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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 16 April 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 Monday 16 April 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 16 April 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 16 April of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 16 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 16 April see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his Department's policy to allow savings on annually managed expenditure to fund spending through departmental expenditure limits as recommended by the Freud Review.
(131143)
2
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131040)
3
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure the independence of the Independent Adviser to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
(131433)
4
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the percentage change is in (a) income tax and (b) employee national insurance contributions arising from budget changes for individuals (i) at or over the state pension age and (ii) below the state pension age with an income of (A) £60,000 per annum, (B) £30,00 per annum and (C) £15,000 per annum.
(131600)
5
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) arrests were made and (b) convictions were secured by HM Revenue and Customs for (i) drugs trafficking and (ii) associated criminal finance in each year since 1998, broken down by offence.
(131611)
6
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to complete the investigations into Missing Trader Intra-Community fraud; and if he will make a statement.
(131613)
7
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations he has received from companies awaiting results of Missing Trader Intra-Community fraud checks regarding the effect on their financial position of the time taken to complete the checks.
(131614)
8
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether extra resources have been transferred to Missing Trader Intra-Community fraud investigations in order to complete the checks within the appointed time limits.
(131615)
9
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue impact of charging capital gains tax on residential property owned by non-domiciled and non-resident individuals; and if he will make a statement.
(131616)
10
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the reduction in the yield of stamp duty land tax as a result of the sale of commercial and residential property into offshore companies; and if he will make a statement.
(131617)
11
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the statement that the euro makes us strong contained in the Berlin Declaration of 25th March 2007 forms part of the Government's European policy.
(130720)
12
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will set rules for the appointment of the policyholder advocate which ensure that the person is appointed by someone independent of the company holding the orphan assets; what this advocate's role is; to whom he is responsible; who pays him his remuneration; on what basis the advocate can agree to a different division of the orphan assets on reattribution which is a higher percentage for the shareholders than that required on distribution; how the proportions upon reattribution get decided, and by whom, in cases where the independent policyholder advocate indicates dissent to that which is proposed; and if he will make a statement.
(131107)
13
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure (a) fairness to policyholders in the treatment of orphan assets and (b) that unreasonable dividends do not accrue to shareholders from orphan assets does not happen; and if he will make a statement.
(131108)
14
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce rules preventing the reattribution of orphan assets on any basis other than that which would apply to their distribution; and if he will make a statement.
(131109)
15
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the system is for the regulation of independent financial advisers.
(131111)
16
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a (a) policyholder and (b) shareholder is liable for tax on his share of a reallocated orphan asset.
(131112)
17
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of differential regional pay for public service employees in Wales on the Welsh economy.
(131224)
18
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people under the age of 25 years committed suicide due to cannabis-induced psychosis in 2006.
(131201)
19
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths have been attributed to cannabis-induced psychosis in the last five years.
(131202)
20
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people (a) whose income will be reduced by the abolition of the 10p income tax rate, broken down by gender, and (b) whose loss of income caused by the abolition of the 10p income tax rate will be made up by tax credits.
(131290)
21
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Treasury's 2007 internal guidance for staff on security procedures for the Budget.
(131340)
22
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from which NHS trusts his Department received secondees in each of the last five years.
(131341)
23
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when a Minister in his Department last visited (a) Bahrain, (b) Kuwait, (c) Oman, (d) Qatar, (e) Saudi Arabia, (f) the United Arab Emirates and (g) Yemen on official business.
(131352)
24
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15th March 2007, Official Report, column 474W, on energy: conservation, what proportion of the funding announced by his Department on 22nd March 2006 (a) has been spent and (b) relates to improved (i) energy efficiency in the public sector and (ii) increased access to the arts and culture; and what estimate he has made of energy efficiencies gained.
(131353)
25
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of taxpayers with marginal deduction rates of over (a) 60 per cent., (b) 70 per cent., (c) 80 per cent., (d) 90 per cent. and (e) 100 per cent. (i) in 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10.
(131357)
26
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on investment of the Paymaster General's announcement on 2nd March limiting sideways loss relief.
(131358)
27
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether all the funding to be provided by central government departments towards the cost of the Olympics will be new money allocated in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(131367)
28
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2007, Official Report, column 1319W, on Parliamentary Questions, on how many occasions this advice has been given in the last 12 months.
(131368)
29
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2007, Official Report, column 770W, on schools: cadets, which fundraising (a) events and (b) meetings Rod Aldridge has attended in the last six months as part of his duties.
(131370)
30
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, columns 1441-2W, on departments: public expenditure, when his Department approved the Home Office's proposals to commit resources to (a) the identity cards scheme and (b) the construction of 8,000 extra prison places announced by the Secretary of State for the Home Department in July 2006.
(131373)
31
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2007, Official Report, column 98W, on Economic and Monetary Union, how many people were employed by the Euro Preparations Unit in each year since 1997, broken down by grade.
(131378)
32
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects of expanding co-payment in the public services.
(130877)
33
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131549)
34
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131558)
35
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the regulations which govern the harbouring of assets such as those acquired by the members of the ruling elite of Kazakhstan; and if he will make a statement.
(131384)
36
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many temporary Construction Industry Scheme 4 cards were issued without the applicant holding a current national insurance number in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.
(131254)
37
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many temporary Construction Industry Scheme 4 cards were issued in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and how many such cards are in circulation.
(131255)
38
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the priority given by district valuers to conducting valuations under section 128 of the Housing Act 1985 as compared to their other (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory functions.
(131148)
39
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic effects in Wales of the introduction of regional pay in the public sector.
(131188)
40
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Dundee West are eligible for the working tax credit.
(131257)
41
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons those without children and disabilities and under the age of 25 are ineligible to claim working tax credit.
(131265)
42
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Dundee West (a) are eligible for and (b) claim the child tax credit.
(131298)
43
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Dundee West claim the working tax credit.
(131299)
44
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many taxpayers who submitted self-assessment tax returns were charged a penalty of £100 for late submission in each of the last three years; how many appealed against the penalty in each year; how many appeals were allowed in each year; what percentage of penalty charges were collected in each year; and how many were not collected due to death or tax due being under £100 in each year.
(131420)
45
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost was of the Lyons Review on local government finance.
(131586)
46
N
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the maximum period is during which HM Revenue and Customs may retain a student loan payment taken by Pay As You Earn before the amount is transferred to the Student Loans Company.
(130882)
47
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure the provision of accessible premises in Huddersfield for people requiring information and advice from HM Revenue and Customs.
(131595)
48
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees of HM Revenue and Customs were employed in Huddersfield in each of the past 10 years.
(131596)
49
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to improve the provision of services and information by HM Revenue and Customs in Huddersfield.
(131597)
50
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will exempt Land Rovers and similar vehicles in use in rural areas which are necessary for those who work and live there from the additional excise duty mentioned in the budget.
(131318)
51
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 485W, on national insurance contributions, what steps he has taken to rectify letters relating to the non-payment of national insurance contributions in the 2004-05 tax year sent in error.
(131409)
52
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will answer the letters of 18th December 2006 and 19th December 2006 from the hon. Member for Northavon (our ref: denn/vct and you/lh) on the financing of AIDS treatment around the world.
(130863)
53
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many home visits have been made by HM Revenue and Customs to individuals who qualify for this service each tax year since 2001-02; and what assessment he has made of the implications of trends in these figures.
(131025)
54
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how regularly student loan payments received by HM Revenue and Customs are transferred to the Student Loan Company; and to whom interest earned on such payments is credited.
(131056)
55
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of child tax credit for families with children aged 16 to 19 years in full-time education and training in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what the cost is expected to be in 2007-08.
(131573)
56
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will link the threshold for inheritance tax in Northern Ireland to the level of house prices there.
(131131)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
57
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which Government (a) projects and (b) policy areas her Delivery Unit is reviewing.
(131343)
58
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will list the names of all delivery teams in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit.
(131344)
59
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which projects the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit's Commissioned Projects Team has reviewed in the last 12 months.
(131346)
60
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2007, Official Report, column 823W, on the Policy Review, what the cost has been of the IPSOS-MORI contract.
(130885)
61
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on tackling social exclusion.
(131402)
62
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil servants have been found to be in breach of Civil Service Code provisions relating to dealings with Parliament since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(131160)
63
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) supporting a problem family in the community and (b) early intervention support for such a family.
(131170)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
64
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the funding of church repairs; and if he will make a statement.
(131704)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
65
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what meetings took place between Ministers and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131036)
66
N
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total cost was to the public purse of the Lyons Report on local government finance.
(131133)
67
N
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what process she expects South Bedfordshire District Council and Mid Bedfordshire District Council to follow during the consultation exercise on the unitary proposals for Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.
(131568)
68
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff she expects to be transferred from existing fire control centres to the regional fire control centres; what consultation she has held with staff and unions about Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) transfer; and what arrangements she plans to make for staff unable to transfer to the new regional fire control centres.
(131227)
69
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and which staff working in fire control centres are on short-term contracts.
(131228)
70
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects (a) each regional fire control centre to open and (b) staff to migrate to each centre; and what the rental costs are expected to be for each centre in the final year of operation.
(131229)
71
Angela Eagle (Wallasey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made with the Discrimination Law Review; and when she expects to publish the Review.
(131610)
72
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the level of interaction between New Deal for Communities boards and residents; and if she will make a statement.
(131645)
73
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how expenditure by New Deal for Communities boards is scrutinised by the Government Office for London; and if she will make a statement.
(131646)
74
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in her Department and its predecessor participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if she will make a statement.
(131540)
75
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in her Department and its predecessor who undertook (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98, were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement.
(131565)
76
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2007, Official Report, columns 1329-30W, on housing: construction, what estimate she has made of the number and percentage of the houses built in each category in 2005-06 that were built (a) for rental purposes and (b) as social housing.
(131134)
77
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) individuals and (b) families are in housing need in each local authority area in Hampshire; and what strategy she has for meeting this need.
(131174)
78
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what investigations take place into applicants for grants from the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund (FCCBF) on (a) the extent of their representativeness amongst that religion's followers and (b) the ability of groups to finance schemes without FCCBF grants; and if she will make a statement.
(131278)
79
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many regional assemblies are reviewing their social, economic and environmental partners membership; and at what cost.
(131207)
80
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) she and (b) other Ministers in her Department met representatives from (i) any council that has bid for unitary status and (ii) any councils affected by such bids between October 2006 and 27th March 2007.
(131048)
81
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of Planning Policy Statement 3 on the number of dwellings that will be built on greenfield sites in the South East.
(131622)
82
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what definition she uses of genuine local circumstances that would allow windfall sites to be included in local authority plans.
(131623)
83
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new homes in the South East were built on windfall sites in each year between 2001 and 2006.
(131624)
84
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what percentage of those voting in each large scale voluntary transfer ballot voted (a) for and (b) against transfer in each of the last three years.
(131052)
85
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which councils' tenants voted against large scale voluntary transfer in each year since 1997.
(131053)
86
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many gypsy and traveller accommodation needs assessments (a) have been completed and (b) are outstanding.
(131234)
87
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of unauthorised gypsy traveller caravans on unauthorised (a) developments and (b) encampments.
(131235)
88
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether, under Planning Policy Statement 3, open land associated with an airfield and used for recreational aviation will be potentially subject to development; and if she will make a statement.
(131225)
89
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether, under Planning Policy Statement 3, the Government has changed its policy on the protection of airfields from development; and if she will make a statement.
(131256)
90
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the cost of the establishment of unitary authorities were all 16 bids to be approved.
(131165)
91
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what provision is made when setting council tax banding for dwellings located within estates where services are funded directly by residents rather than the local authority; and if she will make a statement.
(131186)
92
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage of the sale price of council houses in (a) Swindon and (b) England was spent on social housing in each of the last five years.
(131085)
93
N
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will answer the Questions tabled by the hon. Member for Meriden on (a) 9th January 2007 (114760) and (b) 22nd November 2006 (103902) on Home Information Packs.
(130880)
94
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Private Sector Housing Renewal Grant was for the South West in 2006-07; what it is projected to be in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(131142)
95
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Town and Country Planning Control of Advertisements Regulations 2007 will be introduced in England and Wales.
(131167)
96
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was awarded to Hartlepool Borough Council in government grants in each year since 1996.
(131363)
97
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent trends in house prices on first-time buyers in Hartlepool constituency; and what steps her Department plans to help first-time buyers.
(131364)
98
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households in (a) Hartlepool constituency, (b) Tees Valley sub-region and (c) North East Region are part of a shared home ownership scheme.
(131366)
99
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what total amount her Department allocated to Hartlepool Borough Council for disabled facilities grants in each of the last five years; and if she will increase in real terms the amount provided in each of the next three years.
(131394)
100
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department allocated to Hartlepool Borough Council for highways maintenance and repair in each of the last five years; and if she will increase in real terms the amount provided in the next three years.
(131395)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
101
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what meetings took place between Ministers in her Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date of each such meeting was.
(131026)
102
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many firms provide legal aid services in Wellingborough; and what the average number of such firms is per constituency.
(131664)
103
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether the Channel Islands are part of the United Kingdom; and what their constitutional status is.
(131746)
104
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what rights and responsibilities are enjoyed by the Channel Islands under the terms of their relationship with the EU under Protocol 3 of the UK's treaty of accession.
(131747)
105
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what rights and responsibilities are enjoyed by the Channel Islands under the terms of their relationship with the UK.
(131748)
106
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many people in her Department and its predecessor participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if she will make a statement.
(131541)
107
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many people in her Department and its predecessor who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement.
(131561)
108
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many inquests into deaths of service personnel killed in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan are still outstanding; and when she expects this backlog to be cleared.
(131697)
109
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on changes in the point of arrival for military fatalities from overseas and the implications for the Coroners Service; what plans she has to allocate further resources to the relevant coroner in the event that the point of arrival for military fatalities from overseas is changed (a) temporarily and (b) permanently; and if she will make a statement.
(131715)
110
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what effect she expects her reforms of the legal aid system to have on legal aid provision in Northamptonshire.
(131659)
111
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what recent representations she has received on the new system of legal aid provision.
(131707)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
112
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings took place between Ministers in her Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date of each such meeting was.
(131027)
113
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the account taken of the impact of new development on television reception in the planning system.
(131667)
114
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total estimated cost to the Metropolitan Police is of controlling any increase in crime during the Olympic Games in 2012.
(131209)
115
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the ban on smoking in public places in the Health Act 2006 on tourism to the UK from the Middle East.
(131755)
116
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the production of live and recorded entertainment of proposals to sell the radio spectrum.
(130804)
117
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the annual expenditure profile is of the revised Olympics budget.
(131408)
118
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people in her Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if she will make a statement.
(131539)
119
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people in her Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement.
(131555)
120
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what total amount was paid in Lottery grants in each Hampshire local and unitary authority for (a) community, (b) leisure, (c) environment, (d) housing, (e) social inclusion and (f) other purposes in each of the last five financial years.
(131243)
121
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th March 2007, Official Report, column 324W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, what (a) discussions she has held and (b) correspondence she has received from (i) the Great Britain Target Shooting Federation, (ii) the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, (iii) the British International Clay Target Shooting Federation and (iv) other shooting organisations on the siting of the Olympic shooting competition at Woolwich; what their views were on the decision; and if she will make a statement.
(131356)
122
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the likely benefits which will result from bidding to host the 2018 Football World Cup.
(131119)
123
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of the additional funding for elite athletes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 since it was announced in the 2006 Budget.
(131675)
124
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what requirement there is for the inclusion of energy saving and energy producing features in the Government's Better Public Building initiative.
(131187)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
125
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131028)
126
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 604W, on Diego Garcia: USA, on how many occasions since (a) the exchange of notes and (b) the updated exchange of notes the UK has (i) been asked and (ii) given approval for operations carried out by the United States from Diego Garcia.
(131060)
127
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Air Force personnel are based at RAF Feltwell.
(131061)
128
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what clothing contracts let by his Department have been (a) awarded to overseas companies and (b) sub-contracted from UK companies to overseas companies in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(131128)
129
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by when he expects to agree an acceptable price for the seventh and eighth Type 45 destroyers.
(131769)
130
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received any expressions of interest from foreign governments regarding the purchase of Type 45 destroyers.
(131770)
131
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department retains stocks of chemical weapon agents for prophylactic research purposes.
(131200)
132
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes were introduced following the seizure of the British marine patrol vessel by Iran in 2004.
(130865)
133
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy and marine patrol boats are operating in Iraqi waters.
(130866)
134
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what global positioning system and satellite tracking systems are on board Royal Navy rigid inflatable patrol boats.
(130867)
135
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what helicopter support is available to support British Marines operating in Iraqi waters as part of operations conducted in pursuance of UN Security Council Resolution 1723.
(130868)
136
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which other NATO countries are contributing to the patrolling of Iraqi waters in addition to British forces; and who has overall command.
(130869)
137
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cluster bombs or their equivalents (a) are in the ownership of the Government and (b) have been ordered and have yet to be delivered; what will happen to these stocks; and if he will make a statement.
(131397)
138
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the failed destruct rate is of smart cluster bombs; and if he will make a statement.
(131398)
139
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131546)
140
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131551)
141
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2007, Official Report, column 1359W, on Navy: deployment, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital spending was made on the Royal Yacht in each of the last five years; and what spending is forecast for future years.
(131325)
142
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans his Department has put in place to deal with any errors made when the Army has its first pay run under the new joint personnel administration in April.
(131080)
143
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he made the calculation that the impact of the Budget on the lowest paid members of the armed forces who are single is that they will be worse off by the equivalent of £1 per week.
(131081)
144
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what subsidy his Department provides to assist paying the premium for life insurance for the most dangerous specialist roles in the armed forces.
(131082)
145
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the EU Defence Ministers' meeting on 1st March.
(131084)
146
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which theatres the armed forces have engaged in conflict prevention operations in 2006-07.
(131087)
147
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January 2007, Official Report, column 109W, on service personnel, what the five major issues on the Service Families Task Force Tri-Service Families Action Plan are.
(131088)
148
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units will be operating outside harmony guidelines as a result of the deployment to Iraq of Telic 10; and what the average tour gap number is for each unit.
(131089)
149
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many war pensions were awarded under each level of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme in each year since 2001.
(131090)
150
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date the distribution of the 2007 Royal Air Force desktop calendar was complete.
(131091)
151
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether current (a) commitments and (b) planning assumptions include capacity for urgent operations in (i) the UK and (ii) overseas.
(131092)
152
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of the service personnel life insurance programme will be for 2007-08 and subsequent planned years; and under which budget this cost falls.
(131093)
153
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the Treasury regarding the long service advance of pay.
(131094)
154
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what factors have caused the changes in the costs of operations in Iraq between 2006-07 and 2005-06.
(131095)
155
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to include in its estimates memorandum its planning assumptions for the cost of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(131096)
156
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will break down the financial year 2005-06 outturn for resources one, two and three provision for each subhead by (a) near cash departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b) non-cash DEL, (c) capital DEL, (d) near cash annual managed expenditure, (e) non-cash annual managed expenditure, (f) capital annual managed expenditure, (g) near cash non-budget and (h) non-cash non-budget.
(131097)
157
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of each (a) private finance initiative and (b) public-private partnership project under consideration by his Department; and when he expects the contracts to be signed in each case.
(131098)
158
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of recruits to each of the armed forces were from ethnic minorities in each of the last five years; and how many were (a) British and (b) foreign nationals.
(131099)
159
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much financial support each NATO member supplied to the International Security Assistance Force in each year since 2001.
(131106)
160
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to include the provisions for all operations in the main estimates.
(131151)
161
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) the Scottish Executive on the proposed exemption of members of the armed forces serving overseas from paying council tax; when these discussions took place; what assessment the Government has made of the cost of such a scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(131689)
162
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were enrolled in (a) Gap Year Commission and (b) the Combined Cadet Force in each year since 1997.
(131694)
163
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) Gap Year Commission and (b) Combined Cadet Force recruits who subsequently entered the regular forces in each year since 1997.
(131695)
164
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outflow was from the regular Army for each year since 2001, broken down by (a) rank of officer and (b) other ranks.
(131696)
165
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what methods other than financial incentives are being used to improve recruitment and retention in the armed forces.
(131698)
166
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Defence Schools Presentation Team visits are planned for 2007.
(131699)
167
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the percentage of Armed Forces recruits that can be attributed to the work of the defence schools presentation teams in 2006.
(131700)
168
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2007, Official Report, columns 922-3W, on defence schools presentation teams, what assessment he has made of the impact of the defence schools presentation teams on (a) recruitment and (b) the public understanding of and relations with the armed forces.
(131701)
169
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2007, Official Report, columns 922-3W, on defence schools presentation teams, what consultation his Department undertook with each of the servcies when taking the decision to end the Defence Schools Presentations Teams.
(131702)
170
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to take steps to enable South Africans serving in the British armed forces to be offered British citizenship.
(131703)
171
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March 2007, Official Report, column 1033W, on the Armed Forces: South Africa, what steps he is taking to estimate the number of personnel serving in the British Army who have dual British and South African citizenship.
(131706)
172
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the South African Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and Regulation of Certain Activities in Areas of Armed Conflict Bill on the ability of South African personnel (a) to serve in and (b) to deploy with the British Armed Forces.
(131712)
173
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average waiting time was for the Veterans Agency to settle claims to personnel entitled to payments in each year since 1997.
(131713)
174
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ex-service personnel are waiting for financial entitlements from the Veterans Agency.
(131714)
175
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department takes to assess public perception of the Armed Forces; and if he will make a statement.
(131716)
176
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of Armed Forces personnel's perceptions of (a) the calibre, capability and quality of military equipment and (b) working patterns and pressures of service in the Armed Forces; and if he will make a statement.
(131717)
177
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether secondary school teachers will receive training on using the Defence Dynamics programme.
(131718)
178
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has been made of the likely effects of replacing the Defence Schools Presentation Teams with the Defence Dynamics programme; and if he will make a statement.
(131719)
179
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many letters the Veterans Agency has written to personnel in March 2007 waiting for (a) war disablement pensions and (b) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments; and if he will make a statement.
(131721)
180
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment post-operational stress programme; and if he will make a statement.
(131723)
181
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 201W, on Armed Forces: deployment, if he will place a copy of the review documents in the Library.
(131724)
182
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel are awaiting (a) war disablement pension payments and (b) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments from the Veterans Agency.
(131729)
183
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what methodology is used to calculate the figures for Votes A maxima.
(131734)
184
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 625, on Afghanistan (force levels), what his definition is of the long term; and what steps he is taking to mitigate against potential damage to the armed forces of current operational tempo.
(131741)
185
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to reduce troop levels in Northern Ireland.
(131004)
186
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what records are held on the number of employees (a) killed and (b) injured while working at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Chorley since the beginning of production at the site.
(130803)
187
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to commission new naval aircraft carriers; when he expects the carriers to be in service; and if he will make a statement.
(131185)
188
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money was spent on psychiatric aftercare of Territorial Army members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in each of the last five years.
(131630)
189
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army (a) received commendations and (b) were decorated for their bravery in action in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in each of the last five years.
(131631)
190
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army (a) were killed and (b) were injured in action in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in each of the last five years.
(131632)
191
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army who have completed tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan have sought psychiatric assistance following demobilisation; what medical support services are provided by the armed forces to members of the Territorial Army upon demobilisation; and by what means the Government monitors the health of Territorial Army members following demobilisation.
(131635)
192
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army (a) are on deployment in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan and (b) have served in each country in the last five years.
(131636)
193
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army who served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan were discharged as a result of psychiatric problems in each of the last five years.
(131637)
194
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what medical services are made available by the armed forces to members of the regular army upon the completion of tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(131638)
195
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the total number of soliders who have served in Iraq since the commencement of the war in Iraq have been from the ranks of the Territorial Army.
(131640)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
196
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the national access criteria for post offices.
(131666)
197
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people in his Department and its predecessor participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131545)
198
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many people in his Department and its predecessor who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131557)
199
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress has been made in considering the responses to the consultation on the future of the Post Office Network.
(131690)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
200
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what maximum daily journey time is recommended by his Department for a pupil between home and school by (a) bus, (b) car and (c) train.
(131193)
201
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance on best practice officials provide to local education authorities on maximum school journey times; and if he will place a copy in the Library.
(131194)
202
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131029)
203
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many free part-time nursery education places there were for (a) three year-olds and (b) four year-olds in schools in England in each year from 1997 to 2007; and what proportion of the age group each figure represents.
(131152)
204
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many childcare places were available in England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006.
(131153)
205
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) UK-based and (b) non-EU undergraduates were attending (i) university and (ii) other higher education colleges in England in (A) 1997 and (B) 2006.
(131154)
206
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of higher education students was drawn from low participation neighbourhoods in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.
(131155)
207
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students at English Russell Group universities were drawn from state schools in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006.
(131156)
208
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many adults in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) Learning and Skills Council area have gained basic skills as a result of the Skills for Life programme.
(131157)
209
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many individuals (a) have been helped to find courses by Learndirect advice services and (b) gained qualifications with the help of Learndirect.
(131158)
210
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the successful completion rate was for further education courses in each year from 2001 to 2006.
(131159)
211
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget was for English for Speakers of Other Languages provision over the last five years.
(131005)
212
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent on English for Speakers of Other Languages in each London borough in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(131006)
213
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people in each London borough he estimates are eligible for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses with full fee remittance.
(131007)
214
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people are on the waiting list for English for Speakers of Other Languages in (a) England and (b) each London borough.
(131009)
215
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total monetary contribution to the English for Speakers of Other Languages programme was from employers in each of the last five years.
(131010)
216
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were excluded from school on the grounds of health and safety in each of the last five years.
(131191)
217
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which diploma consortia have been approved to run diplomas in each subject area in 2008.
(131232)
218
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many overseas visits have been made by each member of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) Executive in the past 12 months; and how many of these were funded by (a) the QCA and (b) an overseas organisation.
(131236)
219
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many visits the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) received from representatives of overseas curriculum setting bodies in the last 12 months; and how many were funded by (a) the QCA and (b) an overseas organisation.
(131237)
220
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, columns 1406-7W, on secondary education: curriculum, how many parents will be invited to attend the regional events on the secondary curriculum review.
(131270)
221
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, columns 1406-7W, on secondary education: curriculum, which local authorities have been asked to host the regional events for parents on the secondary curriculum review.
(131271)
222
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, column 1391W, on children's centres, on what grounds he decided that (a) history, (b) geography, (c) science, (d) design and technology, (e) citizenship and (f) personal, social and health education were content heavy.
(131272)
223
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to his Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, column 1407W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether the Director of Curriculum produced a report on his visit to South Africa.
(131277)
224
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what scientifically based research was (a) commissioned, (b) produced and (c) consulted by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on the approach to the curriculum adopted in the secondary curriculum review.
(131285)
225
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what alterations were made to the secondary curriculum programmes of study and level descriptions produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) secondary curriculum review between their approval by the QCA board on 14th December 2006 and their publication.
(131720)
226
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 21st February 2007, Official Report, columns 1817-8W, on Bishops Park College, what the evidential basis was for the statement that Bishops Park College's approach to the curriculum has been shown to be effective in (a) helping to improve staying on rates, (b) reducing the number of exclusions and teenage pregnancies and (c) increasing parental satisfaction.
(131722)
227
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131543)
228
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131563)
229
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which five local education authorities have the (a) highest and (b) lowest unauthorised absence rates for secondary school pupils.
(131012)
230
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the timetable is for the introduction of specialised diplomas; and if he will make a statement.
(130874)
231
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many starts on the Entry 2 Employment programme were contracted between the Learning and Skills Council and providers in each county in England for each of the last four years; how many starts there were in each county in each year; and what the percentage difference is between the two figures in each case.
(131647)
232
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will ensure that the interest rates charged by the Student Loans Company are not raised by any more than the inflation rate for the next five years.
(131301)
233
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people have defaulted on the payments of their student loans; and what the cost of these defaults was in each of the last five years.
(131302)
234
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many stakeholders were consulted during the formal consultation with stakeholder representatives on the Teacher's Additional Voluntary Contribution Pension Scheme between November 2005 and February 2006.
(131041)
235
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how the stakeholders consulted during the formal consultation on Teacher's Additional Voluntary Contribution Pension Scheme were selected.
(131042)
236
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps were taken to ensure that stakeholders with a relevant interest were consulted during formal consultations on the Teacher's Additional Voluntary Contribution Pension Scheme; and how many scheme members were consulted.
(131043)
237
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what conclusions the Department has drawn from the responses given by members of the Teacher's Additional Voluntary Contribution Pension Scheme to formal consultation on changes to the scheme.
(131044)
238
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimates he has made of the cost of consulting members of the Teacher's Additional Voluntary Contribution Pension Scheme on the proposed changes to the scheme, broken down by main budget heading.
(131045)
239
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the flexibilities permitted by A-Day regulations in relation to the Teacher's Additional Voluntary Contribution Pension Scheme.
(131046)
240
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if his Department will undertake further consultations of the membership of the Teacher's Additional Voluntary Contribution Pension Scheme following changes introduced by A-Day regulations.
(131047)
241
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to extend the removal of VAT constraints from academies to all facilities funded through the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(131371)
242
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many primary and secondary school teachers who have left the profession before completing five years of teaching in the last 10 years have not returned to teaching.
(131266)
243
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers have left the profession before completing five years of teaching in the last 10 years, broken down by subject.
(131267)
244
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of teachers in the leadership group have taken early retirement in each of the past 10 years.
(131268)
245
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many 16 to 18 year olds were not in education, employment or training in the 10 per cent. of local education authorities with the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of free school meal entitlement in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006.
(131269)
246
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many national tests a primary school pupil takes between the ages of five and 11.
(131284)
247
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of half days were missed due to unauthorised absences among pupils in the 10 per cent. of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools with the (i) highest and (ii) lowest levels of free school meal entitlement in (A) 2006 and (B) 1997.
(131288)
248
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) Key Stage 1 and (b) Key Stage 2 pupils were taught in classes of (i) 29-30 and (ii) over 30 in each year since 1997.
(131289)
249
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence took place between his Department and the Prime Minister's Office on the target for academies to be created by 2010 prior to the Prime Minister's announcement on 30th November 2006 that the target was being doubled from 200 to 400 by 2010.
(131294)
250
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of students achieved A*-C at GCSE in a modern language in the 10 per cent. of schools with the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of free school meal entitlement in (i) 2006 and (ii) 1997.
(131295)
251
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many head teacher vacancies were advertised in the 10 per cent. of schools with the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of free school meal entitlement in the latest year for which figures are available.
(131296)
252
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils recorded at least one half day of unauthorised absence in the 10 per cent. of schools with the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of free school meal entitlement in (i) 2006 and (ii) 1997.
(131297)
253
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average starting salary is for a teacher in an (a) maintained primary school, (b) maintained secondary school and (c) academy.
(131607)
254
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many maintained schools paid their head teachers (a) more than £80,000, (b) more than £90,000 and (c) more than £100,000 in the latest year for which figures are available.
(131608)
255
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students started an undergraduate degree course which they then failed to complete in each year since 1997.
(131643)
256
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department has spent on anti-truancy measures since 1997.
(131644)
257
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department has spent on anti-bullying measures since 1997.
(131708)
258
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2007, Official Report, column 1286W, on headteachers: pay, whether his Department holds information on the salaries of teaching staff and school leaders in academies.
(131786)
259
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the criteria are for deciding the location of children's centres; and whether he expects such centres to be established in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.
(131419)
260
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was of setting up and maintaining the direct gov kids website; what its purpose is; and how many visitors it has had.
(131360)
261
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March 2007 to the hon. Member for South Holland and the Deepings, Official Report, columns 1392-3W, on employer training pilots, which the 10 largest employers were who have signed Train-to-Gain contracts to date; and how many employees are involved in Train-to-Gain in each of these 10 employers.
(131374)
262
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2007, Official Report, column 1272W, on apprentices, how many pupils in (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships achieved separate technical certificates in each year since 1997.
(131377)
263
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many learners (a) participated in programme-led pathways and (b) participated in programme-led pathways and progressed to (i) a work-based learning programme and (ii) a further education programme in each year since the inception of the scheme.
(131393)
264
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of UK higher education institutions spent their full budgeted levels on income-assessed non-repayable bursaries for undergraduate students in each year since 1996.
(131418)
265
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimates have been made of the total value of unclaimed non-repayable bursaries and scholarships for students at higher education institutions in each year since 2001.
(131427)
266
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total value was on income-assessed non-repayable student bursaries administered by the Student Loan Company on behalf of higher education institutions in each year since 2001.
(131428)
267
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many income-assessed non-repayable student bursaries were administered by the Student Loan Company on behalf of higher education institutions in each year since 2001.
(131429)
268
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what mechanisms exist for the Office of Fair Access to ensure higher education institutions spend budgeted levels on income-assessed non-repayable bursaries.
(131430)
269
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was of education maintenance allowances in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what the expected cost is in 2007-08.
(131576)
270
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the cost was of learner support funds for 16 to 18 year olds in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what the cost is expected to be in 2007-08.
(131577)
271
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much funding was allocated to (a) adult learner support, (b) career development loans and (c) wage compensation under Train to Gain in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; and how much is likely to be allocated in 2007-08.
(131578)
272
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the expected cost is of fee loans and fee grants for full-time students on undergraduate degrees linked to Higher Education Funding Council for England and Training and Development Agency-funded provision in 2007-08.
(131579)
273
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of Higher Education Funding Council for England-funded students are on first full Level 4 degrees.
(131580)
274
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the planned cash cost is of maintenance income contingent loans for full-time higher education students in England in 2007-08.
(131581)
275
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the planned cash cost is of grants for (a) full-time and (b) part-time undergraduate students in England in 2007-08.
(131582)
276
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools in (a) Hartlepool constituency and (b) Tees Valley sub region offer extended hours; what activities are provided in the schools offering extended hours; and if he will make a statement.
(131361)
277
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of children in Hartlepool (a) have special educational needs and (b) were educated in special schools in each year since 1997.
(131362)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
278
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the expected cost is of changing the name of the State Veterinary Service to Animal Health; and how much is expected to be accounted for by (a) replacement signs, (b) headed notepaper, (c) other branded stationery, (d) website redesign and (e) other costs.
(131192)
279
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which of his Department's executive agencies and other connected bodies has changed its name since 2003; and what the associated cost was in each case of (a) replacement signs, (b) headed notepaper, (c) other branded stationery, (d) redesign of website and (e) other costs.
(131226)
280
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK's carbon emissions were in 2005; and what percentage change they represented from the level in 1990.
(131410)
281
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reduction in UK carbon emissions is predicted to result from (a) Phase 1 and (b) Phase 2 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, expressed (i) in tonnes and (ii) as a percentage of the total at the start of the scheme.
(131411)
282
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage reduction in UK carbon emissions has resulted to date from participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
(131412)
283
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether UK carbon emission reductions resulting from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme are being independently reviewed and audited.
(131413)
284
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reduction in UK carbon emissions was projected to result from Phase One of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme at its outset; and what reductions have been quantified to date.
(131414)
285
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to improve the performance of local authorities in removing litter from rural roads.
(131230)
286
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings took place between Ministers and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date of each such meeting was.
(131030)
287
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to (a) electricity generation, (b) domestic aviation, (c) international aviation and (d) road transport in (i) 1990, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006.
(131074)
288
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he make it his policy to suspend the proposed trials of genetically modified potatoes.
(131076)
289
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Dutch counterpart on trials of genetically modified potatoes.
(131077)
290
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for changes in the Environment Agency budget.
(131223)
291
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people in his Department and its predecessor participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131544)
292
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people in his Department and its predecessor who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131550)
293
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to oppose the lifting of the moratorium on commercial whaling; and if he will write in opposition to lifting of the ban to his counterparts in (a) Denmark, (b) other member governments of the European Union, (c) St Lucia, (d) St Vincent and The Grenadines, (e) Antigua and Barbuda, (f) Dominica, (g) Grenada, (h) St Kitts and Nevis, (i) Solomon Islands, (j) Belize, (k) Toralu, (l) Kinibati, (m) The Gambia, (n) Cameroon and Nauru, (o) other Commonwealth members of the International Whaling Commission and (p) other members of the International Whaling Commission.
(131144)
294
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations with (a) the North Sea Fisheries Advisory Council and (b) the Kent and Essex Sea Fisheries Committee he had on skates and rays before attending the December 2006 EU Council of Fisheries ministers.
(130812)
295
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the reduction required in UK carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 if the UK is to meet its share in an international goal of stabilising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at between 450 and 550 ppm of carbon dioxide equivalent.
(131737)
296
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many false positive results were obtained from tests for bovine tuberculosis undertaken in Eddisbury constituency in each of the last five years.
(131311)
297
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the reliability of the use of tuberculin manufactured in Holland to identify cattle with bovine tuberculosis.
(131312)
298
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to ensure that compensation for the slaughter of cattle with actual or presumed bovine tuberculosis is at market value.
(131313)
299
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much compensation was paid to farmers in Eddisbury constituency for the slaughter of cattle with bovine tuberculosis in each year since 2001.
(131314)
300
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was (a) spent on and (b) allocated to bonuses for staff in the Rural Payments Agency in the financial year (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2004-05; what the (A) highest and (B) lowest bonus paid in each year was; and what percentage of the total sum in each year was related to staff who have responsibility for rural payments (1) in the North West and (2) in Eddisbury constituency.
(131779)
301
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, why a certificate is needed to purchase Azurlox.
(131711)
302
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Canadian government about seal hunting; and if he will make a statement.
(130769)
303
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely impact on British Waterways' ability to meet its deadline for 2012 for the full clearance of the maintenance arrears if British Waterways' grant-in-aid is to be set at £55.4 million with a five per cent. year on year reduction with adjustments for retail price index; and whether a new deadline has been set for the removal of these arrears.
(130881)
304
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when guidance on soil values for asbestos is expected to be published.
(131206)
305
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of infringement considered since the introduction of the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations have not resulted in prosecutions.
(131730)
306
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to introduce mandatory targets for the reduction of excess packaging by retailers and food producers.
(131731)
307
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the targets set by supermarkets and food producers under the Courtauld Commitment have been met.
(131732)
308
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance is provided to the owners of mobile homes to improve their energy efficiency.
(131055)
309
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the national plan for tackling blue tongue disease will be published.
(131319)
310
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what compensation packages are in place for farmers whose stock (a) become infected with blue tongue disease and (b) need to be contiguously culled.
(131320)
311
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely economic impact on fishermen of the quota swap of UK prawns for German sole; and if he will make a statement.
(131321)
312
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what definition his Department uses of free-range eggs; and if he will make a statement.
(131322)
313
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many whales (a) Norway, (b) Iceland and (c) Japan have caught since the last meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
(131323)
314
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) maximum and (b) average distance a midge infected with blue tongue disease disease can travel.
(131386)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
315
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings took place between Ministers in her Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131031)
316
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will list the individuals who are not UK citizens who were awarded honours in the period 1st April 2006 to 31st March 2007, indicating in each case the (a) date of announcement, (b) honour in question and (c) reason for the award.
(131058)
317
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25th January 2007, Official Report, column 1957W, on the weapons of mass destruction dossier, why she has no plans to publish Mr John Williams' draft document, extracts from it, or to confirm details of the contents; why the draft document was not made available to the inquiry led by Lord Hutton; and whether her Department retains the document.
(131333)
318
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the draft of the dossier on weapons of mass destruction produced by the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Mr John Scarlett, on 10th September 2002 (a) was based upon and (b) took into account the draft document produced by Mr John Williams on 9th September 2002.
(131334)
319
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether reference was made to Iraq's ability to deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes in (a) an assessment by the Joint Intelligence Committee prior to 9th September 2002, (b) a draft of the dossier by the Joint Intelligence Committee prior to 9th September 2002, (c) the draft document produced by Mr John Williams on 9th September 2002 and (d) the draft document produced by Mr John Scarlett on 10th September 2002.
(131335)
320
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who the author was of the executive summary of the dossier on weapons of mass destruction in September 2002.
(131336)
321
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who the members were of the dossier on weapons of mass destruction drafting group in September 2002; at which meeting the dossier was signed off on behalf of the group; and which members of the group were present at that meeting.
(131337)
322
John Bercow (Buckingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what legal steps the Government has taken to enforce the Geneva Convention following the statement in the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Burma on human rights abuses in conflict areas and humanitarian law.
(131421)
323
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK diplomatic missions (a) hosted and (b) did not host parties to celebrate HM The Queen's birthday in 2006.
(131103)
324
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, following the statement in the Berlin Declaration, whether it is the Government's policy to support a treaty to give effect to the statement that member states are united in the aim of placing the European Union on a renewed common basis before the European Parliament elections in 2009; and whether she agreed to the statement.
(131161)
325
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make representations encouraging the government of Zimbabwe to provide medical assistance to pro-democracy activists detained following a prayer meeting in Highfield, Harare in March 2007.
(131244)
326
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the treatment of four girls aged between 14 and 16 years in Putao District, Kachin State by members of the Burma Army and the subsequent imprisonment of the girls; what representations she has made to the Burmese government on this case; and if she will take steps to press the Burmese authorities (a) to release the girls, (b) to investigate the case and (c) to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
(131129)
327
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications of reports she has received in the treatment of women of ethnic minorities in Burma by the Burmese Army for initiatives to improve the Burmese government's record in human rights; and if she will make a statement.
(131130)
328
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has received on the treatment of Chin women in Burma by the (a) Burmese Army and (b) other Burmese state agencies; and if she will make a statement.
(131139)
329
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate she has made of the number of Iraqi civilian fatalities since the 2003 invasion.
(131113)
330
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Cabinet Ministers stayed at the British Embassy in Washington between (a) 3rd to 9th February 2004 and (b) 14th to 17th December 2004.
(131351)
331
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people in her Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if she will make a statement.
(131548)
332
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people in her Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement.
(131553)
333
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of (a) the human rights situation in Khazakhstan and (b) the imprisonment of Mahambet Abzhan and Azamat Zheteisbayev; and if she will make a statement.
(131355)
334
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will instruct the UK's Ambassador to Kazakhstan to visit Mahambet Abzhan and Asamat Zhetpisbayev to assess (a) the conditions in which they are being held and (b) the manner in which they are being treated.
(131369)
335
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the restrictions on political liberty in Kazakhstan imposed by the Kazakh government through the suspension of the registration of the Kazakh Conservative Party, the intimidation restrictions to freedom of speech and denial of fair access to political competition of party leaders and members; and if she will make a statement.
(131383)
336
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the recent Russia-Latvia Treaty signed to formalise their mutual border.
(131262)
337
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her Turkish counterpart on the steps Turkey is taking to comply with EU rules to allow it to progress with membership of the EU.
(131263)
338
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Afghanistan on progress in policing that country's borders; how many border guards are in place; and what surveillence is in use at checkpoints.
(131276)
339
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2007, Official Report, column 1202W, on the Syrian Arab Republic: Kamal al-Labwani, what steps UK officials in Damascus are taking to monitor the ongoing detention of Dr Kamal Al-Labwani.
(131021)
340
N
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2007, Official Report, column 1202W, on the Syrian Arab Republic: Kamal al-Labwani, what her most recent assessment is of the conditions in which Dr Kamal al-Labwani is being held; and if she will make a statement.
(131332)
341
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK position is on the purchasing in the UK property in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories which are deemed illegal according to international law; and if she will make a statement.
(131286)
342
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the UK position on the legality of marketing in the UK property in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories which are deemed illegal according to international law.
(131359)
343
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to raise with the government of Sri Lanka the disappearance of Pastor Victor Yogarajan and three others in Negombo on 2nd March.
(131141)
344
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost of the United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg was in 2005-06; and what the budgeted cost for the mission is in 2006-07.
(130770)
345
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) diplomatic service staff and (b) locally-recruited staff are employed at the United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, broken down by pay grade.
(130771)
346
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the floor area is of rented accommodation occupied by the UK Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg; what the costs associated with that accommodation were in the last year for which figures are available; what the floor area is of accommodation owned by the UK Government in Strasbourg; what the running costs of those buildings were in the last year for which figures are available; and what the latest open market valuation is of those buildings.
(130772)
347
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many officials from Government departments and agencies attended meetings at the Council of Europe (a) in Strasbourg and (b) elsewhere in each year between 2003 and 2006; how many visits for that purpose were made in each year; and how many overnight stays were associated with those visits in each year.
(130773)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
348
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings took place between Ministers in her Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131032)
349
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2007, Official Report, column 546W, on insulin, what adverse effects are associated with the use of (a) animal insulins, (b) synthetic human insulins and (c) analogue insulins; what the incidence is of each effect; and if she will make a statement.
(130721)
350
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd February 2007, Official Report, column 546W, on insulin, what the evidential basis is for the assessment that analogue insulins are (a) safe, (b) effective and (c) cost-effective.
(130722)
351
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to reply to the letter of 14th February 2007 from the hon. Member for Billericay on the Big Lottery Fund and the Living With Cancer programme.
(130723)
352
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the start date was of the NHS Injury Cost Recovery Scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(131126)
353
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS Injury Cost Recovery Scheme is expected to cover each year; and if she will make a statement.
(131127)
354
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage the £15 million earmarked to improve alcohol interventions in 2007-08 represents of the total uplift in revenue for primary care trust (PCTs) for that year; and how much of that funding each PCT has received.
(131709)
355
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions patients who met current acceptance criteria for restorative dentistry at Birmingham Dental Hospital have not been given a referral on the ground that there was not the capacity within the NHS waiting list target times for the patient to be seen.
(131049)
356
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 28th March 2007, on changes to the NHS resource accounting and budgeting (RAB) regime, why the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust was omitted from the list of trusts receiving the reversal of RAB income deductions.
(131372)
357
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at what age her Department recommends that children should receive eye check-ups.
(131385)
358
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on the health effects of the smoking of shisha pipes in public places.
(131756)
359
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions her Department has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence regarding a future work programme on insulin treatments.
(131406)
360
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were treated for cannabis-induced psychosis in each of the last five years; and how many were under 18 years old.
(131203)
361
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatments are available for people suffering from cannabis-induced psychosis.
(131204)
362
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which body is responsible for training doctors and the development of the curriculum for medical education.
(131641)
363
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the scoring system used for the Medical Training Application Service as part of Modernising Medical Careers operates.
(131642)
364
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the national service framework standards are for review of medication prescribed for the elderly; and what steps have been taken in each of the last five years to achieve compliance with the standards.
(131783)
365
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many secondees there were from the NHS to each central Government department in each of the last five years; and from which NHS trusts they were seconded.
(131345)
366
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department will respond to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's proposal for an Ultra-Orphan Drugs Evaluation Committee to undertake the appraisal of medicines for very rare diseases; and if she will make a statement.
(131654)
367
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department plans to take to decrease the time-lag between the conclusion of clinical trials and subsequent licensing of orphan medicines for the treatment of serious, life threatening or chronically debillitating illnessess and their availability to patients.
(131655)
368
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has undertaken research into the effectiveness of regulations on the development and licensing of orphan medicines; and whether there has been an assessment of access to these medicines for patients in the UK.
(131656)
369
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) orphan medicines and (b) medicines for orphan diseases have been appraised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE); what percentage of such medicines received (i) positive, (ii) restricted and (iii) negative guidance on their usage in the NHS; and what percentage of standard medicines considered by NICE received appraisals in each category in the latest period for which figures are available.
(131657)
370
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what powers she has to tackle the marketing in the UK by post from the Channel Islands of illegal food supplements and herbal remedies; and what steps she plans to take.
(131744)
371
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when officials from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency last met with representatives of the UK food supplements and herbal remedies sector to discuss the marketing of illegal products and unsubstantiated health claims from the Channel Islands; and whether further meetings are scheduled.
(131788)
372
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are followed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in circumstances of complaints on the marketing of food supplements and herbal remedies from (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey.
(131789)
373
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will meet representatives of the UK food supplements and herbal remedies sector to discuss the marketing of illegal products and the use of illegal health claims from the Channel Islands.
(131790)
374
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts (a) have set up and (b) are in the process of setting up weight management clinics.
(131650)
375
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices have established weight management services within their clinics.
(131651)
376
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of her Department's funding is spent on obesity mangement services.
(131652)
377
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to ensure compliance with National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on obesity.
(131653)
378
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources will be made available in order to meet the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on obesity in 2007-08.
(131670)
379
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been allocated to (a) primary care trusts, (b) acute hospital trusts, (c) strategic health authorities, (d) mental health trusts, (e) ambulance trusts and (f) local authorities to implement the smoking ban provisions of the Health Act 2006; and how spending of this funding is being monitored.
(131671)
380
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of ambulance service reconfigurations on response times.
(131672)
381
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will provide a breakdown of how the £25 million allocated to help improve category A ambulance response times has been spent; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of that expenditure.
(131673)
382
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to allocate any points in the Quality and Outcomes Framework of the General Medical Services contract to encourage general practitioners (a) to provide advice on weight management and (b) to refer patients to weight management services.
(131780)
383
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to allocate more points to the management of obesity in the new Quality and Outcomes Framework of the General Medical Services contract.
(131781)
384
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) her Department and (ii) each agency of her Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(131434)
385
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in her Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if she will make a statement.
(131438)
386
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in her Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement.
(131554)
387
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many isolation units were closed in each of the last three years; in which hospitals; what the extent was of the consultation procedure prior to closure in each case; and if she will make a statement.
(131102)
388
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions her Department has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on its future work programme on insulin treatments.
(131324)
389
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cost was incurred by all London hospital NHS trusts in reimbursing staff for the London congestion charge in the last financial year.
(131598)
390
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure by (a) her Department and (b) NHS organisations was on the services provided by Quality Health Ltd in each year since March 2001.
(130767)
391
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what communications her Department has had with Quality Health Ltd since March 2001.
(130768)
392
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of deep vein thrombosis were recorded in each health authority in England in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many there were in each of the last five years.
(131175)
393
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets for productivity improvement from GP practices she has set for the next three years.
(131013)
394
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in Northamptonshire were registered with an NHS dentist (a) in April 2006 and (b) in the most recent month for which figures are available.
(131572)
395
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents in (a) Kettering, (b) Wellingborough, (c) Corby, (d) Northampton South, (e) Northampton North and (f) Daventry constituency were registered with an NHS dentist (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) in the latest month in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(131575)
396
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the prevalence of the depiction of smoking on television and in films and (ii) trends in such depiction over the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(131146)
397
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 17th July 2006, Official Report, columns 244-5W, on avian influenza, what information her Department holds on (a) the fatality rates for the pandemic influenza outbreaks of (i) 1918-19 (H1N1), (ii) 1957 (N2N2) and (iii) 1968 (H3N2) and (b) the equivalent fatality rates amongst humans catching animal variations of each virus.
(131162)
398
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made with the pilots on injectable diamorphine prescribing in England; and what data on (a) outcomes relating to the health of the individuals participating in the pilots and (b) their offending rates have emerged from the pilots.
(131569)
399
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms exist to promote consistency in the decisions of Healthcare Commission inspectors in different areas; and if she will make a statement.
(130805)
400
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the availability of (a) phentermine, (b) diethylpropiom, (c) reductil and (d) orlistat from internet suppliers; what mechanisms are in place to promote appropriate medical supervision for those obtaining and using drugs through the internet; and if she will make a statement.
(130809)
401
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many trusts she expects to meet the Patient Administration System implementation deadline of 23rd April; and if she will make a statement.
(131739)
402
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS accounts for the financial year 2006-07 will be published.
(131740)
403
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust and (b) Milton Keynes Hospital spent on taxis in each of the last five years.
(131208)
404
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to reply to Question No. 109061, tabled on 11th December 2006.
(131264)
405
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have an electronic patient record system.
(131710)
406
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Minister of State for Health Services will respond to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham's letter of 8th March on the Mental Health Bill and implications for its Second Reading due on Monday 16th April.
(131375)
407
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the availability of the drug Tysabri for the treatment of sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
(131105)
408
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has met (a) pharmacists and (b) pharmaceutical wholesalers to discuss the supply network for British pharmaceuticals since Pfizer began distributing their products through a single company.
(131601)
409
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has received any representations on the operation of Pfizer's new distribution model for pharmaceuticals.
(131602)
410
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has met (a) Pfizer and (b) UniChem to discuss the operation of their pharmaceutical distribution network.
(131603)
411
N
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the operation of Pfizer's new distribution model for pharmaceuticals meets the guarantees provided to her Department in October 2006.
(131787)
412
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were cancelled within three months of the date of the operation being given to the patient in the last 12 months.
(131120)
413
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographers there were in the NHS in January (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2007 in (i) North Yorkshire and (ii) England.
(131121)
414
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis was for the National Insitute for Clinical Excellence's decision that anti-dementia medicines should not be made available for NHS patients with newly diagnosed mild Alzheimer's disease.
(131676)
415
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what basis the unit costs set out in table 1, page 11 of the report of the Public Consultation Review of Mental Health Employment Services across South Essex submitted to the South West Essex Primary Care Trust were calculated; and if she will make a statement.
(130871)
416
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the basis was for the conclusion of the report of the Public Consultation Review of Mental Health Employment Services across South Essex submitted to the South West Essex Primary Care Trust that the employment services, with the exception of the SEPT vocational unit, were not achieving satisfactory outcomes in relation to the service level agreement with the three Rethink employment services in South Essex; and if she will make a statement.
(130872)
417
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what occasions Mark Tebbs, the Mental Health Commissioner for South West Essex Primary Care Trust, visited the service trainees at Rethink Pet Supplies in Basildon prior to the publication of his report; and if she will make a statement.
(130873)
418
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the research and development budget for London hospitals was reallocated to hospitals in the regions in each of the last three years.
(131348)
419
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources her Department has allocated to facilitate the take-over of Hammersmith and St Mary Hospital Trust by Imperial College, London.
(131349)
420
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of her Department's research and development budget is allocated to (a) London and (b) each of the regions following her recent announcement on biomedical research centres.
(131350)
421
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking (a) to safeguard the future of Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust at Headington, Oxford and (b) to ensure that provisions for local services and specialist work can be maintained in the area.
(131390)
422
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many directors of public health were medically qualified in each year since 1997.
(131327)
423
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) occupational physicians and (b) occupational health nurses were employed in the NHS in each year since 1997.
(131328)
424
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the health trainers announced in the Choosing Health White Paper have been appointed.
(131329)
425
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether social workers are able to access patient records.
(131757)
426
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) central funding is planned to be made available and (b) local funding is planned to be ring-fenced for a locally-led public information programme to inform patients about the way their healthcare information will be held and to tell patients about the right they have to limit the way their information is shared.
(131758)
427
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on the Medical Training Application Service.
(131759)
428
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether patients prescribed homeopathic treatment will be able to access it from (a) one of the four NHS homeopathic hospitals and (b) local NHS homeopathic clinics; and what commitments the Government has made to the continued provision of homeopathy through NHS homeopathic hospitals.
(131760)
429
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether air ambulances are required to cover the cost of their own drugs.
(131761)
430
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether any of the bidders for the (a) Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services and (b) Clinical Assessment Treatment Services centres in the North West are also (i) healthcare providers in the North West and (ii) owned, wholly or in part, by healthcare providers in the North West.
(131762)
431
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who drafted the orginal Official Journal of the European Union notice on primary care trust commissioning published on 29th June 2006.
(131763)
432
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what involvement Mr Paul Corrigan had in drafting the original Official Journal of the European Union notice on primary care trusts commissioning published on (a) 29th June 2006 and (b) subsequent versions.
(131764)
433
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings (a) officials and (b) ministers have had to discuss the outsourcing of primary care trust functions with (i) the private sector, (ii) the not for profit sector, (iii) Mr Simon Stevens and (iv) Mr Paul Corrigan.
(131765)
434
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) staff and (b) civil servants work in her Department's commercial directorate.
(131766)
435
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings she had with staff from the commercial directorate on each day between 20th June 2006 and 10th July 2006; which staff she met; and what the subject was of each meeting.
(131767)
436
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers, (c) officials and (d) non-departmental staff (i) saw and (ii) signed off the original Official Journal of the European Union notice on primary care trusts commissioning published on 29th June 2006 before it was published.
(131768)
437
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with which web browsers Choose and Book is compatible; which other parts of the NHS IT programme use web browsers; and with which browsers each of those parts is compatible.
(131772)
438
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of pharmacists collecting prescription fees.
(131773)
439
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department holds a definitive list of when each EU member state intends to close its list for receiving health claims made under Article 13 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health Claims made on foods.
(131775)
440
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures her Department is considering to support small and medium sized enterprises to comply with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health Claims made on foods; and if she will make a statement.
(131776)
441
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what national minimum standards the Government sets for the provision of care to disabled people by local authorities; and what mechanisms the Department uses to ensure that there are no regional variations in the provision of such services.
(131777)
442
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the Audit Commission to publish the result of its investigation into the Fair Access to Care Services guidance.
(131778)
443
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the suitability of using immunochemical tests for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
(131050)
444
Mr Edward O'Hara (Knowsley South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the impact on capacity for colonoscopy services of the roll-out of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
(131051)
445
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations determine the ratio of nursing staff to patients in (a) nursing and (b) residential homes; what those ratios are; and if she will make a statement.
(130725)
446
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the availability of personal indemnity insurance for independent midwives; and if she will make a statement.
(130875)
447
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations govern the transplanting of pig organs into human beings; and if she will make a statement.
(130883)
448
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what regulations govern the use of combined human and pig (a) organs and (b) cells for research purposes; and if she will make a statement.
(130884)
449
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people diagnosed with cancer there were in (a) England and Wales and (b) Gloucestershire, broken down by type of cancer in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(131171)
450
Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to provide funding for biomedical research into autistic spectrum disorders; and if she will make a statement.
(131137)
451
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate her Department has made of the number of language and speech therapists required in England.
(131604)
452
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress her Department has made in reaching its target of 58 per cent. more speech and language therapists in posts by 2010.
(131605)
453
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her estimate is of the number of speech and language therapists expected to retire in the next 10 years.
(131606)
454
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate has been made of the number of people diagnosed with bowel cancer as a result of participating in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
(131163)
455
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the demand for FOB testing kits outside the 60 to 69 age range for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
(131164)
456
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the degree of compliance of general practitioners with the National Service Framework for Older People's requirement for regular reviews of medicines prescribed for older people living in care homes; and if she will make a statement.
(131330)
457
N
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish the report of the Implementation Review Group on the first 12 months of the NHS dental reforms.
(131331)
458
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost was of the recent GP patient survey sent by post to five million patients carried out by MORI.
(131431)
459
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many school nurses there were in (a) England and (b) each region of England in each of the last 10 years.
(131674)
460
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether data obtained in processing NHS treatment at a private sector treatment centre may be used for marketing purposes by the company owning the centre.
(131054)
461
N
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate her Department has made of the projected deficit of the West Sussex Primary Care Trust in the forthcoming financial year 2007-08 if the reconfiguration proposed in Fit for the Future was not to take place.
(131338)
462
N
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the deficit of the West Sussex Primary Care Trust is accounted for by secondary care.
(131339)
463
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how her Department plans to meet cardiac rehabilitation standards as set out in the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease.
(131743)
464
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on cardiac rehabilitation services in each primary care trust area in each of the last five years; and how much is expected to be spent in each area in 2007-08.
(131745)
465
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards targets set out in the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease; and if she will make a statement.
(131749)
466
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely effects for (a) coronary heart disease patients, (b) health inequalities and (c) primary care trust spending on coronary heart disease of achieving the standards set out in the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease relating to cardiac rehabilitation services.
(131782)
467
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of local improvement finance trusts in the (a) commissioning, (b) financing and (c) building of local primary care health facilities.
(131392)
468
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) projects were successfully completed in each year since the scheme was introduced; what the (a) shortest and (b) longest period of time has been for completion of a LIFT project from commissioning phase to operational opening; what lessons her Department has learned to achieve better value for money and effectiveness for future LIFT schemes; and how best practice is disseminated to partners within LIFT schemes.
(131396)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
469
N
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will meet Mr Victor Makarov, to discuss arrangements for his future security and well being in the UK.
(131233)
470
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131033)
471
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons, and on what legal basis, the revised fee structure for the Independent Assessor of compensation for miscarriages of justice was implemented on 26th July 2006; and who (a) designed and (b) authorised the revised fee structure.
(131057)
472
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Criminal Justice System and Offender Management) has attended with representatives of (a) Golden Arrow and (b) Sovereign Strategy since taking office; and if he will make a statement.
(131068)
473
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drivers were prosecuted for driving without insurance in each year since 1990.
(131123)
474
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21st March 2007, Official Report, column 976W, on the youth justice board, if he will provide a list of the Youth Justice Board's research studies and the corporate targets and outcome measures to which each relates.
(131415)
475
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests were made and (b) convictions were secured under section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 in each of the last five years.
(131178)
476
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people were convicted of an offence of the (a) manufacture, (b) importation, (c) sale and (d) hire of (i) flick knives and (ii) gravity knives under section 1 of the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 in each of the last five years, broken down by age group.
(131179)
477
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people convicted under section 1 of the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 received a (a) fine and (b) custodial sentence in each of the last five years, broken down by age group.
(131180)
478
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people convicted of having an article with a blade or point under section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months, (iv) 18 to 24 months, (v) two to three years and (vi) four years in each year since the Act was introduced.
(131181)
479
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people convicted of having an article with a blade or point under section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 had a previous conviction at the time of their sentence, broken down by (a) offence and (b) age group.
(131182)
480
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests were made and (b) convictions were secured under section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in each of the last five years.
(131183)
481
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months, (iv) 18 to 24 months, (v) two to three years and (vi) four years in each year since the Act was introduced.
(131184)
482
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March 2007, Official Report, column 302W, on passports: interviews, on which days of the week each office will be open; and for how many hours each office will be open on each day.
(131189)
483
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March 2007, Official Report, column 301W, on passport interviews, if he will assess the merits of hosting remote access facilities for passport interview centres in Taunton.
(131190)
484
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding was allocated to tackling (a) gun crime and (b) knife crime in each round of funding from the Connected Fund programme since its introduction; and to which groups that funding was given.
(131216)
485
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people convicted of encouraging violent behaviour involving the use of a knife under the Knives Act 1997 had a previous conviction at the time of their sentence, broken down by (a) offence and (b) age group.
(131217)
486
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of selling knives to under-18s in 2006.
(131218)
487
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests were made and (b) convictions were secured under section 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 for the offence of having an article with a blade or point or an offensive weapon on school premises in each of the last five years, broken down by age group.
(131219)
488
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people convicted of encouraging violent behaviour involving the use of a knife under the Knives Act 1997 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months and (iv) 18 to 24 months in each year since the Act was introduced.
(131220)
489
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of people convicted of encouraging violent behaviour involving the use of a knife under the Knives Act 1997 have been (a) female and (b) male.
(131221)
490
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many incidents of recorded violent crime a crossbow was used as an offensive weapon in each year since 1997.
(131238)
491
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many incidents of recorded violent crime a samurai sword was used as an offensive weapon in each year since 1997.
(131239)
492
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of selling a crossbow to a person aged under 18 in each of the last five years.
(131240)
493
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months, (iv) 18 to 24 months, (v) two to three years and (vi) four years in each of the last 30 years.
(131241)
494
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 had a previous conviction at the time of their sentence in each of the last 30 years, broken down by (a) offence and (b) age group.
(131242)
495
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many financial investigators were employed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in the last year for which figures are available.
(131609)
496
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will undertake a review of the capability of the Suspicious Activity Report regime; and if he will make a statement.
(131612)
497
N
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6th March 2007, Official Report, column 1945W, on terrorism, when he expects to publish Lord Carlile of Berriew's report on the definition of terrorism.
(130766)
498
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants for British citizenship who made applications for naturalisation based on passes in tests on knowledge of life in the UK have had their application held in abeyance while the investigation into City-Wide Learning is underway.
(131379)
499
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the outcome is of his investigations into City-Wide Learning, based in Sheffield; and if he will make a statement.
(131380)
500
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects those applicants for British citizenship who have made applications for naturalisation based on tests of knowledge of life in the UK, and who have had their application held in abeyance while he investigates City-Wide Learning, to be told the outcome of their application.
(131381)
501
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1st February 2007, Official Report, column 519W, on identity cards, how penalties under the Identity Cards Act 2006 will be communicated to those who incur them.
(131354)
502
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam, of 21st March 2007, Official Report, column 972W, on passports, what the error rate was on checks provided by the Passport Validation Service in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(131382)
503
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to publish a code of practice on penalties under section 34 of the Identity Cards Act 2006.
(131391)
504
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which countries received returning failed asylum applicants under the UK enforced returns programme in each year since 2004; how many enforced returnees were sent back to each of those countries in each year; and what packages of assistance were provided in each case.
(131570)
505
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what package of assistance has been provided by the Government for failed Iraqi asylum applicants under the UK enforced returns programme in each year since 2004.
(131592)
506
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what monitoring has been put in place since 2004 for failed Iraqi asylum applicants under the UK enforced returns programme upon their return to Iraq.
(131593)
507
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which countries have received returning failed asylum applicants under the UK voluntary returns programme since 2004; how many voluntary returnees have been sent back to each; and what packages of assistance were provided by each.
(131594)
508
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has had from (a) the United Nations, (b) other international organisations and (c) the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional government on the consequences of returning Iraqi asylum seekers in the UK to Iraq; what responses he has made; and if he will make a statement.
(131663)
509
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what monitoring mechanism has been put in place of failed Iraqi asylum applicants returned to Iraq under the UK voluntary returns programme since 2004.
(131668)
510
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what package of assistance measures is made available by the Government to failed Iraqi asylum applicants under the UK voluntary returns programme; what changes have been made to this package since 2004; and how much has been allocated to providing such assistance in each year since 2004.
(131669)
511
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the population of (a) secure children's homes, (b) secure training centres and (c) young offender institutions was in each month since March 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(130870)
512
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131436)
513
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131560)
514
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, column 1460-1W, on young offenders, what steps his Department is taking to improve the accuracy of statistics recorded for breaches of (a) supervision orders with conditions, (b) curfew orders, (c) community punishment and rehabilitation orders, (d) community punishment orders, (e) detention and training orders, (f) reparation orders, (g) action plan orders, (h) attendance centre orders, (i) supervision orders without conditions and (j) drug treatment and testing orders; and if he will make a statement.
(131736)
515
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings he (a) has held and (b) plans to hold with representatives of the Romanian and Bulgarian communities to discuss the operation of the Accession (Immigration and Worker Authorisation) Regulations 2006.
(131258)
516
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fines have been issued since 1st January 2007 to (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian workers found to be working illegally in the UK.
(131259)
517
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employers have been fined since 1st January 2007 for employing (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian workers illegally.
(131260)
518
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence workers from Romania and Bulgaria are required to produce to demonstrate their self-employed status under the Accession (Immigration and Worker Authorisation) Regulations 2006.
(131282)
519
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to apprehend escaped prisoners from Leyhill open prison; how many prisoners are still at large; and what offences they are guilty of.
(131083)
520
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) injured and (b) killed by knife crime offences in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(131273)
521
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of knife crime offences in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(131274)
522
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of knife crime were reported in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(131275)
523
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted of an offence under section 25 of the Identity Cards Act 2006 in each month since its coming into force; how many and what percentage of those convicted received custody; how many of those who received custody received (i) 0 to six months imprisonment, (ii) six to 12 months imprisonment, (iii) 12 to 18 months imprisonment and (iv) over 18 months imprisonment; and of those convicted how many received a recommendation for deportation.
(131416)
524
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 12th February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Geniene Patricia Williams.
(131621)
525
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost was of keeping a prisoner in each (a) prison establishment and (b) young offender institution in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(130807)
526
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many telephone calls were received by the Anti-Terrorism Hotline in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(130808)
527
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to Question number 122841, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, tabled by the hon. Member for North East Milton Keynes on 20th February.
(131176)
528
Martin Salter (Reading West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason changes to the highly skilled migrants programme are to be applied retrospectively; and if he will make a statement.
(131136)
529
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken to process travel documents for asylum seekers with exceptional leave to remain in the UK when applying for permission to leave and return to the United Kingdom was in the last period for which figures are available.
(131086)
530
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the weekly cost of (a) a violence reduction programme and (b) a prison place.
(131169)
531
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by his Department.
(131750)
532
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners from (a) EU countries and (b) countries outside the EU are serving sentences in England and Wales; and what the number was in each of the last three years.
(131387)
533
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) boys and (b) girls under the age of 18 years were received into young offenders institutions (i) under sentence and (ii) on remand in each year between 2000 and 2006.
(131214)
534
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) boys and (b) girls were received into (i) secure training centres and (ii) local authority secure children's homes in each year between 2000 and 2006.
(131215)
535
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Hartlepool broke the terms of their sentence and order relating to child sex offences in each of the last five years; and what action was taken against those people who breached their order and condition.
(131388)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
536
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, which digital television channels are available to hon. Members' offices on the House of Commons estate; and how much was spent on (a) all channels and (b) Sky Sports in each of the last three years.
(131062)
537
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will estimate what percentage of packaging and delivery containers of goods purchased by the Refreshment Department is (a) made from biodegradable or recycled materials and (b) recycled.
(131063)
538
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many bicycle parking spaces are available on the House of Commons estate for (a) hon. Members, (b) staff and (c) visitors.
(131064)
539
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what quantity of (a) beers and ciders, (b) aperitifs, fortified wines and spirits and (c) wines were purchased by the Refreshment Department in each of the last three years; what the cost of these purchases was in each year; and what percentage of each of these items was imported.
(131065)
540
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what quantity of (a) fruit and (b) vegetables was purchased by the Refreshment Department in each of the last three years; what the cost of these purchases was in each year; and if the Commission will estimate what percentage of each of these items was imported.
(131066)
541
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what measures are being (a) taken and (b) considered to promote efficiency in the use of water on the House of Commons estate.
(131067)
542
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the temperature setting is for the Palace of Westminster; and if he will arrange for the temperature to be reduced.
(131389)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
543
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131034)
544
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to prevent mother-to-child transmission of AIDS in Africa.
(131071)
545
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to address the shortage of health workers in Africa.
(131072)
546
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to secure generic versions of (a) Kaletra and (b) Viread for the treatment of people with AIDS in Africa.
(131073)
547
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to reduce pesticide poisoning of those working in cotton fields in developing countries, with particular reference to child workers.
(131078)
548
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will promote measures to phase out the use of pesticides classified by the World Health Organisation as highly hazardous, with particular reference to (a) aldicarb and (b) endosulfan, in developing countries.
(131079)
549
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of bilateral assistance to Tanzania was delivered by direct budget support in 2005-06; and what projections he has made for future delivery of direct budget support as a proportion of overall bilateral aid up to 2009-10.
(131308)
550
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, by which aid modality the Environmental Transportation Fund for the Congo Basin announced in the Budget will be delivered; what proportion will be delivered to the 10 country recipients by direct budget support; and if he will make a statement.
(131309)
551
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of bilateral assistance to (a) Malawi, (b) Zambia, (c) Ghana, (d) Uganda, (e) Sierra Leone, (f) Rwanda, (g) Vietnam, (h) Pakistan, (i) Nepal and (j) East Timor was delivered by direct budget support in 2005-06; and what projections he has made for future delivery of direct budget support as a proportion of overall bilateral aid up to 2009-10.
(131310)
552
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of bilateral assistance to (a) Kenya, (b) Mozambique, (c) India and (d) Afghanistan was delivered by direct budget support in 2005-06; and what projections he has made for future delivery of direct budget support as a proportion of overall bilateral aid up to 2009-10.
(131407)
553
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports his Department has made of the recent sewage flooding in the Gaza strip.
(131567)
554
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131542)
555
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131562)
556
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the UK's aid to the developing world was handled by EU institutions in the last period for which figures are available.
(131002)
557
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment his Department has made of access to healthcare for children in Zambia; and if he will make a statement.
(131422)
558
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the International Monetary Fund on support to health services in developing countries in Africa.
(131424)
559
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK aid has been received by Zambia since 1997; what Zambia's economic debt is; and if he will make a statement.
(131425)
560
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to healthcare in developing countries in Africa.
(131426)
561
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he will reply to Question number 121637, on overseas aid, to Afghanistan, tabled by the hon. Member for North East Milton Keynes on 8th February.
(131177)
562
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the relief operation for the victims of the earthquake in Kashmir and Northern Pakistan.
(131003)
563
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the progress in meeting the fifth Millennium Development Goal, to improve maternal health.
(131250)
564
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent work has been undertaken by his Department to find ways of improving maternal health in countries suffering from (a) high HIV/AIDS prevalence, (b) military conflict, (c) weak health systems and (d) a combination of all three; and if he will make a statement.
(131251)
565
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the United Nations on additional measures to arrest the recent rise in the number of maternal deaths in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Ghana; and if he will make a statement.
(131287)
Questions to the Leader of the House
566
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West):To ask the Leader of the House, what process is used to decide which Statutory Instruments are to be debated on the floor of the House.
(131300)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
567
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131035)
568
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) walls and (b) locked gates are still in position dividing communities in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(131122)
569
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to ensure that per capita funding for the arts in Northern Ireland is at the same level as in the United Kingdom as a whole.
(131132)
570
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what representations he has received from the Irish government on the police investigation into an incident in County Tyrone in February 2004 when a journalist found briefing papers originating from the Irish Department of Justice at an illegal dump.
(131022)
571
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what co-operation there has been with the Irish government on tackling the problem of cross-border illegal dumping.
(131023)
572
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children took part in the Creative Youth Partnerships programme; what plans are in place to resource the programme in the future; and if he will make a statement on the performance of the programme against the objectives his Department has set for it.
(131291)
573
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average length of time a child will wait to see an educational psychologist is in each health and social services board area in Northern Ireland.
(131303)
574
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many children are waiting to see an educational psychologist in each health and social services board area in Northern Ireland.
(131304)
575
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety spent in service provision for children with autism in each health and social services board area in each of the last five years.
(131305)
576
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety has earmarked for service provision for children with autism for each of the next three years.
(131306)
577
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he plans to increase the resources available for service provision for children with autism.
(131307)
578
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community sentencing as a means of cutting crime in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
(131417)
579
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many responses his Department received to the consultation document Making Sure that Crime Doesn't Pay; which organisations responded; and if he will place copies of those representations in the Library.
(131283)
580
N
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) target and (b) actual average waiting time is for people requiring a new digital hearing aid from the point of referral from GP to final fitting of the hearing aid in Northern Ireland.
(130782)
581
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the expected completion date is for the Department for Social Development's appraisal of the proposal for redevelopment of the Greater Village Area.
(131774)
582
N
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Ballyhalbert waste and water treatment works contract will start; and if he will make a statement.
(130876)
583
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) is planning in relation to combatting suicide in Northern Ireland.
(131625)
584
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much money was spent on combatting suicide in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(131626)
585
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many suicides were committed in each constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(131629)
586
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will break down by declared religious affiliation and area of responsibility the number of staff employed at the Headquarters of the South Eastern Education and Library Board.
(131633)
587
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on sending commissioners at the South Eastern Education and Library Board on training courses since they were appointed.
(131634)
588
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will ensure that the financial deficit generated by the South Eastern Education and Library Board is written off prior to the formation of the Education and Skills Authority.
(131639)
589
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to introduce measures in Northern Ireland of equivalent effect to the Town and Country Planning Control of Advertisements Regulations 2007.
(131150)
Questions to the Prime Minister
590
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it a requirement that former Ministers wishing to take up appointments subject to scrutiny by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments within two years of leaving office must seek clearance from that body.
(131070)
591
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, what recent steps he has taken to foster and promote the public's trust in those in public life.
(131166)
592
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Prime Minister, how many petitions on the Downing Street website have so far been (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected.
(131571)
593
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Prime Minister, what the average time is to approve or reject a petition request for the Downing Street website.
(131584)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
594
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131038)
595
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will meet the three energy suppliers who continue to back-charge token meter consumers and urge them to end the practice.
(131292)
596
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of Ofgem's performance in fulfilling its duty to have regard for the interests of low-income consumers; and if he will make a statement.
(131293)
597
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether the risks of debt associated with the late recalibration of electricity token meter recalibration has been clearly communicated to those token meter users who remain at risk of such debt by those suppliers who continue to back-charge following price rise announcements; and if he will make a statement.
(131399)
598
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 637W, on small businesses, what estimate he has made of (a) the total number of businesses in the UK and (b) the total number of businesses in the UK which are categorised as family businesses.
(131660)
599
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 637W, on small businesses, what estimate he has made of the total percentage of UK gross domestic product which is derived from the activities of family businesses.
(131661)
600
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 637W, on small businesses, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people working in family businesses in the UK.
(131662)
601
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131437)
602
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131559)
603
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with European Union colleagues on a ban on the importation of (a) harp and (b) hooded seal products into the EU; and if he will make a statement.
(131100)
604
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make it his policy to ban the importation of (a) harp seal, (b) hooded seal and (c) other seal products into the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(131101)
605
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the trend has been in the UK's trade balance with the rest of the EU in the last five years.
(131011)
606
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what service obligations are placed on broadband providers to extend their coverage nationally; how such obligations are regulated; and if he will make a statement.
(131145)
607
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) existing and (b) new housing stock has access to high speed broadband; and if he will make a statement.
(131149)
608
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what criteria will be taken into account in selecting the (a) location and (b) partners for the Energy Technologies Institute.
(131649)
609
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to stimulate research and development in low carbon technologies.
(131738)
610
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with the EU on establishing a common energy policy across all 27 member states.
(131261)
611
N
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, for what reason the Low Carbon Buildings Programme grants regime has been suspended; and if he will make a statement.
(130625)
612
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money has been (a) allocated for grants and (b) disbursed by the Clearskies Initiative in each month since the scheme began.
(131692)
613
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money has been (a) allocated for grants and (b) disbursed by the Low Carbon Buildings Scheme in each month since the scheme began.
(131693)
614
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much money was (a) allocated for grants and (b) disbursed by the Photovoltaics Demonstration Programme in each month since the scheme began.
(131742)
615
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many complaints about the conduct of estate agents were received by the Office of Fair Trading in 2006; and how many investigations were conducted as a result.
(131784)
616
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many Office of Fair Trading investigations following complaints against estate agents in 2006 resulted in fines being payable; and what the total amount of fines levied was.
(131785)
617
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the safety implications associated with the re-opening of the Thorp reprocessing plant; and if he will make a statement.
(131172)
618
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consideration he has given to commissioning an appraisal of the possible benefits and environmental risks associated with the building of a Severn Barrage; and if he will make a statement.
(131173)
619
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will take steps to lift restrictions on sub-post masters offering competing services.
(130810)
620
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will allow sub-post masters to offer Paypoint facilities with a view to increasing foot traffic.
(130811)
621
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the annual cost was of action by the Insolvency Service to investigate and pursue cases of director disqualification under the Insolvency Acts in each of the last three years.
(131138)
622
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the decision by the Insolvency Service not to prosecute certain cases of potential director disqualification due to lack of resources; and if he will make a statement.
(131140)
623
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications have been received by the Low Carbon Building Programme since 2006.
(131252)
624
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many applications to the Low Carbon Building Programme have been (a) made and (b) granted in Wales, broken down by parliamentary constituency.
(131253)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
625
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to improve the collection of rubbish off the trackside of the rail network.
(131231)
626
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date was of each such meeting.
(131039)
627
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people are employed by the British Railways Board (Residuary); what that body's budget was in 2006-07; and what the functions of the residuary body are.
(131059)
628
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings the Minister of State has attended with representatives of (a) Golden Arrow and (b) Sovereign Strategy since taking office; and if he will make a statement.
(131069)
629
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he expects to reply to the letter of 21st February 2007 from the hon. Member for Billericay, on the concessionary fare scheme.
(130724)
630
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of motor vehicle accidents in England involving drivers without adequate insurance.
(131124)
631
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of regular drivers without adequate insurance in England.
(131125)
632
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will visit Higham Ferriers to discuss proposed improvements to the Chown Mills A6/A45 interchange with the hon. Member for Wellingborough and constituents.
(131665)
633
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to support proposed European legislation that would require facilities for bicycles on all European trains.
(131195)
634
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many schemes have been completed under the Highways Agency's non-motorised user crossings programme.
(131196)
635
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what budget is committed for the non-motorised user crossings programme in the 2007-08 financial year; and which schemes are expected to be completed in that year.
(131197)
636
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the expected spending in future years is on the non-motorised user crossings programme.
(131198)
637
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated completion date is for the non-motorised user crossings programme.
(131199)
638
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the extent to which second round Local Transport Plans (LTPs) include commitments to support Government policies on cycling; and to what extent the inclusion of such commitments has influenced the Government's assessments of LTPs and the resulting funding allocations.
(131222)
639
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, column 1382W, on public transport: Greater London, whether any legislative change is required for the development of London Works.
(131205)
640
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library minutes of the meeting held on 7th March 2007 with the Prime Minister, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, the Mayor of London and business representatives on Crossrail, redacting any personal or commercially sensitive information as necessary.
(131342)
641
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which train services in the last 12 months were the most heavily loaded on (a) the East Coast Main Line, (b) the West Coast Main Line and (c) the Transpennine Line according to the most recent passenger census.
(131751)
642
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of motorway and trunk road network of national strategic routes have been widened to ease traffic bottlenecks.
(131752)
643
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work his Department has undertaken to investigate a second line on the Heathrow Express to St Pancras.
(131753)
644
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what change there has been in the level of use of (a) the Transpennine rail route and (b) the London to Brighton line since 1997.
(131754)
645
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131547)
646
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131552)
647
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, column 1384W, on Railways: Portsmouth, what estimate he has made of the end date for the continued engineering overrun in the Portsmouth area; and if he will make a statement.
(131326)
648
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what joint assessment the Highways Agency has made with the local highways authority of the case for a new eastern bypass around Kettering.
(131658)
649
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what impact charges on the emission of oxides of nitrogen on (a) landing and (b) take-off at Heathrow and Gatwick airports have had on such emissions in each year since their introduction; and whether the revenue from those charges is hypothecated for spending on further emissions reduction measures.
(131725)
650
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution to environmental protection of the proposed measures in the European Commission's draft Directive on Airport Charges; and if he will make a statement.
(131726)
651
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the emissions cost assessment initiative announced in December 2006.
(131727)
652
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the airport emissions charging principles recommended by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC/27-4); and if he will make a statement.
(131733)
653
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the level of emissions of oxides of nitrogen attributable to aircraft landing and take-off was at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted airports in each year since 1995; what forecasts have been made of future such emissions; and if he will make a statement.
(131735)
654
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fixed speed cameras there are in East Yorkshire, broken down by site; when each camera was installed; what assessment he has made of the impact of each camera on road safety; and if he will make a statement.
(130806)
655
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether account is being taken of the impact of the planned Colnbrook incinerator in the assessment of pollution levels at Heathrow Airport if a third runway is constructed, with particular reference to nitrogen dioxide amd particulate matter.
(131110)
656
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation his Department has held with (a) the Fire and Rescue Service and (b) the Fire Brigades Union on the part-privatisation of HM Coastguard.
[R] (131403)
657
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when preferred bidders will be announced for the part-privatisation of HM Coastguard; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the specification.
(131404)
658
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the estimated cost savings are of the part-privatisation of HM Coastguard; and how those savings are to be made.
(131405)
659
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for decisions on rail franchises under consideration; and if he will make a statement.
(131705)
660
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to require users of electric wheelchairs and scooters to (a) undertake training before using the equipment and (b) take out insurance cover.
[R] (131168)
661
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the additional 1,000 train carriages that he proposes to introduce he expects to be used on the First Great Western network.
(130864)
662
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his estimate is of the cost of implementing the final provisions of the second European Driving Licence Directive for motorcycles; and how much of the estimated cost is to be spent on super test sites.
(131135)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
663
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings took place between Ministers and outside interest groups between 1st January and 31st March; and what the date of each such meeting was.
(131037)
664
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library the £10 band income distribution data used to produce the income distribution for the total population graphs in households below average income for each year of the Family Resources Survey; and if he will also provide the corresponding datasets for (a) children, (b) working age adults and (c) pensioner sub-groups.
(131317)
665
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measure are (a) in place and (b) planned to be introduced to help lone parents into employment.
(131771)
666
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals related to suspected terrorists have had their welfare payments (a) suspended and (b) terminated in each of the last nine months; and what value of payments was suspended or terminated in each case.
(131365)
667
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in his Department participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(131435)
668
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in his Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if he will make a statement.
(131564)
669
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of children have been defined as living in (a) absolute and (b) relative poverty in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 1997.
(131279)
670
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of pensioners have been living in absolute poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.
(131280)
671
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were living in a household with neither parent in employment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.
(131281)
672
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners have been defined as living in relative poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.
(131376)
673
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria are used to decide the levels of payments made for (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) the carer's allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(131147)
674
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff from the Acton and Harrow transitional offices in (a) clerical and (b) executive grades will be unable to move to benefit delivery centres due to living outside the daily travelling distance; and what measures have been put in place to minimise the resultant skills gap.
(131210)
675
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total current unrecovered Social Fund debt is; and what the figure is for (a) London and (b) each office in London.
(131211)
676
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the latest performance statistics are for the processing of National Insurance number applications at each of the London offices dealing with such applications.
(131212)
677
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much Social Fund debt was written off in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what the figure was for London in each year.
(131213)
678
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners living in the Carlisle City Council area are in receipt of council tax benefit.
(131347)
679
N
Mr Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North East Hertfordshire of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 641W, on national insurance, how many national insurance numbers (a) are allocated to adults not resident in the UK and (b) have been allocated to 16 year olds since 2001.
(131691)
680
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people employed by his Department were working in Huddersfield in each of the last 10 years.
(131583)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
681
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the risk of going into liquidation for small town operators as a result of costs imposed by air passenger duty; and what steps he is taking to prevent this.
[Transferred] (131432)
682
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of child benefit paid to children aged 16 to 19 years in full-time education and training in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what the cost is expected to be in 2007-08.
[Transferred] (131574)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
683
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people in her Office who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (131556)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
684
N
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the outcomes of the recent British Tourism Week; and if she will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (131517)
685
N
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what support her Department provides for sports at the grass roots level.
[Question Unstarred] (131514)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
686
N
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the impact of specialist sports colleges on standards in teaching and learning of PE and school sport.
[Question Unstarred][Transferred] (131509)
687
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much interest his Department earned on student loan repayments collected before annual transfer to the accounts in each of the last five years for which records are available.
[Transferred] (131618)
688
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received regarding the timing of the transfer of repayments of student loans into accounts; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (131619)
689
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will change the repayment methods employed by his Department on student loans so that repayments are made monthly.
[Transferred] (131620)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
690
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what standards have been set for local emissions of oxides of nitrogen in the (a) UK and (b) European Union; and how many UK (i) sites and (ii) airport sites exceed those standards.
[Transferred] (131728)
691
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received about roadside litter in England; what steps the Highways Agency takes against roadside litter along trunk roads; what assessment he has made of the change in volume of roadside litter in England; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (131585)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
692
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of (a) the political situation in (b) international relations with and (c) human rights in Zambia; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (131423)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
693
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what indexes he uses to measure the impact of Government policy on fuel poverty.
[Transferred] (131104)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
694
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on changes in enforcement activity for the Blue Badge Scheme since the introduction of changes in regulations in September 2006.
[Transferred] (131599)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
695
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on the export to developing countries of pesticides banned for use in the UK.
[Transferred] (131075)

 
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