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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 20 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 20 March 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 20 March 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 20 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 Tuesday 20 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 20 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what projection he has made of the number of births in England in each year until 2012.
(128855)
2
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many child tax credit claims are currently unpaid because of software problems.
(128858)
3
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the software problem is which has prevented payment of child tax credit from April 2006 to Mr and Mrs Symons of Verwood.
(128859)
4
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to pay the child tax credit due to Mr and Mrs Symons of Verwood.
(128860)
5
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) progress has been made with and (b) outcome has arisen in each group litigation order tax cases brought against the Government in the European Court since 2003 in which no proceedings are active in UK courts; and what estimate he has made of the likely impact on revenues in 2007-08.
(127701)
6
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what checks are made on claims for child tax credit by citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Lithuania, (d) Estonia and (e) Latvia resident in the UK.
(127702)
7
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Latvia, (d) Lithuania and (e) Estonia are claiming (i) child tax credit and (ii) working tax credit in the UK.
(127703)
8
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Lithuania, (d) Latvia and (e) Estonia are claiming child benefit in the UK.
(127704)
9
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what checks are made on claims for child benefit from citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Latvia, (d) Lithuania and (e) Estonia.
(127705)
10
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was written off by the Tax Credit Office in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.
(128925)
11
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the estimated cost is of the VAT on the consultation of facilities for the Olympics; and what percentage of this revenue will be passed to the EU.
(128937)
12
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times he has travelled on the London Underground on official business in the last 12 months.
(128737)
13
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many notices of warning of legal proceedings if payment was not made were sent to individuals claiming tax credits who were in dispute with HM Revenue and Customs in each month from April 2003 to March 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(128930)
14
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the advice provided by the Social Security Advisory Council to his Department on (a) the Child Benefit (General) Regulations 2005, (b) the Child Tax Credits (Amendment) Regulations 2005, (c) the Child Tax Credits (Amendment) Regulations 2006, (d) the Tax Credits (Claims and Notifications) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 and (e) the Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(128938)
15
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there is provision for relaxation of the repayment rules for tax credit claimants who receive an overpayment as a single award and then enter a joint claim with their spouse/partner to allow repayment to be made over the period that repayments would have been taken from future payments on a single claim; and if he will make a statement.
(128782)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
16
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate she has made of the total cost of the Government's Policy Review process to date; and how much of the sum is accounted for by (a) the IPSOS-MORI contracts, (b) seminars, meetings and consultations, (c) online and website projects, including contracts with external firms, (d) commissioning, producing and distributing reports and (e) civil servants' time.
(128910)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
17
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much each local authority in England and Wales spent on community safety in 2005-06; and what proportion of each authority's total expenditure this represented.
(128908)
18
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average expenditure was on community safety by local authorities in 2005-06, broken down by type of local authority; and what proportion of total expenditure this represented.
(128909)
19
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent meetings she has had with (a) representatives of the insurance industry, (b) business groups and (c) local fire authorities on insurance costs to businesses; and if she will make a statement.
(128854)
20
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will remove from her Department's website reference to Paignton West (Yalberton Valley) as the preferred site in relation to the New Growth Points application in Torbay; and if she will make a statement.
(128196)
21
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Northavon dated (a) 2nd October 2006, (b) 14th November 2006 and (c) 26th January 2007 on home information packs.
(128607)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
22
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will commission a cost benefit analysis of the Woolwich site for the standard shooting ranges for the 2012 Olympics compared with alternative sites which have existing facilities.
(128861)
23
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to move the site of the standard shooting ranges for the Olympics away from Woolwich.
(128862)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
24
N
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Mastiff protected patrol vehicles have reached the front line troops in Iraq.
(128856)
25
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army were employed and paid under the provision of section 29 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 in each of the last three years; how many earned (a) under £5,000, (b) under £10,000 and (c) under £20,000; and how many have been exempted from paying maintenance for their children through the Child Support Agency as a consequence.
(128194)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
26
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether under the Schools Admission Code of Practice local authorities can give precedence in the waiting list to pupils who have not been allocated a place at a ranked school over those who have been allocated a place at one of their ranked schools.
(128857)
27
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average length of time for the process for an adult in the UK to adopt a child from China was in each of the last five years; what the current timescale is; and if he will make a statement.
(128916)
28
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance is given to local authorities on children in their area who have run away or are missing from home, specifying in each case the (a) document, (b) paragraph and (c) line references; and whether each has statutory status.
(128741)
29
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many maintained schools there are in each local authority area in England.
(128475)
30
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the overall balance of the schools budget is in each local education authority in England.
(128476)
31
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he will reply to Question 111814, on academy and foundation schools, tabled by the hon. Member for Brent East on 23rd January 2007.
(128738)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
32
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect the trading interests of metal recycling companies from the requirements to disclose commercially-confidential information under the revised Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations, to be introduced in July 2007.
(127961)
33
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of Energy Efficiency Commitment funding to Eaga discussions.
(128946)
34
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to implement his plans to transfer responsibility for private sewers to sewerage companies; and if he will make a statement.
(128606)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
35
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the (a) terms of reference and (b) membership are of the European Union's clearing house in respect of the addition and deletion of groups included on the list of terrorist organisations; what opportunities there are for (i) the organisations themselves and (ii) other non-government bodies (A) to have a hearing and (B) to submit evidence; and if she will make a statement.
(128848)
36
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress her officials have made in their inquiries of the Ministry of Justice in Brazil on the disappearance of Marc Swanson in 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(128287)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
37
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what checks are made on the validity of the medical qualifications of (a) doctors and (b) nurses who are recruited to the NHS from outside the European Union.
(128943)
38
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses recruited to the NHS from outside the European Union (i) were found guilty of malpractice in each of the last five years and (ii) are being investigated for malpractice.
(128944)
39
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish guidance on the enforcement and implementation of the smoke-free legislation.
(128917)
40
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for provision of a powered wheelchair in each strategic health authority in each of the last five years.
(128921)
41
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding was provided by each strategic health authority for the provision of electric-powered wheelchairs in each of the last five years.
(128922)
42
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of access to (a) physiotherapy, (b) respiratory support, (c) orthotics and (d) other NHS services for people with neuromuscular conditions; what recent changes there have been to those services; and if she will make a statement.
(128923)
43
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the progress made by the MDEX consortium into researching Duchenne muscular dystrophy; and if she will make a statement.
(128924)
44
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th March 2007, Official Report, column 428W, on missing persons, what bilateral contact her Department has had with other stakeholders represented on the missing persons strategic oversight group in the last two years; on what dates these contacts took place; and with whom they took place.
(128783)
45
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evidence she gathered of the effectiveness of measures designed to restrict opportunities to manufacture methylamphetamine from pseudephedrine and ephedrine used in other countries prior to consulting on changing the legal status of medicines containing these substances to prescription-only in the UK.
(128934)
46
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has approved reductions in the range of insulins supplied in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(128935)
47
N
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on (a) employment of temporary staff and (b) local area weighting allowances by each hospital acute trust and foundation hospital trust in 2005-06.
(126378)
48
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons were for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's decision to implement a phased withdrawal of co-proxamol; and if she will make a statement.
(128931)
49
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when co-proxamol will be withdrawn from general use in the relief of pain for sufferers of (a) osteoarthritis and (b) fibromyalgia; and what alternative drugs will be able to be prescribed.
(128932)
50
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) discussions she has had with and (b) representations she has received from (i) Arthritis Care, (ii) the Arthritis Research Campaign, (iii) the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and (iv) the Fibromyalgia Association on the phased withdrawal of co-proxamol.
(128933)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
51
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average penalty imposed for the offence of drink driving in each police authority was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(128918)
52
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many records have been removed from the Police National Computer as exceptional cases at the discretion of senior police officers where the data subject had been wrongfully arrested.
(128739)
53
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many records were removed from the Police National Computer as exceptional cases at the discretion of senior police officers in each year since 2003.
(128740)
54
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) migrant workers and (b) school age children of migrant workers in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) Northern Ireland; and how many such children are registered in schools in (A) Wales, (B) England, (C) Scotland and (D) Northern Ireland, broken down by country of origin.
(128690)
55
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) non-emergency and (b) hate crime incidents were recorded and submitted through the police.uk website in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(128849)
56
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in England and Wales are suspended by police authorities; and what the total value is of their annual salaries.
(128850)
57
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department has provided to police authorities in respect of police cadets in the latest period for which figures are available.
(128851)
58
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to encourage young people to join the Police Cadets.
(128852)
59
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many special constables were recruited by the West Midlands police force in each of the last three years.
(128853)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
60
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches the people of North Eastern Sri Lanka following the blocking of the main road route into the area; and if he will make a statement.
(127987)
61
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to promote the active role of children and young people in governance programmes (a) in Bangladesh and (b) elsewhere.
(128926)
62
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what strategies his Department has to ensure protection for the poorest communities in Bangladesh who will be affected by climate change.
(128927)
63
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) funding and (b) other resources his Department (i) has committed to micro-insurance schemes in the developing world and (ii) plans to commit in each of the next three financial years.
(128928)
64
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of micro-insurance schemes in the developing world.
(128929)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
65
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the Government is legally bound to enact a recommendation made by the Competition Commission.
(128863)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
66
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that rural issues are taken into account when decisions are made on any new road charging system.
(128033)
67
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the basis is in international law for the UK's contribution to the Irish Lights Fund.
(127962)
68
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost, including harbour dues and pilotage costs, of access for ships to (a) British ports and (b) continental ports.
(127963)
69
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library the report for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency by Mr Geoff Adam on the re-launch of the UK Shipping Register.
(127964)
70
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were employed by his Department with a responsibility for rail transport in each year since 2002.
(128919)
71
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents resulting in (a) fatalities and (b) serious injury for (i) drivers, (ii) passengers and (iii) pedestrians there were in each police authority in each of the last five years.
(128920)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
72
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his letter of 3rd October 2006 to the hon. Member for Totnes, reference PO5(4)10535/99, what progress he has made in his consideration of the current rules that allow the Child Support Agency to ignore the earnings of members of the Territorial Army.
(128195)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
73
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of individual registration in the recent Northern Ireland elections.
[Transferred] (128936)

 
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