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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 1 March 2007

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 1 March 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 1 March 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 1 March of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Thursday 1 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 1 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of debt in the British economy; and if he will make a statement.
(124180)
2
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances a person living in the UK working as an au pair from (a) an EU and (b) a non-EU state may qualify for Working Tax Credit (WTC); for how long such a person must be resident in the UK before qualifying; and how many such people are estimated to be receiving WTC.
(124944)
3
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the (a) amount of taxation on levels of remittance aid, (b) amount of tax paid on remittances from the UK to developing countries and (c) cost of providing tax relief on remittance aid; what measures he has taken to maximise levels of remittance aid; what steps he plans to take to increase the level of remittance aid; and what policy recommendations he has received from the UK Remittances Working Group.
(124940)
4
John Cummings (Easington):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many projects in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency received research and development tax credits in each of the last four years.
(124898)
5
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of VAT lost to the Treasury annually through UK companies selling CD and DVDs via the internet from the Channel Islands.
(124156)
6
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the progress towards issuing annual statements to those in receipt of child tax credit.
(124791)
7
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised from duty and VAT on private passenger automobile fuel in the most recent year for which information is available.
(124625)
8
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised from duty and VAT on fuel and electricity supplied to (a) rail operators and (b) commercial bus operators in the most recent year for which information is available.
(124626)
9
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) highest and (b) lowest daily balance of the National Insurance Fund was in each of the last 10 financial years; and what percentage of the benefit payments for the year as estimated in the Government Actuary's report on the Up-rating Order in the previous year each figure represents.
(124442)
10
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which opinion polling firms his Department employed in each of the last three years; and how much was paid to each company.
(124155)
11
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of registered charities in Northern Ireland used the gift aid scheme in each of the last five years; and how much money was recovered by charities through the scheme in Northern Ireland over the same period.
(125040)
12
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the level of debt in the British economy; and if he will make a statement.
(124503)
13
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase the duty on bio-diesel for leisure boat use; and if he will make a statement.
(124704)
14
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent in each year since 2001 on polling services provided by Opinion Leader Research; and if he will make a statement.
(124283)
15
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the decision to engage Opinion Leader Research to undertake polling for his Department was subject to a competitive tendering process; and if he will make a statement.
(124284)
16
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times he has met Ms Deborah Mattinson in an official capacity since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(124444)
17
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he is making in negotiations with EU partners on extending the categories of permitted reduced VAT rates to include energy efficient products and the purchase of energy saving materials for DIY installation.
(124643)
18
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many alcohol-related deaths there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area.
(124980)
19
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd February 2007, Official Report, column 981W, how the Department of Health's resource budget has been reprofiled over the 2004 Spending Review period, as referred to in paragraph C.74 of his 2006 Budget Report; and what the Department of Health's near-cash budgetary limit was in 2005-06 (a) before and (b) after this reprofiling.
(125044)
20
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, whether the Department of Health is required to make up from its near-cash allocations in 2006-07 its overspend of near-cash in 2005-06.
(125045)
21
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, what his latest estimate is of the Department of Health's near-cash overspend in the financial year 2005-06.
(125046)
22
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, on departmental spending, whether the Department of Health's near-cash expenditure limit for 2005-06 was increased from the £71,572 million given in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(125049)
23
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department has provided for the international finance facility for immunisation.
(124285)
24
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what contribution the UK is making to the goal of every child receiving a primary education.
(124286)
25
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will consider making the advisory fuel rates for the private use of petrol hybrid company cars the same as those for the company use of those cars.
(124683)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
26
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if her Department will take steps to introduce microfinance schemes for individuals in deprived areas to improve rates of social inclusion.
(124728)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
27
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Commissioners have made of the financial implications of the sexual orientation regulations for the Church of England in relation to the support of parish ministry in areas of need.
(124798)
28
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Commissioners have made of the effect of the financial position of the Church of England's pension fund on the activity of the Church.
(124608)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
29
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she has taken to ensure that planning authorities take into consideration the terms of the Convention on Landscape agreed by the Council of Europe in 2000.
(124997)
30
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the merits of defining zero carbon housing as a lifetime carbon measurement.
(123804)
31
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions Ministers in her Department have had with colleagues in the (a) Department for Trade and Industry and (b) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on planned low carbon grid electricity and planning for houses.
(123805)
32
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent representations she has received on the creation of a green arc around the M25 motorway; and if she will make a statement.
(124694)
33
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many elected mayors there are in England; and where they are located.
(123808)
34
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of elected mayors.
(123809)
35
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there are plans to increase the number of elected mayors in towns and cities.
(123810)
36
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department takes to ensure that applicants to become home inspectors are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.
(124818)
37
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of fire service cover in Cornwall; what discussions she has had with the Fire Brigades Union on this matter; and if she will make a statement.
(125024)
38
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average age of councillors was in England in (a) 1986, (b) 1996 and (c) 2006.
(125010)
39
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes were built in each London borough as a result of section 106 agreements in each of the last five years.
(124604)
40
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that local authorities are fulfilling their obligations to receive and collect stray dogs under the Environmental Protection Act 1990; and what sanctions may be imposed on local authorities who fail to fulfil their obligations.
(124581)
41
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to tackle Islamic extremism.
(124501)
42
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans (a) to make proposals and (b) to provide incentives to improve the energy efficiency of district heating schemes.
(124714)
43
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information she has on the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating of homes, broken down by tenure, in (a) 1996, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available; what the minimum SAP rating is to achieve the Decent Homes Standard; and if she will make a statement.
(124598)
44
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Birmingham were (i) demolished and (ii) built in each year since 1996, broken down by tenure.
(124599)
45
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many vulnerable households were living in non-decent homes in (a) 1996, (b) 2001, (c) 2004 and (d) the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by tenure.
(124600)
46
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local government councillors with responsibility for children's services are required to have child protection training.
(124887)
47
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which councils in the UK operate a system of minimum standards and registration for tattoo parlours.
(124888)
48
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the estimate for the number of empty properties in Calderdale was calculated; and how many of these properties are (a) flats and (b) houses.
(124635)
49
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what temporary accommodation was made available from central Government resources to homeless people in Romford in each year since 2000.
(124816)
50
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of homeless people in (a) England, (b) Greater London, (c) the London Borough of Havering and (d) Romford constituency.
(124817)
51
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable houses were built in (a) the London Borough of Havering and (b) Romford in each year since 2001.
(124837)
52
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the technical guidance on how to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes to be published.
(124838)
53
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been allocated to the Energy Performance Certificates scheme for (a) start-up costs and (b) 2007-08.
(124839)
54
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was allocated to the Single Community Programme in each year since 2000-01.
(124840)
55
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the proposed sexual orientation discrimination regulations; and if she will make a statement.
(124841)
56
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been allocated to each London borough for the purposes of increasing local government efficiency since 2005.
(124842)
57
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the London Borough of Havering Council met the 2.5 per cent. efficiency target for 2006.
(124843)
58
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households there are in (a) England, (b) Greater London, (c) the London Borough of Havering and (d) Romford in which none of the residents are in employment; and how many such households are in publicly-provided housing.
(124844)
59
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people from (a) the London Borough of Havering and (b) Romford constituency are taking part in the key worker living programme.
(124925)
60
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18th January 2007, Official Report, columns 1327-8W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the information on properties by Rightmove includes information on the number of (a) bathrooms, (b) bedrooms and (c) parking spaces as part of the property.
(124656)
61
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if her Department will take steps to introduce microfinance schemes for individuals to improve the economy in deprived areas.
(124730)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
62
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, which advice agencies in London were in receipt of legal aid in the last two years; how much each received in each year; how much each is expected to be allocated under new arrangements; what the percentage difference is in each case between the most recent amount received and the amount expected to be allocated under the new arrangements; and if she will make a statement.
(124859)
63
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make available copies of the representations she has received on her planned changes to the legal aid system.
(124864)
64
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much legal aid was paid to advice agencies in London in each of the last three years; what the anticipated amount will be in each of the next two years; what the percentage difference is between the two amounts; and if she will make a statement.
(124865)
65
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many representations she has received (a) in support and (b) against her planned changes in legal aid from (i) voluntary groups and advice agencies, (ii) private sector law firms and (iii) others; and if she will make a statement.
(124866)
66
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many clients received legal advice from voluntary sector advice organisations paid for by legal aid in London in each of the last three years; what estimate she has made of the likely change in this number as a result of the planned legal aid changes; and if she will make a statement.
(124989)
67
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether she carried out a race equality impact assessment of planned legal aid changes; and if she will make a statement.
(124990)
68
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the likely geographical distribution of the availability of legal advice in London from (a) voluntary agencies and (b) the private sector as the consequence of planned legal aid changes; and if she will make a statement.
(124991)
69
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what effect she expects the planned legal aid changes to have on the availability in London of (a) advice agencies and (b) private sector legal advice in relation to (i) welfare rights, (ii) family law and (iii) immigration and asylum; and if she will make a statement.
(124992)
70
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what effect on costs to the public purse she expects to arise from the planned legal aid changes in (a) London and (b) England; and if she will make a statement.
(124993)
71
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what plans she has to revise the Explanatory Notes on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) published on 8th January 2001 to take account of (a) decisions of the Information Commissioner and (b) proposals for new regulations on FOI fees; and if she will make a statement.
(124651)
72
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was spent on summoning people to do jury service who did not subsequently serve on a jury in each of the last five years.
(124883)
73
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether barristers questioning children and young people aged under 18 years are required to have formal child protection training.
(124890)
74
Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will publish in full all documentation referring to the Shrewsbury Two which is held in the Public Record Office, including those papers, and parts of papers, retained under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958.
(124779)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
75
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her most recent estimate is of the cost of the London 2012 Olympic Games, broken down by main cost area.
(124799)
76
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to support the efforts being made to preserve the Ross Sea Antarctic huts; and, following her Answer of 9th October 2006, Official Report, column 63W, on the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, what progress has been made in seeking private funds.
(124722)
77
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria are used when deciding the suitability of sponsors for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
(124793)
78
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what effect an overspend on the Olympics would have on the National Lottery.
(124794)
79
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what powers are available to the Government to ensure high definition television broadcasting is available free to air on digital terrestrial television.
(124819)
80
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of the Digital Dividend Review on the use of radio microphones and radio cameras during the 2012 Olympic Games.
(124820)
81
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made an estimate of the average cost to an individual consumer of a move to satellite or cable digital television in order to receive high definition television broadcasting.
(124821)
82
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to encourge public service broadcasters to make their services available in high definition format.
(124822)
83
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to ensure that the free to air digital terrestrial television platform is sustainable; and what plans she has to enable viewers using it to access high definition broadcasting.
(124823)
84
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with colleagues in other departments on the impact on their budgets of the increased cost of the Olympics.
(124603)
85
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what spectrum will be available for programme making and special events during the 2012 Olympic Games.
(124759)
86
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what total amount has been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund since its creation on projects in (a) health, (b) education and (c) the environment.
(124760)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
87
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason some information provided in the 1945 General Questionnaire for British/American Ex-Prisoners of War has not been released into the public domain; when he expects to be able to release that information; and if he will make a statement.
(123688)
88
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what system of accountability is in place to monitor the decisions made by service personnel who have children in private education funded by his Department; what checks are made of (a) claims issued and (b) allowance sought; whether inappropriate claims can be recouped; and whether disciplinary action can be taken following misuse of funds.
(125023)
89
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January 2007, Official Report, column 690W, on naval deployment (Gulf), what changes were made to the UK naval posture in the Gulf region between July 2006 and February 2007.
(124851)
90
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department had with the Colombian Defence Minister during his recent visit on (a) UK and (b) EU support for Plan Colombia, part II; and if he will make a statement.
(124583)
91
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for a decision on whether to order Astute class SSN boat 4.
(124585)
92
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost of Astute class SSN (a) boat 1, (b) boat 2 and (c) boat 3 is; and what the original expected costs were.
(124586)
93
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much each of the armed services is contributing to the planned additional spending at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each of the next five years.
(124587)
94
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the defence budget was spent on the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each of the last 10 years; and what the planned figures are for each the next five years.
(124588)
95
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what ships were represented by the survey of Royal Navy personnel at sea on 9th January.
(124589)
96
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what average percentage of Royal Navy personnel was away at sea at any one time in the last period for which figures are available.
(124590)
97
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his strategy is for bringing the Royal Navy Reserve up to strength.
(124591)
98
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the outflow of volunteers from the Royal Navy Reserve.
(124592)
99
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what definitions his Department uses of the terms (a) reduced readiness, (b) extended readiness and (c) low readiness; how many ships are in each category; and if he will make a statement.
(124593)
100
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the change in defence spending in (a) real and (b) actual terms was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(124594)
101
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Merlin 1 helicopters are (a) in service, (b) under repair and (c) being cannibalised for parts; and if he will make a statement.
(124595)
102
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the original order was for Merlin Mark 1 helicopters; and how many were subsequently brought into service.
(124596)
103
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Mark III and (b) Mark VIII Lynx helicopters are (i) in service, (ii) under repair and (iii) being cannibalised for parts; and if he will make a statement.
(124597)
104
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the role of the British nuclear deterrent in countering terrorism from abroad; whether he plans to revise the new chapter of the Strategic Defence Review on this subject to take account of the White Paper on Trident; and if he will make a statement.
(124652)
105
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2007, Official Report, column 963W, on urgent operational requirements, what plans he has to review the system for informing Ministers of requests for equipment made at higher command levels.
(124943)
106
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to change the future rapid effect system programme; and if he will make a statement.
(124987)
107
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2007, Official Report, column 963W, on urgent operational requirements, what records are kept of formal requests made by lower echelon commanders which have been submitted to theatre commanders for consideration as urgent statements of user requirement requests.
(124995)
108
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2007, Official Report, column 963W, on urgent operational requirements, what records are kept of urgent statements of user requirements generated by commanders-in-theatre approved by the chain of command.
(124998)
109
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2007, Official Report, column 963W, on urgent operational requirements, at what stage an urgent operational order is considered formally to have come into being; and by whose decision.
(124999)
110
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the effect on (a) serviceability and (b) availability of C130s has been of the introduction of the Hercules Integrated Operational Support contract provided by Marshall Aerospace.
(125000)
111
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration he has given to operationally resting a number of C130 airframes.
(125001)
112
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Question 111865, what differences there are between the Tempest and Mastiff vehicles, with regard to (a) normal operations in theatre and (b) mine protection; and if he will make a statement.
(125002)
113
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2006, Official Report, columns 625-6W, on mental health, what the assessed establishment requirement is for each category of mental health worker; and where each is based.
(124740)
114
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 201W, on the armed forces: deployment, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) documentation and (b) conclusions of the review of the data collation process on service personnel deployment.
(124797)
115
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2007, Official Report, column 1070-1W, on Afghanistan, how many undelivered urgent operational requirements since January 2006 related to helicopters; and if he will make a statement.
(124602)
116
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the delivery of the M270 tracked multiple launch rocket system to British forces in Afghanistan.
(125032)
117
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what submunitions are contained in the M270 tracked multiple launch rocket system that is being deployed to Afghanistan; whether he classifies these submunitions as dumb or not-dumb; and if he will make a statement.
(125033)
118
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the daily budget allowance for meals is for (a) Royal Navy personnel (i) in port and (ii) at sea (A) on ship and (B) on submarines (1) on operations and (2) on exercise, (b) Royal Air Force personnel (x) at their home base and (y) on operations and (c) Army personnel (X) in their home posting, (Y) on exercise and (Z) on operations; and if he will make a statement.
(124293)
119
N
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the daily budget allowance for food is for military dogs in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force, (c) Royal Navy and (d) Ministry of Defence Police.
(124294)
120
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to announce details of the UK's involvement in the American Ballistic Missile Defence Shield.
(124678)
121
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what medical conditions are not compatible with service in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force.
(124634)
122
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the first Panther Command and Liaison Vehicles to be accepted into service; how many such vehicles he expects to be in service; and to which units he expects them to be deployed.
(124795)
123
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the fuel consumption of a fully kitted-up Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle is when used (a) on surfaced roads and (b) off-road.
(124796)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
124
Ms Dawn Butler (Brent South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will bring forward proposals for an annual remembrance day in relation to abolition of the slave trade.
(125021)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
125
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, in what circumstances a person living in the UK and working as an au pair from (a) an EU and (b) a non-EU state may qualify for full fee remission for English for Speakers of Other Languages fees; and for how long such a person needs to be resident in the UK before qualifying.
(124882)
126
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what obligations there are on local education authorities to provide education for excluded pupils; and what funding is available for these pupils.
(124631)
127
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidelines his Department issues on recouping funds for excluded pupils.
(124632)
128
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many exclusions there were in each local education authority in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006.
(124633)
129
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to ensure that those with limited English language skills who are claiming tax credit will be supported in making an application for free remission under proposed new arrangements for English as a Second or Other Language provision.
(124624)
130
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children's centres there are in each London borough.
(124605)
131
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he plans to produce (a) an initial public sector regulatory impact assessment and (b) to full regulatory impact assessment for the proposed changes to the secondary curriculum.
(124616)
132
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether it is the policy of his Department that the Key Stage 3 curriculum should be less knowledge based and more skills based.
(124617)
133
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21st February 2007, Official Report, column 1818W, on Bishops Park College, what the (a) staying on rate, (b) number of exclusions, (c) number of teenage pregnancies and (d) level of parental satisfaction were at the College in each year since 2002.
(124800)
134
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of people aged 19 achieved level two by (a) the age of 16 including English and mathematics and (b) by the age of 19 including English and mathematics in each year since 1997.
(124834)
135
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of people aged 19 achieved (a) level 2 by (i) the age of 16 and (ii) the age of 19 and (b) level 3 by the age of 19 in each year since 1997.
(124835)
136
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many meetings have taken place between officials from (a) his Department and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and Professor John White in the last 12 months.
(124836)
137
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 1024W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether it is the intention of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that teachers should correct non-standard uses of English.
(124852)
138
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, on what occasions the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority met (a) teachers and head teachers, (b) officers from local authorities and (c) parents, governors and pupils in developing the new secondary curriculum.
(124853)
139
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether the supporting materials produced to accompany the secondary curriculum review are intended to accompany the revised National Curriculum as non-statutory guidance; whether the supporting materials will be sent to schools; and on what legal basis these materials will be sent to schools.
(124856)
140
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, what assessment the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has made of the curriculum of South Africa; and whether the QCA adopted elements of the approach to the curriculum in South Africa when designing the secondary curriculum review.
(124857)
141
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, when the Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority visited South Africa; and how much the visit cost.
(124858)
142
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: urriculum, how many consultation documents have been (a) requested and (b) provided by the Qualifications Curriculum Authority in (i) printed format and (ii) other formats.
(124912)
143
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, what steps the Qualifications Curriculum Authority has taken to ensure that parents respond to the secondary curriculum review.
(124913)
144
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many youth workers there were in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last 10 years.
(124960)
145
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many youth centres were (a) sold, (b) closed and (c) opened in Lancashire in each of the last five years.
(124961)
146
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many school playgrounds in Lancashire were sold in each of the last 10 years.
(124962)
147
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much school land in Lancashire was sold in each of the last 10 years.
(124963)
148
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what schemes funded by central Government have been instituted in Lancashire to keep young people occupied in the last five years.
(124964)
149
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 year olds were recorded as homeless in (a) the UK and (b) Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124965)
150
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what projections he has made of the percentage of students who will receive full fee remission for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses following the introduction of new arrangements in August 2007.
(124432)
151
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21st February 2007, Official Report, columns 1829-30W, on pupils: sexuality, what steps he is taking to combat bullying of transgendered children in schools.
(124644)
152
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the conception rate per 1,000 women (a) aged under 18 and (b) aged 16 to 18 years was in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by (A) parliamentary constituency and (B) local authority area.
(124979)
153
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the total public spending in England on school meals in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms for each year from 1979-80 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(124968)
154
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what grants for capital spending to improve kitchen facilities were made to schools in each year from 1990-91 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(124969)
155
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools who had school-provided lunches in each year since 1995-96.
(124970)
156
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his statement of 21st February 2007, Official Report, column 131WH, in which the Minister referred to negotiations taking place between the Scottish Executive and Westminster, what discussions he has had on the question of exemption from the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Catholic voluntary adoption agencies in (a) Scotland and (b) England and Wales.
(125003)
157
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what information the Government has collected on the performance of pupils at specialist schools in their school's area of specialism compared to pupils studying the same subjects in schools without that specialism.
(124977)
158
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assistance has been (a) requested by and (b) given to (i) the local education authority in Calderdale to support schools in special measures and (ii) schools in special measures.
(124636)
159
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will place in the Library copies of the Ofsted staff surveys for (a) 2004 and (b) 2006.
(124433)
160
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will publish Ofsted's disciplinary procedures and guidelines on bullying in the workplace.
(124434)
161
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent by Ofsted on external press relations and communications advice in each of the last three years; and what the planned expenditure was for the 2007-08 financial year.
(124435)
162
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many staff work for Ofsted; and how many left their posts in each of the last three years.
(124436)
163
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which positions of employment are being advertised by Ofsted.
(124437)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
164
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whom he expects to represent his Department at the Vaccination: a tool for the control of avian influenza conference in Verona on 20th to 22nd March 2007.
(124157)
165
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Department of Trade and Industry about the inclusion of grid electricity low carbon milestones in the Energy White Paper.
(123881)
166
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's estimate is of the (a) solar photovoltaic and (b) solar hot water needed to deliver a 10 per cent. carbon emissions reduction in an average UK house.
(124443)
167
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in response to the recent change in incidence of TB among the badger population.
(124906)
168
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were charged with using illegal red diesel in (a) England and (b) Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124907)
169
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers were charged with the illegal use of red diesel for non-agricultural use in (a) England and (b) Lancashire in the each of the last 10 years.
(124908)
170
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the proportion of Government funding for flood defences planned to be dedicated to (a) maintenance and (b) new build of defences in 2006-07.
(124712)
171
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of local authority compliance with provisions in the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, with particular reference to the performance of Birmingham City Council.
(124601)
172
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the carbon savings in (a) households, (b) the business sector, (c) central Government and (d) local government in (i) million tonnes of carbon and (ii) million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum in each year since 2004; and what projections he has made for the years up to 2010.
(124641)
173
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Community Energy Programme in reducing carbon emissions; and if he will make a statement.
(124642)
174
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the main headings are in the budget for flood defence spending; what budget has been allocated for each of the next three years; and what the decision-making process is for the allocation of these funds.
(124860)
175
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the decision making process is for the allocation of funding to flood defence scheme projects in North Yorkshire following structural changes in the process.
(124982)
176
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what controls are imposed on imported food from countries where foot and mouth disease has existed in the last five years.
(124983)
177
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on the role of school visits to farms in educating children.
(124984)
178
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the scientific evidence is that avian influenza can survive in birds for longer than six hours.
(124985)
179
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the birds recently slaughtered having been infected with avian influenza were transported from Suffolk to Staffordshire to be destroyed.
(124986)
180
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the costs of operating the Bird Registration Scheme under section 7 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 were in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what proportion of these costs are paid by bird keepers.
(124672)
181
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what conclusions were drawn from (a) the Review of Bird Registration and CITES licensing fees in 1999 and (b) the review of charges for CITES licences and permits in 2004; and whether any changes were made to the fees charged following each review.
(124673)
182
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimates have been made of the cost implications for enforcement and conservation agencies of the proposals contained within his Department's Review of Bird Registration.
(124674)
183
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there is a minimum infrastructure cost associated with running the Bird Registration scheme; and whether reducing the number of birds on Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 would reduce income from bird keepers.
(124675)
184
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has commissioned into the methodology of including avoided de-forestation into the Kyoto Protocol carbon trading rules.
(124942)
185
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding he has made available to Natural England for the creation of (a) entry level and (b) higher level environmental stewardship schemes during the contingency period before the new rural development programme for England is approved by the European Commission.
(125035)
186
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many agreements on the creation of (a) entry level and (b) higher level environmental stewardship schemes he expects Natural England to offer before the new England rural development programme commences; and what he expects the financial value of these agreements to be.
(125036)
187
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) number, (b) area and (c) value is of new (i) entry level and (ii) higher level environmental stewardship schemes that have been offered since 1st January.
(125037)
188
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many properties his Department purchased in high risk flood plains in each of the last three years for which records are available.
(124945)
189
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) creating natural wetlands, (b) the restoration of natural flood plains and (c) the use of vegetation and planting to trap and direct flood water; and what steps he is taking to encourage such methods.
(124946)
190
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what area his Department added to existing (a) natural wetland, (b) restoration of natural flood plains and (c) flood defence walls to prevent flooding in populated areas in each of the last three years for which records are available.
(124947)
191
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on the (a) creation of natural wetland, (b) restoration of natural flood plains and (c) flood defence walls to prevent flooding in populated areas in each of the last three years for which records are available.
(124948)
192
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what scientific assessment has been made of the capacity of the (a) pig and (b) broiler chicken standards in the Red Tractor assurance scheme to support the achievement of the standards of animal welfare set out in the Government's Stategy for Sustainable Farming and Food; and if he will make a statement.
(124762)
193
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will issue guidance on the application of the Waste Incineration Directive (WID) to the conversion of a proportion of the burners in a power station to WID compliance with the purpose of burning refuse-derived fuel in those burners only.
(124650)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
194
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to support attempts at an EU level to press for a global moratorium on the use of capital punishment.
(124645)
195
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has held with counterparts on the United Nations Security Council on a peacekeeping force for (a) the Central African Republic and (b) Chad to prevent incursions from Darfur.
(124628)
196
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of (a) levels of Taliban activity in Pakistan and (b) the impact of such activity on conflict in Afghanistan; and what representations she has made to the Pakistani government on this matter.
(124629)
197
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of political prisoners in Zimbabwe.
(124630)
198
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what effect suspension of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear activity she expects to have on British interests in (a) the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and (b) the Republic of Korea.
(124700)
199
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of (a) levels of internal conflict within the Central African Republic and (b) the impact of the conflict in Darfur on security and numbers of refugees in the Republic.
(124701)
200
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the number who have (a) died, (b) become internally displaced and (c) become refugees into neighbouring countries as a result of the conflict in Sudan.
(124850)
201
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK Government has provided to bring together the Darfur rebel groups and the government of Sudan.
(124753)
202
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the government of Sudan's position on an African Union/United Nations force in Darfur.
(124754)
203
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations mission in Sudan.
(124755)
204
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan.
(124756)
205
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the UN on those cited for human rights abuses in Darfur as a result of the International Criminal Court investigation.
(125031)
206
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had on the human rights of religious groups other than Christians, Jews and Muslims in Egypt; and if she will make a statement.
(124158)
207
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had on the ability of religious groups other than Christians, Jews and Muslims in Egypt to obtain identity cards; and if she will make a statement.
(124159)
208
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the Burmese government about religious discrimination and restriction in Burma.
(124627)
209
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her Department's policy is on the merits of a UN Security Council resolution requiring the State Peace and Development Council of Myanmar to cease violation of human rights in that country.
(124703)
210
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the imposition of additional EU financial measures against Iran; and if she will make a statement.
(124845)
211
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in establishing a Special Tribunal for Lebanon; when the tribunal is expected to begin its work; and if she will make a statement.
(124846)
212
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of Syrian cooperation with the International Independent Investigation Commission established pursuant to Security Council Resolutions 1559 (2005), 1636 (2005) and 1644 (2005).
(124847)
213
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the implementation of the Baghdad Security Plan on the security situation in Basra.
(124848)
214
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions her Department had with the Colombian Defence Minister during his recent visit on (a) UK and (b) EU support for Plan Colombia, part II; and if she will make a statement.
(124584)
215
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with Iraqi officials on the rights of Christians to worship freely in Iraq; and if she will make a statement.
(124782)
216
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make representations to the governments of (a) India and (b) Pakistan on the enforcement of laws prohibiting bonded labour.
(124487)
217
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what airport customs procedures there are for pedestrians travelling from Gibraltar into Spain.
(124919)
218
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what status the tripartite agreement gives to British aircraft travelling to Gibraltar when in Spanish airspace.
(124920)
219
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what effect the tripartite agreement has had on claims by the Spanish government over sovereign British territorial waters surrounding Gibraltar.
(124921)
220
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what are the UK's claims to territorial water surrounding Gibraltar.
(124922)
221
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has plans to discuss claims to increase British territorial water surrounding Gibraltar with the Spanish government.
(124923)
222
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what restrictions exist on vesssels travelling from Gibraltar to Spanish ports.
(124924)
223
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the customs procedures are for Gibraltarian citizens who cross the border from Spain to Gibraltar.
(124978)
224
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the future governance of Kosovo.
(124776)
225
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the governments of (a) Greece and (b) Albania on the future governance of Kosovo.
(124790)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
226
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosecutions there have been since 1977 under section 52 of the Medicines Act 1968 for the sale of nitrous oxide; and if she will make a statement.
(124761)
227
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of people with diabetes have (a) been offered and (b) received retinopathy screening; what targets her Department has for diabetic retinopathy screening; and whether these targets have been met.
(124295)
228
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has (a) received and (b) considered the Report by the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances into the value of breast cancer screening of over 70s; and if she will make a statement.
(124971)
229
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has consulted (a) the British Medical Association and (b) its junior doctor representatives on the service implications of moving to a uniform August start date for Modernising Medical Careers.
(123687)
230
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the option to retain Chase Farm Hospital's (a) accident and emergency department and (b) consultant-led maternity services is in accordance with the Government's national clinical strategy.
(124710)
231
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a statutory requirement exists to enforce communications between NHS trusts and patients' forums.
(124358)
232
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make it her policy to set targets for reducing blood cholesterol levels in England to the same level as that indicated in the guidelines produced by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.
(124778)
233
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the 11 spearhead areas in London towards (a) better detection and (b) more treatment of (i) high blood pressure and (ii) high blood cholesterol levels.
(124780)
234
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account was taken of NHS guidelines on blood cholesterol levels in Scotland when setting those for England.
(124781)
235
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cash savings have been made as a result of the amalgamation of trusts into the Durham Primary Care Trust; and what savings are projected in the next 12 months.
(124685)
236
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to treat autism in (a) England and (b) Coventry.
(123807)
237
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to introduce health warnings on alcoholic products.
(124792)
238
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities have licensing policies covering sunbed use in salons.
(124649)
239
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of medical developments allowing earlier identification of Alzheimer's disease.
(124676)
240
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of research on the delays in the onset of dementia which may result from early identification of Alzheimer's disease; and how she plans for such research to inform NHS practice.
(124677)
241
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for the implementation of the modernising programme for junior doctors.
(124718)
242
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications have been received for ST1-4 medical positions by the Medical Training Application Service in the last 12 months; and how many posts were available.
(124719)
243
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for which NHS positions applicants who are unsuccessful in the ST1-4 application process are subsequently eligible to apply for.
(124720)
244
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Medical Training and Application Service's website in facilitating the application process for ST1-4 positions.
(124741)
245
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applicants for ST1-4 positions were appointed to such positions through the late application process in the latest period for which figures are available.
(124742)
246
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients referred to hospital with fibroid-related dysfunctional uterine bleeding (menorrhagia) underwent (a) myomectomy and (b) uterine artery embolisation as an alternative to hysterectomy in each of the last five years, broken down by strategic health authority.
(124949)
247
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were referred to hospital with dysfunctional uterine bleeding (menorrhagia) in each of the last five years, in each strategic health authority area.
(124950)
248
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients referred to hospital with dysfunctional uterine bleeding (menorrhagia) underwent (a) a hysterectomy and (b) ablation as an alternative to hysterectomy in each of the last five years, in each strategic health authority area.
(124951)
249
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the financial impact on carers over the age of 60 of the rule which precludes the payment of carer's allowance for individuals with caring obligations but in receipt of a pension; and if she will make a statement.
(124209)
250
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information she has received on the energy performance and use of renewable energy in the University Hospital Birmingham private finance initiative buildings being erected.
(124637)
251
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school nurses there are in each health region in England.
(124891)
252
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school nurses or full-time equivalents there were in Northamptonshire in each year from 2000 to 2006.
(124892)
253
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department expects to publish its business plan for 2007-08.
(124926)
254
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons her Department produced the NHS investment maps published on 27th February; when her Department was instructed to produce these maps; who in her Department asked for the maps to be produced; and what the overall cost to the public purse was of producing the maps.
(124927)
255
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress she is making towards meeting the commitment made in paragraph 5.55 of her Department's Primary Care White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say, published 30th January 2006, Cm 6737, for short-term, home-based respite support to be established for carers in crisis and emergency situations in each council area in England.
(124928)
256
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will estimate the total number of home help hours delivered in England in each year since 1997-98.
(124929)
257
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's latest estimate is of the additional cost required to meet the 18-week waiting time target (a) in 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) the months April to Decemer 2008.
(124930)
258
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) expenditure per unweighted head of each primary care trust and (b) (i) in-year and (ii) accumulated financial position was of each primary care trust for (A) 2003-04, (B) 2004-05 and (C) 2005-06.
(124931)
259
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) accumulated financial position of the NHS and (b) the in-year financial position of the NHS was in each year since 1996-97.
(124932)
260
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total value of capital-to-revenue transfers made by her Department was in each year since 1997-98.
(124933)
261
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to publish further reports on the clinical case for change in the NHS along the lines of those published by (a) the National Directors for Heart Disease and Emergency Case on 5th December 2006, (b) the National Director for Primary Care on 5th February 2007 and (c) the National Director for Maternity and Children's Services on 6th February 2007.
(124934)
262
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department expects to publish (a) primary care trust allocations for 2008-09 and (b) its final report into its review of the weighted capitation formula; what major milestones exist as part of her Department's review of the weighted capitation formula; and if she will make a statement.
(124935)
263
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date strategic health authorities are required to submit 2006-07 month 12 financial performance data for their entire health economies to her Department.
(124936)
264
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what average number of units of dental activity she expects an average patient to consume in a year.
(124937)
265
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total patient charge revenue income her Department expects each primary care trust to receive in 2006-07 through the delivery of primary dental services.
(124938)
266
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which subject areas were covered by each of her Department's press officers (a) in May 2005 and (b) in the most recent period for which the information is available.
(124939)
267
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reorganisations of her Department's press office have taken place since May 2005.
(124952)
268
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish the findings of her Department's review of prescription charges; who is undertaking the review; whether third-party organisations are contributing to the review; whether she plans to consult on the results of the review; and if she will make a statement.
(124981)
269
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to defer the final implementation date of the 48-hour working week to 2012 as referred to in the Answer of 21st May 2003 to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell, Official Report, column 861W, on the working time directive.
(125027)
270
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the waiting times milestones agreed with strategic health authorities referred to in the Answer of 9th March 2006, Official Report, column 1777W, on waiting lists/times, remain in place; what percentage of those waiting for (a) outpatient appointments waiting longer than 11 weeks, (b) diagnostic tests waited longer than 13 weeks and (c) inpatient appointments waited longer than 20 weeks in the most recent period for which figures ar available.
(125034)
271
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from St Albans City and District Council on financial deficits within West Hertfordshire NHS Trust.
(124654)
272
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued to NHS Trusts in financial deficit by her Department on media management.
(124655)
273
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England and Wales were in treatment in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006 under pooled treatment budget allocations for drug treatment funding; and how many of those people were treated in drug assistance rehabilitation beds.
(124488)
274
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what target her Department has set for the length of time a patient should wait for a digital hearing aid to be fitted.
(124648)
275
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the employment prospects for newly qualified physiotherapists in 2007 and 2008.
(123806)
276
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of people in residential care homes of whom third-party top-up fees are (a) sought and (b) received; what estimate she has made of the average top-up fee paid in respect of such people; and what steps the Government is taking to prevent such fees being regressive.
(124713)
277
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will bring forward proposals to reduce the number of care home residents who are affected by third-party top-up fees; and if she will make a statement.
(124717)
278
N
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how often (a) she and (b) other Ministers from her Department have met chief executives of strategic health authorities in the last 12 months; and on how many of those occasions the re-configuration of hospitals was discussed.
(124208)
279
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total amount has been spent in Craven Harrogate and Rural District Primary Care Trust on NHS dentistry since the introduction of the new NHS dental contracts.
(124287)
280
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected expenditure on NHS dentistry is for Craven Harrogate and Rural District Primary Care Trust in 2007-08.
(124288)
281
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget was for NHS dentistry in Craven Harrogate and Rural District Primary Care Trust in 2006-07; and what the budget is for 2007-08.
(124289)
282
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision the Craven Harrogate and Rural District Primary Care Trust has made for money unspent in 2006-07 to be assigned to NHS dentistry.
(124290)
283
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make international normalised ratio blood testing a requirement under the GP contract.
(124724)
284
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of GP practices which have ceased international normalised ratio blood testing following the introduction of the new GP contract; and if she will make a statement.
(124725)
285
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to ensure that the international normalised ratio blood tests are available from GPs; and if she will make a statement.
(124726)
286
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the process is for applying to her Department's community hospital and services programme to build a community hospital in Hartlepool consituency.
(124727)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
287
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in HM Prison Service were found to have been unfairly dismissed in each of the last five years; what the cost to the public purse was for (a) legal services and (b) compensation in consequence of such dismissals; and if he will make a statement.
(124653)
288
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received on a public inquiry into the death of Paul Day in custody; whether he has plans for further study of the issues arising from the death; and if he will make a statement.
(124723)
289
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether funds available for use as performance-related pay are allocated as part of a specific budget item for (a) HM Prison Service and (b) individual prison establishments; and if he will make a statement.
(124743)
290
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been dismissed at HM Prison Wandsworth in each of the last 12 months; what the grounds were for each dismissal; and if he will make a statement.
(124744)
291
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which key performance areas of the service level agreement for HM Prison Wandsworth targets have been (a) reduced and (b) replaced; and if he will make a statement.
(124867)
292
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on informants: prisons, how many and what proportion of system managers responsible for overseeing the use of prison informants are in receipt of the new training package introduced in 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(124868)
293
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 29th January 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on informants: prisons, whether awareness sessions qualify managers to become involved with prison informants; at what level this engagement takes place; and if he will make a statement.
(124869)
294
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many service level agreements for the Prison Service include a requirement to report on progress six months after the commencement of the agreement; and if he will make a statement.
(124941)
295
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he plans to take to monitor the application of the updated guidance from his Department on anti-social behaviour orders in relation to perpetrators of anti-social behaviour suspected of suffering from mental health problems.
(124483)
296
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recent notifications he has received of anti-social behaviour orders imposed on children and young people with (a) mental health problems and (b) other special needs.
(124484)
297
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assessments have taken place since August 2006 of perpetrators of anti-social behaviour who are suffering from mental health conditions.
(124485)
298
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Equatorial Guinea is deemed a safe country to which to return failed asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(124693)
299
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency wear electronic tags.
(124896)
300
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many knives were handed in to police stations during 2006 in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency.
(124897)
301
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether recommendations were made by his Department to (a) any chief constable and (b) ACPO on prisoner-to-police officer ratio during the recent activation of Operation Safeguard.
(124721)
302
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many miles staff in his private office travelled on official business in 2005-06.
(124732)
303
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) immigration officers are on secondment to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
(124766)
304
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Serious Organised Crime Agency officers are designated as having powers of arrest; and how many arrests have been made since 1st April 2006.
(124767)
305
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Serious Organised Crime Agency officers have been trained in powers of arrest since 1st April 2006.
(124768)
306
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations have been referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency by HM Revenue and Customs officials since 1st April 2006.
(124769)
307
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many seizures of Class A drugs have been made by Serious Organised Crime Agency officers since 1st April 2006; and what the estimated total value of these seizures is.
(124770)
308
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many criminal prosecutions have been brought by the Serious Organised Crime Agency since 1st April 2006.
(124771)
309
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on (a) stationery for the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and (b) promotional merchandise branded with SOCA's name and logo.
(124772)
310
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of staff employed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency are undertaking work to prevent (a) drugs trafficking and (b) fraud.
(124773)
311
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action the Serious Organised Crime Agency is taking to disrupt the smuggling of guns into the UK.
(124774)
312
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers from (a) Somalia, (b) Iraq and (c) Afghanistan had their application refused in 2006.
(124775)
313
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish his projections of numbers of prison officers in each of HM Prison Service prison up until 2012.
(124783)
314
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers were employed in each prison by HM Prison Service on 31st December (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and what the planned number of officers was in each case.
(124826)
315
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison places for women prisoners have been re-roled for men since October 2006.
(124827)
316
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new prisoners have spent their first night in police cells since Operation Safeguard was first implemented on 12th October 2006.
(124828)
317
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures his Department is taking to increase (a) the number of prison officers in the Prison Service and (b) the retention rate of these prison officers.
(124829)
318
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were held in police cells during the recent activation of Operation Safeguard; and how many were (a) remand prisoners, (b) male remand prisoners, (c) prisoners given custodial sentences and (d) male prisoners given custodial sentences.
(124830)
319
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce changes in EU regulation on the use of animals in experimentation into British legislation.
(125025)
320
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted for failing to comply with (a) a stop sign and (b) traffic light signals in each of the last 10 years.
(125022)
321
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted (a) for the offence of failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours, (b) of undefined accident offences and (c) for the offence of failing to stop after an accident in each of the last 10 years.
(125030)
322
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that police authorities are fulfilling their obligations to receive stray dogs under the Environmental Protection Act 1990; and what sanctions may be imposed on police authorities who fail to fulfil their obligations.
(124582)
323
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what witness support is available to children in Portsmouth.
(124988)
324
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many gun-related crimes there were in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124876)
325
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many alcohol-related crimes were committed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124877)
326
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his estimate is of the total cost of alcohol-influenced acts of vandalism in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124878)
327
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drink-driving offences were committed within Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124879)
328
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many weapons-related incidents took place in schools in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124880)
329
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of credit card fraud were committed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124881)
330
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made concerning weapons offences since the deployment of additional armed police in London in February.
(124953)
331
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recorded incidents of each type of crime committed by youths between 16 and 21 years there were in Lancashire in each of the last five years.
(124954)
332
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many dispersal orders were issued in Lancashire in each of the last three years.
(124955)
333
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were employed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124956)
334
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported incidents of domestic abuse there were in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124957)
335
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions there were related to cases of domestic abuse in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124958)
336
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) violent assaults and (b) arrests took place in hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124973)
337
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many convictions for offences committed in hospitals in Lancashire were obtained in each of the last 10 years.
(124974)
338
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there are on duty in hospitals in Lancashire (a) during the day and (b) at night.
(124975)
339
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were breached in Lancashire in each of the last five yaers.
(125048)
340
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported cases of theft there were in Northampton North in each year from 1997 to 2007.
(124886)
341
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the results of Criminal Record Bureau searches on individuals are not transferable between organisations with the individual's consent.
(124291)
342
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, following the case of Campbell, reference 2006 EWCA Crim 726, numbered 200505869/A1 in the Court of Appeal, 9th March 2006, in relation to a person aged 18, 19 or 20 years convicted of a relevant firearms offence, whether the court is obliged under s51A(4)(a)(i) to impose a sentence of imprisonment of five years; whether such a sentence is prohibited by 589(1) of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000; when he intends to bring in section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(124489)
343
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to which countries failed asylum seekers were returned in 2006; and how many were returned in each case.
(124854)
344
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of keys having gone missing were recorded in prisons in England and Wales in 2006.
(124914)
345
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison governors were managed moved within the Prison Service in 2006.
(124915)
346
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter dated 7th February from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on the briefing on the arrests made in Birmingham of nine young men for terrorist offences.
(124763)
347
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when George Barango, Ref: B401610, a constituent of the rt. hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, will receive a notice of decision on his application made on 8th October 1999.
(124764)
348
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Mohammed Reza, Home Office reference R1040509, a constituent of the rt. hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, will receive a response to his application for indefinite leave to remain submitted in December 2005.
(124765)
349
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when Yousef Ahmedali HO ref: A1142900, a constituent of the rt. hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, will receive notice of a decision on his case.
(124884)
350
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government will (a) sign and (b) ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking of Human Beings.
(124715)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
351
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the danger posed by landmines in Nicaragua; and what aid the UK (a) has allocated and (b) plans to allocate for mine removal and local training to remove mines.
(124702)
352
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK Government funding was allocated to educational facilities and activities in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2001.
(121615)
353
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what role his Department plays in combating human trafficking in the countries to which the United Kingdom provides aid.
(124502)
354
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on access to HIV treatment of the government of Thailand's issuance of compulsory licences to produce locally or import generic versions of the drugs efavirenz and lopinavir/ritonavir; and if he will make a statement.
(124893)
355
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the US about the impact of a new definition of orphans and vulnerable children on eligibility for support from the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief from March; and if he will make a statement.
(124894)
356
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to ensure that education provision is included within the first phase in all humanitarian responses.
(124895)
357
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make UK development assistance to (a) India and (b) Pakistan conditional on the enforcement by those governments of laws prohibiting bonded labour.
(124486)
Questions to the Leader of the House
358
N
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd February 2007, Official Report, column 979W, on House of Lords reform, whether the elected members of the House of Lords would have the same freedom as hon. Members to make representations on behalf of their constituents.
(124296)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
359
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons were (a) arrested on suspicion of, (b) charged with, (c) prosecuted for and (d) convicted of escaping from lawful custody in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(124916)
360
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he is taking to publicise the new car seat regulations for children in Northern Ireland.
(124994)
361
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidences of unauthorised absence were recorded in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and what advice was provided by his Department to schools in dealing with persistent cases.
(125011)
362
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many avian influenza vaccine doses were available in Northern Ireland on 26th February.
(125012)
363
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many tests for avian influenza were carried out in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months.
(125013)
364
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Police Service of Northern Ireland patrol vehicles are in operation in each district command unit area in Northern Ireland, broken down by vehicle type.
(125014)
365
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what revenue was generated by police speed camera operations in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district command unit area in each of the last six years.
(125015)
366
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on which occasions he has met the chief executives of each Northern Ireland health trust in each of the last three years.
(125016)
367
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many road traffic accidents attributed to the driver using a mobile phone whilst driving have occurred in Northern Ireland in the last three years.
(125017)
368
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to establish independent sector treatment centres in Northern Ireland; and what research has been undertaken by his Department in relation to the demand for such facilities in Northern Ireland.
(125018)
369
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the South Eastern Education and Library Board since he appointed commissioners to run the Board; and if he will make a statement.
(125019)
370
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to extend the Decent Homes Scheme to Northern Ireland; what reseach has been undertaken by his Department to ascertain how many homes in Northern Ireland fall below the Decent Homes Scheme standard; and if he will make a statement.
(125020)
371
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many parents in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency defaulted on their child support payments in each of the last 18 months for which figures are available.
(125038)
372
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many sexual assaults were recorded in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what training and support was provided to police officers in Northern Ireland in dealing with such cases.
(125039)
373
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidences of domestic burglary were recorded in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district command unit area in each of the last 12 months; and how many people were apprehended for this crime over the same period.
(125041)
374
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what funding his Department has made available to the Belfast Festival at Queen's in each year since 1997; and what steps he is taking to increase the funding made available by his Department to the Festival.
(125042)
375
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money was raised by car park charges at each hospital in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years.
(125047)
376
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients in Northern Ireland referred for hip replacement surgery had their operation outside Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(124688)
377
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients referred for hip replacement surgery failed to attend for their operation in (a) Musgrave Park Hospital, (b) the Ulster Hospital, (c) Royal Victoria Hospital, (d) Lagan Valley Hospital, (e) Belfast City Hospital and (f) the Mater Hospital in each of the last five years.
(124689)
378
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many hip replacement operations were carried out on patients aged between (a) 40 and 50 years, (b) 51 and 60 years, (c) 61 and 70 years and (d) 71 and 80 years in (i) Musgrave Park Hospital, (ii) the Ulster Hospital, (iii) Royal Victoria Hospital, (iv) Lagan Valley Hospital, (v) Belfast City Hospital and (vi) the Mater Hospital in each of the last five years.
(124690)
379
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how patients waited up to (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) 18 months and (d) 36 months or more for (i) an assessment for hip replacement surgery and (ii) the surgery itself in (A) Musgrave Park Hospital, (B) the Ulster Hospital, (C) Royal Victoria Hospital, (D) Lagan Valley Hospital, (E) Belfast City Hospital and (F) the Mater Hospital in each of the last five years; and how many such operations were carried out in each hospital in each year.
(124691)
380
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average waiting time for a patient requiring a hip replacement following a GP referral for (a) assessment and (b) hip replacement surgery in Northern Ireland was in the last period for which figures are available.
(124692)
Questions to the Prime Minister
381
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Prime Minister, how many individuals have signed Downing Street e-petitions since the system went live.
(124606)
382
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make oral statements in the House following the meeting of (a) the European Council on 8th to 9th March and (b) Heads of State and Government of the European Union marking the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome on 24th to 25th March.
(124849)
383
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Prime Minister, how many of the petitions on his e-petition website have led to a review or change in Government policy or practice.
(124299)
Questions to the Solicitor General
384
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, whether the Serious Fraud Office has received requests from representatives of the US Department of Justice for case files in relation to Al Yamamah contracts.
(124356)
385
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, whether investigations are being undertaken into allegations of false accounting by BAe systems in connection with the Al-Yamamah contract.
(124357)
386
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, whether meetings have taken place in the last 12 months between the Serious Fraud Office and representatives of the US Department of Justice concerning investigations into Al-Yamamah contracts.
(124359)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
387
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to prevent (a) BT and (b) other telecommunication companies levying additional charges on customers who pay other than by monthly plan or direct debit.
(124825)
388
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he has taken to ensure that the terms of the Convention on Landscape agreed by the Council of Europe in 2000 are taken into account when determining applications for wind farms.
(124996)
389
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with stakeholders about the grid electricity carbon projections up to 2050.
(123880)
390
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Official Report, column 658W, on MG Rover, in which sectors the 100,000 jobs have been created; what the locations are of the 1,000 hectares of brownfield land which have been reclaimed; and what initiatives (a) Advantage West Midlands, (b) the Learning and Skills Council and (c) Birmingham City Council have put in place to assist unemployed former employees of MG Rover and its suppliers.
(124757)
391
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will respond to the Royal Mail request in its recent report that the Secretary of State renegotiate the universal service obligations.
(125026)
392
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when a minister in his Department last visited (a) Chile, (b) Brazil, (c) Argentina, (d) Mexico, (e) Uruguay, (f) Venezuela, (g) Bolivia and (h) Columbia on (i) a trade promotion visit and (ii) a visit in connection with other Departmental responsibilities.
(124784)
393
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when a minister in his Department last visited (a) the US, (b) Canada, (c) Japan, (d) Russia and (e) Australia on (i) a trade promotion visit and (ii) a visit in connection with other Departmental responsibilities.
(124785)
394
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which non-EU countries he has set as priorities for ministers in his Department to visit to promote trade over the next 12 months.
(124786)
395
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether he has met British Nuclear Fuels to discuss the shortfall in revenues generated for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
(124787)
396
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the UK's trade balance with the EU was in each of the last three years.
(124499)
397
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the planned timetable for grants for small community projects with micro-generation was; what the timetable for that programme is now; and what the reasons are for the change.
(124711)
398
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of electricity is sourced from good quality combined heat and power; and what his target is for 2010.
(124638)
399
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) proportion and (b) wattage of total electricity production in the UK was produced from (i) hydropower, (ii) wind, (iii) biomass, (iv) solar and (v) geothermal in (A) 1996, (B) 2001 and (C) 2006; and what his estimate is of the likely production from each of those sources in 2011.
(124639)
400
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recommendations of the Foresight Energy Panel on the development of low carbon communities have been (a) accepted, (b) rejected and (c) implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(124640)
401
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the likely impact of the Digital Dividend Review on the newsgathering operations of UK broadcasters.
(124824)
402
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if his Department will take steps to introduce microfinance schemes for individuals in deprived areas to improve entreprenueurialism in those areas.
(124729)
403
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will discuss with DBT Holdings the closure of Britannia Lifts in Sheerness.
(124353)
404
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will discuss with the Home Office recent actions by directors of DBT Holdings.
(124354)
405
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will instigate an inspection of (a) DBT Holdings and (b) Britannia Lifts, Sheerness.
(124355)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
406
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the negotiations on the forthcoming Post Office contract renewal with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are expected to be concluded.
(124622)
407
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the new contract between Post Office Ltd and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to issue car tax discs in post office branches will commence.
(124623)
408
N
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2006, Official Report, column 37-8W, on the Dartford Crossing, what further modelling and analysis has been carried out on projected usage of the Dartford Crossing and the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge (a) since the evidence which was presented to the Thames Gateway Bridge Inquiry and (b) since the announcement of a public consultation on possible changes to the Dartford Crossing tolling regime.
(124094)
409
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the risks of driving while using a hands-free mobile telephone; what research his Department has conducted on the effects on the chance of being in a crash of using a hands-free mobile telephone; and if he will make a statement.
(124609)
410
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research he has conducted on the level of mobile telephone usage by motorists while driving according to (a) gender, (b) age, (c) region and (d) type of car owned.
(124610)
411
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was raised through the sale of cars by the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each of the last five years.
(124611)
412
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many drivers working for the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.
(124612)
413
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which vehicle models are used by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and how many of each type of vehicle are owned by the agency.
(124613)
414
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department allocated in each of the last five years to means of raising awareness of the dangers of travelling by car without using a seatbelt.
(124614)
415
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) fatalities and (b) injuries sustained in road crashes where the failure to wear a seat belt was a contributory factor.
(124615)
416
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average cost was of building a mile of (a) motorway, (b) trunk road grade dual carriageway, (c) trunk road grade dual carriageway and (d) an extra lane on a motorway in each of the past 10 years.
(124831)
417
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what adjustments he has made to his Department's working assumptions on future projected revenues from rail franchise premium payments following the collapse of the GNER franchise.
(124832)
418
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what studies are being carried out for his Department by external organisations.
(124833)
419
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many applications there were for trust port status in each of the last 10 years; and what the status is of each application.
(124297)
420
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will list the trust ports in the United Kingdom; and when the last such port was established.
(124298)
421
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects the free national off peak bus travel scheme for pensioners to be introduced; how it will be funded; and who will be responsible for administering the scheme.
(124192)
422
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to evaluate the new East-West rail routes across East Anglia from the East Midlands; and if he will make a statement.
(124966)
423
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the East of England Regional Assembly on the upgrade of the East Coast Mainline; and if he will make a statement.
(124976)
424
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made towards the development of a hydrogen fuelled aircraft; and what the Government's role is in the development of such an aircraft.
(124885)
425
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria are considered when making a decision about how much spare capacity needs to be available on a Virgin Pendolino train for it to stop at Milton Keynes station.
(124292)
426
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with other government departments on the impact on the RSPB bird reserve at Dungeness of an extension of Lydd Airport in Kent.
(125043)
427
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were killed in (a) rail crashes and (b) road crashes in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(124646)
428
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the proposed Translink guided busway between Dunstable and Luton.
(124607)
429
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what evaluation he has undertaken of the Kickstart transport scheme; and what plans he has to extend the scheme.
(124731)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
430
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what steps she is taking with Ministers in the Department of Health and the Home Office to help prostitutes overcome drug addictions.
(124500)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
431
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which regions there is low take-up of (a) pension credit, (b) council tax benefit and (c) housing benefit; and what steps are being taken to increase take-up in such regions.
(124801)
432
John Cummings (Easington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date he expects all old cases of the Child Support Agency to have been brought under the new system; and if he will make a statement.
(124684)
433
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were on the New Deal 25 plus programme in each month since 1998; and how many were in the (a) Gateway and (b) Intensive Activity Period in each month.
(124438)
434
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged between 25 and 50 years were claiming jobseeker's allowance in each month since 1992.
(124439)
435
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were on the New Deal 25 plus programme for the (a) first time, (b) second time, (c) third time, (d) fourth time, (e) fifth time and (f) sixth time or greater in each month since 1998.
(124440)
436
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people left the New Deal 25 plus for employment in each month since 1998.
(124441)
437
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are expected to pass through the New Deal self-employment programme in 2007; and what the figure was in each of the last three years.
(124686)
438
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the relative merits of returning to work under the New Deal self-employment programme compared with other employment programmes.
(124687)
439
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people reported benefit thefts via the Department's benefit theft website in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124705)
440
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were employed to answer benefit theft hotline calls in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124706)
441
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls to the benefit theft hotline were (a) answered and (b) unanswered in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124707)
442
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were prosecuted as a result of evidence obtained from callers using the benefit theft hotline in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124708)
443
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent on administering the benefit fraud hotline in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124709)
444
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether calls to the benefit fraud hotline are recorded.
(124733)
445
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is any reward mechanism for people whose calls to the benefit fraud hotline result in successful prosecution.
(124734)
446
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many user visits the benefit theft website received in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124735)
447
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on promoting the benefit fraud hotline in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124736)
448
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many callers used the benefit fraud hotline in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124737)
449
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were employed to answer Social Fund hotline calls in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124738)
450
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on administering the Social Fund hotline in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124870)
451
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time taken to process an application to the Social Fund via the Social Fund hotline was for the last year for which figures are available.
(124871)
452
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a target in place for the length of time taken to process an application to the Social Fund via the Social Fund hotline.
(124872)
453
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a target in place for the length of time taken to process an application for a community care grant.
(124873)
454
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time taken to process an application for a community care grant was in the last year for which figures are available.
(124874)
455
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of call was to the Social Fund hotline in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124899)
456
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications to the Social Fund were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124900)
457
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on promoting the Social Fund hotline during the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124901)
458
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether calls to the Social Fund hotline are (a) recorded and (b) monitored.
(124903)
459
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether applications made to the Social Fund can be fast tracked under exceptional circumstances.
(124904)
460
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to establish an online portal through which applications to the Social Fund could be made.
(124905)
461
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a target in place for the length of time taken to process an application to the Social Fund via the Social Fund hotline.
(124909)
462
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of applications for community care grants took (a) less than two weeks, (b) two to four weeks, (c) four to six weeks and (d) over six weeks in the last year for which figures are available.
(124910)
463
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for community care grants were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124911)
464
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls to the Social Fund hotline were (a) answered and (b) unanswered in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(124959)
465
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of disability benefit fraud were committed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(124875)
466
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people of working age were out of employment in each year since 1977-78, broken down by (a) unemployed, (b) lone parents on income support, (c) those on incapacity benefit, (d) retired people and (e) other; and if he will make a statement.
(124621)
467
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the Exchequer in each year from 2008-09 to 2020-21 of ending industrial injuries benefit for new claims while continuing to pay outstanding claims; and if he will make a statement.
(124758)
468
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were made to the 08456 088564 Jobcentre Plus number of the Department for Work and Pensions in each of the last six months; what average time was taken to answer calls in each month; and how many missed calls there were in each month.
(124967)
469
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to improve access to existing benefits for disabled people by increasing the number of face-to-face assessments and home visits for initial applications; and if he will make a statement.
(124716)
470
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 898W, on mental health, what MIND's conclusions on quality assurance for the Condition or Disability training product were; and if he will make a statement.
(124739)
471
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests to suspend the direct payment of local housing allowance to tenants have been received by local authorities in the 18 pathfinder areas; how many have resulted in the suspension of direct payments to tenants; and if he will make a statement.
(125028)
472
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many tenants are claiming local housing allowance in each of the 18 pathfinder areas; and if he will make a statement.
(125029)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
473
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people of working age were (a) in full time employment and (b) in part time employment in each year since 1979-80.
[Transferred] (124618)
474
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) employment rate, (b) full-time employment rate and (c) part-time employment rate for (i) women and (ii) men was in each year since 1979-80.
[Transferred] (124619)
475
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) total employment rate and (b) total full time employment rate in the (i) 10 local authority areas and (ii) 10 local authority wards in the UK with the (A) highest and (B) lowest employment rates for the latest year for which information is available.
[Transferred] (124620)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
476
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it a requirement for planning authorities to consult the Ramblers Association and other recognised interest groups when planning applications are made under the Town and Country Planning Acts which include proposals for the creation of new public footpaths, cycleways and bridle paths.
[Transferred] (124647)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
477
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on the wreckage of the `Sussex' lying off the coast of Gibraltar since 1694.
[Transferred] (124917)
478
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in salvaging the wreck of the `Sussex' which sank in 1694 off the coast of Gibraltar.
[Transferred] (124918)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
479
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which constituencies in the UK young witness support is available to children who appear in court; and how much his Department spent on providing such services in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (124889)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
480
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment was made by his Department of the future commercial viability of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority prior to his agreement to provide further public money to support its continuing operation.
[Transferred] (124777)
481
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total cost to date has been of the creation and operation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
[Transferred] (124788)
482
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the commercial revenues generated by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will be sufficient to fulfil the Authority's needs.
[Transferred] (124789)
483
Lynda Waltho (Stourbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will make a decision on whether to exercise discretion under section 42 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to issue a public interest intervention notice in relation to BSkyB's acquisition of 17.9% of ITV.
[Transferred] (124855)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
484
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department issues to police authorities on the running of local casualty reduction partnerships; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (124679)
485
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (124680)
486
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he expects police authorities to take to support local casualty reduction partnerships; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (124681)
487
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received regarding changes in staffing levels within the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (124682)
488
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to combat the threat of terrorism on rail services in England and Wales.
[Transferred] (124902)

 
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