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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 28 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 Wednesday 28 March 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 28 March 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 28 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 Wednesday 28 March of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 28 March see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last discussed the NHS budget with the Secretary of State for Health and the Chief Executive of the National Health Service.
(130599)
2
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) he and (b) his officials have held discussions with (i) the Financial Services Authority and (ii) representatives from major insurance corporations on the treatment of orphan assets, with particular reference to distribution and reattribution; and if he will make a statement.
(130482)
3
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that shareholders in major insurance corporations do not receive dividends based on the release of orphan assets at a higher percentage than on the distribution basis; and if he will make a statement.
(130499)
4
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people living in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire received overpayments of (i) child tax credit and (ii) working tax credit in each of the last five years.
(130428)
5
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which websites his Department has registered in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(130465)
6
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of his Budget measures on the vehicle excise duty on drivers resident in rural areas.
(130576)
7
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a list of the attendees, with their affiliations, of public events hosted at 11 Downing Street on European Community matters in the last two years.
(130632)
8
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the purpose is of the PRINCE - Role of the European Union in the World programme; what its target audience is; what activities occur in the UK under the programme; whether public relations consultants are employed under the programme; what input his Department has into the programme; and if he will make a statement.
(130635)
9
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the obectives are of the PRINCE - Information and Communication Strategy (EU budget item, code 22 04 01); what its target audience is; what activities occur in the UK under the programme; whether public relations consultants are employed by the programme; what input his Department has to the programme; and if he will make a statement.
(130636)
10
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) objectives and (b) costs are of the EuroGlobe programme.
(130640)
11
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which EU budget items allow spending on information campaigns targeted at journalists.
(130652)
12
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) objectives and (b) costs are of the EU pilot project to promote active European citizenship; and if he will make a statement.
(130653)
13
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by the EU on Special Annual Events (budget item 15 06 06) in each of the last five years; what the money was spent on; and if he will make a statement.
(130654)
14
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by the EU on European Political Foundations (budget item 15 06 07); what the money was spent on; and if he will make a statement.
(130655)
15
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures were funded in the UK under the Europe for Citizens programme in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(130656)
16
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the UK is taking under the EU (a) PRINCE-EURO and (b) PRINCE programmes; and if he will make a statement.
(130659)
17
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) assets and (b) costs to public funds are of the European Communities Interinstitutional Centre at Overijse; how many people use it; what facilities it has; and if he will make a statement.
(130669)
18
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will offer fiscal incentives to those on low incomes to encourage the use of low energy light bulbs.
(130491)
19
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether public bodies are required to meet international generally accepted accounting principles for accounts published after July 2008; whether he expects compliance to ensure that the costs of the private finance initiative will be included on the public balance sheet; and what effect he expects inclusion to have on total Government borrowing.
(130612)
20
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the results of HM Treasury's review of non-domiciliary tax status.
(130249)
21
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to use end year flexibility to provide the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council with funds for (a) postdoctoral fellowships and (b) other purposes.
(130615)
22
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Valuation Office Agency's policy is on its staff travelling first class by (a) rail and (b) air.
(130545)
23
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provisions on confidentiality there are in the contract between Capgemini and Cole Layer Trumble (CLT) to provide a server version of OASIS and workflow software for the Valuation Office Agency.
(130578)
24
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue HM Treasury raised through the duty on (a) cider, (b) sparkling cider, (c) beer, (d) wine, (e) sparkling wine and (f) spirits in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(130520)
25
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to double the tax-free allowance for international travellers returning from trips outside the EU as described in the Pre-Budget Report in December 2006.
(130466)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
26
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how often her Department's databases are updated with the details of individuals who have moved house.
(130598)
27
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will postpone relevant determination of a start date for public inquiry into motorway services until such time as all relevant parties are in receipt of agreements and reports currently being negotiated between the Highways Agency, Birmingham International Airport, Swayfields and Shirley Estates.
(130471)
28
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on proposals to give local authorities the power to authorise council tax inspectors to enter private properties; what qualifications such an inspector will require; and what powers they will be granted.
(130525)
29
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what basis housing associations and trusts are granted charitable status.
(130609)
30
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what powers housing associations and trusts have to impose a two-year moratorium on the selling of houses under right-to-buy legislation.
(130610)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
31
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, when she expects to lay the Orders relevant to section 178 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to enable the Community Court in Nottingham to conduct cases referred to in that section; and if she will make a statement.
(130497)
32
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that parents are treated equitably in terms of access to their children following separation or divorce.
(130604)
33
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how, and at what rate, Sir Hayden Phillips was remunerated for undertaking the inquiry into the funding of political parties; and how much he has been paid to date for that work.
(130481)
34
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Land Registry is participating in the European Land Information Service (EULIS) project.
(130562)
35
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what guidance she has issued on the use of personal information held for collecting and administering council tax in each of the last three years.
(130563)
36
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many cases there were of defendants absconding from courts in each year since 2002.
(130479)
37
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much was spent on legal aid in Wales in each year since 1992; and if she will make a statement.
(130586)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
38
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which animal welfare organisations benefited from National Lottery funding in each of the last five years; and how much each received.
(130495)
39
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the topics were of the 10 Millennium Commission documents destroyed in the Iron Mountain fire in July 2006.
(130549)
40
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which organisations have made written representations to her Department on taxation on hotel accommodation in the last 12 months.
(130580)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
41
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to answer Question 106850, on Eurofighters, tabled by the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green on 28th November 2006.
(130603)
42
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Board of Inquiry into the loss of Hercules XV206 in Afghanistan to complete its investigation; when he plans to publish the findings; and if he will make a statement.
(130496)
43
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 364W, on research and development costs, when he expects to be able to provide the information requested.
(130502)
44
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of (a) 19th January 2007, Official Report, column 1364W and (b) 5th February 2007, Official Report, column 688W, on housing, when he expects to be able to provide the information requested.
(130503)
45
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he was informed that the US planned to use its Space Based Infra Red System at Menwith Hill to provide critical data for national missile defence systems; and if he will make a statement.
(130524)
46
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has held with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) veterans' associations, (c) the Gurkha Welfare Association and (d) others on the housing needs resulting from army discharges.
(130526)
47
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he was first informed that data from Menwith Hill for the US Space Based Infra Red System was being used in relation to active defence systems.
(130537)
48
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenses incurred by partners of members of the Army Board may be claimed for from his Department; and how much was spent on those expenses in 2006, broken down by type.
(130547)
49
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq.
(130542)
50
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the remit is of the provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq.
(130543)
51
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the document Provision of Childcare provided to HM Armed Forces recruits.
(130642)
52
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance is issued to potential HM Armed Forces recruits with dependent children.
(130643)
53
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are any cases of families consisting of a married couple with children in which both parents are serving in combat overseas in HM Armed Forces.
(130649)
54
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are any cases in which all legal guardians of a child are serving in combat overseas in HM Armed Forces.
(130650)
55
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Government support is available for the children of single parents who are serving in combat with HM Armed Forces.
(130651)
56
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is responsible for (a) drawing up and (b) agreeing rules of engagement under which British Armed Forces serve; and whether the rules of engagement are the same in Afghanistan and Iraq.
(130680)
57
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the rules of engagement have changed in respect of contact with Iranian forces following the recent abduction by Iran of 15 Royal Navy personnel.
(130681)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
58
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the possible introduction of formal guidelines governing religious dress in schools.
(129874)
59
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children are being managed by Catholic adoption agencies.
(129875)
60
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to reply to Question 120255, on the BBC World Service and English language teaching, tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 6th February.
(130500)
61
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of apprenticeships are part of the programme-led pathway; and what percentage of apprentices on the programme-led pathway successfully complete the full framework.
(130646)
62
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of the participants in the Train to Gain programme working towards qualifications have received between (a) between 0 and 20 hours, (b) between 20 and 30 hours, (c) between 30 and 40 hours, (d) between 40 and 50 hours and (e) between 50 and 60 hours training.
(130647)
63
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on the Connexions service in each year since it was established; and how many people received advice from the service in each of those years.
(130648)
64
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps the UK is taking under the EU Youth in Action programme (EU budget code 15 01 04 55); and if he will make a statement.
(130658)
65
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which conferences targeted at schoolchildren were funded by the EU in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(130670)
66
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many of the 7,500 new science teachers hired in 2005 referred to in the Prime Minister's speech Our Nation's Future - Science in November 2006 are specialists in (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) biology.
(130470)
67
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to improve sex education in schools.
(130480)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
68
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of the documents on which the decision to prohibit the use of isoproturon and trifluralin was based; and what consultation the Pesticides Safety Directorate carried out on this matter.
(130538)
69
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis amongst dogs; and whether he plans to make this a notifiable disease.
(130539)
70
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to call for an earlier disclosure of farm payments made by the EU prior to the scheduled date of 2009.
(130540)
71
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, why the State Veterinary Service is being rebranded as Animal Health; and what form the new organisation will take.
(130667)
72
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve 24 hour veterinary cover in rural areas.
(130668)
73
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of the dangers of identity fraud amongst employees at his Department.
(130431)
74
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken to implement in the UK the programme for Enhancing Public Awareness of the Common Agricultural Policy (EU budget line 05 08 06); and if he will make a statement.
(130663)
75
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken to implement in the UK the Programme for Closer Dialogue with the Fishing Industry and Those Affected by the Common Fisheries Policy (EU budget code 11 04 01); and if he will make a statement.
(130664)
76
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that long-term regional strategies are in place to improve coastal flood management to take account of climate change risks; and how much he has allocated to such strategies in each of the next three years.
(130476)
77
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to introduce a floodplain development charge following the findings of the Flood and Coastal Defence Funding Review.
(130477)
78
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the sources of funding are for the costs of renaming the Marine Fisheries Agency.
(130682)
79
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department and its agencies have issued to local authorities advocating a move to alternate weekly collection schemes for the collection of household rubbish.
(130544)
80
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made of the cost to local authorities of providing (i) weekly and (ii) alternate weekly collections of household rubbish.
(130551)
81
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have provided to local authorities for alternate weekly collection schemes for the collection of household rubbish.
(130552)
82
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average domestic water and sewerage bill was in England in each year from 1996-97 to 2006-07.
(130565)
83
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice his Department has issued to local authorities on whether shredded paper is suitable for collection as part of domestic doorstep recycling collections.
(130566)
84
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he expects Joint Waste Authorities to be able to impose alternate weekly collection of domestic rubbish on individual councils within an authority.
(130568)
85
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) WRAP has issued to local authorities on the use of spy cameras for the purpose of monitoring local residents at municipal rubbish dumps.
(130571)
86
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the average (a) water and (b) sewerage bill in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10, in actual prices, following the implementation of Ofwat's Future Water and Sewerage Charges Final Determination plans.
(130577)
87
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department undertakes employee exit surveys.
(130581)
88
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30th January 2007, Official Report, column 285W, on domestic waste, which councils provide alternate weekly collections according to the most recent figures held by the Waste and Resources Action Programme.
(130584)
89
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe directive to harmonise and regulate cadastral data.
(130585)
90
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made towards meeting his Department's Waste Strategy 2000 targets on recycling and recovery.
(130628)
91
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate has been made of the amount of municipal waste produced by schools.
(130629)
92
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities are in compliance with the requirement of the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003 to collect at least two types of recycled material.
(130644)
93
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps have been taken to encourage the use of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in manufacturing food and drink packaging; and what assessment has been made of the availability of recycled PET in the UK.
(130645)
94
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost of changing the name of the State Veterinary Service to Animal Health.
(130523)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
95
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings UK Government officials have had with (a) the Karen National Union, (b) the Kachin Independence Organisation and (c) other ethnic organisations working for democracy in Burma.
(130606)
96
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal steps her Department has taken on enforcement of the Geneva Convention in response to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Burma stating that human rights abuses in conflict areas of Burma breach Article 7 of the Geneva Convention.
(130607)
97
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the government of Pakistan on its blasphemy laws and hudood ordinances.
(130671)
98
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the government of Nigeria on the recent murder of a school teacher in Gombe City; and if she will make a statement.
(130672)
99
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of religious freedom in Northern Nigeria; and what steps she has taken to work with the Nigerian government on minimising the likelihood of religious freedom abuses in the future.
(130673)
100
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps her Department has taken to raise awareness of the dangers of identity fraud amongst departmental employees.
(130429)
101
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she expects to answer Question 115404, tabled by the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green on 10th January.
(130600)
102
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will take steps to strengthen the EU Common Position on Burma when it comes up for renewal.
(130529)
103
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conferences have been held in the UK on the future of the EU Constitution funded by (a) the EU and (b) the Government.
(130630)
104
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will place in the Library a list of the attendees, with their affiliations, at each of the last five public events that her Department has hosted on European Community matters.
(130633)
105
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK is taking under the Measures for Civil Society programme (EU budget code 15 49 04 12); and if she will make a statement.
(130638)
106
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK is taking under the Europe for Citizens programme (EU budget code 15 01 04 66); and if she will make a statement.
(130639)
107
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the objectives are of the EU Information and Communication Programmes for Non-Member Countries (EU budget item 22 04 02); what input her Department has to decisions on the allocation of funding; and if she will make a statement.
(130641)
108
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultants the European Commission employs to provide advice on (a) public relations and (b) information campaigns.
(130657)
109
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK is taking under the Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue programme (EU budget line 04 03 03 01); and if she will make a statement.
(130660)
110
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK is taking under the Information and Training Measures for Workers' Organisation programme (EU budget line 04 03 03 03); and if she will make a statement.
(130661)
111
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures (a) have taken place and (b) are planned in the UK by the EU Gender Institute; and if she will make a statement.
(130662)
112
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which projects were funded in the last 12 months for which figures are available by (a) the Committee of the Regions and (b) the Economic and Social Committee on Informing People in the European Spirit; and what role her Department has played in the development of such projects in the UK.
(130665)
113
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conferences have been held in Brussels funded by (a) the EU and (b) the UK Government on the future of the EU Constitution.
(130666)
114
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which non-governmental think tanks and organisations working in the domain of European Communities affairs have received financial support from her Department in the last 12 months.
(130676)
115
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with EU partners on sharing embassies; and if she will make a statement.
(130505)
116
N
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2007, Official Report, column 838, on Marc Swanson, on which dates her officials in Brazil have had contact with the (a) Brazilian Ministry of Justice and (b) local police; and what information was received on each occasion.
(130426)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
117
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding for the Integrated Drug Treatment System has been allocated to each prison in England and Wales.
(130197)
118
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were treated for the effects of recent female genital mutilation in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(130519)
119
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will establish a central database or register for living wills.
(130550)
120
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will consider allowing all non-European Economic Area medical students who started their studies when the previous immigration rules were in place to complete their studies.
(130371)
121
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is being provided to non-European Economic Area medical students to assist them to make alternative arrangements for their postgraduate study following changes to the immigration rules.
(130372)
122
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of non-European Economic Area medical students who started studying before the new immigration rules for postgraduate training were introduced and who, under the new rules, will be unable to complete their training in the UK.
(130373)
123
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many rectal cancer operations were carried out by the NHS in each of the last three years; and what the cost of such operations was in each year.
(130483)
124
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent (a) estimate she has made of waiting times for assessments for electrically-powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs (EPIOC) and (b) assessment she has made of adequacy of funding for EPIOC in Watford and Three Rivers Primary Care Trust (PCT); and how many people over the age of 18 years in the area covered by the PCT were allocated an EPIOC in each of the last three years.
(130467)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
125
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2007, Official Report, column 1229W, on Samantha Jackson, when he expects a decision to be taken on the case of Samantha Jackson (reference 410144101).
(130498)
126
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many mandatory drugs tests were carried out in prisons in each of the last five years; and how many were (a) positive and (b) negative in each case, broken down by prison.
(130198)
127
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to his Answer of 6th March 2007, Official Report, column 1930W, if he will provide the figures by each police force.
(130199)
128
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research his Department has conducted into conviction rates for rape in different areas of England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(130605)
129
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the net cost of introducing interviews into the passport application process.
(129873)
130
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessments he has (a) made and (b) published on the effectiveness of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 since the Act was passed.
(130521)
131
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens who were subjected to female genital mutilation in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(130522)
132
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Nepalese citizens who had not served in the British Army (a) applied for British citizenship and (b) were granted British citizenship in each of the last 10 years.
(130587)
133
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many former Gurkha soldiers (a) applied for and (b) were given British citizenship in each of the last 10 years.
(130611)
134
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the largest sum was paid by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to a member of the public in settlement of a compensation claim in each of the last three financial years for which figures are available.
(130674)
135
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on reimbursing the relatives of prisoners in the Humber region for Humber Bridge tolls incurred whilst visiting prisoners in each of the last three years.
(130536)
136
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Government attempts to deport asylum seekers failed due to disruptive behaviour by the passenger resulting in the airline refusing to take the passenger in (a) the last six months and (b) the last two years.
(130583)
137
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many inspectors are employed to oversee animal experimentation; and if he will take steps to increase the number.
(130691)
138
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 were from (i) Lancashire and (ii) Ribble Valley.
(130427)
139
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners absconded from HMP Standford Hill in each year since 1992.
(130073)
140
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners who have absconded from HMP Standford Hill were not recaptured and returned in each year since 1992.
(130074)
141
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners, returned to HMP Standford Hill having absconded, were dealt with under prison disciplinary procedures in each year since 1987.
(130075)
142
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were transferred to another prison during their sentence in each of the last five years.
(130548)
143
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prison officers who are at occupational risk have been required to pay for vaccination against chronic hepatitis B since January 2006.
(130569)
144
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding was given to (a) the National Appropriate Adult Network and (b) the Independent Custody Visitors Association, in each of the last three financial years.
(130436)
145
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the projected funding allocation for (a) the National Appropriate Adult Network and (b) the Independent Custody Visitors Association is for each of the next two financial years.
(130437)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
146
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, why his Department has ended funding for the Burma projects of the BBC World Service Trust.
(130608)
147
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will take steps to increase financial support provided for projects promoting (a) human rights and (b) democracy in Burma.
(130530)
148
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the objectives are of the European Civil Peace Corps; and what the UK's role is in the programme.
(130634)
149
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment has been made of the impact of the first two years' expenditure of the funding allocated for orphans and vulnerable children.
(130469)
150
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid was allocated for Sudan in 2007, broken down by main budget heading.
(130484)
151
N
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to promote the independent evaluation of British aid.
(130172)
Questions to the Leader of the House
152
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Leader of the House, what steps his Office has taken to raise awareness of the dangers of identity fraud amongst employees in his Office.
(130430)
153
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 13th March 2007, Official Report, column 173W, on the House of Lords: powers, what timetable he has set for (a) the reconvening of the cross-party talks and (b) the setting of a date for a detailed statement on the way forward.
(130468)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
154
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public funding was granted to theatres in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; whether there are proposals to increase funding for such theatres in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(130541)
155
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Government signed off the financial memorandum relating to each cross-border body established in consequence of the Belfast Agreement.
(130487)
156
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the Government is satisfied with the financial and equality provisions in place in respect of cross-border bodies established in consequence of the Belfast Agreement; and whether these correspond with the requirements placed on non-cross-border public bodies within Northern Ireland.
(130488)
157
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether employees from Northern Ireland working within the cross-border bodies, established in consequence of the Belfast Agreement are subject to the Government's public sector pay policy.
(130489)
158
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what sub-groups operate (a) under and (b) within the cross-border bodies established in consequence of the Belfast Agreement.
(130490)
159
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent by his Department on (a) the North/South Language Body and (b) the Ulster Scots Agency in each year since its formation.
(130492)
160
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are employed by the (a) North/South Language Body and (b) Ulster Scots Agency; and what the source of the funding for these posts is.
(130493)
161
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the budget of the (a) North/South Language Body and (b) Ulster Scots Agency was in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07.
(130494)
162
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of people (a) diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration and (b) who develop blindness each year as the result of age-related macular degeneration in the Province.
(130684)
163
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been been taken to improve work-life balance of senior house officers seeking training posts.
(130685)
164
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been been taken to develop a diabetes services framework for the Province.
(130686)
165
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been been taken to ensure voluntary organisations providing services for publicly-funded health bodies in Northern Ireland receive full recovery of costs.
(130687)
166
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the merits of separating the Health and Social Services Authority functions from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
(130688)
167
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions were held with the Northern Ireland Pharmaceutical Contractors Committee before reducing the negotiated fee for multiple dispensed prescription items.
(130689)
168
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the impact on pharmacy practice planning of clawing back sums for multiple dispensing of prescription items.
(130690)
169
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether a dedicated infant surgical unit will be maintained at the Royal Belfast Hosiptal for Sick Children.
(130693)
170
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding was provided to each victims group in the Province in each year since 1994.
(130694)
171
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who is responsible for decisions on (a) applicability and (b) implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance in Northern Ireland.
(130695)
172
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the procedures are for returning body parts to families following stillbirths and miscarriages; and where body parts are stored following stillbirths or miscarriages in Northern Ireland.
(130696)
173
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the number of junior doctors in the Province who will be unable to obtain training posts in August 2007.
(130697)
174
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to assist experienced senior house officers in the Province in obtaining specialist training.
(130698)
175
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average annual earnings are of a full-time (a) general practitioner and (b) consultant psychiatrist in the Province.
(130699)
176
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding he plans to provide for the arts in the Province in 2007-08; and how much funding was provided in each of the last five years.
(130700)
177
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much funding he plans to provide for the Ulster Orchestra in 2007-08; and how much funding was provided in each of the last five years.
(130701)
178
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the annual per capita expenditure was on arts funding in the Province in each of the last five years.
(130702)
179
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in each health trust in the Province are waiting for an MRI scan; what the average waiting time is for an MRI scan in each health trust; and what the longest waiting time has been over the last five years for an MRI scan in each health trust.
(130703)
180
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust had their social care needs assessed incorrectly in each of the last five years.
(130704)
181
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average amount paid per patient by each health trust in the Province to (i) independent social care providers and (ii) independent providers of social care for sex offenders was in the last 12 months.
(130705)
182
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether the capital value of a domestic property which is part of another property and has a dependent relative living in it is added to the capital value of the main domestic property when valuing the domestic property for domestic rates under the new discrete capital values system.
(130556)
183
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timetable is for (a) local authorities to finalise their district rate for 2007-08, (b) finalising the level of the regional rate for 2007-08 and (c) the posting of domestic rates bills to local authorities; and from which day in April 2007 the new domestic rates bills are liable.
(130557)
184
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many reports of fly-tipping were received by the Environment and Heritage Service in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.
(130558)
185
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate has been made of the amount of household waste illegally dumped in Northern Ireland originating from the Republic of Ireland in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.
(130559)
186
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what Gateway Reviews have (a) been produced and (b) are underway of projects by the Valuation and Lands Agency.
(130560)
187
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what co-efficient value was given to the property attribute for adjoining golf course in each of the 25 market areas in the Valuation and Lands Agency calibrated Multiple Regression formula used in domestic rates revaluation in Northern Ireland.
(130564)
188
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what fine may be imposed on residents who do not fill in a questionnaire sent by the Valuation and Lands Agency asking for information on the property attributes of their residence.
(130570)
Questions to the Prime Minister
189
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Prime Minister, why the reason for the removal of an honour from an individual is not routinely included with the notice of forfeiture placed in the London Gazette; if he will make it his policy that such reasons be so included; and if he will make a statement.
(130486)
190
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Prime Minister, what sanctions he is proposing should be imposed upon the Sudanese government following his letter to Chancellor Merkel.
(130248)
191
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a list of attendees, with their affiliations, of public events hosted at 10 Downing Street in the last two years on European Community matters.
(130631)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
192
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the potential change in local government electoral turnout in an elected mayoral system.
(130561)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
193
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what information the Government holds on the condition of London's gas mains; what estimate he has made of the funding necessary to improve conditions; how much is being spent on improvements; and if he will make a statement.
(130464)
194
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many recent representations he has received about age discrimination in the insurance industry.
(130692)
195
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on the research councils' budgets of not authorising them to utilise end-of-year flexibility in 2007-08.
(130432)
196
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he plans to take to elicit the necessary authorisation from HM Treasury to allow the research councils to utilise end of year flexibility during 2007-08.
(130433)
197
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what methods of finding a business partner in another EU member state for the purposes of an application under the European Research and Development Programme are open to UK businesses.
(130675)
198
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will discuss the implications of the competition issues arising from the TUI-First Choice merger in the UK package holiday market with the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection; and if he will make a statement.
(130052)
199
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the European Community patent.
(130485)
200
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many postdoctoral fellowships were awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in financial year (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and how many are budgeted for the financial year 2007-08.
(130613)
201
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding was allocated to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to fund postdoctoral fellowships in financial years (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and what the budget is for the financial year 2007-08.
(130614)
202
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will assess the merits of appointing a chief engineer to advise the Government on sustainable infrastructure.
(130053)
203
N
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the number of post offices that will be required for the Post Office to meet the new access criteria that he has proposed.
(130375)
204
N
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the reasons were for delaying the response to the consultation on the future of the Post Office from March to May.
(130376)
205
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the average domestic (a) gas and (b) electricity bill in England was in each year from 1996-97 to 2006-07; and what estimate his Department has made for 2007-08.
(130546)
206
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for South Holland and the Deepings of 11th January 2007, Official Report, column 738W, on regional development agencies, what the addresses are of each of the regional development agencies' overseas offices.
(130582)
207
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many successful prosecutions there were of companies in breach of the Control of Misleading Advertisements Regulations 1988 in each of the last five years; and in each case what breach took place.
(130627)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
208
N
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on the proposal by South West Trains to increase (a) off-peak, (b) super off-peak and (c) first class fares; and if he will make a statement.
(130416)
209
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has undertaken any research on the impact of railfreight interchanges on reducing the number of heavy goods vehicles movements and carbon dioxide emissions.
(130478)
210
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he was first informed of proposals by South West Trains for a new premium rate for travel; what representations he has made to South West Trains on the new rate; and if he will make a statement.
(130527)
211
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has made to South West Trains on (a) the condition of existing rolling stock and (b) future requirements for rolling stock.
(130528)
212
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish correspondence between the Highways Agency and Shirley Estates on the proposed motorway service area at Junction 4 of the M42.
(130472)
213
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the correspondence between the Highways Agency, Birmingham International Airport and Swayfields with regard to the proposed motorway service area between Junction 5 and Junction 6 of the M42.
(130473)
214
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations between the Highways Agency and Shirley Estates with regard to the proposed motorway service area at Junction 4 of the M42.
(130474)
215
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations between the Highways Agency, Birmingham International Airport and Swayfields on the proposed motorway service area between Junction 5 and Junction 6 of the M42.
(130475)
216
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers local authorities have to charge utility companies for street works; and if he will make a statement.
(130572)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
217
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the administrative cost has been of (a) valuations, (b) appeals and (c) other costs of the council tax revaluation in Wales.
(130573)
218
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether the 2005 council tax revaluation in Wales was revenue-neutral.
(130574)
219
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what proportion of properties in Wales moved from bands (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F, (g) G and (h) H to each other band in the Welsh Council Tax revaluation.
(130575)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
220
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward amendments to legislation to ensure that carers who claim state pension are also able to claim carer's allowance.
(130463)
221
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the bodies responsible for awarding (a) pension credit, (b) housing benefit, (c) income support, (d) jobseeker's allowance, (e) incapacity benefit, (f) council tax benefit and (g) state pension have spent on sending mail items in each of the last five years.
(130596)
222
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how often his Department's databases are updated with the revised details of individuals who have moved house.
(130597)
223
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2007, Official Report, column 816W, on social security benefits: lone parents, how many lone parents there were in the United Kingdom in each year since 1992; and what proportion of them had been in receipt of out-of-work benefits in each quarter since 1995.
(130374)
224
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Chile.
(130504)
225
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in each of the last three years to fund council tax benefit in Scotland.
(130567)
226
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many young housing benefit recipients were subject to the shared room rate restriction in each region in each year since its introduction.
(130626)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
227
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what steps the UK is taking under the Fundamental Rights of Citizenship programme (EU budget code 18 04 06); and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (130637)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
228
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to answer Question 115982 on children of asylum seekers, tabled by the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green on 11th January.
[Transferred] (130601)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
229
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) civil servants, (b) public officials and (c) special advisers have been invited on information and study trips hosted by (i) the European Parliament and (ii) the European Commission since May 1997.
[Transferred] (130683)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
230
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Lord Chancellor's recently stated opinion on the minimum period that Ian Huntley should spend in prison is Government policy; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (130579)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
231
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will put in place a national strategy for older people.
[Transferred] (130501)

 
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