854)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date Serco Denholm Limited submitted its final bid for the future provision of marine services contract.
(123823)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 218W, what estimate was made in November 2003 of the date when the contract would be awarded.
(123906)
86
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department were first informed that a video tape existed of the United States aerial attack which killed Lance-Corporal Hull.
(122369)
87
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January, Official Report, column 1636W, on warships; what warships were based at each location in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006; and which are based at each in 2007.
(122370)
88
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the number of warships based at Portsmouth has been reduced since 2004.
(122371)
89
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's assessment is of the security risk presented by the revival of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
(123639)
90
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British servicemen and women have been injured in Afghanistan since (a) special forces were deployed in 2001 and (b) the armed forces were deployed in 2002.
(123640)
91
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel have contracted Acinetobactor Baumannii at Selly Oak NHS Hospital having returned from (a) Afghanistan, (b) the Balkans, (c) Cyprus, (d) Falklands and Ascension Islands, (e) Iraq and (f) Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.
(123813)
92
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel contracted MRSA at Selly Oak NHS Hospital having returned from (a) Afghanistan, (b) the Balkans, (c) Cyprus, (d) Falklands and Ascension Islands, (e) Iraq and (f) Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.
(123814)
93
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on the provision of spare parts for the Challenger 2 main battle tanks in February 2006; and how much it expects to spend in (a) February 2007 and (b) February 2008.
(123815)
94
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future flow of spare parts to the Challenger 2 main battle tanks.
(123816)
95
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger 2 main battle tanks he expects to be operable and in service in February 2008.
(123817)
96
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger 2 main battle tanks are operable and in service.
(123818)
97
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans there are for military personnel to fight fires in the event of a fire strike.
(123822)
98
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what action his Department is taking to protect the employment rights of the locally engaged Gibraltarian workforce at the dockyard.
(123742)
99
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice he has received on the public consultation on the White Paper The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent.
(122777)
100
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the British armed forces have been killed in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan whilst engaged in the operation or recovery of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); what type of UAV was involved in each case; whether this type of UAV remains in service; and when he expects to introduce an alternative system.
(123693)
101
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability and costs involved in using the existing RAF Nimrod MR2 R1 fleet over the new Nimrod MRD4 platform for the Helix programme; and if he will make a statement.
(123864)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
102
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much has been spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in his Department since its formation; how much is planned to be spent in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123933)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
103
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants there are in County Durham; and how many there were in 1997.
(123656)
104
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the analysis published as Report Card 7 on child poverty in perspective by the Unicef Innocent Research Centre on 14th February in respect of the impact of poverty on educational attainment.
(123860)
105
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much is being provided to each local authority to fund training for teachers on how to search pupils and use techniques to calm pupils.
(123748)
106
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers in each local education authority in the West Midlands are to be given training on how to search pupils and use techniques to calm pupils.
(123749)
107
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he had been informed of the content of the document Towards Greater Understanding: Meeting the needs of Muslim pupils in state schools prior to it being launched by the Chief Advisor for London Schools.
(123789)
108
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the document Towards Greater Understanding: Meeting the needs of Muslim pupils in state schools produced by the Muslim Council of Britain and launched by the Chief Advisor for London Schools on 21st February.
(123790)
109
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether the Chief Advisor for London Schools was representing his Department when he launched the document Towards Greater Understanding: Meeting the needs of Muslim pupils in state schools; and whether he sought his permission before doing so.
(123791)
110
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his written statement of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 22WS, on the Winter Supplementary Estimate 2006-07, whether he plans to make a statement on the Spring Supplementary Estimate 2006-07.
(123865)
111
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123931)
112
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much each independent music service provider received from his Department for the purpose of providing music education in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(123857)
113
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he plans to take to encourage learning and skills councils to undertake outreach work to adults who lack skills and are not engaged in education.
(123583)
114
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the December 2006 report of the Learning and Skills Council on learner numbers in (a) further education, (b) adult community learning and (c) work-based learning.
(123584)
115
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy of paying nursery providers and childminders £250 to issue business plans.
(123915)
116
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received on the Government's policy of paying nursery providers and childminders £250 to issue business plans.
(123916)
117
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to promote access to the teaching of classics in state schools.
(121942)
118
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what criteria will be included in the public benefit test to enable private schools to satisfy the requirements for charitable status.
(121943)
119
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answers of 30th January, Official Report, column 222W, on school uniforms, what consideration he has since given to whether the school uniform guidance needs updating to cover the new admissions code and other relevant developments in the law; and if he will make a statement.
(122776)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
120
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2007, Official Report, column 1637W, on birds and habitats directives, for what reasons the designation process for the Akrotiri Peninsula and Episkopi Cliffs Important Bird Area under British Sovereign Base Area law as a special protection zone is expected to last until 2009; and what considerations are taken into account in such designations other than scientific criteria.
(123524)
121
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much Government funding has been allocated for the low carbon buildings programme during the next five years.
(123760)
122
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123926)
123
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account he has taken of any increase in the number of homes assessed to be at significant risk of flooding when determining funding for flood defences in 2006-07.
(123650)
124
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes were assessed to be at significant risk of flooding, defined as >1.3 per cent. probability, in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.
(123651)
125
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the proportion of flood defences in need of significant maintenance.
(123664)
126
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on flood risk of recent changes in the level of capital funding available for local government and Internal Drainage Board flood defence projects in 2006-07.
(123665)
127
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether helicobacter pullorum is classified as a poultry-human zoonose.
(123907)
128
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the subject of helicobacter pullorum.
(123908)
129
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence he has received regarding trends in the level of anti-microbial resistance amongst (a) existing zoonoses and (b) helicobacter pullorum.
(123909)
130
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of helicobacter pullorum amongst poultry in England.
(123910)
131
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with other Ministers on the sourcing of publicly procured food; and what proportion of such food was of British origin in 2006.
(123634)
132
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Discovering Lost Ways Project.
(122844)
133
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many tenant farmers will be affected by the closure of the adjudication scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(123861)
134
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether tenant farmers who took up the adjudication scheme in 2006 will be able to continue to receive money from it; whether those who were engaged in diversification negotiations with landlords before the scheme closed will be able to claim; and if he will make a statement.
(123862)
135
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department expects to save by closing the adjudication scheme; how those savings will be used; and if he will make a statement.
(123863)
136
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the disallowance arising from Common Agricultural Policy schemes, notably the single farm payment; what assessment he has made of the European Commission's audit of England's 2005 single farm payment; what progress the European Commission has made with its audit of England's 2005 single farm payment; whether the European Commission has (a) made an assessment of the financial correction and (b) requested any money; and if he will make a statement.
(123940)
137
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the estimate for disallowance arising from Common Agricultural Policy schemes, notably the single farm payment totalled £305 million; what the reasons were for this increase from earlier estimates; and if he will make a statement.
(123941)
138
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 25WS, on the Spring Supplementary Estimates, if he will give a breakdown of the £305 million claim on the reserve to cover for provision for disallowance arising from Common Agricultural Policy schemes, notably the single farm payment, and the possible financial correction the European Commission may apply; what the reasons were for the disallowances; and if he will make a statement.
(123942)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
139
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much and what proportion of the funds from her Departmental resources dedicated to reconstruction, humanitarian aid and community relations purposes for Iraq have been allocated to the provision of security by private contractors for those implementing the programmes.
(123628)
140
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will release the negotiating record for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at the United Nations between 1965 and 1968 from the National Archives.
(123556)
141
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) her Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(123925)
142
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, columns 470-2W, on Iran, what the terms of the flexibility about the modalities for opening negotiations were that Dr Solana presented on behalf of the E3+3 during the 6th June 2006 and September 2006 discussions with Dr Larijani.
(123866)
143
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conclusions were reached at the Quartet meeting of 21st February 2006 on EU proposals to transition the Temporary International Mechanism to deliver to the Palestinian people to a long-term measure; and if she will make a statement.
(123952)
144
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any change will take place in the United Kingdom's contract with President Mahmoud Abbas following the February 2007 Mecca Agreement; and if she will make a statement.
(123954)
145
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the extent of UK involvement in security-related projects in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
(123955)
146
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Iraqi counterpart on the proposed referendum on the future of the Kirkuk; and if she will make a statement.
(123956)
147
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her assessment is of the impact of recent efforts to enforce UNSCR 1559 and 1701 on the transfer of (a) funds and (b) weapons to Hezbollah from Iran; and if she will make a statement.
(123957)
148
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate has been made of the level of funding provided to Hezbollah by Iran since August 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(123958)
149
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24th October 2006, Official Report, columns 1765-6W, on the international arms embargo, what progress has been made by the government of Syria and the government of Lebanon in (a) setting up an effective interdiction regime to give effect to the arms embargo set out in UNSCR 1701 and (b) establishing joint Lebanese-Syrian border patrols.
(123981)
150
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are being taken to prevent the flow of funds provided to Hezbollah by Iran.
(123983)
151
N
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what articles of the EU treaties require membership of the European Court of Human Rights.
(123158)
152
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps her Department is taking relating to the situation in Guinea; and if she will make a statement.
(123826)
153
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact which the instability in Guinea is having in the region; and if she will make a statement.
(123827)
154
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support her Department is giving to the government of Guinea to help resolve the instability in that country; and if she will make a statement.
(123828)
155
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consideration is being given to possible military assistance to the Guinean government; and if she will make a statement.
(123847)
156
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the government of France regarding the situation in Guinea; and if she will make a statement.
(123848)
157
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions have been held in the UN Security Council regarding the situation in Guinea; and if she will make a statement.
(123849)
158
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance is being given to facilitate a national dialogue to resolve the situation in Guinea; and if she will make a statement.
(123852)
159
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the criteria are for providing language training for spouses of diplomats.
(123737)
160
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes there have been in the level of provision of language training for spouses of diplomats over the last five years.
(123738)
161
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions representatives of the UK Government have been present at legal proceedings in Syria concerning Dr Kamal al-Labwani; what assessment she has made of the legal proceedings; and if she will make a statement.
(123739)
162
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether representatives of the UK Government will attend future legal proceedings in Syria concerning Dr Kamal al-Labwani; and if she will make a statement.
(123740)
163
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the visit of the President of the Transitional Federal Republic of Somalia to the UK on 21st to 22nd February.
(123972)
164
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Minister for Africa had on the independence of Somaliland from Somalia when she met the President of the Transitional Federal Republic of Somalia on 22nd February; what the outcome was of the discussions; and if she will make a statement.
(123973)
165
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Minister for Africa had with the President of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia on the security situation in Somalia at their recent meeting; whether they agree on who is responsible for the recent violence in Somalia; and if she will make a statement.
(123974)
166
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1744, on Somalia; and what assessment she has made of its possible implementation.
(123975)
167
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1725, on Somalia; and if she will make a statement.
(123976)
168
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Minister for Africa had on efforts to establish an African Union peacekeeping force for Somalia with the President of Transitional Federal Government of Somalia when they met on 22nd February; what the outcome was of those discussions; and if she will make a statement.
(123977)
169
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representation the Government has maintained at African Union discussions on establishing a peacekeeping force for Somalia; what role those representatives played at the discussions; and if she will make a statement.
(123978)
170
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the progress of efforts to secure an African Union peacekeeping force for Somalia; and what resources the Government has offered to contribute to this force.
(123979)
171
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of progress towards the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia; whether she has discussed this issue with her (a) Ethiopian, (b) Somali, (c) European Union and (d) United States counterparts; and if she will make a statement.
(123980)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
172
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) budgetary provision and (b) expenditure of each NHS homeopathic hospital was in each of the last three years; and what changes in funding are planned for the future.
(123439)
173
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to respond to the letter of 31st January 2007 from the hon. Member for Billericay on the proposed independent sector treatment centre for Basildon.
(123418)
174
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of waiting times in the County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospital Trust area.
(123652)
175
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many general practitioners there are per 1,000 of the population in County Durham; and how many there were in 1997.
(123655)
176
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total capital cost was of establishing the new day case and cancer screening centre at Kettering General Hospital including equipment; and how it was funded.
(123362)
177
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs have been of maintaining the new daycase and cancer screening centre at Kettering Hospital since it was built.
(123363)
178
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the level of interaction between NHS trusts and patients' forums under section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(123201)
179
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines she has issued on the amount of consultation required between NHS trusts and patients' forums under section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(123202)
180
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to promote the interaction between NHS trusts and patients' forums in the decision making process.
(123203)
181
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has received any representations from patients' groups regarding lack of consultation by NHS trusts.
(123205)
182
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines her Department has issued on eligibility and access criteria for podiatry services; and what steps she has taken to assess compliance with such guidelines in (a) Bexley Primary Care Trust and (b) London primary care trusts.
(123699)
183
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of keeping operating theatres open into the evenings for non-emergency procedures.
(122284)
184
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effect of taking Seroxat/Paxil on suicide rates.
(123420)
185
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) budgets have been set and (b) costs have been incurred for the choice and choose and book systems by each (i) primary care trust, (ii) acute trust and (iii) strategic health authority since its implementation.
(123746)
186
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her statement whether her Department has had to revise any of the (a) costs incurred and (b) total expected contract cost over five years of the choose and book computer systems referred to in the Answer of 8th May 2006, Official Report, columns 63-4W, on the choose and book system.
(123753)
187
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to maintain incentive payments to general practitioners to use the choose and book system.
(123758)
188
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of (a) whether the significant benefits referred to in the Answer of 13th June 2006, Official Report, columns 1153-4W, on the choose and book system, have been delivered and (b) the value for money provided by the choose and book system.
(123759)
189
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2007, Official Report, columns 537-8W, on NHS finance, on what basis the planned reconsideration of the future functions and remit of the NHS Bank has been deemed necessary; and if she will make a statement.
(123891)
190
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are employed in running the NHS Bank; how many of those people are managers; and if she will make a statement.
(123919)
191
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of establishing the NHS Bank; what its running costs were in each year since 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(123920)
192
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has consulted the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the evaluation of non-invasive ventilation treatment for motor neurone disease.
(123522)
193
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the timetable for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's investigation into non-invasive ventilation; and when she expects to publish the findings.
(123523)
194
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her assessment of NHS Blood and Transport's strategic outline case for the consolidation of blood production facilities at three sites will include an evaluation of the costs and risks associated with training new staff to replace experienced staff who will not relocate to the proposed sites.
(123204)
195
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many whole-time-equivalent midwives per 1,000 maternities there were working in the NHS for the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by NHS trust; and if she will make a statement.
(122551)
196
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many whole time equivalent midwives per 1,000 maternities were working in the NHS in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by NHS trust; and if she will make a statement.
(122707)
197
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the funding made available to local authorities for respite care for carers in the recent New Deal for Carers statement will be allocated to Peterborough City Council; and if she will make a statement.
(123830)
198
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of carers in the Peterborough City Council area for the purposes of the allocation of funding to assist with respite care are under the New Deal for Carers.
(123831)
199
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what response she has made to the report of Professor Fryer on Learning for a change in healthcare; and if she will make a statement.
(123558)
200
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that staff in the lowest pay bands and career grades in the NHS are able to take advantage of work-related learning.
(123559)
201
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the proposals by the Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country Newborn Network to downgrade the neonatal unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to level 2; and why it is proposed that the unit should no longer have level 3 status.
(123642)
202
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the statement on page 3 of Making it better: For mother and baby regarding the number of consultants needed in a maternity unit to work within the safety margins, what estimate she has made of the number of live births in a unit required to make it sustainable.
(123681)
203
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2007, Official Report, column 543W, on accident and emergency departments, what measures she uses to assess the critical size of a hospital; using these methods, if she will define the critical size of a hospital; and what the evidential basis was for the statement that a consensus is emerging on the critical size of a hospital.
(123741)
204
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the financial impact on the NHS of positive National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraisals for medicines for (a) lung cancer, (b) breast cancer, (c) prostate cancer, (d) bowel cancer and (e) less common cancers in each year since NICE was established.
(123646)
205
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what NHS policy is on the circumstances under which patient information may be provided over the telephone by NHS staff to people other than the patient.
(123735)
206
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date the report commissioned by her Department to investigate international experiences of implementing community treatment orders completed its peer review.
(123443)
207
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many girls (a) under the age of 15 and (b) aged 15 to 18 years had abortions in each year between 1999 and 2005.
(123935)
208
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reported cases there were of sexually transmitted infections in each year between 1999 and 2005 in girls (a) under the age of 15 and (b) aged 15 to 18 years.
(123936)
209
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Programme for IT in the NHS will be launched.
(123970)
210
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are to be surveyed for the NHS's general practitioner patient survey on hospital choice to be provided by Ipsos MORI.
(123971)
211
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints about food supplements and herbal remedies being marketed in the United Kingdom with health claims illegal in the UK by companies based in the Channel Islands have been referred by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to the appropriate agencies in Guernsey and Jersey in the last two years; and what information the Agency has received about the subsequent investigation of such complaints and the outcomes.
(123911)
212
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date and for what reasons it was made illegal to offer (a) melatonin and (b) kava kava for sale in the United Kingdom; and what assessment she has made of (i) the implications for public health and (ii) the legality of the continued marketing of products containing (A) melatonin and (B) kava kava for sale to UK consumers by mail order from the Channel Islands.
(123912)
213
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to stem the flow of direct mail advertising from the Channel Islands offering products banned in the UK and products for which promotional health claims are made that would be illegal in the UK and EU; and if she will make a statement.
(123913)
214
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Food Standards Agency has received a copy of the European Commission consultation document on the proposal that the European Food Safety Authority be permitted to charge fees for the consideration of dossiers submitted under European food law; and if she will make a statement.
(123949)
215
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on her plans for the future regulation of herbal practitioners; and what principles will underlie the proposed new regulatory regime.
(123950)
216
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 49W, on influenza: disease control, whether the World Health Organisation was involved in Operation Winter Willow.
(123768)
217
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what agreements remain to be put in place before the Hampshire Air Ambulance Service can be implemented; and if she will make a statement.
(122706)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
218
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 staff searches as a counter trafficking tool in HM Prison Service; whether he plans to review the use of staff searches; and if he will make a statement.
(123633)
219
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many instances of (a) offences against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft, (f) fraud, (g) drug offences and (h) motoring offences have been recorded in the past 12 months in County Durham; and how many were recorded in 1997.
(123654)
220
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners who have (a) reached the end of their sentence and (b) not reached the end of their sentence were detained in immigration detention centres on the last date for which information is available.
(123626)
221
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to charge (a) accredited organisations and (b) other Government departments for identity checking services via the National Identity Register.
(123629)
222
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis is for the assessment of the Immigration Service that asylum seekers returned to Kinshasa will not be at risk of mistreatment; and if he will make a statement.
(123525)
223
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has chartered a flight to return a group of asylum seekers to Kinshasa on 26th February 2007.
(123526)
224
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) sex and (b) other offenders who were released from prison before the end of the sentence handed down by the courts in the last 12 months who were considered a (i) high, (ii) medium and (iii) low risk by the (A) Police, (B) Probation and (C) Prison Service were.
(123763)
225
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance the Probation Service gives to hostels for sex offenders on forging links with the local community; and if he will make a statement.
(123764)
226
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the police have powers to enter the premises of a person on the sex offenders register; and if he will make a statement.
(123765)
227
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of sexual offenders in prison attended the sexual offender treatment programme in each of the last five years.
(123766)
228
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the re-offending rate was of sex offenders who (a) attended and (b) did not attend the sexual offender treatment programme in each of the last five years.
(123767)
229
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost is per person of the sexual offender treatment programme; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the programme in reducing reoffending.
(123775)
230
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who started the sexual offender treatment programme in each of the last five years completed the programme.
(123776)
231
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets his Department sets for police activity on child protection.
(123777)
232
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sex offenders were released from prison to no fixed abode in each of the last 10 years.
(123778)
233
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sex offenders on licence were recalled to prison (a) after committing a further crime and (b) without committing a further crime in each of the last five years.
(123779)
234
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how far each approved premises for sex offenders is from the nearest school.
(123780)
235
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance his Department produces on the circumstances in which a sex offender on licence should be recalled.
(123783)
236
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of distraction burglaries that are reported to the police; and what proportion of reported distraction burglaries resulted in a conviction in the last period for which figures are available.
(123784)
237
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners released from jail about which the police are not notified by the prison authorities; and if he will make a statement.
(123786)
238
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners on day release.
(123787)
239
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed in each of the last five years by prisoners on day release.
(123788)
240
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 144W, on departmental computers, how many computers (a) were stolen from his Department in 2006 and (b) have been stolen in 2007.
(123694)
241
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 4th December 2006, Official Report, column 144W, on departmental computers, from which office in his Department each computer was stolen in each year; and what the security classification was of the material on each computer.
(123695)
242
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the circumstances were of the release from prison of Mr Sherhan Yildrim.
(123684)
243
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were taken into police custody in England and Wales suspected of being illegal immigrants during January 2007.
(123961)
244
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123917)
245
N
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter of 5th February 2007 from the hon. Member for Beaconsfield.
(123621)
246
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of (a) (i) physical, (ii) psychological, (iii) financial and (iv) sexual abuse and (b) neglect of elderly people were (A) reported and (B) prosecuted in (1) England and Wales and (2) Cheadle in the last 12 months.
(123689)
247
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of cases of abuse or mistreatment of elderly people.
(123690)
248
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that older people are aware of their rights in cases of abuse and mistreatment.
(123691)
249
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police forces use roads located in the North Wales Police area for the purposes of police driver training.
(123824)
250
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what extent public roads in North Wales are used by (a) North Wales Police and (b) other police forces for the training of police drivers at speeds in excess of the national speed limit.
(123825)
251
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had on the processes for assessing applications for student visas; and if he will make a statement.
(122727)
252
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms exist to ensure that those who are in receipt of student visas attend the courses on which they are enrolled; and if he will make a statement.
(122728)
253
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrested in East Yorkshire between January and December 2006 were tested for (a) opiates and (b) crack cocaine; how many of those tested positive in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(122729)
254
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total expenditure for visits, other activities and commitments outside the UK undertaken by his Department's Ministers and officials was in each of the last three years.
(123682)
255
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will direct the Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service to provide (a) substantive replies to correspondence and (b) a response to a request for a meeting from the hon. Member for Bassetlaw in relation to his constituent, Mr Gordon Wilson of Worksop.
(123417)
256
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where he plans to situate his new passport application offices; and what the population is within 20 miles of each.
(123630)
257
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how far away, in miles, from Grimsby the nearest passport application office will be following the planned opening of new offices.
(123631)
258
N
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what provisions he has made for the safe reception of the families and children due to be removed by charter flight to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the week beginning 26th February; and if he will make a statement.
(122843)
259
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an estimate of the cost to date of researching and developing the identity cards scheme.
(123939)
260
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were held in custody suites in each year since 2000.
(123982)
261
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action is being taken by his Department to withdraw the passport of Sadiq Mohammed.
(123743)
262
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will remove the requirement for individuals who have been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau for employment in one organisation to undergo additional checks when applying for employment in other organisations.
(123352)
263
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the (a) time taken to perform and (b) cost of additional checks carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau under the requirement for individuals to be checked for each application they make to different organisations.
(123353)
264
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the roles and responsibilities of the Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety are; and what areas he is responsible for in the answering of written parliamentary questions.
(123601)
265
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the firearms collected in the amnesty of 2003 were (a) registered, (b) stored and (c) disposed of by police authorities in England and Wales.
(123602)
266
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice he has given to chief constables of police authorities on the (a) registration, (b) storage and (c) disposal of firarms seized during police operations.
(123603)
267
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many rounds of ammunition collected during the 2003 gun amnesty have been successfully disposed of.
(123604)
268
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) firearms and (b) rounds of ammunition were seized by police forces in England and Wales in each of the last three years.
(123605)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
269
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with (a) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (b) the World Food Programme and (c) the European Commission on embezzlement of international aid in the Tindouf camps in Algeria.
(123700)
270
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the recent UN development programme study on the number of Iraqis living in poverty.
(122285)
271
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123929)
272
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2007, Official Report, column 310W, on Iraq, whether the Government has taken part in discussions on the possibility of support to the governments of Syria and Jordan for the assistance of displaced refugees from Iraq.
(123953)
273
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015 for children in conflict-affected fragile states.
(123697)
274
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 284W, on Afghanistan: overseas aid, whether (a) the original wells drilling programme commenced before a full water table assessment had been produced and (b) future well drilling programmes will be commenced before a further water table assessment is undertaken.
(123555)
275
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what aid the UK is providing to the government of Guinea in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(123850)
276
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions are taking place in the EU regarding the distribution of the recently agreed aid package to Guinea; and if he will make a statement.
(123851)
277
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions have been held with (a) the World Bank and (b) the African Development Bank regarding emergency aid to Guinea; and if he will make a statement.
(123853)
278
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
(123637)
279
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures his Department is taking to aid the destruction of poppy farming in Afghanistan.
(123638)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
280
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what role the proposed Community Commissioning Associations (CCAs) will have in the new health structures; how membership of CCAs will be determined; and what consultation has been undertaken on this proposal.
(123839)
281
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take action to ensure that the medical practice in Sion Mills is immediately reopened.
(123840)
282
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123918)
Questions to the Prime Minister
283
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to reply by personal email to each of the petitioners who have signed up to each of the petitions posted on the Number 10 website.
(123632)
284
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, how many e-petitions have been posted on the Downing Street website; and what proportion of closed e-petitions have received a non-automated email response on the issue of the petition.
(123769)
285
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Government plans to hold the (a) names, (b) contact details and (c) email addresses of the individuals who sign a Downing Street e-petition after the petition is closed.
(123770)
286
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, whether the Wilson doctrine applies to staff of hon. Members.
(123771)
287
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Downing Street e-petition initiative; and whether he plans to give a bonus to the staff members responsible for the project.
(123772)
288
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2007, Official Report, column 1009W, on 10 Downing Street: repairs and maintenance, what works are planned for the 2007 calendar year.
(123781)
289
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Prime Minister, whether there have been any instances of a change in Government policy on the basis of a e-petition on the Downing Street website; and whether the most popular e-petitions are brought to his personal attention.
(123782)
290
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Prime Minister, which Lords Lieutenant have been appointed since 2003.
(123902)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
291
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123868)
Questions to the Solicitor General
292
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):To ask the Solicitor General, whether the Law Officers' Departments plan to take steps to remove compulsory retirement ages for civil servants in the next 12 months.
(123811)
293
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Solicitor General, whether the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for telling victims of crime if charges are not brought against suspects; and in what proportion of cases he estimates this is done by (a) the CPS and (b) the police.
(123785)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
294
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission collects information from local authority returning officers on (a) irregularities with postal votes and (b) personation.
(123892)
295
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what the Electoral Commission's definition is of election fraud.
(123893)
296
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 792W, on political party expenditure, whether the Electoral Commission has made any estimate of the amount spent by candidates in (a) the local government elections of May 2006 and (b) previous local elections.
(123900)
297
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, pursuant to his Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 792W, on political party expenditure, what (a) research the Electoral Commission has (i) undertaken and (ii) commissioned on and (b) estimates the Commission has made of the value of free party political and election broadcasts.
(123901)
298
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if the Electoral Commission will conduct an investigation into reports of missing donations in the accounts of the UK Independence Party; and if he will make a statement.
(123944)
299
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of expenditure by political parties through the vehicles of local constituency associations who are not required to provide annual statements of accounts as accounting units.
(123945)
300
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much the Electoral Commission has spent on focus groups on public attitudes to political finance reform; and which polling organisations were commissioned.
(123946)
301
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the number of people prevented from voting in a polling station due to postal vote fraud in the 2006 local elections.
(123947)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
302
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the policy of the Export Credits Guarantee Department is on support for the Sakhalin II oil and gas project.
(123440)
303
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the consequences for employees' pensions of Tata Steel's takeover of Corus.
(123649)
304
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to ensure that the Supply Licence Review being carried out by Ofgem includes proposals to eliminate the practice of token meter back charging; and if he will make a statement.
(123856)
305
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the oral statement by the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Competition Policy of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 236, on British Steel Industry, what resources have been made available to support the National Metals Technology Centre; how many jobs have been created as a result; and what additional resources have been provided to support the materials UK umbrella organisation.
(123968)
306
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he raised the issue of prepayment meter back charging during his meeting with Scottish Power on 6th October 2006.
(123679)
307
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he has received on the practice of electricity suppliers back-charging their token meter users; and if he will make a statement.
(123680)
308
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123930)
309
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to prohibit the practice of electricity token meter backcharging; and if he will make a statement.
(123951)
310
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, at what date in (a) January and (b) February the allocation for grants in each month for renewable energy installations was exhausted; and whether he is considering changes to the scheme to avoid the adverse consequences of such exhaustions of allocations.
(123837)
311
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2007, Official Report, column 1011W, on post offices, what role (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) Postwatch Scotland will have in the managed closure programme that is proposed in the Post Office network consultation document.
(123948)
312
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate his Department has made of the size of the market share of suppliers based in the Channel Islands in the food supplements and herbal remedies mail order sector in (a) 1996 and (b) 2006.
(123914)
313
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the findings of his Department's metering and billing consultation were; and if he will make a statement.
(123937)
314
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether his Department has been advised of when electricity suppliers' token meter programmes will be completed; what assessment Ofgem has made of suppliers' abilities to meet the timeframes they have proposed; and what enforcement action Ofgem plans to take where suppliers' token meter replacement programmes are delayed.
(123648)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
315
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the decriminalisation of parking enforcement in Scarborough to be authorised.
(123843)
316
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123927)
317
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that Eurotunnel prices the infrastructure charge for Channel Tunnel freight at rates the market can bear as required by European law.
(123441)
318
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that Eurotunnel removes technical barriers to competitive service through the Channel Tunnel as required by European law.
(123442)
319
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on the application of the Blue Badge Parking Scheme to children under the age of two years suffering from a condition which requires that they are always accompanied by medical equipment which is difficult to transport.
(123966)
320
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of (a) 30th January 2007, Official Report, column 65, on Milton Keynes station, and (b) 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 382W, on Pendolino trains, whether the platform length at Milton Keynes station is sufficient to accommodate trains (i) in use and (ii) planned for use on the relevant lines.
(123419)
321
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, purusant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 383W, on rail services, what estimate he has made of the average daily peak time spare capacity on trains not stopping at Milton Keynes; and for what reasons such trains with spare capacity do not take on passengers at Milton Keynes Station.
(123582)
322
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2007, Official Report, column 383W, on rail services, why passengers are not allowed to get on those services referred to which stop at Milton Keynes in order to set down passengers.
(123692)
323
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with airport operating authorities on the security regulations on the transport of liquids in aircraft.
(123622)
324
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has carried out any survey of the public's understanding of the new security regulations regarding the transport of liquids on aircraft.
(123627)
325
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what targets he has set for reducing vehicle exise duty evasion; and whether there are any proposals to change it.
(123744)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
326
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what (a) discussions, (b) correspondence and (c) email exchanges (i) he and (ii) his officials have had with (A) Ministers and (B) officials in the Home Office on immigration matters in North Wales during the past six months; when those exchanges took place; and what the outcome was of those exchanges.
(123959)
327
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, on what dates he has held meetings with Ministers in other departments to discuss Welsh issues, broken down by Department.
(123960)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
328
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sanctions were imposed in Pathways to Work areas on incapacity benefit claimants who missed their (a) first, (b) second and (c) third work focussed interview for each quarter since 1997.
(123577)
329
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions were imposed on incapacity benefit claimants in each quarter since 1997.
(123578)
330
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sanctions were imposed on lone parents claiming income support who had missed their first work focussed interview in each quarter since 1997.
(123579)
331
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many sanctions were imposed on lone parents claiming income support in each quarter since 1997.
(123580)
332
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) fixed and (b) varied length referrals were made to jobseeker's allowance claimants in each quarter since 1997; and how many of each type of referral resulted in a benefit sanction being imposed in each quarter.
(123581)
333
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many successful prosecutions have been made under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
(123845)
334
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions his Department has instigated for the fraudulent use of disability living allowance in each of the last five years; how many of these prosecutions were successful; and if he will make a statement.
(123867)
335
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30th March 2006, Official Report, column 1200W, on departmental cost, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 2005-06; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(123890)
336
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to make carbon monoxide alarms available free of charge to pensioners.
(123421)
337
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women were working part-time in (a) 1979 and (b) 2006; and how many of these were earning below the lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions in each period.
(123623)
338
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what action his Department is taking to assist the workers of Bonne Bouche Ltd in (a) receiving unpaid wages following the company's adminstration, (b) finding alternative sources of employment and (c) receiving training opportunities.
(123903)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
339
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether she plans to take steps to remove compulsory retirement ages for civil servants in the Prime Minister's Office in the next 12 months.
[Transferred] (123812)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
340
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Commission for Racial Equality shares her Department's interpretation of whether the (a) Welsh and (b) Irish meet the definition of racial groups under the Race Relations Act 1976.
[Transferred] (123747)
341
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how her Department determines to which (a) racial, (b) ethnic, (c) linguistic, (d) religious and (e) other groups the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is applicable.
[Transferred] (123756)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
342
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) report on disposal of nuclear waste; and what steps his Department has taken to consult local authorities on a process for deciding on the location of a nuclear waste disposal site following the recommendations of CoRWM.
[Transferred] (123557)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
343
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral Answer to the hon. Member for Sunderland South of 21st February 2007, Official Report, column 260, which article of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty gives the United Kingdom the right to possess nuclear weapons.
[Transferred] (123969)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
344
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many shipments containing US long grain rice have been rejected at UK ports of entry for failing to comply with emergency EU legislation on GM Rice (LL601) since August 2005; and what the volume was of each shipment.
[Transferred] (123683)

 
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