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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 9 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 Friday 9 March 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 9 March 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 9 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 Friday 9 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 9 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what circumstances his Department regards registration as a voter at a UK address as evidence of (a) residency and (b) domicile in the UK for tax purposes; and what account is taken of electoral registration in determining an individual's liability for tax in the UK.
(126954)
2
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals resident in the UK claim non-domiciliary status for UK tax purposes; and what account is taken of the relationship between residency and domiciliary status for UK tax purposes.
(127030)
3
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what checks are carried out to verify that (a) UK and (b) Commonwealth citizens who claim non-domiciliary status for UK tax purposes meet the criteria for this status.
(127031)
4
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) assault rifles and (b) machine guns were imported from (i) Bosnia and Herzegovina, (ii) Croatia and (iii) Serbia and Montenegro in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(126385)
5
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to introduce fiscal incentives to encourage households to introduce renewable energy and energy efficiency methods in their homes.
(127142)
6
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the percentage wage increase will be for each grade of civil servant in his Department in the 2007-08 pay round.
(126840)
7
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs provided access to personal tax information to another government department or agency in 2005-06; to which departments or agencies access was provided; and what the reasons were for providing the access.
(126739)
8
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to remove the 70 per cent. scaling factor and ceiling in the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme.
(126740)
9
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to date has been of maintaining the Treasury Euro Resource website, www.euro.gov.uk.
(126746)
10
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse was of the Treasury Euro Resource, Euro Information, in each year since its inception.
(126747)
11
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to date has been of his Department's Euro Information line on 0845 601 0199.
(126748)
12
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls have been made by businesses to his Department's Euro Information line on 0845 601 0199 requesting information on euro introduction or trade with euro area businesses since the introduction of the line.
(126752)
13
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions took place between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions on the carer's allowance earnings threshold prior to the increase in the minimum wage to £5.35 in October 2006.
(126754)
14
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors led to HM Revenue and Customs being awarded a Red RAG score by the Office of Government Commerce in 2006.
(126854)
15
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which projects on energy efficiency in the public sector and increased access to the arts and culture have received funding under the Invest to Save-Inclusive Communities Budget since 4th April 2005; and how much each project received.
(126869)
16
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role Michael Ellam plays on the Treasury Board; and what day-to-day responsibilities he has.
(126872)
17
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the characteristics are of a Red RAG (Red, Amber and Green) score for a departmental programme.
(126879)
18
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many small and medium-sized UK enterprises have used the STIMUTRAN-SME project.
(126907)
19
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost has been to the public purse of the STIMUTRAN-SME project; and how much has been provided by the European Commission to the project.
(126908)
20
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost has been of the euro information centres in (a) Southampton, (b) Inverness, (c) Kent and (d) Birmingham since their establishment.
(126909)
21
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which areas within Chorley Borough have low electoral registration rates.
(126613)
22
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what life expectancy for (a) males and (b) females was in each parliamentary constituency in Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(126227)
23
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to answer Question 119123, on the National Trust, tabled by the hon. Member for Salisbury on 1st February 2007.
(126894)
24
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a table on the lines of Table 4.2 of the Pre-Budget Report showing the number of households facing Marginal Deduction Rates of (a) 68 per cent. and over, (b) 70 per cent. and over, (c) 80 per cent. and over, (d) 90 per cent. and over and (e) 100 per cent. and over using the same assumptions as in Table 4.2.
(126834)
25
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid to (a) male and (b) female recipients by HM Revenue and Customs aged (i) 18 to 25, (ii) 26 to 30, (iii) 31 to 40, (iv) 41 to 50, (v) 51 to 60, (vi) 61 to 70, (vii) 71 to 80 and (viii) over 80 in the last period for which figures are available.
(127008)
26
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the costs of (a) transferring 0845 codes for HM Revenue Customs and Services to a freephone 0800 service and (b) using a system where the customer is informed of his or her place in the telephone queue system and the likely time their call will be answered; and if he will assess the merits of introducing such changes.
(127105)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
27
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what discussions she has had with representatives of the banking industry on the effect of bank charges on levels of social exclusion.
(127029)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
28
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) nursery and crèche places and (b) other facilities are provided for the children of employees of her Department in London.
(126561)
29
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many work permits were applied for by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126795)
30
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to reform housing revenue accounts to allow local authorities to keep more of their rental income.
(127159)
31
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to bring forward proposals to establish a common definition of community land trust in statute law.
(127160)
32
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on introducing the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme; and what the cost of administering the scheme was in 2005-06.
(126855)
33
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average time taken to process a Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme award has been since the Scheme's inception; and what proportion of awards have been paid on time.
(126878)
34
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of travellers residing in Lancashire in each of the past five years.
(127095)
35
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what area of land in Lancashire is set aside for travellers to reside on.
(127096)
36
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will consult on draft guidance on light pollution; and if she will make a statement.
(126892)
37
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her most recent estimate is of the number of people sleeping rough in (a) Penrith and (b) Cumbria.
(126861)
38
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether in addition to the forthcoming consultation on non-domestic rates for unbundled local loops she has any plans to take further steps on the wider review of rating telecoms infrastructure as outlined in the Government's response to the 2002 Annual Report from the Broadband Stakeholder Group.
(126910)
39
Mr Andrew Slaughter (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the regulatory regime is for homeless hostels.
(126841)
40
Mr Andrew Slaughter (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much housing-related Supporting People funding was made available in each local authority in London in each year since its inception.
(126842)
41
Mr Andrew Slaughter (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made by the Hostels Capital Improvement Programme in improving the quality of life of homeless people; and if she will make a statement.
(126851)
42
Mr Andrew Slaughter (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the current balance between first stage and second stage hostel accommodation.
(126852)
43
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) budget and (b) administrative costs were of the Audit Commission in each year since its creation.
(126947)
44
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a full council could overturn the (a) decisions and (b) budget of a directly-elected executive under her proposals for reform of local government.
(127010)
45
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many appeals against council tax bandings were (a) made and (b) successful in England in each year since the introduction of council tax.
(127011)
46
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether local authorities are required to conduct housing condition surveys of social housing.
(127012)
47
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate has been made of the number of properties in Bands D and above that would move up a council tax band following a council tax revaluation in England, assuming no change to the number of bands.
(127041)
48
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average salary is of a local authority chief executive.
(127042)
49
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) titles and (b) dates of publication were of the council tax instruction and advice notes and associated documents issued by the Valuation Office Agency to assist staff between January 2002 and December 2004.
(127043)
50
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the reasons for the levels of take-up of Government Connect by local authorities.
(127044)
51
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the business case model for Government Connect provided to local authorities.
(127045)
52
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the rollout of Government Connect to local authorities.
(127046)
53
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average level is of allowances paid to councillors.
(127047)
54
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by each regional government office in England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006.
(127048)
55
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many changes were made to council tax bandings for individual properties as a result of (a) a material increase in the value of the dwelling followed by the sale of the property, (b) a material increase in the value of the dwelling without any sale, (c) an increase or decrease in the domestic use of a composite hereditament and (d) the property being originally allocated to the wrong value band in the last year for which figures are available.
(127049)
56
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, where she plans the regional offices of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights to be based; and whether they will be located on the basis of Government Office for the Regions boundaries.
(127050)
57
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to ensure that (a) energy efficiency measures, (b) local energy installations and (c) other home improvements are not considered when homes are valued for council tax purposes.
(127051)
58
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the total administrative cost of the council tax revaluation in England, including valuations and appeals.
(127052)
59
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the National Planning Application Register to hold 100 per cent. of all planning applications and decisions.
(127053)
60
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the National Land and Property Gazetteer's Data Entry Conventions and Best Practice Guide.
(127054)
61
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the reasons are for the difference between the number of domestic dwellings on council tax valuation lists and the number of households according to the 2001 census.
(127055)
62
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which conferences were funded (a) in whole and (b) in part by (i) her Department and (ii) its predecessor Department in the last 12 months; how many people attended each; and what the cost was of each conference to her Department.
(127056)
63
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on managing her Department's and its predecessor Department's corporate identity and branding in each year since 2002.
(127057)
64
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Valuation Office Agency takes to inform neighbouring houses of incorrect council tax banding when a property successfully appeals against an incorrect banding.
(127058)
65
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the letters of appointment of each of her Department's special advisers.
(127059)
66
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been paid to Sir Michael Lyons in expenses in relation to his work on his inquiry into local government.
(127060)
67
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her latest estimate is of the (a) minimum, (b) average and (c) maximum cost of a (i) home information pack and (ii) energy performance certificate.
(127061)
68
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on digital cameras and related electronic equipment in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 to date; and how many cameras were purchased in each of those years.
(127062)
69
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a by-election would be held under her proposals for reform of local government if a member of a directly elected executive (a) resigned and (b) died.
(127063)
70
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the portfolio of a member of a directly elected executive could be changed by the leader of the council after the election of that executive under her proposals for reform of local government.
(127064)
71
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the £78 million announced for funding domestic violence sanctuaries by her Department in December 2006 was in addition to the previously announced funding for homelessness.
(127065)
72
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which (a) regulators and (b) other public sector bodies will have responsibilities for (i) regulating and (ii) auditing, inspecting or otherwise monitoring local authorities following the merger of the Benefits Fraud Inspectorate and the Audit Commission.
(127093)
73
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers local authorities which already have all-out elections would have to establish single member wards under the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill.
(127094)
74
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what Gateway reviews (a) have been produced and (b) are under way for projects under the responsibility of her Department and its agencies.
(127102)
75
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has for further waves of bids for unitary status.
(127103)
76
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 848W, on business rates valuations, what the timetable is for the completion of the feasibility study on using automated valuation modelling.
(127109)
77
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2007 to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, Official Report, column 1353W, on domestic violence, what additional funding is being provided to local authorities to install Sanctuary Schemes.
(127110)
78
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18th January 2007 to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, Official Report, column 1328W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the Information Commissioner has provided advice or guidance on the contract with Rightmove.
(127113)
79
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will direct the Women and Equality Unit to form an advisory group on men's health issues to support the implementation of the Equality Act 2006's gender equality duties.
(126724)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
80
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, at what time and at what location on 14th August 2003 the resumed inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly took place.
(126379)
81
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the resumed inquest on 14th August 2003 into the death of Dr David Kelly was a public hearing; who was given prior notification of the intention to hold this hearing; and on what date that notification was given.
(126380)
82
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the statutory basis was on which the Lord Chancellor asked the Oxfordshire Coroner, in a letter dated 12th August 2003, to (a) keep the proceedings relating to the inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly as short as possible and (b) take the evidence in writing.
(126381)
83
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will make a statement on the compliance by the Oxfordshire Coroner, in his consideration of the death of Dr David Kelly, with the requirements of Rule 37 of the Coroners' Code, with particular reference to (a) the likelihood of documentary evidence being disputed and (b) the issuing of a public announcement relating to the admission of documentary evidence.
(126382)
84
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, under what circumstances a Commonwealth citizen is eligible to vote in the UK.
(127032)
85
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many work permits were applied for by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126794)
86
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether any pilot schemes for innovative forms of voting will be undertaken at the local elections to be held on 3rd May 2007.
(126462)
87
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential use of e-petitioning across Whitehall departments.
(126463)
88
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what responsibility local authorities have to ensure that residents register to vote.
(126611)
89
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what action local authorities are expected to take to address electoral registration in areas which have historically low levels of registration.
(126612)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
90
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many work permits were applied for by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126796)
91
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance she has issued on the exterior lighting of public buildings of cultural significance.
(127161)
92
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people were charged for television licence evasion in Lancashire in each of the past five years.
(127097)
93
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much government funding theatres in Lancashire received in each of the last five years.
(127116)
94
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much government funding local artists in Lancashire received in each of the last five years.
(127117)
95
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what evidence on the merits of doorstep and destination casinos the Casino Advisory Panel were offered; and what use of such evidence they made in their considerations.
(126742)
96
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions were held between her Department and the Casino Advisory Panel on the Panel's refusal to allow hon. Members to give oral evidence at their Examinations in Public.
(126743)
97
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what independent evidence on social impact was requested by the Casino Advisory Panel.
(126744)
98
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was of a licence for (a) remote and (b) non-remote lottery in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07; and if she will re-open consultation with the Lotteries Council and the Hospice Lotteries Association on the cost of lottery licences.
(127013)
99
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the London Development Agency has spent on (a) acquiring and (b) mediating land on the Olympic Park; and what estimate she has made of the likely value of that land after the Games are over.
(126568)
100
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of the Olympic Park is owned by or under the control of (a) the Love Lea Valley Park Authority, (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority, (c) the London Development Agency and (d) other public bodies.
(126569)
101
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the names of those invited to her Department's film summit on 12th March.
(126819)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
102
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a decision on the deployment in the UK of US missiles for the US Missile Defense system will require the approval of Parliament.
(126933)
103
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which sites in the UK are being considered for the possible deployment of US missiles for the US Missile Defense system.
(126934)
104
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 601W, what the well-established technical co-operation programmes are through which the UK makes a contribution to the US missile defence system; and if he will make a statement.
(126953)
105
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the work of the UK Missile Defence Centre.
(126955)
106
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has held with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) the United States on the UK hosting US interceptor missiles for the US missile defence system; and what the date was of the (a) first such discussion and (b) most recent such discussion.
(126956)
107
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contracts were awarded by his Department to private military security companies for work in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) other countries in each of the last five years; what was the (i) value and (ii) purpose of each such contract; and if he will make a statement.
(127016)
108
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) nursery and crèche places and (b) other facilities are provided for the children of employees of his Department in London.
(126560)
109
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many work permits were applied for by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126797)
110
N
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy that all written questions on British nuclear weapons tabled for answer on or before 12th March will be answered with a substantive response before 14th March.
(126717)
111
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) suicide and (b) improvised explosive device attacks against NATO forces in Afghanistan were recorded in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(127155)
112
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of retention rates among the Afghan national army.
(127156)
113
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests from Iraqi authorities have been received by British forces to re-intervene in (a) Muthanna and (b) Dhi Qar since the handover of security responsibility to the Iraqis in each of these provinces.
(127157)
114
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions have been given by Defence Estates to his Department's agents Drivers Jonas on the disposal of contaminated sites and interpretation of Treasury advice to obtain best value.
(126745)
115
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he was first informed that (a) the US planned to use its Satellite Based Infra Red System (SBIRS) at Fylingdales to provide critical data for national missile defence systems and (b) SBIRS was key to the US's ability to cue systems that would be used for active missile defence; and if he will make a statement.
(126848)
116
N
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effects of exploding a (a) 0.5 KT, (b) 100 KT and (c) 500 KT nuclear warhead launched from a Trident submarine on to a centre of population density.
(126564)
117
N
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what name the Royal Hospital Haslar will be known after 1st April 2007.
(126562)
118
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) recruitment to and (b) morale of the RAF of maintaining the Red Arrows.
(127004)
119
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at which air shows and other events the Red Arrows appeared in each of the last five years.
(127005)
120
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the design advantages of (a) a flat bottomed vehicle and (b) positioning the driver over a front wheel when considering the protection of British armed forces on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(127020)
121
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the next vehicle expected is in the Future Rapid Effect System series after the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle.
(127021)
122
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British troops will be protected from vertically impacting indirect fire when all are accommodated at Basra Air Base.
(127022)
123
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all Mastiffs delivered to the Iraqi theatre of operations will be fitted with slatted armour.
(127023)
124
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sorties British personnel have participated in flying in (a) SAMA CH2000 and (b) SB7L SEEKER aircraft flown by Iraqi pilots.
(127024)
125
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sorties have been flown in support of British ground operations by Iraqi Air Force aircraft.
(127025)
126
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he intends to deploy Challenger tanks in Afghanistan.
(127026)
127
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the priority accorded to (a) the personnel carrier and (b) the direct fire version in the development of Future Rapid Effect System medium weight vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(127027)
128
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether helicopters supplied by the UK to the Iraqi Air Force will be available to support British ground operations.
(127028)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
129
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many work permits were applied for by his Department since its inception.
(126798)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
130
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which contracts have been placed by city academies with companies in which their sponsors have a financial interest.
(127135)
131
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what restrictions apply to commercial involvement by city academies in companies with which their sponsors have a financial interest.
(127136)
132
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what rules apply to the letting of contracts by city academies to companies in which their sponsors had an interest.
(127137)
133
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what rules relate to declarations of interest in the tendering for contracts by city academies.
(127138)
134
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many requests he has received to waive rules on tendering contracts by city academies; and how many have been accepted.
(127139)
135
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what rules govern the letting of contracts by city academies.
(127140)
136
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many after-school childcare places for under-11 year olds are available in England; and how many are projected to be available in each of the next four years.
(126557)
137
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many work permits were applied for by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126799)
138
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 6th March 2007, Official Report, column 1912, on languages, how many of the schools that entered no pupils for a GCSE in history and geography entered a pupil for a GCSE in humanities.
(126831)
139
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 6th March 2007, Official Report, column 1912, on languages, which of the schools that entered no pupils for a GCSE in history or geography also entered no pupils for a GCSE in humanities.
(126832)
140
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 2nd March 2007, Official Report, columns 1610-1W, on the secondary education curriculum, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Assessing Pupil Progress materials for reading and writing that were distributed to all secondary schools in 2006.
(126836)
141
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, for what reason an individual must be at least 19 years of age to register with his Department's e-consultation website.
(126912)
142
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of surplus balances at schools were uncommitted to any specific project in each year since 1997.
(127076)
143
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools held excessive balances in each year since 1997.
(127077)
144
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the level of surplus balances was at schools in each year since 1997.
(127078)
145
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many local authorities have a control mechanism for surplus school balances; and how much was recycled using these mechanisms in the last year for which figures were available.
(127079)
146
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local authorities agreed increases in centrally retained expenditure from their school budgets above the Central Expenditure Limit in 2006-07.
(127080)
147
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which local authorities have reported a contribution from their centrally retained schools budget to a combined services budget.
(127081)
148
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has issued on the application of (a) section 44 and (b) section 45 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 to (i) sixth form colleges and (ii) general further education colleges; and if he will make a statement.
(126880)
149
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children in nursery schools in Lancashire failed to meet expected standards in literacy and mathematical calculation in each of the last five years.
(127119)
150
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 16 year olds went on to (a) A levels, (b) further education, (c) other vocational training and (d) higher education in each local authority in the last period for which figures are available.
(126913)
151
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will make a statement on his proposals for wraparound childcare to be introduced; when such proposals will be published; what representations he has received on such proposals; and how much has been allocated to the initiative.
(127006)
152
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which schools will qualify for wraparound funding.
(127007)
153
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the commissioning process is for looked-after children services, with particular reference to the length of contract and conditions for renewal; what the conditions for the tendering process are; and if he will make a statement.
(127035)
154
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places are provided by (a) children's centres, (b) daycare nurseries, (c) neighbourhood nurseries, (d) wraparound schools, (e) childminders and (f) nannies.
(127036)
155
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of grade A A-levels in (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) English, (e) French and (f) German awarded in England were awarded to pupils at fee-paying independent schools in each of the last three years.
(126877)
156
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether staff and volunteers from outside a school who run breakfast or after-school clubs are required to have undertaken training on how to tackle bullying.
(126566)
157
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether schools' anti-bullying policies are required to cover activities on school property which occur outside regular school hours.
(126567)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
158
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Hunting Act 2004 in achieving its objectives.
(127037)
159
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on fish imports from (a) Norway and (b) Iceland; and what account was taken of those countries' policies on whaling in formulating this policy.
(127038)
160
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will write to EU member states asking them to join the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in sufficient time to enable them to be eligible for voting rights at this year's IWC meeting in May.
(127039)
161
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many work permits were applied for by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126800)
162
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will have regard to the growing of bio-fuel crops that (a) require deforestation and (b) inhibit sustainable food policies when developing his policy on bio-fuels.
(127133)
163
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the introduction of the environmental liability directive; and what is required for it to have regulatory effect.
(127134)
164
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions has he had with (a) the Environment Agency and (b) other authorities on the exhumation of the bodies of greyhounds killed at Seaham, County Durham.
(126464)
165
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the annual clean-up and repair costs imposed on (a) local authorities and (b) businesses in respect of (i) litter, (ii) dog fouling, (iii) graffiti, (iv) fly-posting, (v) noise and (vi) fly-tipping were in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(126899)
166
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Single Farm Payment Scheme claims (a) have been adjusted and (b) are under review in Cumbria.
(126862)
167
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what actions his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take on the status of the Saker Falcon following the meeting of the CITES Consultative Committee on Trade in Falcons in May 2004.
(126757)
168
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to implement the recommendation of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee that, before any species of bird is removed from Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, there should be random testing of a proportion of the captive-bred population to verify claims of captive breeding.
(127145)
169
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, why the Agricultural Wages Board did not receive an exemption from the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations.
(126718)
170
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to include provisions for coastal access for walkers in the proposed Marine Bill.
(126833)
171
Ian Stewart (Eccles):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on the Quinquennial Review of British Waterways of 2004.
(126846)
172
Ian Stewart (Eccles):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Quinquennial Review of British Waterways in 2004; and if he will make a statement.
(126847)
173
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what fine the European Commission has imposed on the Government due to its failure to pay the 2005 single farm payments; and from which resources payment of the fine will be drawn.
(126036)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
174
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contracts were awarded by her Department to private military security companies for work in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) other countries in each of the last five years; what the (i) value and (ii) purpose was of each such contract; and if she will make a statement.
(127014)
175
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been received by her Department on the Al Yamamah military contract since the announcement that the Serious Fraud Office was ending its investigation into the contract.
(126887)
176
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on tackling corruption.
(126893)
177
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the UK's compliance with obligations to tackle corruption under Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development agreements.
(126903)
178
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations were received by her Department about the Al Yamamah military contract prior to the announcement that the Serious Fraud Office would end its investigation into the contract.
(126928)
179
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government plans to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings.
(126853)
180
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many work permits were applied for by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126802)
181
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on recent protests and conflict in Guinea; and what representations she has made to the government of Guinea on the imposition of marital law by President Lansana Conte.
(126738)
182
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the progress of the six party talks on North Korea in Beijing.
(126753)
183
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her US counterparts on the amount of Voice of America broadcasting to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
(126755)
184
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make arrangements for a visit to the Philippines to promote British interests there.
(126756)
185
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the living conditions of Maoist rebels in Nepalese rehabilitation cantonments; and what impact she expects the departure of rebels from camps to have on the 2006 ceasefire between rebels and the Nepalese government.
(126806)
186
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the situation in Chad; what action the Government is taking to avert a worsening of the situation in Chad; what discussions she has had with (a) her counterparts on the United Nations Security Council and (b) the British High Commission in Yaounde on the assessment of the situation by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
(126807)
187
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the access given to North Korean nuclear facilities for International Atomic Energy Agency director Mohamed El Baradei.
(126808)
188
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the proposals for the scheduled elections in Nepal; and what (a) discussions she has had with and (b) information she has received from the UN on the prospects for the elections.
(126809)
189
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the United Nations envoy in Timor-Leste on progress with the peace process there.
(126810)
190
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has received on the imprisonment of Marie Thèrese Nlandu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(126811)
191
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate she has made of the amount of arms entering Sri Lanka; and what assessment she has made of the effect of the entry of arms into the country on the peace process there.
(126812)
192
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on government action against High Court judges in Uganda; what assessment she has made of the implications of such activity for (a) human rights, (b) democracy and (c) Commonwealth activity in Uganda.
(127088)
193
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the governments of Sudan and Chad to try to reduce border tensions.
(126940)
194
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress is being made in introducing the new UN-AU hybrid force into Darfur.
(126941)
195
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received of blasphemy trials taking place in Pakistan.
(127141)
196
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the conclusions were of the consideration in 2006 by the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals of the points made by those seeking to wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal.
(127034)
197
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which areas alternative livelihood projects have been set up in Afghanistan; and what estimate has been made of the numbers of farmers participating.
(127127)
198
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 opium crop eradication efforts in Helmand in 2006 on the security situation in the province.
(127143)
199
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 eradication of opium crop in 2005 on the overall opium crop harvested in Afghanistan in 2006.
(127144)
200
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what strategy is in place for opium crop eradication in Afghanistan in the lead up to the 2007 harvest.
(127147)
201
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of transfer of security responsibility to Iraqi forces on the security situation in (a) Muthanna and (b) Dhi Qar; and if she will make a statement.
(127148)
202
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what criteria are required to be fulfilled in order to proceed with the transfer of (a) Maysan and (b) Basra provinces to full Iraqi control; and if she will make a statement.
(127149)
203
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made in the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement.
(127162)
204
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there is a deadline for a formal response by the President of Sudan to the UN Secretary-General's letter of 24th January requesting Sudanese agreement to the heavy support package of United Nations support to the African Union Mission in the Sudan; and if she will make a statement.
(127163)
205
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Pakistan-Afghanistan cross-border Jirga is expected to take place; what aims have been agreed for the Jirga; and if she will make a statement.
(127164)
206
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK has a role in the planning and coordination of the agreed Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Jirgas to address issues pertaining to the border areas, as agreed in trilateral meetings between the presidents of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan in September 2006; and if she will make a statement.
(127165)
207
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether any of the benchmarks set out in Afghanistan Compact have been revised; and if she will make a statement.
(127166)
208
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many alternative livelihoods projects have been established in Helmand Province; and if she will make a statement.
(127167)
209
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has to visit Poland.
(126969)
210
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will invite the President of Turkey to make a state visit to the UK.
(126970)
211
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Namibian counterpart on the progress of the African Union in dealing with the humanitarian situation in Darfur.
(126972)
212
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Namibian government on land redistribution in Namibia.
(126973)
213
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the human rights record of the government of Equatorial Guinea.
(126974)
214
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the situation in East Timor.
(126975)
215
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the (a) Mauritanian and (b) Libyan governments on port security and illegal immigration from Africa.
(126976)
216
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps she is taking to encourage NATO countries to send additional forces to Afghanistan.
(126977)
217
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Spanish government on Gibraltar in 2007.
(126978)
218
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has to increase the number of ministerial visits to Russia to improve relations with that country.
(126982)
219
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is providing to Malta to help tackle illegal immigration from Africa to the island.
(126983)
220
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on Ukraine joining the European Union.
(126984)
221
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps she is taking at the United Nations to encourage action against Belarus on human rights.
(126985)
222
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has received requests from Albania for UK assistance in that country's efforts to meet the criteria for EU membership.
(126986)
223
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are to invite the President of Namibia for a state visit to the UK.
(126987)
224
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Government Ministers visited Namibia in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.
(126988)
225
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Foreign Minister of Namibia on Zimbabwe.
(126990)
226
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking in relation to progress on Turkey's membership of the European Union.
(126991)
227
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is giving to British oil companies to negotiate with Russian authorities on the Sakhalin project.
(126992)
228
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will provide for a referendum on any proposed EU constitution.
(126993)
229
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Foreign Office Ministers visited Saudi Arabia in 2006; and whom they met.
(126994)
230
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the authorities in Saudi Arabia on Iran's nuclear programme.
(126995)
231
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the British Embassy in Paraguay was closed.
(126996)
232
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has to close British embassies in 2007.
(126997)
233
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary of (a) Libya, (b) Egypt and (c) Chad on the Darfur Region of Sudan.
(126998)
234
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she plans to invite the President of Libya to visit the UK.
(126999)
235
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the value of British exports to Libya was in 2006.
(127000)
236
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the UK gives to the government of Afghanistan in identifying areas for possible poppy crop eradication as referred to in the Answer to the Question tabled by the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness of 27th February 2006, Official Report, column 52W, on Afghanistan; and what criteria are used to determine the suitability of areas for eradication efforts.
(127068)
237
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd February 2007, Official Report, column 992W, on Afghanistan: peace keeping operations, what she expects the UK contribution to the European Security and Defence Policy mission to Afghanistan to be.
(127069)
238
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support is being given to revitalise the Afghan economy as part of the UK's counter-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan.
(127070)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
239
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses she expects to receive a pay increase of 1.9 per cent. in the next 12 months.
(126906)
240
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many episodes of maternity care there were in (a) consultant-led units with more than 3,000 live births per year, (b) consultant-led units with fewer than 3,000 live births per year, (c) midwife-led units in acute hospital settings and (d) midwife-led units in community settings in each of the last three years.
(126388)
241
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths of women in the care of NHS maternity services there were in each of the last three years; and how many occurred in (a) consultant-led units with more than 3,000 live births per year, (b) consultant-led units with fewer than 3,000 live births per year, (c) midwife-led units in acute hospital settings and (d) midwife-led units in community settings.
(126390)
242
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have been issued with the cancer drug Tarceva since March 2006; and which NHS trusts have (a) funded and (b) prescribed the cancer drug Tarceva since September 2005.
(127019)
243
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many work permits were applied for by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126801)
244
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the problem was which was identified on the routine audit of the North London Breast Screening Service and which resulted in its suspension; how long she expects the temporary suspension to last; what estimate she has made of the number of women affected by the suspension; how many women per month are normally seen by the service; what plans she is putting in place to clear the backlog; how long she expects the backlog to take to clear; what steps are being taken to resolve the issue which caused the suspension; what estimate she has made of the additional financial costs resulting from the suspension of the system and the steps necessary to resolve the problem; and if she will make a statement.
(126389)
245
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding was provided by her Department to Bexley Care Trust for (a) prevention and (b) treatment of (i) sexually transmitted diseases, (ii) obesity, (iii) diabetes and (iv) alcoholism in each of the last five years.
(126875)
246
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were prescribed ritalin in each of the last five years; and what evidence has been reported of its (a) utility and (b) side effects.
(126895)
247
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has for the funding of research into eating disorders.
(126805)
248
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Government funding was provided for research into (a) prevention, (b) treatment and (c) cure of dementia in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the health budget this represented in each year.
(126835)
249
N
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library copies of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meeting on 24th February 2003 between HRH the Prince of Wales and the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health.
(126663)
250
N
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) purpose and (b) outcomes were of the meeting on 24th February 2003 between HRH the Prince of Wales and the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health.
(126664)
251
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the amount of public dividend capital is for each (a) acute hospital trust, (b) primary care trust and (c) mental health trust.
(126563)
252
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many sonographers were employed by the NHS in each of the last five years; how many sonographers were newly-registered in each year; how many sonographers are in training; and if she will make a statement on the future funding of training for sonographers.
(126571)
253
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long (a) children and (b) looked-after children waited to gain access to mental health services on average in each of the last five years.
(127033)
254
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) district and (b) community nurses were employed by Cumbria Primary Care Trust in each year since 1997.
(126860)
255
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were referred to (a) district and (b) community nurses in Cumbria in each year since 1997.
(126863)
256
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many units of dental activity were contracted for in each of the last three years in Leeds.
(126468)
257
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected cost was of the Medical Training Application Service at the instigation of the service; and what the latest estimate is of the cost of the service.
(126460)
258
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the future of the proposed new community hospital in Malvern.
(126565)
259
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to launch a website cataloguing best practice to support those introducing gender equality duties in the NHS.
(126725)
260
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will publish the advice she has received on making over the counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine available on prescription only.
(126845)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
261
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will subject the (a) Identity Cards Act 2006 and (b) Terrorism Act 2006 to post-legislative scrutiny.
(126951)
262
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requests for information have been received by (a) his Department and (b) the Serious Fraud Office from the US Justice Department on the investigation into the Al Yamamah military contract.
(126932)
263
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the research programme of the Youth Justice Board relates to the Board's outcome measures.
(126856)
264
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was allocated to each police force for combating e-crime in 2006-07; and what the proposed allocation for 2007-08 is.
(126726)
265
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions were brought and (b) convictions obtained in the last five years for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
(126727)
266
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported from the UK since 24th August 2005 on the grounds that their presence is not conducive to the public good due to their involvement in fomenting or provoking others to commit acts of terrorism.
(127003)
267
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5th March 2007, Official Report, column 1769W, on work permits, how many work permits in each category of work permit carrying an entitlement to settle in the UK were granted in each year since 2000; and for which sectors they were issued.
(127087)
268
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were applied for by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126803)
269
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of claims for asylum were dealt with within the 8 week target time period in each of the last 12 months.
(126948)
270
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers were employed (a) in total and (b) full-time (i) as at 31st March in each year since 1997 and (ii) on 31st January 2007.
(127082)
271
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage change in the prison population was in each year since 1997.
(127083)
272
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5th March 2007, Official Report, column 1748W, on drugs: money laundering, what correspondence his Department has received from Michael A Braun on the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Operation White Dollar; and if he will make a statement.
(126751)
273
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were charged with assaulting a police officer in Lancashire in each of the past five years.
(127098)
274
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of female illegal immigrants being forced to work in the sex industry in (a) England and (b) Lancashire.
(127099)
275
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people convicted of a crime in Lancashire in each of the last five years were illegal immigrants.
(127100)
276
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were cautioned for shoplifting in Lancashire in each of the last five years.
(127101)
277
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes were committed in each hospital in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by type of crime.
(126570)
278
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women prisoners in the prison estate have home addresses in Wales, broken down by (a) category of offence and (b) length of sentence; and how many of these are on remand.
(126937)
279
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported crimes committed on bus services in the Greater London area there were in (a) 2006, (b) 2005 and (c) 2004.
(126741)
280
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many robberies of personal property were reported as having been committed on public buses in the Greater London area in (a) 2006, (b) 2005 and (c) 2004.
(126849)
281
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many physical assaults on public buses in the Greater London area were reported in (a) 2006, (b) 2005 and (c) 2004; and how many of these assaults were on (i) drivers and (ii) passengers.
(126850)
282
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners aged (a) 60 to 64 and (b) over 65 years are serving sentences of (i) one to five, (ii) six to 10 and (iii) over 10 years.
(126416)
283
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners are aged (i) 60 to 64 and (ii) over 65 years.
(126418)
284
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19th December 2006, Official Report, column 1958W, on human trafficking, in which month he plans to publish the UK Action Plan against human trafficking.
(126758)
285
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to Question 124361, on human trafficking, tabled by the hon. Member for Totnes on 26th February 2007.
(126759)
286
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders convicted of (a) burglary, (b) aggravated bodily harm, (c) robbery, (d) supplying heroin, (e) grievous bodily harm, (f) theft from the person and (g) receiving stolen goods received non-custodial sentences in each year since 1999.
(126946)
287
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase the number of anti-social behaviour co-ordinators in England and Wales.
(126419)
288
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has held on introducing new measures to combat anti-social behaviour in England and Wales.
(126420)
289
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has considered the merits of merging the Respect, Together and Crime Reduction websites in order to improve the clarity of information provided to the public.
(126421)
290
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual running costs were of the (a) Respect, (b) Together and (c) Crime Reduction websites in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(126422)
291
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the projected funding allocation for the Safer Stronger Communities Fund is in each of the next two financial years.
(126423)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
292
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what consideration the House authorities have given to providing filtered tap water as an alternative to bottled water in committee and meeting rooms; and what estimate has been made of the costs of providing (a) tap and (b) bottled water in these rooms in 2007-08.
(126935)
293
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what follow-up studies he has commissioned on the effectiveness and acceptability of the childcare voucher scheme introduced two years ago for those working in the House; and if he will make a statement.
(126558)
294
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what discussions the House authorities have had with Government offices located near to the House about possible joint provision of crèche facilities for visitors or workers.
(126559)
295
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what volume of paper waste was generated on the House of Commons estate in each of the last five years.
(126465)
296
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what progress has been made on improving signage in Portcullis House.
(126936)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
297
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contracts were awarded by his Department to private military security companies for work in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) other countries in each of the last five years; what the (i) value and (ii) purpose was of each such contract; and if he will make a statement.
(127015)
298
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funds were committed by his Department to (a) European Development Fund (EDF) 7, (b) 8, (c) 9, and (d) 10; and what commitment has been made to the general European Commission budget for development assistance.
(126837)
299
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what conditions the European Development Fund places on donor recipients; and what conditions his Department places on the same recipients through bilateral agreements with those countries.
(126838)
300
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects the UK to ratify the 10th European Development Fund; and by when he expects all member states to have ratified the Fund.
(126839)
301
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis of the (a) European Development Fund and (b) International Development Association.
(126873)
302
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of corruption in British companies upon the achievement of development objectives overseas.
(126929)
303
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States on tackling corruption.
(126930)
304
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the impact of corruption in British companies upon the effectiveness of good governance initiatives in the developing world.
(126938)
305
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many work permits were applied for by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.
(126804)
306
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate his Department has made of the numbers of internally-displaced people in Darfur.
(127150)
307
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what large scale reconstruction projects have been completed in Afghanistan since 2002.
(127151)
308
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in the provision of electricty networks and supply throughout Afghanistan since 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(127152)
309
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the Iraqi population that has access to (a) safe and stable drinking water and (b) a stable electricity supply.
(127154)
310
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 287W, on Serbia: overseas, how much funding the Government provided to Serbia through international institutions in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) the total sum provided by each institution and (b) the UK's percentage contribution.
(127118)
311
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support the UK gives to the purchase of seed and fertiliser for Afghan farmers; and if he will make a statement.
(127066)
312
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his most recent estimate is of the number of internally-displaced people in Afghanistan; and what assessment he has made of recent trends in that number.
(127067)
Questions to the Leader of the House
313
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals to establish a new Parliamentary Joint Committee on post-legislative scrutiny.
(126950)
314
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Leader of the House, what estimate he has made of the likely capital cost of new (a) facilities and (b) equipment for a reformed House of Lords.
(126857)
315
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Leader of the House, what estimate he has made of the (a) percentage and (b) actual change in running costs likely to arise from a reformed House of Lords under each option outlined in the Motions debated on 6th and 7th March in the House.
(126868)
316
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Leader of the House, what options he has considered for the determination of salaries to elected numbers of a reformed House of Lords.
(126876)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
317
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many fires occurred in schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; how many were started deliberately; and what the cost of repairs for fire damage to these schools over the same period.
(126888)
318
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent estimate he has made of levels of drug use in Northern Ireland's prisons; and what steps he is taking to prevent drug use in prisons.
(126889)
319
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many ambulance service vehicles were in operation in each ambulance district in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by type.
(126942)
320
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many patients were held in secure accommodation in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years who were not designated as requiring such accommodation.
(126943)
321
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what drugs seizures took place in each Northern Ireland prison in each of the last three years, broken down by drug type seized.
(126944)
322
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 5th March 2007, Official Report, column 1719W, on hospitals: parking, what percentage of revenue raised from parking charges is available to health trusts to spend on frontline services; and what criteria are used when determining how such resources are spent.
(126945)
323
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many nursing vacancies there were in each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and what the average length of time taken was to fill nursing vacancies in each health trust area in Northern Ireland over the same period.
(127108)
324
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland were (a) undersubscribed and (b) oversubscribed in each of the last three years.
(127111)
325
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what average funding per pupil was allocated to each education and library board area in each of the last six years.
(127112)
326
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding was allocated to maternity services in each health board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(127114)
327
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many public sports facilities in Northern Ireland offer sunbeds for public use.
(127115)
328
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland are equipped with sprinkler systems.
(127121)
329
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what fire safety training is provided to teachers and other school staff in Northern Ireland.
(127122)
330
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the members of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety physiotherapy taskforce are; and for what reason they were appointed in each case.
(127123)
331
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many physiotherapists were employed by each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years, broken down by grade; and if he will make a statement.
(127124)
332
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety physiotherapy taskforce has met since its formation; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting.
(127125)
333
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many physiotherapy graduates were working as volunteers in each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and how many such volunteers went on to gain employment within each trust.
(127126)
334
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timetable is for the new school build for Towerview Primary School in Bangor; whether he expects this timetable to be met; and if he will make a statement.
(127128)
335
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the pay award to nurses and other public sector workers for 2007-08; and what assessment he has made of the effect of this announcement of the (a) morale and (b) productivity of public sector workers in Northern Ireland.
(127129)
336
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the rates of pay are for each grade of nurse Northern Ireland; and what the percentage change was to the rate at each grade in each of the last six years.
(127130)
337
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of people turned away from polling stations in each constituency in Northern Ireland on 7th March for not having the correct identification.
(127131)
338
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the extent of data sharing across Northern Ireland's government departments and agencies.
(127132)
339
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on translation services by each Northern Ireland government department, and its associated agencies, in each of the last six years for which figures are available.
(127146)
Questions to the Solicitor General
340
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Solicitor General, what the reasons were for the Attorney General's intervention at court in relation to the current police investigation into honours; and if he will make a statement.
(126614)
341
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Solicitor General, what conflicts of interest have been registered in respect of human resources consultancies employed by the HM Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office; and if he will make a statement.
(126871)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
342
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many of the assault rifles imported from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in 2005 were subsequently re-exported; and how many were destroyed.
(126384)
343
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on UK policy on re-exporting arms.
(126386)
344
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what proportion of UK arms imports were subsequently re-exported in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(126387)
345
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations have been received by his Department about the Al Yamamah military contract following the announcement that the Serious Fraud Office would end its investigation into the contract.
(126927)
346
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the British economy of corruption.
(126939)
347
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many responses to the Post Office consultation his Department has received from (a) Orkney and Shetland and (b) each Scottish constituency.
(126904)
348
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many companies manufacturing optoelectronic components responded to the consultation on the exemption of substances from the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(127084)
349
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total value is of optoelectronic equipment containing cadmium manufactured in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(127085)
350
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consideration he has given to exempting equipment used for live performances from the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(127086)
351
N
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations he has received on BT's decision to impose a charge on customers who do not pay their bills by Direct Debit; and what subsequent action he has taken.
(126556)
352
N
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what powers Ofcom has to restrict telephone companies' (a) prices and (b) payment charges.
(126572)
353
N
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many telephone operators in the UK have a Universal Service Obligation (USO); and what restrictions the USO places on the operator's charging and pricing policy.
(126573)
354
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to tackle payment abuse in the construction industry; and if he will make a statement.
(126749)
355
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps his Department is taking to phase out the remaining specialised uses of chlorofluorocarbons in the UK as required under the 1987 Montreal Protocol.
(126719)
356
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to increase funding for household installations under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.
(126720)
357
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many households in the UK (a) applied for and (b) were awarded grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (i) 2006, (ii) January 2007 and (iii) February 2007.
(126721)
358
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many private businesses in the UK (a) applied for and (b) were awarded grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (i) 2006, (ii) January 2007 and (iii) February 2007.
(126722)
359
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many public sector buildings in the UK (a) applied for and (b) were awarded grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (i) 2006, (ii) January 2007 and (iii) February 2007.
(126723)
360
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of imports from Namibia to the UK was in (a) 2001 and (b) 2006; and what the top three products imported were by (i) volume and (ii) value.
(126971)
361
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of exports to Algeria was in 2006.
(126980)
362
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of exports to Poland was in 2006.
(126981)
363
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the value of UK exports was to Namibia in (a) 1991, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.
(126989)
364
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will (a) increase the budget for household grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme and (b) take steps to ensure that funds for household grants under the programme are available throughout each month.
(127001)
365
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made in his Department's inquiry into Phoenix Holdings' involvement in MG Rover; what the costs to all parties involved have been to date; and if he will make a statement.
(127002)
366
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact of monthly grant capping under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme on household demand for micro renewables.
(127040)
367
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the likely demand for household grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(126901)
368
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many households were allocated grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme on 1st March 2007; and what advice he is giving households who were unsuccessful in their applications to the programme.
(126902)
369
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total expenditure by (a) the Northwest Regional Development Agency, (b) One Northeast and (c) Yorkshire Forward was on the recent New Local Government Network pamphlet Redesigning Regionalism: leadership and accountability in England's regions.
(126911)
370
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes in capacity for importing gas he expects to come onstream in 2007.
(126820)
371
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many pages of regulations his Department laid before Parliament in 2006.
(126890)
372
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of likely household demand for Low Carbon Buildings Programme grants to March 2009; and whether he expects additional funding from the Treasury to be required to meet that demand.
(127104)
373
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps Ofgem are taking to ensure consistent consumer protection is afforded to electricity token meter users; and if he will make a statement.
(126891)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
374
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice he makes available to businesses wishing to switch their vehicle fleet to a more environmentally-friendly fuel source.
(126383)
375
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was paid by the Government Car and Despatch Agency in London congestion charges in each year since the scheme's inception; and if he will make a statement.
(126914)
376
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) speeding fines, (b) London congestion charge fines and (c) parking fines were incurred by the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each year since 1997; what the value was of fines incurred in each category; and if he will make a statement.
(126915)
377
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving offences were committed by drivers whilst working for the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each year since 1997.
(126905)
378
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road safety cameras there are in each London borough.
(126864)
379
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 27th February 2007, Official Report, columns 1245-6W, on Heathrow Airport: noise, if he will break down the figures for the last five years by aircraft operator.
(126467)
380
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps either to remove or to upgrade the half barrier level crossings in Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.
(126750)
381
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on progress made towards a national system of road pricing.
(126466)
382
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the cost of flights between the UK and the US likely to arise from the draft Open Skies aviation agreement reached between the EU and the US; and if he will make a statement.
(126897)
383
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the level of (a) flights, (b) passengers, (c) noise pollution, (d) carbon emissions and (e) global warming of the draft Open Skies aviation agreement reached between the EU and the US; and if he will make a statement.
(126898)
384
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the draft Open Skies aviation agreement reached between the EU and the US on the ability of the UK and EU to develop legislation on (a) air pollution, (b) greenhouse gas emissions and (c) noise pollution; and if he will make a statement.
(126900)
385
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average time was for calls to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency local office helplines to be answered in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of callers discontinued calls before they were answered.
(126870)
386
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) cost and (b) profit components are contained in the convenience charge of £2.50 that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency levies on online credit card payments of vehicle excise duty.
(127153)
387
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve the railway network over the next three years; and what capital improvements of over £10 million each are planned to start in that period.
(126865)
388
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timetable is for making a decision on the Crossrail project in London.
(126866)
389
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of new railway line he plans to be constructed in each of the next five years.
(126867)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
390
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February 2007, Official Report, column 1216W, on renewable energy, what plans he has to increase the amount of energy from renewable sources used by his Department.
(127120)
391
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of an unemployed person returning to work under (a) the New Deal self-employment programme and (b) other employment programmes.
(126843)
392
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to go through the New Deal self-employment programme in 2007; and how many went through the programme in each of the last three years.
(126844)
393
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has assessed the relative effectiveness of returning to work under the New Deal self-employment programme and other employment programmes.
(126874)
394
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to reply to Question 116900, on benefits sanctions, on lone parents, tabled by the hon. Member for Bradford North on 16th January 2007 for answer on 19th January 2007.
(126415)
395
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims were made for industrial injury benefit in each of the last 10 years; and of these how many were (a) paid with another benefit and (b) subject to clawback by the Compensation Recovery Unit.
(126417)
396
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid to individual (a) male and (b) female recipients aged (i) 18 to 25, (ii) 26 to 30, (iii) 31 to 40, (iv) 41 to 50, (v) 51 to 60, (vi) 61 to 70, (vii) 71 to 80 and (viii) over 80 years excluding pensions and pension credits in the last period for which figures are available.
(127009)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
397
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16th January 2007 to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, Official Report, column 1025W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what proportion of the 2.2 million photographs were of domestic properties.
[Transferred] (127107)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
398
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has for the regulation of private military and security companies based in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (127017)
399
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will estimate (a) how many private military and security companies are operating in Iraq and (b) how many individuals are employed by such companies in that country.
[Transferred] (127018)
Questions to the Leader of the House
400
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make it government policy for the proposed departmental reviews of legislation to be published.
[Transferred] (126949)
401
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Leader of the House, when he expects to publish the Government's response to the Law Commission's report on post-legislative scrutiny.
[Transferred] (126952)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
402
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for trials of (a) tidal, (b) pump storage schemes, (c) wave and (d) hydroelectric power generation.
[Transferred] (126896)
403
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the proportion of goods subject to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations which are labelled as required by the regulations; and what he estimates to be the cost to producers of meeting such requirements.
[Transferred] (127106)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
404
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current status of plans to reform housing benefit is; and when evidence will be available from the pilot areas.
[Transferred] (127158)

 
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